Chronic Pain – the Humane Use of Opioids

Chronic Pain—the Humane Use of Opioids Some physician prescribers misread CDC guidelines. This blog was published earlier today in a slightly different form in Psychology Today. The contribution of prescribed opioids to the national opioid crisis (which includes non-prescribed drugs like heroin and cocaine) has been well described. Concern with the role these legal drugs Read more about Chronic Pain – the Humane Use of Opioids[…]

Is Medicine Greedy and Morally Bereft?

Is Medicine Greedy and Morally Bereft? There may be another consideration. This post was published earlier today in Psychology Today in a slightly different form. We must consider what many believe: that the U.S. healthcare system, represented by the medical industrial complex (MIC), is rigged for profit at the expense of care. The MIC comprises Read more about Is Medicine Greedy and Morally Bereft?[…]

Medicine Flaunts Modern Science

Medicine Flaunts Modern Science Does the Medical Profession Reject Modern Science? Sometimes it Does. This post was published earlier in Psychology Today in a slightly different form Let’s be clear. Twenty-first century medical science has produced some amazing advances. Yet in many respects, it remains centuries behind modern science. That’s because medicine’s basic conceptual (theoretical) Read more about Medicine Flaunts Modern Science[…]

Does Donald Trump Mirror the Majority?

Does Donald Trump Mirror the Majority? If you criticize Donald Trump, take a close look at the rest of us. This post appeared earlier in Psychology Today in a slightly different form. Like many of you, I’m shocked and offended as I read daily of Donald Trump’s foibles: he’s narcissistic, aggressive, rude, greedy, dishonest, and Read more about Does Donald Trump Mirror the Majority?[…]

The Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic Pain

The Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic Pain Effective, non-opioid treatment for chronic pain exists. Published earlier in a slightly different form in Psychology Today. In spite of yeoman efforts by the American Pain Society, the American Chronic Pain Association, the U.S. Pain Foundation, the American Academy of Pain Medicine, and many others, there has been Read more about The Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic Pain[…]

Chronic Pain Is an Over-Determined Survival Response

Chronic Pain Is an Over-Determined Survival Response Understanding how pain is experienced can lead to better care. In a slightly different form, this post appeared recently in Psychology Today. In an earlier post, “Chronic Pain Is Not a Disease,” I disagreed with the Institute of Medicine’s idea that chronic pain is a disease. Here, I Read more about Chronic Pain Is an Over-Determined Survival Response[…]

Which Physicians Prescribe More Opioids? There is no free lunch.

Which Physicians Prescribe More Opioids? There is no free lunch. Currier & Ives—A free lunch CC-PD-Mark   This post was earlier posted in Psychology Today in a slightly altered form. You heard the prescription opioid crisis is getting better? If so, I commend the May 30, 2018 issue of the Chicago Tribune. Karen Kaplan in Read more about Which Physicians Prescribe More Opioids? There is no free lunch.[…]

Rene Descartes—Villain or Savior for Mental Health Care?

Rene Descartes—Villain or Savior for Mental Health Care? Is medicine able to advance as a science? This post was posted earlier in Psychology Today. Rene Descartes (1596-1650) was a brilliant philosopher, mathematician, and scientist. Most scholars consider him responsible for modern medicine’s splitting the mind and mental issues away from the body and its diseases.1-3 Read more about Rene Descartes—Villain or Savior for Mental Health Care?[…]

Extra, Extra, Read All About It – Medicine Guillotined

A brief history of human anatomy: how medicine lost its mind. After William John Wilgus. Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman. CC-PD-Mark This post was posted earlier in Psychology Today. We know that the medical profession largely ignores mental disorders. That’s why, according to the Healthy People initiatives, only 25% of patients who need mental Read more about Extra, Extra, Read All About It – Medicine Guillotined[…]

We Can Prevent Half or More of all Suicides

Medicine must decide it wants to prevent suicides. This post is slightly altered from one published earlier in Psychology Today. We are missing an easy way to prevent suicides. Half or more of all suicides are potentially preventable. First, here’s a summary of the problem that once again came to our attention with the unfortunate Read more about We Can Prevent Half or More of all Suicides[…]

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