You really are being watched by your doctor

The FDA has approved a new kind of pill that informs your doctor when (or whether) you take it.  If you swallow the pill, it sends a signal that tells your doctor and insurance company.  If you don’t, the lack of signal lets them know that too.

Most people will say that don’t mind, that they take their medicine.  But statistics show that thousands (or millions) of patients do not follow their doctor’s prescriptions.  Would being watched change that?

“We all have something to hide,” according to Randolph Lewis, the author of Under Surveillance.  Lewis quotes another journalist, Glenn Greenwald, saying, “If you have nothing to hide, why don’t you send me all of your passwords and all of your emails?” Continue reading “You really are being watched by your doctor”

Angel investor prescribes Dr Google.

Dr Aniruddha Malpani, who describes himself as an Angel investor with Malpani Investors, is gaining a lot of attention on LinkedIn by claiming that, “Lots of #doctors don’t like patients who visit #DrGoogle, but I find these #patients are usually smarter and more proactive.” Continue reading “Angel investor prescribes Dr Google.”

The real “Hippocratic” oath

Hippocrates may have worked at a temple of Asclepius.  He may have claimed direct descent from Asclepius.  Or, he may have just been a healer, as “Asclepiad” could have many meanings.

The only thing we know for sure is that Hippocrates became a legend.  The most reliable historical record that Hippocrates did in fact exist is the following conversation of Socrates and Phaedrus, as recorded by Plato: Continue reading “The real “Hippocratic” oath”

Homeopathic and “alternative” therapies could lose non-profit status

Earlier this year, Scientific American and others reported US families saying that their children were harmed by homeopathic medicine.  According to Russia Today, Russia’s Academy of Science sees homeopathy as a pseudoscience.

So, when the British charity commission started stripping homeopaths of their charitable status, it shouldn’t come as a surprise.  Ten days later, the report is the last entry in the Guardian’s Alternative Medicine blog, suggesting that even that newspaper is withdrawing its support for anything other than standard medical treatment.  Continue reading “Homeopathic and “alternative” therapies could lose non-profit status”