5-Shot Friday: Renoir and Osler, Definitive Paleo, Brain Runs, Bias, and Shots, people!
Hello, and welcome to the pre 4th of July installation of 5-Shot Friday.
Thanks to Dr. Diana Shiba (@DianaShibaMD):
“We are here to add what we can to life, not to get what we can from it.”
“Paleo from A to Z is prominently displayed and a frequently reached for reference book in the Gluten Free RN office. People need information that explains why the Paleo lifestyle is healthy, easy and does not need to be expensive. Darryl"s book beautifully outlines and defines how to live a Paleo / healthy lifestyle in a way that is not confusing or contradictory. If I needed to recommend one book for a client to read to easily understand the terminology and concepts of Paleo, this is the book I recommend, hands down.”
Higher intensity exercise has been recently linked to neurogenesis – the process by which brain cells can increase in number and development. We used to believe that humans had a fixed number of brain cells, which could only decrease with time.
Nope, thank goodness.
Nearly every practicing physician has done it: accepted a lunch or dinner meal, or AM orange juice and bagels, while munching and listening to a drug rep describe a new medication. I’ve done it and thought nothing of it: how much could a donut and coffee affect my prescribing habits?
What unbiased science tells us (see what I did there?) is that it affects a doctor’s behavior pretty noticeably. This JAMA article tells its audience – practicing physicians – that “Receipt of industry-sponsored meals was associated with an increased rate of prescribing the brand-name medication that was being promoted.” While not definitive proof that the free food directly caused the upped prescribing of the featured medication, the findings jive with what we know about human behavior and psychology: we are all affected by those who gift us.
Many residency training programs ban so-called “drug luncheons” for exactly this reason. The take home isn’t that your doctors are in the hip pocket of pharma; it’s that medical organizations like the American Medical Association (the publisher of the JAMA) are reminding their members that they’re no less human and vulnerable to influence than anyone else. And to guard against that.
(Thanks to Heather Furnas MD [@drheatherfurnas] for the highlighting tweet.)
5) You Can Argue Against Vaccines…
…but, you better have an awfully strong argument.
"We"ve seen the death of children occurring even 10 years ago cut down by half because of the vaccines," says Dr. Dure Akram, a retired professor of pediatrics at Dow Medical University in the Pakistani city of Karachi. Akram, 66, now serves as the honorary chairman of Health Education and Literacy Program, a nongovernmental organization providing primary health care in Karachi.”
(Thanks to Ksenia Solo [@KseniaSolo] for the highlighting tweet.)
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