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Patients Beware: Your Patience May Kill You

August 16, 2016

I recently flew from Vienna to New York on Austrian Airlines. As sometimes happens after landing, a number of passengers were impatient and stood before the plane arrived at the gate. I was impressed with how the chief flight attendant handled the situation. He grabbed the microphone and announced, “Ladies and gentlemen, in the history …Read More …

Serendipity and Drug Repurposing: A Treasure Trove of Untapped Opportunity

April 6, 2016

Serendipity is understood to mean the fortuitous discovery of that which we didn’t set out to seek. Usually, we think of science as following well-defined logical processes and that new discoveries grow out of those established paradigms. However, some of the most important medical discoveries in the past century were made serendipitously.Famous serendipitous discoveriesThe first …Read More …

In Experts We Trust

December 22, 2015

In light of the advances in knowledge and education wouldn’t we expect modern, sophisticated human beings to be more discerning and less naive than their forebears? Wouldn’t it be logical to assume that we are less susceptible to the charms of the snake-oil salesman than people were 100 years ago, when the majority of the …Read More …

Think! See No Boxes

November 19, 2015

Some years ago, while helping a young man suffering from treatment-resistant colitis (inflammation of the large intestine) I came across several safe, little-known treatments using existing approved drugs that originally had been developed for other purposes. The patient’s gastroenterologist wasn’t open to the thought of using anything outside “protocol” despite the fact that the effectiveness …Read More …

Curiosity – The Indispensable Factor for a Good Physician

November 3, 2015

“Necessity may be the mother of invention, but curiosity is the mother of discovery.” –Charles Handy. “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.” –Albert Einstein. Medicine faces a great crisis—this is undeniable. The constantly increasing cost of medical care as a ratio of GDP is a global phenomenon. The claim that an …Read More …

Saving Time – Welcome and Thank you

November 2, 2015

Some years ago I visited a researcher at one of the leading universities on the US East Coast. This researcher, a distinguished professor with many awards, discovered a treatment that was helping thousands of patients suffering from chronic disease. Someone chose to publicize his phone number on a popular website and he was receiving calls …Read More …