The idea that extraordinarily large sums of money are spent bringing to your attention a product you can get only by convincing an intermediary -- your doctor -- to write a prescription is cause for concern.
Why are medical records -- simultaneously one of the most powerful resources and biggest sources of frustration for anyone trying to get a whole-systems view of their health -- stuck in the analog and disorganized at best?
Most American Jews and Muslims are circumcised for religious reasons, and as many as three quarters of all American males are circumcised medically. Clearly not everyone is listening to circumcision's detractors.
Instead of trying to improve health care and help those in need, some are debating ways to take the lifeline of Medicaid away from seniors, the disabled, low-income adults and children. That's a prescription for disaster.
As health care providers, we must open the door to allow all patients to express their identity. In order for providers to provide competent care, they must know whether patients are straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
If you live with a chronic illness, only you are capable of making the wisest choice possible based on many factors. If you love someone with an illness, be cautious in sharing your opinion about his or her decisions.