Over the past few months, I've become a major immunization advocate. But it was almost by accident. Yes, we are in the midst of a measles outbreak. Measles, a potentially debilitating or even deadly virus, was declared eradicated in 2000, can be easily prevented with a simple vaccine. As a matter of fact, alot of… Continue reading Standing Strong for Science
Hatred is spreading like an epidemic across the country. Just this past week, the United States has had another horrific mass shooting, and multiple attempted assassinations. The shooter targeted Jewish Americans at a synagogue; the mail bomber targeted prominent Democrats. What do the alleged perpetrators have in common? Extreme right wing ideology, MAGA swag, and… Continue reading Hatred Is a Disease. What Is the Cure?
My heart goes out to those directly impacted by any of the many natural and man-made disasters going on right now. I'm obsessed with my news feed, anxiously scanning coverage of Hurricane Maria in the Caribbean, rescues from the rubble of Mexico city, the suffering of the Rohingya in Burma and Bangladesh... I feel anxious,… Continue reading When the News is Full of Disasters: Helping Calm the Kids
"Oh, will you look at those numbers, they're terrible. I'm so sorry, doctor. I'm not your model patient, anymore," she said, as she perched on the edge of my exam table in her flimsy gown, her dark eyes bright with the sheen of tears.* "Goodness, don't berate yourself, let's problem-solve this, okay?" I was surprised, not… Continue reading We Should All Be Afraid
It's late into Halloween night, and since I woke up in a coughing fit, I haven't been able to get back to sleep. There are some scary things on my mind. Not the ghosts from my previous post, nor modern-day vampires, serial killers and zombies on network TV (a frightening phenomenon, IMO). No, none of… Continue reading There Are Scarier Things