Dear Dr. Benzi, I disagree with your blog about alkaline diets and the conclusions you came to. There is a ton of research on alkaline diets in the benefit of kidney disease. I can share some of that research with you. I agree there is a lot of bullshit out there about additives to alkalinize … Continue reading Tell Dr. Benzi: “An Alkaline Diet May Have a Role in Kidney Disease”
Photo by Valentin Antonucci from Pexels All told, I was in school or training for 27 years of my life to become a neurologist and a researcher. The most important lessons never came during formal lectures. They came when a patient thanked me for being straight with them, or a family member trusted me with an important secret. … Continue reading Consequences
Read the other blogs in this series: Part I | Part II | Part III “There is no such thing as an incurable disease, only incurable people.” Bernie Siegel, MD, Love, Medicine and Miracles It is one thing to see the statistics of medical bullshit: the billions of dollars wasted by people desperate for better … Continue reading The High Cost of Medical Bullshit Part IV: False Hope, Shame, and Regret
Read the other blogs in this series: Part I, Part II, Part IV “If there is an effect, there has to be a side effect.” - Rajeev Jayadevan, Think Like Your Doctor Now that we've covered expensive, let’s tackle the dangerous side of medical bullshit. There is a general misperception that alternative therapies are safer … Continue reading The High Cost of Medical Bullshit Part III: Dangerous Side Effects
Read the other blogs in this series: Part I, Part III, Part IV My book manuscript is entitled Dangerous and Expensive Bullshit. Let’s start by examining the question of how expensive medical bullshit really is. On a personal level, people may pay as little as $5 a month for megadoses of Vitamin C, to hundreds … Continue reading The High Cost of Medical Bullshit Part II: Money and Society
Photo by Ivan Bertolazzi from Pexels Read the other blogs in this series: Part II, Part III, Part IV Question: Is medical bullshit really a big problem? Or is this campaign against bullshit simply one more attempt for people in mainstream medicine to knock out any competition? Medical bullshit was not part of my medical training 20 years … Continue reading The High Cost of Medical Bullshit Part I: Whose Problem Is It Anyway?
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. locks arms with his aides as he leads a march of several thousands to the court house in Montgomery, Ala., March 17, 1965. From left: Rev. Ralph Abernathy, James Foreman, King, Jesse Douglas, Sr., and John Lewis (partially out of frame). (AP Photo) Martin Luther King Jr. Day has been … Continue reading Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Restoring Hope, Renewing Commitment
Question: What is the deal with alkaline foods? What are people even talking about? - R Reply: Hello, R. This is a great question and one that I’ve often wondered about myself. I’ve broken down this question into three chunks. First, what does alkaline mean? If you recall your high school chemistry, alkaline is the opposite of acidic, … Continue reading Ask Dr. Benzi: What’s the Deal With Alkaline Foods?
Photo courtesy of LA Times Like many, I was very shaken by the events of yesterday. On my morning dog walk I wondered what I could say that might be of value and tie to my thinking around bullshit. When I got back from my walk, I tweeted: The idea that a lone nut can … Continue reading Follow Who You Want, but Always Check Your Sources
Photo by Stefano Pollio on Unsplash I knew far more when I was 24 and just starting my medical career than I know today. If you asked me, I would confidently tell you that free will was a myth, the soul an illusion, and stories of ghosts and heaven simply wishful thinking. The older I … Continue reading Mysteriouser and Mysteriouser: Ghost Stories and Death in Medicine