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Is This Misinformation? November 14, 2022

Now that California has passed AB 2098 into law, which states, “the dissemination of misinformation or disinformation related to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, or ‘COVID-19,’ as unprofessional conduct”, California doctors could face losing their license for knowingly misleading their patients regarding COVID related information, including (mainly) vaccine information.   California Governor Gavin Newsom stated, “To be clear, this bill does not apply to any speech outside of discussions directly related to COVID-19 treatment with a direct physician patient relationship…”I am concerned about […]

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Ad hominem attacks have no role in medical research November 2, 2022

I’ve noticed a pattern.  It seems almost too coincidental, really. But looking at it in scientific research terms, let’s use  correlation between two variables here. It appears to me that the more an article refers to  “medical misinformation” the less that same article uses actual scientific research to support their own claims. In other words, don’t throw rocks from the porch of your glass house. Additionally, the more an article references “medical misinformation”, the more they refer to ad hominem […]

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The top 6 unhealthiest things you can consume October 13, 2022

I talk about diet and nutrition quite a bit when consulting with patients regarding their health. Sometimes I feel like a broken record when it comes to dietary practices. But let’s get real here–we all fall short of our desired goals and aspirations every day, especially when it comes to what we put in our mouths. As humans, we all have in our minds the picture of what we want to be. Sometimes reconciling what we want to be and […]

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Who gets to decide what “medical disinformation” is? October 10, 2022

Please click the link below so you can see the references as well. Who gets to decide what _medical disinformation_ is_

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What are the observed health impacts of climate change so far? September 19, 2022

I read almost every issue of American Family Physician, a peer-reviewed family medicine journal that I use along with other medical journals like the Journal of American Medical Association, Consultant, and the Journal of Family Practice to keep up with the latest practice guidelines in family medicine. I usually find the content relevant for staying up to date in my profession as a family doctor. While I don’t agree with everything that is included, I do agree with most, and […]

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The gap between academic and real-world medicine is widening Part 2 August 8, 2022

Here are some solutions I see that can help bridge the widening gap between academic and real-world medicine.  We need to address our own biases. I see a whole lot of political mud-slinging going on, especially around highly controversial and politically charged issues. We must constantly be asking ourselves as we investigate, “What if I’m wrong?” “What am I not seeing here that is so obvious to the other side?” “What can I learn from the other side that I […]

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The gap between academic and real-world medicine is widening–Part 1 August 1, 2022

I’m a physician who sees and treats patients every single day. Yes, when I’m not in the clinic seeing my panel of patients that span a large spectrum of ages and medical conditions, I’m on call for them, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week (unless I’m on vacation, and even then I’m still on call a lot of the time). I say this not to complain at all about my chosen profession, or  how much easier it is […]

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Why aren’t we wearing masks? Part 2 July 26, 2022

(Part 2 in a 2 part series…) Here are my opinions based on my experience, of why masks are nowhere to be seen, despite growing numbers of COVID infections. Granted, I, just like you or anyone else, am subjected to my own biases, but at least I’m telling you up front instead of spouting tribal groupthink ideas that imply “this is how it is, I’m right, they’re all wrong” sort of attitude.  N95 masks do help prevent infection very minimally. […]

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Why aren’t we wearing masks? Part 1 July 18, 2022

It’s summer, 2022, and COVID is rearing its ugly head again. I can see it in the slowly creeping numbers of positive tests, every day, little by little. No state is spared.  While not at peak levels experienced in the delta and omicron waves of last fall and winter, the sheer numbers of new daily infections assures us that COVID is back in the swing of things.  Back in April of 2020, many state governors, including those of Maryland, Connecticut, […]

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Admitting our own bias in medical research June 27, 2022

I would love to say that I, your fearless guide to all things virtuous, true, and noble, am myself, truly virtuous, true, and noble all the time. But alas, this is not so. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to see some type of objective instrument show me how unbiased I am. After all, I am not taking any money from anyone to push a narrative. I have nothing to gain from giving you free medical information.  I like […]

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Confessions of a 3.5 star doctor

  Me: “Forgive me Father,  for I have sinned” God: “Yes, my child, what sin would you like to confess?” Me: “According to the internet, I’m only a mere 3.5 star doctor.” God: “Well, why do you think you’re only a 3.5 star doctor?” Me: “According to the internet, I didn’t prescribe a z-pack to Janie*, because she had a cough since this morning and demanded it while in my office a few hours later. I was a “horrible, uncaring […]

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Did masks help? February 27, 2022

We are now fully two years into this pandemic and the controversy of masks in preventing the spread of COVID-19 continues to rage. Right or wrong, like vaccines and lockdowns, masks use adherence have been a flashpoint dividing the political right and left during the pandemic. It may have taken several months, but those on the right and left of the spectrum seem to have adopted mask wearing (or the lack thereof) as a symbol of political allegiance, the evidence […]

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Is the medical community to blame for COVID-19 misinformation? February 21, 2022

In times of uncertainty and doubt, and COVID-19 is a perfect example of this, a lot of things start happening  in our heads. When we are uncertain or begin to doubt, we have a reactive, emotional side to our brain ( the limbic system)  that tends to shut down the rational, logical side thinking patterns (the prefrontal cortex). That’s just part of being human. We end up making very otherwise unwise decisions based on these reactions. As humans ourselves, those […]

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Does America have an expert crisis? February 7, 2022

You know the old adage, “too many chefs spoil the dinner”.  Now we can say that about our health, as well. As a practicing family doctor for the past 20 years, I’ve seen countless times how too many specialists can “spoil” a patient’s health. A cardiologist starts two blood thinners to keep the patient from another heart attack, but then finds that the patient died of a bleeding ulcer from the blood thinners. A psychiatrist starts another patient on antipsychotics […]

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An open letter on Ivermectin and bias January 18, 2022

COVID-19 continues to pose a serious public health threat. A multitude of different prevention and treatment strategies have been employed to mitigate the effects of COVID-19, specifically to reduce length of illness, days of missed work, hospitalizations, and deaths. Ivermectin has been identified previously as having in vitro antiviral properties against SARS-COV-2.    Interest in ivermectin as a treatment for COVID-19 gained traction early in 2020 as a potential inexpensive treatment for COVID-19 patients based on in vitro findings, as […]

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COVID FAQ’s October 24, 2020

COVID Frequently Asked Questions October 24, 2020 I am not a Republican, I am not a Democrat, I am independently minded. There are problems with both political parties, please keep that in mind.  Dr. Hastings Question: Did locking down entire economies during COVID lead to fewer overall deaths?  Answer: No. Multiple lines of evidence (see here, here, and here) reveal that not only did locking down economies during COVID surge not decrease COVID deaths, it   INCREASED OVERALL deaths from […]

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COVID update October 19, 2020

FYI: I am neither a Democrat or Republican. I am politically fiercely independent. SUMMARY:  While the U.S. leads the world with the UK in testing per population, the U.S.  also has one of the highest COVID deaths per million. This appears to reject the scientific consensus that testing more people leads to fewer deaths if the U.S. is one of the world leaders in this area.   The states won by Trump in 2016 and states currently governed by Republicans fare […]

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COVID update July 31, 2020

There is risk in appearing insensitive by providing you the information below. I understand and accept this risk. Please know that I care about and am concerned about the health, well-being, and safety of each of you reading this email. Thank you in advance for understanding. Please direct any objective, evidence-based responses to our office, I read and consider all of them. Thank you.    Over the course of the last several weeks, we have been informed by news media […]

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My email to the President of the Texas Medical Association May 19, 2020

The following is an email sent on May 19, 2020 to the Dr. Diana L. Fite, President of the Texas Medical Association regarding COVID-19. I am extremely grateful to Dr. Fite for responding to my previous email addressing some controversies surrounding COVID-19. Good afternoon Dr. Fite, Thank you for taking the time to respond to my email. We are in agreement in regards to the generally accepted CDC guidelines regarding social distancing in a pandemic. I am aware of the […]

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Do lockdowns reduce deaths from COVID-19? April 28, 2020

Lockdowns and quarantines are procedures  called “Non Pharmaceutical Interventions” that are currently being advocated and used to slow the spread of highly contagious, infectious disease, such as COVID-19. However, despite these “social distancing” measures that appeared to lower death rates in previous pandemics like the 1918 flu, we are not seeing the same benefits that would be expected in the current pandemic. Why are lockdown orders not working like we think they should? I know this is controversial, but stick with […]

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