Category Archives: Perspective

Immunization – myths and misconceptions (2012)

Myths of immunization

This lecture was presented at the recent fall nursing symposium. Depending on your connection it may take a few moments to load.

References and links

  1. Inflammation described by Celsus
  2. What is an antigen?
  3. Types of immunity
  4. Plague in the middle ages
  5. How India has defeated Polio, a BBC report
  6. Edward Jenner – the man who saved more lives than any other man
  7. Herd immunity
  8. Algorithm for immunizing persons with egg allergies
  9. Influenza vaccination in individuals with egg allergies
  10. Ileal-lymphoid nodular hyperplasia, non-specific colitis and pervasive developmental disorder in children, Lancet 1998- the original article by AJ Wakefield that started the controversy over vaccination in the late 1990s
  11. Wikipedia article on Andrew Wakefield
  12. My comments on Wakefield findings dated January 2011
  13. Article in The Telegraph reporting on the outbreak of Measles in Liverpool
  14. Risk of seizures after whole cell pertussis or Measles, Mumps, and Rubella vaccine
  15. Gates foundation and vaccination

Getting the most from your doctor- How do doctors make a diagnosis

A better understanding of how doctors make diagnoses can help the consumer get the most out of a doctor visit.

A better understanding of how doctors make diagnoses can help the consumer get the most out of a doctor visit.

By no means am I suggesting that patients need to know how to make a diagnosis but rather that a better understanding of the mechanics of the process may help avoid unnecessary waste of time and money in trying to provide care. Continue reading

Body-Mass Index and Mortality among 1.46 Million White Adults — NEJM

Very interesting article in the recent New England Journal of Medicine about BMI and mortality. Nothing earth shattering in terms of news but does produce more evidence that BMI accounts for a significant part of “health”. A great portion of health is just maintaining optimal BMI, not smoking and getting some exercise.

Body-Mass Index and Mortality among 1.46 Million White Adults — NEJM.