stupid medicine

Prince and Prescription Drug Addiction

Prince and Drug Addiction: A Case of ‘Gross Medical Stupidity’?

Prescription opiates are now responsible for a higher addiction rate in the United States than any recreational drug out there, cocaine and heroin included. Oxycontin, Percocet, Codeine, and Fentanyl are being used at “epidemic” rates.  The United States makes up 5 percent of the world’s population but uses 75 percent of the world’s prescription opiates. …

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Stupid Medicine, Part 3: Plantar Fasciitis

Truth be told, plantar fasciitis, the latest entry into stupid medicine, isn’t as mind-numbingly stupid as some other conditions that we have covered and will cover in the stupid medicine annals. But it’s still pretty stupid. For instance, here’s a look at WebMd.com’s list of the most common causes of plantar fasciitis: • Common if you …

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Anatomical image of the carpal ligament and median nerve entering the wrist.

Stupid Medicine, Vol. 2: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

If you are bored and want to self-induce a horrible headache, just Google “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.”  The amount of incongruent and incomprehensible information is astonishing. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is our second entry in the Stupid Medicine files. How does Carpal Tunnel Syndrome present? WebMD defines Carpal Tunnel Syndrome as “numbness, tingling, weakness and problems in your hand …

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Stupid medicine includes old advertisement from the 1800s for sasparilla as a cure-all.

‘Stupid Medicine’ Catches On: The Causes and Effect of Medical Overtreatment

“Thousands of Americans undergo disc removal or spinal fusion each year, despite limited evidence that either surgical procedure is more effective than non-operative therapy in providing long-term pain relief or improved function. And for patients with the typical wear-and-tear osteoarthritis of the knee, physical therapy proves as successful as the commonly performed arthroscopic surgery.” Sounds …

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Stupid Medicine, Vol. I: Shin Splints

We have been treating sports related injuries for nearly 20 years and now its time for us to unveil the long overdue blog series that we call “Stupid Medicine.” “Stupid medicine” pays tribute to and dissects commonly practiced medical procedures that we hope to see eventually removed from the medical handbooks. This month we begin …

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The Patients Have Spoken and I Am (or am not) Listening!!!

I feel like I’m having a Sacha Baron Cohen moment (actor of “Borat” and “Dictator” fame). On the one hand I am smiling and nodding in agreement, and on the other, I am probably doing EXACTLY the opposite of what everyone has advised. Let me start by sincerely thanking all of you for responding and …

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Message to All Of Our Patients: I NEED YOUR HELP!!!

OK, I KNOW, I KNOW, I’ve been out of the loop for a little while. But in this issue of our Capitol Rehab Newsletter, I NEED YOUR HELP!! To show you how serious I am about this, please take down my direct email address; Dr.Bill.Booker@gmail.com Thanks for taking me seriously. Now what I need from …

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