Overkill: When Modern Medicine Goes Too Far

I just finished the book, “Overkill: When Modern Medicine Goes Too Far,” by Paul A. Offit M.D. What a great book it was! This is the best, evidence-based book on medical care written for the lay person I have read.

Bottle of Lies

A book to change the way you practice… I just finished reading, Bottle of Lies: The Inside Story of the Generic Drug Boom by Katherine Eban. This book tells the story of how generic medicines came to the American market, how the US health system has leaned on their lower prices, and the many difficulties…

Doctors of the future

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patient in the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.” –Thomas A. Edison

I Contain Multitudes

Recently, I have been reading a lot of great books. I recently listened to this book (I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life) as an audiobook. This is a book that discusses how microbes are all around us and in us. How we depend on these microbes and they…

2014 Social Media Lookback

What did I learn regarding social media in 2014? I learned I did not need Facebook in my life anymore. Early this year, I deactivated my Facebook account. I did this hesitantly as I was worried of a bit of personal FOMO. I had a lot of connections (friends) on Facebook, and I worried I would…

Antifragile

I finally finished the book “Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder” by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. This is a very deep, technical book that only increases my intense respect for the intellect and thought processes of this author. My understanding has grown of how in modern society we tend to move more and more toward policies…

Healthy Living

Yesterday, the European Code Against Cancer was released. It is a list of 12 things to help avoid cancer. As a physician, I would argue that this is much more than that, it is a code for healthy living. Many of these points protect against other common chronic diseases or at least delay onset and help ease their management….

Rock Breaks Scissors

I flew through this book: Rock Breaks Scissors: A Practical Guide to Outguessing and Outwitting Almost Everybody by William Poundstone. I heard about this book during an interview with the author on NPR. It totally lived up to my expectations – looking at the world from a mathematical perspective and reiterating how poorly we intuitively…

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants…

Malcolm Gladwell continues to astound me as an author. The number of best sellers he writes speaks for itself. This book continues his trends, and for good reason. This book tells of our common inability to measure up situations as they really are. He makes the reader learn to think differently towards challenges and obstacles often…

The Black Swan

This book was amazing. It has heavily influenced the way I look at life and the world. I wish I understood Taleb’s points better and could better explain them to others. Recently, I have found the concept of randomness and randomness in our daily lives simply fascinating. I cannot seem to get enough of it,…