Category: Dr. Dad

Why Am I Sad?

By J. Ron Eaker, M.D. Virginia dragged herself into the office and slumped over in the chair. Her body language spoke volumes and her words reinforced that she was feeling poorly. “I don’t get it.  I feel pretty normal, and then over about a week this time every year I feel like I am falling down a deep hole and can’t get out.  I sleep way more than normal, but never feel rested. I gain weight and just feel down all the time.  I’m really getting tired of being tired.” Virginia wasn’t sad, she had SAD. Seasonal Affective Disorder,...

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A Healthy Thankfulness

By J. Ron Eaker, M.D. I stepped off the bus apprehensive about the scene unfolding in front of me.  The Infirmary or “Home for the Poor” as it was otherwise known, was a collection of dilapidated barracks housing abandoned physically and mentally ill men and women who were deemed to have no value to either family or society.  The Infirmary was located on a purposefully isolated knoll in coastal Jamaica symbolically situated to reinforce their desire to forget its existence.  The contrast surrounding its physical location was as stark as the dichotomy of the island itself.  A lush forest...

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There is an App for That

By J. Ron Eaker, M.D. Need groceries delivered…there’s an app for that. Want to name a new kitten…there’s an app for that. Want to get pregnant… there’s an app for that, but it turns out it’s probably not very helpful. A new study out of the Georgetown School of medicine suggests that the majority of fertility apps blanketing the market are of minimal usefulness in either predicting fertility or timing to prevent pregnancy. This study, published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, looked at ninety five fertility apps that were commonly available on sites such...

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Choose Wisely

By J. Ron Eaker, M.D. I love to classify things.  It helps me understand the world when I can put things into categories that make sense.  Unfortunately these categories may not make any sense to the rest of the world, so often I am a bit hesitant to share.  For example, I find it helpful to classify time as pre-Lucy and post-Lucy.  By this I don’t mean Lucy the 3.2 million year old Australopithecus hominid rumored to be our ancestor, I mean the red headed zany comedian Lucille Ball. One useful classification tool is in characterizing diseases. Virtually every...

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Microbes “R” Us

By J. Ron Eaker, M.D. Many parents joke that sending their children back to school is like thrusting them into a bacterial and viral caldron, and they may not be far from the truth. You are a walking zoo of microbial diversity!  In other words, you are chock-full of viruses, bacteria, fungi, and various other little creatures in every crack and crevice of your body, inside and out.  It is estimated that the average human contains somewhere in the realm of 30 trillion cells; however, many scientist project that we carry upwards of 39 trillion microbes. Think about that...

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