Category: Dr. Dad

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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Marathon Metaphors

By J. Ron Eaker, M.D. You don’t conquer the marathon, you survive it!  I am writing this on the way back from running marathon number 42!!! Let me just say for the record that sitting in a car for two and a half hours after running 26.2 miles, and being an old codger at that, is about as pleasurable as having your finger nails pulled out by a crazed, masked manicurist. However, the “runner’s high” carried me through until my body reminded me just how dumb this repeated punishment is. The race does give you plenty, and the way...

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I Bet You Didn’t Know

By J. Ron Eaker, M.D. As the weather improves so should your desire to get outside and get moving. If I had a pill that would make you look better, feel better, reduce your incidence of breast cancer or prostate cancer, didn’t cost anything and had no side effects, then most of you would beat a path to the pharmacy to get one. That pill does exist. It’s called exercise and it takes about 30 minutes to swallow! Exercise is truly the fountain of youth. There is no single activity that you can do that will have a more...

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What Patients Want

By J. Ron Eaker, M.D. Several years ago, Richard Gere made an awful movie called Dr. T & the Women in which he played a gynecologist (badly) who understood what women were thinking by audibly hearing their thoughts. The movie, as well as the premise was a disaster but I bring this up because I am doing something similar now by claiming that I know what people are thinking about their health (No, I’m not hearing voices). My premise is that after 30 years of listening, partnering, and treating, I have determined that many people have four things they...

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