Category: Dr. Dad

The Summer of Zika

By J. Ron Eaker, M.D. I am not an alarmist. In fact, I am generally just the opposite. I, like Joe Friday (there’s a reference no-one under 40 will get), want the facts and only the facts, and the fact is that while Zika virus disease is worth noting, it’s not worthy of massive hysteria. First, of course, some facts Zika is a virus transmitted by a mosquito in the Aedes species which is significant because this same scourge can harbor other viral illnesses such as  dengue and chikungunya. Unlike these illnesses, 80 percent of those who contract Zika...

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A Delusion a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

By J. Ron Eaker, M.D.   I have several legitimate, healthy delusions. Now, on the surface this may appear as a juxtaposition worthy of a seasoned politician, but I feel my irrational thoughts (i.e. delusions) are somewhat logical and justified. I realize this is enough double-talk to keep a Freudian psychoanalyst busy for months, so let me attempt to clarify. My only concern is that if you understand my explanation, you may suffer from the same worrisome thinking as I do. You have been warned. Delusion number one is that I am invincible. I don’t mean in the Marvel superhero sense...

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Uterus Transplant?

By J. Ron Eaker, M.D.   Recently, news of the first uterus transplant in the United States was blasted across the mediasphere. Doctors at The Cleveland Clinic, in a nine-hour-long surgery on a 26-year-old patient, took the uterus from a cadaver and implanted it in the young woman. The clinic says the patient adequately tolerated the procedure and is recovering well. She faces a year-long rehabilitation in which she will be required to take anti-rejection drugs. The first question any sane person should ask about this news is…why? The spokesperson for Cleveland Clinic stated that one potential recipient capsulized...

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I Cook; Therefore I am…

By J. Ron Eaker, M.D.   With apologies to René Descartes and Karin Calloway, I am celebrating my newfound culinary prestidigitation. For years my idea of a home cooked meal was going through the drive through at Chick-fil-A, so being excited  about the art of cooking is as new  to me as tax cuts are to Democrats. This new hobby was sparked by joining one of those new home food delivery services that seem to be springing up like mushrooms in my front yard. Many are familiar with the concept. You pick from a variety of meals and miraculously...

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4 F’s of Menopause

By J. Ron Eaker, M.D.   Applicants classified “4F” by the U.S. Selected Service System are considered not physically or emotionally fit to serve inthe U.S. military. Unbeknownst to many women in the menopause, they may achieve a different “4F” status because of a combination of factors. Frazzled, Fatigued, Frigid and Fat Frazzled We live in Frazzled times. A recent study by a University health group estimates that 70 percent of visits to a primary care physician are at least partially stress related. Stress can act as a volume control on your symptoms stereo, turning up or down the intensity of a problem. ...

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