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Ep. 158 Alycia “The Bomb” Baumgardner: A Fighter’s Life Under Lockdown

Our guest is Alycia Baumgardner, a professional super feather boxer based in Michigan. She joins us to share her professional and personal experience with the lockdown measures instituted in response to the COVID-10 pandemic.

GUEST:

Alycia “The Bomb” Baumgardner: Twitter and Facebook

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Ep. 157 Stephen Senn: N-of-1 Trials and Beyond

Our guest is Professor Stephen Senn, a world renowned statistician whose career has spanned the gamut of activities that involves statistical analysis in medicine, from teaching to research to consultancy. Professor Senn obtained his PhD in Statistics from the University of Dundee and became a Chartered Statistician from the Royal Statistical Society in 1993. He has held professorships at University College London and at the University of Glasgow. He is the author of several books, notably Statistical Issues in Drug Development and Dicing with Death: Chance, Risk, and Health.

GUEST:

Stephen Senn, PhD: Twitter and Website

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  • Wood FA, et al. N-of-1 Trial of a Statin, Placebo, or No Treatment to Assess Side-Effects (Open Access in New Engl J Med)
  • Araujo, A Julious S, Senn S. Understanding variation in sets of N-of-1 trials (Open Access in PLOS One)
  • Senn S. Statistical pitfalls of personalized medicine (Open Access in Nature)
  • Senn S. Mastering Variation: Variance components and personalized medicine (Open Access in Stat in Med)
  • Stephen Senn. Dicing with Death: Chance, Risk, and Health (Amazon link)

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Ep. 156 The Push for Nurse Practitioners on the Frontlines of Healthcare

Our guests are Rebekah Bernard, MD and Niran Al-Agba, MD, authors of a soon-to-be-published book examining the rise of nurse practitioners and physician assistants in healthcare.

Dr. Bernard is a family physician from Fort Myers, Florida. She is board member of Physicians for Patient Protection, an organization calling for more transparency regarding the difference in training between physicians and non-physician providers.

Dr. Al-Agba is a board-certified pediatrician in private practice in Washington State. She is a prolific writer who speaks widely and openly on a variety of issues, including policy, ethics, and medical practice. 

GUESTS:

Rebekah Bernard: Twitter and website

Niran Al-Agba: Twitter and website

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Niran Al-Agba and Rebekah Bernard: Patients at Risk: The Rise of the Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant in Healthcare (Amazon link and book website)

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Ep. 155 Kevin McKernan on PCR testing for COVID-19

Our guest is Kevin McKernan, founder and chief scientific officer of Medicinal Genomics, a company specialized in genetic testing of medicinal plants, including cannabis for strains, traits, and pest infestation, including plant viruses. He is here to shed light on the process of PCR testing as applied to the COVID pandemic.

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Kevin McKernan: Twitter

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  • Jaafar R. et al. “Correlation Between 3790 Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction–Positives Samples and Positive Cell Cultures, Including 1941 Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 Isolates” (Open access in Clinical Infectious Diseases)

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Ep. 154 Outpatient COVID-19 Therapy: Why the Controversy?

Our guest is Peter McCullough, MD, MPH, consultant cardiologist and Vice Chief of Medicine at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. He is an internationally recognized authority on the role of chronic kidney disease as a cardiovascular risk state with more than a thousand publications and more than five hundred citations in the National Library of Medicine. His works have appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, Lancet and other top-tier journals worldwide.

However, he is not with us to discuss the cardiorenal syndrome nor his many illustrious achievements in cardiology. Rather, he joins us to tell us about an article on the outpatient treatment of COVID-19 of which he is first author. The paper is titled and was published in the American Journal of Medicine online on August 6, 2020.

GUEST:

Peter McCullough, MD, MPH: Twitter

LINKS:

  • McCullough P, et al. “Pathophysiological Basis and Rational for Early Outpatient Treatment of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Infection” (Open Access in Am J. Med)

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Ep. 153 Vinay Prasad: Making Conversations in Medicine Great Again

Our guest is Vinayak K. Prasad, hematologist-oncologist. He was an associate professor of medicine at the Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine and in the summer of 2020 moved to the University of California San Francisco.

He is a prolific researcher with a particular interest in the quality of medical evidence and trial design. He is also author of 2 best-selling books: Ending Medical Reversal (2015) co-authored with Dr. Adam Cifu and Malignant: How Bad Evidence and Bad Policy Harm People With Cancer, released earlier this year.

We have a broad ranging conversation about the tenor of medical discourse today and about his main ideas regarding the quality of medical evidence.

GUEST:

Vinay Prasad: Twitter, Website, and Podcast

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  • Prasad, V et al. “A Decade of Reversal: An Analysis of 146 Contradicted Medical Practices.” Open Access in Mayo Clinic Proceedings with accompanying video of Dr. Prasad
  • Vinay Prasad and Adam Cifu. Ending Medical Reversal. Amazon link.
  • Vinay Prasad. Malignant. Amazon link.

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Ep. 152 Underrepresented Minorities in India: The Reservation System

Our guest is Dr. Somalaram Venkatesh, interventional cardiologist In private practice in Bengaluru, India. He obtained his medical degree and completed his cardiology training at PGI, Chandigarh. He is now director of cardiology at Aster Hospital, Bengaluru. He discusses India’s historical legacy of discrimination, and the solution built into the Indian constitution to rectify this : the reservation system.

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Somalaram Venkatesh, MD: Professional website

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Ep. 151 Brain Death: Challenges and Responses

Does it matter if we call irreversibly comatose patients “dead?” Our guest is Doyen Nguyen, OP, MD, STD. Dr. Nguyen was previously an academic hemato-pathologist and is currently a Catholic moralhttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5749302/ theologian and bioethicist. She has authored books and articles both in medicine and in moral theology/bioethics and authored a 600-page monograph that takes a critical look at brain death from a variety of perspectives.

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Ep. 35 Why Brain Death Isn’t Death: An Introduction to “Shewmon’s Challenge” (with guest Alan Shewmon, MD)

Ep. 45 Brain Death at the Bedside (with guest Fred Rincon, MD)

Ep. 146 Diagnosing Brain Death: Clinical and Legal Quagmire (with guests Alan Shewmon and Doyen Nguyen)

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Ep. 150 David Cayley on Ivan Illich

Our guest is David Cayley, author and broadcaster based in Toronto, Canada, whose career focused on the philosophies of major contemporary thinkers and on the history of intellectual thought. For 30 years, he made radio commentaries for the acclaimed Ideas radio series produced by the CBC. He is well known for his close collaboration and friendship with the philosopher and social critic Ivan Illich who is the subject of this episode.

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David Cayley: Website

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  • “David Cayley. “Questions about the current pandemic from the viewpoint of Ivan Illich.” (blog post, April 8, 2020)
  • Ivan Illich. Limits to Medicine: Medical Nemesis; The Expropriation of Health (Amazon link)
  • David Cayley and Ivan Illich. Rivers North of the Future: The Testament of Ivan Illich (Amazon link)

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Ep. 149 James Lindsay: Critical Race Theory, Post-Modernism, and Medicine

An American-born author, mathematician, and political commentator, Dr. James Lindsay has written books spanning a range of subjects including religion, the philosophy of science and postmodern theory. He is the co-founder of the website New Discourses and is currently promoting his new book “Cynical Theories”. Enjoy a wide ranging discussion on the Post-Modern movement and how it impacts Medicine

GUEST:

James Lindsay: Twitter and New Discourses Web page

SHOW NOTES:

Amazon book link: Cynical Theories

John Stuart Mill Essay: On Liberty

Anish’s article in Quilette on the Real Gender gap in Cardiology: https://quillette.com/2019/06/12/the-real-gender-gap-in-heart-disease/

New Discourses website: https://newdiscourses.com/

Podcast on race and estimated GFR: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/race-and-estimated-gfr/id1461664501?i=1000488650915

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