Hello my Zebras and Spoonies! Thanks for coming and hanging out with me today, I’m glad that you are here. Today I am going to be talking about human rights in context of our friendships. Something that I have been seeing a lot on social media is a phrase that goes something like “How about we accept that we can be friends with people who have different opinions about rights.” And my response is: No. This is not correct. I cannot be friends with someone that is in favor of stripping away human rights from anyone. This is not a difference of opinion, but rather a matter of ethics.Continue reading “Ethics Are Not Opinions”
Hello my Zebras and Spoonies! Thanks for coming and hanging out with me today, I’m glad that you are here. Today I am going to be talking about Roe vs Wade. It has been pretty impossible as of late to avoid this topic in the news. And for good reason. The talk of over turning this landmark decision could have major impact on the way the all of us receive health care. Because the truth is that Roe vs Wade is about a lot more then just abortion rights. So, let’s get into it.Continue reading “Roe vs Wade”
Hello my Zebras and Spoonies! Thanks for coming and hanging out with me today, I’m glad that you are here. Today I’m going to be talking about medical ethics, specifically “Do No Harm.”
Of all the Hippocratic writings the Oath, in spite of its shortness, is perhaps the most interesting to the general reader and also to the modern medical person. The idea of not doing the patient harm is within the Oath, but the phrase “Do No Harm” is not. Whatever its origin, it is a landmark in the ethics of medicine. It is a declaration that the purpose of medical knowledge is solely for healing. The Oath is the oldest known written work that speaks to Biomedical Ethics. And the idea that it expresses is still at the center of all bio-ethical debates today.Continue reading “Do No Harm”
Mandatory vaccination for a small portion of the population (regardless of which portion) will not achieve herd immunity and thus will not achieve the effect of protecting the public while it is infringing in medical autonomy; something that healthcare professionals do not acquiesce as part of our profession. If mandatory vaccination is required for public safety then why is it not being mandated for all people? A grocery clerk is a higher vector (an organism that transmits a disease or parasite from one animal to another) risk then myself given the number of customers they serve in a day compared to the 5 patients I have in a shift. Yet, the clerk is not mandated. Why is that? Either mandate the vaccine for everyone because it’s that important or don’t mandate it at all because this selection of a small group achieves little.Continue reading “Mandatory Covid Vaccination”
The ethical idea of “do no harm” is one most of us have heard and attribute to the Hippocratic Oath. Medical providers don’t actually abide by this at all, rather something more along the line of “let the benifits always out weight the risks.” Because the truth is that medical providers cause their patients harm all the time. There is no course of treatment (even choosing not to treat) that does not come with some level of risk for a negative out come. It becomes the job of the medical provider to help the patient to weigh the risk vs benefits for various treatment options.Continue reading “Do No Harm VS Personal Autonomy”
Ethics is the portion of philosophical thought that considers what is right and wrong. Ethics is broken down into 3 categories: Metaethics, Normative Ethics and Applied Ethics. Metaethics is abstract and related to a wide range of more specific practical questions. Such as “What is truth?” Normative ethics is the study of ethical action and is founded upon metaethical discussions. Simply stated, normative ethics refers to standards of behavior that tell us how human beings ought to act in the many situations in which they find themselves. Applied ethics is a discipline of philosophy that attempts to apply ethical theory to real-life situation. The discipline has many specialized fields, such as biomedical ethics.Continue reading “What is Ethics?”
Let me present you with some startling statistics.
Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) occurs in about ten percent of the population. This disease occurs at the same rate as Diabetes Mellitus (DM).
On average, a patient sees seven doctors before they are diagnosed with POTS. This means they get an incorrect diagnosis seven times before receiving the correct diagnosis. While many patients with DM go undiagnosed for a long period due to mild or no symptoms, they usually only see a single doctor to get the correct diagnosis.Continue reading “Prevelence”