nos-trum. pronunciation: \nos'-trum\. noun. Etymology: Latin, neuter of noster our, ours.
1. a medicine of secret composition recommended by its preparer but usually without scientific proof of its effectiveness.
2. a usually questionable remedy or scheme.
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About Nostrums

Nostrums started out as an email newsletter to friends and family.  I had just completed two years as CEO of a large teaching hospital.  Those two years were filled with a single task:  take a medical center destroyed by Hurricane Katrina and re-build it into the high-quality medical institution it had been.  At the same time, I had to help health care workers and the community with their basic medical needs, while coming back on line.

The task had been very rewarding, but exhausting.  As I looked back over 30 years in medical practice and health care management, I wanted to explore something new.
At about the same time, I began supplementing my medical journal reading by digesting the mainstream media's articles on medical advances and health policy proposals.  I found the quality of those efforts to be outrageously bad and notoriously misleading.

The turning point came when I read a headline that said "New HPV Vaccine May Make PAP Smear Obsolete."  Knowing that the vaccine prevented only some strains of Human Papilloma Virus and that cervical cancer has more than one contributing cause, this seemed premature at best, and false at worst--a real disservice to women.

So, I began picking up on those articles that were superficial, over-hyped, or misleading--using friends and family as a sounding board for my dismay over what people were being told.

The title "Nostrums" is explained on the lead page, but it emphasizes that what I commonly write about is the medical facts and research behind what's offered as a "miracle cure" or "breakthrough."  All nostrums need to be exposed for what they are.

At this time, I'm not interested in advertising.  I am available to other sites who want an expert opinion on health care matters, and will write an article or blog posting on a requested topic.  Otherwise, running this blog helps me stay current on the science behind topical issues.

Thanks for visiting.  Enjoy.

Doc D

PS:  The "What I'm Reading" widgeet at the bottom of the website allows you to go review the book on Amazon.   To use the widget, Amazon offers me 30 cents if you buy a book from them through my list.  I don't care.  Please find your own source if you want to read it...I don't need the commercialization.  If I link a title in a post to Amazon, that's different.  There's no money link if you go there and buy the book.  I hope that's clear.


What I'm Reading - Updated 3 May