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Lab Testing – Why Did My Doctor Order that Test?

Last time we discussed the limitations of laboratory tests.  Today we’ll talk about imaging.  You know, x-rays, CT scans, MRIs, Ultrasound, the machines that make pictures of the insides of our bodies.  TV shows tell us that if you just order the right scan, it will give the answer we need.  The reality is that …

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Common Does Not Mean Normal

I treat women every day who tell me that they have issues with peeing when they cough, sneeze, and laugh, but that it is because they have had a baby or are in menopause.  Just because it is common to have issues with incontinence, prolapse, or pelvic pain does NOT mean that it is normal.  …

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“I Was Tested for Everything”

Well, not exactly.  It only feels that way because the lab tech sucked seven vials of blood out of you rendering you lightheaded.  There are thousands of tests that can be run by various labs and no one’s yearly screening labs or even an extensive workup for a given problem would involve enough tests to …

How Do Vaccines Work?

Let’s pretend that sometime you may have to take a pop quiz.  You have a choice.  You can be given the answers ahead of time.  The other option is that you can take the test without ever having studied.  By the way, if you get an A, you will never notice that you even took …

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Why I Became A Concierge Doctor

Usually I write about medical issues, but I figure no one needs more information about the pandemic from me.  No other topic leaps to mind.  I thought that I’d share a more personal experience that may have some resonance with readership of the Feather Sound News.  I made mention in an earlier article that I …