School Start Times

The ancients knew that children of a certain age pass through a change that is profound. In their metamorphic transition from childhood to adulthood, they become different beings.

For a long, long time now we have known that the change increases their need for sleep and shifts their biological clocks. The consequence is that they tend to fall asleep late and then wake up much later. Despite the presumptions of some early-rising adults, it isn’t laziness.

Violent Adverse Drug Reactions

Most of my patients are concerned about adverse effects of prescription medications. My own skeptical attitude on this and other issues underlies my approach to patient care, and has done so for as long as I have been practicing medicine. Prescription medications can be life saving, but for many reasons, they can also cause problems. […]

Vitamin D and Neurologic Disease

Vitamin D has been all the rage for a few years. Ironically, despite the fact that everyone knows that our bodies create vitamin D in response to sunlight and most of us experience mood changes during the darker months, the high likelihood of a link had not been researched. A study was just published correcting […]