Jim McVeagh

Treating Health - MacDoctor

May 26, 2011

Philosophically, I have a deep disquiet about the tendency of my profession to medicalise health. While I have no qualms at all about vigorously treating risk factors for heart disease such as high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol, I confess to being a little dubious about the advisability of blindly treating the general population with the cocktail of drugs [...] Related posts:

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The Ethics of Homeopathy - MacDoctor

Apr 22, 2011

Dr Shaun Holt is no stranger to controversy, having last year laid into the Chiropractors. Now he, along with a number of other researchers, have written a letter to the New Zealand Medical Journal saying: Practicing homeopathy or endorsing it by referring patients is not consistent with the ethical or regulatory requirements of practising medicine [...] Related posts:

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On Mothers and Motorways - MacDoctor

Apr 06, 2011

The Herald reports on a new study that suggests a link between premature births and proximity to motorways. At first glance this seems like it is intuitively right – all that pollution and carbon monoxide could be expected to produce low birth-weight, premature babies. Unfortunately, this study, which can be accessed in full here (PDF), [...] Related posts:

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Another Blow to Men’s Health - MacDoctor

Apr 06, 2011

The decision of the health select committee that there will be no National Prostate cancer screening can only be described as short-sighted. Once again, the opportunity to create a world class preventative health program is slipping through our fingers. Conventional thinking, like that exhibited by Associate Professor Brian Cox of the Dunedin School of Medicine, dictates [...] Related posts:

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Why Pregnant Rats Should Avoid Apples - MacDoctor

Feb 12, 2011

No, that’s not what the headline was on the front page of the Weak-end Herald today – it was considerably more alarmist: Fruit juice, apples linked to fetus harm An expectant mother could be putting her unborn child at risk by drinking as little as three glasses of juice a day or eating five apples. [...] Related posts:

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Don’t Blame Me - MacDoctor

Feb 10, 2011

I see that ACC has now decided that the increase in surgery refusals is nothing to do with their belligerent campaign to kick every long-standing injury off their books, but it is all the fault of the specialists. Some surgeons are putting through claims they know won’t be approved by ACC, its board chairman John [...] Related posts:

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Double Employment - MacDoctor

Feb 06, 2011

Many specialists in New Zealand work part-time in the public health system and part-time in their own private practice. They do not generally do this to make extra money because there is usually more than enough work for a specialist working full-time in private practice. Specialists work in public hospitals for several reasons. Complex surgery [...] Related posts:

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The Air We Breathe - MacDoctor

Jan 31, 2011

Nick Smith has just sensibly announced that he will extend the target date for air quality standards out from 2013 to 2020. Predictably, Labour are ranting about people dying because of the delay in implementing the standards. The Idiot at No Right Turn is even calling Nick Smith a murderer! Apparently Mr. Smith is going [...] Related posts:

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Breast Dogma - MacDoctor

Jan 17, 2011

There’s a bit of a rumpus going on at the moment in the world of Midwifery. It seems that some brave doctors, paediatrician Dr Mary Fewtrell, of University College London and her colleagues, have published a paper challenging the WHO dogma of six months of breast feeding. The Midwives are all frothing at the mouth [...] Related posts:

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Die Another Way - MacDoctor

Jan 14, 2011

I suppose I will be getting visits from dozens of worried patients who have just read the Herald’s latest attempt to scare the willies out of you. Popular painkillers ‘lift stroke, heart risk’ Any headline like this, involving common drugs, causes plenty of panic. Many of my patients will simply stop taking these medicines and [...] Related posts:

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