Paul Abramson MD

My Doctor Medical Group Update 04-10-2020

Sent to the patients of My Doctor Medical Group on 4/10/2020 by Paul Abramson MD To Our Patients, Keep reading for more information about how to get medical care during this difficult time, how to provide support and two free therapy sessions for first responders/front line medical professionals, and how we are providing medical services while we are sheltering in …

Plague

Plague in Madagascar

World Health Organization Advisory: Plague in Madagascar: October 2017 As of October 4th, the Ministry of Public Health of Madagascar reports 194 cases of plague, including pneumonic, bubonic and once case of septicemia, with 30 deaths in 20 districts and cities across the country. Implications for travelers: The risk of infection with Yersinia pestis for international travelers to Madagascar is …

KQED Science: Dr. Abramson Interviewed on NPR About Health Technology

 Dr. Abramson was interviewed on NPR Morning Edition by Amy Standen yesterday about the role of wearable technology and health apps in the doctor’s office. Take, for example, Dr. Paul Abramson, a primary care doctor in San Francisco’s financial district. Abramson is no techno-phobe. He sees patients in a sleek white office with a hydraulic standing desk from Denmark and …

Paul Abramson MD Interviewed On Doctors Who Accept Bitcoin

Health IT News ran a piece this week about physicians who accept payment in the virtual currency Bitcoin. Dr. Paul Abramson was interviewed on his experiences taking Bitcoin at My Doctor Medical Group in San Francisco. Abramson, founder of My Doctor Medical Group, is a former software programmer and trained electrical engineer with a significant personal interest in privacy. It …

SF Chronicle Interview: Paul Abramson MD on Medically-Supervised Self Tracking

My Doctor Medical Group founder Paul Abramson MD was interviewed this week in the San Francisco Chronicle about his use of self tracking technologies, in collaboration with “Quant Coach” Lauren DeDecker, to collaboratively help his patients in San Francisco solve vexing health challenges, taking the do-it-yourself Quantified Self approach to a professionally-supervised level. Most importantly, Dr. Abramson emphasized that self …

Steven Brill

Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills are Crushing Us. Investigative reporting at its best from Steven Brill. #costsofcare

Required reading for everyone who lives in the United States, or who is thinking about doing so: Steven Brill delivered an amazing piece of investigative journalism in February 2013 on the U.S. health care system in Time Magazine. Hopefully everyone will read it before they develop a serious illness, but regardless it lays bare some of the reasons why the health …

Can eating processed carbs thwart attempts to treat other addictions?

A recent article in the New York Times: “How Carbs Can Trigger Food Cravings” discussed the mechanisms by which high-glycemic index foods based on processed carbs trigger similar brain reward responses as highly addictive drugs like cocaine. While the author mainly concluded that people wanting to lose weight should avoid processed carbs and sugar, which is obvious, I think the …

Owning a #Dog May Reduce the Risk of Heart Disease #animaltherapy

The American Heart Association released a surprising statement this month: Owning a dog is associated with a lower risk in heart disease, and maybe blood pressure, cholesterol levels, obesity and the response to stress. Of course finding a correlation does not prove causation. But there is a mounting body of evidence that does point toward pet ownership being a good …

Fasting Plate

Intermittent Fasting Shows Promise for Treating Diabetes and Heart Disease

Right up there with the very well-marketed Paleo diet, intermittent fasting (IF) has achieved popular attention in the past year for its potential role in achieving rapid weight loss. But now there is mounting evidence that this approach to eating may have specific benefits for those with diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Intermittent fasting can be implemented in various ways. Common …

Horse Chestnut

A natural remedy for varicose veins

Horse chestnut seed extract has been shown to have some effect when used orally for symptomatic treatment of chronic venous insufficiency, such as varicose veins. It may also be useful for relieving pain, tiredness, tension, and swelling in the legs. It contains a number of anti-inflammatory substances, including escin, which reduces edema and lowers fluid exudation by decreasing vascular permeability. …