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 …

The Quant-Friendly Doctor at the Quantified Self Conference 2013

This past Thursday, Dr. Abramson and I attended the Quantified Self Conference in the Presidio in San Francisco. We hosted a morning breakout session titled “Quant-Friendly Doctors and Doctor-Friendly Quants” that drew a very passionate and diverse crowd. We began by describing what exactly it is we are doing in our medical practice with self-tracking and our unique Quant Coaching …

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 …

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), When the Mind-Body Connection Short Circuits

So many diseases and conditions in America are automatically treated with a prescription pad. But what if pills won’t help? “The mind and the body are linked, physically, neurologically, as well as emotionally, and that things that affect the mind can affect the gut and vice versa. If you do something to alleviate mind stressors, you can improve body functions.” …

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Sodium Butyrate: An Overlooked Supplement for #Crohn’s Disease #ibd

Sodium butyrate is a short chain fatty acid by-product of gut microbes and the primary energy source for cells lining the colon. Since it is sold as a dietary supplement in the United States, it is not regulated by the FDA as a medication.  Sodium butyrate may be a beneficial supplement for those suffering from mild-to-moderate Crohn’s disease, especially since …

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Do you or a loved one have the Female Athlete Triad?

How often does a doctor say “you need to gain weight?” We’re all used to medical professionals (and the media) focusing on weight loss and other ways to prevent diabetes and cardiovascular disease. What’s often overlooked is that a surprising number of otherwise healthy people actually suffer from being underweight, sometimes with devastating consequences. One group of such people is …

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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 …

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A Medically-Supervised Self-Tracking Program Might Work Better for Migraines #quantifiedself

There’s a growing body of research supporting the methodologies we use in our medically supervised Quant Coach Program here at My Doctor Medical Group. If you get violently ill every time you go on a roller coaster, what do you do? Unless you are a peculiar breed of masochist, you likely avoid roller coasters at all costs. The avoidance of …

Why the #QuantifiedSelf Movement Will Continue to Make Inroads in Medicine

Excerpt from an article on The Medtech Pulse blog: “Many of the people who come to my office…have come because modern medicine has failed them in some way, or they have used up its power to help them and they know not what else to do.” —Rachel Naomi Remen, MD A couple of weeks ago, at Stanford Medicine X, Paul Abramson MD …

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Dr. Abramson’s Talk at Medicine X 2012 on Self Tracking in Medical Care

I gave a talk on implementing self tracking in my medical practice at the Medicine X 2012 Conference at Stanford on September 28, 2012. A bit of perspective on the health care system and its shortcomings provided an introduction to a new model of care involving a Quant Coach as an integral member of a medical team, with the patient …