Michael Jorrin, "Doc Gumshoe"

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Michael Jorrin,
I have been a medical writer for about 25 years; before that I was a documentary film maker, and some of my films were about medical subjects. I am not a physician, but I have a pretty good scientific background. I wouldn’t dream of recommending any kind of treatment to anyone, and I cannot give medical advice. However, I understand the medical literature and the data and evidence behind it, and I have an inquiring and skeptical turn of mind. I scrutinize and question and, sometimes, challenge the positions of some of the established health-care organizations as well as the marketers of health information. Eternal vigilance is a small price to pay for health. — Michael Jorrin (aka DocGumshoe) Michael Jorrin is a paid contributor to Stock Gumshoe, he has agreed to our trading restrictions but he chooses his own topics and his words and opinions are his own.

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Cancer Treatment 2018: Looking Towards the Future

Most of the attention in the media is now focused on the several forms of cancer treatment grouped under the flattering term “Precision Medicine.”   I find that the term raises my skepticism index just a bit; it’s like eating establishments labeling themselves “Gourmet Restaurants,” the implication being that joints not so identified are just […]

Cancer: The Lay of the Land in 2018

Putting the name of this imperious disease in the title of my homily places a weighty responsibility on me.   Who am I to attempt to put forth relevant information and sensible opinions on this topic, the mere mention of which makes most normal folk distinctly uneasy?   But I probably pay more attention to […]

Migraine Update

When I last took a look at what was happening in the treatment of migraines, I took careful pains to elucidate the differences between migraines and a plain old bad headache – the fact that migraines affect only one side of the head, and a detailed disquisition on the symptoms that many migraineurs (that’s the […]

May 2018 News of Possible Interest

No, these bits won’t be about Melania’s kidney ailment nor yet about what Meghan wore for The Wedding.   I wish them both luck – they’ll need it!. However, there continue to be developments on the medical and health-care fronts that may matter to us a good deal more than the doings of those ladies.    […]

More Looking Out for Your Own Wellbeing

[ed. note: Michael Jorrin, who I call Doc Gumshoe, is a longtime medical writer (not a doctor) who writes for us about medicine and health a couple times a month. He has agreed to our trading and disclosure restrictions, but does not generally write directly about investments. His ideas, thoughts and words are his own, […]

Looking Out for Your Own Wellbeing

[ed. note: Michael Jorrin, who I call Doc Gumshoe, is a longtime medical writer (not a doctor) who writes for us about medicine and health a couple times a month. He has agreed to our trading and disclosure restrictions, but does not generally write directly about investment ideas. His ideas, thoughts and words are his […]

March 2018 Short Takes from Doc Gumshoe

[ed. note: Michael Jorrin, who I call Doc Gumshoe, is a longtime medical writer (not a doctor) who writes for us about medicine and health a couple times a month. He has agreed to our trading and disclosure restrictions, but does not generally write directly about investment ideas. His ideas, thoughts and words are his […]

Miracles Redux

The last time Dr Al Sears crossed our path, his banner headline was that President Obama, “the most corrupt president in U. S. history,” issued a “Death Order” in 2016 that “could result in the needless deaths of 1.3 million American seniors this year.”   That “Death Order” consisted in the appointment of Robert Califf, […]

Recent Author Comments

On Getting Back to You: Responses to Comments on Cancer 2018
Elbert, I don't comment on stocks per se - too many things other than the actual benefit (or lack of benefit) of their products affect their performance. Cel Sci's offering is a leukocyte interleukin, which could well have cancer-fighting properties, as [...]
On Getting Back to You: Responses to Comments on Cancer 2018
Sorry if I was less than clear. All 2200 men had a diagnosis of prostate cancer and all chose active surveillance at the time of diagnosis. The 432 men were those who were under 60 years old at the start of the study, and they were studied as a subgrou[...]
On Cancer: The Lay of the Land in 2018
Many highly interesting comments for which many thanks. I will attempt to respond (& perhaps actually answer) to as many as possible, all in one entry. Briefly, yes, I am working on Delta 8 right now & will follow up with a look at what's happening wit[...]
On Solved: "WARNING: 'Golden Pill' May Make You Rich… " tease
Since blood pressure and cholesterol-lowering drugs have become cheap and common, heart disease mortality has plummeted, and it ain't because lots of people have swopped eating steak for Brazil nuts. The newer alternative cholesterol-lowering drugs will [...]
On Late Summer Pickings: September 2018
I am always pleased and entertained to see the variety of comments in reponse to my contributions to Gumshoe World. At the same time, I find it really difficult to respond to comments that proclaim a huge conspiracy between pharmaceutical companies, the [...]
On Alzheimer’s Disease 2018: The Lay of the Land
Yes, I have written about Parkinson's, but not for Doc Gumshoe - more for the professional medical audience to alert them to recent developments. Parkinson's and Alzheimer's do have some features in common, but Parkinson's is quite distinct in how it aff[...]
On Alzheimer’s Disease 2018: The Lay of the Land
Many interesting comments in response to that Alzheimer’s piece. I’ll try to respond to as many as I can. And many, many thanks for the comments. First, thank you for suggesting those books – I’ll try to do a bit more homework before I comme[...]
On One More Dance with Dr. Al Sears … and a Bit of Genuinely Good News
That depends on what you mean by "movers and shakers." I try to keep abreast of what's going on in the research areas - gene editing, stem cells, different approaches to immunotherapy, etc. But there are so many pitfalls between promising early-stage f[...]
On One More Dance with Dr. Al Sears … and a Bit of Genuinely Good News
Griffin, heart and lung function are very closely linked. If your heart does not pump enough blood to your lungs, your lungs cannot provide enough oxygen to your heart and the rest of your body. Therefore, you feel weak, out of breath, truly lousy. [...]
On The Miracle Cures Keep Coming 
This particular Doc Gumshoe piece was well over a year ago. In subsequent pieces, I have touched on K2. What I have learned is that there is some evidence that K2 may be active in slowing calcification in our arteries, which is a Good Thing. But very[...]
On May 2018 News of Possible Interest
From the little I know about Kawasaki disease, your grand-daughter has received the recommended treatment. The disease is rare, and the great majority of those affected, almost all of whom are children, make a full recovery. The causes of Kawasaki dise[...]
On May 2018 News of Possible Interest
The efficacy of antimicrobials is based on at least two kinds of assessments - one, whether the patient's symptoms resolve (clinical cure), and, two, whether the drug reduces the population of the pathogen below the numbers needed to reproduce (biological [...]
On More Looking Out for Your Own Wellbeing
Not being a bona fide physician, I cannot specifically comment on your brother's case, However, jaw pain is common after the placement of a crown - the dentist typically presses really hard to implant the crown. Angioplasty itself would not likely lead[...]
On The 2017 - 2018 Flu Outbreak: How Bad Is It Really, and What to Do?
Carol, as I hope you know, I am not a physician, so any suggestion I make comes from my experience as a writer & not from medical training. Is your nebulizer a bronchodilator - a drug that dilates the structures in your lungs that fill with air when you [...]
On Looking Out for Your Own Wellbeing
See my note above. PSA was a part of my regular CBC for about ten years before my doc gave me the warning. Yes, it' a separate blood sample. But it all gets done at the same time with the same needle.[...]
On Looking Out for Your Own Wellbeing
As I said at the beginning of the discussion of the studies mentioned by Starfield, my eyebrows were raised in skepticism for exactly those reasons. However, as I also said, the results corrected for income, education, and several other factor, and were[...]
On Looking Out for Your Own Wellbeing
You are correct that the usual CBC does not include PSA. My PSA was always done in conjunction with the CBC, not as a separate test.[...]
On Looking Out for Your Own Wellbeing
Deep venous thrombosis is treated differently from arterial clot formation, which is what docs are trying to prevent in patients who have sustained an MI or a stroke. As for finding an MD, keep asking around - good luck![...]
On March 2018 Short Takes from Doc Gumshoe
Many thanks for all the comments! Here are some quick responses: One, please note that I am not Travis and Travis should not be blamed for my blathering. Travis is Stock Gumshoe, I am Doc Gumshoe, although as Travis points out, I am not an MD. Two,[...]
On March 2018 Short Takes from Doc Gumshoe
So make sure not to catch measles now! It's not a nice illness when you're a kid (except for getting to stay home from school) but it wallops adults! Good luck![...]

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