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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When we’re trying to fight against an adversary that is as strong and full of tricks as cancer, what we need to do is look for points of vulnerability – Achilles heels.   We all remember, of course, that the mother of Achilles dipped him in the River Styx when he was a tiny boy, […]

The publicity material for M. D. Anderson in Houston, Texas, which is perhaps the leading cancer treatment center in the United States, frequently includes a statement to the effect that they are committed to “ending cancer.” That statement puts me in mind of maps dating from the first century AD, in which large unexplored areas […]

One would think that it would take a person of normal intelligence about half a minute to conclude that lures such as the ones below could not possibly be on the up and up.   Here’s one.  It starts out with a note from Christine O’Brien. “The Sovereign Investor Daily A brand new, ‘Alzheimer’s vaccine’ […]

Doc Gumshoe is not in the habit of contradicting the conclusions, backed by research, that are stated in papers published by the Journal of the American Medical Association, commonly referred to as JAMA.    JAMA is, after all, one of a handful of the most prestigious medical journals on the planet, along with the New […]

“For such a beastly month as February, 28 days as a rule are plenty,” said the Pirate King.   But you would be surprised at the number of interesting snippets of news in the health-care realm that landed in my inbox during this short month.   I’ll lead off with one that gave me a particular kick. […]

What set me off on this rant was the very first comment on the piece that posted on January 31st, “Looking Backward – And a Peek in the Other Direction.”   Here’s the comment: “Thanks, Doc. Hope you will comment on the news out of Israel this week: https://www.jpost.com/HEALTH-SCIENCE/A-cure-for-cancer-Israeli-scientists-say-they-think-they-found-one-578939” Naturally, I looked, and what I found […]

Chances are not many of us observed New Year’s Eve with celebratory toasts to the glorious year gone by.   Rather, we bid goodbye to 2018 and hoped 2019 would be a better year – for ourselves, our near and dear, our country, and our planet.   However, as I wade through the volumes of healthcare-related stuff […]

I’ll grant that my headline is meant to be catchy and induce you to read this epistle.   Some of you will ask what is ketamine anyway, and most of you will know from the get-go that ketamine, whatever the heck it is, will turn out to be neither a menace nor a miracle, but something […]

Let’s lead off with a news item that Doc Gumshoe, despite his widely-acknowledged acumen, could not manage to figure out in the least.   It took an Op Ed in the N Y Times to sweep the cobwebs out of his noggin.    The news item was this: children born in the month of August […]

I’m not going to keep you in suspense.   The two proposed miracle cures are L-carnitine (an amino acid) and “Delta 8,” which in a previous Doc Gumshoe disquisition was unmasked as Delta 8 tetrahydrocannabinol, or Delta 8 THC (Δ8 THC), which is one of perhaps a hundred cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, as […]

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 […]

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 […]

For those of us who live in this part of the country and spend any time messing around outdoors in the grass and weeds, this is the time to be careful about Lyme disease. I had a bout of Lyme 16 years ago, and it descended on me when we were on vacation, driving through […]

Is this going to be good news, or bad news, or somewhere in between?   On balance, I would say good news, simply because the research and investigation is going on at an intense pace.   Currently there are 1,903 clinical trials underway at some stage, in the US and all over the world. When I first […]

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 […]

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.    […]

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On COVID 19: What Are Prospects for the Duration?

The theory that the coronavirus is a bacteriophage was proposed by Sandeep Chakrabory a few months ago. Bacteriophages are viruses that employ bacteria as their means of multiplying. The particular bacterium suggested by Chakrabory are the Prevotella, [...]

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On COVID 19: What Are Prospects for the Duration?

Yes, the Brits are planning a challenge trial. A challenge trial, in case you don't know, is a clinical trial in which doses of the infectious agent - in this case the coronavirus - are given to volunteers who have received a vaccine to attempt to dete[...]

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On COVID 19: What Are Prospects for the Duration?

The proposal to protect the most vulnerable and let herd immunity grow as the rest of the community gets infected and (hopefully) gets over it without harm ignores the elementary fact that the virus is passed on quite efficiently by persons without sympto[...]

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On COVID 19: What Are Prospects for the Duration?

Comparing Sweden and Italy is not valid - when the coronavirus hit Italy, the world was totally unprepared. When Italy instituted containment measures, both the infection and fatality rate dropped dramatically. By the time the coronavirus started to [...]

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On COVID 19: What Are Prospects for the Duration?

Thanks for those leads - I'll follow up![...]

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On Another Look at the Current Migraine Scene

Most important, I made a serious error in the bit about botulinum toxin. The thirty subcutaneous scalp injections are given every 12 weeks, not every month. This makes it a somewhat more attractive treatment option. In response to another comment, it[...]

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On Friday File: Songs, Fixes, and the Fool's "5G Supercycle"

The rant with which you led off was nothing short of superb!!! Stay well![...]

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On Some Current Findings that Might Change Health-Care Recommendations

An intelligent and highly qualified reader just sent me a correction, noting that Biktarvy is not the drug used for pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV. My source stated that it was a combination of tenofovir and emtricitabine, which is now marketed under[...]

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On Some Current Findings that Might Change Health-Care Recommendations

Don't know of any information as to when best to take Xarelto. Stay well![...]

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On Another Look at COVID 19

You're right! I'll try to watch my p's & q's! Thanks & best.[...]

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On Another Look at COVID 19

A tidal wave of comments - all welcome, and thanks for all! I have noted several items that I will need to follow up, and I will, in time. As I've said before, I'm skeptical of glowing reports about the benefits of drugs/vaccines etc when these come [...]

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On Another Look at COVID 19

Bruce, thanks a lot for your highly interesting comment. Couldn't agrree more with "don't give COVID an inch because it will take a mile."[...]

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On Another Look at COVID 19

A flood of comments & suggestions for further digging around on my part - which I'll try to follow up. I will add that I'm mistrustful of pronouncements by the makers of drugs/vaccines as to their effectiveness - I look for independent comment. As for[...]

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On Some Non-Medical Aspects of Health Care

I'm pretty sure that I never said or implied that smoking saves costs to the health-care system. On the contrary, it costs a great deal of money. Smokers don't just die peacefully. They are subject to many costly terminal diseases. The individuals [...]

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On Some Non-Medical Aspects of Health Care

Sorry, Questcap, but I refrain from commenting on stocks from the investment/speculation point of view.[...]

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On Some Non-Medical Aspects of Health Care

I had both knees replaced - one in 2015 and the second in 2017. You might check the Doc Gumshoe piece describing the whole experience in detail, including the rehab, which posted on May 4, 2015. I strongly agree with Stan that the rehab , including ben[...]

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On Mostly Non-COVID-19 Related Miscellany

With regard to flu vaccines, as you surely know, the vaccine formulation is cooked up well in advance of the onset of the flu season. What they do is try to predict which strains of the flu virus will be most prevalent in the coming season. The "50% ef[...]

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On Mostly Non-COVID-19 Related Miscellany

Consider me tempted! Thanks & best![...]

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On Mostly Non-COVID-19 Related Miscellany

EDITAS has a lot of promise - a lot! But it's only a cure for one very rare form of blindness, as I think I pointed out. The entire CRISPR area is seething with promising prospects. But a surge like that ... I don't know.[...]

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On "It Stops Viruses!" Matt Badiali teases that we can "Cash in on the Massive Profit Potential of This Miraculous Green Rock"

I spray my roses once a week with a fungicide whose active ingredient is copper. It works pretty well, although the black spot comes back. But making hospital door knobs and bathroom fixtures out of copper would likely not work. Copper tarnishes sup[...]

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