Welcome to my website. I provide this website for use by Prima CARE doctors, NP/PA, and office staff, as well as for the general public interested in staying healthy, eating right, and helping maintain our planet for future generations. I am currently working at Prima CARE trying to make our electronic medical record work more smoothly for those working in the trenches doing the hard work of caring for patients. Having worked in those same trenches for many years, I understand how difficult it can be, and how important a less intrusive and more functional EMR can be.
The Peripheral Brain is a database of articles and abstracts that I have read over the past 20+ years. You are free to explore the database, but be aware that many PBrain entries are written in "medicalese" - understood by health care providers, but may be difficult for others to understand. The Patient Education link on the sidebar leads to more patient-friendly discussions of medical issues.
Enter a keyword in one of the search boxes below, and Professor Scovie (the duck) will direct you to the available entries about that topic:
The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is an impartial body sponsored by the US Department of Health and Human Services to evaluate screening tests based on current scientific evidence (looking particularly at the proven benefits as well as proven harms). One might think that screening for diseases simply makes sense, but one also has to consider the cost, both in terms of harm to people as well as cost in dollars. This link will take you to their site. You may be surprised to find out that many things that are recommended by some organizations (who might have a vested interest in the particular screening test they advocate) are NOT supported by the evidence to provide benefit.
I believe that 80% of the serious diseases that I saw during 30+ years of medical practice could be prevented (or, at least, delayed) with better nutrition and better lifestyles. I will devote a portion of this webpage to recipes and lifestyle suggestions. I was very impressed with an article in Nutrition Action Newsletter in 10/09 called "What Should I Eat". I find the Nutrtion Action Newsletter to be very informative, and well-worth the subscription price. Another article (in the May, 2011) edition provides a lot of insight as to how we are all fooled into eating more than we should.
We as a country/world over-fish the ocean for just about 10 major species - throwing out 100 to 1000 pounds of unwanted seafood for each pound of our favorite seafood. I have included a chart of about 70 fish that you might consider instead of your favorites. Instead of cod and orange roughy, try tilapia, haddock, or pollack. Instead of snapper, try farm-raised barramundi. Instead of Atlantic halibut, try Pacific halibut (see the chart for comparison). Oysters are a good choice in general, as are clams.
I will try to keep this website updated with new information as it arrives. The most recent update of this page: 4/26/19.
The Influenza Link from the CDC provides a lot of useful information about circulating viruses.