The Brownstein Factor

For years, my favorite doctor has been a man who lives a long way from my Florida home, though he’s located not so far from my birthplace. He’s in West Bloomfield, Mich., outside Detroit, across the state from where I was born: Muskegon, on beautiful Lake Michigan. If...

Grain Ain’t Green

In 1973, only months after my first wife and I moved from Milwaukee to Tampa, we drove across Tampa Bay one Sunday afternoon to the beach in Clearwater. Returning in early evening, we were entertained by the radio sermon of a Southern preacher fulminating about the...

Flu Shot Flim-Flam

Humana, my health insurer, called the other day with a recorded message urging me to get a flu shot. It ran through a little survey: Did I get a flu shot yet? No. Did I intend to get a flu shot? No. Then I was asked to choose the best reason from a list. One was: You...

The Big Fat Lie

The following is a blog post that I published a year ago. It is every bit as relevant today as it was then.   The other day, I read a syndicated newspaper column by The You Docs, Drs. Mehmet Oz and Michael Roizen, calling on people to avoid saturated fat and consume...

Vaccination Investigation

Perhaps the only positive thing President Donald Trump has done in his short time in office is to create a committee to investigate “vaccine safety and scientific integrity.” Yes, it’s an odd, contradictory act from a man who has denied the findings of almost all of...

Autism and Awful Journalism

A week or so ago, I sent an email to the Miami Herald’s Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Leonard Pitts Jr., decrying his denunciation of Donald Trump for giving credence to those linking vaccines with autism. Now hold on: I think Trump is an absolutely awful...