Too Much Money, Too Few Ethics

In November of 2014, the famous Mayo Clinic added its voice to the issue of irrelevant ‘bad discs’ in asymptomatic people with a systematic review[1] of 33 previous MRI studies from around the world and found the consensus that ‘bad discs’ were commonplace in the...

The Price is Not Right

“Don’t just follow the money, follow the lies.” Carl Bernstein, Watergate journalist speaking at the previous White House Correspondent Dinner Many people recall the daytime television game show with Bob Barker, The Price is Right, where contestants guess the...

The Death of Spine Surgery

Needless to say, Part 1 in my call for a Moratorium on Back Surgeries met a flurry of mixed reactions. Chiropractors and other CAM providers relish their long-overdue ascension in the guidelines from the outhouse to the penthouse. Finally some positive press! On the...

The Fall of the Disc Dynasty

No, this Part 3 in the series on Moratorium on Spine Surgery is not about the fall of the ancient Chinese Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) that built the Great Wall of China. Rather, this commentary is about the Great Wall of Medical Spine Care that has begun to show signs of...

Professional Amnesia

Dear Editor: Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, wrote an Op-Ed in The New York Times (August 1, 2012), “More Treatment, More Mistakes,” suggesting that “More is not always better in medicine,” an honest warning to a huge problem in all healthcare,...

Zombie Spine Care

ABSTRACT      Medical experts now state that many medical theories and treatments are not evidence-based, and this is most aptly seen in American spine care. Many medical critics site the huge costs, ineffective medications, ESI, low rates of surgical success, high...