The nuances of a primary care visit aren’t always appreciated

I subscribe to a financial newsletter that happens to be written by a non-practicing physician in a highly specialized field. His daily updates are a mixture of financial and health advice, and he is a proponent of evidence-based medicine. Based on the letters from subscribers, they are willing to follow his advice eagerly, and when he gives some references to support his medical opinions this seems logical. But he is so far distanced from clinical practice that some of his advice is not only glib and superficial, but disturbing. Recently, a newsletter contained an exchange where a person wrote in that his doctor told him vitamin D is good for a healthy heart. The newsletter author crispl...

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