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About Dr. Jim

I attended medical school at Tulane, did an internship in Philadelphia, served in the Navy assigned to the Marines, completed surgical fellowships at Mayo and Ochsner Clinics, residency at Tulane, and earned a PhD in cell biology. I was hired by Dr DeBakey in 1983 at Baylor College of Medicine during the golden age of cardiovascular surgery. I was swept along by history and did some sweeping myself. I have been to the puppet show and have creativity that has produced three medical books and hundreds of scientific and ethical publications. I am working on three non-fiction books: an apologia, a memoir, and a better health book.

Flu is the nickname for the illness caused by the too often times deadly influenza virus. The Flu is often considered to be just another “cold” and is dismissed as inevitable.  And since one has recovered completely so many times from colds it seems just another nuisance. However, last year 80,000 Americans died because of those microscopic guys, not to mention the severe illnesses they cause. And about 80% of these deaths are in the elderly. The death toll is not accurate because Flu may not appear on the death certificate. The best defense against the flu clearly is to get vaccinated, yearly...

The Ballyhoo About the Flu is True: Just Don’t Let the Flu ...



Dr. Oz’s pronouncements that I usually pay attention to for amusement has an article in this month’s Parade Magazine that is right on. The following is what I think about timing meds. "Unfortunately, there's a disconnect between what's taught to doctors and what we know from chronotherapy research [when to take meds]," says circadian biologist Georgios Paschos of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.1 "Except for a few conditions, clinical medicine hasn't yet caught up with our findings." Nevertheless, he predicts, this will change in the next decade or two. I propose to catch you up right now concerning the best way to organize your medical treatments.

Revisiting the When to Take Meds: Obey Your Body’s’ Cadence or Else