TED Talk – What doctor’s don’t know about the drugs they prescribe.

TED Talks are a gift to humanity. My mind has enriched itself in a variety of contributions to existing fields, along with new thoughts and emerging ideas.

I think many of us have encountered countless stories on how doctors prescribe drugs with warm promises based on scientific research, but how some lead to serious problems. Chatting with a friend who holds medical credentials, stated that most doctors simply enter a patient’s symptoms into a diagnosing database and prescribe whatever is recommended. This can be a gamble and can lead to a sleuth of misdiagnosing. 

This is slightly unrelated, but as I sat through my General Biology lectures, nearly half the class was sleeping, Facebooking, watching a movie on laptop, or just didn’t show up. Many among them were students that were aspiring to be doctors, who passed the course with a C or D. Though they were wonderful individuals, will they become the type of doctors who rely on databases or scientific research to heal your child?

On the first day of my statistics class, the professor told us that “…numbers can be manipulated to serve whatever agenda.” Something similar can be said of the pharmaceutical industry. They can manipulate scientific studies to favor whatever drug they are peddling. They can include scientific research that shines their product when marketing and omit the handful of other research that prove its dangers.

This is a huge problem.

British physician Ben Goldacre did a fantastic TED Talk describing the dangers of this problem and what can be done about it. He also has written a book on the issue: Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients. Video:

Video – A concise introduction to NAGPRA

Part of the requirements for my Ancient North American Archaeology course entail a few presentations on course topics. For some odd reason, NAGPRA caught my attention. NAGPRA (Native Americans Graves and Repatriation Act) is a Federal law passed in 1990 that protects the remains and cultural objects of Native Americans along with repatriation when requested. It became clear that any archaeologist excavating in America would be affected by this law, so I decided to do a video presentation on this topic.

I uploaded the video to YouTube so that perhaps it may be of help to others. It is a concise intro with a short story on Ishi inserted at the beginning. I believe in the power of StoryTelling as a learning tool that also involves an example of what is being taught.

Here is the video:

Archaeology, Geology, and Science