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I’ve had a pretty good run of patient care, and I’m thankful for the opportunity.  Had a few saves, and early diagnoses of bad things.  The miserable bureaucrats seem to be wandering off a bit – they have a short attention span.


You know, we’re all behind the Evidence-Based, Rule-Based Best Practices and all that, it allows any decision by any physician about anything to be contradicted.

Except for Zicam™.  It’s one of the nostrums that gets peddled as a “cold remedy” It’s labelled as an “unapproved homeopathic” product. Meaning it doesn’t have to do anything. And it causes anosmia, permanently.

Some of the homeopathic ingredients used in the preparation of Zicam™ are galphimia glauca, histamine dihydrochloride, luffa perculata, and sulfur.

Now, that’s just fine with folks – that gets put on the retail market.  What’s the difference?

One is a product sold by a corporation.  One is a service provided by a human.

Which one is given the benefit of the doubt?  The human?