January 11, 2019

Doctor, Doctor

Airs Fridays and Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. on Redeemer Radio (www.redeemerradio.org).

January 11, 2019 – DD #51 – Charity & Clarity: Defending and Explaining Unpopular Health Care Ethics


Feature Interview (8:30) – Dr. Peter Colosi, philosophy professor at Salve Regina University, explains his “Charity and Clarity” method for defending and explaining unpopular health care ethics.

Also in this episode:

News (00:45) – “Your Surgeon Is Probably a Republican, Your Psychiatrist Probably a Democrat” (https://nyti.ms/2dAsjBX)

Medical Trivia (Answer at 39:00) – Since 1947, the Gallup Polling organization has asked the question, “When a person has a disease that cannot be cured, do you think doctors should be allowed by law to end the patient’s life by some painless means if the patient and his or her family request it?” What percentage of Americans answered “yes” in 1947 and in 2018?

January 4, 2019 – DD #50 – Do We Have a Duty to Get Vaccinated?


Feature Interview (13:00) – Infectious Disease and Public Health Specialist Dr. Paul Carson discusses the history of vaccines, how they have changed the health and life expectancy of people around the world, and why people have a moral obligation to vaccinate themselves and their children.

Dr. Carson’s article “Catholic Social Teaching and the Duty to Vaccinate“: https://doi.org/10.1080/15265161.2017.1284914

CDC Vaccine Information: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/index.html

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Vaccine Education Center: https://www.chop.edu/centers-programs/vaccine-education-center

Immunization Action Coalition: http://www.immunize.org/

Also in this episode:

News (1:10) – Newest Shingles vaccine how it works, who should get it, and why it’s more effective and more ethical.  Plus, promising research that might signal the possibility of a vaccine that could help end the opioid epidemic (https://eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-12/acon-vch120718.php)

Medical Trivia (Answer at 41:00) – What were the two new vaccines that were given to as many soldiers as possible before going over to Iraq for Desert Storm in the early 1990s?

Linacre for Laypeople (40:30) – Dr. Jo Markette talks about the devastating consequences artificial birth control is having on the planet in ways you might not expect (“A Step Toward Ecological Conversion: Protecting the Planet by Pitching the Pill”)


November 30, 2018 – DD #45 – Fetal Medicine: Amazing Pre-Birth Treatments


Feature Interview (10:55) – Dr. Brandon Brown, from the Indiana University School of Medicine and a founding member of Fetal Center at Riley Children’s Health, discusses the amazing advances in treating the youngest patients – babies who haven’t even yet been born.

Also in this episode:

News (1:00) – Penicillin allergies are not nearly as common as people think (https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j3402)

Preventive Medicine Tip (8:40) – Latest guidelines for diet and exercise

Medical Trivia (Answer at 36:45) – What is the first (and only) human disease eradicated from the world through medical efforts?

Linacre for the Laity (39:15) – Dr. Donna Harrison talks about the ethical challenges of treating ectopic pregnancies and how new treatment technologies can help doctors and patients approach the problem (“Treatment of an Ectopic Pregnancy: An Ethical Reanalysis,” Linacre Quarterly, Vol. 85, August 2018)


November 26, 2018 – DD #44 – Can Doctors Improve the Healthcare System?


Feature Interview (15:10) – Dr. Steve White, chairman of the Catholic Medical Association Health Care Policy Committee, discusses the latest efforts of CMA physicians to work with national legislators to improve the healthcare system and to develop policy supporting a Culture of Life.

Healthcare in America: A Catholic Proposal for Renewal (September 2004) https://www.cathmed.org/assets/files/CMA%20Healthcare%20Task%20Force%20Statement%209.04%20Website.pdf

Also in this episode:

News (01:30 – Do higher ranking medical schools really make better doctors? (https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k3640)

Medicine You Need to Know (07:15) – New guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics about spanking

Medical Trivia (Answer at 41:15) – What do the Staff of Moses with the Bronze Serpent, the Staff of Asclepius, and the Cadduceus have in common?

Navigating the Healthcare System (47:10) – Explanation of Benefit Forms (EOB)

November 16, 2018 – DD #43- When Should We Let Nature Take Its Course?


Feature Interview (13:00) – Dr. Rafael Rosario, who works with patients at Indianapolis Veterans Administration Medical Center, talks about the importance of palliative care that meets the needs and wishes of patients and respects their dignity.

Also in this episode:

News (1:10) – A new study about how drinking enough water can help prevent urinary tract infections (https://doi.org/10.1001/jamainternmed.2018.4204) and do Vitamin D supplements really help seniors prevent fractures and falls?

Movie Review (6:40) – Dr. McGovern shares his thoughts on the movie Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer

Medical Trivia (Answer at 41:00) – In the 1986 movie, Star Trek: The Voyage Home, the crew of the Starship Enterprise finds its way back to late 20th century San Francisco.  While Trying to rescue a crew member from Mercy Hospital, Captain Kirk and Dr. McCoy (disguised as physicians) have the following conversation while trying to get to Mr. Chekov, who is in an operating room.

Kirk: Out of the way…

Shore Patrolman: Sorry, Doctor, I have strict orders…

Dr. Gilian Taylor: [Gillian moans in pain]

McCoy: My God, man.  Do you want an acute case on your hands? This woman has immediate postprandial, upper-abdominal distention.  Now, out of the way! Get out of the way!

So – what did Dr. McCoy say she had – in lay terms?

November 9, 2018 – DD #42 – Palliative Care: Buyer Beware


Feature Interview (12:40) – Dr. Tom Zabiega talks about the ins and outs of palliative care – what it is, who it’s for, and why it matters. Plus, he’ll share some concerning trends in treatment and legislation that doctors and patients should know about when they’re making treatment plans.

Also in this episode:

News (1:05) – Medical School changes – free tuition and 3-year schools

Preventive Medicine Tip (6:55) – Breastfeeding intervention to make it easier for moms and babies

Medical Trivia (Answer at 37:50) – According to a 2013 Publication in the Mayo Clinical Proceedings: What percentage of married physicians are married to other physicians? What percentage of married physicians are married to other medical professionals (including other physicians)? What percentage of physician spouses work outside the home?

Linacre for Laity (40:00) – Linacre editor Dr. Barbara Golder talks about how she combines her love for medicine with her love for writing in her mystery series The Lady Doc Murders.

November 2, 2018 – DD #41 – Should Hospitals Offer Refunds? An Innovative Approach to Quality Care


Feature Interview (13:00) – Dr. Greg Burke, Chief Patient Experience Officer at Geisinger Medical Center and Co-Chairman of the Catholic Medical Association’s Ethics Committee, talks about why his hospital became the first in the country to offer refunds for unsatisfactory patient care.

Also in this episode:

Preventive Medicine Tip (00:55) – Why healthy people should get the flu vaccine for the sake of others

Women’s Health Tip (7:00) – VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarian)

Medical Trivia (Answer at 42:00) – In 1848 there was a Hungarian obstetrician named Ignaz Semmelweis who worked in Vienna, Austria where women were afraid of dying after birth from an infection called “Child Bed Fever.” In one of the wards, the death rate was about 20% and in the other, it was only 6%. The higher rate included medical students, the lower had only midwives, so Dr. Semmelweis had everyone start washing their hands with lye. In response to his discovery, what did his colleagues do?

  1. A) Nominate him for the first Nobel Prize in Medicine
  2. B) Made him chief of Obstetrics in Vienna at only 29
  3. C) Ridicule him for suggesting upper-class physicians had dirty hands
  4. D) Institute handwashing between patients, ushering in the era of antiseptic care in medicine

Listener Questions (43:30) – In a previous show, your guest talked about weight loss myths and promoted a low-carb, high-fat diet. Is that really the only healthy way of eating? Is it healthy for everyone?

October 26, 2018 – DD #40 – Healthcare Coverage as Ministry with Solidarity Healthshare


Feature Interview (15:00) – Solidarity Healthshare co-founder Chris Faddis talks with the doctors about how health-sharing ministries take a different approach to health care coverage, why he founded Solidarity Healthshare, and some of the benefits of this approach for doctors and patients.

Also in this episode:

News (00:55) – Medication non-compliance trends, why patients don’t take their medicine, and how insurance companies might try to track it with new technologies (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mayocp.2018.05.029)

Preventive Medicine Tip (10:45) – 2018-2019 flu season and how to protect your family

Medical Trivia (Answer at 41:15) – In Star Trek: Voyager Season 2, in an episode called Parturition, the doctor says that he is preparing a “dermal osmotic sealant” to help with itching that would be caused by irritating atmospheric vapors on what the crew deems “Planet Hell.”  By what name would be know “dermal osmotic sealant” in a store near us?  For bonus points, what does the title Parturition mean? (Hint: It’s also a medical term.)

Listener Questions (43:20) – I am a resent convert. I got my tubes tied before I met my husband. We would love to have children of our own someday.  How do I find a doctor who can do a tubal ligation reversal?

Do you believe that it is “safe” for a woman to take a birth control pill for hormone imbalances? I keep hearing it’s too high of a cancer risk and the other thing I hear is that it’s fine to do this?

October 19, 2018 – DD #39 – Health Insurance 101


Feature Interview (13:20) – Health insurance expert Kevin, a Partner in The DeHayes Group, an Independent Insurance Agency in Fort Wayne, IN, explains the history of health insurance, the various kinds of health insurance coverage, trends in the industry, and what patients and doctors need to know to get the best coverage for the best care.

Also in this episode:

News (00:40) – 1) World Medical Association rejects supporting euthanasia, 2) a new JAMA article that asks if US medical care is inefficient, 3) Louisiana abortion restrictions upheld by 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, 4) how losing weight after menopause can reduce the risk for breast cancer

Medical Trivia (Answer at 40:15) – If you know a little Greek, you’ll know that the name of the drug epinephrine tells us where in the body it is naturally made, and if you know the other common name for epinephrine which comes from a Latin root, you will know exactly where the chemical comes from in the human body.  So what is the other name for epinephrine and where in the body is it made?

October 12, 2018 – DD #38 – What Is Board Certification and Does It Matter?


Feature Interview (13:00) – What does “Board Certified” really mean?  Dr. Les Ruppersberger, past-president of the Catholic Medical Association and a recently retired OB/GYN from Philadelphia talks about what patients need to know about their doctors’ board certification and the best ways to really know if a doctor is good or not.

Also in this episode:

News (1:00) – Health benefits of saunas (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mayocp.2018.04.008), High rates of birth complications in the United States (https://www.ahrq.gov/news/newsroom/press-releases/complications-hospital-births.html), Coffee linked with longer life (https://doi.org/ 10.1001/jamainternmed.2018.2425),Medical Trivia (Answer at 39:00) – In terms of the two-liter bottle that contains your favorite pop (or soda, depending on where you come from), how much blood does the average 180 pound (82 kg) person have in his or her body?

Linacre for Laypeople (41:00) – As part of the special Humanae Vitae anniversary issue of the Linacre Quarterly, Radiologist Dr. David Hilger explains his new article about the dangers of hormonal birth control and why the medical field needs to do a better job informing patients about the risks (Look for his article in the upcoming November 2018 edition of the Linacre Quarterly Vol. 84, Issue 4, November 2017)


September 28, 2018 – DD #37 – Rick Santorum’s Groundbreaking Healthcare Reform Plan


Feature Interview (13:00) – Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum discusses his passion for healthcare reform and his new plan to help Americans get the healthcare they need with the freedom to choose what they determine is best for them.

Also in this episode:

News (1:05) – New guidelines for diagnosing and managing concussions in children (https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapediatrics/article-abstract/2698456)

Preventive Medicine Tip (9:00) – Eating protein and fiber can help you lose weight!

Medical Trivia (Answer at 38:00) – What percentage of physicians spend, on average, less than 90 minutes per day awake with their spouse?

  1. A)           20%
  2. B)           35%
  3. C)           50%
  4. D)           65%
  5. E)            80%

Medicine You Need to Know (41:15) – Dr. Mullally explains the basics of navigating the health care system in the first of a new series to help you understand the complex world of healthcare and healthcare coverage.

September 21, 2018 – DD #36 – Weight Loss Myths


Feature Interview (07:15) – Dr. David Usher, a family physician and diplomat of the American Board of Obesity Medicine talks about the latest in weight loss research and science and dispels some myths about the best and worst approaches to losing weight.

(51:00) – Fr. Jacob Meyer, pastor of St. Monica parish in Mishawaka, IN, shares his story of weight-loss triumph and how he lost over 200 lbs. with bariatric surgery and changes in his lifestyle.

Also in this episode:

News (00:45) – Dr. Stroud explains how contraception can act as an abortifacient in response to an article from the New York Times

Medical Trivia (Answer at 35:00) – True or False.  If all of your blood vessels were lined up end-to-end, they could circle the earth?

September 14, 2018 – DD #35 – Ethical Options for Regenerative Medicine


Feature Interview (12:00) – Dr. Robin Smith, founder of Stem for Life and Vice President of the STOQ Foundation’s Scientific Committee in the Vatican’s Council for Culture, discusses the Vatican’s efforts to help promote live-saving medicine and how ethical approaches to stem-cell research and regenerative medicine have proven more successful than others.

Also in this episode:

News (00:45) – CDC Report on Increased Suicide Rates (https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2018/p0607-suicide-prevention.html)

Women’s Health Tip (4:40) – Causes of Post-Menopausal Bleeding

Medical Trivia (Answer at 48:45) – While you might find a frenulum in your brain, digestive tract, or external genitalia, where in the human body will you find the most frenulae (plural for frenulum)?  What do they do?

Linacre for Laypeople (40:30) – Fr. James McTavish describes his work with trafficking victims in the Philippines and the terrible consequences of trafficking on women’s health throughout the world (“The Devastating Consequences of Sex Trafficking on Women’s Health,” Linacre Quarterly, Vol. 84, Issue 4, November 2017)

September 7, 2018 – DD #34 – The ABCs of Heart Disease


Feature Interview (12:00) – Heart Disease expert Dr. Michael Farkouh discusses the latest research into the causes, treatments, and prevention of heart disease including how alcohol affects the risk of heart problems, the dangers of people living in big cities, how screen time can increase your risks for heart disease, and even how misguided government can be hurting you.  Then he gives some important tips on the best steps you and your family can take to lower your risk for heart disease.

Dr. Michael Farkouh, MD is Professor and Vice-Chair, Research, Department of Medicine, at the University of Toronto and the Peter Munk Chair in Multinational Clinical Trials at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre.  Director of the Heart and Stroke Centre of Excellence in Cardiovascular Research Cardiology Training at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.

Also in this episode:

News (00:45) – New info that could lead to a blood test for melanoma (https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.25669)

Women’s Health Tip (4:40) – Zika Update: What You Need to Know for Fall 2018

Medical Trivia (Answer at 48:45) – In the five-year period from mid-2012 to mid-2017, internet searches of “basal cell carcinoma” saw five peak periods for the weeks following November 21, 2013; May 9, 2014; October 27, 2014; May 6, 2015; February 8, 2016; and February 13, 2017.  These peaks were 50-150% higher than the average internet search rate for “basal cell carcinoma”.  What happened on each of these six dates that led to this greatly increased interest in basal cell carcinoma?

Linacre for Laypeople (40:30) – Dr. Frederick White discusses his recent article about the push for physician-assisted suicide, how professional medical associations are being lobbied for their support, and the important efforts from some doctors to resist the trend (“The American Medical Association and Physician-Assisted Suicide,” Linacre Quarterly, Vol. 85, May 2018)


August 31, 2018 – DD #33 – Gene Editing


Feature Interview (12:00) – Bioengineer and Dominican Fr. Nicanor Astriaco, OP, PhD, STD discusses advances in gene editing technology and how it’s allowing scientists and doctors to cure deadly diseases and birth defects.  He also touches on some of the ethical concerns that arise from the new technology and the ethical difference between therapeutic and elective edits.

Also in this episode:

News (00:45) – Does obesity really increase mortality risk? (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29998631)

Preventive Medicine Tip (4:40) – Doctors screening for domestic violence (https://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/)

Medical Trivia (Answer at 48:45) – Are anti-bacteria soaps more effective than regular soap and water at preventing infections and removing bacteria?

August 24, 2018 – DD #32 – Gluten Sensitivity


Feature Interview (11:55) – Gastroenterologist Dr. Saad Jazrawi explains the science behind gluten sensitivity, the difference between sensitivities, allergies, and other digestive diseases, and how changes in diet can affect health.

Also in this episode:

News (00:50) – How music education can help children learn in other subjects (https://doi.org/10.3389/fnins.2018.00103) and new research in the best ways to check for prostate cancer.

Preventive Medicine Tip (7:25) – Folic Acid Supplements in Pregnancy (https://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/)

Medical Trivia (Answer at 38:30) – Physician jobs are expected to grow 15% from 2016-2026, but some specialties are expected to grow faster than others.  Which of these is expected to grow the most – 164% – over that period of time?

  1. a)            Family Practice
  2. b)            OB/GYN
  3. c)            Geriatrics
  4. d)            Hematology/Oncology
  5. e)            Urology

Linacre for Laypeople (40:30) – Nurse and legal consultant Nancy Valko discusses the eugenics programs of Nazi Germany and how understanding this history can help us avoid repeating past inhumanities (“Book Review: Nurses and Midwives in Nazi Germany: The Euthanasia Programs,” Linacre Quarterly, Vol. 85, May 2018)http://journals.sagepub.com/home/lqr

August 17, 2018 ~ DD #31 – Alzheimer’s and Dementia


Feature Interview (11:30) – Neurosurgeon and dementia researcher Dr. Martin Bednar discusses Alzheimer’s Disease including symptoms, causes, treatment, and prevention.  Then he gives some advice for caregivers and family members of people suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia and on how the dignity of patients can be honored.

Also in this episode:

News (00:55) – Are e-cigarettes helping smokers quit? (https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0198047)

Preventive Medicine Tip (3:45) – Obesity Screening for Adults and Children (https://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/)

Medical Trivia (Answer at 38:15) – What part of the cell contains DNA that is only inherited from mom?

Linacre for Laypeople (40:00) – Marquette nursing professor Richard Fehring discusses the health consequences for adolescents and young adults using contraception (“Influence of Contraception Use on the Reproductive Health of Adolescents and Youth Adults,” Linacre Quarterly, Vol. 85, May 2018)


August 10, 2018 ~ DD #30 – Confessions of a Catholic Medical Student: Year One


Feature Interview (15:00) – Brendan Rhatican, who recently completed his first year of medical school at Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine, gives an insider view of the triumphs and trials of a first-year medical student.

Also in this episode:

News (00:55) – How writing before bed, even just a to-do list, can help you fall asleep (http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/xge0000374) and how rubbing alcohol can help you deal with nausea (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.annemergmed.2015.09.031)

Preventive Medicine Tip (8:40) – Pre-Eclampsia Screening and Prevention (https://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/)

Medical Trivia (Answer at 42:25) – What is the Bacchus maneuver, and how can it prevent early death?

Linacre for Laypeople (41:20) – Dr. Wes Ely discusses his work in the intensive care unit and how his faith gives him special tools to help patients in danger of death with the offer of baptism (“On Being a Catholic Physician: Baptism in the ICU,” Linacre Quarterly, Vol. 84, May 2017)


August 3, 2018 ~ DD #29 – The Catholic Church and Healthcare


Feature Interview (15:00) – Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades, Bishop of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend and chairman-elect of the USCCB Committee on Doctrine that oversees the Subcommittee on Health Care Issues, addresses the role the Catholic Church plays in healthcare and the misconception that Catholic teaching requires providers to “discriminate” against non-Catholic patients.

Also in this episode:

News (00:55) – “Gender and Graduate Medical Education” – how gender gaps are growing in certain fields and whether discriminating against men in obstetrics and gynecology is a justified approach (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mayocp.2018.02.025)

Preventive Medicine Tip (8:40) – Tuberculosis Screening Recommendations (https://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/)

Medical Trivia (Answer at 42:25) – What is Trendelenburg Position and why is it used?

Medicine You Need to Know (45:45) – Infectiou s Disease Specialist Dr. Paul Carson talks about clostridium difficile (C. Diff.), how to catch it, and how to treat it.

July 27, 2018 ~ DD #28 – Screen Addiction


Show Notes – Episode 28 – Screen Addiction

Feature Interview (15:00) – Psychiatrist, Sister Marysia Weber, R.S.M., D.O., a Religious Sister of Mercy in St. Louis, discusses the growing problem of internet and screen addiction.

Also in this episode:

News (00:55) – Reflections on Ireland repealing their pro-life amendment this Spring , but then some good news about pro-life legislation in the United States in Arkansas and Iowa.

Women’s Healthcare Tip (8:40) – Healthy Exercise in Pregnancy

Medical Trivia (Answer at 42:25) – When you look at our forearms, you can see your veins, and they look blue. Royalty have been referred to as ‘Blue Bloods’ since at least 1834 in Spain. Which brings up the Trivia Question – is the blood in veins actually blue? If not, what color is it, and why do veins look blue? If the blood in veins is blue, why don’t we ever see blue blood leaking from a bleeding wound?

Medicine You Need to Know (45:45) – Catholic Witness in Healthcare editor Dr. John Travaline discusses how St. Padre Pio’s vision for authentic Catholic healthcare is coming to the United States

July 20, 2019 ~  DD #27 – Embryo Adoption


Feature Interview (13:15) – Bioethicist Fr. Ryan McCarthy discusses embryo adoption and the ethical questions Catholic theologians are considering about how we might ethically respond to the crisis created by leftover embryos from in vitro fertilization.

More info:
Fr. Ryan McCarthy’s Book: What to Do with the Least of Our Brothers?: Finding Moral Solutions to the Problem of Endangered Embryos (http://a.co/cYjRzFo)

National Catholic Bioethics Center – Human Embryo Adoption: Biotechnology, Marriage, and the Right to Life (https://www.ncbcenter.org/store/books/human-embryo-adoption-biotechnology-marriage-and-right-life/)

Also in this episode:

News (00:55) – New study answers “Can you make up for lost sleep on the weekend?”  (https://doi.org/10.1111/jsr.12712) and why are US birthrates at an all time low? (https://www.livescience.com/62592-birth-rate-declines-2017.html)

Women’s Healthcare tip (6:45) – Healthy Weight Gain in Pregnancy

Medical Trivia (Answer at 39:15) – While there are no house villas in the human body, there are villi.  Where are villi found and what do they do?

Linacre for Laypeople (41:20) – Dr. Natalie Rodden discusses her work as a palliative care doctor and how she honors the dignity of her dying patients and helps shepherd them toward a holy and happy death (“On Being a Catholic Palliative Medicine Physician,” Linacre Quarterly, July 2018)


July 6, 2018 ~ DD #25 – Stem Cell Research


Feature Interview (13:25) –  Dr. Alan Moy, the Founder and Scientific Director of the John Paul II Medical Research Institute, discusses stem cells: what they are, how they are used or misused, and what they promise for the future of medicine.


Also in this episode:

News (00:50) –  American Medical Association Ethics Committee Recommends Against Physician Assisted Suicide (https://www.ama-assn.org/sites/default/files/media-browser/public/hod/a18-ceja5.pdf)

Preventive Medicine Tip (7:45) – Physical Therapy to Help the Elderly Prevent Falls (https://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/)

Medical Trivia (Answer at 42:40) – Medicine is becoming more and more reliant on numbers, and we have discussed many of those number on the show – blood pressure, body mass index, cholesterol, fasting blood sugar etc.

What two numbers will most accurately predict your life expectancy?  This is incredibly objective, and these numbers are being used by different agencies as they make decisions about you.  What are these two numbers?

Listener Question (45:50) – How should patients prepare for their doctor’s appointments?  And how do doctor’s feel about patients taking notes?

June 29, 2018 ~ DD #24 – Vatican Medical Conferences


Feature Interviews (15:00) –  First, OB/GYN Dr. Christine Hemphill of Harrisburg, PA reflects on the Vatican-sponsored forum “Humanity 2.0” on Maternal Health she attended in Rome back in April 2018.  She explains the conversations and plans she participated in about how doctors and laypeople can work together to improve care for mothers and babies, including the role tenderness can play in health.


Then an interview from the back of a Roman taxi with neuro-radiologist Dr. Jack Lane from the Mayo Clinic, who discusses what he learned about innovative treatments at the various sessions of the Unite to Cure Conference with Dr. McGovern.


Also in this episode: News (1:25) –  Broadening the Human Genome Project (https://allofus.nih.gov/)

Preventive Medicine Tip (8:00) – Blood Pressure Screening (https://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/)

Medical Trivia (Answer at 42:50) – Blood-letting originated with ancient Greeks (Hippocrates and Galen) and the four humor theory of disease.  Too much of a good thing (blood) was deemed a bad thing (disease), and so the blood had to be removed. (or black bile, or yellow bile, or phlegm)

Surprisingly, blood-letting has not gone the way of the Do-Do Bird, Passenger Pigeon, and Disco Dancing, but is still among us.

Can you name one of the three disease still legitimately treated by blood-letting?  While you may not know the name of the diseases, think about what condition in the body might required removing whole blood for the health of the body.  As a clue, I have prescribed this in the past for a certain skin condition.

Listener Questions (46:30) – Our own dermatologist Dr. McGovern answers a question about what could be the cause of chronic in-grown facial hairs.

June 15, 2018 – DD #22 – Perfectly Human: Children with Disabilities


Feature Interview (13:10) – pediatric orthopedic surgeon and author Dr. Joseph Dutkowsky discusses his book Perfectly Human and what he has learned from children with disabilities about what it means to suffer, to be human, and to be happy.

More from Dr. Dutkowsky: www.nycpdoc.com

NYC Ballet Video: https://youtu.be/wp6LeOIkUuQ

Also in this episode:

News (0:45) – “Older Americans are ‘Hooked’ on Vitamins” (https://nyti.ms/2q3PN8H)

Women’s Health Tip (6:25) – Recommended BRACA Screening for Breast and Ovarian Cancer Risk (https://www.hereditarycancerquiz.com/)

Medical Trivia (Answer at 40:20) – What percentage of American physicians currently belong to the American Medical Association (AMA)?

Listener Question (00:00) – What is the Catholic Church’s stance on circumcision? Are the amount of people choosing not to circumcise increasing? Are there any psychological or health reasons to circumcise?

June 8, 2018 – DD #20 – Pornography Addiction


Feature Interview (13:10) – Chicago Psychiatrist Dr. Joshua Williams talks about why pornography might be the strongest form of drug addiction known, how viewing pornography changes the anatomy and chemistry of the brain, and how doctors and families can work together against the addiction.

Also in this episode:

News (0:45) – Married people are less likely to be diagnosed with dementia (http://jnnp.bmj.com/content/early/2017/10/30/jnnp-2017-316274) and people with positive attitudes and beliefs are less likely to be diagnosed with dementia (https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0191004)

Preventive Medicine Tip (6:25) – Fluoride for Kids (https://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/)

Medical Trivia (Answer at 40:20) – According to the GoodRx website, as of September 17, 2017, what is the most dispensed prescription medication in the United States? Hint: It’s used to treat a disease that is 10x more common in women than men.

1             Levothyroxine (Synthroid, Levoxyl) – hypothyroidism

2             Atorvastatin (Lipitor) – high cholesterol

3             Lisinopril (Prinvil, Zestril) – high blood pressure & heart failure

4             Hydrocodone/Acetaminophen (Vicodin, Norco) – pain

5             Amolodipine (Norvasc) – high blood pressure & angina

June 1, 2018 – DD #20 – Physician Assisted Suicide


Feature Interview (13:00) – Dr. Andrew Mullally, Indiana State Director of the Catholic Medical Association, gives an update on the push for Physician Assisted Suicide in the United States, what the Catholic Church teaches about the practice, and how physicians and patients can advocate for respect of all human dignity.

Also in this episode:

News (0:30) – How bacteria can protect us from skin cancer (http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/4/2/eaao4502)

Preventive Medicine Tip (6:25) – Osteoporosis Screening (https://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/)

Medical Trivia (Answer at 40:20) – True of False.  The arm bone is called the ‘humerus’ and takes its name from what happens when you bump it in just the right place near the elbow where it feels kind of ‘funny, and thus this bone is also called the ‘funny bone’?

Listener Question (42:25) – I have heard that cancer can spread once cut open. Is this true of skin cancer too?

Listener Question (48:00) – What are some ways I can improve the natural immunity of myself and my family

May 25, 2018 – DD #19 – When Parents Become Patients


Feature Interview (11:20) – Sr. Mary Diana Dreger, physician and a member of the Dominican Sisters of the Congregation of St. Cecilia in Nashville, discusses how to care for elderly parents, including her experiences caring for her own aging parents, important things to remember when making decisions, providing for physical and spiritual needs, and how to make the best of the last years of life.

Sr. Mary Diana’s chapter on this topic, “Caring for Older Adults,” in Catholic Witness in Health Care: Practicing Medicine in Truth & Love (CUA Press) http://a.co/4oFzxm2

Dr. Peter Morrow’s article from the Linacre Quarterly, “The Catholic Living will and Healthcare Surrogate: A Teaching Document for Evangelization, and a Means of Ensuring Spirituality Throughout Life” http://bit.ly/CathWill

Also in this episode:
News (0:45) – New Canadian law requires physicians to refer patients for euthanasia

Preventive Medicine Tip (7:20) – Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening

Medical Trivia (Answer at 38:15) – When somebody is exhibiting uncontrolled, extreme emotion, they may be labelled hysterical. Hippocrates thought that one of the organs actually travelled within the body to cause hysteria.  From what part of human anatomy does the term hysterical come?  And why?

Medicine You Need to Know (47:15) – High Rates of Physician Depression and Suicide

May 18, 2018 – DD #18 – Gender Dysphoria


Feature Interview (15:00) – Pediatric Endocrinologist Dr. Paul Hruz discusses gender dysphoria, sometimes called transgenderism, including the latest research, the harm being caused by current medical and cultural approaches to treatment, and what better faithful and scientific treatment might look like.

Also in this episode:

News (0:55) – A study on the effects of gratitude and generosity on the brain activity of people in treatment for anxiety and depression (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2015.12.040)

Preventive Medicine Tip (8:30) – Who should be taking a baby aspirin?

Medical Trivia (Answer at 44:30) – Ultraviolet light is responsible for about 90% of all skin cancers (5.4 million annually in the U.S.).  Additionally, ultraviolet light is responsible for 80% of all skin wrinkling.

If it takes one hour of ultraviolet light exposure from the sun for you to get a sunburn, how long can you be in the sun before you start forming irreversible skin wrinkles?

Bonus Question:  What is “Tanorexia”?

Music Recommendation (47:15) – Hillbilly Thomists (https://www.dominicanajournal.org/music/the-hillbilly-thomists/)

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May 11, 2018 – DD #17 – Oral Contraception: Fact and Fiction


Feature Interview (12:45) – Dr. Patrick Yeung, an OB/GYN from St. Louis, discusses so-called “medical use” or “non-contraceptive use” of oral contraceptives, especially whether the common practice makes medical or ethical sense.

Also in this episode:
News (01:00) – Ethical and unethical official positions of professional health care organizations, and why patients should find out what their own doctors believe.

Preventive Medicine Tip (11:55) – Pneumonia Vaccine

Medical Trivia (Answer at 40:30) – What organ was first successfully transplanted from a LIVING donor? What organ was first successfully transplanted from a CADAVER?

Listener Question (40:45) – At age 61, I expect to have a life expectancy of 95 and I am not interested in living a longer life than that. But I want to live healthily for as much of my life as possible, are there things I should do that will keep me healthy but not extend my life expectancy?

Medicine You Need to Know (42:45) – Pulmonologist Dr. Eustace Fernandes discusses the health consequences of smoking, whether there are healthy alternatives, and the advice he shares with his patient who are trying to quit

May 4, 2018 – DD #16 – A Proven Approach to AIDS in Africa


In this episode:

News (00:50) – Who is doing reconstructive surgery for Medicare patients? (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaad.2017.09.032) and Impact of spray sunscreen popularity on sunscreen formulations (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaad.2017.07.040)

Women’s Healthcare Tip (07:30) – Bone Density Testing

Guest Interview (13:20) – Dr. Kim Dernovsek, a dermatologist from Pueblo, CO shares her work as co-founder of Universal Chastity Education that works in three African Countries and the USA to prevent HIV/AIDS and promote chastity with astounding results.


Medical Trivia (Answer at 40:30) – With which of the following is ‘Bariatric Surgery’ concerned?

  1. Treating people with ‘Beri-Beri’ due to Vitamin B1 insufficiency?
  2. Treating SCUBA divers who ascended too quickly and have the bends
  3. Treating non-healing wounds that will not heal with typical topical wound care procedures?
  4. Treating obesity
  5. Treating cancer of the appendix (no)

Listener Question (44:20) – Is gluten a legitimate concern or overblown? There are people suggesting we try it for behavior issues with our child. Could gluten, dairy, and/or sugar be the cause?

April 24, 2018 – DD #15 – Caritas Baby Hospital


Holy Land Introduction (00:40) – Dr. McGovern gives some facts and fictions about the Holy Land and shares some of his own experiences traveling in Israel and Palestine.

Guest Interview (12:20) – During Dr. McGovern’s trip to the Holy Land in February, he interviewed Dr. Hiyam Marzouqa (Chief Physician) and Dr. Iyad Abu Irmeleh (Resident Physician) at Caritas Baby Hospital in Bethlehem about their work serving babies and their families in the war-torn Middle East.



Medical Trivia (Answer at 50:00) – While The Wind in the Willows is a children’s book published in 1908, something other than wind found in willows has been used for over 2000 years as a medication, and a form of this is still accounts for 44,000 tons of pills taken annually worldwide. What is this medication?

Preventive Medicine Tip (47:10) – Vision Screenings for Children (https://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/)

Full Episode – 2018 – April 6 – HHS Conscience Protection https://soundcloud.com/user-546435917/2018-march-9-catholic-witness-in-healthcare

In this episode:Medical News (1:50) –  Link between nighttime light exposure and depression
Preventative Medicine Tip (5:55) – Diabetes Screening Recommendations (https://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/)

Guest Interview (13:50) – Ariana Grossu, Outreach Advisor at the Office for Civil Rights at the US Department of Health & Human Services, discusses the newest HHS initiative – the Conscience and Religious Freedom Division – and what current and potential policies protect health care workers from having to violate their conscience in their practice. For more information visit: www.hhs.gov/conscience

Medical Trivia (Answer at 39:15) – According to MedScape.com, which of these prescription medications garnered the most sales in 2016 – at $13.6 billion?  1. Enbrel (etanercept)

               2. Harvoni (ledipasvir sofosbuvir)

               3. Lantus Solostar (insulin glargine injection)

               4. Humira (Adalimunab)

               5. Remicade (infliximab)

Listener Question (42:30) –  If I took birth control when I was younger before I knew about the harmful effects, is there anything I can do now to decrease my risk of getting cancer?

Medicine You Need to Know (45:20) – Catholic Witness in Healthcare editor Dr. John Travaline discusses how St. Padre Pio’s vision for authentic Catholic healthcare is coming to the United States

Full Interview – Ariana Grossu – HHS Conscience Protections https://soundcloud.com/user-546435917/full-interview-arina-grossu-hhs-conscience-protection-policies

Full Episode – 2018 – March 9 – Catholic Witness in Healthcare https://soundcloud.com/user-546435917/2018-march-9-catholic-witness-in-healthcare

Louise Mitchell (Adjunct Professor at University of Mary) and Dr. John Travaline (Catholic deacon and critical care specialist at Temple University) to talk about their book “Catholic Witness in Health Care: Practicing Medicine in Truth and Love.”

Full Interview – Louise Mitchell and Dr. John Travaline – Catholic Witness in Healthcare https://soundcloud.com/user-546435917/dd2018-03-09-full-interview

 Trivia – Hooves, Hair, and Nails? https://soundcloud.com/user-546435917/dd2018-03-09-trivia-hooves

News – High Blood Pressure Guidelines  https://soundcloud.com/user-546435917/dd2018-03-09-news-high-blood

 Preventive Medicine Tip – Skin Cancer Prevention https://soundcloud.com/user-546435917/dd2018-03-09-preventive

The Doctors (Dr. Thomas McGovern and Dr. Andrew Mullally) interview Arina Grossu, the Outreach Advisor at the Office of Civil Rights at the US Department of Health and Human Services regarding the new Conscience and Religious Freedom division. During the Obama Administration, there were 10 complaints. During the Trump Administration, (14 months) there are already 496 complaints of religious and conscience protection violation complaints.

Full Episode – 2018 – February 23 –  Caring for Undocumented Immigrants: https://soundcloud.com/user-546435917/2018-february-23-caring-for-undocumented-immigrants

Critical Care Specialist Dr. Peter Rosario from the Southwest Indiana Catholic Medical Guild discusses the challenges and rewards of providing medical care for undocumented immigrants, the difficulty they face in getting treatment, and some ideas for overcoming some of the most pressing concerns.

Full Interview – Dr. Peter Rosario – Caring for Undocumented Immigrants: https://soundcloud.com/user-546435917/dd2018-02-23-full-interview-dr

Medicine You Need to Know – Dr. Eustace Fernandes – Physician Assisted Suicide: https://soundcloud.com/user-546435917/dd2018-02-23-medicine-you-need

Trivia – What is the only bone in the human body not connected to another bone?: https://soundcloud.com/user-546435917/dd2018-02-23-trivia-the-only-unconnected-bone

News – The Sleep Gene?: https://soundcloud.com/user-546435917/dd2018-02-23-news-the-sleep

News – How Sleep Affects Memory As We Age: https://soundcloud.com/user-546435917/dd2018-02-23-news-how-age

Preventative Medicine Tip – Mammograms: https://soundcloud.com/user-546435917/dd2018-02-23-preventive

Full Episode – 2018 – February 16 –  Ethics of Vaccines: https://soundcloud.com/user-546435917/2018-february-16-ethics-of-vaccines

The doctors talk to St. Louis Pediatrician Dr. Kathleen Berchelmann about the importance of vaccinations, ethical concerns behind some types of vaccinations, how to know which vaccinations are appropriate for your family, and how to discuss the best options for keeping your family healthy.  Plus find out about the doctor who discovered the cause of Downs Syndrome and might someday be a saint in this week’s trivia, hear about the link between birth control and suicide rates in the news; get need-to-know info on pap smears; and listen to doctors’ pet peeves that can make it harder to treat patients.

Full Interview – Dr. Kathleen Berchelmann – Ethics of Vaccines: https://soundcloud.com/user-546435917/dd2018-02-16-full-interview-dr

News – Contraception Linked to Suicide: https://soundcloud.com/user-546435917/dd2018-02-16-news

News – Fertility Testing for Egg Quality: https://soundcloud.com/user-546435917/dd2018-02-16-news-fertility

Preventative Medicine Tip – Pap Smear Tests: https://soundcloud.com/user-546435917/dd2018-02-16-preventive

Trivia – Who Discovered the Cause of Downs Syndrome?: https://soundcloud.com/user-546435917/dd2018-02-16-trivia-who

Listener Questions – Patient Pet Peeves: https://soundcloud.com/user-546435917/dd2018-02-16-listener


 Full Episode – 2018 – February 9 –  Choosing Wisely for Pediatric Care: https://soundcloud.com/user-546435917/dd2018-02-09-choosing-wisely-for-pediatric-care

 The doctors talk to Pediatrician Dr. John Rice from South Bend, IN who discusses the importance of the CMA’s mission and vision in helping parents choose the best medical care for their children.  Plus find out about the biblical name for the thyroid cartilage in this week’s trivia, hear about the link between birth control and breast cancer in the news; get need-to-know info Vitamin D supplements; and a discussion on Medicine in the Movies.

 Full Interview – Dr. John Rice – Choosing Wisely for Pediatric Care: https://soundcloud.com/user-546435917/dd2018-02-09-full-interview-dr

 News – Birth Control and Breast Cancer: https://soundcloud.com/user-546435917/dd2018-02-09-news-birth

 Preventative Medicine Tip – Vitamin D Supplements: https://soundcloud.com/user-546435917/dd2018-02-09-preventive

 Trivia – Thyroid Cartilage: https://soundcloud.com/user-546435917/dd2018-02-09-trivia-thyroid

 Medicine in the Movies – Villains and Skin Conditions: https://soundcloud.com/user-546435917/dd2018-02-09-medicine-in-the

The doctors talk to Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Paul Carson about the benefits and dangers of antibiotics and the importance of antibiotic stewardship.  Plus find out if synophrys (The tendency of eyebrows to meet in the center of the face) is deadly in this week’s trivia, hear about EpiPen loopholes and the health benefits of coffee in the news; get need-to-know info on lung cancer screenings; and find out what to add to your watch list with a movie recommendation.

Full Episode – 2018 – February 2  https://soundcloud.com/user-546435917/dd2018-02-02-antibiotic-stewardship

Antibiotic Stewardship: https://soundcloud.com/user-546435917/dd2018-02-02-full-interview-dr 

News – EpiPen Loophole: https://soundcloud.com/user-546435917/dd2018-02-02-news-epipen 

News – Health Benefits of Coffee: https://soundcloud.com/user-546435917/dd2018-02-02-news-health 

Preventative Medicine Tip – Lung Cancer Screening: https://soundcloud.com/user-546435917/dd2018-02-02-preventive 

Trivia – Does Synophrys shorten Your Life? https://soundcloud.com/user-546435917/dd2018-02-02-trivia-does  

Movie Recommendation – Gifted Hands: https://soundcloud.com/user-546435917/dd2018-02-02-movie

Full Episode – 2018 – January 26 – NaPro Technology: https://soundcloud.com/user-546435917/2018-january-26-podcast

This episode features an interview with Dr. Christopher Stroud about NaPro technology and how it guides medical and surgical treatments that can help solve many fertility issues.

Full Interview – Dr. Chris Stroud: https://soundcloud.com/user-546435917/dd2018-01-26-full-interview-dr

News – Contraception Blog: https://soundcloud.com/user-546435917/dd2018-01-26-news

Preventative Medicine Tip – Colonoscopies: https://soundcloud.com/user-546435917/dd2018-01-26-preventative

Trivia – Islets of Langerhans: https://soundcloud.com/user-546435917/dd2018-01-26-trivia-islets-of

Book Recommendation – Humanae Vitae: https://soundcloud.com/user-546435917/dd2018-01-26-book-rec-humanae

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