November 9, 2020

Doctor, Doctor

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September 11, 2020- DD #176 – COVID Goes to College


Feature Interview (3:05) – Infectious Disease and Public Health specialist Dr. Paul Cieslak and Steve Minnis, President of Benedictine College in Atchison, KS talk about the issues facing colleges going back to school this Fall, how they can keep students, faculty, and staff healthy, and what the coming months might look like.

Medical Trivia (Answer at 48:42) – Britain’s last major outbreak of plague came in 1665-1666. Across the country, universities closed in response to the plague. At Cambridge University, a young student left college behind to wait out the plague in the countryside where he investigated optics using a glass prism he’d picked up at a Cambridge market before fleeing, invented calculus, and described gravity and the laws of motion. Who was this genius who made the most of his year in quarantine away from Cambridge University?

September 4, 2020 DD #175 – A Heroic Doctor In a Hostile Culture


Feature Interview (7:52) – Dr. Bill Toffler, a family physician from Portland, OR who was fired from his practice for treating his patients with the same respect and dignity he had for many years, talks about how his faith led to him being marginalized and what Catholics in the healthcare community need to know about standing up for their conscience rights.

More episodes on conscience rights:

DD #101 – Healthcare Rights and Duties

DD #13 – HHS Conscience Protection

DD #10 – Catholic Witness in Healthcare

DD #9 – Ethical and Religious Directives

Medical Trivia (Answer at 49:16) – What percentage of applicants to MD schools were accepted last year? How many medical schools did the average medical student apply to in 2019?

August 28, 2020- DD #174 – Confessions of a Catholic Medical Student: Part Three


Feature Interview (9:09) – Medical student Brendan Rhatican is back to tell us about his third year of medical school: the biggest challenges and blessings, what he’s learned, how things have changed because of COVID-19, and more.

Catholic Medical Conscience App:

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.catholicmed.cmca&hl=en_US

App Store: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/catholic-medical-conscience/id1474130728

Medical Trivia (Answer at 48:06) – What percentage of applicants to MD schools were accepted last year? How many medical schools did the average medical student apply to in 2019?

August 21, 2020- DD #173 – COVID-19 Treatment Update


Feature Interview (4:51) – Dr. George Delgado, the president and founder of the Steno Institute, discusses the latest progress in treatments for COVID-19 including hydroxychloroquine, steroids, convalescent plasma serum, and more. Plus he shares how he has been working to make sure religious groups are not discriminated against with COVID-19 response measures.

Medical Trivia (Answer at 47:59) – According to data posted on the CDC website as of August 12, 2020, of the 13,624 children under 15 years old who have died in the United States since February 1, what percentage have died of COVID-19?  of Influenza?

August 14, 2020- DD #172 – The Bitter Pill: The Economic Impact of Contraception

Feature Interview (7:50) – Economist Dr. Tim Reichert explains the economic impact of contraception on society, including how birth control has a disproportionate negative effect on women and children both financially and in their ability to pursue desired relationships.

Other Doctor, Doctor episodes about contraception:

DD #97 – What Most Doctors Won’t Tell You About Breast Cancer: https://soundcloud.com/user-546435917/dd-97-what-most-doctors-wont-tell-you-about-breast-cancer
DD #154 – The Beauty of a Woman’s Cycle: The Science Behind Natural Family Planning: https://soundcloud.com/user-546435917/dd-154-the-beauty-of-a-womans-cycle-the-science-behind-natural-family-planning

August 7, 2020-DD #171 – COVID-19 Update with Epidemiologist Mark Strand, PhD

Epidemiologist Mark Strand, PhD from North Dakota State University gives an update with the latest data on the COVID-19 pandemic including where cases are rising and falling around the United States, lessons we can learn from the first phase of the pandemic around the world, and the most important next steps that can help stop the virus.

July 31, 2020- DD #170 – Specialty Focus: General Surgery

Feature Interview (8:26) – Our specialty focus series continues with Dr. Anthony Oliva, who gives a behind the scenes look at what it’s like to be a general surgeon, how he chose his specialty, and some of the biggest challenges and rewards in his every day practice of medicine.

Medical Trivia (Answer at 48:37)– The barber surgeon, one of the most common European medical coordination indispensable to their trade, were called upon for numerous tasks ranging from cutting hair to amputating limbs. The barber surgeons often had a pole in front of their place of work. What TWO colors are classically found on a barber’s pole, and what do they represent?

July 24, 2020- DD #169- COVID-19: Mask Hysteria

Feature Interview (6:22) – Infectious disease specialist Dr. Paul Carson and psychologist Dr. Peter Malinoski talk about the divergent responses to the growing number of mask mandates around the country in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Carson talks about some misconceptions and misinformation about the effectiveness of mask-wearing to prevent COVID-19 spread, and Dr. Malinoski helps us understand the deeper reasons people might be resistant to mandates and how we can respond.

Medical Trivia (Answer at 49:22) – On July 17, the website travelandleisure.com listed 16 countries that were allowing Americans to visit. Can you name a) one of the two countries in Europe that Americans may visit, b) he only African country that Americans may visit, c) the o nly Middle Eastern country where American travel is allowed?



July 17, 2020-DD #168 – The Power of Expectations: Trisomy 21 and Down’s Syndrome

Feature Interview (6:22) – Psychologist Dr. Robin Lynn Treptow talks about the life-changing effects of how expectations influence outcomes. She shares her own experiences of having a child with Trisomy 21 and how biases regarding the diagnosis made it difficult for her family to help her child thrive, the reality of how children with Trisomy 21 can develop intelligence and skills, and how we can all help overcome the biases that hold these children back.

Ruby’s Rainbow Scholarship https://rubysrainbow.org/
Medical Trivia (Answer at 49:22) – How many chromosome pairs do humans have and what do we call the last numbered chromosome pair instead of referring to that pair by a number?

July 10, 2020 -DD #167 – COVID-19 Update: Is the Cure Worse Than the Disease?

Infectious disease specialist Dr. Paul Carson, MD and philosopher Anthony Flood, PhD, both from North Dakota State University, talk about the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic and the lessons we’ve learned from the medical and social response to the crisis, and they lay out the arguments they make about necessary and unnecessary precautions in their new paper “COVID-19 Policymaking in a Country Divided: A Path Toward Unity Through Catholic Social Teaching.”

CDC Excess Deaths Data: www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covi…9/excess_deaths.htm
Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation: www.healthdata.org/
Video showing how droplets spread in air after a sneeze: edhub.ama-assn.org/jn-learning/vid…player/18357411
Japanese study of microdroplets after a sneeze or cough: www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2azcn7MqOU
University of Nebraska demo of masking effects on micro-droplets: www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbAzUUtqbiU
Image of bacterial growth on a petri dish from masked and unmasked activities like sneezing, coughing, talking, and singing: twitter.com/richdavisphd/status…60212979712/photo/1

June 17, 2020- DD #162 – COVID-19 and Kids: Back to School and More

Denver pediatrician Dr. Michelle Stanford answers questions about how COVID-19 is affecting and kids, including what the latest data shows about how sick children get and what the biggest risks are, what policies and procedures schools might implement when the school year begins, and what parents need to know about the risks of mental health issues and socialization and learning gaps some children will experience.

June 16, 2020- DD #161 – Making Sense of Medical Journals and the Peer-Review Process

Dr. Barbara Golder, a pathologist, lawyer, and ethicist who serves as the editor of the Linacre Quarterly, the official medical journal of the Catholic Medical Association, explains the peer-review process for medical journals, why some papers end up being retracted, and what we can look for to better understand frequent and sometimes conflicting information.

June 12, 2020- DD #160 – Specialty Focus: Psychiatry

Feature Interview (11:21) – Our specialty focus series continues with Harvard Psychiatrist Dr. Kevin Majeres who gives an inside look at what it’s like to practice psychiatry including why he chose his specialty, what his typical day is like, some of the misunderstandings people have about mental health, and why he thinks Catholic psychiatrists are so important for our world today.

Dr. Majeres websites:
Recommended books:
Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety (John P. Forsyth)
The Happiness Trap (Russ Harris)
Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation (Daniel J. Siegel)
Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love (Sue Johnson)
Medical Trivia (Answer at 49:33) – The father of American psychiatry signed the Declaration of Independence, was a US Mint Treasurer and Surgeon General of the Continental Army, and there is a medical school named after him in Chicago. Who is it?

DD #159 – How to Advocate for an Ethical COVID-19 Vaccine
Debi Vinnedge, founder of Children of God for Life, talks about the ethics of vaccines and the work that is being done to make sure vaccines are produced without harm to human beings. She explains how campaigns have recently convinced companies to discontinue unethical vaccines and the urrent efforts to ensure an ethical vaccine option is produced for COVID-19.
Where to send a letter requesting ethical vaccines:
Dr. John Shiver, Global Head of R&D
Sanofi Pasteur
Box 187 Discovery Drive
Swiftwater, PA 18370

DD #158 – Specialty Focus: Chiropractic Medicine

Feature Interview (12:16) –Dr. Adam Osenga gives an inside look at what it’s like to be a chiropractor, including what kind of ailments a chiropractor can help with, the various kinds of treatments he provides, and some of the biggest misconceptions people have about the specialty.

Medical Trivia (Answer at 48:18) – Chiropractors, physical therapists, and orthopedic surgeons all care for disorders of the bones, joints, and muscles.  Which of these three professional groups has the most representatives – and the least representatives – practicing in the United States?  As a hint, there are 9 times as many professionals in the most numerous group compared to the least numerous group. The middle profession has 3 times as many practitioners as the the least numerous group.

May 29, 2020-DD #157 – Specialty Focus: Neurosurgery

Feature Interview (12:11) – Neurosurgeon Dr. Paul Camarata gives an inside look at what it’s like to be a neurosurgeon, how he chose his specialty, and the most common diseases and medical issues he treats.

Medical Trivia (Answer at 47:39) – The average human brain weighs about 3 pounds or 1.5-2% of body weight.  What percentage of the body’s energy supplies (as based on blood flow and oxygen use) does the brain use?

May 28, 2020 – DD #156 – Coronavirus in the ICU: An Update As Society Reopens
Dr. Eustace Fernandes, Chief of Critical Care at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana, gives an update about on-the-ground treatment of patients with COVID-19. Dr. Fernandes explains the latest about what doctors are learning about the way the virus is spread, how it affects patients, and the most effective treatments, how the ICU has been effected by the phased reopening that’s happening in his own state of Indiana, the emotional toll this experience has had on medical professionals, and what we need to do in the coming weeks to make sure the pandemic continues to slow.

May 26-DD #155 – What’s Behind Ethnic Disparities in COVID-19 Cases?
Oncologist Dr. Felix Rodriguez and epidemiologist Dr. Mark Strand explain some of the factors that contribute to the ethnic disparities in the rate of COVID-19 infections and deaths around the world.

May 23, 2020-DD #154 – The Beauty of a Woman’s Cycle: The Science Behind Natural Family Planning

OBGYN and Doctor, Doctor co-host Dr. Chris Stroud about women’s fertility, natural family planning works with their natural cycle. Dr. Stroud covers the basics of the menstrual cycle, common issues women face throughout their lives, and how different fertility awareness models empower women to know their own bodies and families to plan for children.

May 22, 2020- DD #153 – Answering COVID-19 Misinformation
Epidemiologist Mark Strand, PhD and infectious disease specialist Dr. Paul Carson, MD from North Dakota State University talk about the stream of misinformation spreading about COVID-19, what separates helpful information from conspiracy or guesswork, and answer some of the most common misconceptions spreading about the global pandemic.

May 18, 2020- The Psychology of Conspiracy Theories

Psychologist Dr. Peter Malinoski, president and co-founder of Souls and Hearts ministry, talks about the psychology behind willingness to believe conspiracy theories, the role of fear and insecurity in how we process news and ideas, how faith can help in pursuit of peace and truth, and some tips for how we can best respond to news and theories shared among friends and family.

May 16, 2020- DD #151 – Making Sense of Coronavirus News

Dr. Barbara Golder, a pathologist, lawyer, and ethicist who serves as the editor of the Linacre Quarterly, the official medical journal of the Catholic Medical Association, helps make sense of the constant news and information being published online about the coronavirus. She explains the important things to look for and understand in medical studies, what might signal untrustworthy news sources, and the most important things for the scientific community to focus on right now.

May 15, 2020-DD #150 – ‘Conquering Coronavirus’ with Teresea Tomeo


Feature Interview: Catholic media host and author Teresa Tomeo talks about her new book Conquering Coronavirus and how we can comfort and inspiration from Scripture and the saints to help us overcome fear during the coronavirus pandemic.

Also in this episode: Infectious disease specialist Dr. Paul Carson talks about the pros and cons of the “herd immunity” approach attempted in Sweden and whether cloth masks can help us stay safe as reopening begins in the United States.

May 14, 2020- DD #149 – Latest COVID-19 Data Modeling


Dr. George Delgado, MD and aerospace engineer Bill Goyette give an update on how the Monte Carlo COVID-19 prediction model is matching up with current data and what this model can tell us about the best possible decisions for fighting the coronavirus pandemic, including when and how to relax lockdown policies.


May 8, 2020- DD #148 – Euthanasia: A Deficit of Love


Palliative care physician Dr. Margaret Cottle from Vancouver, Canada talks about the rise of the euthanasia movement in Canada through misleading rhetoric and legislation. Dr. Cottle talks about the danger of euthanasia for both patients and physicians and how a commitment to radically caring for patients is a better response to suffering at the end of life.

Background Links:

Canadian Hospice Forced to Close After Refusing to Offer Assisted Dying https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/canadian-hospice-forced-to-close-after-refusing-to-offer-assisted-dying-44930

Cardinal Collins Blasts Canadian Assisted Dying Laws https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/cardinal-collins-blasts-canadian-assisted-dying-laws-82155

DD #147 – Coronavirus Update 5/6 with Epidemiologist Mark Strand, PhD


Epidemiologist Mark Strand, PhD from North Dakota State University gives an update with the latest data on the coronavirus pandemic and discusses how the pandemic in the United States compares to the rest of the world, how we can expect reopening in certain regions to affect the rate of infection, and the lessons he hopes we all learn from living through the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 5, 2020 -DD #146 – How the Coronavirus Pandemic is Affecting Cancer Treatment


Oncologists Dr. Felix Rodriguez-Pinero and Dr. Ronald Sobecks talk about how the coronavirus pandemic has affected cancer treatment including what added risks cancer patients have if they get the virus, how cancer patients might suffer from delays in care due to hospital restrictions, and how doctors and patients can start transitioning back to normal care.

Websites for patients:

http://www.ccc19.org  (The COVID and Cancer Consortium)

Websites for physicians:

May 4, 2020- DD #145 – Coronavirus Roundtable Discussion


All three cohosts, dermatologist Dr. Tom McGovern, family physician Dr. Andrew Mullally, and OBGYN Dr. Chris Stroud, share their own experiences throughout the coronavirus pandemic, how it’s affected their own medical practices and patients, how it’s affected their own faith and families, and how they think it’ll affect the future.

May 1, 2020- DD #144 – COVID-19 Update: What Reopening Churches Should Look Like


Public health specialist Dr. Paul Cieslak, medical director for the Oregon Public Health Division Communicable Disease and Immunization Program, gives an update on the coronavirus pandemic, including the latest information and predictions for the virus and what Catholics can expect when public sacraments are reopened.

COVID-19 & Sacraments: Spiritual Care in a Time of Pandemic https://thomisticinstitute.org/covid-sacraments

NY State Antibodies Study https://www.amny.com/coronavirus/almost-a-quarter-of-nyc-residents-test-positive-for-covid-19-antibodies-cuomo/

“Flawed Models Show Why COVID-19 Policies Must Consider Total Mortality” https://www.dailysignal.com/2020/04/23/flawed-models-show-why-covid-19-policies-must-consider-total-mortality/]

Data on Pre-existing conditions affect on coronavirus patients https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2765184

April 30, 2020-DD #143 – US Sen. Todd Young on the Coronavirus Response


US Senator Todd Young (IN) discusses the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and the latest on government plans to respond to the crisis.

April 27, 2020- DD #142 – No Better Time to Be a Catholic Physician


Dr. Mike Parker, president of the Catholic Medical Association, explains why, despite all the difficulties of the coronavirus crisis, he thinks there is no better time to be a Catholic doctor and that all Catholics have a unique opportunity right now to be witnesses to the importance of human dignity and hope.


Guiding Principles For Catholic Healthcare Professionals During a Pandemic (CMA Document):  https://www.cathmed.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/New-Ethics-COVID-email.pdf

April 25, 2020-DD #141 – Coronavirus in the ICU: How the Virus Affects the Whole Body


Dr. Eustace Fernandes, Chief of Critical Care at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana, shares his experience treating patients with COVID-19. Dr. Fernandes explains what doctors on the frontlines are learning about COVID-19 including what parts of the body it affects and what those affects are like, which treatments have been successful, and which people are at highest risk of getting very sick.

April 24, 2020- DD #140 – Anxiety is Prayer Waiting to Happen: How We Can Turn to God in Times of Need


Harvard psychiatrist Dr. Kevin Majeres shares practical ways of successfully living with anxiety, especially how we can use moments of stress and anxiety to grow in faith and unite ourselves to God in prayer.

More from Dr. Kevin Majeres at www.optimalwork.com

Previous episodes with Dr. Majeres:

DD #82 – Anxiety and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

DD #91 – Anxiety and Flow: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Exercise and Brain Function

DD #102 – Anxiety, Mindfulness, and the Science of Prayer

DD #120 – Coping in the Coronavirus Crisis: Mental Health Tips with Dr. Kevin Majeres

April 23, 2020-DD #139 – COVID-19: Unintended Mental Health Consequences


Dr. Francie Broghammer, Psychiatry resident at the UC-Irvine School of Medicine, talks about the mental health consequences of the coronavirus pandemic and the overlooked consequences of the crisis including increased anxiety, loneliness, unemployment, and other increased stressors.

April 22, 2020- DD #138 – Coronavirus Update 4/22 with Epidemiologist Mark Strand, PhD


Epidemiologist Mark Strand, PhD from North Dakota State University gives an update with the latest data on the coronavirus pandemic and discusses how to understand the changing predictions, what data shows about how likely individuals are to get the virus including those with various pre-existing conditions, and things public health experts and public policy makers will consider as they try to move society back to normal operation.

April 16, 2020- DD #136 – Coronavirus Update: Is the End in Sight?


Feature Interview – Dr. Paul Carson, infectious disease and public health specialist, is back with the latest news and numbers about the novel coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Carson talks when we might be able to start relaxing social-distancing enough to visit family or start having non-essential doctor visits and what we’re learning about the virus now that we have more information. (Recorded 4/16/20)

Worldometer Coronavirus Spread: www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

CDC Coronavirus Fact Page: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nc…ut/share-facts.html

Also in this episode:

Medical Trivia (Answer at 46:22) – True or false, do people tend to get more colds in the winter because they spend more time indoors close to each other?

April 15, 2020- DD #135 – The Human Cost of Social-Distancing


Dr. Anthony Flood, associate professor of philosophy at North Dakota State University, talks about the human cost of social-distancing: how understanding what it means to be human can help us make sense of why social-distancing is so difficult even when it is necessary.

April 13, 2020-DD #134 – Update on Coronavirus in the ICU: Treating Patients on the Frontline of the Pandemic


Dr. Eustace Fernandes, Chief of Critical Care at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana, gives an update on his experiences on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic treating patients suffering from the disease in his own ICU including new treatments they’re trying and what they’re learning about patient care during these extreme circumstances.

April 11, 2020- DD #133 – What Coronavirus Models from a Rocket Scientist Can Tell Us About the Future


Dr. George Delgado, MD and aerospace engineer Bill Goyette explain how new predictive models that can account for different variables like weather and seasonal conditions, behavior changes like social distancing, and others to help healthcare providers and policy makers make the best possible decisions for fighting the coronavirus pandemic, including when to start relaxing lockdown rules.

Monte Carlo Coronavirus Prediction Graph: http://wrro.streamguys.com/MonteCarloCoronavirusModel.png

April 10, 2020- DD #132 – How Long, O Lord: Life in the Coronavirus Social Distancing Tomb


Public health specialist Dr. Paul Cieslak, medical director for the Oregon Public Health Division Communicable Disease and Immunization Program, gives an update on the coronavirus pandemic including what infectious disease experts are looking for before they recommend that social distancing can end and how long it might take for those signs to come.

Medical Trivia (answer at 48:07) – Early in Holy Week, the U.S. had reported far more cases of COVID-19 than any other country, and in fact, New York had reported more cases than any other country on earth except these two countries – and in fact by the time this episode airs, it may surpass these two countries.  What countries are they?

April 8, 2020- DD# 131 – Coronavirus Epidemiology: The Good and the Bad from the Latest Data


Epidemiologist Mark Strand, PhD from North Dakota State University gives an update with the latest data on the coronavirus pandemic and tells us what we can expect to happen in the next days and weeks with the outbreak around the world.

April 7, 2020- DD #130 – Making Spiritual Care Possible in Hospitals During a Pandemic


Dr. Tim Millea, orthopedic surgeon from Davenport, Iowa, talks about how the quarantine and visitor policies in hospitals are making spiritual ministry difficult in hospitals, and how Catholic doctors, hospital administrators, and priests around the country are working together to make sure suffering patients can receive spiritual care.

Linacre Quarterly article “Pastoral care of patients with Ebola Virus Disease” http://wrro.streamguys.com/EbolaSacraments.pdf

April 6, 2020- DD #129 – CARES Act Payroll Protection Plan: Keeping Practices Open


Dr. Rusty Chavey, president of Emmaus Health and professor at University of Michigan Medical School, talks about his own experience owning a practice and having to manage employees during the coronavirus crisis, and Dr. Chavey’s son son Will Chavey, an MBA student at Harvard University, talks about how he is working with his classmates to help people with small businesses during this pandemic.

April 5, 2020 DD #128 – Making Sense of Mask Guidelines


Dr. Paul Carson, infectious disease and public health specialist, is back to help us make sense of the latest guidelines about who should be wearing a mask and what kind of mask is beset for different people.

Walsh University Choir – Do Not Be Afraid https://youtu.be/62b-gK37k6k

April 5, 2020-DD #127 – Telemedicine’s Importance in the Coronavirus Response


Dr. Kathleen Berchelmann, a pediatric hospitalist and founder of MyCatholicDoctor, talks about the rise of telemedicine in the response to coronavirus. She covers how telemedicine works, the advantages and disadvantages, and advice for both physicians and patients who are new to using it.


April 3, 2020- DD #126 – Healthcare in the Coronavirus Hot Zone


Dr. Kathleen Berchelmann, a pediatric hospitalist in the New York City metropolitan area, shares her experience working in a hospital in the hot zone of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States including how the hospitals and providers are dealing with an influx of coronavirus patients, how it’s affecting patients even without the virus, and more.

April 3, 2020- DD #125 – The Shroud of Turin: Pt. 2


Feature Interview – In this second part of two episodes focusing on the Shroud of Turin, emergency medicine physician Dr. Scott French shares what we know about Jesus’ Passion and Crucifixion based on scientific and medical evidence from the Shroud.

Also in this episode:

Medical Trivia (Answer at 48:08) – On the Shroud of Turin, there is a large blood stain on the right side of the chest. This blood likely came from the heart but had to travel through the space between the lungs and the chest wall to reach the skin surface. What do we call this space between the lungs and chest wall that comes from the Greek word meaning “side” or “flank”? This space is important, because when fluid fills this area, breathing becomes significantly compromised.

April 2, 2020- DD #124 – The Cost of Coronavirus: Economics in a Pandemic


Dr. Tim Reichert, president, CEO, and co-founder of Economic Partners, LLC, talks about how the pandemic is affecting the economy and how economic strategies can be employed to battle various aspects of the pandemic and its fallout.

March 31, 2020-DD #123 – Coronavirus: Fact vs. Fiction with Public Health Specialist Dr. Paul Cieslak


Public health specialist Dr. Paul Cieslak, current medical director for the Oregon Public Health Division Communicable Disease and Immunization Program, shares his three decades worth of experience treating and studying infectious diseases to help us sort through facts and fictions in the news related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 30, 2020-DD #122 – Catholic Healthcare and Coronavirus: Guidelines from the Catholic Medical Association


Sr. Mary Diana Dreger, OP, MD and Dr. Greg Burke from the Catholic Medical Association Ethics Committee discuss the organization’s new document highlighting ethical concerns that healthcare providers need to consider and how Catholics should be a voice of reason and charity throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Guiding Principles For Catholic Healthcare Professionals During a Pandemic (CMA Document):  https://www.cathmed.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/New-Ethics-COVID-email.pdf

Vatican Document on the Sacrament of Reconciliation:


Holy Father Pope Francis Urbi et Orbi message text:


Holy Father Pope Francis Urbi et Orbi message video and photos: http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/ar/events/event.dir.html/content/vaticanevents/ar/2020/3/27/uniti-in-preghiera.html

March 28, 2020 -DD #121 – Coronavirus in the ICU: Treating Patients on the Front Line of the Pandemic


Dr. Eustace Fernandes, Chief of Critical Care at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana, shares his experiences on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic treating patients suffering from the disease in his own ICU.

March 28, 2020 – DD #120 – Coping in the Coronavirus Crisis: Mental Health Tips with Dr. Kevin Majeres


Harvard psychiatrist Dr. Kevin Majeres returns with more practical ways to cope with increased stress, anxiety, fear, and loneliness during the COVID-19 pandemic.

More from Dr. Kevin Majeres at www.optimalwork.com

Previous episodes with Dr. Majeres:

DD #82 – Anxiety and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy https://soundcloud.com/user-546435917/dd-82-anxiety-and-cognitive-behavioral-therapy

DD #91 – Anxiety and Flow: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Exercise and Brain Function https://soundcloud.com/user-546435917/dd-91-anxiety-and-flow-acceptance-and-commitment-therapy-exercise-and-brain-function

DD #102 – Anxiety, Mindfulness, and the Science of Prayer https://soundcloud.com/user-546435917/dd-102-anxiety-and-mindfulness

March 27-DD #119 – Coronavirus Update 3/27 – with Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Paul Carson


Feature Interview (5:06) – Dr. Paul Carson, infectious disease and public health specialist, is back with the latest news and numbers about the novel coronavirus spreading throughout the world. Dr. Carson talks about how the testing and equipment supply line, how the increased prevention measures around the country are working, how long it will take for the pandemic to peak in the United States,

“How the Pandemic Will End” by Ed Yong https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/03/how-will-coronavirus-end/608719/

Worldometer Coronavirus Spread: www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

CDC Coronavirus Fact Page: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/share-facts.html

WHO Coronavirus Page: https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus

ECDC Coronavirus Page: https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/coronavirus

Also in this episode:

Background Info (00:45) – How COVID-19 is affecting everyday doctors and Dr. Mullally’s own experience treating coronavirus

Medical Trivia (Answer at 48:44) – How long does it take to wash your hands well enough to kill bacteria and germs?

March 25, 2020-DD #118 – Coronavirus Epidemiology: Predicting the Future with Today’s Facts


Epidemiologist Mark Strand, PhD from North Dakota State University helps us make sense of the current COVID-19 data, shares what we can learn about the COVID-19 crisis by comparing it to past epidemics, and talks about what the current data is telling us we can expect to happen in the next days and weeks with the outbreak around the world.

March 25, 2020-DD #117 – Coronavirus Treatment and Vaccine Development Process


Dr. Bill Williams, a rheumatologist and clinical researcher, explains the process for developing new treatments and vaccines, how researchers can re-purpose existing medicine for new diseases, and what researchers are working on specifically for the novel coronavirus.

March 24, 2020- DD #116 – Coronavirus Perspective from Medical School


Medical students from around the country describe how the outbreak of coronavirus has impacted their training including what they are learning, how they are trying to help, and what they hope for in the future.

March 21, 2020- DD #115 – Coronavirus and Pregnancy with OBGYN Dr. Chris Stroud


OBGYN Dr. Chris Stroud shares the latest information on how the novel coronavirus affects pregnant women and newborns, including the safety precautions doctor’s offices and pregnant women can take.

March 21, 2020- DD #114 – Coronavirus: Perspective from a Doctor in Hong Kong


Dr. Peter Au-Yeung, a physician and anesthesiologist in Hong Kong, shares his experience as a health care provider during the SARS and new COVID-19 outbreak, how the viruses compare to each other, and best practices for preventing viruses from spreading.

March 20, 2020- DD #113 – DD #113 – Coronavirus Update 3/20 with Infectious Disease Specialist Paul Carson


Feature Interview (8:20) – Dr. Paul Carson, infectious disease and public health specialist, is back with the latest news and numbers about the novel coronavirus spreading throughout the world. Dr. Carson talks about how many people are likely to get coronavirus, what measures are being taken to stop it like social distancing and how it’s working around the world, when we can expect to go back to normal, when we might see a vaccine, and more.

Worldometer Coronavirus Spread: www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/
CDC Coronavirus Fact Page: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/share-facts.html
WHO Coronavirus Page: https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus
ECDC Coronavirus Page: https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/coronavirus

“Pandemics Kill Compassion, too” by David Brooks https://nyti.ms/2W9Wesw

Also in this episode:

Background Info (00:45) – How COVID-19 is affecting everyday doctors and Dr. Mullally’s own experience treating coronavirus

Medical Trivia (Answer at 47:32) – What city had the first quarantine in 1377?


March 19, 2020- DD #112 – Coronavirus Update 3/19 – What Parents Need to Know


Denver pediatrician Dr. Michelle Stanford answers questions about coronavirus and kids, including how the virus affects them, how likely they are to get it and pass it on to someone else, what symptoms to watch for, and when to call your doctor.

March 17, 2020-DD #111 – Coronavirus Update 3/17 – Nursing Homes, Hospitals, and Medical Ethics with Dr. Greg Burke


Dr. Greg Burke, Chief Patient Experience Officer at Geisinger Medical Center and Co-Chairman of the Catholic Medical Association’s Ethics Committee, talks about the impact the novel coronavirus pandemic is having on nursing homes and hospitals and the ethical concerns that are coming up in the care for patients in this crisis.

March 15, 2020 – DD #110 – March 15 Coronavirus Update with Infectious Disease Specialist Paul Carson, MD


Feature Interview (11:49) – Dr. Paul Carson, infectious disease and public health specialist is back with the latest information on the coronavirus pandemic, how it’s spreading in the US, and what we should all be doing.

Coronavirus Statistics Page: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

“C.S. Lewis on the Coronavirus” by Matt Smethurst https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/cs-lewis-coronavirus/

March 9, 2020 -DD #109 – Coronavirus with Infectious Disease Specialist Paul Carson, MD


Feature Interview (11:49) – Dr. Paul Carson, infectious disease and public health specialist, helps make sense of the coronavirus outbreak. He covers fact and fiction about what the disease is, how it’s spreading, and what everyone needs to know about prevention and treatment.

CDC Coronavirus Fact Page: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/share-facts.html

WHO Coronavirus Page: https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus

ECDC Coronavirus Page: https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/coronavirus

Also in this episode:

Background Info (00:45) – Perspective on the current global situation with coronavirus

Medical Trivia (Answer at 47:30) – True or false: most listeners have been infected with a coronavirus?

March 6, 2020- DD #108 – The Shroud of Turin: Pt. 1


Feature Interview (11:49) – In this first part of two episodes focusing on the Shroud of Turin, emergency medicine physician Dr. Scott French shares the history of the Shroud of Turin and some of the scientific tests that have been done over the years.

Also in this episode:

Background Info (00:45) – What is the Shroud of Turin? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shroud_of_Turin

Medical Trivia (Answer at 47:30) – When was the most recent year the Shroud was displayed and when will the Shroud next be displayed?

February 28, 2020- DD #107 – Home Genetic Testing: Worth the Cost?


Feature Interview (12:00) – Bioengineer and Dominican priest Fr. Nicanor Astriaco, OP, PhD, STD discusses the technology and interest in home genetic testing. He covers the science behind the technology, what we can and cannot learn from the tests, why it’s so common for people to be interested in their ancestry, and the risks and benefits of understanding your own genetic information.

Also in this episode:

Background Info (00:45) – What is a gene? How do genes work?

Medical Trivia (Answer at 48:45) – If we were playing the game of Jeopardy, our category would be “one-syllable scientific words”.  This word was coined in 1905 by Danish scientist Wilhelm Ludvig Johannsen (1857-1927), from a Greek word meaning “race,” from a Proto-Indo-European root meaning “give birth” or “beget.” This scientific word has found its way into everyday usage and describes a group of over 20,000 distinct entities found in the human body. What is the word?

February 21, 2020 – DD #106 – Headaches


Feature Interview (9:54) – Neurologist Dr. Natalie Manalo talks about the diagnosis and treatment of headaches, one of the most common medical problems. She discusses the different kinds of headaches, what causes them, how patients can prevent them, and new developments in how to treat them.

Also in this episode:

Background Info (00:45) – How common are headaches? Who gets headaches? Are there different kinds of headaches?

Medical Trivia (Answer at 44:56) – Shortly after 1pm on April 12, 1945, while sitting for a portrait at his vacation retreat in Warm Springs, GA, a man quietly uttered his last and very famous words: “I have a terrific pain in the back of my head,” and collapsed in his chair. Two and a half hours later, he was dead from a massive intracranial hemorrhage. Who was this famous individual that died shortly after the onset of what is known as a “thunderclap” headache?

February 14, 2020 – DD #105 – Preemies and Infant Mortality


Feature Interview (11:55) – Neonatologist Dr. Aaron Dewees talks about preemies and infant mortality, including some of the contributing factors that cause higher rates of infant deaths and what we can all do to help more babies live.

Also in this episode:

Background Info (00:45) – Infant Mortality Statistics from Around the World

Medical Trivia (Answer at 48:32) – After spending 5 months in a NICU in San Diego, the world’s smallest baby survived to go home for the first time. Baby Saybie was born 17 weeks early. At birth, did she weigh more or less than the following items: 1) a can of soda/pop 2) average cucumber 3) short cup of coffee 4) pint of blood 6) five Krispy Kreme donuts

February 7, 2020- DD #104 – Aging with Grace: Medical Concerns of the Elderly


Feature Interview (11:55) – Geriatric medicine specialist Dr. Peter Morrow talks about the health concerns of elderly patients, how they can prevent and cope with common risks and illnesses, and how families and care-givers can give them support.


Also in this episode:

Background Info (00:45) – Most Common Medical Concerns for Geriatric Patients

Medical Trivia (Answer at 48:32) – More people than ever are living past the age of 100. In a 2014 study of over 35,000 English people who died after age 100, the causes of death were compared to those dying between the ages of 80 and 84. 1) Were those over 100 – compared to those 80-84 – more or less likely to died from heart disease or cancer? 2) What acute/rapid-onset disease is three times more likely to cause death in those over 100 than those under?

January 31, 2020 – DD #103 – Diabetes: When Sugar Isn’t So Sweet


Feature Interview (8:50) – Endocrinologist and diabetes researcher Dr. Paul Hruz talks all about diabetes including the different types, what causes them, why diabetes is on the rise, strategies for prevention, and the latest developments in treatment for both Type I and Type II.


Also in this episode:

Background Info (00:45) – Diabetes 101: What is diabetes and how do people get it?

Medical Trivia (Answer at 48:27) – Patients with Type I diabetes may receive a pancreas transplant. In over 90% of cases of pancreas transplant, what other organ must be transplanted with it?

January 24, 2020- DD #102 – Anxiety, Mindfulness, and the Science of Prayer


Feature Interview (8:50) – Harvard psychiatrist Dr. Kevin Majeres returns with more practical ways to successfully live with anxiety, this time focusing on the practice of mindfulness. Dr. Majeres talks about what mindfulness is, how it can help people overcome feelings of anxiety, and even how it can improve prayer.

Previous episodes with Dr. Majeres:

DD #82 – Anxiety and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy User-546435917 – Dd-82-anxiety-and-cognitive-behavioral-therapy

DD #91 – Anxiety and Flow: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Exercise and Brain Function User-546435917 – Dd-91-anxiety-and-flow-acceptance-and-commitment-therapy-exercise-and-brain-function

More from Dr. Kevin Majeres at www.optimalwork.com

The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World by Ian McGilchrist amzn.to/2G8BW9w

Medical Trivia (Answer at 48:27) – In the Bible, Jesus told one person that he/she was anxious and Mary mentioned one time that she was anxious. Name the person Jesus called anxious and the event when Mary said she was anxious.

January 17, 2020- DD #101 – Healthcare Rights and Duties


Feature Interview (11:29) – Dr. Ashley Fernandes, associate director of the Center for Bioethics at the Ohio State University College of Medicine, covers the most important things to understand the debate about health care rights, including patient autonomy, physician conscience, and the right to medical care.

Medical Trivia (Answer at 49:02) – The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on December 10, 1948. Article 25 reads: “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing, and medical care…” Has the United States signed this declaration?

January 10, 2020- DD #100 – The Science of Compassion Pt. 2


Feature Interview (12:55) – Dr. Dominic Vachon, Director of the Ruth M. Hillebrand Center for Compassionate Care in Medicine at the University of Notre Dame, is back for a second episode to discuss the science of compassion, including how compassion or lack of it impacts both doctors and patients and what we can all do to be better at it.

Hillebrand Center for Compassionate Care in Medicine https://compassionatecare.nd.edu/

“How Doctors Care: The Science of Compassion and Balanced Caring in Medicine,” by Dr. Dominic Vachon https://titles.cognella.com/how-doctors-care-9781516540082

Also in this episode:

Background (01:00) – What Doctors (Secretly) Need from Patients, and What Patients (Secretly) Need from Doctors by Dr. Pamela Wible https://www.idealmedicalcare.org/doctors-secretly-need-patients/

Medical Trivia (Answer at 48:37) – There was a 2011 study published in Academic Medicine that included a blood test that analyzed how well a patients blood sugar had been controlled over several months. The patients were grouped into categories: good, moderate, or poor control of blood sugar. Then the patients’ physicians were given a test to determine their own levels of empathy. The doctors were grouped into categories: high, moderate, or low levels of empathy. The study compared the results to see if there was a correlation between the empathy of the doctor and the blood sugar control of his or her patient. Doctors who scored low in empathy had patients with a good blood sugar level 44% of the time. Did doctors with high levels of empathy have the same, higher, or lower percent of patients with good blood sugar level?

DD #99 – The Science of Compassion Part 1


Feature Interview (12:40) – Dr. Dominic Vachon, Director of the Ruth M. Hillebrand Center for Compassionate Care in Medicine at the University of Notre Dame, discusses the importance of compassionate care, why some doctors find it difficult, how doctors can increase their compassion, and how studies show learning about and focusing on compassionate care is beneficial for both doctors and patients.

Medical Trivia (Answer at 39:29) – Dr. Francis Peabody, when dying of cancer, gave a talk to the Harvard Medical School Students about the problems of modern medicine.  In his talk, he said the following:

“The most common criticism made at present by older practitioners is that young graduates have been taught a great deal about the mechanism of disease, but very little about the practice of medicine—or, to put it more bluntly, they are too “scientific” and do not know how to take care of patients….One of the essential qualities of the clinician is interest in humanity, for the secret of the care of the patient is in [BLANK BLANK] the patient.”

Two questions

  1. Fill in the blanks – two words
  2. What year did he give this talk on students being “too scientific”? – 1927

DD #98 – Winter Health 101


In this episode – All three of our co-hosts come together to talk about the most common winter health problems and how to avoid them and treat them. Hear about a wide range of issues like season affective disorder, common colds, influenza, frost bite, and more with dermatologist Dr. Tom McGovern, family physician Dr. Andrew Mullally, and OBGYN Dr. Christ Stroud.

Medical Trivia (Answer at 39:29) – Does the rate of suicide increase around the holiday period (between Thanksgiving and Christmas)?

DD #96 – Non-Profit vs. For-Profit Hospitals: What’s the Difference and Why It Matters


Feature Interview (13:06) – Economist Michaele Hicks, PhD from Ball State University talks about the difference between for-profit and non-profit hospitals, how those differences affect patients, and why communities should care about what kind of hospitals they have.

Indiana Has a Monopoly Problem in Healthcare  https://projects.cberdata.org/165/indiana-healthcare-monopoly

Background Info (00:45) – Dr. Stroud explains what non-profit hospitals are and the rules that govern them including tax-status, community investment requirements, and which patients they have to care for


Medical Trivia (Answer at 47:08) – How many hospitals are there in the United States? What percent are A) state-owned B) non-profit and C) for profit?

DD #95 – Women in Medicine: A Panel Discussion


Feature Interview (5:07) – A panel of four Catholic women physicians share their stories, reflections, and advice about being a woman physician including challenges they’ve faced, how things have changed for women in medicine, and the special contributions women make in the medical field.

Panel: Dr. Maricella Moffitt, Dr. Jenn Johnson, Dr. Michelle Stanford, Dr. Amber Day

Background Info (00:45) – Comparison of Hospital Mortality and Readmission Rates for Medicare Patients Treated by Male vs. Female Physicians doi.org/10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.7875

Medical Trivia (Answer at 48:37) – In 1968, only 6% of physicians were women in the United States. At least half of medical students are now women. In what years did women constitute 20, 30, and 40% of employed doctors?

DD #94 – The Most Needed Doctor in the World


Feature Interview (9:55) – Dr. Tom Catena is a missionary family physician and general surgeon serving over 1 million people in the war-torn regions of Sudan. He talks about how he decided to dedicate his life to medical mission work, what it’s like working in a remote part of a country ravaged by war, how he finds fulfillment in his work despite the difficulties.

African Mission Healthcare africanmissionhealthcare.org/

Catholic Medical Mission Board cmmb.org/

The Sudan Relief Fund sdnrlf.com/

Medical Trivia (Answer at 48:09) – Mother of Mercy Hospital where Dr. Tom Catena lives and works lies in an area between Sudan and South Sudan. The average proportion of children who die worldwide before age 5 is 1 in 26 as of 2017. Question: What proportion of children die before age 5 in Sudan (and in South Sudan)?

DD #93 US Sen. Todd Young: Healthcare Updates from Congress


Feature Interview (9:55) – Senator Todd Young (R-IN) serves on the Senate Finance Committee and its Health Subcommittee that oversees Medicare and is also active in Veterans’ healthcare oversight. He talks about the latest healthcare efforts in Congress including VA medical care, organ procurement, tobacco purchase age, and Medicare for All.

Background Info (00:30) – History of Medicare

Medical Trivia (Answer at 48:09) – If you are at least 65-years-old and receiving Social Security Benefits, you must enroll in Medicare Part A (hospital coverage) – and if you don’t, you must repay all Social Security Benefits received to date: TRUE or FALSE?

DD #92 – Brain Death: The History and the Controversy


Feature Interview (9:55) – Deacon Dr. John Travaline and Sister Dr. Mary Diana Dreger from the Catholic Medical Association talk about the difficult topic of brain death. They cover the history of brain death science, what is currently considered brain death in the United States, why it is controversial, and the implications for how the Catholic Church issues ethical teachings on death.

Linacre Quarterly journals.sagepub.com/home/lqr

Background Info (00:30) – History of Brain Death as a Medical Diagnosis

“Brain death revisited” (doi.org/ 10.4103/0028-3886.227287)

“Brain death: the European perspective” (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25839722)

Medical Trivia (Answer at 48:09) – How many organ transplants were performed in the US in 2018? What percentage of American adults are signed up to be organ donors?

November 8, 2019 DD #91 – Anxiety and Flow: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Exercise and Brain Function


Feature Interview (12:35) – Dr. Kevin Majeres, a psychiatrist practicing in Cambridge, MA who also teaches at Harvard Medical School, is back for more on the important topic of anxiety. This time Dr. Majeres describes treatment by “Acceptance and Commitment Therapy,” some ideas for dealing with anxiety in the moment , the difference between hyper-focus and perfecting work in “Flow,” and how understanding our mental and emotional challenges in light of our faith can make all the difference.



November 1, 2019 DD #90 – Vaping


Feature Interviews (12:08) – Critical care pulmonologist Dr. Eustace Fernandes shares facts and fictions about the vaping craze: what is it, who’s doing it, does it help people quit smoking, is it addictive, is it healthy, and much more.


Also in this episode:


Background Info (00:30) – What is Vaping? https://www.uptodate.com/


Medical Trivia (Answer at 47:54) – In November 1492, Rodrigo de Jerez did something in Cuba that no other  European had ever done. What did he do in Cuba that has had an enormous impact on the practice of medicine for over 500 years?


October 25, 2019- DD #89 – Sleep and It’s Many Discontents


Feature Interviews (11:15) – Dr. John Travaline talks all about sleep – why sleep is important, what good sleep looks like, what prevents us from getting good sleep, and what we can do to get more good sleep.

Also in this episode:

Background Info (00:30) – Center for Disease Control Statistics on Sleep and Sleep Disorders https://www.cdc.gov/sleep/data_statistics.html

Medical Trivia (Answer at 47:02) – In a national survey performed by the National Sleep Foundation in 2005, what percentage of married couples divulged that they sleep in separate beds OR separate rooms – all in an effort to sleep better – usually because of the sounds, smells, or sleep movements of the other spouse?

October 18, 2019- DD #88 – Healthcare Choices


Feature Interviews (11:52) – Grace Marie Turner, president of the Galen Institute, joins the doctors to talk about what’s wrong with the healthcare system in the United States, what options to fix it have been proven to actually work, and what Catholic should be looking for as ethical concerns in healthcare policies.



Also in this episode:

Background Info (00:30) – Executive Order on Improving Price and Quality Transparency in American Healthcare to Put Patients First (https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/executive-order-improving-price-quality-transparency-american-healthcare-put-patients-first/)

Medical Trivia (Answer at 47:06) – How many of these countries have citizens who pay a lower percentage of their income toward healthcare than Americans?

  1. Australia
  2. Austria
  3. Canada
  4. France
  5. Germany
  6. Japan
  7. Netherlands
  8. Sweden
  9. Switzerland
  10. United Kingdom

October 11, 2019 – DD #87 – Love Them Both: Supporting Families Who Choose Life (Pro-Life Series Pt. 3)


Feature Interviews (6:03) – First, Bobby Williams shares about the work of the Women’s Care Center Foundation, and Jenny Hunsbarger shares her experiences with over 20 years counseling women facing crisis pregnancies. https://supportwomenscarecenter.org/

Then Monica Kelsey, founder of Safe Haven Baby Boxes, talks about how babies’ lives are being saved by alarm-activated, heated boxes for abandoned babies. https://shbb.org/

Also in this episode:

Background Info (00:30) – Co-host Dr. Chris Stroud shares his experiences as an OBGYN working with women experiencing a crisis pregnancy and how he has seen the fruit of their choice of life for their babies.

Medical Trivia (Answer at 46:37) – If a doctor tells a pregnant woman that her baby is measuring a size that fits 14 weeks gestational age, how long ago did conception of that baby most likely occur?

October 4, 2019 – DD #86 – The Pro-Life Generation (Pro-Life Series Pt. 2)


Feature Interviews (6:03) – Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, talks about why young people are called the “Pro-Life Generation,” how pro-life people are preparing for life post Roe v. Wade, and how her organization has been so successful helping convert young Americans to the cause of life.  https://studentsforlife.org/

(32:03) Then Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family, talks about helping abortion opponents see the dignity of the unborn by doing an ultrasound in Times Square. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ao6_9oLpfrI

Also in this episode:

Background Info (00:30)- https://bedbible.com/abortion-statistics/

Medical Trivia (Answer at 46:37) – An adult has 206 bones.  How many bones does a baby have at birth?

September 20, 2019 – DD #85 – Pregnancy Centers Re-Imagined (Pro-Life Series Pt. 1)


Feature Interview (6:28) – Kathleen Eaton-Bravo, founder of the Obria Group of pro-life medical clinics, tells the story of how she became pro-life after her own abortion, got involved in the pro-life movement, and overcame strict pro-abortion state regulations in California to grow one of the largest organization of pregnancy centers in the country, protecting thousands of women and babies every year.


Also in this episode:

Background Info (00:30) – Six Rules for Dealing with Non-Catholic Family and Friends by Steve Ray https://www.catholic.com/magazine/print-edition/six-rules-for-dealing-with-non-catholic-family-and-friends

Medical Trivia (Answer at 45:54) – In what medical facility was the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision written by Justice Harry Blackmun?

September 14, 2019 – DD #84 – Back Pain


Feature Interview (6:28) –Dr. Tim Millea, an orthopedic spine surgeon from Iowa, discusses the ins and outs of back pain – and maybe even “pains in the neck” – the most likely causes, how to avoid it, and what doctors and patients can do to treat it.

North American Spine Society https://www.spine.org/

Also in this episode:

Background Info (00:30) – Spine Basics (from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons) https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/diseases–conditions/spine-basics/

Medical Trivia (Answer at 45:54) – The human spine is composed of vertebrae from the neck to the tailbone.  The human neck contains seven vertebrae.  How many vertebrae does the much longer neck of a giraffe contain?

September 6, 2019 – DD #83 – Charity and Clarity: Artificial Reproductive Technology


Feature Interview (12:30) – Philosopher Dr. Pete Colosi shares how to clearly and charitably speak about the Catholic Church’s teaching on the morality of artificial reproductive technologies.


Dr. Peter J. Colosi: Theology of the Body and Dignitas Personae (youtu.be/JnoWm7DnBNg)

Also in this episode:

Background Info (00:30) – What is Artificial Reproductive Technology (ART)? What are the different kinds, who uses it, and why?

Medical Trivia (Answer at 48:07) – A 2018 study has demonstrated the first detectable clinically relevant endpoint in children conceived through in vitro fertilization. What med ical problem was discovered to be present more in this group of adolescents and young adults compared to an age and sex-matched control group. Hint: We covered this topic in a recent Doctor, Doctor episode.

August 30, 2019 – DD #82 – Anxiety and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy


Feature Interview (12:30) – Dr. Kevin Majeres, a psychiatrist practicing in Cambridge, MA who also teaches at Harvard Medical School, discusses anxiety: what it is, what causes it, what makes it worse, and what makes it better, including cognitive behavioral therapy.



Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain (amzn.to/2NCfIlh)

The Upside of Stress: Why Stress Is Good for You, and How to Get Good at It (amzn.to/2NCVCYf)

The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety: A Guide to Breaking Free from Anxiety, Phobias, and Worry Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (amzn.to/2HsHpJu)

Also in this episode:

Background Info (00:30) – Mental Health Conditions: Depression and Anxiety adaa.org/about-adaa/press-room/facts-statistics

Medical Trivia (Answer at 48:07) – The top four drugs prescribed to treat anxiety are the number 14, 20, 21, 31 and 57 most prescribed drugs in America. They all belong to the same class of drugs. What class is this, and can you name the generic or brand-name of any one of them.

August 23, 2019 DD #81 – The Vocation of Nursing


Feature Interview (12:55) – Marie Hilliard, PhD, past president of the National Association of Catholic Nurses and Co-Chair of the CMA Ethics Committee, discusses the vocation of nursing including what makes nursing so important and ethical questions nurses face today.

National Association of Catholic Nurses https://nacn-usa.org/

The International Catholic Committee of Nurses and Medico-Social Assistants http://www.ciciams.org/

Also in this episode:

Background Info (00:30) – Where would doctors be without nurses?

Forbes Study: Most Trusted Professions https://www.forbes.com/sites/niallmccarthy/2019/01/11/americas-most-least-trusted-professions-infographic/#41596bbc7e94

Medical Trivia (Answer at 47:15) – Many saints are patrons of nurses including St. Agatha, St. Camillus de Lellis, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, and St. Catherine of Siena.  In the case of St. Catherine, she was born amidst a time when a certain disease was running wild through Europe, and she is reported to have miraculously laid hands on some victims who were miraculously cured – and nursed many others who died of this disease.  What is the name of this disease – and for a bonus – what was the cause of this disease?

August 16, 2019 DD #80 – Pornography: A Public Health Crisis


Feature Interview (13:38) – Dr. Al Oliva, a plastic surgeon who operates in Spokane, WA discusses the multi-faceted public health harms of pornography and a rational and loving response to it.

Fight the New Drug www.fightthenewdrug.org

Doctor, Doctor Episode 21: Pornography Addiction https://soundcloud.com/user-546435917/dd-21-pornography-addiction

Covenant Eyes https://www.covenanteyes.com/

CMA Videos Addressing Pornography www.tinyurl.com/TheNewDrugConference

National Center on Sexual Exploitation Pornography Research https://endsexualexploitation.org/wp-content/uploads/NCOSE_Pornography-PublicHealth_ResearchSummary_1-14-19_FINAL.pdf

Good Pictures, Bad Pictures (Children’s Book) https://amzn.to/2OUXmyd

The American Association For Sex Addiction Therapy https://aasat.org/

Also in this episode:

Background Info (00:30) – Definition of Pornography from the Catechism of the Catholic Church #2354 (http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p3s2c2a6.htm)

What is a public health crisis? Resources from University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health (https://publichealth.pitt.edu/home/research-practice)

Online Porn Addiction: What We Know and What We Don’t—A Systematic Review (www.doi.org/10.3390/jcm8010091)

Medical Trivia (Answer at 38:14) – In 2016, the same year the Republican Party added a plank to its platform stating that ‘pornography is a public health crisis,’ Utah kicked off a movement in state legislatures to recognize pornography as a public health crisis by recognizing the harms of pornography.  In may of 2019, Arizona adopted a similar resolution.  As of the summer of 2019, how many states now have a resolution

August 9, 2019 DD #79 – Foot and Ankle Injuries and How to Avoid Them


Feature Interview (12:49) – Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Paul Braaton discusses foot and ankle health and injuries including habits and types of shoes that can either increase or decrease your risk, types of injuries, and what to watch for to avoid them.



Also in this episode:

Background Info (01:00) – Are modern running shoes increasing foot and ankle injuries?

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen (amzn.to/2Kol81z)

Daniel Lieberman’s Harvard research on barefoot running (barefootrunning.fas.harvard.edu/)

First Shoes Worn 40,000 Years Ago (www.livescience.com/4964-shoes-worn…-000-years.html)

Medical Trivia (Answer at 43:15) – When Jesus washed each foot of his apostles, how many bones was he holding in his holy hands each time he washed a foot? – and is this number more, less, or the same as each hand?

Listener Questions (45:25) – I am curious if there has been any research regarding the woman in a state of postpartum amenorrhea, and whether their hormone profile and preferences in a mate are more similar to a woman on or off contraceptives?

Many women do not begin to cycle until 1 or 2 years, or even more, after birth, and my understanding is that this is more common in traditional societies. I’m not sure that it’s “normal” for a woman to cycle throughout her childbearing years. It seems more likely that she would usually be either pregnant or in a state of lactational amenorrhea, becoming pregnant again shortly after her fertility returns. Even if a woman isn’t using contraception, is she likely to have fertility cycles very often through her childbearing years?

August 2, 2019, DD #78 – High Blood Pressure


Feature Interview (9:12) – Cardiologist Dr. Dave Kaminskas tells us everything we need to know about high blood pressure – hypertension – including what it is, what causes it, risk factors, prevention, and treatment plans.

Also in this episode:

Background Info (01:00) – When and how did doctors in history discover what blood pressure is?

Medical Trivia (Answer at 38:22) – Based on 2015 data from the NCD risk factor collaboration, is high blood pressure more prevalent in wealthier countries or less affluent countries?

July 19, 2019, DD #76 – Confessions of a Catholic Medical Student: Year Two


Feature Interview (14:30) – Medical student Brendan Rhatican is back to tell us about his second year of medical school: what he’s learning, how things have changed, how he having a family with school and studying, and more.  Plus he share his new project to help Catholic medical professionals make tough ethical decisions the Catholic Medical Conscience App.

Catholic Medical Conscience App: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.catholicmed.cmca&hl=en_US

Confessions of a Catholic Medical Student: Year Two (with Brendan Rhatican): https://soundcloud.com/user-546435917/dd-30-confessions-of-a-catholic-medical-student-year-one

Also in this episode:

Background Info (01:00) – Drs. McGovern and Mullally talk about what it’s like to be a doctor today, Dr Mullally’s own experience of medical school, and what the admissions process is like.

Back to Balance: The Art, Science, and Business of Medicine (https://amzn.to/2xXRPLX)

Medical Trivia (Answer at 42:20) – There are currently over 91,000 medical students at 175 medical schools in the United States, for an average of 131 students per class and 520 students per school.  What is the largest single campus medical school in the United States?  How many enroll in each class?

BONUS: Which medical school has the most medical students?

July 12, 2019 DD #75 – Healing the Opioid Crisis


In this second part in their series on the opioid crisis, Drs. McGovern and Mullally talk with psychiatrist Dr. Cynthia Hunt who is responsible for the Catholic Medical Association’s Substance Abuse Task Force.  She discusses clinical aspects of substance abuse disorder, the mental and spiritual affects of addiction, and how treatment can give hope.

Medical Trivia (Answer at 38:00) – There are 24 member boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties.  As of 2014 there were 24.5 million people in the United States needing treatment for substance abuse disorders.  Only 12% of them received any kind of inpatient, residential, or outpatient treatment, meaning there’s a shortage of people treating substance abuse disorders.  In what year did the American Board of Medical Specialties recognize Addiction Medicine as a certified subspecialty?

June 28, 2019 DD #73 – Fact and Fiction: Medical Marijuana


Feature Interview (14:30) – The Doctors are joined by Dr. Jeffrey Berger, Medical Director of The Guest House, which specializes in addiction treatment for Catholic clergy and men and women religious.  Dr. Berger shares his 35 years of experience treating addiction to shed light on what we know and what we don’t know about medical marijuana, including how marijuana works, typical affects, the potential benefits, and the documented dangers.


Smart About Marijuana https://learnaboutsam.org/

Also in this episode:

Background Info (01:00) – Medical Cannabis from the Mayo Clinic Proceedings (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mayocp.2018.09.005)

Medical Trivia (Answer at 42:20) – According to the World Health Organization, about 2.5% of the world’s population consumes cannabis in some fashion.  In the US, the most recent figure was 3x the international level – 7.5% over age 12 consume it.  Which state had the highest per capital use at 16.3% of citizens over age 12 using cannabis?

June 21, 2019 DD #72 – Rep. Jim Banks: Hospital Competition Act of 2019


Feature Interview (11:45) – Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN 3rd District) talks about the state of healthcare legislation on the national level and his own attempt to help bring down healthcare costs with the Healthcare Competition Act of 2019.

Also in this episode:

Background Info – Physician Assisted Suicide and the American Medical Association (https://www.ama-assn.org/delivering-care/ethics/physician-assisted-suicide)

HHS Statement Against Fetal Tissue Research (https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2019/06/05/statement-from-the-department-of-health-and-human-services.html)

Congress weighs dropping ban on altering the DNA of human embryos used for pregnancies (https://www.statnews.com/2019/06/04/congress-weighs-dropping-ban-on-altering-human-embryos-for-pregnancies/)

Medical Trivia (Answer at 43:45) – In 2017, total healthcare costs in the US were $3.5 trillion, 18% of the GDP.  In 1960, total healthcare costs were $27.2 billion, only 5% of the GDP.  In terms of how much it per person per year: in 2017, it cost almost $11,000 a year for healthcare (6% of annual income), while in 1960, it cost about $146 (4% of annual income).  From 1960 to 2017, how many times from one year to the next year did the average cost per American for healthcare drop from one year to the next?

June 14, 2019 DD #71 – Science-Based Arguments Against Contraception


Feature Interview (10:15) – Dr. William Stigall, pediatric intensive care physician and bioethicist at University of Dallas, shares arguments against using contraception based on scientific evidence including differences in how hormones work in male and female bodies, what studies show about how contraception negatively affects relationships between men and women.

Also in this episode:

Background Info (01:00) – Study of how contraception increases fat and decreases muscle strength in Finnish women (doi.org/10.1016/j.ejogrb.2018.11.015)

Medical Trivia (Answer at 38:00) – The United Nations has collected worldwide data on how women who are married space their babies. What percent of married women of childbearing potential worldwide do not use artificial contraception? More than half or less than half?


June 7, 2019 DD #70 – ADHD Explained


Feature Interview (10:15) – Pediatrician Dr. Kathleen Berchelmann, founder of MyCatholicDoctor.com, talks about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).  She helps us distinguish between personality differences and clinical ADD/ADHD, signs to look out for in your own life or your children’s lives, treatments possibilities, tips for parents about behavior intervention, and more.



Also in this episode:

Background Info (01:00) – Data and Statistics About ADHD (https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd/data.html)

Coaggregation of Major Psychiatric Disorders in First-Degree Relatives of Individuals With Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: A Nationwide Population-Based Study (https://doi.org/10.4088/JCP.18m12371)

Medical Trivia (Answer at 38:00) – The following are excerpts from a boy’s high school transcript: “He has a reputation for being a brilliant but mediocre student,” “he lacks stability and the power of concentration to do a really effective job,” “he’s casual and disorderly in almost all of his organization projects, studies at the last minute, keeps appointments late, has little sense of material things, and can seldom locate his possessions,” and “he has a tendency to carelessness, he’s tardy, and refuses to conform, his papers are chaotic, and he invariably forgets book, pencil, or paper.” These statements are describing which US president?

June 14, 2019 DD #71 – Science-Based Arguments Against Contraception

https://soundcloud.com/user-546435917/dd-71-science-based-arguments-against-contraception .

Feature Interview (10:15) – Dr. William Stigall, pediatric intensive care physician and bioethicist at University of Dallas, shares arguments against using contraception based on scientific evidence including differences in how hormones work in male and female bodies, what studies show about how contraception negatively affects relationships between men and women.

Also in this episode:

Background Info (01:00) – Study of how contraception increases fat and decreases muscle strength in Finnish women (doi.org/10.1016/j.ejogrb.2018.11.015)

Medical Trivia (Answer at 38:00) – The United Nations has collected worldwide data on how women who are married space their babies. What percent of married women of childbearing potential worldwide do not use artificial contraception? More than half or less than half?


May 31, 2019 DD #69 – Physician Burnout


Feature Interview (10:15) – President-elect of the Catholic Medical Association and physician burnout expert, OBGYN Dr. Mike Parker, joins the doctors to talk about the crisis of physician burnout and what healthy, effective medical practice should look like.

“It’s Not Burnout, It’s Moral Injury” by ZDoggMD (https://youtu.be/L_1PNZdHq6Q)

Also in this episode:

Background Info (01:00) – Physician Burnout: Causes, Consequences, and (?) Cures (https://doi.org/10.14503/THIJ-18-6842)

Medscape National Physician Burnout, Depression & Suicide Report 2019 (https://www.medscape.com/slideshow/2019-lifestyle-burnout-depression-6011056?faf=1#1)

Medical Trivia (Answer at 38:00) – Among all professions, physicians have the highest rate of suicide: 87% higher than the average suicide rate with age and sex matched controls.  In fact, the top three jobs on the highest suicide rate list are all medically related.  What are #4 and #5?  In other words, what are the top non-medical jobs for suicide rates?

May 24, 2019 DD #68  Real-Life Ethical Dilemmas


Feature Interview (10:15) – Dr. Elliot Bedford, Director of Ethics Integration at St. Vincent Health in Indianapolis, talks about some real-life examples of ethical dilemmas that have come up in Dr. Stroud’s OB/GYN practice.

Also in this episode:

Background Info (01:00) – Do Women Regret Giving Birth When the Baby is Doomed to Die? (www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2019/01/47802/)

Perinatal Hospice (www.perinatalhospice.org/)

Carrying to Term (carryingtoterm.org/)

A Gift of Time: Continuing Your Pregnancy When Your Baby’s Life Is Expected to Be Brief (www.amazon.com/Gift-Time-Continu…ted/dp/0801897629)

Medical Trivia (Answer at 38:00) – One of the first hospital medical ethics committees formed in 1962 in Seattle. It was dubbed by many in the media the “God Committee” and it was pilloried in the New York Times. For what new life-saving but very limited medical treatment did the members of the “God Committee” choose patients who could receive it?

May 17, 2019 DD #67 – Skin Cancer Awareness Month


Feature Interview (13:30) – Our very own Dr. Tom McGovern shares his expertise as a MOHS surgery and skin cancer specialist, covering what we need to know about risk, prevention, and treatment during Skin Cancer Awareness Month.

Also in this episode:

Background Info (01:00) – PD-1 Blockade with Cemiplimab in Advanced Cutaneous Squamous-Cell Carcinoma (doi.org/10.1056/NEJMoa1805131)

Randomized Trial of Four Treatment Approaches for Actinic Keratosis (doi.org/10.1056/NEJMoa1811850)

Medical Trivia (Answer at 38:45) – The earliest cases of skin cancer diagnosed by a physician occurred in 1775 London by Sir Percival Pott. The anatomic location of squamous cell carcinomas in this group of men helped him discover the first environmental cause of cancer – and in this case – it was not from sunshine. What occupational group was susceptible? As a hint, we see this group in a famous 1964 movie starring Dick van Dyke and Julie Andrews.

May 10, 2019 –  DD #66 – Helping Child Sex Abuse Victims Heal


Feature Interview (13:35) – Margaret Rogers, a clinical mental health counselor from Panama City, FL, joins the doctors to bring some light to the darkness of the topic of sexual abuse of children, sharing her own experiences with treating victims and how they can find healing.

Also in this episode:

Background Info (00:35) – Darkness to Light: End Child Sex Abuse (https://www.d2l.org/)

Full Text of Benedict XVI essay: ‘The Church and the scandal of sexual abuse’ (https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/full-text-of-benedict-xvi-the-church-and-the-scandal-of-sexual-abuse-59639)

Fr. Roger Landry “After the Vatican Summit on the Protection of Minors in the Church” (http://www.ncregister.com/blog/fatherlandry/after-the-vatican-summit-on-the-protection-of-minors-in-the-church)

Medical Trivia (Answer at 38:45) – The most notorious priest associated with the child sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church, that came to attention in 2001-2002, was named Msgr. John Geoghan (Gay’-gen), who was accused by over 130 boys.  An auxiliary bishop of Boston warned Archbishop Bernard Law in a December 7, 1984 letter, that Msgr Geoghan should not be sent to another parish because of “his history of homosexual involvement with young boys”.  His warning was ignored.  Who was this bishop who was sent away – only two months later – from Boston to a Midwest diocese?

May 3, 2019 – DD #65 – Healthcare Legislation Update with Sen. Mike Braun


Feature Interview (15:25) – Freshman U.S. Senator Mike Braun (R-IN) joins the doctors to talk about some of the problems in our current healthcare system, how he tried to fix healthcare for his own employees as a business owner, how he’s trying to use that experience to guide healthcare legislation now as a senator.

Also in this episode:

Background Info (00:45) – Ten Health Care Principles for Catholics (from the Health Care Policy Committee of the CMA)
1. Protection for the most vulnerable
2. The Dignity of Choices
3. Solidarity
4. Respect for Life
5. Adherence to Subsidiarity
6. The Centrality of the Doctor-Patient Relationship
7. Proper Incentives
8. The Essential Role for Charity
9. Protecting Future Generations
10. Transparency

Medical Trivia (Answer at 46:30) – The first ever health care bill passed in congress in the year 1798. What group of people did it serve?

April 26, 2019 – DD #64 – What would a Catholic healthcare system look like?


Feature Interview (12:10) – Louis Brown, J.D., Executive Director of Christ Medicus Foundation and former HHS Office of Civil Rights official, joins the doctors to talk about why our current healthcare system falls short, the problems with many of the proposed solutions, and what a healthcare system based on Catholic principles would look like.

Also in this episode:

Background Info (00:45) – Doctors’ perspective on “Medicare/Medicaid for All”

How Medicaid Fails the Poor by Avik Roy (www.amazon.com/Medicaid-Fails-Po…des/dp/1594037523)

Mystery Trivia (Answer at 39:20) – Between 1970 and 2017, the proportion of health care spending that individuals paid out of pocket decreased drastically from 33% to 10%. In 1970, government insurance (including Medicare, Medicaid, VA, military) accounted for 22% of health care dollars. What percent of health care dollars were provided by such government programs in 2017?

April 5, 2019 – DD #62 – Fasting: Good for the Soul and Good for the Body?


Feature Interview (10:25) – Endocrinologist Dr. Craig Stump is back to talk about some of the health benefits of fasting including how our bodies respond to the absence of food, how fasting is different from starvation, who is and isn’t a good candidate to try long-term fasting patterns, and some best practices for people who want to make fasting a regular part of their lives.

Intermittent Fasting 101 (https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/intermittent-fasting-guide)

Also in this episode:

News (00:25) – BBC Documentary Eat, Fast, Live Longer (https://www.bbc.com/news/health-19112549)

Is breakfast necessary? Historically most have said yes, but now some say “no” (https://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/24/upshot/sorry-theres-nothing-magical-about-breakfast.html)

Study: Impact of intermittent fasting on health and disease processes (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.arr.2016.10.005)

Medical Trivia (Answer at 41:00) – What is the longest period of time that someone has ever fasted? A) 30 days B) 50 days C) 80 days D) Over 100 days

March 29, 2019 DD #61 – Catholic Telemedicine: A New Way to Find a Doctor You Trust


Feature Interview (11:10) – Dr. Kathleen Berchelmann, founder of the brand-new Catholic telemedicine service MyCatholicDoctor.com, talks about the advantages of remote medical services and how it can help people find a doctor whose values match their own.

Also in this episode:

News (00:50) – Most recent study of the rising use of telehealth (https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/hsph-in-the-news/use-of-telehealth-rising-slowly/)

A Brief History of NASA’s Contributions to Telemedicine (https://www.nasa.gov/content/a-brief-history-of-nasa-s-contributions-to-telemedicine/)

Medical Trivia (Answer at 44:30) – In what year did Medicare first pay for telemedicine visits – in this case, for patients in underserved rural areas?

Listener Question (46:00) – Could you please explain the differences in job function/training/licensed abilities between physicians, physician’s assistants, nurse practitioners and nurses?  With Pas and NPs becoming more prevalent, I’m not sure what their role/abilities are and how they fit into the medical community.  Thank you and God bless you all for your wonderful radio program!

March 15, 2019 – DD#60 – Deaths of Despair: What’s Behind the Rise of Suicide?


Feature Interview (10:05) – Dr. Francie Broghammer, Psychiatry resident at the UC-Irvine School of Medicine, talks about the rise of suicide rates around the world, what’s behind it, and what we can do about it.

Also in this episode:

News (00:35) – CDC Reports of Suicide Statistics and Prevention (www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2018…ide-prevention.html)

World Health Organization Suicide Statistics (www.who.int/mental_health/preve…/suicideprevent/en/)

Medical Trivia (Answer at 39:20) – True or False – Chronic use of marijuana increases the risk of suicide?

March 8, 2019 – DD#59 – Catholic Guide to Depression


Feature Interview (10:05) – Psychiatrist Dr. Aaron Kheriaty, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at, UC-Irvine School of Medicine, and co-author of A Catholic Guide to Depression to help us understand the often life-draining and seemingly hopeless disease of depression.

The Catholic Guide to Depression by Aaron Kheriaty, MD with Fr. John Cihak, STD (www.amazon.com/dp/1933184760/ref…U_x_aLKGCbFN9VV7W)

Also in this episode:

News (00:35) – New study looks at how brain imaging can help identify patients who are experiencing depression (clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT00050700)

The mind affects the body, but apparently the body also affects the mind – how Botox might help treat depression (doi.org/10.1097/DSS.0000000000001630)

How Gratitude Combats Depression (www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/two-t…ts-depression)

Medical Trivia (Answer at 39:20) – Half of patients with depression also have this medical diagnosis. What is it?

March 1, 2019 – DD#58 – The Biggest Secret Network News Keeps from Americans


All three Docs come together for this episode to talk about what it’s like to be pro-life doctors, why their hopeful about the future of the pro-life movement, and share some clips from Dr. McGovern’s trip to the 46th annual March for Life in Washington, DC.

Medical Trivia (Answer at 34:00) – What was the result of each of the two pregnancies associated with Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton – the two cases that legalized abortion in the United States?  Did either, both, or neither end in abortion?

February 22, 2019 – DD #57 – Mamas, Should You Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Doctors?


All three Docs come together for this episode to talk about the state of the medical profession, physician burnout, and why they still recommend that people pursue a vocation as a doctor.  We also hear from 4 college students throughout the show about how they decided to pursue a career as a medical professional.

Medical Trivia (Answer at 37:00) – According to the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC), students who apply to medical school have the best chance of getting accepted if they major in which of the following 5 areas A) Biology B) Science major other than biology C) Humanities and Social Sciences D) Health E) Other non-science fields

February 15, 2019 – DD #56 – Endocrine Disruptors: How Our Environment Is Affecting Our Health


Feature Interview (9:00) – Endocrinologist Dr. Paul Hruz talks about “Endocrine Disruptors,” chemicals in our environment that may be causing unwanted physical and health changes.

Also in this episode:

News (00:35) – How are the ingredients in personal care items affecting young boys and girls? (https://doi.org/10.1093/humrep/dey337)

Are Essential Oils Endocrine Disruptors? (https://endocrinenews.endocrine.org/6839-2/)

Natural Resources Defense Council (https://www.nrdc.org/)

Medical Trivia (Answer at 42:00) – What endocrine disrupting chemical saved over 500 million lives but was banned in the United States in 1972 because it was falsely believed to cause “leukemia, liver disease, birth defects, premature births, and a whole range of chronic illnesses”?

Medicine You Need to Know (45:30) – Nine Ways to Avoid Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals (https://www.nrdc.org/stories/9-ways-avoid-hormone-disrupting-chemicals)

February 8, 2019 – DD #55 – Law, Morality, and the Abortion Debate

Feature Interview (11:10) – Nik Nikas, president and general counsel for The Bioethics Defense Fund, talks about the intersection of law and morality, especially in light of recent abortion debates, and shares some tips for how to promote moral laws.


Also in this episode:

News (00:30) – Explainer: What New York’s new abortion law does and doesn’t do (https://www.americamagazine.org/rha2019)

Statement on the New York State Abortion Law of 2019 by Evangelicals and Catholics Together (https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2019/02/statement-on-the-new-york-state-abortion-law-of-2019)  

Medical Trivia (Answer at 37:00) – In 1970, four US states legalized abortion on demand (while several states had legalized abortion in very limited situations in 1967).  Which of these 5 states was NOT one of the four to do so in 1970? Hawaii, Alaska, Washington, California, or New York?

Medicine You Need to Know (38:45) – Pediatrician Dr. Michelle Stanford discusses a new trend in some state laws that means parents are no longer allowed to access minor children’s medical records.

February 1, 2019 – DD#54 – The Mind-Brain Connection


Feature Interview (11:30) – Neurosurgeon Dr. Paul Camarata talks about the relationship between the mind and the brain: is the mind part of the brain, does the brain use the mind, or does the mind use the brain?

The Mystery of the Mind by Wilder Penfield (PDF) (http://europepmc.org/backend/ptpmcrender.fcgi?accid=PMC1878586&blobtype=pdf)

Life After Death: The Evidence by Dinesh D’Souza (https://www.amazon.com/Life-After-Death-Dinesh-DSouza/dp/1596980990)

Also in this episode:

News (00:55) – Discussing the Spiritual Soul in the Classroom https://doi.org/10.5840/ncbq201818342

Medical Trivia (Answer at 37:40) – The average human brain weighs about 3 pounds or 1.5-2% of body weight.  What percentage of the body’s energy supplies (as based on blood flow and oxygen use) does the brain use?

And, how much energy does a brain require compared to the IBM supercomputer Watson that first beat a Jeopardy champion on the TV show?

Linacre for the Laity (40:00) – Psychiatrist Sr. Marysia Weber, DO talks about the latest research suggesting that screen time might not be that dangerous for children, reminds us of all the research that suggests screen time should be limited, and gives some tips for parents about how to control screen time in their own homes.

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”

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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