Richard Bosshardt, MD's Posts

Musings on diets- just what are we supposed to eat?

“Comparing ourselves to cavemen makes about as much sense as comparing ourselves to the Inuit, Kalahari Bushmen, or Masai cattle herders”   When did eating become so complicated? For an act so basic and essential to our survival, you would think we would be able to eat instinctively, like all ... Read More »

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Lies, damn lies, and statistics- the reality of the uninsured

“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damn lies, and statistics”                                                                 Benjamin Disraeli   I’ve said it before and I will say it again, statistics on the uninsured in the U.S. are a classic case of the adage about lies, damn lies, and statistics. A recent article in the ... Read More »

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Twenty years of House Calls comes to an end at last

“This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang but a whimper”                                                                                 T.S. Elliot   To be fair, it really isn’t the end of the world but it is the end of something that has been a big part of my life for over twenty years. I ... Read More »

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Musings on a Monday morning

I once heard a speaker on the issue relate that a common source of anger is unmet expectations. That makes perfect sense, but what about when your lowest expectations are actually met? Would you be more or less angry?   This weekend, I performed surgery on a patient. It was ... Read More »

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24 days in- musings on a high fat/low carb diet

In a perfect world, we would have all the advantages of modern public sanitation, modern medicine, and modern technology but we would also live like our ancestors who worked outdoors several hours per day doing something physically demanding, ate erratically- primarily plants with some nuts, roots, and berries thrown in, ... Read More »

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High fat/low carb- musings on a new paradigm

I guess before I provide some observations on my experiment in carb restriction, the first thing to do is answer the question, why? Why do this? I am not overweight, not diabetic, my recent lab results were pretty good, including my cholesterol, triglycerides, etc., and, besides, I love carbs. Give ... Read More »

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Musings on a precious commodity

com·mod·i·ty kəˈmädədē/ noun a raw material or primary agricultural product that can be bought and sold, such as copper or coffee. synonyms: item, material, product, article, object; More a useful or valuable thing, such as water or time.     When they hear the term “commodity”, most people probably think of things like pork belly, ... Read More »

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Musings on resolutions and cold showers

What would New Year’s be without resolutions? We’ve all made them, and we’ve all broken them. I define a resolution as a promise to yourself that you just haven’t broken….yet. How is it going so far with you? I try to avoid making too many resolutions and those that are ... Read More »

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