Dr. Claudewell S. Thomas M.D., Psychiatrist
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Dr. Claudewell S. Thomas M.D.

Psychiatrist | Psychiatry

About

Dr. Claudewell Thomas is a public health/community psychiatrist. Dr. Thomas is a medical doctor who specialized in the care of mental health patients.He is an academic psychiatrist with a long history of administration and teaching. As a psychiatrist, Dr. Thomas has diagnosed and treated mental illnesses through a variety of methods including medications, psychotherapy or talk therapy, psychosocial interventions and more, depending on each individual case. Different medications that a psychiatrist might prescribe include antidepressants, antipsychotic medications, mood stabilizers, stimulants, sedatives and hypnotics. Dr. Thomas has treated OCD,depression,bipolar illness ,schizophrenia etc.No longer in clinical practice,he still uses group dynamic skills in organizational consultation.He has also been a member of the L.A.Superior Court Panel of Psychiatrists and Psychologists utilizing forensic skills.He is the founder of the blog https://theoctogenarians.com wherein a group of older scholars and thinkers engage in dialogue about the fate of mankind and the leadership role of America.There is a major effort to engage the millenial generation in dialogue.

Education and Training

STATE UNIVERSITY OF N.Y.DOWNSTATE MEDICAL CENTER M.D. 1956

YALE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH M.P.H 1964

STE U OF.N.Y.DOWNSTATE MEDICAL CENTER M.D. 1956

State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine 1956

Board Certification

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Provider Details

Male English, Spanish, German
Dr. Claudewell S. Thomas M.D.
Dr. Claudewell S. Thomas M.D.'s Expert Contributions
  • Moralization of Medical Abortion and the Rule of Law

    A copy of a draft Supreme Court opinion overturning federal protection for women seeking an abortion was leaked to the public yesterday. Republican officeholders "to a man" and with the demurral of 3 women praised the Alito authored document. There is much ado about catching and punishing the thief...

  • The Medicalization of Morality

    As mortality from gun violence increases in the USA (and worldwide), and the Ukraine invasion by Russia continues, some of us are pushed to wonder about the nature of man. Homo sapiens is the surviving species of the primate genus, but have we survived only temporarily? Tennyson's ‘Nature Red in...

  • All Things Medical

    A holder of a lifetime Federal judiciary appointment who never appeared before a trial, jury, or judge, and who is deemed unqualified by the American Bar Association made a medical announcement backing her judicial banning of masking in public places. In so doing she usurped the responsibility of...

  • Speculative Analysis Continued

    If the idea that Putin anticipated a prearranged walkover aided by anti-semitism is correct, the exposure of Russia as a third-rate Military is intolerable and required the revival of the heroics of Stalin's fighters, but those fighters raped and pillaged. The appointment of the Syrian Scourge as...

  • World Threats Mount, Giving Rise to a Speculative Analysis of the Ukraine Crisis

    We are told by the UN health advisory committee that we have less than two years to bring burgeoning climate temperatures under control before irreparable damage is done. Clear cutting for minerals, gold, and husbandry has just about destroyed Amazonian and Congo oxygen production sites and Putin...

  • Unmasking, Vaccination, Homo Neanderthals, and The Future of Homo Sapiens

    Yesterday was National Doctor's Day, and in a month dedicated to women, MLK memory, Asian and Indigenous peoples, President Biden signed into law the anti-lynching bill making lynching a Federal crime. The law is dedicated to Emmett Till (murdered grotesquely in 1955), it took the lifespan of the...

  • Gambit Declined

    Poland offered to supply Ukraine 12-23 first-generation MiG jets by way of Germany and Romania if the USA approved and replaced them with more modern US jets. The USA didn't approve because of the risk of escalation of the tension with Putin's Russia into nuclear war. Gary Kasparov, former world...

  • The End of Black History Month & The Ukrainian People

    As we come to the end of Black History Month we can anticipate International Women's Day. The framework of observation is the demonic Russian invasion of Ukraine and the unmistakably evil assault on women's reproductive rights and voting rights for all of us. Casting a net over it all is the...

  • SARS-CoV-2, Omicron, Etc.

    Thank you KG for forwarding the excellent summary of the history and origin of the SARS-CoV-2 article written by a capable virologist and researcher. I will not identify him further to spare repetition of the nonsense about peer review. The cognoscenti act as though this is important, I...

  • Black History Month

    Black History Month nears its end, the Ukrainian crisis its denouement, the Omicron crisis its transition, etc, we are left wondering what is real. I am forced to conclude that reality is transition and the real question is: What direction? SARS-CoV-2 gives way to Omicron which peaks and then...

  • Unmasking and the Pandemic

    In keeping Super Bowl 56 from becoming a super-spreader event, LA county is going its own way in extending masking, social distancing, and vaccination requirements for six additional months. Other cities particularly along the east coast and those with Republican gubernatorial leadership and (often...

  • COVID-19 and the Parallel Universe

    As the numbers of infected increase in largely rural areas and the number of deaths surge among the unvaccinated again largely in rural areas, a politic of infection and disillusionment emerges. The denial of the reality of covid shares center stage with other phenomena of our time which involve...

  • Omicron, Delta, Ebola, Vaccines, etc.

    The shape of the future is unknown but not undetermined. The number of Americans being infected by the new virus is in excess of 120,000 every 3 to 4 hours. There is some evidence that these infections are fatal primarily for the unvaccinated but breakthrough infections are reported for even those...

  • War Games Revisited

    We can explore some pandemic realities together by combining some of the aspects of the movie, The Silent Spring, with some of the aspects of the movie, War Games. The grim reaper in the form of the SARS-CoV-2 delta variant, the predominant form of the virus, while shapeshifting into omicron form...

  • 600,000 Victims of The Big Lie: First Responders and SARS

    Police and Firefighters account for 60% of those infected by SARS-CoV-2. Yet these responders are 80% dead set against mandated vaccination and indeed vaccination of any sort. It is difficult to discern whether this is machismo or machisma, plain stupidity, or oversubscription to dishonest...

  • Educators vs Teachers

    The alarming response of California, New York, and regions not controlled by the Republicans, to concepts like mandates for masking, social distancing, and proof of vaccination to avoid retesting for infections is a tribute to politicization, stupidity, inner conflict, the biases of big...

  • Captain Kirk and Blue Horizon

    Many moons ago, William Shatner in his personification of Captain Kirk commented on an article written by my son, Jeff the neurosurgeon, on stroke and its prevention. Though their age difference was about 30 years, the curiosity and intelligence of Shatner came through in his praise of Jeff and his...

  • COVID-19 Update

    General Colin Powell died today from SARS, he was 84 years old. My late sister Pearl had taught him at Morris HS in The Bronx way back when. She had reported him to be a marginal student at best. That was before he became entranced by ROTC and military discipline and order. A lifelong Republican, he...

  • Reactivity and The Immune System

    The effectiveness of the vaccination process is directly dependent on the reactivity of the immune system. That reactivity is high in youth and declines steadily or sometimes abruptly with advancing age. The high reactivity of youth is the reason why there are 2 dosages for children between 5...

  • Infrastructure and Reconciliation While SARS-CoV-2 Goes Airborne

    There are 2,000 U.S. deaths daily. One out of four new infections are affecting children between the ages of 5 and 18. Misinformation and disinformation about the pandemic continue to enhance the disaffection and weariness that beset us. We are well above 650,000 deaths and racing towards 1...

  • SARS-CoV-2 and Politics

    Even though 75 percent of Americans over 18 have received at least one vaccination, the goal set by the Biden administration has not been reached (70% fully). The reason appears to be a combination of vaccine phobia, misunderstanding of the lethality of the virus, and most seriously, political...

  • COVID-19: Delta and Lambda Strains & Texas Abortion Law

    With new COVID-19 infections rising to approximately 130,000 every 1 to 3 days and delta and lambda strains becoming dominant, it's difficult to conceive of worse things. Florida and Texas lead the increment parade but even worse health news comes out of Texas. Despite the finding of a rare Roe vs...

  • Horns of Leadership Dilemmas

    In the morass of the Middle East, at least 12 U.S. Marines have been killed and at least 15 more wounded at the Airport in Kabul. Mainly it is believed to be the work of Isis K and not the Taliban who ostensibly are somewhat cooperative in helping the evacuation of Americans and less certainly...

  • SARS-CoV-2 & The Long Distance Runner

    With a mere six months to his presidency, Joe Biden is defying the odds and declaring that no more lives will be lost to the game of nation building in America's longest war i.e. Afghanistan as the Taliban surges with unexpected speed and effectiveness. Thousands of Afghanistan's people are surging...

  • An Enemy Till The End of Time?

    It would appear that white tailed deer found in every state except Alaska are contracting the coronavirus in the wild. Blood analysis on samples from over 600 deer conducted by the USDA of the 152 wild deer tested from January through March 2021, showed that 40% had antibodies to SARS-CoV-2. Since...

  • Associations of Old Age: Let's Hear it for the Hmong

    The weight of the world descends on us and we seek refuge in recreational diversion, at least as much as old age permits. The Tokyo Olympics offers some respite although it has been severely affected by the covid-19 pandemic. I had occasion to watch the continued dominance of the all around women's...

  • For the People...DACA...New Selma March, Infrastructure et al

    There were 393 million guns estimated to have been in the hands of Americans in 2017. Most were not of the AKR variety. There were some 40 to 90 million victims of addiction excluding alcoholism. In today's world, methamphetamine addiction has possessed some 40 million Americans all by itself....

  • The Gestapo Brownshirt Menace and the Delta Virus Threaten the USA

    Over 1000 new cases per hour of SARS-CoV-2 are spiking across the USA. While 185 million Americans have received some vaccination too many are vulnerable because of fear or foolishness with politicization playing a potent part. Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Astra Zeneca, and Moderna are all...

  • Voter Suppression and Covid Variation. Guns and Roses. Auction of Liberal Multiracial Democracy

    With the damage done to the voting rights law by the Bush/Trump appointed Supreme Court and the refusal of the GOP to support a bipartisan examination of the events of 6 January 2021, we can see clearly now the danger of a neonazi state destructive of liberal multiracial democracy. The big lie is...

  • An Ancient Delta Force and Party Loyalty

    Joe Biden, the 46th president, is fighting a battle for the survival of the USA on many fronts. He is being assailed by the Vatican for his support of gay marriage, women's abortion rights being threatened with exclusion from confession and ultimately ex-communication by a GROUP WHICH DEFIES THE...

  • Samaritans in the Era of Covid

    Miami, Pennsylvania, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Los Angeles...the list of mass shootings, vehicular assault, etc. continues to grow. Car driving has become perilous because of the frequency of road rage. I attribute much of the mayhem to covid anxiety which can be part of the actual...

  • Black Wall Street, Independent Capitol Riot Commission, Valley Transit Authority and Covid-19

    Do you know the way to San Jose? The Valley Transit Authority is down there somewhere, not too far from RPV. You can follow a blood trail if you are part wolf, bobcat, or coyote. Tulsa, Oklahoma is redolent from the relatively recent bloodletting of a black male and the hundred-year-old slaughter of...

  • A Letter Concerning the Future to Selin, Karima, Lucie, Dimitri Andropolous, Kyle Pedersen, & Susanna

    This is just a brief note to express appreciation for my invitation to the Urban Renewal Zoom event. I regret not being able to respond to a query because of the quirky Zoom connection. As I watched I was remembering the NFL football draft and the opportunity being afforded to the star collegiate...

  • A Numbers Game in the Era of the SARS Pandemic

    Over 200 million shots have been administered to Americans by the 92nd day of the Biden/Harris administration's presence in office. Unfortunately, there are nearly 6,700 new cases occurring every 1/2 hr to 1 hr. The politicization of needed public health measures such as distancing and masking...

  • Interpersonal and Intrapsychic Transactions in the Era of SARS-CoV-2 Special Attention: the Elderly and Minorities

    There is a nationwide surge in covid cases in nearly half the country. The epicenter of the pandemic in the USA is the state of Michigan and the surge is apparently due to the new covid variants that may show resistance to current vaccines. The loss of the adenovirus vaccines (Johnson & Johnson...

  • The Interpersonal and Intrapsychic Environment of Individuals (Special Emphasis on the Elderly) in the Era of SARS-CoV-2

    Only 13.4% of the U.S. population but 63% of the U.S. arrests. This is the story of Black Americans and policing at all levels in the last 20 years of U.S. history. Some 60 to 75% of the crimes committed have to do with the use of crack cocaine, mentholated cigarettes, petty theft, pimping, and...

  • The Covid Interpersonal Environment and the Elderly

    The issue of the role of government in assuring safety and well-being is repeatedly being brought to attention by gun violence episodes, public health pandemic precaution violations, police authority abuse, increasing violence against women and visible minorities, etc. in Michigan the spike in...

  • SARS-CoV-2, Pan Anxiety & Violence

    Orange County California was the site of the latest mass shooting episode in this country. As of 7:30 pm, 6 people were reported shot, 4 reported dead, including a 9 year old boy. A semiautomatic pistol was used. This morning it was reported that a business relationship gone awry was the cause of...

  • Gun Control, Mind Control, Cult Control, and the Merchant of Malice

    Following closely on the heels of the sixth of January, the latest incidents of probably (at least in part, if not wholly) racially motivated mass shootings in San Diego and Boulder, Colorado, should promote congressional action on control of automatic and semiautomatic weapons. The NRA has proven...

  • Saints Days, Spring Break, and Covid-19

    St. Patrick's Day, St. Joseph's Day, Collegiate Spring Break, and Easter are all supplying ample opportunity for bored and beleaguered Americans to throw caution to the winds and to resume maskless, social distancing dismissing, revelry, and intimacy. Dr. Fauci and others have warned against...

  • SARS and Cynicism

    The Covid Relief Act is finally the law of the land having survived by virtue of the so-called nuclear option with the deciding vote cast by Kamala Harris ex officio the vice presidency in the senate and by a narrow margin in the house. In each instance, the opposition of republicans was notable...

  • SARS-CoV-2, B117, and What Have You Done For Me Lately?

    The optimism that perhaps justifiably accompanied the deployment of new supplies of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines and the arrival of Johnson & Johnson's one-shot vaccine coupled with Merck's announcement of manufacture support of the J&J product has led some states and localities to declare...

  • SARS-CoV-2, Biden/Harris, Celebrity Status, and The Rule of Law

    Close to 30 million documented infections, 501,000 deaths, evidence of deadly new variants which may evade current vaccines, lack of sufficient vaccines, varying state and county masking, and social distancing rules, regulations, etc. The viruses are evolving all the while. The USA is experiencing a...

  • Black History Month and SARS-CoV-2

    We are almost to the end of Black History Month and post-presidential election America finds itself as divided as was the case in 1871. Systemic racism has been identified in institutions and practices across the nation, the GOP, MOM (formerly POTUS), Rudy Giuliani, and Rightist paramilitary units...

  • Youth Must Be Served, Even In Covid-19 Time? Maybe The Old Testament Was Wrong

    Bill Maher and Alexa bet against Tom Terrific and his buddies including #87 Rob Gronkowski. The secret of course is that #12 represents the western cowboy ideal; working for the right rich men, being strong of arm and keen of eyesight, and having a multiplicity of pretty women on hand with a casual...

  • Covid-19, the NFL, and Racial Norming

    As the struggle for the soul of America heats up following the enormity of January sixth and the related struggle for the physical and mental health of Americans against SARS-CoV-2 shows more than 450,000 deaths, issues such as migration, immigration, vaccine nature, and availability emerge as...

  • Scam, Fraud, and Ethical Concerns in the Age of the Merchant of Malice (formerly POTUS) and SARS Pandemic

    This post is in acknowledgment of the particular vulnerability of the elderly but is also in recognition of the intrapsychic stress associated with SARS-CoV-2 sheltering, distancing, and economic hardship. There is access to age, vital statistics, etc, online through more or less standardized...

  • Covid Rages on as the Merchant of Malice Departs for Mar-a-Lago

    The number of reported cases of SARS-CoV-2 is now well above 400,000 and is expected to exceed one half million by the end of February. The production of vaccines with the necessary FDA-approval has been unduly politicized by operation warp speed and through DHEW political DHEW appointments and...

  • Covid-19 Rages as Troops Bivouac on Capitol Hill

    There are six days remaining in the Trump Presidency as MOM is impeached by the House of Representatives for the second time. Close to 400,000 U.S. deaths of SARS origin have been documented along with at least two new variants that are unusually contagious and likely to be spike vaccine impervious....

  • Covid-19 Pandemic Mismanagement's Connection To Capitol Invasion

    Five people are dead as a result of MOM (aka POTUS) inspired and spiritually led rioting and sedition at the nation's core of government. There is no question that the President called out his rabid followers. It is likely that the Biden/Harris victory and the defeat of the Republican senatorial...

  • Sedition, Revolt, Coup, and Covid-19

    As the number of Americans dying from SARS-CoV-2 accelerates and ICU bed availability disappears, 18 million confirmed cases have been documented nationwide. The neglect of the pandemic, the reliance on political determinism over science, the legacy of MOM (aka POTUS) is clearly dead. The...

  • SARS-CoV-2 vs Biden/Harris Continued

    There have been 309,000 deaths with 2 Americans dying every 50 seconds. We have 18% of world mortality and infectivity statistics while only 4% of the world population. A mutation in the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2 identified in Southern England with impact on vaccine effectiveness basically...

  • 16.4 Million Cases, 300,072 Deaths From SARS-CoV-2 Virus Overshadow Federal Executions

    Covid-19 vaccines are on the way to both coasts via USPS & FedEx jets. In the absence of federal coordinated instructions, distributions are up to the states, in some areas states are cooperating in setting criteria for regional distribution. Some communication has been established between MOM...

  • Coronavirus Vaccine Dilemmas

    The FDA is considering approval of the Pfizer vaccine for emergency use in the USA amid reports of adverse reactions in a few people with allergen hypersensitivity in the U.K. This is not an unusual occurrence in the field of allergy. The problem is that in the atmosphere of disinformation and...

  • Pandemic and Epidemic Variations on an Electoral Theme: Martyrs Beware

    Yesterday was HIV remembrance day. Reminding us of the terror of the 1980s, and that pandemic etiologic agent is still around but controlled by science not euphemism, and linkable to the new scourge. Rush Limbaugh shared a pitiable communication from a follower who in despair called out to his hero...

  • Covid-19, Biden/Harris vs Trump/Pence and 60 Days of Structural Damage With Orders That Shouldn't Be Obeyed

    With the Covid epidemic surging wildly across the world and infectivity/death rates highest in the USA, MOM (aka POTUS) is busily exploring pardons with self and family first and foremost and friend General Flynn probably receiving one; he is also pulling us out of the Open Sky arrangement,...

  • Covid-19 Is Winning The Battle With Mankind

    There have been 250,000 deaths and 12 million cases of Covid-19 in the USA. The Biden transition team is being denied access to the current coronavirus task force and in the foot race with death will have to run from a standing start. This is attributable to MOM's (aka POTUS) refusal to accept...

  • Relief From Election Results As Covid Rages On

    More than 150,000 new cases of Covid-19 were reported in a 24 hour period. Some 7 million cases exist in the USA and some quarter-million have died. Fall and winter were predicted by true viral experts to be the most deadly time period for the disease and this is proving to be the case. The...

  • Concerns About A New Vaccine For Covid-19

    Pfizer announced 90% effectiveness in raising protective antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 in controlled trials. They have also refused funding that might lead to political claims. Some of the companies involved in Operation Warpspeed are also reporting similar 90%+ successes. Aside from distribution...

  • Covid-19 and the Presidential Transition

    There are some 40 million core Trumpers who are disdaining masks, social distancing, and election results, and who may represent a wellspring for a mutated SARS-CoV-2 virus. They are joined by close to 30 million who are willing to believe that Trump won the election or that the results may be the...

  • The Risk of the Presidency, Covid, and Otherwise: Joe Biden & Kamala Harris Beware!

    Last night, all of the major networks and most of the minor ones turned off access to a raging, lying, MOM (aka POTUS). In the absence of repudiation by influential leaders in his own party, the charge of a stolen election hangs in the air. We know that gun and ammunition sales skyrocketed in the...

  • SARS-CoV-2 Rides on Post Election

    A new variety of coronavirus has been discovered in Denmark meeting the criteria for a phase 2 surge. Meanwhile, the original Covid-19 agent is still ravaging the USA and the world. The Trump administration is still promising an almost immediate vaccine despite protests from most of the major...

  • Covid-19 is Raging While POTUS (MOM) Tells Us We're Around the Bend

    Five days to go and 80 million people have already voted. But 500,000 new Covid-19 cases have been reported in the USA in the past week. The Trump son-in-law fresh from his assertion that Blacks show little interest in being successful now boasts that his father-in-law has taken the discourse about...

  • Death and the Presidential Debate

    Hopkins reports that 42 states (territories and Washington DC included) are experiencing a dramatic rise in Covid-19 infections and, most alarmingly, an increase in the accompanying death rate no longer confined to the elderly and the occupants of nursing homes but now in those between fifteen and...

  • Viral Vituperation in the Great Debate

    This evening instead of the previously scheduled presidential debate, there will be what amounts to a Biden-led Town Hall meeting hosted by George Stephanopoulos, while MOM aka POTUS holds a hallelujah meeting which will be broadcast nationally. Over 60,000 new Covid-19 infections occurred yesterday...

  • The Fly in the Ointment or The Fly Left the Wall for Deadening Unguents

    Last night we were treated to a sorry spectacle of a debate between the two vice presidential candidates. They were each allotted two minutes to answer questions in 5 or 6 categories. The moderator was a woman journalist from USA Today. The first thing that was noteworthy was Pence overrunning his...

  • The Virus Has a Vote

    In the wake of a disruptive and almost incoherent display of contempt for all Americans and pursuant to the discovery of the Covid-19 infection of Hope Hicks, a longtime MOM (aka POTUS) intimate and supporter, POTUS & FLOTUS have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 and have gone into a 14-day...

  • Health Care and the Presidential Debate: Subtitle Lives are the Coin of Exchange

    Yesterday evening the first of the presidential debates took place. It had been moved from Notre Dame to Case Western Reserve. Two septuagenarian white males contested under rules of order set by a congressional debate committee and operated by a near septuagenarian Fox News journalist. The...

  • Death Comes to a SCOTUS Giant

    Metastatic pancreatic cancer finally brought down associate, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who had served in her post for 27 years. She was a brilliant lawyer who battled for human rights with a quiver of arrows from the quivers of women's issues and from behind a shield of courage, moral rectitude,...

  • This is Olivia not Helen (of) Troy and Staying the Course of the Trojan Horse is not Happening

    As we race toward 7 million infections and 200,000 deaths from the Covid-19 pandemic and listen with frightened belief to the lying mishandling of available information by MOM (aka POTUS) as outlined by Bob Woodward, Mary L. Trump, and her aunt Maria the retired Federal Judge, we hear and see this...

  • Now Hear This Covid-19 is a National Emergency in a Global Context - USPHS Front and Center!

    The military salutation as orders, is handed down (U.S. Navy) indicating mandatory compliance, can be applied to the office of the Presidency. It indicates a course of action that should have been taken as early as last November and no later than February of this year. The re-emergence of Bob...

  • Covid-19 and The Presidential Election Continued

    We are now aware of The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal reports of the locations traveled to by the RNC, this includes Sioux City, Charlottesville, and White House South Lawn attendees. The tracker function of cell phone use is apparently a public domain issue as long as it doesn't...

  • Covid-19 and The Presidential Election Continued

    It is now reasonably clear that Covid-19 is a multiple organ disease in both adults and children. The infectivity rates are even higher in children than in adults because of sanitation habits and milling behavior. Scientists from around the world, particularly Yale infectious disease specialists,...

  • Convention Time, Covid-19 Time, USPS Dismantling Time

    I have been watching the democratic national convention and absorbing the developing news from CNN, Fox, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, etc. while enduring a punishing heatwave, limited access to air conditioning, and delayed mail delivery of medication. I commend Nancy Pelosi and the democratic house for forcing...

  • Joe and Kamala Will Bring a Plan to the Covid Crisis

    Joe Biden has made his pick and has a powerful and experienced vice-presidential candidate by his side. The merchant of malice (MOM) has made his pick i.e. to continue his appeal to America's darker side. The substantial residue of racism, sexism, anti-gay and lesbian sentiment, and most immediately...

  • "It is what it is"

    "It is what it is", "She took the bait", "It will go away", "I've done more for blacks than anybody except maybe Abraham Lincoln." Such are the tweets, bleeps, and eructations from our great leader. The last in defense of his refusal to attend any services for John Lewis. The others in total...

  • "What Have You Got to Lose" Answer Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

    With the revelation that anti-Covid-19 planning was halted by Jared Kushner when it appeared that Democrat governed cities would be most affected by the pandemic, the picture of MOM's (aka POTUS) willingness to barter American lives for political power is almost complete. The Trumpian plan to win...

  • Covid-19 and The Immunization Era

    Turner classic movies recently featured the 1931 John Ford movie, Arrowsmith, based distantly on the Sinclair Lewis novel with the same name. It featured Ronald Colman, Helen Hayes, and Myrna Loy. The human enemy is avarice for fame and money. The non-human enemy is bubonic plague and the vector...

  • Pandemics and Politics Continued

    The dreadful statistics continue to mount. Almost 155,000 Americans are dead with close to 4.5 million indisputably infected. We are dying from Covid-19 related conditions at a rate of one per minute. The management of the outbreak cannot be at the state, county, and city levels. There has to be an...

  • Coronavirus Task Force Double Speak and the Presidency

    The latest numbers in the Covid-19 countdown are not good for the USA. There are now at least four million documented infections with an attributable death count of close to two hundred thousand. We are adding at least seventy-five thousand (more likely eighty thousand cases per day and masking and...

  • Covid-19 and the Presidency

    As Mary Trump tells us more and more about the dysfunctional Trump family environment and more and more evidence emerges pointing to rampant sociopathy accompanied by racism, anti-semitism (Jews with money could have limited access, Jews without money could safeguard Trump money by paranoid scrutiny...

  • Attack on Education by Covid-19 & Our Very Stable Genius and Friends

    As though not being aware of and then calling the reported and substantiated GRU bounty to Taliban fighters for killing American and coalition troops a hoax we're not enough, MOM is now attempting to cut off federal education money to schools that obey restrictive common sense (CDC included) rules...

  • No Need For Chaos Theory

    There is no need for a butterfly to flap its wings in the distant Himalayas. We have an enormous venomous bat sucking the lifeblood of America and encouraging a feeding frenzy at our expense by similar creatures all over the world. There has been a huge upsurge in gun violence, knife and sword...

  • Deja Vu All Over Again

    As the USA and the world brace for the impact of Independence Day and 4th of July weekend indulgence and Bastille Day remembrance for people with French ancestry or allegiance all over the world, the prospect of a huge increase in identified cases of Covid-19 has burgeoned. With some of America's...

  • Ameliorative Wishful Thinking

    In a local neighborhood news post, I saw that someone was seeking me out for an explanation of a comment I made on infectivity or infectiousness of Covid-19 viral strains. It turns out that this person desperately wants to believe that as the disease spreads out in the population, it weakens and the...

  • Covid-19, Taliban Subsidy and Conspiracy Theory

    The evidence is mounting that the coronavirus pandemic is running wild and out of mankind's control. Confusion and disagreement about severity, measures for control, relationship to local and world economies, and absence of a true World Health Organization are responsible. The latest numbers that I...

  • Covid-19 and The Room Where It Happened

    I have received a copy of John Bolton's book from the same source where I got Fire and Fury. I thank Simon and Schuster for their (kind?) indulgence. The book to me is a vehicle on which to try to resurrect dormant speed reading skills. The acknowledgment of the takeover of the Republican party by a...

  • False Science and Unqualified, Politicized Punditry

    The Covid-19 pandemic continues to tear through the world disappointing countries' efforts to get back to normalcy and open up economies internally while hoping for the resumption of typical trade and commerce connections. WHO anticipates 10 million cases of the disease by the beginning of July....

  • The Other Infection

    As predicted the covid-19 pandemic is reaching new highs of infectivity in the USA and threatening forced reclosure after bold and often unwise attempts to "open up" and get things moving again. Now, 23 states are showing increased hospitalizations most of which are covid-related and bedspace and...

  • Little room to maneuver...

    As I sit and reflect upon the events of the last few weeks, I also take note of some inactivity based personal physical decline. My elliptical machine, stationary bicycle, hand weights, etc., can't be used to the max because of age-related exercise risk and do not make up for long walks. This brings...

  • The Virus Is Waiting

    There are two things that are understood about the SARS-CoV-2 infection. The first is that it is the source of the Covid-19 pandemic and the second is that it travels with or without an animal vector and may exist in humans without symptoms. This means that focusing on people who are symptomatic in...

  • Covid-19 & Police Violence

    Onward Christian soldiers marching as to war, with the Iron Cross, the Swastika, the KKK Cross, and the twisted cross of MOM (aka POTUS) going on before, as SARS-CoV-2 looks on and licks its chops. The image of the warrior cop has been brutally exploited. The civil servant whose primary...

  • Politicizing the 4 Horsemen

    Memorial Day 2020 is now in the books, some beaches, places of entertainment, bars, barber-nail, and hair salons reopened with or without mandatory masks, somewhat meaningless social distancing, etc. Some of the randomness in the responses was due to the limited availability of 830 pages of "How To"...

  • Covid-19 Time Digital Response

    I have stated many times that this pandemic will permanently affect mankind. I believe that humanism is being challenged successfully by the digital response and algorithmic optioning. I believe that the elderly are most at risk because of slow responsiveness and uncertainty but the learned response...

  • Guideline Subversion

    The lifting of severe restrictions on movement and enterprise is a state responsibility according to the White House. There is no overarching USPHS authority to set priorities and to address triage in the event of a dramatic worsening of the pandemic. Therefore, the politicization of information...

  • Now You See Him, Now You Don't

    The Trumpeter aka POTUS aka Master Of Malice (MOM) after deciding to shut down the Coronavirus Task Force, which was functioning as a press conference gone sour, changed his mind after hearing that it was popular. There appears to be no residual awareness that the task force was an information...

  • All out assaults on the SARS-COV2 virus

    World infections from Covid-19 causative agent have soared past three million and related deaths past 230 thousand. The USA contributing about 1/3 to each category. Suicide, homicide, child and elder abuse as well as domestic violence's old standby partner (usually wife, but not always) abuse is...

  • Telehealth and COVID-19 Continuation

    Yesterday, the most Covid-19 deaths in a single day were recorded. This followed by several hours the dispensation granted to Ventura County, CA to reopen beaches, restaurants, ballparks, etc. provided that mitigation guidelines are followed. Causation can't logically be assigned but it is almost as...

  • Covid-19 continued

    I am continuing to write to FindaTopDoc and forwarding to Octogenarians. Those of you who have been following my posts have read about the vulnerability of our fee for service medical care system to being taken down by emergency care overload due to natural causes or internal or foreign attack. You...

  • Goebel Speaking & Pseudoscience

    I am continuing to speak simultaneously to the readers of FindaTopDoc and The Octogenarians hoping thereby to save lives by reaching as many as possible. Yesterday, I sent the following comment to The Octogenarians as a reply 'One doesn't have to be discursive or philosophical to know that the...

  • Revisiting the function of government through the lens of Covid-19

    I am continuing the practice of posting FindaTopdoc submissions to the Octogenarians blog simultaneously. The purpose is to disseminate information and access to information as widely as possible during this coronavirus national and world crisis. The number of confirmed cases in the USA is above...

  • Coronavirus recalled incidents revisited

    As I note that the fired Captain of the USS Theodore Roosevelt is both retired and symptomatically ill, as well as testing positively for Covid-19, I recall more of the airstrip incident and trial at Johnson AFB over 60 years ago. The request for a psychiatric examination came from the Major's...

  • Coronavirus

    There were two incidents that occurred yesterday that recapitulated earlier events in a déjà Vu manner. The first was the firing of the Captain of one of our two nuclear-powered aircraft carriers by the acting Secretary of the Navy for trying to raise the alarm following a steep rise of infected...

  • Staggering Projections

    As POTUS struts and frets upon the stage without Shakespearian dignity or grace, the predictions that are allowed to be heard are getting worse. Confirmed cases are close to 205,000 with deaths approaching 5,000 in the USA. This is as world impact somewhat slows approaching 900,000 confirmed and...

  • Misinformation and disinformation about Covid-19

    The fourth estate has taken on the task of keeping the general public apprised of the progress of the corona pandemic through the world and locally. This function is acknowledged by most countries but carefully controlled by authoritarian governments. Here in the USA local stations and local...

  • The "China" Virus

    POTUS insists on using the term "China" virus for Covid-19 and implies that Chinese concealment of the disease prevented the USA from being further ahead in prevention and treatment of the disease. The latest 60 minutes program courtesy of CBS and Bill Whittaker sheds a lot of light on this...

  • Not So Simple Things You Need To Know Continued

    The number of people believed to be infected by covid-19 in the USA now exceeds earlier expectations by so much that mandatory stay at home orders have been issued by the governor of California and the mayor of New York City. There are approximately 41 million Californians and 11 million New...

  • Some not so simple things you need to know in order to evaluate what you are being told

    The basic thing to be understood is that there is a real threat to life posed by Covid-19. This is primarily because it is a disease entirely new to our species. This means that there are no people in the world who are immune because of inheriting factors specific to the disease. This does not mean...

  • Simple things you need to grasp about Covid-19

    Two words that need to be understood are connectivity and superinfection. The first in pandemic terms is the measurable connectedness between humans who are subject to infection or contamination by a pathogen. A zero distance means physical contact a three-foot distance is probably the traversable...

  • The Source of Simple Things to Know

    Secretary of HUD, Ben Carson, a formerly renowned (pediatric?) neurosurgeon irritably shared with George Stephanopolous of ABC news his dissatisfaction with Americans failing to understand some simple things about viruses and dealing with them. I am grateful for Dr. Ben's concerns and for his taking...

  • Following The Virus

    What is known is much less than what is not known. We are closer to the truth if we talk about the known as what is likely to be true. What is known is that the coronavirus has appeared on all of the world's continents except Antarctica. It is likely to be true that 3,000 or so people have died from...

  • Coronavirus Follow Up

    There are now declared states of emergency all over the USA, Seattle, Portland, New York City, Washington D.C., San Diego, Los Angeles, etc. What it means is that cases are springing up in areas thought to be free of a history of cross-communication with infected sites and people domestically and...

  • Viral Update

    The market decline continues as the first human trials in the U.S. have begun. Not too much can be expected from them short-term because of the small sample size and the six-month initial distribution phase followed by a subsequent four to six-month clinical phase with analysis and interpretation...

  • Covid-19 and the Global Economy Continued

    Yesterday's 1,023 point decline in the DJI with accompanying similar jolts in the NASDAQ and world markets put us all on notice that the withdrawal of China's > 23% investiture in world trade can cripple the world's economy. An early morning "recovery" today has given way to a resumption of...

  • Covid-19 and Global Trade Continued

    The February 19th business beat section of the LA Times featured a Bloomberg news article on Global trade. The article stated that international commerce movement involving Chinese goods or intermediation, already slowed by tariffs according to the World Trade Organization (WTO) have been further...

  • Coronavirus and the Economy

    In 2003 when SARS struck, China accounted for approximately 8% of world commerce according to KCET's France24, but with COVID-19 China's share of world commerce is 19%. This is disrupted by viral attacks. This is a powerful blow to the world's economy and could be the beginning of a worldwide...

  • Pandemic Politics

    The city of Wuhan and its associated province were put under new political leadership as China threw new, substantial resources into the fight against COVID-19. Street spraying glycols and helicopter drops of defoliants and insecticides are allied with the national jingoistic assertion of pride and...

  • Coronavirus Follow Up

    The coronavirus, now called COVID-19, appears to be sweeping through China with roughly 50,000,000 people under quarantine according to Emily Baumgaertner, LA Times staff writer in a Feb. 5 article. That article indicated that COVID-19 had reached four continents and infected 24,000 people, at...

  • Wuhan isn't Nineveh

    WHO has decided that the coronavirus pandemic in Wuhan and at least five and probably eight other Chinese cities is an epidemic in China, an evolving epidemic worldwide and a global threat. Apparently, this designation allows airlines to cancel flights to Chinese cities, possibly to China itself...

  • Coronavirus Follow Up

    The number of cases of the Wuhan strain of coronavirus showing up around the world is increasing geometrically. At least 1000 cases are reported, unofficially, because of the tight censorship now being exercised. Wuhan is not just another city in China. It is a showpiece for entertainment and the...

  • R.I.P. Kobe & Follow Up on the Corona Virus from Wuhan

    The death of Kobe Bryant and his daughter along with seven others reminds us of the risks involved with technology. Why a commercial helicopter was flying in weather that had grounded police helicopters we may never know. Kobe was more than a great basketball player, he spoke four languages and was...

  • The Blue Planet Strikes Back?

    The United Nations General Assembly adopting the recommendations of the World Health Organization, has announced through its Scandinavian female leader, a commitment to three hundred trillion euro expenditure from now to 2050 to arrest and reverse the human contribution to global warming and...

  • Septicemia and Infectious Disease

    As has been mentioned, Torrance Memorial Hospital sent out an excellent discussion of septicemia in its Advantage newsletter. It is clear that the management of this entity in which the body's mechanisms turn against the body, requires hospital care in specially trained and equipped units. It...

  • Disquieting Random News

    It must be that your basic mindset substantially affects what comes to your mind as well as what you do with the information. Ostensibly random reading and TV, excluding war talk, brought up a new viral outbreak in Hunin, 37 miles away from Hong Kong, with 37 to 50 cases similar to a 2013 outbreak...

  • Adaptation and Survival: Following up on Ebola, Antibiotic Resistance, and Climate Change

    As the earth warms, subjecting areas to fire and flood, Permian frost gives up animal tissue which is being studied for genomic structure which in turn supplies clues to historical origin. A creature has been found which may be the ancestor of both dog and wolf. If so, the view of the dog as a...

  • Antibiotic Resistance, Immune System Evasion and You

    Have you seen a doctor or a health care professional recently? Did he or she shake hands? Did he or she inconspicuously or blatantly use hand sanitizer thereafter or washed his or her hands? If your doctor is not the convivial type, you may have to guess if you are afraid to ask. The so called...

  • Antibiotic Resistance and Alzheimer's; A Possible Bane to the Elderly and Immune System Challenge Link to Schizophrenia a Possible Bane to the Young

    A special report in the November issue of Psychiatric Times, reported on new findings from prospective studies which were presented at the 2019 Alzheimer's Association International Conference (AAIC) in Los Angeles, CA. The authors were Aliev, M.D., PhD, Bachurin, PhD, DSC, Mikhaylenko, M.S.,Bragin...

  • Hide and Seek and Your Health

    The many threats to our health and well-being (our health equity) encounter our last line of defense, our immune system. Whether the pathogen is a virus, bacterium, fungus, parasite, mold or cancer cell. Defending cells become mobilized by the body to attack and neutralize the threat, most often...

  • The Law of Unintended Consequences & Ecologic Change

    I ended my last post with a hooray for Yale's double overtime win over Harvard on reunion weekend. The post had to do with evolutionary response of living or near living organisms to the threat of ecology caused extinction. That threat imposed upon the game festivities and excitement as indicated in...

  • Internal Threats to the Future of Homo Sapiens

    Biodiversity and population control are the mechanisms employed by living organisms and near living organisms, mostly proteinaceous, to cope with and adapt to ecological change. This change is mostly global warming due to CO2 concentration. We have to prevent an additional one and one half degree...

  • Pandemics, Epidemics and the Ecology Continued: With Some Long Overdue Acknowledgements

    There are new outbreaks of febrile intestinal illness involving many states east of the Rockies. The CDC indicates packaged vegetable produce from areas involved in prior flooding and associated with particular companies. There are issued recalls on the packaged products and stores have been...

  • Backtracking Homo Sapiens into the Future

    As we try to control global warming and environmental deterioration, information from the past is producing fresh insights. First described in 1935, according to Bruce Bower in Science News, in turn quoting Wei Wang, based on a molar purchased from a traditional Chinese drugstore Gigantopithecus...

  • Infection and Mental Illness Link

    The November 2019 issue of Psychiatric Times features an article by Brian Miller, MD, PhD, MPH titled, "Examining the Link Between the Immune System and Schizophrenia." This article reports prepublication results of a study conducted by Steiner, Fodl and Schitz (Schizophrenia Bulletin: August 2019...

  • Follow Up on Ecology and Disease Spread

    We have discussed in prior posts the relationship between climate change, environmental alterations, and species and vector adaptation, producing endemic to epidemic disease with the threat of pandemic outcomes. We have used measles and Ebola as prime examples but mentioned avian flu, swine flu and...

  • There's No Business Like Government

    Michael Heltzie in the October 26th issue of the Los Angeles Times attacks the premise that government should be run like a business. He gives the current wildfire crisis in California as an example of the folly of entrusting the public welfare definable as health equity and wealth equity (lives,...

  • Truths and Consequences of Ecology with uninformed Astrophysical Speculation

    Ecological disasters are sweeping the USA. In the wake of climate change pursuant to global warming, here in California flash fires are burgeoning both North and South. Firefighters, homeowners and police are fighting back using hoses, fire retardants, defoliants, etc. saving lives is the first...

  • Follow Up on Opioid Toxicity

    As the California court system delves deeper into the death of Tyler Skaggs, the Los Angeles pitcher whose death several months ago stunned the team, organized professional baseball, his family and the country, certain things are now clear. Tyler Skaggs apparently had an antecedent problem with...

  • Follow up on Epidemic Watch Continued

    Ebola is not the only viral threat that is quietly on the march. In the Saturday, October 26th Los Angeles Times, ON THE GROUND IN KAMPALA UGANDA, Krista Mahr reports the progression of a measles epidemic despite the near elimination of the disease by immunization in 2016. It would appear that it is...

  • Water Water Everywhere

    The ancient mariner will not be the only occupant of a boat surrounded by undrinkable water if current trends and practices go unaltered. As explorations of our fellow planets progress, we are discovering that many had water millions of years ago and lost that water to solar winds, insufficient...

  • Revisiting Ebola With A View Of The Future

    A recent issue of Sigma XI presents a view of the future of our interaction with the menace of Ebola. This is done through a new computer model. The article begins with a header that states..."Factors like climate change and greater poverty could make an outbreak more likely"..."the model tracks how...

  • Revisiting Health Care Equity

    Medscape, WebMD, AJPH, Sigma XI, Smithsonian, The Atlantic Magazine, and the Journal of the Academy of Medicine are among the many scientific and medical journals speaking out about the untoward influence of transactional money exchange on health, longevity, and quality of life. Meredith E. Ganser...

  • Is There a Gaming Disorder? ICD 11 vs DSM 6-7

    By way of necessary background information, the International Classification of Diseases (mental and physical disorders) is the official disease reference of WHO (the world health organization and part of the U.N.) and is used by most of Europe, the U.K, Canada, and much of South and Central America...

  • New Found Interest in Mental Illness

    In the September 10th Los Angeles Times, staff writer Mary Healy addressed the increasing concern and fear of mental illness in the U.S. population because of the improper linking of mass shootings and other mass homicidal attacks to mental illness in the perpetrator. She indicates past and ongoing...

  • Youth is Under Threat

    The American Psychiatric Association has issued an alert via Psychiatric Times to the effect that American youths between the ages of 15 and 25 are at risk of psychiatric morbidity from anxiety/depression, opioid addiction, e vaping nicotine or THC (the active ingredient of marijuana) or simply the...

  • More Potholes on the Road to Happiness

    It is reasonably obvious that anxiety/depression is an unhappy state that destroys interpersonal relationships and intrapersonally (intrapsychically) is a threat. Not only to function, but to life, and is connected to addiction and suicide. Its connection to a common but puzzling form of dermatitis...

  • More on Fleeing Anxiety/Depression

    On convertibles I failed to mention that side windows on cars may not have adequate sun ray protection and if they do have adequate protection it is like sunbathing, time sensitive; of course the open window eliminates the protection altogether. The exposed arm is simply more vulnerable to sunburn...

  • The Marijuana Argument Continues

    THC is a gateway drug. It has little pain obliteration effectiveness. THC has a definite pain obliterative effect and there is benefit from the mood elevation effect delivered with little risk of habituation. This is an example of two apparently contradictory things being true at the same time....

  • Falling Life Expectancy in the USA: Guns, Suicide, Climate Change, and Opioids

    According to the February/March 2019 issue of The Nation's Health, 2019 is the third straight year that the U.S. has experienced a fall in life expectancy as a whole. This includes most  population groups. The decline is attributed in large measure to suicide and drug overdoses. The following is...

  • Response To Anxiety/Depression Via Sun and Surf Carries Risk

    A hedonistic excursion of some sort is often suggested for those of us who are down in the dumps, for good reason or not. With feelings characterized as listless or lack of energy (depressive or dyskinesia) hiking, camping, road trips, etc. are undertaken with a beach or spa excursion included, if...

  • The Ebola Threat Grows

    Ebola is a viral hemorrhagic fever which means it causes severe bleeding in tissues like the gut, lung, brain, kidney, liver, etc. It is a painful and agonizing illness which results in the virtual explosion of cells and a quick death. It is characterized by extreme temperature elevation and...

  • What To Do When Ebola Arrives

    I have encountered many diseases in the course of a lifetime. Most of the relatively rare ones, not personally, but professionally. Professionally, I've encountered them through psychiatry from medical clerkship and internship. MOD status in emergency rooms, civilian and Air Force. Entities like...

  • Survival Guides for Domestic Terrorism

    I have been reading various survival guides in this era of (mostly gun violence) domestic terrorism. One thing that seems common is the reversal of everyday logic like "safety in numbers", "fight back" , "good guys with guns", etc. Free association contributes the orchestra of the Titanic when...

  • Domestic Violence en masse: A Public Health Epidemic

    The nation is facing an epidemic of gun violence that has all of the characteristics of other epidemics. There are many ways to look at what is happening. It can be seen as a series of quakes along with identifiable socioeconomic and ethnoracial fault lines in our country. From this point of view,...

  • What you need to know to maximize your health and a healthy lifestyle

    In order to preserve your health, you need to know what constitutes a healthy lifestyle, and the ability to obtain reliable information. For those who have a primary care provider, this is the most obvious source of information. However, this brings to light issues of health insurance and...

  • Eco-Anxiety and Depression vs Reality Based Concern

    Previous articles have dealt with the progression of disease through endemic, epidemic, and pandemic phases with attention paid to the effect of climate change on enablement and/or acceleration of the process. Recent articles in publications such as Medscape point to an increase in depressive...

  • Climate Change and You & Your Neighbors Health

    A series of prior articles have been concerned with public health aspects of the nation's health. It is increasingly apparent that climate change is of major importance in our world's and our nation's health. The last post dealing with endemic disease translation into epidemic and possibly pandemic...

  • Epidemics, Pandemics & Healthcare Revisited

    Aeon essays present a fascinating illustration of the effect of climate change on habitat, protective coats, furs, diet, and tick proliferation. The difference between winter ticks, summer ticks, black ticks, etc. Interesting reading but to those with limited interests. The denouement is that tick...

  • Chronic Pain In the Elderly Impaired and the Opioid Epidemic

    The opioid epidemic rages on. Federal court judgments have been handed down against Big Pharma companies, sending one into bankruptcy, pending appeal. Physicians have been fined and imprisoned, and at least one major Educational Medical Facility is under investigation.We all bemoan cupidity and...

  • Revisiting Healthcare as Commodity: With Implications for the Opioid and Other Epidemics

    In the past six months or so, I’ve witnessed two friends experiencing finger injuries that required suturing. Both were attended to quite well. One of them, a woman, required sutures at a nearby hospital and was attended to by a physician. She disregarded the instructions and her sutures needed to...

  • More on the New Specialists

    In the Journal Medical Care, (April 18,2019), Muensch, Spets, Jura et al. described their research involving opioid prescribing outcomes of medicare beneficiaries managed by nurse practitioners and physicians. The medicare data they used was from 2009-2013. The research was directed toward...

  • The Health Care Dilemma: New Specialist Impact

    A new medical specialty has been defined, called Addiction Specialist. It has its own specialty board and certification standards. It requires a MD and specialization beyond internal medicine. This specialty can be seen as an attempt of American medicine to respond to the increased seriousness of...

  • Health Equity: What Does it Mean?

    The upcoming November APHA meeting has as its central theme Health Care equity. For a nation and a world in deep trouble because of global warming, human trafficking, worldwide drug and arms trafficking, increasing risk of resumption of an arms race that includes nuclear weapons along with the...

  • Health & The Supermarket: The Profit Motive Is Alive and Well in the 21st Century-- So You Must Be Too!

    The other day I made a series of rare visits, first to a supermarket, then to a drug store, and finally to an auto body shop. A friend and neighbor drove past as I had to drive my wife's car back. I had put myself on an ulcer diet because of lifelong problems with a hiatal hernia, and was shopping...

  • Health Care Providers, Patients, and the Undeclared War:

    We (The USA) are at war. It is undeclared, it is cyberwar, it is spyware, it is economic war, and it is psychological war. There are no treaty derived rules that can be pointed to establish war crimes. There are no rules of engagement to be broken since the very act of engagement is concealed. The...

  • Another Look at Gun Violence, The Opioid Epidemic, Suicide, and Depression/Anxiety

    According to the July 15 issue of Psychiatric News, suicide deaths in the U.S. have climbed dramatically in the last several years. They have nearly doubled in women. While possibly being a disturbing aspect of a “me too” world, it may also be a manifestation of an increasingly successful war on...

  • Technological Innovation in Medical Research and Practice and Ethics: Are the two in conflict?

    On June 26th, 2000, the POTUS (Bill Clinton) and the British Prime Minister (Tony Blair) announced the completion of the Human Genome Project, a feat once thought unaccomplishable or vaguely morally improper. Since that time, enormous progress has been made in oncologic...

  • Healthcare and Politics

    Previous postings have outlined relationships between health and disposable income, health and environment, etc. A public health/epidemiologic approach to identification of factors involved in ill health, death, and disability has been presented as the most logical and productive approach. Despite...

  • Pubic Health in Pursuit of Happiness

    The May issue of Psychiatric Times declared the USA an unhappy nation based on reports from psychiatric centers across the country. Anxiety and depression are the primary indicators of our national unhappiness but addiction may be a more identifiable sign because of its recordability. Public health...

  • The Definition of Addiction vs, The Meaning of Addiction: What Patients and Potential Patients (All of Us) Need to Consider

    The most recent edition of The American Scientist featured an article which challenged assertions made by last September's National Geographic magazine and JAMA, American Journal of Psychiatry, American Journal of Neurology among many others. It challenges the assertion that addiction is a brain...

  • What Does A Public Health Approach Mean To The Nations Health and to Governmental Purpose and Function?

    Epidemiologic studies of addiction, gun violence, disease outbreak, cancer, etc are of enormous value to citizens of any nation including ours. The resources to pursue such issues are hard to come by and the auspices for this pursuit, or lack thereof, vary hugely. Health, education and welfare are...

  • Health, Happiness, Anxiety/Depression, Addiction, Gun Violence... One Hell of a Gordian Knot!

    The November issue of National Geographic magazine, in an article written by Dan Buettner, amply illustrated, with photographs and commentary by Cory Richards, that Costa Rica, Denmark and Singapore are identified as the most joyful places on the planet. These authors employ interviews, simple...

  • Work and Physical and Mental Health

    Finland has been declared "The Happiest Country on Earth" by a U.N. commission with Scandinavian countries occupying the top four entries in the category. With recent immigrants to Finland also enjoying the depiction "happiest", the old homogeneity explanation is insufficient unto the "happy day"....

  • A Pandemic of Anxiety/Depression: What Does It Mean for Each Individual in the US?

    We have discussed the prevalence of the tandem of anxiety and depression in the U.S.A. and worldwide. From what we are able to learn from published literature, there is a pandemic of susceptibility to this dual scourge. It is in my view linked to the politics of the time as well as to uncertainty...

  • Globalism and Healthcare: Staying Tuned

    In the midst of the failure of the 'repeal and replace' effort of the GOP, is the "America First" issue representative of nations first, healthcare protectionism versus globalism, and a multinational view of epidemic and pandemic overview and control?This month's American Journal of Public Health...

  • Prodrome or Concomitant?

    Depression and anxiety: Prodrome or concomitant?A number of questions arise for patients who experience acute or persistent depressed mood. Instant access to the Internet or to pocket measures of pulse, blood pressure, respiration etc. often enough add to accompanying anxiety or even worse, create...

  • National Angst and the Opioid Epidemic

    I don't know whether or not the POTUS has gotten around to declaring the opioid epidemic a national crisis. It seems that he has been busy with declarations that have added to national angst from the threat of launching “fire and fury” to declarations perceived as endorsing right-wing hate...

  • World Leadership and Individual Wellbeing

    We live in a world of turmoil and tumult word of which is transmitted at nearly warp speed. The devices that acquire the stream of information are numerous and diverse. With almost no countries lacking access to one or more of the devices that access this stream of information, we have become...

  • Anxiety and Depression: Products of Daily Living or Indicators of Ill Health?

    A recent national survey revealed that close to 80 percent of Americans associate anxious feelings and sadness with the signaling of a health problem in today's world compared to between 40 and 60 percent in the 1960s.How are we to interpret this? It is possible that we are less stoic as a people,...

  • Emergency Room Health Care: Commodity, Right, Privilege, First Line of Defense

    While the political battles rage around health care amid easy assurances that hospital emergency rooms are always available, we need to recognize that there are ideological enemies of American Democracy utilizing cyber warfare, terrorist attacks, etc. to bring us down. To contaminate reservoirs,...

  • I am suddenly binge eating. Is it a mental disorder?

    Binge eating disorder is a serious mental problem requiring psychiatric or psychological intervention. Psychiatric intervention carries with it the potential use of medication. Specialty clinics and practices are appropriate for the treatment of this disorder which can be life threatening. READ MORE

  • I feel negative most of the time. Is it a sign to be worried about?

    There is not enough information to give you an answer. Important issues like age, sex, family history, general health, habits, length of time negativity has been present have to be considered. Once again, a visit to your LMD is a logical place to begin. A visit to a mental health specialist can also be a place to begin. READ MORE

  • How should a person requiring psychiatric help be approached?

    A lot depends on the kind of friendship you have. If it is not solid and previously tested, it would be wise to ask him about his feelings concerning psychiatric help rather than proposing it. READ MORE

  • I discovered anti-depressant pills in my daughter's cupboard yesterday. How should I confront her on this?

    Asking her while explaining how you found them should not be a confrontation. I don't know how the two of you have been interacting. Are there no other family members to involve? Kindness and concern while respecting her proximity to adult independence particularly as part of family discussion can help reduce anger and shame, some usual components of "reacting badly." READ MORE

  • Does my son need to go through some kind of counselling during my divorce proceedings?

    It is not likely that he can be emotionally unaffected by the divorce. His father might be helpful in discussing the necessity for divorce, if willing and capable. The effect of the divorce can take a long time to manifest if ever. In any event, I would think that "watchful," respectful waiting is indicated. Reduction of rancor in the proceedings can help reduce trauma to your son. READ MORE

  • Antidepressants and fibromyalgia

    Consultation with a neuropsychiatrist could be helpful. You might suggest that to your doctor. READ MORE

  • What is the reason for constant negative feelings in my daughter?

    Adolescence is a very stressful time. The reorganization of brain connections can produce distractedness, apathy, anger, or depression. Consulting with her school health service and her academic counselor (with her permission) can sometimes reveal too heavy a load on a student. Try to ensure with the aid of your LMD that there is no physical problem, if all these measures fail ask about psychiatric consultation. READ MORE

  • Can BP medicines cause hallucination?

    Consult with your LMD about the hypertensive vacillation, ask him or her to review the medication for potential side effects. Some agents can produce euphoria and other mental symptoms or unmask early dementia. Ask about psychiatric consultation. READ MORE

  • Is depression a sign of madness?

    This sounds like a classical "reactive" depression; it should still receive medical screening. Your brother's LMD may choose to follow up (in the absence of physical findings) with an antidepressant or may refer to a psychiatrist. You can best help by keeping track, supplying bridging info (appropriately) to family and supplying supplementary family history of illness including alcohol use or abuse. Your willingness to be of help is likely to be well received by all and sundry. READ MORE

  • Why do I have stabbing pain in my lower abdomen?

    Your best follow up is a visit to your LMD. A visit by referral or directly (if you are authorized) to an ob-gyn specialist seems indicated. READ MORE

  • Are there any exercises for the brain?

    Yes, there are many brain exercises; the better exercises seem to focus on improving ones capacity for categorizing objects and ideas. Games like checkers and chess also seem to be helpful. Improving categorization seems to help memory. Memory facilitation seems to directly improve brain function. READ MORE

  • Can a psychiatrist help with my memory loss?

    The psychiatric specialization that deals with that is called neuropsychiatry. A careful total evaluation (healthwise) is called for. READ MORE

  • Vivid daydreams

    Vivid daydreams may or may not be significant depending on your age, your dietary habits, whether or not you are on medications prescribed or otherwise (cannabinol,ethanol,etc.), the length of time they have been going on, your family history, your general health etc. A basic health workup is the place to start. It would be good to know what causes the symptom that you are trying to control. READ MORE

  • Is bipolar disorder hereditary?

    There is an hereditary predisposition in bipolar disorder development. You can avoid severe worsening of the tendency by avoiding alcohol and marijuana. Maintenance of general health is desirable and early psychiatric evaluation for advisability of prescriptive intervention is needed. READ MORE

  • I think I started binge eating. Is it a mental disorder?

    Once more it starts with your general health. Check with your usual doctor to query your general health. Are there new habits that accompany the bingeing (smoking, pot alcohol)? Are you under undue stress? As you can see there are many questions to be asked and answered. Binge eating is something not to be ignored. To conclude that it is purely mental disorder, complicated as that is, is premature. Perhaps family can help answer some relevant questions. Dr.Thomas READ MORE

  • Is negative thinking a disease?

    Negative thinking is a sign or a symptom.Your general health should be your first concern. LMD assessment is called for. If a clean bill is given then the twin duo of anxiety and depression need to be looked for via mental health assessment (psychiatry,psychology,social work) team. Depression often has negative thinking as an early sign. Negative rumination (obsessional) is beyond sign but is a symptom of depressive illness. Remember start with a general health assessment. READ MORE

  • Privacy and confidentiality with caregivers

    Discussion with the psychiatrist and with the patient is called for. A mutually agreed upon posture may be arrived at. Issues like the nature of your caregiver status (family or not), family concurrence, if you are not and state laws need to be considered. If property disposal and/or a will are at issue, legal consultation may be necessary. READ MORE

  • Can I go to a psychiatrist instead of a psychologist?

    While a psychiatrist is an MD.and can prescribe, he may be a skilled psychotherapist and can rely on talk therapy, if he and you agree. READ MORE

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Areas of expertise and specialization

Social psychiatry,forensic psychiatry,cross cultural psychiatry

Faculty Titles & Positions

  • PROF.EMERITUS PSYCHIATRY GEFFEN SCHOOL OF MEDICINE UCLA 1984 - 2016
  • FORMER CHAIR PSYCHIATRY UMDNJ (NJMS) 1975 - 1984
  • INSTR-ASSOC PROF PSYCH,PUBLIC HEALTH &SOCIOLOGY YALE 1964 - 1970
  • DIR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES DIV. NIMH 1970 - 1973

Awards

  • DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS 1997 YALE PSYCHIATRY 
  • HONORARY ALUMNUS 2011 YALE 

Charities and Philanthropic Endeavors

  • j.thomas stroke shield foundation

Professional Society Memberships

  • APA,APHA ,SigmaXi, ACP,NYAS,NYAM ,ASA

Articles and Publications

  • Published 50-100 Publications

What do you attribute your success to?

  • His parents, excellent teachers throughout school, his 2 years of active duty with the air force, and his bright supportive wife and children.

Hobbies / Sports

  • Playing Handball, Tennis, King's Crown Rifle Activity

Favorite professional publications

  • The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease

Areas of research

SOCIAL INTERACTION AND COMMUNITY

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