Socio-Medical Trainwrecks

I don’t know if the term “socio-medical” even exists. But it felt like every single pathology I dealt with today was a social problem. Ulcer, exercerbated by no medications (damn pre-authorization!), and no food. In an unstable housing situation, with limited transportation. And serious medical issues taken lightly by a local hospital. My diagnoses: Unstable…

The Health Costs of Inequality

The word is out–according to economists from Standard & Poor, the stalled economic recovery in America after the Great Recession could be due to our staggering income inequality. The rich get richer, and they already have everything they need, so they do not buy any additional goods and services, but instead put their money into…

Grapes for the Picking

Orpheus Wines

One of my friends from medical school married a chemist who dreamed of becoming a vintner.  Calling themselves the visioneer and the winemaker, they partnered with an artist to launch their label: Orpheus Wines. In October, I visited Sonoma Valley for the first time, and attended their harvest party. In the morning, we picked grapes,…