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Medical Lessons From Robin Williams

By Dr. Afshine Emrani

August 11, 2014 | 5:23 pm

“Comedy is acting out optimism”

Dear Robin,

You were such an inspiration.  You showed us courage in the face of adversity, making us laugh while your own soul was broken.

Even now, at the time of your death, we find... read on

  • Religion:  It’s A Dog’s Life!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    August 6, 2014 | 5:26 pm

    "C’est une vie de chien!"

    “It's a dog's life!”  The French use this expression to shrug their frustration at the overwhelming struggles of life.  To me, it is a statement of how random our most important beliefs are.

    Growing up in Iran, many Muslims believed dogs to be ritually... read on

  • When anti-Semitism Strikes Science and Medicine!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    July 27, 2014 | 9:08 pm

    On July 23rd, The Lancet published an Open Letter describing the situation in Gaza (http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(14)61044-8/fulltext).

    The Lancet, a top tier scientific journal by all accounts, did a great dis-service to the medical community.... read on

  • Take Vitamins At Your Own Risk!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    July 27, 2014 | 9:15 am

    The scientific literature is replete with the failure of vitamins to support diseases.  Yet, the industry is booming and people's cabinets are filled with potentially harmful, poorly studied colorful bottles that make unsubstantiated magical claims.

    This year, we witnessed Dr.... read on

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  • When Friends Become Anti-Semites

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    July 23, 2014 | 6:05 pm

    This week, all diversity training and tolerance enhancing programs failed.  It’s like when you prepare for an earthquake with a drill, but don’t really care.

    We are all guilty.  We all whisper words of bigotry in the privacy of our homes.  But, in today’s social media, we have... read on

  • When Hate Metastasizes, Plant Love.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    July 16, 2014 | 6:02 pm

    where milk and honey once flowed
    three boys were killed
    and one burned
    rockets fell
    bombs replaced the night stars
    echos from distant lands
    from ovens filled with ash
    the language of love used in shame
    fans cool Facebook heat, twitter on texts
    no dialogues, just parallel... read on

  • The Audacity of Hope: Raising Little Messiahs.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    July 14, 2014 | 7:43 pm

    “Seventy years ago these beautiful men would likely have been members of the Nazi party” emailed me a friend while watching Germany battle for the World Cup. 

    I saw another perspective.  As I watched many fellow Jews cheer for Germany, I realized one day peace is possible.

    ... read on
  • When Your Doctor Takes Vacation.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    July 8, 2014 | 7:32 am

    Last week, I took a six day vacation.  Two days before and two days after, I put in a total of 32 unpaid hours of work which was cut short by a call from my daughter asking me why I am working during my time off.  While away with my family, I ran into people of different walks of... read on

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