Author Archives: Marc Siegel

Dr. Marc Siegel and Yonat Friling: The full toll of the Gaza conflict

This story isn’t only about strategy. It’s about human vulnerability at the border. Continue reading

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Dr. Marc Siegel: Measles quarantine on a cruise ship – what are challenges for passengers?

Thanks to a Church of Scientology cruise ship quarantined this week by the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, people around the world are wondering how it might feel to be among 300 passengers and crew stranded on a ship with someone who has measles. Continue reading

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Dr. Marc Siegel: Protect against measles with safe and effective MMR vaccine

Don’t believe false claims that the measles vaccine is unsafe or may cause autism. The vaccine is very safe and very effective. Getting measles is unsafe. Continue reading

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Marc Siegel: Here are a few tips to keep yourself healthy this Easter

You don’t have to be a practicing internist like me to know that excess sugar leads to weight gain, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Continue reading

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Dr. Marc Siegel: Pot use and the awful problem of marijuana-induced psychosis (and why it is on the rise)

When a person inhales a marijuana cigarette, he or she sees it in terms of the pleasure potential, altered consciousness, reduction of pain. When I view it as a physician I see it as containing an active chemical which has health implications. Continue reading

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Dr. Marc Siegel: Are wireless headsets and social media a dangerous mix for our teenagers’ health?

Question: Which is the worse problem for adolescent health – the obsession with social media and its impact on the psyche, or the direct effects of bathing the brain with radiofrequency waves for hours on end via AirPods or a Bluetooth head set? Continue reading

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Dr. Marc Siegel: ‘Medicare-for-all’ is a wrecking ball to employer-based private health insurance

Last week I was scheduled to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference not as a physician but as a health policy analyst who is concerned that coverage doesn’t equal access to actual care, that ObamaCare’s high deductibles and narrow … Continue reading

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Dr. Marc Siegel: Strokes and what you need to know in the wake of Luke Perry’s death

America is talking about strokes because famed “Beverly Hills 90210� actor Luke Perry died Monday of a massive stroke. Continue reading

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Democrats pushing to legalize recreational use of marijuana don’t understand its true effects

Why unrestricted recreational use of marijuana is a bad idea. Continue reading

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Dr. Marc Siegel: Tom Brady’s ability to put mind over matter will make him a Super Bowl champion yet again

I am not willing to count out the 41-year-old Brady to win his sixth Super Bowl ring this Sunday. Why? Conditioning, experience and, above all, mind over matter. Continue reading

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Dr. Marc Siegel: Kamala Harris’ ‘Medicare-for-All’ plan plagued with problems, bad for patients

The ‘Medicare-for-All” plan proposed by Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris would cost trillions of dollars and cause many problems for patients and doctors. Continue reading

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Dr. Marc Siegel: It’s time to end the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela — Maduro needs to removed from power

President Trump announced this week that he is officially recognizing the president of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Juan Guaido, as the interim president of Venezuela. This move is an extremely important shift in U.S. policy that could lead to man… Continue reading

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Dr. Siegel: Alzheimer’s disease — Why results from a vaccine and a test offer concrete reasons for hope

A blood test that could potentially detect Alzheimer’s disease, and a vaccine that might be able to treat it, are promising developments. Continue reading

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Dr. Marc Siegel: I visited a national park during the government shutdown. Here’s what happened

I was apprehensive and wondered if I might encounter anything from sewage to a wandering grizzly bear. Continue reading

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Dr. Marc Siegel: Miracles await — 2019 will be a year of amazing strides in medical innovation

Remember when Dr. McCoy on “Star Trek” was able to make diagnoses with a tricorder and perform brain surgery by simply putting a futuristic band around a patient’s head? That kind of medicine seemed like pure fantasy at the time. Continue reading

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Dr. Marc Siegel: Prevent needless deaths – Get vaccinated for all these reasons

Get a flu shot and other vaccinations to protect yourself and others from illnesses that can kill some people. Continue reading

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Dr. Marc Siegel: Justice Ginsburg overcomes cancer … and critics

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who is 85 years old, fell and fractured three ribs back in November. Continue reading

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Dr. Siegel: Vaping among teens is skyrocketing — We must do more to address this epidemic

Beyond regulating and worrying, what else can be done to address the rising rate of vaping among America’s youth? Continue reading

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Dr. Marc Siegel: ObamaCare is here for now, but needs to become more effective to survive

Despite a court ruling that said ObamaCare is unconstitutional, the law remains in effect while the decision is appealed. Continue reading

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Dr. Siegel: Screen time is doing serious harm to our teens

Research is showing that America’s adolescents are suffering from all of the time they are spending looking at screens. Continue reading

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