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Author: Dr. Zubin Damania

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Healthcare's only unfiltered voice. Hosted by UCSF/Stanford-trained physician Dr. Zubin Damania (AKA ZDoggMD).
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The FDA advisory committee voted this week to reject approval of COVID Pfizer vaccine boosters for healthy people 16 and up. Here's what's up with that, and how we can better understand the booster question for the healthy and those at higher risk. Links, transcript, video podcast: https://zdoggmd.com/fda-boosters Your support keeps us independent and mild-to-moderately awesome: https://zdoggmd.com/supporters Show, podcast, music, support, shop, social media, and email: https://lnk.bio/zdoggmd
Tha' Notorious VP returns to talk about the numbers around mandates, booster science or lack thereof, masking young kids, and more! Video, transcript, and links: zdoggmd.com/vinay-mandates Topic list: 1. The science on masking young children 2. Focusing on irrational views held by rational people 3. Bangladesh mask study promoting surgical masks over cloth in adults 4. Vaccine mandates, do they make sense to actually improve outcomes, an analysis 5. What’s going on with irrational college campus COVID policies 6. The testing industry’s influence on policy 7. FDA resignations and the controversy over COVID boosters 8. Potential flaws/bias in Israeli booster data sets 9. Creating psychological reactance and tribalization in response to mandates and poor communication 10. The John Mandrola myocarditis study controversy 11. #medtwitter madness and using vaccines off-label for kids 12. The Ivermectin overreaction in the media 13. The modern sensemaking crisis and the influence of social media in sowing division and silos 14. Vinay’s possible dystopian scenario on government overreach 15. Why the haters, and why block people on Twitter 16. The problem with credentialism 17. Analyzing haters 18. Why we need the Alt-Middle 19. Can you be religious and a scientist? 20. Recognizing our own blind spots and self-deception
Our leaders simply don't seem to understand human beings. At all. One doctor's thoughts on the new proposed federal vaccine mandates. More at https://zdoggmd.com/vaccine-mandate Your support keeps us independent and mild-to-moderately awesome: https://zdoggmd.com/supporters Show, podcast, music, support, shop, social media, and email: https://lnk.bio/zdoggmd
Immunity(natural and/or vaccine-induced) is the only way through a pandemic. Dr. Gandhi returns to discuss how we get there. We talk about the bungled messaging around vaccines, masks, and natural immunity, why vaccines decrease actual viral transmission, why the US got hit so hard with Delta & why shame backfires in public health, why masks and lockdowns can't end a pandemic, natural immunity & why a single dose of vaccine should be our recommendation, the correct thinking on "booster" vaccines, the distinction between antibodies levels & B and T memory cells in durable immune responses to coronavirus, why Dr. Gandhi's stance of vaccine mandates and immunity passports has evolved, the high rate of vaccine uptake among doctors, why death is not always the enemy (RIP Frodo), schools and equity (public vs. private), therapeutics like ivermectin, monoclonals, fluvoxamine, and more, turning the pandemic endemic like cold & flu, what's up with Mu variant, and more! Video, transcript, and links: zdoggmd.com/monica-gandhi-5 Your support keeps us independent and mild-to-moderately awesome: https://zdoggmd.com/supporters Show, podcast, music, support, shop, social media, and email: https://lnk.bio/zdoggmd
A front line critical care doc talks about how to preserve quality of life AFTER an ICU stay. Links to his new book, the video, transcript & more: https://zdoggmd.com/every-deep-drawn-breath or go directly to Amazon here: https://amzn.to/3haTaWP (early release video is here: https://youtu.be/GIRKIwV2VbY) Your support keeps us independent and mild-to-moderately awesome: https://zdoggmd.com/supporters Show, podcast, music, support, shop, social media, and email: https://lnk.bio/zdoggmd Key Topics: 0:00 Intro 7:06 Importance of family in ICU care, especially with cultural/language issues 13:08 Testimonial injustice, the A2F Bundle, and a billionaire in the ICU 17:17 COVID & nurse burnout 20:13 Caring nonjudgmentally for patients regardless of their vaccine choices 24:56 The ethics of fetal stem cell lines in vaccine development (and some surprising truth) 28:30 Therapeutics analysis: ivermectin, JAK inhibitors, baricitinib 38:50 Allowing ourselves to feel with our patients, the importance of respecting faith paths 46:31 ICU delirium may damage higher cognitive systems and leave emotion intact (elephant and rider/system 1 and system 2) 54:19 The harm of excessive sedation and delirium as a predictor of death 58:53 PASC, Post-Acute Sequelae of COVID (AKA Long COVID) 01:03:48 Managing delirium and early mobilization in the ICU 01:09:37 Self-forgiveness, shame in medicine, and closing thoughts
New preprint data suggests prior COVID infection generates fantastic immunity. Can we talk about that? What it means for vaccines, mandates, and more. Transcript, video, links: https://zdoggmd.com/natural-immunity The Science article: https://www.science.org/content/article/having-sars-cov-2-once-confers-much-greater-immunity-vaccine-vaccination-remains-vital Your support keeps us independent and mild-to-moderately awesome: https://zdoggmd.com/supporters Show, podcast, music, support, shop, social media, and email: https://lnk.bio/zdoggmd
A filmmaker and an emergency physician teamed up to create a powerful VR time capsule for the COVID pandemic. Is this the future of public health education? Links to the Emmy-nominated film, video podcast, transcript, and more: https://zdoggmd.com/inside-covid19 or go to https://wisdomvr.org Your support keeps us independent and mild-to-moderately awesome: https://zdoggmd.com/supporters Show, podcast, music, support, shop, social media, and email: https://lnk.bio/zdoggmd
Paul, 37, had elderly parents, an ER nurse wife, and young children, and he had good questions about COVID vaccines. Then everything changed. Transcript, links, and video: https://zdoggmd.com/real-covid-story/ Your support keeps us independent and mild-to-moderately awesome: https://zdoggmd.com/supporters Show, podcast, music, support, shop, social media, and email: https://lnk.bio/zdoggmd
We should be ENCOURAGING and answering vaccine questions, not shaming the people asking them. Here are three big vaccination myths, explained. Transcript, video podcast, links: zdoggmd.com/3-vaccine-myths Your support keeps us independent and mild-to-moderately awesome: https://zdoggmd.com/supporters Show, podcast, music, support, shop, social media, and email: https://lnk.bio/zdoggmd
Here's what FDA approval of Pfizer's mRNA vaccine means, why its name is so stupid, the concept of psychological reactance, vaccine "hesitancy" and more, previously LIVE. Transcript, video podcast, links and more: https://zdoggmd.com/comirnaty Your support keeps us independent and mild-to-moderately awesome: https://zdoggmd.com/supporters Show, podcast, music, support, shop, social media, and email: https://lnk.bio/zdoggmd
There's a good chance this pandemic can be transformed into an endemic common cold, safely and relatively quickly. Here's the science. Links to the articles, video podcast, transcript, and more shows: https://zdoggmd.com/pandemic-endemic Your support keeps us independent and mild-to-moderately awesome: https://zdoggmd.com/supporters Show, podcast, music, support, shop, social media, and email: https://lnk.bio/zdoggmd
Vaccine breakthrough infections, Moderna vs Pfizer waning immunity, boosters for the elderly, and much more. Links to articles, transcript, video podcast, and more: zdoggmd.com/vaccine-breakthrough Your support keeps us independent and mild-to-moderately awesome: https://zdoggmd.com/supporters Show, podcast, music, support, shop, social media, and email: https://lnk.bio/zdoggmd
I'm talking spiritual awakening, meditation, non-dual realization and more live with Dr. Angelo DiLullo. Get his book Awake: It's Your Turn and watch other episodes here: zdoggmd.com/awakening-live Your support keeps us independent and mild-to-moderately awesome: https://zdoggmd.com/supporters Show, podcast, music, support, shop, social media, and email: https://lnk.bio/zdoggmd
A deep dive into the risk/benefit of vaccination vs. "natural" COVID infection at this delta-driven stage; we talk mask and vaccine mandates, how variants work, natural immunity, an alt-middle approach to sensemaking, and more, originally LIVE. Links, transcript, and video podcast: https://zdoggmd.com/should-you-vaccinate Your support keeps us independent and mild-to-moderately awesome: https://zdoggmd.com/supporters Show, podcast, music, support, shop, social media, and email: https://lnk.bio/zdoggmd
Guess what: pandemic dynamics are complex. Let's stop reducing them to mask mandates and indoor dining, OK? Article link, video podcast, transcript, and more: https://zdoggmd.com/delta-crash Your support keeps us independent and mild-to-moderately awesome: https://zdoggmd.com/supporters Show, podcast, music, support, shop, social media, and email: https://lnk.bio/zdoggmd
We're talking with vaccine expert Dr. Paul Offit about variants, kids & COVID-19, boosters, breakthrough infections, misinformation, schools + masks, immunity from natural infection, vaccine mandates, and much more, LIVE 👍 Video podcast, transcript, links and more interviews: https://zdoggmd.com/paul-offit-live Your support keeps us independent and mild-to-moderately awesome: https://zdoggmd.com/supporters Show, podcast, music, support, shop, social media, and email: https://lnk.bio/zdoggmd
Why do we reduce humans who suffer with chronic pain to simple molecules and receptors? Pain psychologist Rachel Zoffness, P.h.D. returns to talk fibromyalgia, stomach pain, anxiety, the role of trauma, and much more. Full transcript, video podcast, links to Dr. Z's book & our prior interview: https://zdoggmd.com/rachel-zoffness-2 Your support keeps us independent and mild-to-moderately awesome: https://zdoggmd.com/supporters Show, podcast, music, support, shop, social media, and email: https://lnk.bio/zdoggmd
Public health mask mandates, who's getting Delta now, vaccine "breakthrough" infections, the politics of the pandemic, kids & COVID-19, and much more, LIVE. Video and more: https://zdoggmd.com/sunday-roundz-7-18-21 Your support keeps us independent and mild-to-moderately awesome: https://zdoggmd.com/supporters Show, podcast, music, support, shop, social media, and email: https://lnk.bio/zdoggmd
Filmmaker and host of the Theories of Everything podcast Curt Jaimungal & I talk sensemaking, medicine 3.0, consciousness and the nature of reality, the challenges of meditation, sleep disturbances, overactive thought storms, free will, and much more, originally LIVE. Video, links, and more at https://zdoggmd.com/curt-jaimungal Check out Curt's new documentary https://betterleftunsaidfilm.com/ Check out Curt's YouTube show Theories of Everything: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdWIQh9DGG6uhJk8eyIFl1w
CDC reports a possible association between the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine and a type of autoimmune paralysis called Guillain-Barre. Here's what you need to know. Video, transcript, and more: zdoggmd.com/gbs-vaccine Your support keeps us independent and mild-to-moderately awesome: https://zdoggmd.com/supporters Show, podcast, music, support, shop, social media, and email: https://lnk.bio/zdoggmd
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Frank Iorio

you are spot on I love your point of view

Aug 3rd
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Emmm Arrrrr

You're awesome.

May 18th
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Emmm Arrrrr

I appreciate you so much!

May 10th
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Emmm Arrrrr

Such a great conversation!

Apr 28th
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Kip Baumann

Your last 90 seconds of this episode is golden! Stated perfectly!

Apr 21st
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Adriano Chiaretta

Insightful episode 👍

Aug 2nd
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Adriano Chiaretta

It's going to be interesting to listen this episode in 6 months from now and see how these predictions turned out.

Jul 16th
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Jonathan Roseland

I'm what many people would describe as an "anti-vaxxer" but I'm open to the Pro-Vax arguments? Does he have any podcasts that actually address common criticisms of vaccines?

May 28th
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Brenna M

what an intelligent human being

May 28th
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Peter M. Callahan

You are on to something good here!

Dec 13th
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Jennifer Dunaway

I'm a Lab Tech! :) We care about the patients too! So much so that we would rather recollect a bad sample than report out erroneous results. It is our responsibility to provide accurate labs and avoid the harm of reporting the wrong thing. If everything is STAT, nothing is STAT. We are running hundreds of tests at a time. We're watching for inaccurate results, bad samples (which we have to call, document, cancel, reorder, and sometimes correct results for) critical results (which we have to individually call and document), deltas, analyzer issues (sometimes requiring a screeching halt to all testing until we fix the problem) samples requiring dilutions, answer phone calls, etc. We're sometimes doing all of these at the same time. :D P.S. We're not all introverts! :)

Aug 7th
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Erica Jenkins

This doc is the best. Delivering informed, relevant info and he's comprehensive with his approach. Always something great to learn from his talks.

Jan 10th
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