Pucker Up, Buttercup!: Should an essential worker kiss his wife?
Dear C and Dr. B; My wife is a very affectionate person. She loves to touch and loves to kiss. Not usually a problem, but I am an essential worker in a very high risk profession for COVID-19. I know I can’t keep a 6-foot distance from her, but I try as best I can […]
Turning to Taiwan: A cultural anthropologist discusses the country’s success keeping coronavirus cases down
When Taiwan closed its borders at midnight on March 20, the country had just seen its cases of coronavirus double from 54 to 108 over the course of one week. Only 81 miles of water separated the country from mainland China, and travelers had been returning from Chinese New Year celebrations, many from Hubei province, […]
The Speed of Infection: Why does COVID-19 spread so rapidly?
Had it been possible to contain COVID-19 in any reasonable manner, this illness would have attracted no more attention than the seasonal flu. For most of us, the symptoms are not that menacing; only 20% of the population is vulnerable to the more serious and often fatal effects. On Facebook, one can find multiple posts […]
Stuck with an Ex: They broke up, but he looks so hot — should she give in?
Dear C and Dr. B; Lock down is bad enough, but my situation has become ridiculous. Gary and I have been living together for about four years, but about six months ago, things petered out. I’d finally made up my mind that he just wasn’t what I wanted in a partner, we’d had The Talk, […]
Advice from the Trenches: Life isn’t like Disney
Dear C and Dr. B; I’m not sure if this is a problem, but I can sense trouble coming. It’s my girlfriend, Polly. She’s the sweetest person I’ve ever known, and one of the reasons I’m with her is that she is my cheerful and quiet sanctuary in this crazy world. She believes in the good […]
Trapped: Domestic violence is on the rise, but help is still there
Since the COVID-19 pandemic has taken over our news headlines, there have been fewer reports of gun violence and domestic abuse cases. One might hope that this is a sign that there are is least one silver lining in the dark global cloud that surrounds us, but alas, that is not the case. The “stay […]
A Difference of Degrees: Osteopathic versus allopathic medicine
When choosing our health care, the distinctions between traditional western medicine and alternative care are clear – the approach for each is very different. What most of us don’t realize is that within the same general category of western medicine, licensed physicians can have either an MD (doctor of allopathic medicine) or a DO (doctor […]
Under a Cloud: Does this reader need medication? Or is this just who they are?
Dear C and Dr. B, I hear the term depression all the time and people are on medication for depression because it’s considered a serious psychiatric condition. Okay, I have a question – who really needs to be on medication, and what does it do to solve the problem long term? I’m depressed almost all the time, […]
Catless in Corona: Our pets all think we’ve lost our minds
Dear C and Dr. B; Not sure if you have any advice on this, but I didn’t know who to ask. I work a job that keeps me away from home for at least 10 hours a day. Since the COVID-19 lockdown, I am working from home all day long, every day. The problem is […]
Advice from the Trenches: Dealing with coronavirus anxiety
Dear C, As you’ve probably noticed, the entire world has suddenly gone to hell. I am feeling sick to my stomach. Every job I had for the spring has been cancelled. The reception for an art show I was supposed to have this week was cancelled. I am not sure what I am going to […]