I’m Dr. J Lee Jenkins, an emergency physician, researcher, wife and mom to two beautiful girls. This is a blog about a no-nonsense approach to health and wellness science and news, inspired by my everyday conversations with patients. In the emergency department I often hear patients ask, “what does all this stuff really mean?” It turns out that overwhelmingly, patients are asking for real, straight-forward talk about how to interpret medical recommendations.
I began my career as an emergency medical technician in Texas. Being the first person in my family to graduate college, I didn’t know if I could achieve my dream of going to medical school. However during my twenty years of study, I’ve practiced medicine on an ambulance, in medical tents, and in the hospital, and I am grateful for my journey. My diverse experiences influence how I relate with patients. I try to be honest about what we know and don’t know about their illness. These days, when not practicing in the emergency department, I’m researching how to improve emergency public health through the prevention of health effects of disasters and injuries.
In research, as well as much of medicine, there is a saying, “ask two doctors, and you’ll get three opinions.” If doctors can’t agree on what is healthy, how can everyone else decide? The purpose of this blog is to talk about the latest medical research, news, and gossip, and what evidence, if any, supports it.
- Does your neighbor start a new supplement she saw on tv, and you wonder- does this really work?
- A research study is released which states its okay to eat red meat in small amounts. The next week a study says its best to be vegetarian so what are you really going to eat?
In these posts, we’ll talk about health research and how it can be applied. Sometimes, the real answer is that there is no 100% correct choice, just a “best guess based on evidence.” But that’s okay. This is the real world, and people who want to take responsibility for their own health are ready for the information.
My family and I also have a gluten-free house. For more information on how we made the decision please see this post. My girls and I love to bake gluten-free goodies, so you will often see those recipes and tips here.
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J Lee Jenkins, MD, MSc, FACEP is a practicing board-certified emergency physician and researcher in emergency public health. She can also be found on twitter (twitter.com/jleejenkins) and Facebook (J Lee Jenkins, MD).
Information on this web site is provided for informational purposes only. This blog is not intended to provide personal medical advice. As always, please consult with your personal doctor prior to making any changes to your health regimen.