135 episodes

Straight Talk MD is a podcast that examines current hot-button healthcare issues from the informative and unconventional point of view of Dr. Frank Sweeny. With over twenty-five years of experience as a medical doctor, he approaches the latest and greatest topics with a skeptical mind, presenting all the information, so you can decide for yourself.

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    • 4.8, 238 Ratings

Straight Talk MD is a podcast that examines current hot-button healthcare issues from the informative and unconventional point of view of Dr. Frank Sweeny. With over twenty-five years of experience as a medical doctor, he approaches the latest and greatest topics with a skeptical mind, presenting all the information, so you can decide for yourself.

    Overcoming Addiction with Greg Pence: Part 1

    Overcoming Addiction with Greg Pence: Part 1

    Alcohol and drug use are on the rise in COVID World, but in contrast to the coronavirus, there will be no vaccine for drug and alcohol addiction. When the lockdown is over, drug and alcohol misuse is likely to be worse than ever. It’s time to revisit our forgotten epidemic: drug and alcohol addiction. Greg Pence discusses seven different models of addiction in search of the explanation— and the cure— for drug and alcohol addiction.

    • 53 min
    COVID Commentaries. Episode 3: Seeds of Destruction

    COVID Commentaries. Episode 3: Seeds of Destruction

    There’s abundant evidence of a concerted effort by the Chinese dissembling machine to conceal what was really going on in Wuhan since the last week of December 2019. They took active measures to suppress and destroy the overwhelming evidence that SARS Coronavirus-2, a.k.a. COVID-19, was rapidly spreading from human-to-human in Wuhan for almost a month before they finally acknowledged it to the world on January 20th.
    And the WHO didn’t challenge or confirm the veracity of the Official Chinese Narrative that there was “no evidence” that the novel coronavirus was spreading from human-to-human. Instead, the WHO largely echoed the false narrative, giving it credibility, for almost three weeks while COVID-19 was spreading around the world.
    “Seeds of Destruction” takes a hard look at the evidence in plain sight of what Chinese leadership knew and when they knew it. It also examines the “patsy” role of the WHO in the Fiasco of the Century.

    • 42 min
    Overkill

    Overkill

    Dr. Paul Offit is an infectious disease expert, virologist, and the author of seven medical narratives. Today we discuss Overkill: When Modern Medicine Goes Too Far. Definitely worth a listen.

    • 1 hr 25 min
    COVID Commentaries. Episode 2: The Enemy Appears [Origins]

    COVID Commentaries. Episode 2: The Enemy Appears [Origins]

    Knowing how a pandemic started is the key to stopping the next one.
    A novel bat coronavirus first appears in Wuhan, China in late November of 2019.  This family of coronaviruses normally reside in bats living in caves 1000 miles south of Wuhan.
    Understanding where the virus came from and how it entered the human reservoir will help prevent a similar pandemic in the future.  No matter what you may have heard, no one has produced evidence to prove exactly where or how the virus entered the human reservoir. There are two competing theories to explain where this virus came from and how it entered the human reservoir. Both are plausible. Both have merit.  Episode two critically examines both theories of origin.

    • 49 min
    COVID Commentaries. Episode 1: Ill Prepared

    COVID Commentaries. Episode 1: Ill Prepared

    The worldwide spread of COVID-19 is being called the “pandemic of the century” by some. Others are watching the debacle unfold can only wonder if the response to the COVID-19 pandemic will someday be called “the fiasco of the century.” The 24/7 news channels have created worldwide mass hysteria by reporting events from a sensationalist point of view without giving appropriate context. Civilians are terrified. The economy has been damaged for a generation. These commentaries share observations, analysis, experiences, and perspectives from a narrator who is both an observer and a participant on the front lines of healthcare. Episode 1: Ill Prepared…

    • 16 min
    “Ethics in COVID-19 World” with Arthur Caplan and Greg Pence

    “Ethics in COVID-19 World” with Arthur Caplan and Greg Pence

    In Wuhan China and later Italy, the healthcare system was rapidly overrun with critically ill patients and insufficient resources to save them all. When the population’s health needs vastly exceeded the system’s capacity, “utilitarian ethics” quickly replaced normal medical ethics; disaster standards of care replaced normal standards of care. Ventilators and drugs in short supply were allocated only to those patients most likely to survive; family members were not allowed to visit dying relatives in the hospital, and CPR was suspended for COVID-19 patients. Entire countries have been shut down with catastrophic economic consequences to tens of millions of people in an attempt to contain the virus. In each case, the health of the community trumped the needs of the individual. Bioethicists Arthur Caplan and Gregory Pence discuss the complex ethical issues we face in a COVID-19 world.

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
238 Ratings

238 Ratings

eaglewatcher1234 ,

This is the one I want to hear.

Where are you? I am anxiously waiting for the next podcast. The truth IS out there.

phillyb091 ,

Great Perspective From Dr. Offit

Thanks for the interviews and alternative perspective from Dr. Offit. Much needed during this time of fear!

I want to second a previous reviewer, though, and ask Dr. Offit why other experts are interpreting statistics and offering opinions drastically different than his, especially regarding how contagious, deadly and exponentially dangerous Coronavirus is compared to Influenza.

mrsbigboy ,

Misleading

I got behind on the podcast and listened to Dr. Offit downplay the Coronavirus and say school shouldn’t be cancelled.
Does he still feel the same way now?

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