On Opioids

Vicodin, Lortab, Oxycontin, morphine… They are the source of all relief and of all ills. Of course, I exaggerate, but judging by the discourse around opioid deaths, we appear to be in a life-or-death struggle with these classes of medications. I would not presume to tell someone whether they should …

Why Stoicism?

Actionable summary: Know what is in your control and not in your control. Pursue wisdom, justice, temperance and courage. We can do anything we want to do. At least, that’s what we’re taught by schools, the government, the media, and our parents. And it is an inspirational message. It is …

A Bayesian Model for Chronic Pain

I recently read a fascinating article from the UK by Tabor and colleagues (https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1005142). It posits that chronic pain occurs because our brain can’t accurately assess the threat to the body. As this continues, our perception continues with that out-of-date analysis, resulting in the maintenance of pain. Let’s move back …

Bayes: Update complete!

Let’s start by jumping right into the deep end: Bayesian analysis. If you’ve ever taken statistics, then more likely than not, you’ve heard of this concept. However, I bet most people’s training have been in frequentist statistics, so they’re not as familiar with Bayesian statistics. I will avoid going on …