Richard Rathe, MD

Associate Professor of Family Medicine (ret.) and Medical Informatician

‘Medicine’ Articles

Ten Scenarios to Test Healthcare Reform

Posted: Sep 1st, 2009 •• Category: Medicine

First let’s define our terms… “Health is not a deliverable commodity and care does not come out of a system.” – Ivan Illich I fall back on this quote often because it reminds me of two important concepts: Health depends on individuals taking responsibility for their own behavior. Care depends on a relationship between two people (doctor […]

Rebuilding the Food Pyramid

Posted: Jun 15th, 2009 •• Category: Medicine

I remember growing up with the old Food Pyramid. It seemed so obvious to eat more pasta and skip the olive oil. How wrong they were! In 2004 I wrote a short review of Food Pyramids past, present, and future based on an article by Willett and Stampfer in Scientific American. Five years later I’ve updated and […]