HonorableMed’s Top 5 Favorite Medical Ted Talks

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Dr. Zubin Dumania performing one of many Ted Talks at a Ted Talks conference.

Hello everyone, today I will be writing about my favorite Ted Talks that have to do with the field of medicine, and why they made the list! Ted Talks are speeches given by professionals, that often give us great insight into the topic that they are speaking. Without further adieu, let’s get into my 5 favorite medical Ted Talks, starting with number 5:

Favorite Medical Ted Talks # 5. A Columbine shooter’s mother’s story – Sue Klebold:

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Sue Klebold is the mother of Dylan Klebold, one of the two shooters who committed the Columbine High School massacre, murdering 12 students and 1 teacher. She’s spent years excavating every detail of her family life, trying to understand what she could have done to prevent her son’s violence. In this difficult, jarring talk, Klebold explores the intersection between mental health and violence, advocating for parents and professionals to continue to examine the link between suicidal and homicidal thinking.

Why I Love It:

Many of you may have seen this, but it had to be on the list. Sue Klebold talks about her son’s murder suicide in this emotional Ted Talk. She talks about the flawed mental healthcare system, how mental health affected her son, and how she had no idea what was going on in his life. She has done a lot of research on the subject of mental health, and is a great advocate to talk about mental illness. I enjoy her perspective on all of the topics she talks about, as very few people would have that kind of perspective on this subject.

Favorite Medical Ted Talks # 4. A Tribute To Nurses – Carolyn Jones:

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Carolyn Jones spent five years interviewing, photographing and filming nurses across America, traveling to places dealing with some of the nation’s biggest public health issues. She shares personal stories of unwavering dedication in this celebration of the everyday heroes who work at the front lines of health care.

Why I Love It:

Carolyn Jones talks about her personal stories, and the stories of nurses around the world. Jones opens by saying, “we usually remember the names of our doctors, but often forget the names of our nurses.” I find that this speaks volumes to the lack of recognition nurses receive for their contributions. My mother is a nurse, and she works exhaustingly hard. She worked overtime shifts, just so that my siblings and I could get the Nike shoes we all wanted. She has the mindset of a nurse, and all nurses deserve more thanks than we give them.

Favorite Medical Ted Talks #3. What Veterinarians Know That Physicians Don’t – Barbara Natterson-Horowitz:

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What veterinarians know that physicians don’t At TEDMED, Barbara Natterson-Horowitz (Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at UCLA Medical School) offers an unusual perspective on how human patients, including those suffering from mental illnesses, can be helped by applying insights from animal health.

Why I Love It:
Barbara Natterson-Horowitz has surprising insight into how similar the problems dealt with by physicians are to the problems dealt with by veterinarians. She was consulted to come to a zoo and help them with their “patients.” She finds that veterinarians offer a particular insight to health that physicians just don’t understand. She talks about how “emotionally induced symptoms” were just recently described in humans, when veterinarians have been treating and preventing this in animals for over 40 years. Veterinarians offer a special kind of knowledge that doctors just don’t possess.

Favorite Medical Ted Talks # 2. Are Zombie Doctors Taking Over America? – Zubin Dumania:

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Physician Zubin Dumania, Director of Healthcare Development for Downtown Project Las Vegas, has a plan to fight back against a system that can dehumanize doctors and patients alike.

Why I Love It:

This is a wonderful Ted Talk. Dr. Zubin Dumania is a really funny dude, with a really good point about medicine. He talks about his past experiences with his father, his friends, and in medicine. He has a plan to combat the kind of medicine practiced today, medicine to be practiced on a more personal level. He takes us through the average day of a modern doctor: seeing patients, filling out insurance forms, talking to patients on the phone, taking calls from insurance agents, reading his reviews on Yelp, and going home to his wife and children wondering if there was anything he did wrong in his crowded day. He gives us insight into what the life of a doctor truly is, and tells us why doctors can become burned out so easily. This is one of my absolute favorite Ted Talks there is!

Favorite Medical Ted Talks #1. Everything You Think You Know About Addiction Is Wrong – Johann Hari:

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What really causes addiction — to everything from cocaine to smart-phones? And how can we overcome it? Johann Hari has seen our current methods fail firsthand, as he has watched loved ones struggle to manage their addictions. He started to wonder why we treat addicts the way we do — and if there might be a better way. As he shares in this deeply personal talk, his questions took him around the world, and unearthed some surprising and hopeful ways of thinking about an age-old problem.

Why I Love It:

Johann Hari really challenges all of us with this. We all think that we know exactly what addiction is right? Johann explains that the chemical hooks in drugs is not what brings us to addiction. People that have surgeries and take diamorphine are basically taking a medical grade of heroin. Afterwards, these people don’t usually become addicted to this drug. Johann cites two main studies. He talks about an experiment with a rat in a cage, with two water bottles. One water bottle has pure water, and the other contains water laced with heroin or cocaine. In an empty cage, the rats prefer the drug laced water. In a cage filled with things that rats love (rat wheel, tunnels, female and male rats to make love to, etc..), the rats almost never used the water laced with a drug. He then relates this to the Vietnam war. It is one of many excellent Ted Talks, and I think it is one of the most eye opening ones that I have seen.

In Summary:

All of these Ted Talks are wonderful. They provide us with such good insight into the world of these professionals, something we just cannot get from reading a textbook. I very much enjoy watching Ted Talks in my free time, and I would definitely recommend these and many more Ted Talks to all of my readers. Which of the Ted Talks was your favorite? Feel free to comment below, and let’s have a discussion about them!

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