Driving is NOT a Social Activity. Look Up and Drive!

By Melody T. McCloud, MD • 2 min read

Text drive picApril is National Distracted Driving Awareness MonthYou’ve seen it: Drivers sporting earbuds. A pet in the lap. Social media icons flashing on dashboard screens. Beverage cups in one hand; and an ever-present cell phone device in the other in order to dial or send that really-not-that-important text message. Distracted Driving is a heath hazard and is the new STD—socially transmitted disease. It kills. It must be eradicated.

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“Fifty Shades of Grey” for the Gray-Haired? Believe It!

By Melody T. McCloud, MD • 2 min read

“ED,” “VD” and “AARP”? Sex is happening for the senior sect! Are you getting ready? Valentines’ Day is fast approaching, and the movie ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ opens this weekend. Love and yes, sexual fantasies are in the air…and not only for the twenty-somethings.

Don’t look now, or maybe, yes…envision this: Your middle-aged mother, father, aunts, uncles, even grandparents (maybe even you) are likely still “kickin’ it,” “getting a groove on,” getting “rug burn” or doing the “horizontal mambo.” And that’s a good thing. Better than milk, sex does a body good, regardless of one’s age.  

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The ‘Death Test': To Know the Day on Which You’ll Die

By Melody T. McCloud, MD • 1 min read

In a post entitled, “Wanted: Your Answers about Life or Death,” the question is posed: “Do you want to know the day on which you will die?”

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Feed Your Relationship Every Day of the Year

By Melody T. McCloud, MD • 1 min read

Feed Your Relationship Every Day of the YeareOne day when counseling a friend about his relationship, I used a medical “pearl of wisdom” that we physicians use to heal bodies, and I applied it to his attempts to work out his relationship. I then realized that many of these medical pearls also serve as excellent words of wisdom and guidance to promote healthier interpersonal relationships.

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The Story of Eric Forbes: When Parents, and Child Protection Services, Fail

By Melody T. McCloud, MD • 3 min read

Eric Forbes picERIC FORBES is the poster child for how the Department of Family & Children Services (DFCS) can fail a child. In LESS THAN ONE YEAR, there were TEN CALLS to DFCS, in which teachers suspected the child was being abused. Nothing was done, and now Eric Forbes is dead. And his case is not the one one. I’m calling for an “ERIC FORBES ‘Mandatory Referral’ Child Protection Act.” 

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The Black Community Must Cure Its Ills: Restore Intact Families

By Melody T. McCloud, MD • 2 min read

What is going on in the Black community? Seventy-two percent of Black babies are born to unwed mothers. High school and college graduation rates for Black males are at an all-time low. Black crime is soaring; and young males seemingly can’t go to a house party without someone getting shot or killed before the last dance. Much of what is happening in the Black community is absolutely disgraceful, shameful and inexcusable.  

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‘How to Wake Up’ Guides Us Through Joy and Sorrow; My Interview with Author, Toni Bernhard

By Melody T. McCloud, MD • 6 min read

Toni Bernhard, J.D. enjoyed an active life as a wife, mother, mentor and lawyer—with almost twenty years on the faculty of the School of Law at the University of California, Davis. That was until, in 2001, while on vacation with her husband, she developed an illness that has rendered her mostly housebound and nearly completely bedridden.

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America’s Children: Spoiled and Entitled…Even When Wrong?

By Melody T. McCloud, MD • 2 min read

On Alex Trebek’s “Jeopardy,” rules are rules, and wrong spelling is just ‘rong.’

In a recent airing of Alex Trebek’s ‘Jeopardy’ game show, for the Final Jeopardy answer, a little boy had the right intent, but incorrectly spelled the answer. He was marked wrong by the judges, and, oh my goodness, the world is just a twitter with disgust at the show.

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Patrick Kennedy Addresses Borderline Personality Disorder, Stigma and Parity

By Melody T. McCloud, MD • 2 min read

“We as a nation have long-neglected the mentally ill,” and “mental illness [is] among our most critical health problems.”  

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A Spotlight on Minority Mental Health

By Melody T. McCloud, MD • 3 min read

While May is known as National Mental Health Month, July is dedicated to focusing on the state of mental health in minority communities, which are often overlooked in the national discussion.

I invited J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health (of HHS), to share her thoughts about the state of mental health in minority populations. She also addresses her take on how the Affordable Care Act will impact mental health efforts. She writes:

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