There are SEVEN ways to remove a varicose vein, and it turns out that the pit of an apricot is actually called a "kernel." We talk about a guy who died from taking supplements (hey, his MD told him to stop!). We dig into what may be the most painful type of headache--and whether it's fair to call any ailment "the MOST painful," and discuss some sobering news about birth control. And we tackle a reader's question about varicose veins! Resources mentioned in Bad Patient Episode 3:
Varicose Veins (The Mayo Clinic, Treatment & Diagnosis) https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/varicose-veins/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20350649
National Headache Foundation: The complete headache chart http://www.headaches.org/2008/12/11/the-complete-headache-chart
American Public Health Association: Universal Access to Contraception "The development of safe, effective contraception is widely considered to be one of the greatest public health achievements of the 20th century."
ACOG (American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) on contraception as a "medical necessity" https://www.acog.org/About-ACOG/News-Room/Statements/2017/Nations-Ob-Gyns-Denounce-Trump-Administrations-Attack-on-Contraception