Straight Talk MD
Straight Talk MD
Health Podcast
Straight Talk MD is a podcast that examines current hot-button healthcare issues from the informative and unconventional point of view of Dr. Frank Sweeny. With over twenty-five years of experience as a medical doctor, he approaches the latest and greatest topics with a skeptical mind, presenting all the information, so you can decide for yourself.
This COVID Life 1: The Worst of Times
The rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated. I pick up the story where we left off three months ago... At the end of the first week of December 2020, in the middle of COVID Hell.
Mar 28
17 min
Allegory Of The Bus
Today’s episode was originally released in March 2017 during the attempt to “Repeal and Replace” Obamacare with TrumpCare. The Allegory of the Bus was a cautionary tale about the potential consequences of the deep division in Washington politics on the health and security of the nation. I’m re-releasing the Allegory of the Bus because it’s even more relevant today with the even deeper divide in Congress- and the Nation- as we collectively confront far more ominous threats.
Jan 25
28 min
COVID Commentaries. Episode 3: Seeds of Destruction
I am re-releasing this episode on the one-year anniversary of the first U.S. case of COVID-19. Since then, 2 million people have died worldwide from COVID-19, and we still don’t have a credible explanation of how it entered the human reservoir. There is abundant evidence of a concerted effort by the Chinese Authorities to conceal what was really going on in Wuhan since the last week of December 2019. They took active measures to suppress and destroy the overwhelming evidence that SARS Coronavirus-2, aka COVID-19, was rapidly spreading from human-to-human in Wuhan for almost a month before they finally acknowledged it to the world on January 21st. During that time, the WHO didn’t challenge or confirm the veracity of the official Chinese narrative that there was no evidence that the novel coronavirus was spreading from human-to-human. Instead, they echoed the false narrative, giving it credibility while COVID-19 spread around the world. “Seeds of Destruction” takes a hard look at the evidence in plain sight of what the Chinese leadership knew and when they knew it. It also examines the role of the WHO in promoting the false narrative. Understanding how a pandemic started is the key to preventing the next one.
Jan 20
46 min
COVID Commentaries. Episode 2: The Enemy Appears [Origins]
The World Health Organization is just now investigating the origins of COVID-19. Last May, I published this podcast with an alternative theory of the origin of the SARS Coronavirus-2 (aka COVID-19) based on facts in plain sight. My theory contradicted the Chinese Government’s narrative and was dismissed as “conspiracy theory.” Based on the WHO’s investigation, this podcast is now proving prescient. The Caption for the May 4, 2020 Episode: Knowing how a pandemic started is the key to stopping the next one. A novel bat coronavirus first appeared in Wuhan, China in late November of 2019. This family of coronaviruses normally reside in bats living in caves 1000 miles south of Wuhan. Understanding where the virus came from and how it entered the human reservoir will help prevent a similar pandemic in the future. No matter what you may have heard, no one has produced evidence to prove exactly where or how the virus entered the human reservoir. There are two possible theories to explain where this virus came from and how it entered the human reservoir. Both are plausible. Both have merit. This episode critically examines both theories of the origin of COVID-19.
Jan 19
49 min
COVID Hell: COVID-19 Update #10 [November 23, 2020]
We have entered COVID Hell. The novel coronavirus has returned with a vengeance. In the U.S., new cases, hospitalizations and ICU admissions have already exceeded all-time highs from last spring, and we’re just beginning the exponential phase of the third wave. Hospitals in 18 states are already overwhelmed, and the vaccines cannot be deployed in time to avert the darkest winter in a century. With increased holiday travel and indoor congregation, combined with pandemic fatigue and pandemic anger, this is the most dangerous time we have faced yet in the pandemic.
Nov 23, 2020
41 min
COVID-19 Update #9 [November 12th, 2020] with Paul Offit MD
COVID has returned with a vengeance. Dr. Paul Offit is back in the virtual studio for a COVID-19 update. We discuss the vaccine, new anti-viral therapeutics, herd immunity, the Barrington Declaration, and how to avoid another complete shutdown.
Nov 12, 2020
1 hr 3 min
Biden v. Trump Closing Arguments (Healthcare 2020 #5)
On the eve of the election, I perform a post-mortem on the second Presidential debate, and compile closing arguments from Joe Biden and Donald Trump discussing their healthcare plans, the COVID-19 response, and the pandemic looking forward. This is the final episode of the Healthcare 2020 Series.
Nov 2, 2020
1 hr 10 min
Post-Mortem Harris Pence Debate (Healthcare 2020 #4)
The post-mortem on the Harris v. Pence debate is here! Mike Pence defends his COVID-19 record, the White House Super Spreader Event, and dodges questions on the Trump healthcare replacement plan. Before November 3rd, tune in for the full analysis of the candidates’ claims, with fact checking, and the crucial backstory that the candidates left out.
Oct 19, 2020
1 hr 2 min
Post-Mortem Biden Trump Debate #1 (Healthcare 2020 #3)
In the third episode of our Healthcare 2020 series, I perform a post-mortem on the first Biden-Trump debate, the “worst Presidential Debate ever,” on all healthcare-related issues. I present the clips, the commentary, and the analysis of what the candidates said, and failed to say. I also fact-check each candidate’s claims, their misstatements, and their comments on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Oct 7, 2020
55 min
Biden v. Trump Healthcare Plans with Ron Howrigon (Healthcare  2020 #2)
Ron Howrigon is back in the virtual studio to analyze Donald Trump’s 4200-word “doctrine” for a new healthcare system, created by Presidential Executive Orders [his words, not ours.] We also look at Biden’s “Strive for Five” healthcare tweaks to Obamacare and beyond. Lastly, we discuss how both candidates may have to modify their healthcare platforms based on the fate of Obamacare in the Supreme Court. In this episode, we lay out the two most likely scenarios…
Sep 28, 2020
48 min
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