Some Good News: Dr. Lakin Named “Top Doc” Again For 2020!

Every year the Phoenix Magazine publishes a guide featuring over 595 of the Valley’s best physicians. The doctors are selected through a peer-review survey. The theory is that medical professionals are the best qualified to judge medical professionals.

The survey asks the doctors to nominate those doctors who, in their judgment, are the best in their fields. Once again, Dr. Lakin has been chosen as a TOP DOC among his peers. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Lakin!

Dr Lakin’s ‘THE NEW GUIDE’

‘Dear Patients,
This guide is one of a series of books meant to provide simple answers for day-to-day health questions.  It is my effort to pass on 55 years of wisdom accrued as a child of a physician and as a Johns Hopkins-trained internist with over 30 years in practice.  I hope this advice is helpful to you and your family.  It’s actually meant for my own.’


Paper copy available in our office or you can read it online….  Click Here!

uti’s…used to be so simple

UTI stands for Urinary Tract Infection….also know as a bladder infection. The are among the most common infections affecting adults in they used to be very easy to treat as the bacteria causing such infections were uniformly sensitive to all the various antibiotics we prescribe.

But over the years, we are experiencing more and more difficulty with these infections due to a variety of factors, most important of which is antibiotic resistance. This is most important for woman, as they get the majority (90%) of the UTI’s in the US.

You can read more about the antibiotic resistance concerns in UTI >>>HERE<<<

But to manage UTI symptoms, please read below and know that you can always find this type of information in the Library on this website or in THE NEW GUIDE available at

This information and other health topics can be found at….


Bladder infections, also called urinary tract infections (UTI), are commonplace in women. Although they may occur in men, this is very rare.

Risk Factors:
Most urinary tract infections occur spontaneously and are not the result of personal habits of hygiene. Risk factors for recurring infection include:

• Previous UTI
• Sexual intercourse
• Lack of hormone (post-menopausal state without hormone supplementation)

Most people are aware of these, but if you’ve not had a UTI previously, here is the list
• Frequent urination
• Burning with urination (painful)
• Cloudy urine
• Blood in the urine
• Fever (low grade or high temperature)

If possible it is best to have a urine specimen checked for infection. This is the simplest way to diagnose a UTI. If you have had UTI’s in the past and are familiar with the symptoms, then testing the urine is not required. Typically, the urine specimen shows the presence of white blood cells or red blood cells. Culture can confirm the specific bacterial germ involved


Antiobiotcs are the required treatment. As most antibiotics concentrate in the urine, as they are cleared by the kidneys, antibiotics tend to be very effective for treatment and a virtual ‘guaranteed’ cure, so long as the causative bacteria is not resistant.


The internet is a great source for information, but the current method of searching for topics that are both useful and accurate leaves a lot to be desired.

Too much of the internet is trying to sell or has an angle. What we need are solid unbiased resources, and that is something that I try to provide to my patients and to our Scottsdale Community.

Sometimes I locate a source of good information and I want to share it. Do take a look at this list of booklets from Glasgow, Scotland Health Services. They are very nice summaries about these various mental health topics and can be of use to yourself or someone you love.

Look >>>HERE<<< for good information on Sleep issues, Anxiety, Low Mood, and beyond.

Plus you know you can find general Health information in my booklets >>>>HERE<<<<


Back in my days at University of Iowa, I was fortunate to be instructed by two preeminent neurologist who specialized in STROKE and Vascular Neurology: Dr. Harold Adams and Dr. Jose Biller.

Dr. Biller is now head of the department of Neurology at Loyola Medicine in Chicago, and his clarity of thought about stroke risk and prevention are stated in this video that I just came across. I wanted to share it with you, so that you can think about keeping stroke at bay and know how to react should you have such concerns.

Watch >>>HERE<<< as Dr .Biller succinctly provides useful information about stroke.

The amazing cat scanner

I remember vividly the when CT scanners that were first put in The Johns Hopkins Hospital back in the 80’s. There were something like 5 scanners put in all at once. They were revolutionary and they blew our minds. The tests yielded grainy images and took an hour or more to construct via computer. Image evaluation was just beginning as well, so often-time the findings were of unclear significance or meaning.

Nowadays, our scanners take and process the images in the matter of a few minutes for the entire body, the scanners are ubiquitous, and the imaging accuracy & understanding has massively improved. I have seen this revolution during my career and it continues to benefits us through diagnostics and treatment in innumerable ways.

There are so many facets to CAT scanning that are fascinating, from the history of the CT scan as it relates to the music group THE BEATLES and their record company EMI (Read >>>>HERE<<<), to seeing how a modern scanner works behind the scenes (View the Video >>>HERE<<<)

Among my fondest memories related to the CT scanning at Hopkins was seeing Dr. Elliott Fishman, one of the radiology residents, ‘live’ in the CT scanner as he did not want to miss any of the images that they generated. Through the vast experience he developed, I saw what it took to achieve excellence….commitment of time, passion of interest, and vastness of experience . Elliott shares his vast knowledge via the ultimate CT scanning website (>>>>HERE<<<<) and through his research that is helping create Artificial Intelligence in radiology imaging that will augment CAT scan interpretation in the present, and perhaps replace the need for the radiologist in the future.


Taking drugs from the bench to the bedside is the ultimate challenge for pharmaceutical companies.

Listen to this English researcher clearly explain how the basic scientific principles he uses in his research have led to the development of an extremely effective new therapy in breast and ovarian cancer. Fascinating and well stated.

View the video >>>HERE<<<


Constipation is a topic I am well-acquainted with, and it’s something we talk about a lot with patients.

I have a myriad of resources for constipation issues, but when you are really constipated and seriously ‘stopped up’….there is nothing better than Milk of Magnesia to come to the rescue.

Yes…it tastes bad….but it works great.

Here is how to dose it:

2 tablespoons…every 2-4 hours…until you ‘clear the decks’.

So…if you need the major Dynamite….(invented by Alfed Nobel of NOBEL PRIZE fame…..)….nothing beats MOM!


Here are a bunch of resources on constipation:


Watch my video on CONSTIPATION >>>>HERE<<<<

Natural Recipes for CONSTIPATION >>>>HERE<<<<


Yes….George Benson had it right…..with his 80’s hit ….Give Me The Night…..especially when it comes to taking your blood pressure medication

A recent large-scale study from Spain shows that taking your blood pressure medication before bed is significantly healthier than taking your medication in the morning. Other studies have hinted at this, but this study is clearly confirming what we think.

Why this works is that many body systems have a circadian rhythm that turns an late at night or in the early hours of the morning and having slightly higher dosages of medication at those times provides protection against elevated blood pressure, stroke, and heart attack.

So…from now on….take your blood pressure medications at night and get the benefits without needing additional dosing.

Read more >>>>HERE<<<<