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ALLHAT Blood Pressure Recommendations

submitted by: admin on 05/08/2015
The ALLHAT study is the largest study that compares different therapies. They concluded that the most effective and affordable pill was a thiazide diuretic, not the new designer drugs that are highly advertized. Big pharma has a conflict of interest and is only interested in making return on investment.        

Blood Pressure Pills

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
The goal of Big Pharma is to sell drugs, whether safe or not. It is always advertising new on-patent drugs because they have the greatest potential for profit. The most effective drug for blood pressure control has been around for 50 years, is off-patent, is about $10 per month; it is called hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ). Even HCTZ causes problems that include elevated...

Cost of Excessive Medical Testing

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
The American College of Physicians is creating guidelines to control overtesting and overtreatment. They estimate we spend $250 billion in unnecessary tests every year. Some of the reason is that MDs feel they need to practice defensive medicine, but there are also conflicts of interest related to investments they have made in purchasing medical testing equipment....

Dogs Sniff Out Superbug Infections

submitted by: admin on 09/20/2013
  Dogs can sniff out C diff quickly and accurately whereas conventional lab testing costs a lot more and takes too long to get answers. A dog can "sniff out" and entire ward in less than 10 minutes! Dogs have been shown in the past to sniff out cancers as well as drugs, money, explosives, and even cell phones! Dogs may be man's best...

Happy to 102 with Lily Sarafan

submitted by: admin on 07/13/2024
Care in extended care facilities often leaves much to be desired. It is now possible to provide care for most people until the end of life at home. Assistance with cooking, bathing, dressing etc is available up to 24 hours per day. Quality of life is much improved when seniors stay at home.

Health Care Costs Cause 50% of Bankruptcies

submitted by: admin on 07/13/2024
Health care costs cause half of all bankruptcies in the US and 94% are threatened by them. Even major corporations cannot compete with foreign businesses because of the cost of health insurance. We need health care reform to control costs. This likely means a new paradigm based on wellness and prevention are necessary.

How Far Will Big Pharma Go to Market Their Drugs

submitted by: admin on 03/28/2014
A study done at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services in March of 2014 documented that just in the District of Columbia, Big Pharma spent nearly $100 milliion on marketing pharmaceutical drugs. More than $30 million was spent on payments and gifts to physicians, hospitals and other health care providers. This included grants,...

How ObamaCare is Affecting Doctors, Patients and the Practice of Medicine

submitted by: admin on 09/24/2013
  ObamaCare, or the Affordable Care Act, will bring 50 million new people into the Medicaid program, but who will pay for this and who will take care of them? Most MDs cannot afford to treat patients in Medicaid because reimbusement for services is far too low. The quality of care will drop and access to care will take time to take effect. We're...

How Well Do Menu Labels Work?

submitted by: admin on 10/08/2013
  The recent Supreme Court decision on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has cleared the way for national requirements regarding posting information about calories, fat, and sodium content. A study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in July of 2012 that looked at the impact of menu labels in King County, Washington...

Hypnosis Helps Hot Flashes

submitted by: admin on 10/09/2013
  According to an article in the October issue of the journal Menopause, hypnosis can help cut hot flashes by as much as 74%. Women had five weekly sessions where they received suggestions for images of coolness, a safe place, or relaxation and received an audio recording of a hypnotic induction. The control group received all but the recording. At 12...

MDs Over-Prescribe Tests They Profit From

submitted by: admin on 10/11/2013
  Financial reimbursement and ownership of medical testing equipment leads to over-prescribing of these tests. These types of conflict of interest extend to ownership of MRI and CT facilities, surgicenters, cardiac imaging equipment, laboratory services and much more. A recent article in JAMA documented that MDs over prescribe two types of cardiac stress...

Medicine For The Third Millenium

submitted by: admin on 10/11/2013
Today's health care system is in need of major reform. It does not work that well; we have an epidemic of chronic illnesses that affects about 50% of the population. The cost of health care is skyrocketing, we spend nearly twice the amount of any industrialized country and are still ranked 37th in the world in overall quality of care by the World Health Organization,...

New Guidelines for Treatment of Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

submitted by: admin on 05/05/2015
The American Academy of Neurology has issued new guidelines for effective treatment of painful diabetic neuropathy. It involves the use of multiple drugs that include anti-seizure medications, antidepressants, and narcotics. While it is sometimes necessary to use this toxic polypharmaceutical approach, there are newer highly effective, safe, and affordable options...

Obama Pulls Plug on Long Term Home Health Care

submitted by: admin on 10/12/2013
The obama administration pulled the plug on long term home health care, which was part of the Affordable Health Care Act. The program was deemed to be unaffordable because it would increase health care costs. The Affordable Health Care Act is slowly disintegrating and the Republicans and corporate America are loving it. It is hard to believe that before the...

Obamacare and the Future of Health Care in America

submitted by: admin on 10/15/2013
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a step in the right direction by providing healthcare for the poor, but it is a far cry from the Universal Healthcare that was supposed to be part of The Change We Need. It will benefit the very poor by making it easier to qualify for Medicaid (MediCal in California) because it is now possible to qualify...

Placebo Effect with Ofer Erez

submitted by: admin on 10/14/2013
In medicine we throw out the effect of placebo. However, it is safe, affordable, powerful treatment that works! What we believe has potent biochemical and physiological effects. Ethics of placebo are discussed too.              

Preventive Benefits of Medicare

submitted by: admin on 10/14/2013
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reports that 5 million Americans took advantage of one or more of the recommended preventive benefits available through the Affordable Care Act. Among the  benefits is the new Annual Wellness Visit benefit. The idea is to either detect early or prevent chronic diseases with tests such as mammograms, bone...

Sports Medicine

submitted by: admin on 10/14/2013
Sports injuries are common and cause disabilities that keep us from exercising. There are many simple conventional measures that work but there are new approaches that can be miraculous. Infrared light therapy is discussed because it works so well, is safe, and affordable. It is also so new that it has not yet found its rightful place in sports medicine.      

The Affordable Care Act and Quality of Care, Cost, and MD Availability

submitted by: admin on 10/16/2013
  About 1/3 of office-based MDs declined to accept new Medicaid patients in 2011 according to an article in the journal, Health Affairs. Acceptance was directly related to financial reimbursement. In the state of Wyoming more than 99% of MDs accepted Medicaid patient; their reimbursement was 150% of that of Medicare. In the state of New Jersey, where...

The Affordable Health Care Act

submitted by: admin on 08/13/2019
      I agree that there are a multitude of very serious problems with the Affordable Care Act; and some really hack me off and are outright frightening! That's what happens when politics is as corrupt as it is today in America.  Nonetheless it is important to acknowledge what an achievement this act represents in terms...

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