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Addiction Overview

submitted by: admin on 07/17/2016
10% of Americans are addicted to drugs, much of this is from medications prescribed by physicians. Typical programs for rehabilitation are unsuccessful. What it takes for a successful program is reviewed and new breakthroughs in medications to support the chemical brain disease resulting from drug addiction is reviewed.              

Addiction Programs Don't Work with Richard Gracer, MD

submitted by: admin on 05/08/2015
Many addiction programs exaggerate their success. In general only about 15% of people in these programs get better. Usually there is a problem that is urgent that leads to getting into a program. Underlying problems must be addressed. For the first time, a doctor has developed a treatment program especially for "hidden" addicts-people whose lives...

Big Pharma Marketing to Medical Students

submitted by: admin on 11/23/2019
US medical students are exposed to big pharma marketing as early as their preclinical years. The extent of their exposure with industry is associated with positive attitudes about marketing. Students feel they are immune to bias. Many medical schools prohibit drug companies from marketing to students, but most do not. At the very least we need to have rules limiting...

Creating a Health Care Program that Works

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
  Appreciation of disciplines other than mainstream medicine broadens the scope of care and deepens the options. Healing Circles are a classic example of integrative health care. There is enough disease to go around, but there are too few solutions. No discipline has solved the epidemic of chronic diseases. Maybe we should work together!          

Do Workplace Wellness Programs Work?

submitted by: admin on 11/08/2017
An article published in the January 2014 issue of Health Affairs reported on cost effectiveness of PepsiCo's workplace wellness program and reported that it had no significant value when it came to financial benefit or for cutting absenteeism, quitting smoking, or reducing weight. They went on to state that regular screening for early detection of diseases...

Drug Company Kickbacks to Doctors and Pharmacists

submitted by: admin on 09/20/2013
  The US government is filing a law suit against the drug company, Novartis, for giving $65 million kickbacks to physicians and pharmacists to prescribe Lotrel, Valturna, Starlix, and Myfortis over the past decade. These kickbacks were in the form of dinners at high end restaurants, cash, rebates, and discounts.  One extreme example is from...

Fish Oil For Hypertension in Kids

submitted by: admin on 07/24/2024
Fish oil can lower blood pressure a little in overweight teens. Yet lifestyle remains the most important treatment for hypertension. Diet, exercise, and stress reduction should be included in the curiculum of every school at every level for many reasons. Treating the underlying causes of hypertension needs to be addressed.

Gift Membership Procedure for Program Administrators

submitted by: admin on 07/24/2024
Gift Membership Procedure

Med Students Train in Cuba

submitted by: admin on 07/24/2024
Quite strangely, US med students are now training in Cuba and are coming back to the US to work in underprivileged areas. Parallels of Cuban and US health care are made.

Medical Residency Training Reform

submitted by: admin on 10/11/2013
Medical experts are calling for resident working hour restrictions to prevent medical errors from medical resident fatigue and lack of supervision. They called for sweeping changes in the design, supervision and financing of US hospital residency programs to protect both patients and medical residents in training from serious, preventable medical errors, and...

Preview: Addiction Overview

submitted by: admin on 07/24/2024
10% of Americans are addicted to drugs, much of this is from medications prescribed by physicians. Typical programs for rehabilitation are unsuccessful. What it takes for a successful program is reviewed and new breakthroughs in medications to support the chemical brain disease resulting from drug addiction is reviewed.

Program Set-up Procedure for Program Administrators

submitted by: admin on 07/24/2024
This is a list of procedural steps that need to be taken and managed to keep a Program running.

Reducing Complications may Cost Hospitals Money

submitted by: admin on 10/14/2013
  Hospitals have a financial incentive to not reduce complications because they are paid per each treatment and each lab or other test according to an article published in the April issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. While this may not be what hospitals are overtly thinking, the problem is how motivated are they to reduce complications? Between...

School Programs to Prevent Obesity

submitted by: admin on 07/24/2024
The 5-2-1 program in Massachusetts recommends 5 different fruits and veggies, no more than 2 hours behind a TV or computer, and one hour of exercise daily. Vicki and Len explore and comment on this program.

Shifting Medicine from Disease Care to Health Care

submitted by: admin on 10/14/2013
  We cannot sustain a sick care health system and must shift to a true health care system where prevention is the cornerstone of medical practice. In my book, A Return to Healing, I present a 5 point plan that could help encourage a health care paradigm. This program includes: Funding exercise programs both nationally and locally and in every academic...

Software for the Mind with Emmett Miller, MD

submitted by: admin on 10/14/2013
The software of the mind has been written to allow racial prejudices and the disparaties that follow. The brain can be compared to a biocomputer. We must re-program our biocomputers to appreciate the importance of community and sacredness of relationship. This requires "deep healing" to evolve a global brain.          

Success in Preventing and Curing Type 2 Diabetes

submitted by: admin on 07/24/2024
                                  "A Return to Healing" Blog:  Tue, 02/09/2010 - 16:21 — BBelitsos America’s epidemic of Type 2 diabetes has become a national emergency. In fact, we are currently fighting a losing war against this disease, which now affects...

Time Lived with Obesity Linked to Mortality

submitted by: admin on 10/17/2013
 The weight loss industry is $52 billion annually. Diets don't work, diet pills don't work, and weight loss programs don't work. Few people can sustain the weight they lose over the long term. New research now shows that how long you are obese is strongly linked to mortalilty. Results from the Framingham Heart Study over 48 years show that if...

Training Program for Residents Improves Empathy

submitted by: admin on 10/17/2013
Medical residents lose their empathy for patients over time according to an article in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. However, they can regain some of this by taking a short course in empathy that rescusitates this feeling that they had when they went into medicine. Part of this is because of the "scientific" emphasis of their training and...

Who Says There's no Money in Making Vaccines?

submitted by: admin on 10/12/2013
  Vaccine manufacturers get billions of dollars in government contracts every year. In 2011 the top six vaccine makers received $5.7 billion from these contracts. Children who cannot afford the cost of vaccines are given free immunizations through the Vaccines for Children Program (VFC). This is often considered to be indisputable proof of kindness on...

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