Tag: medical care

Private equity is buying your doctor’s practice; What could possibly go wrong?

Private Equity is buying your doctor’s practice; What could possibly go wrong? Something is wrong with American capitalism.  The ethos of making money and yield at all costs and gathering huge sums of money to buy and control parts of the economy we all need.   One area all of us will need sooner or later is healthcare. Hospital systems have grown larger due to the predatory practices of large insurance carriers who used tiering that favored the large systems. The savings for the consumer turned into double-digit increases in healthcare costs while the quality of care has plummeted. Wall Street Read More »

Medically speaking, we’re treating lower back pain all wrong according to an opinion piece in Medpage today.

Medically speaking, we’re treating lower back pain all wrong according to an opinion piece in Medpage today. The evidence is stunning when you look at the approaches to lower back pain and other spinal conditions, yet the healthcare systems have responded slowly. According to Christine Goertz, DC, Ph.D., one of the most trusted researchers who studies and publishes on body mechanics and back pain, “ In December 2019, I attended a National Academies of Sciences workshop on the role of non-pharmacological approaches to pain management. ”  While some researchers believed more research is needed, several said they believed that we have Read More »

According to USA Today, food as medicine; scientists are researching the idea.

According to USA Today, food as medicine; scientists are researching the idea. I have previously discussed this idea in this blog and has also been reported by the NY Times and other reliable sources.   We are what we eat.   If we eat poorly and have meals that are high in calories but low in actual nutrition, we are more likely to have health problems the medical system attempts to manage but cannot solve. It is no accident that people are getting fatter, living longer but not necessarily with a great quality of life.  Genetics plays a part in this equation Read More »

Young doctors are voting to suppress alternative medical info according to Whole Health Chicago

Young doctors are voting to suppress alternative medical info according to Whole Health Chicago In the United States, main stream medicine often has failed to quickly embrace adventurous and often surprisingly effective health care approaches that do not fit inside their testing – medicinal – surgical approach to the symptoms many people experience. This approach has harmed many people over the years, from unnecessary and harmful treatment of prostate growths, scare tactics and medicinal approaches that do little to improve the quality of our lives while causing diseases that may have never occurred (statins for instance). Some doctors such as Read More »

The truth about medical care; more of it costs more but doesn’t help improve outcomes.

The truth about medical care; more of it costs more but often doesn’t help improve outcomes. The NY Times recently looked at the cost benefit of doing more medically for patients who are severely ill or perhaps are near death. Many of us have had loved ones that seemed to endure endless testing, procedures, chemo, etc, yet the outcome did not change. Should a doctor do everything and use every resource when the data shows it has no benefit? Regardless of the reason, putting the discussion of cost aside, many people die from those lifesaving interventions and often, more medical Read More »