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Those hospital mergers are costing us big bucks according to the NY Times.

Those hospital mergers are costing us big bucks according to the NY Times. You may have noticed that the big hospital systems have been getting bigger.  One major reason is the predatory nature of insurance companies who try to isolate and then negotiate prices with hospitals that have little negotiating clout.  Horizons Omnia plan that created tiers and made people who visited tier 2 hospitals and providers pay more, while warping the marketplace. Hospitals that merge create an economic block that owns a large part of their geographic area.  Insurance companies must now negotiate with them and the result is Read More »

Low carb diets and your weight; why the diet works according to a new study in the BMJ

Low carb diets and your weight; why the diet works according to a new study in the BMJ Low carb diets have a reputation for helping people keep the weight off.   We understand that most simple carbohydrates such as breads and pasta’s can make us gain weight.   We also understand that insulin resistance can develop with the long term ingestion of too many carbohydrates. The NY Times recently reported on a British Medical Journal article that found that replacing carbohydrates with fat in overweight adults increased metabolism, and led to weight loss. The debate for which type of diet is better Read More »

Vitamin D and Fish Oils are ineffective for preventing cancer and heart disease, but may have other benefits.

Vitamin D and Fish Oils are ineffective for preventing cancer and heart disease, but may have other benefits. Omega 3’s and fish oils and vitamin D have been used for cardiovascular health and may also have other health benefits.  A new study is now showing that they do not prevent cancer and heart disease. On the other hand, there may be other benefits such as reducing the risk of heart attack. Statins which are heavily promoted and sold medically are said to reduce heart attack risk by 28 percent. Fish oil may do this or more, without the side effects of Read More »

The placebo effect. Is there a biochemical reason for a sugar pill healing your ailment?

The placebo effect.  Is there a biochemical reason for a sugar pill healing your ailment? Years ago, I was on a multidisciplinary team of healthcare providers working at a Tae Quan Do tournament at Princeton University.   A primary doctor casually admitted to me that he believed 80% of his patients benefitted from the placebo effect. According to Wikipedia, “A placebo (/pləˈsiːboʊ/ plə-SEE-boh) is a substance or treatment of no intended therapeutic value”. Doctors for years have been mystified by the placebo effect, because there are many drugs they give on a regular basis which may be difficult to analyze because of Read More »

Are too many diagnoses resulting in too many prescribed drugs?

  Are too many diagnoses resulting in too many prescribed drugs? An interesting article in the NY Times questions whether we have medicalized everyday life.   True, many seniors are taking too many medications.   Every physician they visit is likely writing a different prescription for their symptoms.   To write prescriptions, they must have a diagnosis which must be related to a disease. Do we really have so many diseases, or is the word disease and the diagnosis that is linked to it driving the cost and volume of drugs many of us ingest on a daily basis. It is healthy to Read More »