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Aspirin for preventing a first heart attack is no more; Here’s a healthier alternative.

Aspirin for preventing a first heart attack is no more; Here’s a healthier alternative. Healthcare by committee can have unhealthy consequences. The side effects of taking a daily aspirin have become well known and now the committee who made the original recommendation for the health of it is telling us to stop, since the practice places us at risk. The US Preventative Services Task Force which is an independent volunteer panel of national medical experts (USPSTF) has just rescinded their recommendations for low-dose aspirin.  For years, low-dose aspirin has been recommended by doctors for adults over 60 years of age Read More »

Exercise for weight loss; which one is more important to your longevity?

Exercise for weight loss; which one is more important to your longevity? Your visit to the doctor often includes blood tests, your blood pressure, listening to your heart and lungs, and recording your weight. Doctors and their patients obsess over their A1C, cholesterol, and a whole lot of numbers.   Their recommendations often revolve around controlling those numbers to reduce your risk of a health problem, but does that actually make you live healthier and longer? If you are overweight or obese, your doctor has discussed this with you as well and suggested a diet that can make many of the Read More »

High costs for some covid-19 tests are just because they can.

High costs for some covid-19 tests are just because they can. The NY Times recently reported on a lab that had charged $380 for a covid test.  Your local CVS probably charges $20. The company which is a start-up named GS labs regularly charges $380 because they legally can. Welcome to healthcare capitalism American style. If this is not a strong argument for the government to play a role in healthcare prices, I am not sure there ever will be. Apparently,  GS labs who is headquartered in Nebraska is giving insurers and the public the business literally. Congress probably never Read More »

Is your generic drug safe to use? Check out this NY Times opinion article.

Is your generic drug safe to use? Check out this NY Times opinion article. Many of you who regularly fill prescriptions are taking a generic drug that is supposed to be interchangeable with the name-brand drug.  Generics can save you a lot of money but are they as safe as you believe? In America, we are accustomed to taking a pill for whatever ails us. Regardless of whether this is good for us is a different conversation altogether. For pain, chiropractic offers better solutions than pain pills. For many other health conditions, people depend on generics as less expensive substitutes Read More »

Negotiated hospital rates can be much higher than you think for different procedures says the NY Times.

Negotiated hospital rates can be much higher than you think for different procedures says the NY Times. If you have ever wondered why your insurance costs continue to skyrocket, the answer may lie in the negotiated fees your insurance company has with y9ur local hospital. Years ago, I found out that an MRI for the lower back under my Blue Cross Blue Shield would cost me $800 under their negotiated rate.  Then I had a patient without insurance who went to a local MRI center and paid half that amount.  Crazy, No? In an investigative report, the NY Times recently Read More »