Tag: the washington post

Insurance companies are not doctors, so why do we allow them to practice medicine?

Insurance companies are not doctors, so why do we allow them to practice medicine? Are insurance companies in the business of curtailing healthcare costs and helping improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare in the USA?  If they are, they have done a horrible job with it, as healthcare costs more in the USA than any other country.   They are also telling doctors how to treat their patients while loading them up with obscene administrative burdens. These costs have been passed along to us, the healthcare consumer.  Also, insurance protocols may require your doctor to send you elsewhere for a Read More »

Which animal proteins are the most healthy according to the Washington Post.

Which animal proteins are the most healthy according to the Washington Post. For those of us who are not vegetarian, some meats are more healthy for us than others. The Washington Post recently featured an article that rates the different types of protein according to how healthy and nutritious they are to eat. If you have already guessed that poultry and fish are the healthiest, you are correct. Check out this well researched article From fish to bacon, a ranking of animal proteins in order of healthfulness By Jenna Birch July 3 As an average consumer, you probably have a Read More »

Vermont is reforming healthcare with this healthcare experiment after failing to make a single-payer to work.

Vermont is reforming healthcare with this healthcare experiment after failing to make a single-payer to work. Vermont in 2013 tried to develop a single-payer system as a solution to the problems of cost and access to care.  Due to high-cost estimates, the approach was considered to be too expensive. Unless you have ignored the news, there is a huge problem with costs that is healthcare corporate system and insurance company driven, affecting the individual and small business marketplace for insurance coverage. Insurance networks are shrinking, doctors are being kept out of networks that are being tiered and the consumer loses.   Many doctors Read More »

Chronic Lyme disease sufferer’s; be careful when choosing dangerous and unproven treatments.

Chronic Lyme disease sufferer’s;  be careful when choosing dangerous and unproven treatments. The healthcare profession is full of snake oil salesmen, with many types of licensed practitioners selling unproven and sometimes dangerous treatments for different conditions. Lyme disease in its chronic form has many different treatments being sold to patients who often seek care after the traditional approaches have failed to help. The truth is that just because a method is proven, it does not make it effective or valid.  The same goes for unproven treatment that may be as or more effective as a treatment. The buyer of these Read More »

How athletes can avoid muscle cramps according to the Washington Post.

How athletes can avoid muscle cramps according to the Washington Post. Muscle cramps are a painful phenomenon that happens to people who are athletic but also to those of us who aren’t.   Why do they happen, and can you tell the difference between a muscle cramp vs. a strain to a joint? Joints have receptors that can fire if the joint is strained, and it feels like a cramp.   On the other hand, actual muscle cramps usually happen when muscles are surrounded by tight fascia and adhesion formation. When a muscle cramps, it will pop up instead of contracting, and Read More »