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Is your doctor referring you to the best and most cost effective provider for back and neck pain?

Is your doctor referring you to the best and most cost effective provider for back and neck pain? If you have pain, you may visit your medical provider first.  A growing trend is that older providers are selling their practices to local hospitals and hospital systems, preferring to leave behind the problems related to running a practice and instead becoming an employee. Some younger providers are going to work for large systems, avoiding the risk of starting and running a medical practice. Health care providers know that they have quotas for the amount of patients they see daily.  They had Read More »

Runners high according to the Wall Street Journal has prehistoric roots.

Runners high according to the Wall Street Journal has prehistoric roots. If you are an avid runner, and run long distances, that feeling of elation is something you have learned to expect.  That euphoric feeling after the run was thought to be due to endorphins by many scientists. The current science has altered our way of thinking about what causes the elation, which we now understand is really due to endocannabinoids, or eCBs (named for their molecular resemblance to the active ingredient of cannabis). These powerful painkillers are released during long distance running, and they also cause the release of dopamine Read More »

Why we pay more for drugs than any other developed country according to the Wall Street Journal.

Why we pay more for drugs than any other developed country according to the Wall Street Journal. Unless you have not been paying attention, the media has been reporting about the rise in drug prices due to consolidation of companies (mega mergers), generic drugs rising four fold over the past several years and companies buying the patent rights to produce drugs, while raising the cost to consumers in the USA rediculously. The amount spent on television advertising alone by big pharma has been reported to outstrip the amount spend in research and development of new drugs.  Many newer and more Read More »

Check out this plant that can offer relief of back and joint pain; Should we say goodbye to Aleve?

Check out this plant that can offer relief of back and joint pain; Should we say goodbye to Aleve? When it comes to pain relief, what comes from nature is often safer and underrated. This is probably because many plants and herbs which have medicinal properties cannot be patented and sold for a hefty profit with a high advertising budget. One plant that is gaining recognition for its pain relieving properties is the flowering comfrey plant. Available as a cream, and the subject of a number of studies, the plant has properties that can naturally reduce back and joint pain Read More »

The future of medicine in the palm of your hand; how your smartphone will reform healthcare.

The future of medicine in the palm of your hand; how your smartphone will reform healthcare. According to Eric J. Topol, a columnist and author for the Wall Street Journal, the future of health and how you take control of it is in your phone. The technologies for doing an EKG as well as other health monitoring tools that were formerly the exclusive domain of your doctor and his appointment schedule is about to be turned upside down. The current system, with a bill for everything and a huge problem with low transparency of costs is tilting in the direction Read More »