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Transforming Health Care

Get ready to have your mind blown.  The Wall Street Journal published a huge piece entitled “The Simple Idea That is Transforming Health Care“.  You want to know what that idea is?  It is called QUALITY OF LIFE.  Confused?  Yeah, me too.   I thought the objective numbers of cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and…

High End Dental

I am always trolling for new stories and new ideas in the healthcare field.  It is a hobby of mine.  Here is another cool one that I recently discovered. A Florida dental practice has gone concierge with a greeter, a complementary glass of champagne or wine upon arrival, an iPad to play with and on and on.…

Monday Laugh

The pastor asked if anyone in the congregation would like to express praise for answered prayers.Suzie Smith stood and walked to the podium. She said, “I have a praise. Two months ago, my husband, Tom, had a terrible motorcycle wreck and his scrotum was completely crushed. The pain was excruciating and the doctors didn’t know…

CHF and HbA1C

According to a study published  in The American Journal of Cardiology, diabetic patients with heart failure who had lower levels of glycosylated hemoglobin were more likely to die or need urgent heart transplantation during two years of follow-up compared with those with higher HbA1c levels.  Yes, y0u read that right.    Who knows, maybe the study…

Big Time SUQASS

Many you know my about my disgust for the “quality movement”.   Please search through my past blogs to get a feel for my argument.   I also recently put out a piece we used in the Placebo Journal called SUQASS.  In the parody we allude to the joke that something must be of quality if you…

Quote of the Week

“It’s supposed to be a secret, but I’ll tell you anyway. We doctors do nothing. We only help and encourage the doctor within.” Albert Schweitzer, M.D. Tweet0

Here You Go, Honey

A government study has revealed that more than 70 percent of people who abuse prescription pain relievers obtain the drugs from friends or relatives.  And here is the amazing part – usually it is given to them for free and with permission!   The study also showed that about 2 percent of the U.S. population age 12 and…

Cholesterolmania

The CDC  now states that only 13 percent of U.S. adults have high total cholesterol.  Hooray!  Unfortunately,  two-thirds of adults in the USA are overweight.  Wait, what? The truth is that so many Americans take cholesterol-lowering drugs that no one thinks it is important to eat right or exercise.    On the flip side, Big Pharma is…

Primary Care and Pain

Here is an article that basically summarizes a recent lecture done in Palm Springs, California about chronic pain.   Usually I blow by these things when I get the journal in the mail but a few things struck me about the piece.   I always find it laughable when pain specialists complain about their referrals.…