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Dr. Krazy Glue

A man posing as a doctor has been arrested in Florida for giving silicone injections to people……in hotel rooms.   Hmmmmm.  Now wouldn’t you be suspicious of meeting your doctor in a hotel room?  Calvin Edward Butler, 44, also known as Tamieka Butler (yes, a woman’s name), performed the injections at El Patio Motel dating…

How Being Fit Can Be Bad For You by Thomas Newberry

Everybody “knows” that obesity is America’s number 1 killer even though they don’t actually know anyone who has died from being too fat, which is what “obese” means. You may know someone who has died from diabetes or heart disease or cancer, but not from obesity (with the possible exception of sleep apnea). Obese people…

Which Patients Sue?

Here is a really interesting article in the American Medical News about spotting which patients are likely to sue.   Below are some highlights I thought were interesting:  “Then there’s going to be a subset of individuals who are more likely to sue than others. There are individuals who walk in and are ready to…

Sex and Calories

Authors of an article in the NEJM (summarized here) looked at some of the fallacies and dogmas behind the obesity challenge.  Here are some of the things they exposed: Small changes in diet or exercise lead to large, long-term weight changes. Fact: The body adapts to changes, so small steps to cut calories don’t have…

Behind The Curtain of Oz

We have done blogs on Dr. Oz before.  And yes, I have called him a big douche.   Still believe it, too.   That being said, he is a smart dude and with an impressive pedigree.  This story in the New Yorker is extensive and very detailed about his history.  They give him his due…

Doctor Unions On The Horizon?

As more and more doctors become hospital employees it seems only inevitable that they will eventually unionize.    Let’s give a quick background.  Insurers take over healthcare.   Physicians are unable to stand up to them.    Docs then get wooed by the hospitals to marry them in order to fight back (the enemy of…

Quote of the Week

“Too many of us are hung up on what we don’t have, can’t have, or won’t ever have. We spend too much energy being down, when we could use that same energy – if not less of it – doing, or at least trying to do, some of the things we really want to do.”…

The P4P Fallacy Continues

You are not going to believe this but even the New York Times is against the Pay-for-Performance trend that is ruining our healthcare system. I wish the author, Bill Keller, knew more about what he was talking about, though.  He should have contacted me if he wanted to spice up his  article.   Alas, he…

Fat Tax

This is an older article that escaped my wrath but luckily I just found it again.   It seems after one year the Danish have scrapped their fat tax.   Why?  It was hurting the economy and the small businesses.  The stupid tax was on any food containing more than 2.3% saturated fat, as “a potential…

Readmissions

Nothing bugs a hospital administrator like lost money.  It drives them crazy.   It gives them nightmares at night.  It is how they are judged by their board.   Readmissions to hospitals, within 30 days, is keeping this curse going now that Medicare is penalizing hospitals if they don’t stop this trend.  In fact, hospitals…