Medical Fascism Descends in California, While A New Civil (and Human) Rights Movement in the US is Being Born Continue reading
- The inappropriate treatment approach to back pain and post-surgical pain from tonsillectomies and wisdom teeth removal are driving forces behind the opioid epidemic
- Insurance claims data reveal 60% of children between the ages of 1 and 18 with private insurance fill one or more opioid prescriptions after surgical tonsil removal. Dentists wrote 18.1 million prescriptions for opioids in 2017
- Research shows opioids (including morphine, Vicodin, oxycodone and fentanyl) fail to control moderate to severe pain any better than over-the-counter drugs such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen and naproxen
- The American College of Physicians’ guideline for low back pain call for the use of heat, massage, acupuncture or chiropractic adjustments as first-line treatments. When drugs are desired, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or muscle relaxants should be used
- While clinical practice guidelines call for nonpharmacological intervention for back pain, most insurance plans avoid paying for such treatments, favoring opioid treatment instead
- “The Price We Pay Dr. Marty Makary’s book, : What Broke American Health Care — and How to Fix It,” reveals the money games in the U.S. health care system, and what every American should know
- New science is revealing that indications to treat should be narrower then previously recognized. Overall 21% of medical treatments have been deemed unnecessary, contributing to our cost crisis
- Over the past 150 years, the focus of most hospitals has shifted from serving the community to generating profits, and these two aims are frequently at odds
- Predatory pricing practices are crushing everyday Americans. Some hospitals will charge five to 10 times the going rate for services and then sue patients who cannot afford the padded bills
- Investigations reveal there’s no correlation between high prices and quality of care. Nor is there a correlation between high prices and charity care
- Another egregious example of predatory pricing is that of ambulance transport. Unless you’re seriously injured, consider taking an Uber to the hospital as the bill for an ambulance transport can run into the thousands. For helicopter transport, it could be as high as half a million dollars
While honey and sugar share similar degrees of sweetness, the differences in the way our bodies respond to them are profound. Continue reading
- Research reveals so many complex plant abilities, some theorize they have a “brain”
- The Venus flytrap traps its prey with leaves lined with “teeth” that clamp together like a clam shell
- When the fern-like leaves of the sensitive plant are touched, they rapidly fold up and close
- Pitcher plants have deep cavities filled with digestive liquid that attracts and then drowns prey
- Some plants emit caffeine, which makes pollinators remember their scent and return
- The sand verbena and the honey-scented pincushion coat themselves in sand to protect them from herbivores
- Specific compounds in certain foods can boost the body’s natural defenses
- Dr William Li says the most powerful way to beat disease is to prevent it
- Foods listed below will help support the growth and health of blood vessels
A doctor in India has performed a series of five percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures on patients who were 20 miles away from him. The feat was pulled off using a precision vascular robot developed by Corindus. The results of the surgeries, which were successful, have just been published in EClinicalMedicine, a spin-off of medical journal The Lancet. Continue reading
New research into age-related immune failure, Alzheimer’s treatment also benefits autistic children, a stable vaccine for malaria, and more! Continue reading
A 74-year-old woman now holds the record for “world’s oldest mom” after she reportedly gave birth to twins on Thursday following a round of in vitro fertilization using donor eggs. The woman, identified as Erramatti Mangayamma, and her husband, 80-year-old Rajarao, hail from a small Indian village in the Eastern Godavari district, SWNS reported. Continue reading
Is earthing, or grounding really a cure for inflammatory diseases, back pain, headaches, arthritis, electrical sensitivity and other diseases?
I decided to try it myself to find out if it really works. Continue reading
People who eat vegan and vegetarian diets have a lower risk of heart disease and a higher risk of stroke, a major study suggests.
They had 10 fewer cases of heart disease and three more strokes per 1,000 people compared with the meat-eaters. Continue reading
Johns Hopkins Medicine is launching a new psychedelic research center where scientists will test the potential of so-called magic mushrooms and other drugs to treat some of the toughest mental health and addiction challenges. Continue reading
Sailors need remedial physical training.
That could be one just one of many conclusions drawn by a recent Department of Defense study that found the Navy earned the dubious honor of surpassing all other branches in its rate of obese personnel.