Have you ever worried about how you’re going to get healthy these days? Has your doctor recommended diet and exercise? Well, if you’re like millions who are struggling to find health, you’re going to need a lot more than just diet and exercise. You’re going to have to fight like crazy against a mind-set of disease that’s paradoxically disguised as health care. America’s healthcare system – health insurance companies, government health ...

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The popularity of plastic surgery today is no secret; 13.8 million cosmetic procedures were performed in 2011 alone. Unfortunately, however, an increasing (and unsettling) number of people in the United States are undergoing procedures conducted by unlicensed, so-called “underground,” individuals these days—individuals who have no business billing themselves as plastic surgeons. The primary factor leading people to the doors of these backdoor doctors is, of course, cost. There’s no way around ...

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It’s been reported that James Eagan Holmes, more infamously known as the movie-theatre gunman who killed 12 people during a midnight showing of Batman in Aurora, Colorado, sent a text to a classmate asking whether she knew what “dysphoric mania” was. (It is a bipolar condition that in its extremes, can include mania and paranoid delusions.) Did he have it? Similarly we wonder whether a near-death accident in childhood, one that ...

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1. A 40-year-old female sees her family physician for burning chest pain after she eats hot peppers. She had it only once while exercising. Her family physician sends her to the emergency department and she gets admitted for chest pain. Rather than going home with treatment for her GERD, she ends up dead. This never should have happened, but the family never learns what really killed her. 2. A 33-year-old father of ...

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He had been in the hospital for 3 months. A rocky 3 months, much of it in the ICU. Now, when it looks like he will be leaving on his way to a near full recovery, his wife tells me she can’t thank me enough telling her husband “she never lost faith in you.” I felt as if my medical practice had suddenly been realigned. All the recent years of practice ...

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I have mental illness. It’s taken hours of talk therapy, months of finding the right dosage and timing of medication, and years of work to learn how to live successfully with it. I’ve redefined how I think and feel, and learned what kinds of people and experiences to limit or allow in my life. Now in my 50’s, I’ve come to know the textures of my own mental illness and ...

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I am guilty of neglect. I’ll admit it. I’ll own it. I’ll embrace it. When I am doing a consult now for one of many hospital emergency rooms, I am sent a pretty standard package of history, nurses notes, doctor’s assessment, physical exam report, lab results and other information that I review prior to actually seeing the patient on the screen and doing my own assessment. Now, on a day like today, ...

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"Your call is important to us.  Please listen carefully because our options have changed." During your current or any prior lifetime, has any phone menu option ever changed? I have more than once experienced an option not offered on the robotic phone menu option choices - a dead phone line after a 30 minute wait. Have you tried this customer plea as I have?  Could you pretty-please jot down my cell phone number in ...

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Recently I was asked to serve as a consultant on a medical matter.  Interestingly, they requested my hourly price for my services.  I thought about this and wondered, "What am I worth per hour in the open market?" It is an interesting question to ponder. I have decided to ask the blog-o-sphere.  Call it a bit of "free market economics."  For the record, 100% of my hourly wage for my services will ...

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How do you choose a doctor?  Perhaps you start with a recommendation from a friend or a trusted physician, then you look at factors such as training, experience, board certification, access, online reviews and of course that vital issue, how well you like the doctor when you meet him or her.  Tough thing, picking a person you barely know to whom you trust health and life.  To this list, I ...

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