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Anti-Aging Medicine — the Promise of a better tomorrow

Anti-Aging Medicine — the Promise of a better tomorrow

Anti-Aging Age Management Medicine the Future of Health and Wellness Anti-Aging Medicine / Age Management Medicine.  What is it?   Is it real? Are there real controversies here? In a word, yes.   Can it be fulfilled in today’s guideline, task force, economic environment? We are poised at a very important juncture.   Anti-aging medicine offers promise of a goal oriented path to optimal health and well being.  Or we can pursue restrictive policy driven, algorithms of cookbook medicine. What…

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Health Care: The Day After

Health Care: The Day After

The larger picture here is that the private insurance companies are still the ones in charge. They’re still going to call the shots. And if anything, they’ve just been given another big handout by the government by guaranteeing customers. I mean, this is really kind of crazy when you think about it. — Michael Moore

Health Care Reform: Myths and Misunderstandings

Health Care Reform: Myths and Misunderstandings

Too often have I written about the endgame.  Shades of Mark Twain — reports of my death are exaggerated.  But this really is the ninth inning.  The problem is the president is looking for the long ball — the out of the park home run.  When he should have been hitting singles, or emulating the great Joe Montana — short yardage high percentage gains — not Hail Mary passes. Ave, Imperator, morituri te salutant The secret fate of all voting…

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Healthcare: a Christmas Present of Epic Proportions

Healthcare: a Christmas Present of Epic Proportions

Half a loaf?  No, worse.  Here is your pre-Christmas present — a big lump of coal.   Let me simplify and make clear my assertion.  You are ill, in need of medical care.   You want the best.   Whose wise counsel and help do you seek?   You want someone who is sympathetic, skilled and competent. This debate has never been about Health.   Certainly not your health.  For the last six months I have steadfastly maintained the large insurance racketeers…

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Keith Olbermann Sounds the Death Knell

Keith Olbermann Sounds the Death Knell

Keith Olbermann, always impassioned, penetrating and reflective. The chorus rises: this bill with it’s mandated participation in the insurance protection scheme cannot be supported. A bad and corrupt bill is worse than no bill at all. The President’s high stakes gamble is overtaken by the raging storm of job insecurity and … the economy. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Please follow and like us:

Howard Dean Says It’s Time to Kill This Bill

Howard Dean Says It’s Time to Kill This Bill

Howard Dean at his most articulate and unambiguous self.   The time has finally come.    There is nothing left to support.   It’s now face saving time.   It is not about Joe Lieberman.   He’s just become the Mannie Ramirez of the Senate. “It’s not health care reform … and it’s too bad it’s come this.” “You are going to be forced to pay, on average, 27% of your money to pay CEOs $20 million a year…” [starts at about 4:08 into…

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HealthCare Napkins: It’s Not About HealthCare

HealthCare Napkins: It’s Not About HealthCare

Single payor is not the answer.   But this is an illuminating sketch of “HealthCare 101” coming into the bottom of the 8th inning.   What is missing is the critical distinction between big business vs small business in medicine.   Your old fashioned GP was in small business much as he/she always protested to the contrary. Healthcare Napkins All View more documents from Dan Roam. Please follow and like us:

Trying to Please Everyone and No One – part 2

Trying to Please Everyone and No One – part 2

Where is this train wreck headed?  Wending its way through the various Senate and House subcommittees, the health care reform debate of 2009 is approaching a crescendo.    What do we have to show?   The question I posed in a previous post still has yet to be answered – just what is the problem?  Is the problem greater access?  Is the problem escalating insurance premiums?  Is the problem stratospheric and ruinous hospitalization bills?  Is the problem rapidly declining quality of care? …

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Trying to Put Genie Back in the Bottle

Trying to Put Genie Back in the Bottle

We have seen the emergence of “evidence-based medicine” in the last 10 years.  This has been an effort to further legitimize and give scientific basis to common medical therapies.  A medical version of “show me the money.”  I have always thought this was rather inane, since it presumed that all medicine for the last 2000 years has been unscientific and irrational.  Although the reality is medicine is not nearly as scientific as asserted.  Only 10-20% of medical practice is based…

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