The solution to Medicare....a new "Part G"....

Medicare Part G...

Did you know that your tax dollars are sending illegals to US medical schools?

As astonishing as that sounds, it is true based on a recent news story that has popped up as a result of several states challenging President Obama's "DACA" executive order.  The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or "DACA" is one of our creative president's executive orders that protects the children of illegals who came here "through no fault of their own".  Now the legal focus is on the use of taxpayer dollars to fund the medical education of these grown children:

One thing Trump and Hillary agree on...and why you need to understand the details of a single payer healthcare system....

Yes, this is a polarizing topic.  But Thye Donald has a slightly liberal bend toward this concept.  It is absolutely nice to think about everyone being covered for "all that is medically necessary.  But this is where things get sticky.  Among the compelling issues in the "Medicare for all" debate are the following:

1.  Who decides what is "medically necessary"?  A czar, a panel, a group of MD bureaucrats, or just maybe YOUR physician?

The next time you consider a colonoscopy, remember that you have a 30% chance of incompetence...

Shoving a large fiberoptic device where the sun don't shine has become one of those hated rituals that we are all told to do in the interest of "prevention".  Well, first it is most definitely NOT prevention but rather earlier "detection" of cancers that have likely been brewing for years based on our understanding of the nature of colorectal cancer growth.  The colonoscopy industry -- and it is indeed an industry -- is the gravy train of gastroenterology with clinics set up as fiberoptic factories to service the dutiful patients who spread their cheeks for small remuneration.

MS by any other name...

Apparently a neurologist took a look at the number of patients who are being "misdiagnosed" with MS at 4 academic health care centers including the Mayo Clinic.  This "study" revealed that half of these patients had been treated for more than 3 years with very dangerous drugs that can cause even more serious illness, and a third for more than 10 years!  This study was reported at a recent conference and is rath

A major rearrangement of power in the health care system...

... is underway and is being accomplished completely under the nose of the patient public, physicians, and even the legal profession.  Over the past year, there has been an effort to create a national consortium or commission that would effectively centralize the credentialing of medical licenses among the states.  The new National Federation of State Medical Boards has spontaneous created a new commission, known as the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact.

This new vaccine study seems to have been missed by the nightly news desks...

...because this new entry into the vaccine research world is anything but convincing that it is helpful.  Here we look at the effectiveness of so-called "TDap" vaccine usually administered to children and teenagers roughly 6 times before they graduated from high school.  This represents a tetanus, diphtheria, and "a cellular" pertussis vaccine against these illnesses.  Note that the incidence of pertussis in the school with the greatest amount of vaccine coverage, School A (65%), had almost 50% more cases of pertussis than School B (

The great cholesterol myth dies a slow death...

One would think that the $Bs spent on "getting my cholesterol checked" would have purchased an ounce of truth or benefit.  What would an afternoon of football be without that commercial break with the typical stressed middle aged male trying to act out the role of the vulnerable victim of heart disease.  But along comes the Superdrug -- most usually Lipitor or Crestor -- to save the day.  For years now the very idea that the management of the actual levels of cholesterol has permeated medical dogma to the point where True Believer medical communiti

Under the "You can't make this stuff up" category, we have...

The NEJM and Lyme disease...

Just when you think that there might be an ounce of enlightenment on the part of the tone deaf medical establishment re the diagnosis and management of Lyme disease, along comes a totally non sensical publication bannered as a major study by the beloved New England Journal of Medicine.  This study that simply compared an additional 12 weeks of 2 antibiotics (one of which does not work very well at all against borrelia burgdorferi, the spirochete that causes Lyme disease) against a placebo in patients with bona fide Lyme diseas

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