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  • The Commercial Gym – A Little House of Horrors April 16, 2014
    by Lee Kurisko, MD I’m was on vacation a week ago in Florida.  I was more than happy to vacate Minnesota that week.  Despite being the first week of April, Minnesota is still getting snow.  My kids are teenagers so …
  • The Difference Matters: Dick Morris Interviews Jan Iverson April 15, 2014
    Jan Iverson speaks to Dick Morris, on April 14, 2014, about citizen-led efforts to hold Hillary Clinton accountable for the Benghazi cover up.
  • Arkansas Surgical Hospital Ranked Among Most Affordable in Statewide Study April 14, 2014
    San Francisco (April 9, 2014) – NerdWallet Health, a website that empowers consumers to make better decisions about healthcare and insurance, has found the ten most affordable hospitals in Arkansas – and North Little Rock-based Arkansas Surgical Hospital ranks sixth. …
  • Costa Rica Vacation & Medical Check-up Special April 11, 2014
    5 Days and 4 Nights Package to Costa Rica is available for $1899! It includes over 25 individual laboratory tests and scans to provide a thorough Biochemical assessment of your health, as well as 2 day tours in the area! …
  • MediBid Safe From Heartbleed Bug April 10, 2014
    As I’m sure most of you have heard, an encryption flaw in the OpenSSL cryptographic software library has inadvertently caused one of the biggest security threats ever seen on the internet. The OpenSSL cryptographic software library is used to secure …
  • Dr. Jeffrey Gallups Interviews Ralph Weber about MediBid April 9, 2014
    MediBid does what the government and politicians have been unable to do — offer low medical costs and choices.  MediBid was initially developed for Canadian patients on medical waiting lists.  Employers were interested in the model to provide benefits for …
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    Episode 2 of “Awakenings” with the Health Ranger reveals the 3 most insidious poisons you should NEVER eat, drink or inject again! Hear more episodes of Awakenings at NaturalNews.com
  • How to live GMO-free – Awakenings with the Health Ranger April 4, 2014
    Important tips on how to live a GMO-free life. Get Monsanto out of your food and off your back!This is episode 1 of the Health Ranger’s new series “Awakenings.” See more Awakenings episodes at NaturalNews.com
  • The Road to Serfdom is Paved with Good Intentions April 2, 2014
    by Marilyn M. Singleton, M.D., J.D. What do TSA groping, NSA data-mining, and mercury-laced fluorescent light bulbs have to do with keeping your doctor? They are the products of seductively entitled but flawed laws. As Daniel Webster said, “good intentions …
  • The Patient Physician Relationship Under ObamaCare April 1, 2014
    AAPS Capitol Hill Briefing: March 27, 2014 Currently there is a lot of discussion regarding health care exchanges and access to insurance. However, insurance is not care. Even if the exchanges are eventually fixed, they cannot assure access to care. …
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The Commercial Gym – A Little House of Horrors

by Lee Kurisko, MD

I’m was on vacation a week ago in Florida.  I was more than happy to vacate Minnesota that week.  Despite being the first week of April, Minnesota is still getting snow.  My kids are teenagers so that means on vacation, it is tough to get them up before the crack of noon.  In the mornings, I cannot do pushups and squats in the hotel room, but instead I have been heading to the commercial gym two blocks from the hotel.

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I rarely set foot in commercial gyms.  With minimal investment, it is easy to set up a home gym that will allow home workouts every bit as good as what you can do in a commercial gym without the inconvenience of travelling to and from the gym and the expense of membership fees.  Furthermore, home exercise DVD’s have undergone a revolution and many of them are extremely good.  Modern gyms may have hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of equipment, but the results that most people achieve are not proportionate to the expense.

One tenet of productive exercise is to be hard on the muscles but easy on the joints and spine.  The other morning I did about 350 total repetitions of various squats and lunges thoroughly working my thighs, hamstrings, butt and lower back in a little over a half an hour. I was sweating hard, breathing hard and my legs were on fire. Meanwhile a young guy less than half my age was doing squats with 275 pounds loaded on his shoulders.  I am sure that this was good for his ego, but bad for his back and joints.  Unable to do even a single proper repetition with this weight, the power exerted, work performed and even the force production were likely a fraction of what I achieved.  One incorrect move with a load like that and he may suffer an injury that could stay with him for the rest of his life. My maximum weight for the day was a measly 45 pounds and my legs were still barking at me two days later.  My joints and spine felt fine.

On another side of the gym, a “trainer” has a women in her sixties doing bench presses; one of the most orthopedically dangerous of all movements for the shoulder joint.

A little later, a man in his seventies is holding a broomstick behind his back working on the range of motion of his shoulders in a violent movement that could easily tear his rotator cuff; a structure that at his age would more likely than not have at least a small tear already.  I guess he was trying to complete the job and produce a full tear.

It is no wonder that gyms have you sign a waiver releasing the facility of any legal liability if you get hurt.  Understanding productive exercise is not as straight forward as you may think.  Don’t expect to wander into a gym and just do “whatever” and expect to get results.  A good understanding of exercise requires a fairly extensive knowledge of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, physics and nutrition.

Sadly, few people have this level of knowledge.  If you are new to getting in shape, my best advice to you is to seek out instruction from a qualified trainer.

Lee Kurisko MD is Chief Medical Officer of  www.medibid.com.  He is trained as a family physician, radiologist, and neuroradiologist. He is author of “Health Reform- The End of the American Revolution?”  He is now pursuing Board Certification in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine.”

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The Difference Matters: Dick Morris Interviews Jan Iverson

Jan Iverson speaks to Dick Morris, on April 14, 2014, about citizen-led efforts to hold Hillary Clinton accountable for the Continue reading

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Arkansas Surgical Hospital Ranked Among Most Affordable in Statewide Study

arkansasSan Francisco (April 9, 2014) – NerdWallet Health, a website that empowers consumers to make better decisions about healthcare and insurance, has found the ten most affordable hospitals in Arkansas – and North Little Rock-based Arkansas Surgical Hospital ranks sixth.

A recent finalist in Health 2.0’s Hospital Price Transparency Challenge, NerdWallet Health used its Best Hospitals tool to analyze 100 of the most common treatments at 45 top hospitals in Arkansas. To compile this list, NerdWallet Health sought answers to the following questions:

1) Which Arkansas hospitals offer the highest number of affordable treatments, and where are they located?
2) What are these treatments?
3) How satisfied are patients of these hospitals?

“The goal of our Best Hospitals tool is to provide consumers with the information they need to make informed healthcare decisions,” said health analyst Napala Pratini. “We hope this empowers Arkansas residents to research their options when considering their health care.”

“Arkansas Surgical Hospital strives to provide high-quality, high value care for our patients. One of the ways we do so is by buying our implants direct from the manufacturer, so we can pass along the cost-savings to our patients. This initiative, called ‘Arkansas Surgical Hospital Direct’ started 2 years ago.” CEO Carrie Helm says, “Taking care of our patients-by providing the best possible surgical outcomes at the best price point possible, is one of the advantages of being physician-owned. We are proud to be leaders in this arena.”

Some 92% of patients are satisfied with Arkansas Surgical Hospital, a physician-owned specialty hospital that performs orthopedic, spine, breast oncology and cosmetic surgeries. It also provides pain management treatments and procedures, offers affordable care for spinal fusion surgeries and has an infection rate of less than 0.2%—far below the national average of 3%. Its nursing staff is Advanced Cardiac Life Support certified, and CareChex rated Arkansas Surgical in the top 1% nationally for patient satisfaction in overall hospital, surgical and medical care.

You can find prices for Arkansas Surgical and other top-notch facilities
on MediBid

http://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/health/2014/04/07/best-hospitals-in-arkansas/

Pratini, Napala. “Best Hospitals in Arkansas: Most Affordable Hospitals.” NerdWallet Health. NerdWallet Inc, 7 Apr 2014. Web. 13 Apr 2014.

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Costa Rica Vacation & Medical Check-up Special

5 Days and 4 Nights Package to Costa Rica is available for $1899! It includes over 25 individual laboratory tests and scans to provide a thorough Biochemical assessment of your health, as well as 2 day tours in the area!

costarica2Lab Tests Include: Hemogram, Glycemic, Uric Acid, Cholesterol, HDL, LDL, VLDL, AIDS, VDRL, Triglycerides, Coronary Risk Factor, Ureic Nitrogen, Kreatinine, Urine, Hepatic Function.
Medical Imaging Includes: Chest Plate, General Abdomen Ultrasound, Prostatic Ultrasound, and Mammogram.
Gastroenterology IncludesSpecialist Consultation and Gastroscopy.
Cardiology Includes: Specialist Consultation, Echocardiogram, Stress Test, and EKG.
Nutrition: Specialist Consultation.

For one low rate you get:
Airport pick up & drop off
Medical Check-up
Transfers to the Hospital
2 Day Tours
Hotel Room
Breakfast Daily
Free WiFi
Free Calls – Canada & USA

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Choose 2 day tours (included in the rate)
Combo TourCoffee Plantation, Volcano, Waterfalls with Butterfly Park
Adventure Combo
Canopy and Rafting or Canopy and Horseback Ride
Beach Day
Manuel Antonio National Park Tour and Beach
Arenal Volcano -
Tour and Entrance to the Hot Springs
Rainforest Adventure
National Park, Boat Ride, and Aerial Tram Ride

Flight Option: For $200 round trip, you can fly out of Florida with an interpreter/guide during the first two weeks of May 2014.

Note: Signing up for the medical package is NOT REQUIRED to get the airfare deal.

If you are interested in this amazing Costa Rica health vacation,
contact MediBid today at 888-855-MEDI

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MediBid Safe From Heartbleed Bug

Image courtesy of [Stuart Miles] FreeDigitalPhotos.net5As I’m sure most of you have heard, an encryption flaw in the OpenSSL cryptographic software library has inadvertently caused one of the biggest security threats ever seen on the internet. The OpenSSL cryptographic software library is used to secure information traffic across the internet, and its vulnerability allows hackers to steal SSL/TLS encrypted information. This vulnerability is being called the “Heartbleed Bug”. A patch has been created and made publicly available by maintainers of OpenSSL.

MediBid’s security has not been breached, but new security certificates were issued to be on the safe side. Some popular websites have been compromised; however, and as such, if you use the same or similar password on multiple sites, it would be wise to change your MediBid password to something unique from all of your other passwords.

Click here to see a list of sites that have been compromised 

Click here for tips on how to create a strong password

 

 

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Dr. Jeffrey Gallups Interviews Ralph Weber about MediBid

Image courtesy of [Salvatore Vuono] FreeDigitalPhotos.netMediBid does what the government and politicians have been unable to do — offer low medical costs and choices.  MediBid was initially developed for Canadian patients on medical waiting lists.  Employers were interested in the model to provide benefits for their employees.  Price transparency is very important.  Many procedures are pre-planned and patients can get better cash prices than what insurance charges.  Procedures requested on MediBid go out to doctors who place bids for the service.  MediBid is used by those with high deductibles, uninsured, employer groups, and foreign patients. Paying more at a hospital does not mean better care, and possibly, lower quality care.  Patients on MediBid can view the education, history, specialty, and techniques of physicians who bid on their procedure before they make a selection based on the qualities they choose.

MediBid volume is up 20% in the past year because of Obamacare.  Businesses are looking for solutions to lower their costs.  Physicians set their own rates and get paid at time of service, rather than wading through insurance paperwork and waiting for reimbursement.  Lack of transparency and lack of competition drive up prices.  MediBid allows for competition, allowing for prices to drop.  People are not putting off procedures due to deductible allowances and getting the treatment they need.  The status quo is not working, so use MediBid as a positive choice when looking for affordable medical care.

Gallups MD, Jeffrey. Interview with Ralph Weber.
Segment 3:”Ralph Weber, president of Medibid talks about doctors bidding for your business.
Segment 4: “Why Medibid could be the wave of the future.”
TalkRadio 640 WGST. ENT Institute, 28 Mar 2014. Web. 8 Apr 2014.

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The three most dangerous poisons to never eat, drink or inject again

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How to live GMO-free – Awakenings with the Health Ranger

Important tips on how to live a GMO-free life. Get Monsanto out of your food and off your back!
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The Road to Serfdom is Paved with Good Intentions

by Marilyn M. Singleton, M.D., J.D.

singletonWhat do TSA groping, NSA data-mining, and mercury-laced fluorescent light bulbs have to do with keeping your doctor? They are the products of seductively entitled but flawed laws. As Daniel Webster said, “good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority.”

The Transportation Security Administration and the National Security Agency restrain our liberty under the auspices of the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001 (PATRIOT Act). The Energy Independence and Security Act is phasing out incandescent bulbs.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA/ “ObamaCare”) sounds as though our best interests were at the heart of the legislation. But so far, the 400,000-word law that nobody read has spawned some 12 million words in regulations. Now these regulations that even fewer people read are coming between you and that doctor you were promised you could keep.

The modern-day mission creep began with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). To “safeguard the privacy of protected health information,” HIPAA’s Administrative Simplification Standard mandated the use of the National Provider Identifier (NPI) for “covered entities,” i.e., those who electronically transmit health information.

The NPI extended its reach to “non-covered” physicians who neither sent nor intended to send claims for services they furnished to private insurers or government programs. Without an NPI on the paperwork to refer patients for diagnostic testing, a claim could be denied. Obtaining an NPI was a small concession to Big Brother for physicians who were not enrolled in the Medicare program. After all, even if their patients chose to pay their personal doctor out of pocket, they had paid their Medicare premiums and deserved the benefit of that insurance for other services and supplies.

For the overlords at Medicare, an NPI was no longer sufficient. The ACA specifically requires physicians/practitioners to enroll in or officially opt out of the Medicare Program to order medical supplies and home health services and have these claims accepted. To “ensure program integrity,” a gem of a catchall ACA provision (section 6405(c)) gives the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) unilateral authority to extend this mandate to “all other categories of items and services.”

Wasting no time, HHS added clinical laboratory and radiology tests to the mandate via regulations. Despite the longstanding policy of approving prescriptions dispensed under applicable state law, a new ACA-proposed rule adds medications covered by a Medicare Part D drug plan to the enroll/opt-out mandate. Physicians are bullied into bowing at the altar of bureaucracy or having Medicare deny payment for their patients’ claims for pharmaceuticals and other providers’ services.

So to protect their patients financially, physicians acquiesce to more rigmarole. In short, opting out requires making payment contracts with each patient that must be available for inspection, and filing a 12-point affidavit with the government. The entire process must be repeated every two years.

And add this little buried nugget to the pile. Next year, health plans may only contract with providers who have “mechanisms to improve health care quality as the Secretary may by regulation require.” Only Heaven knows how this will work. The current “voluntary” Physician Quality Reporting System forms are so complex that despite the specter of financial penalties few physicians respond. Studies have shown that the government with its mainly process-oriented quality measures differs with patients in their perceptions of quality care. Indeed, the government cautions that completing forms is no substitute for local quality-improvement efforts.

Physicians are regulated and disciplined by the medical boards of the states in which they practice. Nonetheless, the federal government wants to track physicians with their own Medicare GPS. Whether enrolled or opted out, the government’s mission is accomplished: controlling physicians through layer upon layer of paperwork.

The effort to control physicians and patients’ choices one rule at a time is backfiring. Patients are seeking out “high value” physicians who are willing to be innovative in providing individualized care and affordable payment options. They know that real “administrative simplification” is bypassing the middlemen with an open market that has transparent costs.

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Marilyn M. Singleton, MD, JD is a board-certified anesthesiologist and Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) member. Despite being told, “they don’t take Negroes at Stanford”, she graduated from Stanford and earned her MD at UCSF Medical School. Dr. Singleton completed 2 years of Surgery residency at UCSF, then her Anesthesia residency at Harvard’s Beth Israel Hospital. She was an instructor, then Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland before returning to California for private practice. While still working in the operating room, she attended UC Berkeley Law School, focusing on constitutional law and administrative law. She interned at the National Health Law Project and practiced insurance and health law. She teaches classes in the recognition of elder abuse and constitutional law for non-lawyers. Dr. Singleton recently returned from El Salvador where she conducted make-shift medical clinics in two rural villages.

http://www.aapsonline.org/index.php/site/article/the_road_to_serfdom_is_paved_with_good_intentions/

Singleton MD, JD, Marilyn. “The Road to Serfdom is Paved with Good Intentions.” AAPS News. Association of American Physicians & Surgeons, 9 Mar 2014. Web. 1 Apr 2014.

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The Patient Physician Relationship Under ObamaCare

AAPS Capitol Hill Briefing: March 27, 2014

Currently there is a lot of discussion regarding health care exchanges and Continue reading

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