RSS Articles and Information
  • Protect Your Children and Yourself from Phthalates December 19, 2014
    Phthalates are chemicals used since the 1950s to soften plastics. They are continuously released into the air, food, or liquid. How do you and your children become exposed to phthalates? Ingestion – When babies suck or chew on an object …
  • Holiday Specials on Lab Tests December 18, 2014
    Give the gift of health and wellness this holiday season. This is a great way to be proactive and keep up with your health as well as that of your loved ones. Below are the December specials from DirectLabs. You …
  • The Truth About Sugar December 15, 2014
    The past decade’s focus on low-fat diet has led to an unintended consequence, an increase in sugar consumption. Many people are not aware of exactly how much sugar they are actually consuming. The sugar, processed food, and beverage industries do …
  • Yet Another ObamaCare Miscalculation December 12, 2014
    by Marilyn Singleton MD, JD On November 13th, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report finding that that enrollment for the state-operated Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP), created by the Affordable Care Act, was significantly lower than expected. …
  • Ralph Weber Talks About Root Causes of High-Priced Healthcare – Video December 10, 2014
    The main reasons that health care costs so much are because of lack of transparency, lack of competition, and the complexity of the system. There is a lack of transparency between the patient and the provider, as well as between …
  • Here’s The Thing #6: Root Causes December 10, 2014
  • Yogurts: Not All Are Created Equal December 8, 2014
    by Adrienne Snavely Most commercial yogurts are full of artificial colors, flavors, and sugar, which stimulate disease-causing bacteria, yeast, and fungi in the gut. This overpowers your good bacteria, increasing the chance you’ll get sick. Healthier yogurts are pasteurized at …
  • The Scientist, the Sage, and the Homunculus: The Psychology of Direct Pay Medicine December 7, 2014
    How Patients and Doctors Make Decisions About Payment for Care. Dr. Robert Emmons and Dr. Josh Umbehr of http://Atlas.MD discuss the psychology behind direct pay medical care. From September 4, 2014, AAPS 71st Annual Meeting.
  • “The Rich, Fat Giant & the Free Market” – A Bedtime Story December 5, 2014
    by G. Keith Smith, MD When my children were young, I used to make up bedtime stories for them, stories they recently reminded me they remember even now.  I hope you enjoy the following actually true story, many versions of …
  • Hysteria’s History Episode02 FINAL December 4, 2014
  • Should You Worry About Phthalate Exposure While Pregnant? December 3, 2014
    Chemicals called phthalates are used to make plastic items more flexible. They are found in packaged foods and personal care products. In the past few years, studies showed that phthalate exposure put pregnant women at risk of complications and fetal …
  • Beyond Mere Board Certification: Paul Kempen, MD, PhD December 3, 2014
    Dr. Paul Kempen exposes the truth about Maintenance of Certification (MOC) in a presentation to physicians in the St. Louis area on November 22, 2014.
  • Health Benefits of Coconut Oil December 1, 2014
    Coconut oil is a saturated fat that helps you lose weight, decreases inflammation, fights infection, and protects the brain from Alzheimer’s disease. It works the opposite way other saturated fats do by improving the ratio of “good” to “bad” cholesterol …
  • Thanksgiving Special from MediBid for Physicians & Patients November 26, 2014
    Happy Thanksgiving from MediBid! MediBid is offering 25% off annual registration to give thanks to all of the freedom fighting doctors and facility administrators we have out there! We have a large group of self pay patients looking for quality …
  • Fraser Institute: Waiting Your Turn, Medical Wait Times in Canada 2014 November 26, 2014
    The Fraser Institute study, Waiting Your Turn: Wait Times for Health Care in Canada, is Canada’s only comprehensive measurement of wait times for medically necessary health care. Based on an annual survey of physicians practising in 12 specialties in each …
  • Why You Should Eat More Prunes November 24, 2014
    Many people are not fans of prunes, yet sales of “dried plums” are on the rise. Prunes have been a popular digestive remedy for decades with their fiber, stool loosener, and natural laxative compound. They are a sweet treat for …
  • ACA Architect Gruber Insults Voters November 21, 2014
    MIT economist Jonathan Gruber (an architect of Obamacare) has emerged in a handful of videos insulting the American public. In one video, Gruber discusses how voters’ “lack of economic understanding” enabled a politically unpopular tax on “Cadillac” health plans to …
  • Are You Vitamin D Deficient? November 19, 2014
    Many Americans believe they are not at risk for Vitamin D deficiency because they eat D-fortified foods. These foods do not contain enough Vitamin D to benefit your health. Vitamin D is not a regular vitamin, but a steroid hormone …
  • Ambulance Drones Could Help You Survive a Heart Attack November 17, 2014
    Heart disease is the #1 cause of death in the United States. The odds of surviving a heart attack outside of a hospital is only 8%. Four out of five heart attacks occur at home where there is no emergency …
  • Eugenics in America – In the Name of Science November 17, 2014
    Marilyn M. Singleton, M.D., J.D. presents at the AAPS 71st Annual Meeting, September 5, 2014, Charleston, South Carolina

Protect Your Children and Yourself from Phthalates

Phthalates are chemicals used since the 1950s to soften plastics. They are continuously released into the air, food, or liquid.

How do you and your children become exposed to phthalates?

Ingestion – When babies suck or chew on an object which contains plasticizers, or when a binkychild handles an object then sucks on their fingers. Remove potentially harmful objects from baby’s reach and make sure toys that will be mouthed are safe. Polymer modeling clay also contains phthalates. Adults ingest plasticizers by eating food contained in plastic packaging or drinking from plastic bottles.

cosmeticsAbsorption – Phthalates are in many scented and cosmetic products like perfumes, lotions, creams, and powders (including baby products). Women with the highest levels were childbearing age because of their high use of cosmetics. Hospital equipment is made of PVC, even in the NICU and other child care areas. Some hospitals are phasing out the phthalate-containing PVC from neonatal intensive care units.

Inhalation – Dust or fumes from vinyl products such as vinyl flooring, vinyl seats in cars, and some diaper-changing mats.

Recently, the press has declaring how exposure to phthalates during pregnancy reduces children’s IQ. It is important to limit a mom’s exposure to protect her baby from possible low birth weight, fertility, and anatomical abnormalities.

Can you avoid it? You might not be able to eliminate exposure entirely, but you can reduce your family’s exposure by employing the following tips:

Minimize exposure via absorption:

  • Limit the amount of baby care products you use, especially for children under the age of eight months. Choose products that are phthalate-free.
  • Determine if containers are phthalate-free. Choose personal care products without phthalates or the word “fragrance” on the label. Manufacturers are not required to list phthalates, and they may be included under “fragrance”.
  • Visit the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics website which lists brand-name products and whether they contain phthalates.

 

Minimize exposure via ingestion:

  • Use glass and stainless steel instead of plastic. When you do buy plastic bottles, recycle-numbersmake sure they are phthalate-free. Plastic bottles labeled #1, 2, 4, or 5 are considered safer. Those labeled #3, 6, or 7 leach phthalates, BPA and styrene.
  • Don’t microwave food in plastic or put plastic containers in the dishwasher. Avoid canned food when possible, as BPA may leach from the lining of the cans, including infant formula.
  • Don’t buy vinyl products, especially if they will end up in your baby’s mouth.

 

Minimize inhalation of phthalates:

  • Ventilate well when painting, and make sure your child is not in the area.
  • Select non-vinyl shower curtains, raincoats, lawn furniture, and building products when possible.
  • Clean often to remove phthalate containing dust on all surfaces. Avoid air fresheners, as most contain phthalates.

 

In the United States, many manufacturers are voluntarily removing phthalates from items mouthed by babies. The FDA has decided that there is not enough damaging evidence to require regulatory action concerning phthalates. Parents should make informed decisions when selecting products for their children and themselves.

http://www.babycenter.com/0_phthalates-what-you-need-to-know_3647067.bc?showAll=true

“Phthalates: What you need to know.” Safety at Home. babycenter.com, Mar 2008. Web. 18 Dec 2014.

Share

Comments

Posted in Health (taking care of yourself) Tagged , , , , , , , |

Holiday Specials on Lab Tests

Give the gift of health and wellness this holiday season. This is a great way to be proactive and keep up with your health as well as that of your loved ones. Below are the December specials from DirectLabs. You will also find a coupon code below to save 10% on lab tests which are not part of this special offer.
Christmas-boughThe Comprehensive Wellness Panel (CWP) includes over 50 individual laboratory tests that provide a thorough Biochemical assessment of your health.
Order NowComprehensive Wellness Panel$59 (Regular Price $97, a $542 value)

Test includes:
Lipids: This is a group of simple blood tests that reveal important information about the types, amount and distribution of the various types of fats (lipids) in the bloodstream. Includes Total Cholesterol, HDL (good) Cholesterol, LDL (bad) Cholesterol, Risk Ratio (good to total), and Triglycerides.
Complete Blood Count(CBC’s): It is a blood test that checks hemoglobin, hematocrit, red blood cells (RBC), white blood cells (WBC), and platelets. Used as a broad screening test to check for such disorders as anemia, infection, and many other diseases. Changing levels of red or white blood cells can indicate disease or infection and are very helpful in a health screening.
Fluids and Electrolytes: Electrolytes are minerals in your body that have an electric charge. They are in your blood, urine and body fluids. Maintaining the right balance of electrolytes helps your body’s blood chemistry, muscle action and other processes. Sodium, potassium, chlorine, and carbon dioxide are all electrolytes. You get them from the foods you eat and the fluids you drink. Levels of electrolytes in your body can become too low or too high. That can happen when the amount of water in your body changes, causing dehydration or overhydration. Causes include some medicines, vomiting, diarrhea, sweating or kidney problems. Problems most often occur with levels of sodium, potassium or calcium. It includes: Chloride, Potassium, Sodium and Carbon Dioxide.
Thyroid w/TSH: Thyroid function is critical to your metabolism and affects your energy level, heart rate, weight control and more. The thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) is produced in the pituitary gland and stimulates the production of thyroid hormones. The TSH helps identify an underactive or overactive thyroid state. This comprehensive evaluation of your thyroid hormone levels includes: T-3 Uptake, T4 total, Free Thyroxine Index (T7), and Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone (TSH).
Liver: The liver panel includes several blood tests measuring specific proteins and liver enzymes in the blood. This combination of blood tests is designed to give you a complete picture of the state of your liver and help detect liver disease and measure potential liver damage. Some of the blood tests are associated with the integrity of the liver cells (i.e. ALT), some with liver function (i.e. albumin) and some with disease linked to the biliary system (i.e. alkaline phosphatase). Includes: Albumin, Alkaline Phosphatase, Alanine Transaminase (ALT or SGPT), Aspartate Transaminase (AST or SGOT), Total Bilirubin, Total Protein, LDH, Total Globulin, Albumin/Globulin Ration and GGT.
Kidney: This basic metabolic panel is a group of blood tests that provides information about your body’s metabolism. This test is done to evaluate kidney function, blood acid/base balance, blood sugar levels. It includes Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN), Creatinine, BUN/Creatinine Ratio, eGFR, and Uric Acid.
Glucose: Changes in blood glucose are a good indicator of metabolic function and can help detect diseases like diabetes mellitus. Since diabetes is the most common cause of kidney disease in adults, it is important to monitor for this disorder when evaluating kidney function.
Mineral and Bone: In addition to its mechanical functions, the bone is a reservoir for minerals (a “metabolic” function). The bone stores 99% of the body’s calcium and 85% of the phosphorus. It is very important to keep the blood level of calcium within a narrow range. If blood calcium gets too high or too low, the muscles and nerves will not function. In times of need, for example, during pregnancy, calcium can be removed from the bones. It includes: Total Iron, Calcium, and Phosphorus.

Order NowPT, inr (Prothrombin Time)$19 (Regular Price $27, a $36 value)

Test Includes:
The Prothrombin time (PT) test is most often used to check how well anti-coagulant or “blood-thinning” drugs are working. Anti-coagulant drugs help prevent the formation of blood clots. This is particularly important in people who have had a heart attack or other problems with their veins. The drug’s effectiveness can be determined by how much it prolongs the prothrombin-to-thrombin conversion time.


As an extra special thank you, we’ve included this 10% OFF coupon to use on those last minute lab purchases. Be sure to share this coupon with your family and friends. To start saving, use the coupon code MERRY2014 when you place your order HERE!
Note: Discount can only be applied to regularly priced tests. Coupon code not to be used on $59 CWP, Monthly Specials, and is not valid with any other special pricing.
behealthy

Share

Comments

Posted in Health (taking care of yourself) Tagged , , , , , , , |

The Truth About Sugar

???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????The past decade’s focus on low-fat diet has led to an unintended consequence, an increase in sugar consumption. Many people are not aware of exactly how much sugar they are actually consuming. The sugar, processed food, and beverage industries do not admit the health hazards their products lead to. Industry-funded studies and independent research result in very different conclusions regarding the relationship between sugar and obesity. A new website, SugarScience.org, will provide objective data to consumers.

Added sugars are in 74% of processed food. The recommended daily limit for added sugar is nine teaspoons for men and six teaspoons for women. Four grams of sugar equals one teaspoon. If you are overweight, diabetic, or have high blood pressure, you should restrict your sugar intake to 15 grams per day. The average American consumes around 20 teaspoons of added sugar per day, with this excess intake feeding the obesity and chronic disease epidemics in our country. One can of regular soda contains 11 teaspoons of sugar, and a “healthy” fruit-flavored yogurt can contain almost 20 grams (or five teaspoons).

Processed food, which are full of sugar, trans fat, sodium, and other unnatural chemicals, takes much longer for the digestive tract to break down. Your body can only process so much sugar per day. Excess consumption leads to type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, dementia, and cancer. People who consume more than 20% of their daily calories from sugar are twice as likely to die from heart disease, states a study in JAMA.

Food-based (naturally occurring) sugars are far less risky. To reduce your added sugar intake, switch to a diet of whole, raw, and unprocessed foods. Cut back on how much sugar you add to your food and drink. Other ways to cut back on sugar include using Stevia instead of sugar or artificial sweeteners, using fresh fruit for sweetness, and using spices to add flavor to meals rather than sugar. A healthy diet is high in good fats, low in sugar and non-vegetable carbohydrates, and contains a moderate amount of protein.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/12/10/sugar-processed-foods.aspx

Mercola MD, Joseph. “New Science Website Reveals the Truth About Sugar.” Health. Mercola.com, 10 Dec 2014. Web. 14 Dec 2014.

Share

Comments

Posted in Health (taking care of yourself) Tagged , , , , , , , |

Yet Another ObamaCare Miscalculation

shopby Marilyn Singleton MD, JD
On November 13th, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report finding that that enrollment for the state-operated Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP), created by the Affordable Care Act, was significantly lower than expected. The 18 State-based-SHOPs had enrolled about 76,000 individuals—including employees, their spouses, and dependent children—in plans purchased through nearly 12,000 small employers, as of June 1, 2014, for most states.

No data was released for the federally-operated SHOP, but CMS told GAO it anticipates similarly low enrollment numbers. This report’s release comes just days after the Obama administration predicted that overall enrollment for next year is expected to be 30% lower than expected.

The GAO noted that the primary incentive for many small businesses to enroll in SHOPS was to utilize the small business health care tax credit. But the credit is so narrow, complex and temporary that it has been an insufficient incentive to enroll. Although the President’s Council of Economic Advisors and initially estimated over 4 million small businesses would be eligible for the credit, a 2012 GAO report showed only 170,300 actually claimed it.

House Small Business Committee Chairman Graves said, “The administration touted the SHOP as a way for small companies and their employees to benefit from more health insurance competition and choice, and ultimately lower prices. Instead, we have seen that costs are increasing for nearly two-thirds of small businesses that provide health insurance to their employees and the majority of small business owners paid more per employee for health insurance in 2013 than in 2012.”

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

Singleton MD,JD, Marilyn. “Another ObamaCare Miscalculation.” What’s New. Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, 26 Nov 2014. Web. 11 Dec 2014.

Share

Comments

Posted in Employer Health Plan Tagged , , , , , , |

Ralph Weber Talks About Root Causes of High-Priced Healthcare – Video

The main reasons that health care costs so much are because of lack of transparency, lack of competition, and the complexity of the system. There is a lack of transparency between the patient and the provider, as well as between the patient and their employer who provides benefits. The system’s complexity leads to increased administrative costs. The charge given to a particular procedure is meaningless and must be repriced to a reasonable amount. The provider overcharges to account for poor reimbursement rates and insurance companies hope for an overcharge to reprice in order to make a profit on reducing the original price. If actual prices were listed and competition was allowed between physicians and facilities, health care prices would be much lower for everyone.

Share

Comments

Posted in Free market medicine Tagged , , , , , , , |

Here’s The Thing #6: Root Causes

Share

Comments

Posted in Common Sense Health Care Solutions, Cost of Health Care, Economics, Employer Health Plan, Health Care Innovation, Insurance, Medibid Television, Obamacare

Yogurts: Not All Are Created Equal

by Adrienne SnavelyYogurt
Most commercial yogurts are full of artificial colors, flavors, and sugar, which stimulate disease-causing bacteria, yeast, and fungi in the gut. This overpowers your good bacteria, increasing the chance you’ll get sick. Healthier yogurts are pasteurized at low temperatures and are made from raw milk rather than previously pasteurized milk at high temperatures.

A healthy gut is important in digestion and nutrient absorption, production of vitamins and minerals, the elimination of toxins, and for protecting your immune system and mental health. Gut bacteria are sensitive to diet and environmental factors including sugar, grains, processed foods, fluoridated water, and pesticides. What you eat quickly affects your gut flora. Eating lots of vegetables and fiber-rich foods is much better than a diet high in carbohydrates and processed fats. The most important step in building good gut bacteria is to avoid sugar. Yogurt containing probiotics benefit intestinal health and brain function. The least expensive way to get healthy gut bacteria is to buy raw milk and use it to make yogurt or kefir. A quart of kefir has more active bacteria than a probiotic supplement. This will keep your digestive tract full of enough good bacteria for daily gut health maintenance.

The Cornucopia Institute has filed a complaint with the FDA to examine whether yogurts on the market violate the legal definition of yogurt. They claim that major marketers of yogurts are misleading consumers. These yogurts are loaded with artificial sweeteners, colors, and emulsifiers – “junk food masquerading as health food”, states Mark Kastel, Codirector of Cornucopia Institute. The amount of total sugars in these yogurts are equivalent to that of candy bars. High fructose corn syrup promotes obesity and diabetes. The alternate sweetener, aspartame, has been linked by some to brain tumors and other neurological diseases in lab animals. The amount of added sugar from a single serving of yogurt can total the recommended daily limit. Another controversial ingredient, carrageenan (made from seaweed), can cause serious gastrointestinal inflammation and disease. People with inflammatory bowel disease can have their symptoms worsen from carrageenan. Artificial coloring has been linked to ADHD in children. Greek yogurt, which is gaining popularity, has added milk protein concentrate to increase the protein level and improve texture.

homemadeyogMany organic yogurts are less expensive than heavily-processed yogurts. They have been found to contain higher levels of beneficial bacteria than the most popular brands. Also, organic yogurt has better ratios of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids and higher levels of beneficial fats than regular yogurt. The healthiest choices of Cornucopia’s study – including Traders Point Creamery, Butterworks, and Cedar Summit Farm – have a short list of ingredients. It is cost-effective to purchase large containers of plain organic yogurt and mix in fresh fruit or granola for a healthy snack.

http://www.cornucopia.org/yogurt/

“New Report Criticizes Yogurt Industry: Major Brands Accused of Turning Health Food into Junk Food.” The Cornucopia Institute, Nov 2014. Web. 7 Dec 2014.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/11/20/yogurt-gut-health.aspx

Mercola MD, Joseph. “New Report Will Reveal Which Yogurts Are Healthy, and Which Are Best Avoided.” Health. Mercola.com, 20 Nov 2014. Web. 7 Dec 2014.

Share

Comments

Posted in Health (taking care of yourself) Tagged , , , , , , , |

The Scientist, the Sage, and the Homunculus: The Psychology of Direct Pay Medicine

How Patients and Doctors Make Decisions About Payment for Care. Dr. Robert Emmons and Dr. Josh Umbehr of <a href="http://Atlas.MD" Continue reading

Share

Comments

Posted in Medibid Television, Tax Increases

“The Rich, Fat Giant & the Free Market” – A Bedtime Story

by G. Keith Smith, MD
When my children were young, I used to make up bedtime stories for them, child-scared-in-bedstories they recently reminded me they remember even now.  I hope you enjoy the following actually true story, many versions of which are now playing out all over the country.  Stories like this may well be the only way to memorialize the quickly unraveling health cartel.  I know I will enjoy retelling this to my grandchildren someday.

Once upon a time, a large tax exempt, not for profit hospital was doing a terrible job of not making a profit.  While giving this profit to their already lavishly paid administrative staff would help them appear to make less of a profit, spending their money in this way rendered them less credible champions of the poor.  Undeterred and loaded with bags and bags of cash and always up for a challenge, they hatched a plan to spend the millions they had taken from the sick in a way that made it look like they had once again not made a profit, while bringing in even more profit.  Moving in on a nearby small town hospital competitor, they began paying above market prices to acquire all of the key physician practices in the town, choking off the referrals to the small hospital.  This had the desired effect and in no time at all, the small hospital agreed to be purchased by this large hospital system, operating to this day under their banner.  Newspaper headlines read, “Our little hospital has been saved by the giant!”

While the small physician-owned surgery center in this small town was more resilient, they too didn’t last long, all of their referrals choked off by the hospital’s acquisition of the local physician practices.  They too, succumbed to an offer from the giant.  Rather than operate this surgery center under the giant hospital system’s banner, those who had so spectacularly failed to not make a profit simply closed the surgery center.  All of these purchases were accomplished with funds on which no taxes were paid and taken from sick people who were many times bankrupted to fund this expansion of the giant hospital’s vast empire.

With the surgery center closed, the tax exempt, not for profit hospital loaded with cash and having no competitors began to charge the sick ever more, even as the quality of care took a dive, as many of these patients realistically had nowhere to turn.  One day a young thin, bean stalk of a man living in this town was told he needed his tonsils removed, a procedure for which his parents were to be charged $17,000 by the tax exempt hospital doing such a miserable job of not making a profit.  Desperate to avoid bankruptcy, this family turned to the internet.  There they discovered that a surgery center just about 2 hours down the road would perform his tonsillectomy for around $3000.  This was a savings of $14,000 for driving two hours!  Now while a $7000 an hour wage is paltry for a giant hospital miserably failing to not make a profit, this was significant money for this young man’s family.

They drove to the surgery center, paid the $3000, had a wonderful experience, drove home and told all of their friends.  Many patients from this town have traveled down the road since and saved just as much or more by avoiding the hospital systems working so hard to fail at not making a profit.  As the giant hospital roars and continues to tighten its grip, more little families slip through the hospital’s fist, traveling for healthcare to see those they can trust with both their lives and their fortunes.  This young family and now countless others have together saved millions of dollars and are now living happily ever after.

Normally, I would say, “The End.”  But this is not the end.  This is just the beginning.

http://surgerycenterofoklahoma.tumblr.com/post/101203284362/a-bedtime-story-the-rich-fat-giant-the-free

Smith MD, G. Keith. “A bedtime story: “The Rich, Fat Giant & the Free Market”.” Surgery Center of Oklahoma, Nov 2014. Web. 4 Dec 2014.

Share

Comments

Posted in Free market medicine Tagged , , , , , , , |

Hysteria’s History Episode02 FINAL

Share

Comments

Posted in Economics, Medibid Television
Subscribe to MediBlog
Get daily digests on Market-Based patient care


 

Thank You
More Affordable Insurance AlternativeCategories
Bulk Email Sender