Are We Sinking Ourselves in Medical Debt?

Several of my friends, independently, have told me their stories about their experiences with Obamacare. All the stories are similar in many ways and entail recounting of large deductibles and small coverage. The news media has recounted different stories, each with a different problem, but basically all with the same theme. My favorite of the most recent ones in my realm is of a wife … Continue reading Are We Sinking Ourselves in Medical Debt?

Shake, Bump, or High Five? The nature of germs

This picture shows the powder transferred during a handshake simulating germ spread.  According to this picture we should have handshake free zones in our health care settings to deter the spread of pathogens. The fist bump has been declared the healthiest of all kinds of greetings. They are 20 times more hygienic than handshakes and 10 times cleaner than high-fives according to the Monday online … Continue reading Shake, Bump, or High Five? The nature of germs

New Rules Limit Contact in High School Football Practice

When I lived in a small central Texas town I was on call every Friday night. I had seats on the 50 yard line and the team physician knew exactly where my seat was. Usually, he just turned around and motioned for me to get up and drive to the hospital a couple of blocks away.  I have seen my share of concussions, broken bones, … Continue reading New Rules Limit Contact in High School Football Practice

Ready, Puff, Go in Washington State

It’s just hours away when the state of Washington has the first licensed recreational pot stores open. Many of the just awarded licensees received an email in the early morning hours today. This has been 20 months in the making since the recreational use was legalized. As the emailed notifications were received, shop owners began placing orders with some of the state’s licensed growers.  Some … Continue reading Ready, Puff, Go in Washington State

Broken Trail of Promises at the VA Hospitals

It was reported last week by CNN that at least 40 veterans have died waiting for treatment at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care System. They revealed the secret list that patients were shuttled to when they didn’t have time nor room to serve them They did this to hide the fact that thousands of veterans were waiting months to get an appointment. The whistleblower … Continue reading Broken Trail of Promises at the VA Hospitals

Debates Over Human Euthanasia

I am confused this week by the conflicting stories in the news. Just what is human euthanasia? When is it justified? Who qualifies for it? Much press was given to the botched execution of the Oklahoma killer where the 3-drug lethal injection protocol failed.  I had a very hard time understanding how physicians or drug companies in charge of allotting the dose of the cocktail … Continue reading Debates Over Human Euthanasia

New FDA approved Painkiller More Addictive?

When my son had his knee replacement at age 49, I stayed to help during the rehab .My son is a line foreman for the local utility company. He has spent the last 25 years climbing poles and in and out of the bucket truck, hence the need for a knee replacement. His knee joint was non-existent. In the first couple of days after the … Continue reading New FDA approved Painkiller More Addictive?

AARP Bulletin Advises Members Against Medical Tests

I wonder how many patients Elizabeth Agnvall has sent to an early grave today? The latest AARP Bulletin screams the headline- Doctors say: Skip These Tests! “Doctors warn that some of the common medical tests routinely taken by Americans do more harm than good, waste billions of dollars and could endanger your health or even your life…” Are you kidding me? On page 12 she … Continue reading AARP Bulletin Advises Members Against Medical Tests