Friday, February 22, 2013

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us | TIME.com

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Leaky Gut Syndrome, Chromium And DIM Supplements On Dr. Oz Show 2/21/13

 
Doctors fail to detect/diagnose Leaky Gut Syndrome.  Alternative medicine may help.
 
Some doctors think Leaky Gut is involved in CFS.

PubMed Abstracts showing proof of biological pathogenesis

 
CURSORY REVIEW OF PUBMED ABSTRACTS RETRIEVED USING THE SEARCH PHRASE
"CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME".
Date 2012-05-03, author Nicklas Börjesson.
INTRODUCTION
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These 170 articles and studies from mid 2004 to the present all provide
support for a biological pathogenesis of ME/CFS.

Cort Johnson interviews Tom Kindlon

 
Cort Johnson conducted an extensive interview with Tom Kindlon on the subject of CBT. The interview is in three parts and can be accessed by clicking the following links:-

[Part One][Part Two][Part Three]

Tom draws attention to research which concludes with far less favourable results than more highly publicised studies.

meeting the Fukuda criteria for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome was the most powerful predictor of a poor outcome.

 Dr. Darrel Ho-Yen, a microbiologist who published several papers in the past and wrote the popular book, "Better Recovery from viral illness", says he does "not recommend an emphasis on greater activity until a patient feels 80% normal". Another doctor with similar views is Dr. Martin Lerner who, along with treating many patients, had personal experience of the condition but is now better. He "prohibits" exercise until CFS patients reach 7 or more on his Energy Index Point Score. This is a high score – if you score more than 5 you are in recovery. A score of 7 means an individual who can work a sedentary 40-hour per week job, who does not need to nap during the day, is up from 7AM to 9PM, and does light housekeeping. He says, "if you exercise before that you're going to go backwards".

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A round of applause for all Tom does for us!  (And, yes, I know -- "no applause, just throw money")

In Defense of Facebook | Toni Bernhard

 
"my Facebook is a port in the storm—a place I know I can go where, instead of being told that life is always wonderful and amazing, I can find that, like me, others are struggling, while trying to make peace with the hand they've been dealt in life."
 
Remember that we also have a Facebook page:

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

How to End the Shocking Number of Preventable Patient Deaths

 
 
According to Joe Kiani, the number of preventable deaths had been estimated at 100,000 a year.  But two years ago, a Medicare study showed that 180,000 Medicare patients alone die each year from medical error. 
 
For years, I've been saying doctors are the fourth leading cause of death in the US, but according to Kiani, the new statistics have moved it up to third leading cause of death.
 
It's so common that there's a word for it: iatrogenic.  I also have a word for it: despicable.
 
Something on the order of 80% of medical malpractice lawsuits are based on preventable error.  If doctors want the number of lawsuits to go down, they should stop complaining about lawyers and start complaining about themselves -- do your job mindfully, pay attention to what you're doing, and you won't get sued.
 
I handed my doctors the correct diagnosis on a silver platter.  The PCP overruled two specialists to change it to the wrong diagnosis, and his colleagues were more concerned with protecting his reputation than they were with helping me regain my health.  This wasn't a mistake, it was intentional. 
 
 

US Health Care System Wastes More Money than Entire Pentagon Budget

 
  • A review of U.S. healthcare expenses has revealed that 30 cents of every dollar spent on medical care is wasted, adding up to $750 billion annually
  • The report identifies six major areas of waste: Unnecessary services; inefficient delivery of care; excess administrative costs; inflated prices; prevention failures; and fraud
  • An investigation by the Center for Public Integrity found "upcoding" Medicare bills cost taxpayers about $1.1 billion annually.
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    Upcoding is not something that's done by patients -- it's done by doctors.  So don't automatically blame poor patients for fraud; they're not the ones who are doing the coding.  My mother is one of those OCD people who scrutinize bills, and found things on their medical bills that she didn't think were accurate.

    Monday, February 18, 2013

    When You're Down and Out: How to Get Through the Bad Days

    CDC Definition Whacked: Study Suggests New Interpretation for CFS

     
    Wyller's focus on more disabled patients suggests he believes you have to see it at its worst (and weirdest)… in order to understand at its more moderate; the most severely ill patients provide the best roadmap to learning for this disorder.