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Can You Spot the Antioxidants?

Play the game at every meal! This breakfast of fresh fruit, nuts, coffee, a protein shake, and LifePak Nano vitamins jump starts my nutrition to ensure a great day.
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How The Supreme Court Doomed PPACA To Failure

In this excerpt from Regulation: The Cato Review of Business and GovernmentThomas Lambert of the Cato Institute perfectly sums up why we have such expensive healthcare in the United States.  When third party payers (Medicare and Insurance companies) pay for nearly all of the...
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Internal Medicine News

This post is part of a segment called ‘What is Doctor Reading?’ where I aggregate interesting articles about medicine and provide a brief commentary.  The following are news pieces from the February 15th issue of Internal Medicine News. Print Edition Headline: FDA...
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Up to 98,000 patients die each year in the hospital as a result of preventable medical errors

A recent report published in JAMA revealed some harrowing facts about the failure of our strained hospital system.  Payment controls and other regulations are causing physician workloads to exceed safe levels which results in the death of patients. The hospitalist model of care...
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We Didn’t Mean Us!

In this weekend’s January 19-20, 2013 Wall Street Journal page A3 is a piece titled “Health Law Pinches Colleges”.  This article poignantly demonstrates the law of unforeseen consequences.  It further vindicates my prior warnings that America can’t afford the Patient Protection...
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A Letter to the Country from an Emergency Physician

I would like to share this very heartfelt letter by emergency room physician Dr. Jacobson with my readers.  The article addresses many healthcare issues that face Americans.  The article describes how ER patients suffering from simple problems demand to be treated the same as...
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How Should Doctors Respond to Medicare Pay Cuts?

Are we ready to deal with the outcome of a 26+% Medicare payment cut to doctors?  This most recent article indicates we are heading for this cut again after the New Year. http://www.medpagetoday.com/Washington-Watch/Washington-Watch/36644  Internal Medicine of Southwest Florida...
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Health Care Upgrades

  A recent article published this past Saturday in The Wall Street Journal discusses some up and coming realities of future probabilities in health care http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323530404578205692226506324.html?mod=WSJ_LifeStyle_Lifestyle_6. Another recent...
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Balance Billing is Key to Medicare Debate

With the fiscal cliff ever looming, Americans are faced with the daunting realization that many entitlement programs cannot continue under their current payment structures.  Medicare is one such program that will be affected if legislation is not passed by January 1st.  In order...
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Antioxidants and Health

Recently in the news and the medical literature there has been positive data correlating antioxidant intake and improved health. Oxidation is an inevitable outcome of burning oxygen, even in our human cells. This process is potentially harmful to our cells due to the release of...
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What is an Internist?

Speaking to patients as well as personal friends, I have become aware that many people do not understand what an Internal Medicine physician is or does. We are the broadest specialty that diagnoses and manages adult health problems. Surgery is another example of a broad specialty...
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