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June 23, 2017

For Tai Chi Students: One of My Favorites from Othmar

June 11, 2017

Priority #1 Video

It is amazing where and from whom you learn the most important stuff: in this case it was while having my teeth cleaned.

What I like about this video is that, first, tai chi is never mentioned one time. And second, all of this wisdom and life-changing advice flows naturally in the learning and practice of… tai chi!

The last thing about this video that makes it priceless is that you are not hearing any of it from me. If you have heard it all from me in the past, perhaps this video will impress upon you the value of the information. If not, please take every word seriously – she makes one technical, little tiny, mistake, but the message is huge and everyone needs to hear it. You especially need to hear it if you plan to deliver via c-section, plan not to breast feed, or plan to feed your baby cow products… or if any of the above happened to you. (I know, you are wondering how and if all of those things are really related. They are.) Enjoy this amazingly important presentation.

June 7, 2017

Today Show covers the Blue Zones

The Blue Zones are now all over the networks news apparently. I was told today about the coverage on the Today Show – the person who told me knew about the Blue Zones because her and I talked; she wanted me to know that it is now on The Today Show all week. Here is the link: notice the Ad that comes first!

If you have followed this Blog at all you know that I am a big fan of the Blue Zones. Here are a few Posts on the subject.

May 17, 2017

“Remarkable and a major breakthrough” I Don’t Think So

More amazing research on the benefits of fasting!

I have been a student of fasting for over 40 years, and this is the second recent report on new research showing that the benefits are almost unbelievable: but they are predictable and do happen over and over and over.

I reported, briefly, a couple of years ago about research on fasting that was remarkable and a breakthrough – but there isn’t any research news on fasting that is not positive – it is all almost too good to be true.

This is news that I can not help but share. I hope that you find it helpful.

May 12, 2017

All NSAIDs Linked to Increased MI Risk: Medscape Article

Published in Medline, by Pauline Anderson, May 10, 2017

Use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), including naproxen, considered by some as one of the safest drugs in this class, is associated with a significantly increased risk for myocardial infarction (MI), results of a new patient-level meta-analysis show.

The analysis showed the heightened MI risk occurred as early as the first week of use and the risk was greater with higher doses.

“This new research on NSAIDs reinforces what physicians know already, that patients should use the smallest possible dose for the shortest possible time,” Michèle Bally, PhD, an epidemiologist in the Department of Pharmacy and Research Center, Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal, Quebec, Canada, told Medscape Medical News.

Even though the research suggests the increased MI risk lessened over time, “the findings were not conclusive enough about longer duration,” said Dr Bally.

But for most patients, the risk is very small, she noted. “If you average people with different baseline heart risks, the risk specifically due to an NSAID is only about 1% per year, so out of 100 people treated continuously for a year, there will be one extra heart attack.”

The research was published online May 3 in BMJ.

Although previous studies have linked both traditional and cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) selective NSAIDs to increased MI risk, the timing of the risk, the effect of dose and treatment duration, and the comparative risks between different drugs are poorly understood, the researchers note.

The recently reported Prospective Randomized Evaluation of Celecoxib Integrated Safety Vs Ibuprofen Or Naproxen (PRECISION) study found that at moderate doses, celecoxib was noninferior to ibuprofen or naproxen with regard to cardiovascular safety.

May 8, 2017

Mindfulness and Fecal Transplants

I choose to share the link relating to mindfulness. It is about how Freshman stress less and smile more. You might like it!

DrD

May 6, 2017

Naps: Part of the BlueZone (Longevity) Lifestyle

Here is a good review: http://www.healthspiritbody.com/nap-benefits/?news6xz

 

May 3, 2017

What We Know – What We Don’t Know: Wine and Brain Health

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Sometimes when science reveals a truth about nature – what we know – the bigger effect is to realize that this is a clue to how much we do not know: and we don’t know much!

Here, a Study connects a few dots regarding why the daily moderate red wine consumption of The Mediterranean (Greek) Diet bestows benefits to the brain (in terms of protecting against degenerative neurological diseases).

Like so many other truths about nature, it isn’t a story we might have guessed: it is better:-)

May 2, 2017

American Healthcare is an American Sickness: A Medscape Commentary on a “God-awful Mess”

You have to be a member of Medscape to get this or get access to it… so I copied it for you.

By: 

Hello and welcome. I am Dr George Lundberg, and this is At Large at Medscape.

Medicine has always been both a business and a profession. Chaucer wrote about it; so did George Bernard Shaw. Balance has always been the key.

By 1985, the balance began to tip toward business—a development I chronicled in JAMA in 1990 with the visual metaphor “medicine’s rocking horse.”[1] This editorial got me into a bunch of trouble with the Illinois State Medical Society, among others. But I was right. Twenty-seven years later, it has never rocked back, and this imbalance has created the god-awful mess with which we are now burdened.

What could rescue us and set this toppling horse straight? Back in 2012, I blamed “the MBA” in total.[2] [Editor’s Note: “MBA” refers to “master’s in business administration,” which Dr Lundberg used as shorthand for the use of business models in healthcare.] But, I was wrong. MBAs are simply tools used by the medical money culture.

So many books have been written about this issue. How many books will it take? Here are nine that I recommend.

  1. Money-Driven Medicine, by Maggie Mahar[3];
  2. How We Do Harm, by Otis Brawley[4];
  3. Overdiagnosed, by H. Gilbert Welch[5];
  4. Epidemic of Care, by George Halvorson and George Isham[6];
  5. Too Much Medicine, by Dennis Gottfried[7];
  6. Stabbed in the Back, by Nortin Hadler[8];
  7. Hope or Hype, by Richard Deyo and Donald Patrick[9]; another
  8. Money Driven Medicine, by David Cundiff[10]; and my book,
  9. Severed Trust: Why American Medicine Hasn’t Been Fixed.[11]

In aggregate, these books did not make a dent. The system just roared on.

Could super-journalist Dr Elisabeth Rosenthal’s brand-new book, An American Sickness,[12] be the one that finally makes the difference? Could it activate Malcolm Gladwell’s “tipping point”?[13]

Take a look at Rosenthal’s list of 10 economic “rules” that are guaranteed to make money, but not to improve outcomes:

  1. More treatment is always better. Default to the most expensive option.
  2. A lifetime of treatment is better than a cure.
  3. Amenities and marketing matter more than good care.
  4. As technologies age, prices can rise rather than fall.
  5. There is no free choice. Patients are stuck. And they’re stuck buying American.
  6. More competitors vying for business doesn’t mean better prices; it can drive prices up, not down.
  7. Economies of scale don’t translate to lower prices. With their market power, big providers can simply demand more.
  8. There is no such thing as a fixed price for a procedure or test. And the uninsured pay the highest prices of all.
  9. There are no standards for billing. There’s money to be made in billing for anything and everything.
  10. Prices will rise to whatever the market will bear.”

And I add number 11: Always seek consultation; each consult can bill, add more specialized procedures, and refer back.

To her credit, author Rosenthal has provided a ton of actions that consumer patients can take to defend themselves. That is great for individuals. Do it. But even with social media and crowdsourcing, it would probably require something like 100,000,000 Americans taking these actions, in concert, to actually make a dent in this entrenched money-driven establishment. I hope it works, but I doubt it.

In his first inaugural address, Ronald Reagan famously said, “Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.” For some things, he was right. Applied to American healthcare in 2017, however, Reagan’s dictum is dead wrong. Government is the only force strong enough to put the American healthcare system on a necessary budget. It will be done, sooner or later. Why not now?

That is my opinion. I am Dr George Lundberg, At Large at Medscape.

April 26, 2017

How Much Pop Is Too Much?

This article might help with that question: http://neurosciencenews.com/soda-brain-aging-6464/

 

Search “High Fructose Corn Syrup” on the Blog to learn more.

April 25, 2017

For Tai Chi Students: Wutan Practice Outdoors

March 26, 2017

Dr. Weil on Tai Chi: File Under: Not News But Nice To Know That He Is On Board

https://www.drweil.com/blog/health-tips/stress-management-tai-chi-for-balance/

 

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