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Medical Research Studies Take a Hit

As I am often reminded when discussing treatment options with patients, there are plenty of good alternative and complementary treatments available for many diseases and disorders. Lots of good preventive CAM remedies, too…. One of the frustrations for many patients is the emphasis placed by their allopathic (mainstream, western) physicians on using “evidence based” medicine; […]

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Posted in: Health /Medical Consumerism, Healthcare Quality, Media, Medical and Research Studies, Patient Empowerment, Patient Tools

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Chasing Symptoms vs Finding a Cure

I’ve got a really lousy cold. You know, the kind that fills your head like a water balloon, makes your throat feel like someone has raked long finger nails down your esophagus and each time you cough, your entire body hurts. Yeah, the “common” cold. It started Saturday with the general malaise, intermittent cough, slight […]

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Posted in: Doctor Communication, Health /Medical Consumerism, Healthcare Quality, Medical Errors / Mistakes / Misdiagnosis, Patient Advocacy, Patient Empowerment, Patient Tools, Pharmaceutical Drugs, Self Help

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Who Benefits from YOUR Medical Care?

You see a surgeon, and she tells you you need surgery. You see an orthopedist and he tells you you need physical therapy. You see a chiropractor and she tells you you’ll need at least a dozen treatments. You see an oncologist and he tells you you’ll need chemotherapy or radiation. What’s wrong with these […]

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Posted in: Doctor Communication, Health /Medical Consumerism, Healthcare Quality, Medical Errors / Mistakes / Misdiagnosis, Patient Advocacy, Patient Empowerment, Patient Safety, Patient Tools, Pharmaceutical Drugs, Self Help

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Alternative Primary Care: Retainer, Concierge, Boutique and Spa

There’s a movement underway among primary care physicians to shift their sources of income, and it could have a profound effect on how we patients view our relationships with our doctors, not to mention our outcomes when it comes to medical problems. If you remember the Marcus Welby days, or if you’re old enough to […]

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Posted in: Doctor Communication, Health /Medical Consumerism, Health Insurance, Healthcare Quality, Hospitals, Patient Advocacy, Patient Empowerment, Patient Tools, Self Help

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Self-Help, Support and Wrong Assumptions

Once again I’ve been blown away by a patient-centered resource. If you or a loved one is coping with illness, can’t get diagnosed, need resources to help you, are researching alternatives to treatments, or just need someone to listen — this blog post may be just your ticket. It’s also a good example of that […]

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