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Less Medicine, More Health : 7 Assumptions That Drive Too Much Medical Care

The author of the highly acclaimed Overdiagnosed describes seven widespread assumptions that encourage excessive, often ineffective, and sometimes harmful medical care.

You might think the biggest problem in medical care is that it costs too much. Or that health insurance is too expensive, too uneven, too complicated—and gives you too many forms to fill out. But the central problem is that too much medical care has too little value.

Dr. H. Gilbert Welch is worried about too much medical care. It’s not to deny that some people get too little medical care, rather that the conventional concern about “too little” needs to be balanced with a concern about “too much”: too many people being made to worry about diseases they don’t have—and are at only average risk to get; too many people being tested and exposed to the harmful effects of the testing process; too many people being subjected to … Read More

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Salt That Heals and Salt That Kills

Many people are confused about salt and rightfully so-your doctor and health professionals tell you to decrease your salt intake to decrease your risk of hypertension, heart disease, stroke and renal disease. On the other side of the fence, many gourmet chefs and holistic specialists claim that salt is good for you and essential for life.

The American Medical Association (AMA) and the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) claim that Americans are consuming ever higher amounts of sodium, up to 6,000 milligrams a day, instead of the recommended daily allowance of 500 to 2,000 milligrams per day. These high amounts, in a form that is unfriendly to the human body and with no ancillary mineral benefits, are what lead to serious health problems. The sodium that the AMA and the CSPI are referring to is the sodium found in table salt.

There are several distinct differences between … Read More

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IBM Health Information Exchange

IBM technology and services for Health Information Exchange and patient identification already touch 80 percent of the population of North America and are relied on by more than 100 large healthcare systems, more than 40 health information exchanges and the nation’s largest retail pharmacies. See the press kit: www.ibm.com/press/us/en/presskit/33713.wss

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The Flaw in Flax Seed Oil

When flax seed oil first hit the health supplement market, vegans and vegetarians rejoiced. Finally, a health supplement that allowed them to continue to avoid meat and live animal products while filling their body’s desperate and vital need for omega 3 fatty acids, essential nutrients that help keep your heart strong, prevent strokes, improve memory function and delay or even stop Alzheimer’s Disease and Senile dementia.

Unfortunately, the celebration may have been a little premature. In early January, Daily News Central released the results of a study that indicates that while flax seed oil does contain all the proper ingredients that your body needs in order to make DHA and EPA, the two most important forms of omega 3 that have the biggest effect on heart health, mood and memory, your body does not actually use those ingredients to make them.

Therefore, if you take flax seed oil supplements or … Read More

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Venezuela: the shocking state of its health service



Inflation heading for 200 per cent and shortages of basic supplies – and as a result Venezuela’s hospitals are at breaking point. Photojournalist Betty Zapata obtained exclusive access to the country’s crumbling health system. Warning: graphic images.
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