Tag Archives: Medicine
Peak Personalities Episode 002 Part 2
BlogPeak Personalities Episode 002
Dr. Kory just bared it all on Joe Rogan, but there’s more...
Thursday, June 24, 2021, 6:10 PM
A doctor's reasons for quitting the profession
by Adam Taggart
Sunday, May 15, 2016, 6:57 PM
In our ongoing discussion of how our Health Care system (or more aptly-named "Sick Care" system) has been hijacked by those who profit most from it, we interview Dr. Dave Janda this week, who recently and very publicly announced he was walking away from his clinical practice in protest of how poorly the quality-to-cost ratio has dropped in his profession.
Dr. Janda's perspective is informed not just from his years as a practicing surgeon and researcher, but also through his involvement with health initiatives for the Reagan and Bush I administrations, as well as the National Institute of Health. His overall conclusion is that the health system now exists to serves its corporate and administrative owners, to the detriment of patients and practitioners.
Medicine in the garden
Thursday, January 28, 2016, 5:23 PM
Great ways to use natural herbal remedies to treat minor cuts, burns and other common injuries quickly and effectively.
A number of great ideas for creating a medicinal garden from the weeds that already grow in your garden.
Daily DigestImage by wharman, Flickr Creative Commons
Thursday, May 30, 2013, 2:49 PM
- Back to Basics – Gold, Silver, and the Economy
- "Major Shocks Will Become The Norm From Now On"
- US targets digital currency in huge fraud probe
- OECD: Europe's Recession Threatens Entire Global Economy
- ‘A disaster in slow motion’: Wine country latest California region to face fiscal crisis
- How Islamist militancy threatens Africa
- China's dead pig scandal ushers in hard times for fishermen and hog farmers
- Portland, Maine Doctor Forgoes Insurance To Provide Affordable Care To Community
- GMO lose Europe – victory for environmental organisations
- Weather disasters increasing, insurance industry warns
- GM salmon can breed with wild fish and pass on genes
- Oops: Europe’s green mandates have resulted in more imported coal and wood consumption
- Harper government nixed reviews for some oil sands projects following warnings of water disruption
- Corn Growers Turn to Pesticides After Genetically Modified Seeds Fail
- In China, 'cancer villages' a reality of life
- Officials: NM ranch had 1,000 emaciated cattle
Daily DigestImage by Fotos Gov/Ba, Flickr Creative Commons
Friday, April 12, 2013, 3:16 PM
- A Tipping Point In The Financial System – Part 2
- British shops ration baby milk as Chinese demand surges
- Obama’s Budget Is a Ridiculous Charade: Doug Casey
- Jobs report, David Stockman, U.S. economy, gold
- No Direction Home
- America's Health (Dis)advantage
- Carmen Reinhart: "No Doubt. Our Pensions Are Screwed."
- Australia’s Woodside shelves US$45B Browse LNG project
- For the Price of the Iraq War, The U.S. Could Have a 100% Renewable Power System
- 10 Diminishing Trends in the World of Energy
Daily DigestImage by sacks08, Flickr Creative Commons
Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 3:14 PM
- Blue Angels Grounded by Budget Cuts for Rest of 2013
- Cyprus Faces Risk of Payments Freeeze, Budget Shortfall Looms
- Arizona gold bill moving forward
- Five million households in debt to energy firms
- Fitch Cuts China Yuan Debt Rating on Local Government Borrowing
- French economy stalls as budget deficit grows
- Stately Detroit Homes Rot As Appraisals Stall Sales
- US homeless numbers expected to rise as spending cuts deepen
- Italians' spending power crumbles in recession
- Bass Says Japan Bondholders’ Reaction to Stimulus Telling
- Interest on government student loans set to double this summer
- Americans Skipping Prescription Meds To Save Money
Wednesday, December 1, 2010, 5:53 AM
A few months ago, I developed red spots on my face and neck that were kind of itchy. After another day or so, the spots had progressed down my torso and onto my thighs, so I decided to go to a doctor. Although I have health insurance, at the time I did not have a primary care physician, so seeing a doctor quickly proved to be difficult. Most everyone I called told me to go the emergency room, a ridiculously expensive suggestion, given that my situation was certainly not a life-threatening emergency. I finally got an appointment with a nurse practitioner at a local clinic. She hurriedly looked at the red spots, pronounced that I had hives, and immediately decided to give me a steroid injection and to prescribe a week-long dose of Prednisone. There was no discussion of reasoning for her prescription, likely symptom progression, or treatment options.
I know that steroids significantly impact my body through increased anxiety, difficulty sleeping, and suppressed immune response, and I was about to leave on a month long trip, so I really didn’t want any of these side effects. I slowed her down long enough to get her to tell me what I could expect if I didn’t take the shot or the Prednisone. She told me the hives would likely progress through the rest of my body, enter my lungs and then cause difficulty breathing, and that I definitely needed both the injection and the Prednisone. By this point, I internally questioned her judgment due to her extreme prognosis and lack of willingness to engage with me, so I accepted the shot and decided to mull over whether or not to fill the Prednisone prescription. That afternoon I spoke with a friend of mine who is an MD (I should have called him first), and he said that I likely would not need the Prednisone and that I should see how it goes for a couple of days. I did not need the Prednisone and the hives disappeared in a week or so.
So why am I sharing this story? In my opinion, health care remains one of the thorniest problems that we face, because even with relatively abundant cheap oil, our current system serves us poorly.