Healthcare & Hospitals

  • 2/22/2018
    Thirty years ago, when we got sick, we waited for the doctor to figure out what was wrong. The internet, of course, changed all that. It takes mere seconds now to get thousands of tidbits of information regarding whatever symptom you’ve noticed. But is it accurate? Find out more...
  • 9/28/2017
    Insulin prices are through the roof, and a fair percentage of the 11 million in the US who depend on it are reeling as a result.  What can you do?
  • Fear of the Dentist Affects Quality of Life | Health Blog
    5/16/2017
    According to new research, your fear of the dentist might affect other aspects of your life.
  • How To Avoid Expensive ER Bills | Health Blog
    12/5/2016
    No matter how healthy we are, none of us is completely immune to physical problems. It’s entirely possible that we end up paying a visit to a hospital emergency room at some point in our lives, whether it’s due to a car accident, a slip on the stairs that leads to a potentially broken bone, or an unidentified abdominal pain in the middle of the night that could be appendicitis. In any case, most people are familiar with insurance protocols and would know what hospital to visit if given a choice to make sure that it is covered under their plan.
  • Herbal Remedies Under Attack | Natural Health Newsletter
    11/19/2016
    There is a continuing attack against proven alternative health remedies through the use of highly publicized, but deeply flawed studies.
  • Best Day To Schedule Surgery | Health Blog
    11/18/2016
    Find out the best day to plan a surgery and the factors that help make your surgery successful.
  • Buying Glasses Online Pros & Cons | Health Blog
    11/5/2016
    Find out the pros and cons of buying prescription glasses online.
  • How To Choose the Right Doctor | Health Blog
    10/15/2016
    I already know that this newsletter is going to upset many people--especially those who don't read beyond the title. Everyone likes to believe that their political views are carefully thought out, rational opinions formed by their awareness of the world around them and a mastery of facts. In other words, they are the result of absolute free will and are therefore entirely independent of all other aspects of their lives.
  • Taking Too Many Prescription Drugs | Natural Health Newsletter
    10/1/2016
    The odds of your doctors understanding that your infirmity could result from the drugs they've prescribed might not be good.
  • Using Drones For Organ Delivery | New Health Tech Blog
    6/25/2016
    Drones can be employed for positive purposes, particularly in the realm of healthcare.
  • Importance of Nurse-Patient Ratio | Health Blog
    3/1/2016
    Patients are far more likely to die if the registered nurses caring for them handle more than six patients each.
  • History of Holistic Medicine | Natural Health Newsletter
    9/6/2014
    Words matter. Defining the body holistically matters. And letting the medical community and its defenders get away with rewriting the history books in their favor whenever it suits them is just plain wrong--and deadly.
  • Ginseng Seed and Roots
    3/4/2014
    Ginseng has received much attention as an herbal remedy over the years. Maybe previous cultures knew what we are starting to discover since ginseng has been used for over 2,000 years.
  • Hospital Safety
    6/1/2013
    Just because hospitals are sometimes necessary doesn't mean that they are ever completely safe. Know the risks and protect yourself as best you can.
  • 3/13/2013
    Doctors do not always provide patients with a full treatment disclosure of potential health hazards and surgery risks before performing procedures.
  • 3/8/2013
    When it comes to health, it’s all based on odds, not guarantees. Anyone who makes health claims about the effectiveness of certain supplements to prevent cancer is making false claims.
  • US Health and Life vs Wealthiest Nations
    1/19/2013
    Compared to 17 wealthy nations, the US ranks dead last in terms of longevity. American men die an average of 3.7 years earlier than in the leading nations on the list, while American women die 5.2 years earlier.
  • 9/30/2012
    Each year, about 4,000 "retained surgical objects" (RSOs) are found inside US patients who have previously undergone surgery. These include soft goods, including towels and sponges; needles; surgical instruments; and miscellaneous small items--a category that might include everything from the surgeon's wedding ring to his reading glasses.
  • Healthcare & FDA
    7/31/2012
    Are the trillions of dollars spent each year on medical care in the industrialized world worth the cost, even though the incidence and mortality rate of disease is accelerating year by year? The vast majority of medical procedures and pharmaceutical interventions used throughout the world are not based on scientific studies. They are based on anecdotal evidence. Read more articles on public policy as it relates to your health.
  • 7/2/2012
    The Health Ranger interviews Jon Barron at Expo West
  • 6/29/2012
    Serious errors are taking place in hospitals everywhere because charts are misread and the medical staff you expect to take care of you isn't always paying attention. And some of the mistakes were made because of pre-surgical errors in the physician's office.  Listen to this health podcast for more information about protecting your health and your life during your next hospital experience!
  • 6/14/2012
    A consortium called the Leapfrog Group has just completed a study of 2,651 hospitals across the US, assigning letter grades (A, B, C, D) to each based on 26 categories of performance. By accessing the report issued by the group, you can both view the letter grade your local hospital earned as well as check its safety record in specific areas.
  • rising health care costs
    5/12/2012
    The U.S. spends an average of $8,000 annually, per capita, on medical care, compared to $5,000 per capita in runner-up nations Norway and Switzerland. At the bottom of the list, Japan and New Zealand spend a mere fraction of what the U.S. does -- a full two-thirds less. And by most measures of health care, the U.S. ranks below all of them.
  • 12/12/2011
    When it comes to health, it’s all based on odds, not guarantees. Anyone who tells you that if you take certain supplements you’re not going to get cancer is lying to you. And any doctor who tells you that if you get a flu shot you’re safe from the flu is lying to you.
  • 11/3/2011
    According to a new study from the Kaiser Family Foundation, the average annual premium for family health insurance coverage in the United States was up by nine percent over 2010, reaching a total of $15,073.
  • 9/22/2011
    A recent study that took place at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, Israel, found that lab coats, scrubs, and other articles of medical clothing were more often than not contaminated by various types of bacteria, including the potentially deadly MRSA. The researchers tested the garments worn by 60 doctors and 75 registered nurses on duty and discovered illness-causing bacteria on more than 60 percent of them.
  • 7/23/2011
    According to recent information from the American Cancer Society, cancer-related death rates are 22 percent lower for men and nearly 14 percent lower for women for the time period between 1990 and 2007. It should be noted, however, that there is a big discrepancy between the rates of cancer deaths between well-educated, affluent Americans and those adults with the lowest levels of education.
  • 7/11/2011
    Why is it that in the world of "scientific" medicine, deeply ingrained beliefs (e.g. flu shots, statin drugs, antidepressants, hormone replacement therapy, fluoridated water, and amalgam fillings) are seemingly beyond challenge -- no matter how much evidence you present to the contrary?
  • 1/29/2011
    A recent study by the US Government has found that medical staff at hospitals contribute to the deaths of approximately 180,000 people each year in the United States.  If true, that would make hospitals the third leading cause of death, after heart disease and cancer.
  • 11/1/2010
    Make no mistake; whatever happens in these elections will make little difference in the downward spiral we are about to see in regard to healthcare -- not just in the United States, but throughout the entire world.
  • 8/17/2010
    Healthcare spending in Canada, which accounted for 35% of provincial budgets in 1999, now accounts for 46%.
  • 7/17/2010
    Health care costs for people 64 and younger buying their own health insurance increased by an average of 20 percent.
  • 5/8/2010
    Last month, the pharmaceutical manufacturing giant Pfizer disclosed that it paid more than $20 million to 4,500 doctors and other medical professionals for consulting and speaking on its behalf in the last six months of 2009. Protect yourself and learn more about off-label prescribing, medical reform and the state of the pharmaceutical industry today.
  • 1/25/2010
    When it comes to the current healthcare bill, everyone is wrong and heading for a world of hurt. And for those of you living overseas who are not directly affected by the bill, you face the same demographics that undermine things here in the U.S. -- probably even more so.
  • 8/17/2009
    Medical peer-reviewed journals are not the be-all and end-all when it comes to identifying which treatments work, and which ones don't. Learn how you have paid over $1.5 trillion dollars for treatments, drugs, and procedures - all flawed, and all promoted at one time in peer reviewed journals.
  • 7/20/2009
    The costs associated with health care are becoming impossible. The American model is headed for disaster, but so are all the European models, the Canadian model, and all models currently being proposed by Congress. Only a fundamental change in paradigm can allow the world to escape the coming disaster.
  • 5/25/2009
    The FDA, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, GlaxoSmithKlein, Donald Rumsfeld, and the U.S. Senate have all been involved in some very nasty, behind-the-scenes activities that are likely to have profound adverse effects on your health.
  • 4/27/2009
    Kudos to the medical establishment in honor of the things they are finally getting right. If only they could go all the way.
  • 4/13/2009
    Until the alternative health community learns to stop focusing exclusively on "big picture" issues such as Codex and Congressional bills and starts paying attention to the smaller things happening under the radar, the rights of everyone interested in optimized health will be steadily eroded.
  • 2/7/2009
    Scientists in Australia have designed miniature robots capable of navigating human blood vessels.
  • 1/18/2009
    People want to know what Politicians are going to do about the critical state of healthcare and the spiking trends in disease. Until the dust settles we can educate ourselves with a few simple disease prevention techniques that will bring huge benefits and allow you to take back control of your health.
  • 12/22/2008
    The only way that health care can survive -- the only way you can survive -- is if you take back control of your health and start doing those things that allow your body to stay healthy without the need for health care. Or to put it another way, the only way to save health care is to stop using it.
  • 12/6/2008
    In the last year, about 750,000 patients sought cheaper, friendlier, safer medical treatment via 'medical tourism', outside the borders of the US, mostly in Asia and Latin America - and in Europe too, for that matter.
  • 4/2/2008
    A recent Associated Press article picked up by the international media reports how a sick 11-year-old girl died after her parents opted to pray for her recovery rather than take her to the hospital. When reporting the incident, the media missed the key point.
  • 3/14/2008
    Massachusetts state governor has allocated a 40 percent increase in the fiscal 2009 budget to cover the increasing cost of subsidizing health insurance for low-income residents.
  • 1/16/2008
    We already knew that a huge number of accidents, secondary infections, and unnecessary deaths occur inside the world's hospitals, but the bottom line is that now we know that these hospitals are unable to police themselves.
  • 1/4/2008
    A study done out of the University of Chicago, found that on average 45% of physicians prescribe placebos regularly. This segment educates us on how to avoid becoming a part of that statistic, explains why they are doing this and prepares us for the next time we need to see a doctor.
  • 12/17/2007
    How can any health-care system survive up to half its population living for 20--30 years with severe diabetes (as predicted by the CDC), let alone the other half suffering from cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis, Alzheimer's disease, and MS? There isn't enough money in the world to cover it.
  • 12/14/2007
    New Jersey recently passed a resolution requiring that children over 6 months of age who attend public schools or day care, are required to have flu shots before they begin. Are we giving politicians control of our health freedoms? Learn what you can do about it with this power punched segment!
  • 9/12/2007
    Your government, whichever one it is, is not necessarily putting your health interests first when determining government health policy.
  • 7/6/2007
    The MGH Institute of Health Professions, launched a new continuing education documentary and interactive website designed to educate doctor/prescribers about drug industry influence.
  • 7/5/2007
    Massachusetts is the first state to mandate health care for every citizen, and the health care insurers and providers are going nutso in an attempt to capture their share of what is now a huge captive market.
  • 6/15/2007
    Presidential candidate John Edwards unveiled his version of a universal healthcare proposal today. And like Hillary Clinton and Barak Obama before him, it's utter nonsense.
  • 6/15/2007
    Will universal healthcare coverage reduce our quality and attention of care? Find out what is being considered and what is not in this shocking look at the state of future healthcare plans.
  • 6/1/2007
    No existing healthcare system today will survive the coming healthcare crisis. Jon reveals why projected disease statistics are soaring and how to avoid severe harm from the rise of new medical policies.
  • 5/26/2007
    Under Hillary Clinton's cost control proposal, insurers would have to follow the recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force on what preventive care to cover.
  • 2/9/2007
    The seriousness of being proactive about your health is crucial today, especially as the Government legislates mandated vaccines that could reduce our right to have choices in natural supplementation.
  • 1/25/2007
    No tinkering or reform can stop health care systems all over the world from imploding until people start taking charge of their own health and reduce the need for the vast majority of health care they now require.
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