The Sunshine Act is a foolish, inept, and duplicitous attempt by elite politicians and the elite and the most affluent physicians to discourage working doctors from accepting a cup of coffee from Pharma while it allows huge dollar payments to the elite physicians without public disclosure. This ACT NEEDS TO CLOSE!
I was asked to review the New York State published mortality data for a heart program in New York. I found most of the information not very helpful but I discuss two findings that you might wish to know about.
If you've had a kidney stone, it's likely made of calcium oxalate. Vegan diets are rich in oxalates but reject dairy and animal products high in calcium. High oxalate and low calcium consumption increases your risk for those painful and dangerous stones.
We don't expect 700,000 deaths this year from the flu, like in 1918, but the vaccine is proving to have marginal benefit and lots of patients are coming in with what might be the flu. I suggest we put on a mask more often and wash our hands even after touching a doorknob in the hospital.
CMS currently deducts 1% of all payments to the lowest 25% of hospitals who have the poorest ratings for Hospital Acquired Conditions (HAC). It's working to encourage hospitals to reduce errors, infections, and falls. I suggest we add AMP ( Assaults on Medical Providers) into the mix. Have a listen.
If you've been treated with lasix you will want to listen to this podcast. A potent diuretic, lasix can be very effective in helping doctors remove excess water from your body but too often too many patients are receiving excessive doses that can lead to renal failure.
Go to https://projects.propublica.org/docdollars to find out how many dinner talks your doctor gives for Pharma. Doctors are now getting paid as much as $4,000 for each brief talk and free dinner. Most of them realize that if they don't prescribe the drug, they are paid to discuss, they won't be invited back. It's a " Good Deal" for a doctor who likes money but a " Bad Deal" for their patients. Tell them you will find another physician and please post their names and how much they are paid...
Yesterday Brooklyn prosecutors charged Kristina Mirbabayeva as the ringleader in a $146 million dollar scheme that included paying indigent people to have tests they did not need and then laundering the money. Many others, including several doctors were involved. Our podcast highlights what occurred as well as another scam going on right now that the DA doesn't even talk about.
The story of my grandfather and so many others whose last few months of peace are interrupted by physicians and their assistants who prey on them and perform all types of procedure and exams for profit.
The New Times published results of the ORBITA trial this week and told us it was 'Unbelievable' that a patient who received a heart stent did no better than the patient treated with medications. When preparing for this podcast I noticed that the times made a major error by choosing the photo, which I display on FB, for their article. Does anyone recognize this major mistake? I wrote to Times and hope to hear back.
The experts have created the latest BP guidelines that include lots of changes. There seems to a great deal of self-congratulations but aren't they also admitting that they made mistakes in the past and put millions at risk?
In my 30 years of practice I have consulted on patients who are taking statins but have no indication for them and others who are not prescribed a statin but should be. Should you take a statin? Have a listen and then ask your doctor.
So-called experts and some physicians appear to have entered the cult of"Plant Based Diet." They make unsubstantiated claims while ignoring important studies that suggest low carbohydrate diets may actually reduce heart attacks, stroke, weight, and mortality.
Your a nurse, physician, MNA, or any member of the staff of a Medical Center. Your told that the hospital " has been on a journey of transforming our patient care strategies on outcomes," (Penny Wheeler CEO of Allina Health ,Aetna News Release, 2017). What that means is that you may be forced to have surgery with someone you know to have hurt patients and is incompetent or to seek care elsewhere and pay thousands of dollars out of pocket. This is the healthcare that is coming to millions...
Based on real stories, we illustrate how some cardiologists have gotten rich by paying doctors, in the form or immoral rental scams or $200 dollar dinners, to send them patients. Ever wonder why you had a heart doctor see you in the hospital when you didn't think it was necessary?
In this podcast we discuss the recent petition, by the MNA, to Penny Wheeler and her staff, regarding the problems with nurse staffing and the use of the charge nurse in their calculated patient to nurse ratios. I suggest a compromise.