“good to know, i had a stent in my LAD in 1999 and it's still clear. it was 90% blocked. when it had a partial clot prior to the stent. i went down like i was shot with an elephant gun. i was lucky it cleared in about 15 minutes. then i decided to go see a doctor. blood thinners and in 2009 had a-fib. one more medication and i'm running like a clock. i think the stent saved my life.”
Mar 17, 2013 at 10:47:49
“Great job, Lee, I'm sure that you are an inspiration to your patients. You might want to consider going entirely plant-based. Animal based foods damage the entire blood vessel lining tissue for hours at a time. I order to heal diseased blood vessels, one must consume a plant-based, no oil diet with loads of dark green leafy vegetables. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_uy4kfQDkA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JNNLULOYO4”
“One of the insidious ways men get power is through religion, where there is a lack of checks and balances. A particularly egregious example of this is the Pope, he is "infallible" on matters of faith and morals. Well shucks, no one is infallible. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Does your pastor allow a point-counterpoint after he has made you sit through his sermon. Didn't think so.”
“Unfortunately, there will always be examples of greed/imcompetence, but that is true of any group of humans.
The best defense against poor physicians is the good ones.
Patients need to take as much responsibility as possible for the aspects they can control.
Doctors need to stop practicing the code of silence.”
Oct 5, 2012 at 06:27:25
“I'm sorry that this had to happen to your mom. What she was subjected to constitutes very bad medicine. Too many docs adhere to the adage, "if your only tool is a hammer, everything looks like a nail". Throw on top of that self-referral for lucrative procedures and we end up with situations like the one that you describe.”
TXfemmom on Oct 5, 2012 at 12:30:21
“Absolutely. I knew a morphine pump was what she needed for degenerative back problems with the arthritis, but I live many states away. The compensation for the morphine pump is very small compared to the device which he inserted, and patients have to come back periodically for the pump to be refilled, but he could put in these stimulators and make ten times as much. Many of these patients could have and should have been managed with narcotics, being appropriately used along with physical therapy and things made possible with adequate pain management, but he denied them that till they became so desperate that they would agree to the costly, invasive pumps and he could make twenty times what he would have made with the ethical treatment.”
Oct 5, 2012 at 06:21:14
“Also, recognize that many procedures are of dubious or no benefit. For instance, arthroscopic surgery on an osteoarthritic knee. Yet, this procedure is performed thousands of times every year. Also, placing a stent in a stable blockage in coronary and other arteries is of no benefit. Once again, there are hundreds of thousands of these place every year and doing so does not prolong life or prevent a heart attack. Then there is spinal surgery, with all of the fancy hardware-another unregulated under-studied situation. Many of the surgeons who put in this stuff are paid "consultants" to the hardware manufacturers. American Medicine is over-interventional and not always that effective. Caveat emptor.”
“Stop the pop, juices and refined sugar. Brush and floss every day and eat a healthy diet. Then you won't need to see a dentist. The Western Diet is toxic to all systems, especially the oral cavity.”
Didi Diane on Feb 16, 2014 at 02:54:38
“One still "NEEDS" to see a dentist on a regular basis regardless of a healthy diet. Why this would be an optional service is unfathomable. Nevertheless, I suppose some folks think like hillbillies & believe them dentists are elective, as well as teeth -'ya reckon?”
emmeaki on Oct 3, 2012 at 07:30:17
“Oh, BS. I have dental problems and I nave been brushing and flossing twice a day all my life. dental problems happen for many reasons.”
Valerio della Porta on Oct 3, 2012 at 07:18:07
“Very true but there are two different ways to look at the solution.
One way is to educate the people and regulate the industry like Major Bloomberg is doing in NYC.
The other way is to say that it is a matter of personal responsibility. The pop industry has the right to sell sugary beverages and if you drink it and get decays it's you fault. We can sell you dental care but if you can't afford it then you deserve to lose all your teethes.
This is the choice that we'll make in November.”
OldHick on Oct 3, 2012 at 07:01:40
“Good suggestion. And if they could somehow bring dental procedures down in price, more people could be covered. It is costly ~ $1K/tooth, the cost of crowns or implants, Even simple fillings are expensive. Perhaps some kind of innovative competition could bring these costs down- like Walmart Dentistry.”
jhuffington on Oct 3, 2012 at 07:00:49
“I have about as perfect teeth for a 40 year old as you can have and I still need to see the dentist. Regular checkups and cleanings are vital. Sure a change in diet helps, but it won't stop all issues from occurring. These people need to have access to care.”
laubelkins on Oct 3, 2012 at 06:59:21
“That's exactly why George Washington had wooden dentures. Way too much soda and refined sugar.”