Have you had unnecessary medical procedures?
If you see a physician on a regular basis and always follow his or her advice regarding routine screening tests or common diagnostic tests for minor illnesses, the answer is probably
I just finished reading
of these unnecessary medical procedures. a new report published in my state (Washington) about the extent and cost
This is a problem I’ve posted about before. Many …
read on Flu rages on
I thought it was safe to go back to the gym.
I’ve skipped the month of January because flu has been at epidemic levels for several weeks now, and just isn’t slowing down like it normally does after a week or two.
at the gym, I’m being more cautious. last year I’m sure I caught the flu
But when I arrived at the gym early …
read on I’ve been reading that this flu season, which is great. It can not only save you money, but keep you home where you’re comfortable and not spreading germs to others. This post was originally published May 2016, but I’ve updated the information. more patients are using telemedicine Time is money
Maybe you have affordable health insurance and a doctor you like.
But have you ever had the experience of calling …
read on The difference between cold and flu symptoms
In general, a cold is a virus that settles in your sinuses, and flu is a virus that affects your lungs, which is why it can be more serious.
Colds can develop rather slowly, perhaps taking two to three days of mild symptoms before you feel really lousy. Flu symptoms hit hard and fast; you may think to yourself,
“Where is the truck … read on Look for a few simple, inexpensive ingredients
Flu season is still raging across the country.
Most cases don’t require a trip to the emergency room or even the doctor. But there are a few over-the-counter (OTC) flu medicines that can help treat the most common symptoms: fever, headache, sore throat, muscle pain and cough.
You don’t need to spend a lot of money, and these products can be used for …
read on Overnight oatmeal is an easy, healthy breakfast
I’ve seen a lot of recipes online for overnight oatmeal, but I think mine (or my husband’s, more accurately) is the best.
Rather than just refrigerate the oats and milk overnight, we add a small amount of fermented liquid—we use
homemade yogurt whey or kefir—and then leave the oats at room temperature overnight.
In the morning, we have a slightly fermented bowl of …
read on I don’t like drug ads
As I sat in a doctor’s waiting room, I picked up the latest issue of
WebMD‘s healthy living magazine. I leafed through the pages looking for a recipe I saw highlighted on the cover.
What did I notice instead? Drug ads.
I counted them: 13. Some were for supplements (elderberry gummies, really?), but most were for prescription drugs.
These ads typically need 3-4 pages …
read on Protect yourself with a flu shot
Flu season is reaching its peak. Hospitals have been overwhelmed with patients and are running out of spare beds.
in almost every state. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is reporting widespread, epidemic-level flu activity
The bad news is that this year’s flu strain, H3N2, is especially severe, and the flu vaccine isn’t a great match 😕
But the good news is that if …
read on If you are one of the millions of people suffering under our broken healthcare system, take heart.
Industry leaders who recognize your pain actually exist, and are trying to help.
Changing the system is a huge and thankless task, because the bulk of the industry is profit-driven and resistant to giving up the status quo.
But these individuals and groups are using different ways to connect with increasing numbers of …
read on Baby, it’s cold outside!
Most of the headlines over the last few days have focused on the arctic “cyclone” and
brutally cold temperatures affecting a big chunk of the US.
Low temperature records are being shattered. Many states are reporting wind chills of -30°F or less.
That’s not just cold—that’s life threatening.
Outside my house, in Seattle, the weather is a pretty seasonal 40°F. And rainy. Lucky us.
But anyone …