When it comes to health communications, right now we are in a bit of a disconnect. Here’s what I mean: This is the new age of Patient Empowerment, right? I think the answer is yes, as study after study shows smarter patients do better when they are more informed about the health issues facing them. [...]
The other day, before Sunday’s vote in the House of Representatives, I wrote an email to a congressman from my home state, Washington, who was “on the fence” about healthcare reform. Brian Baird does not represent my district, a conservative Republican does, Dave Reichert. Reichert was in lock step with the Republican leadership and went [...]
I don’t mean to be simplistic. But America’s weight problem is bankrupting our healthcare system and killing us.
That extra helping of stuffing with gravy you had at the Thanksgiving table isn’t a problem if you exercise and it’s just a “treat.” But, unfortunately, for too many of us, the big portion, fatty food, and [...]
Swirling around the great debates about our economy, and real worries and financial turmoil, are the very basic issues of individuals in America getting the healthcare they need – and deserve. This was brought home to me yet again this past Saturday evening when, as a local board member of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, [...]
There’s more chatter lately (see the Seattle Times, The Newest Generation of Drugs: Who Can Afford Them?) about the cost of the growing list of biotech drugs “(“biologics”) that can lengthen your life and/or improve the quality of your life when you are living with an advanced cancer or a long-term chronic illness like multiple [...]
My life insurance agent, Mike Oling, is a nice man. And as an agent for Northwestern Mutual, a top grade company, he tries to do the right thing. In my case, as a 12-year-leukemia survivor who has extensive disability and term life insurance with Northwestern Mutual, the right thing would be to allow positive changes [...]
Isn’t it interesting? Senator Ted Kennedy chose to leave Boston and his doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital to have brain surgery today hundreds of miles to the south at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC. How come? My guess is the Senator and the Kennedy family did their research and felt most comfortable putting [...]
I am a fan of the television show House, M.D. on the Fox Network. That’s where diagnostic whiz Dr. Gregory House figures out the secret to a parade of patients’ illnesses while, at the same time, saying the most inappropriate things. Viewers love it, real doctors hate it.
I can’t get enough. That’s why this [...]