Oz Faces Tyranny of Evidence Based Medicine

Dr. Oz at ServiceNation 2008

On Tuesday of this week, Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” faced a tongue-lashing from the U.S. Senate and a trial by media over a weight loss supplement that actually worked for most people in several clinical trials. One study reported the active ingredient, chlorogenic acid, helped 16 people lose an average […]

Food Fight Ignores Purpose of Farm Bill

my kind of Independence Day

Updated 12/26/13 The food fight on Capitol Hill reminds me of the movie Groundhog Day. Farm bill negotiations have been stuck for more than a year. One battle is over money for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The old name was food stamps. SNAP would receive about 80% of the bill’s funds. The last […]

Simple Changes Could Make ACA More Affordable and Stop the Next Civil War

Jogger in pink and black

(Updated 6/9/2014) Phrase in the paragraph next to the picture near the bottom of the page changed from “$1100 per year versus $31,300″ to “$16,000 versus $31,000.” (Updated 11/15/13) The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will decrease insurance costs for those who qualify for subsidies. Others will qualify for Medicaid. And some will see their premiums […]

Clueless Cuts Increase Health Costs

Not much has changed since the last time I wrote about the underemployment rate in July of 2011. The latest figures are for September of this year. After adding the percentage of people who worked part time or stopped looking for work in that month to the number who had no work and were still […]

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