The VA seems increasingly so broken it can’t be fixed.
Earlier we reported on the upcoming DEA induced kratom ban. Kratom is an herb that helps some with anxiety and pain and has helped others reduce opiod dependence. Even still the government is about to make kratom a Schedule 1 substance, a completely banned drug. Cocaine in comparison is a Schedule 2 drug. One can technically get a prescription for cocaine. One can technically research the therapeutic effects of cocaine.
Why is the DEA moving in this direction?
My own recent experience with prostate cancer may be useful to you in sorting out the options. I am an investment, not a medical, professional. But for that very reason, I have no biases, no axe to grind, and above all, no income that would be put at risk from progress in medicine.
We live in a world of government enforced medical monopolies. The general rule is that doctors will recommend whatever they do,
This is not exhaustive but in light of the recent statement by the Veterans Affairs chief comparing waiting for treatment at VA hospitals to waiting in line at Disney World we figured we’d post some of the other VA stories we’ve done relatively recently. The level of dysfunction at the agency is remarkable. This is what “single payer” healthcare looks like, slow, red tape, top heavy crony administration, people dying waiting for treatment.
In another life I was a property and casualty insurance underwriter. I would assess risk and figure out if premiums for a given area were enough or too much. Was the company too exposed to hurricane damage? What about earthquakes? Balancing risk with premium was the name of the game.
Given my background I have never understood how Obamacare was going to “work.” Obamacare seemed (and is) an adverse selection machine. The sick are more likely to sign up and the healthy have shied from the program for any number of reasons.
I was under the impression that the “VA scandal” was ongoing and multiple scandals now, but the point is taken. The VA has not headed in the right direction since the the problems at the department became major news.
Obamacare is expensive both for the country and for families. It has however proven a windfall for the health insurers. So that’s good.
In other news Phillip Morris is sponsoring the Olympic marathon team. (Not really.)
I like a good cold Coke on a hot summer day as much as the next person, but the stuff isn’t healthy. Not that it need be for Coke to sponsor the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, but there is some dissonance there.
Sugar is not unlike a drug in many respects. Some people think it is a drug. For some people it can be addictive like a drug that’s for sure.
Will the FCC under “Net neutrality” kill an important and promising area of innovation in medicine, “mobile medicine”?
The FCC may not kill such innovation completely but it may slow it down, likely by a lot. This is a particular shame as the people who may benefit most from “mobile medicine” are the poor and otherwise isolated and marginalized.
And guess what? The likely winner (according to this article) writes a lot of checks to politicians in Washington DC.
The goal here is big data. Managing population health – not your health necessarily. And people are going to make big bucks (taxpayer bucks) in the process.
Sugar, we all love it. Even if we don’t eat piles of candy we Americans still injest loads of it in our other foods, bread, other processed foods, soda, juice, in our morning coffee. The USA has a sweet tooth and it’s costing us. Literally.
Sugar is a highly subsidized commodity.
It was just reported that the first Ebola victim discovered in the US is being treated in Dallas Texas. It is imperative that information flow freely around this situation. Keep the response open sourced. Let people track developments closely. I am sure developers at this very moment are working on applications which will help people avoid the virus.
Why is no one in the mainstream media covering this? Could it be that pharma doesn’t want it covered? Possible.
I look at it this way. Put yourself in the shoes of whoever makes the call to announce to the public that Ebola is now a problem which people need to concern themselves with in the United States.