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Tag Archives: health

Coca-Cola Ends Financial Sponsorship of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

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.

Of course sugar is a wonderful thing too. It makes lots of stuff taste good. Try drinking cranberry juice without the added sugar. It is awful stuff. Add sugar and suddenly it’s tasty. We are fortunate to have an abundant supply of the sugar. Historically most humans did not have such a ready supply.

Some consider this historical lack of sugar to be a good thing. I am not in that camp. But moderation is the world. Like with anything.

(Legal) drug dealers shouldn’t be spinning their product through front groups. (Because as we all know Pharma would never ever do that.) Though, again, Coke has every right to do so as long as the company is not making or promoting fraudulent claims etc.

The public however has every right also to counter the voice of Coke. Which is what appears to have happened here.

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FCC versus Your Health

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.

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Medical Care Cronies Not on Same Page

The American Medical Association claims to represent doctors. But it is very much part of the crony coalition which put together the broad outlines of Obamacare in meetings inside the White House. In return for going along with the government, the association receives most of its funding from a medical coding monopoly granted and protected by the Department of Health and Human Services.

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Here comes the death spiral: Obamacare’s Prognosis Grows Dimmer

It was already pretty dim for anyone who understands how insurance works. I used to be an insurance underwriter (property and casualty, not health) and I’ve been wondering since the beginning how anyone thought Obamacare was going to work. The risk size versus the pool of insureds doesn’t make sense. If insurance companies can’t adjust for risk (which for the most part they can’t under Obamacare) what bizarro mathematics is going to save this ill-conceived juggernaut of bureaucratic bull?

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