The Congressional Budget Office has not yet scored the new healthcare bill offered by Graham, Cassidy, Heller, and Johnson, and there has been a furious effort to push the bill through the Senate without complete scoring. While this might be perceived as an effort to avoid allowing debate with access to information that the sponsors … More Graham-Cassidy Healthcare Bill
The House of Representatives approved their version of the AHCA bill this week. The next step is consideration in the Senate. There has already been a great deal of discussion about the bill and the assertions underpinning it. Politifact offers a consolidated look at some claims made by opponents of the PPACA, which largely don’t … More American Healthcare Act
We have recently seen a small number of illnesses and two deaths due to Listeria in the US. The vector is believed to be cheese manufactured from raw milk. This has reinvigorated debate about the general safety of raw milk and the benefits – or lack thereof – of drinking raw vs pasteurized milk. (Some … More Raw Milk and Death
With the advent of an actual legislative effort to append (but not really repeal and replace) the PPACA (AKA “Obamacare”) it is worth examining the pros and cons of the ACA and the proposed legislation. The intent of the PPACA was to make healthcare more affordable overall and ensure more people are covered, including those … More Healthcare, Part One
Despite our routine focus on medications, diet is profoundly important in maintaining overall health. Here are a couple of recent examples of articles that help reinforce the significance diet plays: Scientific American wrote about a key amino acid, Valine, and its potential role in helping with treatment of blood cancer without necessitating radiation or chemotherapy. … More Science and Nutrition
I’m sure most folks are familiar with some of the negative effects of carrying too much fat in the body. Most folks have probably learned that excess fat and cholesterol increase the risk for heart disease, hypertension, and stroke. The hormonal impacts of obesity put people at increased risk for diabetes. Both men and women … More Cancer Link to Fat?
Here is an NBC news article discussing links between food industry lobbying and nutrition advice. (How the Food Lobby Affects Nutrition Advice) As we discussed in a previous post (Sugar, Sugar), the impact of food companies on nutritional studies and regulation is both unsettling and unsurprising. As they say, money talks, and food companies have … More Who Decides What Constitutes Proper Nutrition?
Once upon a time, I devoted a great deal of energy to studying what I could about exercise and the specific impacts (physical, hormonal, psychological, etc.) on the body. Over time I have become less involved in rigorous research since fitness isn’t my profession. I feel that I got enough of a baseline to make … More Exercise to Burn – and Block – Fat
It is distressing to think that research is influenced by those with economic interests in the outcome, but it can hardly be considered surprising by now. An article from JAMA Internal Medicine yesterday highlights the sugar industries influence on research from 50 years ago, and the impact it continues to have today. In brief, the … More Sugar, Sugar