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A Manifesto for Medical Practice with Wes Rocki

submitted by: admin on 05/08/2015
Today's medicine is fear based and geared to one size fits all. The new medicine is based on self healing, identifying the underlying psychospiritual roots of illness, and looking at the whole person. In his Manifesto for a New Medicine, Dr. Rocki shares his ideas about what needs to change in today's health care to provide health and vitality.              

Adverse Medical Events Outside the Hospital

submitted by: admin on 05/08/2015
Most clinical trials assessing adverse medical events (AMEs) have focused on inpatient care. Now there's a study looking at AMEs in private practice and it shows that the numbers are about the same. Most AMEs are from surgeries, diagnostic testing, and treatment errors. Every year there are about 11,000 paid malpractice suits that represent the tip of the...

Ayurveda with Vijaya Stallings, PhD

submitted by: admin on 11/19/2018
The principles of Ayurveda are reviewed and the scope of its practice reviewed. Body types, diet and personality characteristics are explored. Ayurveda is more than a health care discipline, it is a lifestyle practice.

Conversations with Chief Black Horse

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
The Chief explains the Native American Way and how it is a holistic practice that involves who we are in every way and how we relate to the entire world and universe. Relationship with the unknown and the ancestors is central thoughts.            

Defensive Practice in the Emergency Room

submitted by: admin on 11/19/2018
ER physicians are at particular risk for law suits and they tend to over-test people to protect them from making diagnostic errors; they don't know these patients. As a result this drives up the cost for health care.    

Doctors and Nurses are not Washing Their Hands

submitted by: admin on 09/20/2013
When cameras are watching more doctors and nurses wash their hands. Less than 7% washed their hands immediately when entering or before leaving a patient's room. under normal conditions. This number shot up to 88% when cameras were installed to monitor hand washing. With hospital acquired infections reaching 5% and 100,000 deaths annually from them, hand...

Doctors and Nurses Use CAM More than the Public

submitted by: admin on 09/20/2013
Three of every four US healthcare workers use CAM for prevention. MDs and RNs used CAM services more than their assistants. Thirty eight percent of the US uses CAM services such as supplements, meditation, chiropractic, Pilates, Ayurveda, and Chinese medicine. The reasons healthcare workers used CAM was for back, neck, and joint pain. Yet only 1.5% of total...

Focusing with Ofer Erez

submitted by: admin on 11/19/2018
Replacing effort with skill gets better outcomes. Learning to move takes learning and it becomes a skill that is eventually effortless.

Founding Health Medicine: The Story

submitted by: admin on 09/21/2013
Health Medicine is integrative, holistic, person-centered, preventive health care. It began in 1992, has been defined since then, and is now available in clinical practice in some areas. The history of the Health Medicine Forum and Healing Circles is shared.          

How ObamaCare is Affecting Doctors, Patients and the Practice of Medicine

submitted by: admin on 09/24/2013
  ObamaCare, or the Affordable Care Act, will bring 50 million new people into the Medicaid program, but who will pay for this and who will take care of them? Most MDs cannot afford to treat patients in Medicaid because reimbusement for services is far too low. The quality of care will drop and access to care will take time to take effect. We're...

Is Medical Tourism Realistic?

submitted by: admin on 04/19/2014
According to the CDC, medical tourism refers to people who travel to foreign countries to obtain medical care at a reduced price. Generally, the services most often sought are for cosmetic surgery, dentistry, cardiac surgery, and orthopedic surgery. The cost for these surgeries is in the range of 10-20% of what it would cost in the US and are done in 5 star facilities. Common...

Is Medicine Good Science?

submitted by: admin on 10/09/2013
It is assumed that medical research and practice are basesd on good science? Studies in major peer reviewed journals report that about 15% of medicine is based on solid science. We also have good data showing that very little research is based on solid science. Many examples are given. Conflicts of interest and economic greed are common.          

Is the Practice of Medicine More Harmful than Good?

submitted by: admin on 10/09/2013
  In a study published in Archives of Internal Medicine in February of 2012, patients with the highest satisfaction with their MDs had fewer visits to the ER, but a 26% higher mortality rate! Mortality outcomes on 36,000 people over 4 years was collected by researchers from UC Davis Medical Center. The most satisfied patients spent about 9% more on health...

Manifesto for Medical Practice with Wes Rocki, MD

submitted by: admin on 10/10/2013
  Healing is an inert capacity of all life. The practice of medicine is set up primarily to make money, not provide service. Money is made even when patients are harmed. Understanding the miracle of healing and a strong intention of being authentic are important aspects of good health care practice.          

Many MDs Believe they Overtreat

submitted by: admin on 10/10/2013
A survey of US primary care MDs revealed that 42% believe they administer too much medical treatment. The reasons are related to malpractice concerns, clinical performance measures, inadequate time with their patients. They believe that are paid more to do more and exposed to legal punishment if they do less. Medicine is now a business first and a service when...

Over-treatment in the ICU is Common

submitted by: admin on 10/12/2013
  A JAMA survey of almost 2000 doctors and nurses in the ICU in January of 2012 revealed that they believed there is often too much care adminstered to patients. Only occasionally was there insufficient care. Advance directives need to be honored and treatment decisions often require input from multiple sources that include the family, physician, spiritual...

Replacing Effort With Skill, Part 1 with Ofer Erez

submitted by: admin on 11/19/2018
Effort is misunderstood. If we fail we tend to try harder, even though it did not lead to success. Practice to make things easier on purpose leads to improvement. As things get easier, you are getting better.

Replacing Effort With Skill, Part 11 with Ofer Erez

submitted by: admin on 11/19/2018
Trying harder is a reflection of not having mastered a particular skill. When we get better at whatever we're doing, it becomes easy and effortless.

Should Medical Research Forego Placebo Testing?

submitted by: admin on 10/14/2013
  The results of a randomized placebo-controlled clinical trial re-opened debate on whether it is ethical to conduct placebo-controlled studies because it puts those in the placebo group at the disadvantage of not being in the treatment arm. One could make the point that placebo is not really necessary because all that needs to be done is to see if patients...

Stanford University's Hatchet Job on Organic Foods

submitted by: admin on 10/16/2013
  According to a Stanford University study published in Annals of Internal Medicine in August of 2012, There isn't much difference between organic and conventional food. They "did not find strong evidence" that organic foods are more nutritious or carry fewer health risks than conventional alternatives. They found little consistent difference...