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2010: A Good Year for Radical Health-Care Reform

submitted by: admin on 11/21/2013
                  " A Return to Healthing" Blog:  Fri, 01/29/2010 - 14:35 — BBelitsos By Dr. Len Saputo When Barack Obama became president-elect of the United States, most of us felt a sense of hope we hadn't experienced in years. We trusted that...

A Fervent Call for Sustainable Health Care

submitted by: admin on 05/08/2015
         " A Return to Healing" Blog:  Fri, 03/12/2010 - 22:23 — BBelitsos A great disappointment has descended upon the majority of Americans. Both the left and the right feel let down by the federal government’s strangely inadequate package of health care reforms that is about to be...

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.              

A Return To Healing Chapter 4: How Well Is America's Health Care System Working?

submitted by: admin on 05/08/2015
Half of all Americans have a chronic disease, we cannot sustain the cost of health care, and the safety of medical practice has been called into question. Profit, not service, has become the metric for success. Corporate America now controls health care.         A Return to Healing: Chapter 5  

A Return To Healing Chapter 6: Wellness, Prevention, and Healing: A New Direction for Medicine

submitted by: admin on 05/08/2015
Shifting the model of health care from "disease" care to "health" care is necessary if we're going to enjoy good health. Preserving our level of wellness and detecting disease early are critical. Wellness includes body, mind, emotion, and spirit and an understanding of curing and healing. We need a new model: Health Medicine.         A...

A Return To Healing Chapter 9: The Imperative of Health Care Reform

submitted by: admin on 05/08/2015
The catastrophe of health care cost is sustained by Big Pharma and the insurance industry. Shifting to wellness and prevention and health care for every American is sensible but challenging because the powerful financial tentacles of big business.. True health care reform requires medical freedom and a model where service becomes the metric for success, not return...

Alternative Health Care Legislation

submitted by: admin on 05/12/2015
MDs are now protected from Medical Board persecution by California State Law so long as there is no harm to patients and mainstream treatments are not with-held.          

American Society for Integrated Medical Practitioners with Russell Jaffe, MD

submitted by: admin on 05/12/2015
This new approach to medicine is based on integrative, holistic, person-centered care where the relationship between the patient and practitioner is sacred. Both an evidenced based and pragmatic approach is taken, which means that they look at causes first and not last. They must also compassionately set the example rather than preach treatments or lifestyle...

Americans Distrust the Medical Profession

submitted by: admin on 05/12/2015
A Harvard study that was published in the October issue of the NEJM, documented that Americans are considerably less trusting of the medical profession compared to people in most other industrialized countries. Low income Americans are the worst hit and are three times less likely to skip doctor visits, fill prescriptions, or obtain tests, treatment, and follow...

California Alternative Health Care Bill Passes

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
SB691 protects MDs from medical boards for the practice of CAM. This is a step towards medical freedom for patients. Lines for patient empowerment are discussed and scope of practice are reviewed.      

CAM is Coming Into the Mainstream

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
Complementary, alternative, integrative, and mainstream medicine are defined. The Health Medicine Model is discussed and the difference from disease care and health care are also reviewed. We need CAM if medicine is going to advance.      

Can the Government Keep a Close Watch on Insurance?

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
During the early post-health care reform era, HHS claimed to be keeping a close watch on insurance companies to make sure they comply with their new regulations. There is great reason to doubt that this will be so easy in view of how insurance companies had such a powerful influence in protecting their interests.    

Can the US Economy Afford Preventive Health Care

submitted by: admin on 09/13/2014
US health care depends on our being sick and has become a business as its first priority. That is why we can spend almost three trillion dollars a year and still be ranked 37th in the world in the overall qualiity of health care by the World Health Organization! Throwing dollars at health care does not guarantee high quality health care!  If there was...

Can We Afford Medicaid Expansion?

submitted by: admin on 12/09/2018
 There seems to be a conflict between the Democrats, the Replicans and the States as to whether we can afford to expand Medicaid.  People believe that the Republicans think is costs too much and that the Democrats believe that we can save on fraudulent and unneecessary costs.  Dr. Len thinks they are both wrong.  How can our government say...

Comparison Shopping by Doctors Saves Hospital Costs

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
  Physicians are primarily concerned with providing the best laboratory tests and patient care possible, and cost is not a huge consideration. A study published in Internal Medicine in April of 2013 showed that if hospitals would post the cost of tests on lab requisitions that MDs would pay more attention to ordering fewer and less expensive tests. In...

Conflicts of Interest in Health Care Reform

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
True health care reform will never make it to the table when the insurance industry and Big Pharma continue to pour billions of dollars into stopping Congress from addressing this issue. What we will see is a minimum of insurance reform.      

Congress and Lobbyists in Washington DC

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
Lobbyists from Big Pharma and the insurance industry spent $500 million trying to bribe congress to limit health care reform. It worked. We must understand this a take action to stop the process.          

Containing Health Care Costs

submitted by: admin on 12/09/2018
We spend too much money for what we get back in service, and our health care is rated only 37th in the world. End of life care uses half of all money spent on health care. MDs need to become involved in deciding how money is going to be spent on what. It takes a community of people to make a collaborative decision that is sensible.

Creating a Health Care Program that Works

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
  Appreciation of disciplines other than mainstream medicine broadens the scope of care and deepens the options. Healing Circles are a classic example of integrative health care. There is enough disease to go around, but there are too few solutions. No discipline has solved the epidemic of chronic diseases. Maybe we should work together!          

Cutting Health Care Costs

submitted by: admin on 12/09/2018
America spends 2.3 trillion dollars on health care and yet 46 million working Americans still do not have health insurance. The insurance industry only cares about profits. We need to consider a national insurance option for competition.