Soaring U.S. Healthcare Costs Part 2: The Proposal

Reading Time: 5 minutes In this article, I my proposal for how we can reduce the costs of healthcare by implementing a system of periodic assessments of CPT codes and costs. I am not suggesting that all CPT codes are unnecessary or wasteful. My point is that there is a lack of periodic reassessment of healthcare costs associated with caring for people with Type 2 diabetes. Such a reassessment would likely find better explanations for what causes high blood sugar and diabetes in adults and better, less costly ways to treat it. Two basic…

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Food for Thought: Why We Shouldn’t Count Calories

Reading Time: 6 minutes To maintain health, humans must have a constant supply of nutrients to feed the cells in the body. Maintaining a steady but dynamic state requires that we acquire sufficient varied nutrients regularly from the foods we consume. Nutrients are absorbed in the form of molecules and ions into the bloodstream, where cells absorb them and utilize them to perform their functions. This process requires the use of energy, just like what happens in a factory that manufactures goods.  It is this use of energy that produced the rationale for creating…

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Trick or Treat: The Really Scary Sugar To Fear This Halloween

Reading Time: 5 minutes For many, the overwhelming access to sugar is a scary fact about Halloween and all the upcoming holidays. Added sugar is often thought of as the cause of weight gain, obesity, and diabetes. “Added sugar” is actually what you need to be concerned about.  Added sugars account for about 17 percent of the total calorie intake of adults and up to 14 percent for children, according to a recent study.  Many people are confused about whether added sugar is the same as sugar (glucose) in your bloodstream. The answer is…

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