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Workshop: Get the Most From Your Health Care Dollar

Sunday, August 9, 2009 15:31 No Comments

For readers in the Los Angeles area: As Americans demand reform of our broken health care system, becoming an informed, empowered health care consumer is more important than ever. To meet this need, I will be offering a workshop, “How to Get the High Quality Health Care You Deserve” on August 15, 2009 from 9 […]

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Healthcare Lessons Learned While on Vacation

Saturday, July 4, 2009 21:41 No Comments

While on a romantic getaway in Northern California last month, my garden variety ear infection turned into a painful nightmare, despite 2 previous rounds of antibiotics. Here’s what I learned the hard way: *Double check that you packed your cell phone charger. *Have your doctor’s office or cell phone number (or both) in your cell […]

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Allergy Awareness

Monday, March 30, 2009 4:50 No Comments

Do you have a life-threatening allergy to anything? I mean stuff like peanuts, or penicillin, red ant or bee stings, or carrots? Yes, carrots. More on that later. If you have such an allergy, you have probably been told that you are at risk of anaphylaxis, a life threatening allergic reaction. Symptoms of anaphylaxis may […]

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Beware the killer cell phone

Saturday, March 14, 2009 4:34 No Comments

Next time you have an appointment for a physical examination, you might want to ask your doctor when she last disinfected her cell phone. Researchers swabbed 200 cell phones owned by physicians, nurses and other health care staff at a major hospital in Turkey for bacterial contamination. One of every four phones were contaminated with […]

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Welcome to “Get the Health Care You Deserve”

Tuesday, March 10, 2009 0:20 1 Comment

The health care system in the United States is broken and needs to be fixed. But the fixing process is likely to take a long time. With the best will in the world, vested interests will put obstacles in the way of substantive change to the U.S. health care system. You can maximize your ability […]

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The $23,000 Flu Shot

Monday, January 19, 2009 21:00 No Comments

For most people who catch it, influenza (aka, “the flu”) is generally a nuisance 7 to 10 days, but it can be deadly. More than 200,000 Americans are hospitalized with flu each year, and 36,000 people die of flu or its complications. But the truth of flu — beyond what the statistics so dear to […]

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