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"The big losers are psychiatric wards, which are magnets for poor, uninsured patients suffering from debilitating mental illness and substance abuse problems that require lengthy, expensive treatment. Medical departments, which care for patients with infectious diseases like pneumonia and chronic diseases like heart failure, are routinely in the red. The emergency departments at many hospitals break even only if they're lucky, in large measure because while their reimbursements are high, so are their costs, and many of the patients they see are uninsured."
- Shannon Brownlee, Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine Is Making Us Sicker and Poorer (Get the book.)

"Caring for the poor is part of the hospital's mission, but it comes at a cost. The cancer center, by contrast, lures a better-insured clientele, in part because the disease itself is most common among Medicare recipients. Chemotherapy represents a major source of profit for any cancer center, because the hospital buys the drugs wholesale and is permitted by Medicare and the state of Maryland to mark up the price by about 16 percent. Radiation therapy is also profitable. "There's an incentive to say we're not going to do psychiatry because we lose money," said Langbaum. "

- Shannon Brownlee, Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine Is Making Us Sicker and Poorer (Get the book.)

"Rich or poor, insured or not, patients who come to this emergency room have access to one of the most respected hospitals in the nation, and some of the world's best doctors. Even so, says Kellen, "People have no idea how dangerous it is to be in the emergency room when it is this crowded." Patients can wait for more than an hour before being worked up, and those who need to be admitted upstairs to the hospital may wait a day or more."

- Shannon Brownlee, Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine Is Making Us Sicker and Poorer (Get the book.)

"Studies show that most free samples wind up being handed out not to the poor but to the insured, along with doctors' families and friends. Companies know that doctors tend to stick with prescribing a drug once they've given it to a patient as a sample—even if that particular drug isn't the best treatment for the patient or there's a cheaper or safer one that would do just as well. When there are several drugs available for the same condition, doctors are more likely to prescribe the brand they have in their supply closet."

- Shannon Brownlee, Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine Is Making Us Sicker and Poorer (Get the book.)

"None of them can remedy the poor quality of American health care unless we simultaneously address the issue of overtreatment. Yet in politics, overtreatment is routinely left out of any discussion of health care reform. That's partly because getting rid of it smacks of rationing. But rationing is when you deny patients care that could potentially help them. Rationing is when you say to a patient with kidney failure that he can't have dialysis because dialysis is expensive and he's too old."

- Shannon Brownlee, Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine Is Making Us Sicker and Poorer (Get the book.)

"Social Security, which was enacted in the 1940s, was a hugely popular program, inspiring proponents of universal health insurance to narrow their sights shrewdly on getting coverage for the aged poor; they would worry about children and the rest of the population later. When Kennedy made the medical plight of the elderly a pivotal issue in his 1960 presidential campaign, Medicare became, in the words of an editorial in Life magazine, "the hottest political potato" of the year. The AMA responded by stepping up its attacks."

- Shannon Brownlee, Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine Is Making Us Sicker and Poorer (Get the book.)

"On a winter day in his office at Dartmouth, Fisher tells me he came there "motivated in part by a sense that if we could get our hands around the unnecessary, wasteful stuff in medicine, we might be able to help the poor and the uninsured." A blunt, cerebral man in his early fifties, Fisher is tall and craggy. He looks like a more-handsome version of the actor and playwright Sam Shep-ard. Today, he is holding a chart from his Annals of Internal Medicine article, which Dr. Donald Berwick, a leading health care reformer, considers "possibly the most important paper of the decade."

- Shannon Brownlee, Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine Is Making Us Sicker and Poorer (Get the book.)

"Rich or poor, insured or not, patients who come to this emergency room have access to one of the most respected hospitals in the nation, and some of the world's best doctors. Even so, says Kellen, "People have no idea how dangerous it is to be in the emergency room when it is this crowded." Patients can wait for more than an hour before being worked up, and those who need to be admitted upstairs to the hospital may wait a day or more."

- Shannon Brownlee, Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine Is Making Us Sicker and Poorer (Get the book.)

"Sure enough, turnips have no necks, and the fact that they grow just about anywhere, in the poorest soil, has made them kind of like the "catfish" of vegetables, endearing them to the poor and giving them pretty low status among snobbier folk who haven't tasted them. But they're anything but a poor country cousin when it comes to nutrition."
- Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., C.N.S., The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth: The Surprising, Unbiased Truth About What You Should Eat and Why (Get the book.)

"These were depressed mood, fatigue, low motivation, poor focus, poor muscle strength or feeling weak, anxiety or worry, fearfulness, PMS-related moodiness, irritability, anger, chronic pain, achy muscles, sleep problems, cravings in the afternoon or evening, eating large food portions, feeling not satisfied after eating, thinking about food often, and craving chocolate, caffeine, nicotine, starchy foods, sweets, or alcohol. Discussion of Study Results There were originally eight participants in each group of either active ingredients or the placebo lozenges."
- Cheryle Hart, M.D., and Mary Kay Grossman, RD, The Feel-Good Diet (Get the book.)

"At least one researcher of the Romanian tragedy was blunt about what she saw as the implications of her findings for her own society: "The consistent relationship between poor care and abnormal Cortisol raises the question of what's happening to American children in poor day care."46 It was not just the specific tragedy of the Romanian babies that put Spitz, Bowlby, and Widdowson back on people's radar screens in the 1990s. This was also the decade that saw the rise of so-called third-wave feminism, with its attempt to reclaim more conventional gender roles as valid options for people."
- Anne Harrington, The Cure Within: A History of Mind-Body Medicine (Get the book.)

"Gonzalez presented 25 patients with poor prognosis or terminal illness who had either enjoyed long-term survival or tumor regression while following his program. After the session, Dr. Friedman suggested they pursue a pilot study in 10 patients suffering inoperable adenocarcinoma of the pancreas, with survival as the endpoint. As the standard survival for the disease is so poor, an effect could be seen in a small number of patients in a short time. In fact, pancreatic cancer is the fourth most common cause of death from malignant disease even though it represents only 5."
- Freedom Press, Natural Cancer Cures: The Definitive Guide to Using Dietary Supplements to Fight and Prevent Cancer (Get the book.)

"All of the measures we discuss are necessary to stop the eventual loss of vision due to years of poor blood sugar control, glycation-induced damage to delicate tissues of the eye, and free-radical/oxidative stress damage. You should also have your eyes checked at least once a year (including having your pupils dilated) by an eye doctor who has expertise in diabetes-induced eye disease. DENTAL DISEASE Making regular dental appointments if you have prediabetes or diabetes is very important, as your chances of having dental problems increase in the presence of elevated blood glucose."
- Steven V. Joyal, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Diabetes: An Innovative Program to Prevent, Treat, and Beat This Controllable Disease (Get the book.)

"It is especially beneficial for any child who has cognitive impairment, characterized by poor memory, or inability to focus. This problem is often seen in children with the inattentive subtype of ADHD. DMAE helps the body to produce acetylcholine, the neurotransmitter that is the primary carrier of thought and memory. When acetylcholine levels are low-as they are in many autistic and ADHD kids-it can be very difficult for children to maintain coherent streams of thought. When levels are increased, it can result in relatively sudden bursts of cognitive improvement."
- Kenneth Bock, Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders (Get the book.)

"While many experts again link the increase in artificial technologies and multiple births, many feel that stress, poor nutrition, and alcohol abuse might also contribute. Limited access to health care is another problem, as is our lack of emphasis on prenatal care. "There's no protection for pregnancy," Dr. Manny Alvarez said. "We still have fifty million Americans without insurance. Women with limited insurance or who, for one reason or another, have to fall into, let's say, a clinic service, have long-term waiting periods."
- Deirdre Imus, Growing Up Green: Baby and Child Care: Volume 2 in the Bestselling Green This! Series (Green This!) (Get the book.)

"People tend to think of lead poisoning as a disease of poor children," said Dr. Landrigan. "And that is true in 85 percent of kids; it's kids who live in old, dilapidated, mostly urban housing. But that still leaves 15 percent of the cases that occur in middle- or upper-class families, usually associated with home renovations. People are sanding paint, removing banisters, cleaning up windowsills, and they don't realize that they're spewing lead dust around in the house. And then the kids get it."

- Deirdre Imus, Growing Up Green: Baby and Child Care: Volume 2 in the Bestselling Green This! Series (Green This!) (Get the book.)

"Concerta does help some kids, but like even the longer-acting form of Ritalin, it's generally a poor choice for autistic children. Metadate CD is also a long-acting methylphenidate, but it's generally more appropriate for ADHD kids than spectrum kids. Focalin is another of the methylphenidates that I use most. It has short-acting and long-acting forms. Focalin is especially good for kids who have short attention spans."
- Kenneth Bock, Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders (Get the book.)

"Allergens, viruses, preexisting food allergies, and poor air quality can all trigger asthma in a susceptible child. Because their exposure to these irritants tends to be greater, low-income populations, minorities, and children living in inner cities have disproportionately high rates of asthma and disproportionately higher morbidity and mortality rates associated with asthma as well. "Different ethnic and economic groups are more affected by asthma than others," Dr. Frederica Perera told me. "In 2001, the prevalence rate of childhood asthma was around 8 percent in the country as a whole."
- Deirdre Imus, Growing Up Green: Baby and Child Care: Volume 2 in the Bestselling Green This! Series (Green This!) (Get the book.)

"Low levels of testosterone are associated with a number of adverse health conditions, including erectile dysfunction, loss of muscle tone, increased abdominal fat, low bone density, poor mood, and decreased cognitive function. We recommend that men with diabetes or prediabetes have their hormone levels checked, because of the relationship between low testosterone, abdominal obesity, and insulin resistance. The overall evidence suggests that synthetic progestogens like medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA) are inferior to natural progesterone."
- Steven V. Joyal, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Diabetes: An Innovative Program to Prevent, Treat, and Beat This Controllable Disease (Get the book.)

"Some kids are so mi-cronutrient poor," she said, "that I recommend everyone take a vitamin. For kids, though, it's very hard to make dietary changes when they've just been diagnosed with cancer, or when they're going through chemotherapy. The high doses of steroids make people crave foods high in sodium—Big Macs, fries, that sort of thing. They'll crave something familiar and comforting, and unfortunately for most of them that's what McDonald's is." But all too often, these "comfort foods" only make the problem worse. "
- Deirdre Imus, Growing Up Green: Baby and Child Care: Volume 2 in the Bestselling Green This! Series (Green This!) (Get the book.)

"She was accompanied by her father, the boy's grandpa. The poor kid had severe autistic symptoms, and was stimming and flapping around so vigorously that his mom and I could barely converse. As we attempted to talk, the grandfather tried to keep his grandson under control, but that just meant keeping him from climbing the walls. It was an uphill battle. The boy had a fiery temper and wasn't afraid to turn it against anybody who tried to thwart him, even his own grandfather. He created a constant chaos that fried everyone's nerves."
- Kenneth Bock, Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders (Get the book.)

"One-word answers. poor eye contact. Moderately dilated pupils. She also had little white bumps on her arms, known as keratosis pilaris, which could indicate a deficiency of essential fatty acids and vitamin A. Teia was small for her age, and had a long history of bladder infections, which had been treated with antibiotics. She also had a history of cold intolerance, hypoglycemia, and constipation. In retrospect, I realize that she was a very beautiful child, with gorgeous hair and a sweet little face, but she wasn't projecting it, so I didn't see it."

- Kenneth Bock, Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders (Get the book.)

"The association between poor diet and obesity is strong. Obesity is secondary to a diet high in saturated cooked animal fats and high in sugar. Americans have become conspicuous consumers of sugar and sweet-tasting foods and beverages. Per capita consumption of caloric sweeteners, mainly sucrose (table sugar made from cane and beets) and corn sweeteners (notably high-fructose corn syrup, or HFCS) increased 43 pounds, or 39 percent, between 1950-1959 and 2000. In 2000, each American consumed an average 152 pounds of caloric sweeteners."
- Gabriel Cousens, There Is a Cure for Diabetes: The Tree of Life 21-Day+ Program (Get the book.)

"Wealth might be temporarily redistributed, but it would not be long before rich countries were rich again and poor countries were poor again. This is because economic development roughly traces the development of consciousness. Modernist consciousness, operating within the legal environment of free markets, is what creates most of the wealth of modern societies. Without a requisite degree of modernist consciousness, a First World economy is not sustainable."
- Steve McIntosh, Integral Consciousness and the Future of Evolution (Get the book.)

"Several factors can negatively affect this balance: these include aging, depressed immunity, digestive tract infections, environmental pollution, poor diet, stress and diarrhea. As well, the use of antibiotics affects your natural microflora. We live in a world filled with antibiotic and antibacterial products. We have become bacteria-phobic. The focus has been on fighting "bad" bacteria. The result is a loss of not just bad bacteria but good bacteria, including probiotics. Without probiotics we can become ill."
- Allison Tannis, Probiotic Rescue: How You can use Probiotics to Fight Cholesterol, Cancer, Superbugs, Digestive Complaints and More (Get the book.)

"Physical symptoms include fatigue, headache, mood swings, sinus congestion, depression, poor memory and concentration, and cravings for sweets. The 1980s book The Yeast Connection made the public aware of yeast growth control and catapulted Candida into a mainstream health concern. It is thought that the following factors contribute to Candida overgrowth: use of oral contraceptives, steroids, antacids, ulcer medications, antibiotics, high-sugar diets, pregnancy, smoking, food allergies or intolerances and diabetes."

- Allison Tannis, Probiotic Rescue: How You can use Probiotics to Fight Cholesterol, Cancer, Superbugs, Digestive Complaints and More (Get the book.)

"You'll recall that poor dietary habits, over-consumption of foods, stress, illness and antibiotic use can alter the probiotic balance in your body. Therefore, it's a good idea to use probiotics daily for optimal health. Summary Probiotics offer the human body a variety of health benefits. Your health is the most important thing in your life. Probiotics promote health. You can find probiotics in dairy foods, fermented foods and yogurt. New technology is putting probiotics in less traditional foods such as chocolate, cereal and other novel foods."

- Allison Tannis, Probiotic Rescue: How You can use Probiotics to Fight Cholesterol, Cancer, Superbugs, Digestive Complaints and More (Get the book.)

"In Canada, diarrhea alone accounts for approximately 150,000 sick days per year with an estimated cost of $22 million to the health care system. poor eating habits, eating lots of highly processed foods, over-consumption of food and stress are contributing factors to this rise in digestive diseases. You may notice that these factors are very similar to those affecting the number of probiotics in your intestinal tract. It is likely that probiotics play a role in these digestive ailments."

- Allison Tannis, Probiotic Rescue: How You can use Probiotics to Fight Cholesterol, Cancer, Superbugs, Digestive Complaints and More (Get the book.)

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