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I find

23 Nov

this stuff very interesting.

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I have long understood

08 Nov

that “stacking” acetaminophen and ibuprofen is very effective. Do NOT exceed the recommended dose, of course. It is as good at pain killing as some regular opioids. I don’t necessarily recommend it for others, but personally for a mild headache I find one ibuprofen and one acetaminophen works great. Your mileage may vary, so talk to your medical provider about it if you are interested.

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This is

19 Sep

absolutely the future.

Already, the very high-end psychiatric practices in my area don’t accept insurance at all. It is all cash-on-the-barrelhead. I know several psychologists who also won’t take insurance. Many practitioners I know are seriously considering an alternative model. And for good reason. Taking insurance drastically increases your expenses. You have to hire someone to sit on the phone on hold for hours trying to get insurance companies to pony up. You have many “extra” things you have to do in order to get paid.

I myself won’t take insurance. The relationship is between me and the patient. If they use a 3rd-party payer, the information is not really secure. In DC there are many who pay out of pocket for psychiatric services, since if they use insurance they will lose their clearance. And if I am a parent, do I want my kid to be unable to work in certain sectors as an adult because they struggled as a youth? No–I’ll pay out of pocket. That way it is private.


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06 Apr

it’s not very appetizing. Still, if it truly works, almost everyone would be willing to do it. Fecal transplants have been implicated in various neurological problems, as well. Few people with MS would not be willing to swallow capsules of fecal material if it got rid of the disease. Very few.

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I work a TON

23 Feb

with pain patients. At one hospital pain patient make up 100% of my case load. I use a subjective rating scale every day I am there.

But I also have important performance data. Ours is a team approach where I am the psychologist but there are a half-dozen very experienced PT/OT’s doing treatment on land and in a pool, too. And there are two extremely competent and experienced physicians. We are a team. And the program is all day for three or four weeks. And we freely share information. It’s a great, great program. And trust me, you get a good idea of what is going on in 3 or 4 weeks. One can blow smoke for a half hour, but it is much harder to do it for a month…

But in this setting I get BOTH subjective and functional data. And that is extremely important. I want both. I need both to treat effectively. And they don’t alway correlate. Usually they do to some extent or even to a large extent, but certainly not always.

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It sounds

21 Jan

just awesome.

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The days of

21 Dec

traditional labs are quickly coming to a close. And that is a good thing.

You laugh, but this trend has a lot to do with professional licensing. People are starting to assume responsibility for their own health, and they are taking action. Yeah, people ought to take responsibly for their care…

For example, why can’t I do psychotherapy with a patient in another state via face-time? Why am forced to get licensed in that other state? It’s just a racket. It doesn’t protect people and it is just another tax. It is just another ploy for power.

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There is no question

26 Sep

in my mind that something funky is going on with Hillary. What is it? I don’t know, but there is obviously something going on. It seems neurological, but it is hard to tell if that is the root issue. Plus, of course her “husband” is not there when she collapses. It has long been a sham marriage of convenience.

As I have said, it is very clear that there is something going on. Yet she repeatedly and chronically lies and hides the truth. So all one has is a) clear evidence that something is wrong and b) theories based on symptoms but no exam at all. THAT is how one engenders conspiracy theories.

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What is with

14 Sep

the blue glasses?


Maybe nothing. But blue glasses are a) a little unusual and b) used to prevent seizures and stiffness due to Parkinson’s. Again, this may be nothing. People wear blue sunglasses at times.But Hillary lies all the time and even got close enough to infect a little girl, so it’s not like we can just take her word for it! It’s easy to think the worst.

To my eyes she looks like a sick old woman.

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Pretty much

09 Sep

any honest person recognizes that this is a problem.

Now before the crap-eating apologists get all hoity-toity about not making diagnoses without examining the patient, let me just say, DUH! Let me also say that no diagnosis is made! They are not saying, “She has TB.” They are not putting it into her medical record. They are simplyvsaying that she has uncontrolled coughing and that could represent several things or even “I think it is most likely a symptom of ____”. They very clearly are not making a formal diagnosis–this is just more stupidity meant to fool the rubes while shielding Hillary. Unfortunately, those who do not actually diagnose are easily fooled on this.

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