Singapore’s Healthcare is best. Can we use it here?

In our book, The Boids and the Bees: Guiding Adaptation to Improve our Health, Healthcare, Schools and Society, we described what we thought was the best health care system in the world. Our guiding principle was helping people make good decisions about their care and giving them the financial power to implement those decisions. The key to the […]

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Restructuring Health Care

There has been an increase in chatter about our health care system recently, The Senate held hearings in February on revising Medicare and there have been several comments in JAMA in this vein. The diagram above represents the solution proposed by Michael Porter and Thomas Lee in the Harvard Business Review under the title of “Why Health […]

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Fear and the War on Drugs

Last year the Organization of the American States (OAS) had a conference that dealt largely with our drug problems and the violence associated with them. It was easy for the conferees to see that the root of the problem was all of the money pumped into this system by purchasers in the U.S.  It was […]

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Ebola update

The authoritative news is that we are safe from outside attacks because we have a good system. But, like our military that always seems to be fighting the last war, our authorities seem to be ignoring the abilities our pathogens have to adapt. We are told, for example, that ebola is not transmitted from a […]

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Cyborg Science? Just say NO!

I just learned about Cyborg science the other day. The phrase comes from the book, Machine Dreams: Economics Becomes a Cyborg Science, by Philip Mirowski. A cyborg is a combination of man and machine. It’s a good term to describe how common it is for ‘scientists’ to use mathematics to describe, influence, and exert control over […]

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Our Interconnected World

Choosing to major in Mathematics and choosing to major in Music might not be as different as we like to think. A recent article by the University of Chicago describes composers and mathematicians who use math to explore music and sound in new ways. A while ago we wrote a blog post about Einstein losing himself […]

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The Problem of Antibiotic Resistance

I am writing this from Ghost Ranch in New Mexico where I am in a group studying with John Phillip Newell about The Rebirthing of God, the title of his latest book. One of the key points in his message is the need to connect with who we are; we come from the earth, the […]

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What’s the WIR

Could the WIR help us, or Greece, or Spain? Common Sense Medicine is all about resilience, about giving people the information and the power they need to make better decisions. Those decisions are the invisible hand that guides any adaptive system to continued progression and health. And it’s not just healthcare. This article is about […]

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Medical Uses of Xylitol for Professionals

Introduction In writing this I can think of no better alternative then to follow the path I followed as I searched for why the spray I helped develop worked so well. That path is both chronological and topical, but it actually began long before we developed the spray when my wife, Jerry Bozeman, recognized that […]

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Coping with Antibiotic Resistance

Claude Bernard is reported as saying the he could eat Pasteur’s anthrax with impunity. Not many today have his nerve; we have gone down Pasteur’s pathway where the fearful germs are the focus, and all our efforts are aimed at destroying them. Following that path has led to much success, but also to a lot […]

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*Insurance is designed to pay for the unexpected crisis. Health insurance started that way in the U.S. but gradually, because the companies we work for were paying for it and getting a better tax break, it morphed into paying for it all. That means we have less interest in getting the ounce of prevention than if we were paying for some of those costs. Children we talk to about the dangers of drugs just say they’ll get a brain transplant if they burn theirs out. That’s why we think that Health Savings Accounts should be promoted by the government more; they put the individual back in a position of responsibility in making more choices in their health care. With Health Savings Accounts an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

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