COVID-19: Coping with Alternative Medicine

Epidemics and pandemics are useful in promoting alternative medicine and our current pandemic is a case in point. But we are missing the boat–we could end the pandemic now. The story goes back to the cholera epidemics  of the mid 20th Century that led to the development of Oral Rehydration Therapy (ORT). This development is […]

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Defense medicine is evolutionary medicine and it’s good medicine.

Western Medicine continues in the mindset of humoral medicine when is sees illness as a disturbance in homeostasis. Often included in the disturbance are bothersome symptoms that represent physiological responses to a challenge. The allostatic model is a current proposed that recognizes the homeostatic disturbance, argues for honoring and supporting it, but does not link […]

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Healthcare Revisited–Again!

We at Common Sense Medicine know that any healthcare system must pay attention to significant facts in order to work. We also have suggestions to make it work. Fact 1. Healthcare is both complex and adaptive–it evolves. Fact 2. Regulating such systems doesn’t work; learned from the fall of communism. Fact 3. The best way […]

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How Independants Can Win in 2018: Empower the People

The July/August issue of The Atlantic has an article about Evan McMullin, the Presidential candidate who ran because he saw Trump as an autocrat. To counter this he wants to empower an independent party in 2018. He saw Trump as a threat because in his career in the CIA he worked in many countries ruled […]

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How not to create and stimulate dependence in entitlements.

Entitlements The conservative position that entitlements create dependence and decrease a society’s health by supporting the survival of the unfittest is not without merit, but eliminating them is the wrong solution. As the balloon here indicates they are the largest part of of the federal budget as well as being the fastest growing. Military spending […]

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Drug deaths: Sins of commission or sins of omission?

Drug Deaths Thanks to our president the Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is in the news again: “He is very popular over there” [and we need him to support our brand new glorious and magnificent Manila Trump Tower]. His extrajudicial execution of 7000 of his citizens for suspected drug use is a sin of commission. But […]

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The Role of Government

Common Sense Medicine extends to more than health and health care. A significant part of our book – The Boids and the Bees: Guiding Adaptation to Improve our Health, Healthcare, Schools, and Society – is how to guide social change. That means politics. Most political arguments use fear to motivate their respective bases. Reading Daniel […]

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Russia, our elections, and what to do about it.

Russia and the election – What to do and WHY!     A Common Sense Approach Besides determining if Trump and his campaign were in collusion with those interfering, what to do about it to prevent a recurrence is the main problem. There are two issues: the first is the hacking that everyone looks at. […]

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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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