As we enter primary season for this election year, gun violence and control is a hot topic. However, much of the discussion lives in one of two extremes, and little of it is based on actual evidence.
With over 30,000 gun deaths each year, and over 20,000 of those death from suicide, the reality is that gun violence is a public health issue. This means we need to treat this issue from the point of view of the medical evidence.
Today we look at the scope of the problem, what has and hasn't worked, and some thougths about what lies ahead.
The supplement industry is a big one - estimates place it anywhere from $12 billion to $37 billion.
However, if you put that number in the context of healthcare spending overall, it's not too crazy...if supplements are effective and safe.
But issues with the approval and regulations of dietary supplements make leave us with many unanswered questions about the so-called "natural" products on the market.
In this episode we examine supplements, homeopathic remedies, the placebo effect and much more. So take a listen, and leave a comment if you have thoughts on the topic.
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The gluten-free phenomenon has grown into a $2.5 billion industry in the U.S. The question we have to ask is if the medical concern from gluten is enough to justify such a huge national expenditure. In this episode, we look at the disorders behind gluten and wheat allergies, gluten sensitivities and the science that supports these diagnoses.
If you've ever tried to figure out the price of a medical procedure, you know it's not that easy. In fact, research shows that complete pricing for medical procedures is unavailable when requested over one-third of the time.
As healthcare deductibles rise and indidviduals are affected more and directly by these costs, the issue of pricing transparency is growing. In this episode we talk about the problem posed by opaque medical pricing practices. We also dig into two innovative practice models that solve this transparency problem, as well as a few other issues in the delivery of healthcare and medicine.