Hits & Misses – 2009/01/02

Did you know that the federal government is studying alternative medicine? The findings: Echinacea does not prevent colds. St. John's Wort is not an antidepressant. Overall: "Despite the $1 billion spent in the interim, the center has failed to affirm a single therapy that can withstand the rigors of science."

No insurance? The free market can even handle end-of-life care.  "Lyons is a ‘death midwife,' a specialist in the little-known field of helping people manage the passing of a loved one outside the traditional funeral industry."

Good news about Bush's favorite health plan. "Studies have generally shown that the health centers – which must be governed by patient-dominated boards – are effective at reducing racial and ethnic disparities in medical treatment and save substantial sums by keeping patients out of hospitals."

Michael Moore was wrong. "Foreigners who come to the island for treatment pay cash and suffer no lack of medicines, but ask any Cuban who has set foot in a hospital and he or she will tell you there are severe shortages of medicines and equipment; hospital patients often have to bring their own sheets. In operating rooms, sutures are in short supply and anesthesia is scarce."

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  1. Ken says:

    I know a number of people taking alternative medicines. The market must be huge.

  2. Bruce says:

    I have a question: do antioxidants count as alternative medicine?

  3. Joe S says:

    Michael Moore is much worse than being wrong. He is a flak for communist health care.

    What kind of care do you think the political dissidents in Castro’s prisons are getting?

  4. Nancy says:

    On end of life care, what is described is what almost everybody would be doing if they were spending their own money rather than Medicare’s money.

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