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Medicare Payments Surge for Stents to Unblock Blood Vessels in Limbs

Medicare Payments Surge for Stents to Unblock Blood Vessels in Limbs | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Some cardiologists are reaping huge reimbursements for operating to relieve blockages in peripheral veins and arteries, a treatment many may not need.
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While there is sure to be an upsurge in such "unnecessary procedures" when a new technique comes around, after a while the huge backlog of willing patients and the growing awareness of primary care docs will get things under better control. In the meantime, as a consumer I would avoid a doc who was grinding out a procedure and making a fortune from Medicare; greed is not a good sign in the doctor who is going to cut into your body.

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The Heart Association’s Junk Science Diet

The Heart Association’s Junk Science Diet | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Science shows the low-fat diet to be BS, and yet the American Heart Association keeps touting it as the ‘heart healthy’ choice. Why? The quick answer: money, honey.
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I am trained as a psychologist not a physician, but I find myself doing much better on a low carbohydrate diet than on a "heart healthy" one. I share this piece because I think we should all be giving serious thought not only to our diets but also to what does and does not influence the supposed scientific advice of experts.

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