Ridiculous Study of the Week: Diabetes and Sugar by Douglas Farrago, M.D.

This snippet is stolen from Dr. Doug Farrago’s Authentic Medicine Blog. I think I might apply for federal funding for a study I have been thinking of.  I have a hypothesis that gravity makes things fall to the ground…. Michael A. Ciampi, M.D. Oct 3, 2016 I pulled this from the article: New research by scientists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, and sponsored by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, suggests that consuming too much dietary sugar could set off a process in the body that leads to prediabetes and type 2 … Continue reading

A Growing Alternative to Obamacare

From the Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom e-Newsletter: In the years since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), health sharing ministries have grown exponentially. Samaritan Ministries membership has tripled since 2013 and Medi-share has grown from 60,000 in 2013 to 200,000 in 2016. Health sharing is one of the exemptions from the Obamacare mandate and has over 600,000 members according to the Alliance of Health Care Sharing Ministries. With all the problems caused from the ACA, health sharing ministries are worth looking at as we near the next enrollment season. We are seeing more and more patients who are members … Continue reading

Direct Primary Care vs. Concierge Medicine

Michael A. Ciampi, M.D.   I often I talk to people who don’t understand Direct Primary Care (DPC) and try to educate them about it.  Very often, when I tell them that in a DPC practice, we expect payment from our patients directly rather than submit bills to an insurance company, they snicker and accuse me of being a greedy concierge doctor who is only affordable for rich patients. I do my best to smile, bite my tongue, and try to explain the model to them, assuming they are willing to listen and learn about an exciting way to deliver health … Continue reading

When will more Doctors stand up for their Patients and Themselves?

A great post in the Rebel MD Blog.  It echoes what I and so many other doctors have been saying about all the “progress” in medicine brought about by all these EMRs that were not ready for prime time, but shoved down everyone’s throat by government mandate.  If you are not scared and mad, someone needs to check your pulse… Michael A. Ciampi, M.D.   When will more Doctors stand up for their Patients and Themselves? Posted on January 3, 2016 by Marion Mass MD • 10 Comments  I walked into the hospital for my overnight shift through the ER. Always good to know what … Continue reading

Why Did I Switch To Direct Primary Care?

When people ask me why more and more doctors are moving from the traditional insurance based system to the Direct Primary Care (DPC) model, I tell them that we are dedicated to taking care of our patients without the interference of bureaucrats, administrators, or anyone else that impedes a good doctor-patient relationship. The current system is breaking the spirit of so many men and women who dedicated their youths and their fortunes to become healers.  We all started as idealists and optimists, but now, most are disgruntled, cynical, and burnt out.  This negative transformation has not occurred because of taking … Continue reading

The Myth of Americans’ Poor Life Expectancy

The article below appeared in Forbes Magazine in Nov. 2011.  It was written by Avik Roy, a brilliant columnist, who is now at the Manhattan Institute, a policy think tank. He helps to dispel the common myth that American healthcare is inferior to other parts of the world because of low life expectancy.  In reality, the care provided in our country is superb.  Many of the deaths in the U.S. are due to things not controllable by the healthcare system, such as violent crime and accidental death.  If you control for factors such as that, we find our American medicine … Continue reading

If You’re On Medicare, You Should Be Angry

Another great piece by Dr. Keith Smith, cofounder of the Surgery Center of Oklahoma. He talks about how the government set up Medicare like a Ponzi scheme. He has some good ideas on how to fix healthcare for generations to come without hurting the people who have paid into the system for years and now need it. … Continue reading

Diabetes And The Suitcase Analogy

One thing I try to do a lot in my practice when trying to explain a foreign concept to a patient is to use metaphors and analogies to help them understand what is happening in their own body.  One example I use a lot in talking about Type 2 Diabetes is “the suitcase” analogy. To make a long story short, the body’s cells are like suitcases.  Glucose (blood sugar) are pieces of clothing, and insulin is the person packing the suitcase.  The more we overload our bodies with sugar (clothes), the harder it is for the insulin (the packer) to … Continue reading

DOCTOR SHORTAGE LOOMS AS OBAMACARE ROLLS OUT, SAYS EXPERT

This is taken from Breitbart.com.  It is scary but true! Joe Raedle / Getty by MICHELLE MOONS3 Aug 2015Ontario, CA2,253 America faces a deep shortage of doctors as Obamacare is implemented. That is the view shared by 100 health care professionals who gathered at the 33rd annual meeting of Doctors for Disaster Preparedness in Ontario, California over the weekend. They forecast a future of decreased quality of health care and access to doctors if current policies continue. “What do I mean by medical meltdown? Well, sadly ,I’m here to tell you that the medical care you’ve enjoyed in the past in your … Continue reading

‘How Much Is That Going to Cost Me, Doc?’

The following is an article published in MedPageToday.com.  It is written by Dr. Ryan Neuhofel (aka Dr. Neu  [@NeuCare on Twitter]).  He is a Direct Primary Care Physician in Kansas.  His and his patients’ experience with this new model of care are exactly the same as ours here in Maine.  Not in spite of, but BECAUSE OF the fact that we don’t deal with insurance companies, we are able to provide better care at far less cost.   Michael A. Ciampi, M.D.   ‘How Much Is That Going to Cost Me, Doc?’ There are ways to help patients control out-of-pocket expenses. by W. Ryan … Continue reading