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Boardsmanship 101

A very long time ago, I can remember walking into the Palmer House in Chicago to take my board examination administered by the American Board of Otolaryngology and Ophthalmology...yes, that's how long ago it was when both boards were combined. Remember EENT's?

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Animal Protein as Perpetrator: The Challenge in Indicting the Right Nutrient

A study recently published in the International Journal of Epidemiology by researchers at Loma Linda University in California, and the Université Paris-Saclay, in Paris, France reports noteworthy health benefit from plant protein, and significant harms from animal protein. Just such diverging effects of this one nutrient class based on its delivery sources has a rather storied history, figuring prominently, for example, in The China Study. Among others, T. Colin Campbell contends in that book that much of the harm attributed to the saturated fat in animal foods is, in fact, due to the protein instead.

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I Know You Love Me — Now Let Me Die

In the old days, she would be propped up on a comfy pillow, in fresh cleaned sheets under the corner window where she would in days gone past watch her children play. Soup would boil on the stove just in case she felt like a sip or two.

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The Medical Traveler Check List

More and more, patients are leaving home for care, whether within their own country (domestic medical travel) or outside of it (outbound medical travel). The reasons are many but include lower cost, access to avoid long waiting times, access to technologies not available in their area, higher quality, a better patient experience, a requirement by their self-insured employer and some element of secrecy. Some call it "medical tourism", but you shouldn't find surgeons and facilities on Expedia.

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Sweet! The Secret Branding of Sugar Substitutes

Sugar. An essential nutrient? A cause of obesity and disease? A toxin? Call it what you will, sugar plays a huge role in our lives.  From 1, 6 fructose di-phosphate and its essential metabolic role in the Krebs cycle to the ubiquitous "high fructose corn sugar" that flavors -- for better or worse -- our world. Sugar is all around us. And where there's sugar, there are sugar substitutes.

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3 Benefits of Grapefruit Essential Oil

The grapefruit is definitely not new to the weight loss scene. Different fad diets throughout the years have loved to include cleanses using the grapefruit, and for good reason. Consuming grapefruit pulp will definitely provide many health benefits and assist with weight loss and metabolism. But, grapefruit essential oil, which is extracted from the peel of the grapefruit, also has a wide spectrum of benefits.

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The Real Costs of Healthcare Mergers

It seems like every week we’re hearing talks of a large Healthcare merger, and as of late, it has heavily involved the prescription medication sectors. Whether it be two large companies merging or larger companies acquiring smaller ones, it’s just been more frequent than usual.