What we Do
The U.S. Healthcare system is broken, but we help you to become a savvy health consumer!
WE RESEARCH & CURATE
We regularly monitor the findings of the National Institutes of Health, Food & Drug Administration, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Stanford Medical Newsletter, American Cancer Society, Centers for Medicare, Johns Hopkins, World Health Organization...
...and so many more.
We remove the jargon, research the science, then curate the information to an easy-to-read, printable summary of the findings.
NEWS YOU CAN USE
Pandemic Avoidance Tactics, Aspirin Risks, Top Health Issues, Health Record Breeches, New Procedure Abstracts, Best and Worst Lists, Food and Product Recalls, Medical Marijuana Procedures...
...and updates as they are issued.
Issued for subscribers at least once per week in a downloadable, easy to understand format.
WE CREATE TOOLS
Emergency quick access forms, Questions you should ask your doctor, Prescription list, Living Will Creator, Systems checklist, Personal Health Records, Body-Mass Computation form, Covid-69 checklist,
...And other helpful tools as they are developed.
Tools to keep you healthy, and save you time and money while helping you get the best possible health treatment.
We want you to have the best possible health information. As a public Service, and free of cost or obligation, we have opened our Covid-19 newsletter in this added area. Because our subscribers have paid for this information, their subscriptions will be automatically extended. If you do find this information valuable, we'd be thrilled to have you join us in this vital mission. You have our permission to recommend or forward our copyright protected website to anyone whom you feel would benefit from this content.
In process but....
Of more than 30 trials for vaccines world-wide, only 8 are in phase three. The U.S. has approved "emergency status" for three so far; the AstraZeneca vaccine, and those of Modena and Johnson & Johnson. "Emergency status" means that these can be administered without the lengthy approval processes.
AstraZeneca and Oxford University have a promising vaccine that has attracted 2 deals... the U.S. for 300 million doses, and Russia for manufacturing rights. The U.S. has also committed to purchase 100 million doses from the Moderna Company.
Even with accelerated testing and better than 10 billion dollars spent so far, the most optimistic forecast by scientists is that we will not see approved vaccines before we are several months into next year.
THE BIG IFS: IF we follow the basic steps to eradicate the virus, and IF a vaccine is proven effective, we are probably more than 6 months away from a more normal existence. There are still some vital questions to be answered. Will the new vaccine work for all age groups? How will it be dosed? After-effects?
Since this virus attacks the respiratory System, a viral test checks samples by swabbing the mucus inside the the sinus of your nose. A new system collects saliva and requires no additional additives or reagents, making it very accessible.
Both systems can be administered at home, but must then be sent to a lab for analysis. Tests administered by health organizations can yield results in minutes, but some require several days for lab results. Ask before you go to test.
WHAT IF? False positives are not uncommon, resulting in a re-test. If you are sick and untested, immediately review what to do to protect yourself and others. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has, in the past bowed to political pressure and edited their advice. This seems to be corrected. You can reach their site by CLICKING HERE.
Best advice is to stay isolated at home, but connect with your doctor. Mild illness of Covid-19 can be treated effectively at home. If you are having symptoms like difficulty breathing, get emergency help at once. Covid-19 and variations have proven to be quite lethal.
FOR HEALTH & WELLNESS
Reschedule non-urgent medical appointments. Some procedures can be safely postponed. Others, like follow-up cancer screenings shouldn't be missed. The bottom line is to get in touch with your doctor to determine whether you should head in for an office visit.
Prepare for new procedures. Your health care provider may ask you to wait in your car or outside the office for a bit. Other changes, like a temperature reading upon arrival might also be in place. Tele-medicine visits can be used to diagnose and treat a variety of routine concerns, and to monitor chronic conditions.
Pharmacies may offer modalities that are safer than going into the store. Drive-through windows, curbside pickup and mail-order delivery services are all safer alternatives to in-store visits. If you do need to pickup at the counter ask your doctor about receiving a 30 to 90 day supply to reduce the number of visits.
Bottom Line: Stay home if you can; Don't pass a sink without washing your hands thoroughly, Keep visitors away; Wear a mask; Disinfect all useable surfaces.
TACTICS FOR HEALTH & WELLNESS
The pandemic has been with us now for over a year, and people are tired of it. They call it a civil right to refuse to wear a mask. As a result, rather than go away and back to normalcy, such demonstrations are more often than not followed by a spike in hospitalizations and deaths. We strongly recommend the following tactics until true and lasting abatement of the pandemic is achieved:
• Wear a mask. This is not Halloween, but wear it anyhow.
• Social distancing. Six feet or more between people keeps others who might not know that they carry the virus away from you.
• Sing ‘Happy Birthday” twice. That's about the time you need to wash thoroughly wash your hands thoroughly and often, or use a hand sanitizer containing a minimum of 60% alcohol. And don’t touch your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Don’t do voodoo. Myths and misinformation abound on the internet… Use evidence-based scientific information, Your local politician is not a scientist and has other axes to grind.
• Shop smart. Older adults and those at risk of complications should use home delivery services or curbside pickup. Or let others shop for you. See our list of shopping tips HERE.
• Give up cash. Money passes through many hands. Avoid it where possible. Establish an on line account for banking. Disinfect your credit cards, and swipe, insert or tap-pay instead of handing them to a cashier.
• Keep kitty kozy. Fido isn’t likely to sneeze in your face, but pets should not interact with outsiders. Use the 6 foot rule here. While they might not show symptoms, pets can carry and transmit the virus.
• Carry Alcohol wipes and pencil erasers. Gas pumps, elevator buttons, ATM machines, all should be used with care. Use a pencil eraser or pen with stylus to press buttons. Use an alcohol wipe on gas pump handles before you touch them. Use a stylus pen (with a rubber tip) or a pencil with an eraser end instead of your fingers.
• Party Hardy? Not on your life! The new etiquette is that if you feel ill, or have been in contact with someone who is, stay sequestered at home. Don't infect others.
• Sanitize surfaces. Regularly clean surfaces you touch. Wipe with soap and water, then use a sanitizer on eating surfaces, toilets, faucet handles, and doorknobs, such as tables, toilets and doorknobs. Even if you sanitize beforehand, do it again after visitors leave.
• Be self-centered. You are not being a good friend by sharing. Keep your clothes, towels, sun lotions, and the like to yourself. And don’t borrow from others. The life you save may be your own.
• Meetings Videoconferencing platforms like Zoom make business meetings, book club sessions and the like a healthy alternative.
• Dine smart. Tired of home cooking? Next best is free delivery, or at least take-out. The risk of transmission via food or food packaging is low, but eating in a crowded restaurant with your mouth open is not a great idea.
• Shake on it?. Greetings and goodbyes can be tricky at a time when avoiding close contact is key to staying safe. Holding your hand over your heart to say goodbye can be (almost) as touching as a hug.
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We are in the middle of a healthcare revolution.
For many, health records are hand-written and stored on the doctors' shelf. Even In an emergency, it may take days to gather records from the primary care doctor as well as from specialists and test facilities. Vital information may come too late.
Health information now sells for more than Social Security Numbers, and is huge problem for all health organizations. hospitals, health insurers, and test facilities, many of which have been systematically hacked.
Among many others, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has closed access to its Blue Button health records after a developer alerted the agency to a bug in its code that could expose patients' health information. A favorite tactic the hackers use, is to shut down a site, and hold it for millions of dollars in ransom money.
We give our subscribers forms that they control. Your data is accessible even if you move across the country. Our newsletters are packed with generic information and tools that hold nothing that a thief can sell.
A "CT scan" costs $1,100 in the U.S., and $140 in Holland. Drug prices are higher in the U.S. than elsewhere in the world. Our patients spend endless hours filling in forms at every health facility with redundant information at each.
Subscribers receive tools and tips that help them to avoid contra-indicated prescriptions and redundant procedures. Our newsletters help you to live healthier lives without spending hours of time keeping up with the current research.
The internet is loaded with hundreds of sources of health information, much of it using medical nomenclature. Unsubstantiated rumors, nonscientific recommendations and political pronouncements sit side-by-side with dangerous scams.
We systematically research the medical offerings and remove the jargon and the politics. Our curating reduces the facts to a quickly read summary that will help you to live healthier, and spend less time and money on your personal health.
A FEW OF OUR CREW
Founder and President
BFA, BS in EDU.
Newt is a prize winning sculptor. He is also the inventor and developer of tools and tips you will receive with your subscription to our newsletters.
How did a sculptor qualify for this job? Twenty years ago, Newt was diagnosed with Prostate cancer, and in the ensuing several years had a total of seven serious stays in the hospital.
He carefully observed the often chaotic health system and wrote a widely quoted book about it, "The Prostate Health Workbook." Newt wanted to call it "How To Get Out of the Hospital Alive" but his editor thought it not serious enough . Doctors suggested that the advice given in that book was helpful to anyone navigating the health system, not just cancer patients. Newt followed their suggestions and "The Hospital Survivors' Workbook" was born. We believe that we have the only patient-centric program that uses multiple safeguards to thwart identity theft.
Joseph Carchedi, MD
Dr. Carchedi is a board certified physician who holds medical degrees in both the United States and Europe.
He began his career as a physician in Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine. He later provided medical support for the cycling team of Lance Armstrong, adding Sports Medicine to his specialties. An avid cyclist, he was on the medical staff for the professional cycling Tour of China and Tour DuPont.
Dr. Carchedi has over 20 years of clinical experience in the emergency room, and now specializes in Executive Health and Functional Medicine He combines aspects of traditional and functional medicine to maximize performance and health. Dr. Carchedi has lectured in the United States and Italy on the role nutrition plays in stress management and corporate decision-making. He is a consultant for Novartis, Italy, C.E.O. of the Vita Nova Group, Inc. and is the founder of the Blue Bell Wellness Institute.
Deborah Shain, LCSW, BCD
Psychotherapist, educator, and author, Deborah earned her graduate degree in Clinical Social Work from the Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, where she became a faculty member.
Distinguished as an innovator by her workshops and publications. Serves as a consultant to medical schools in the U.S.A., Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Canada, where she teaches MDs and physicians-in-training to communicate effectively with their patients. She authored education books including, " Study Skills and Test-Taking Strategies for Medical Students," Her books are sold in the U.S., Europe, and Japan.
In her private practice as a psychotherapist, she specializes in relationship therapy and individual treatment of adults and adolescents. She is chairman of the Ethics Committee of the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work, and is a Diplomate of The American Psychological Association."
DANA GREENE, BA, RN
Dana earned a B.A. in Biological Psychology, and her R.N. with emphasis on women's health issues, including all aspects of patient care in labor and delivery, Antepartum, Nursery and Postpartum. She is certified in massage therapy, and emergency medicine.
She is universally loved by her patients and colleagues alike for her proven compassionate care. Fluent in Italian, she served as an Independent Therapist in Umbertide, Italy. In the past, she has delivered patient care for chronic-care issues, including AIDS, wound care, ventilators, and diabetes. She is recognized too for creating a widely used diabetic injection teaching tool..
Dan Stein, CRNP, MSN, RN
Dan Stein is a retired Pediatric Nurse Practitioner who has worked in community medicine since the early 70’s.
He spent most of his nursing career caring for children, always working to bring humane health care practices to his patients and their families. A long-time hospice volunteer, Dan has a particular interest in palliative and end-of-life care. He currently serves on the board of the PA DelVal Chapter of the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Association.
Dan is President of Digital Software Solutions, a Computer Consulting and FileMaker application company, for the past 20 years. He is a certified FileMaker developer and an active member of the FileMaker community. An avid organic gardener and cook, Dan is committed to ensuring that information about health and health care options is easily available and accessible to people from all backgrounds.
Elaine worked for a technical book publisher selling hardware and software information to IT managers. She formed a company with two partners providing sales and IT software support for high tech companies.
She was indefatigable in heading our extensive beta testing efforts and vets our extensive website content. She has helped to shape the structure that has created this offering, and is credited with making our content more easily understood, and at the same time, more secure.
She helps administer the Wissahickon Dance Academy. She is also a member of the board of International Ballet Exchange.
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