Health Medicine comes with a smile

Lemon Artichoke Summer Soup with Cauliflower

Lemon Artichoke Soup This yummy summer soup uses cauliflower to make a delicious creamy soup without the cream! Ingredients: • 2 TBSP ghee (healthy alternative to butter) • ½ onion, chopped • 2 celery stalks, chopped • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced • 1 quart chicken or vegetable broth • 2 cans (or packages) artichoke hearts, […]

Continue Reading

Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger: Employer Health Care Not Taxes Is the Problem.

Buffett and Munger Mike Magee This week the Wall Street Journal editorial page couldn’t help itself. They let loose with a snarky piece titled “California Single-Payer Dreaming” and front-ended their conclusion with the words, “This proves the truism that the liberal solution to every government failure is always more government.” For good measure, they added, […]

The post Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger: Employer Health Care Not Taxes Is the Problem. appeared first on HealthCommentary.

Continue Reading

Do Majority in My State Support Trumpcare? NO!

State     Oppose AHCA   Support AHCA DC                  70%                             16% MA                  59%                         […]

The post Do Majority in My State Support Trumpcare? NO! appeared first on HealthCommentary.

Continue Reading

Summer Salad with Veggies & Chic Peas

Summer Salad Ingredients • 1 bunch broccoli rabe • 1  15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed • 1 cucumber, diced • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved • 1/2 cup red onion, diced • 2 TBSP Dijon mustard • 2 TBSP extra virgin, cold pressed olive oil • 2 TBSP lemon juice • 1/4 tsp salt […]

Continue Reading

The U.S. Pharmaceutical Supply Chain – Seen and Unseen

Mike Magee Complexity is the friend of the Medical Industrial Complex. Whether hospital, insurer, organized medicine, pharmaceutical or government agency, profitability, market advantage and career advancement can be found in the cracks of the deliberately Byzantine network. For those intent on regulating or managing the American system as it is, just understanding and unraveling the […]

The post The U.S. Pharmaceutical Supply Chain – Seen and Unseen appeared first on HealthCommentary.

Continue Reading

How To Defeat Donald Trump in 2018 and 2020.

Mike Magee It is still early, but I believe Trump may survive immediate impeachment, though a number of his loyal followers may not be so fortunate. This means that those who oppose Trump – both Republicans and Democrats – need to be prepared for elections in 2018 and 2020. After a recent post on the […]

The post How To Defeat Donald Trump in 2018 and 2020. appeared first on HealthCommentary.

Continue Reading

How To Expel Trump From The “Island of Common Stewardship”

Mike Magee In our lifetime, we have witnessed the emergence of the Internet and HIV, of globalization and overnight delivery, of bubbles and bursts in our stock market, of the genomic revolution and the aging revolution.  We have witnessed as well great preparation for war, but little preparation for peace. But we have never experienced […]

The post How To Expel Trump From The “Island of Common Stewardship” appeared first on HealthCommentary.

Continue Reading

David Brooks: Remarkable Essay on Positive vs. Negative Leadership.

Mike Magee For over three decades, I’ve been following and contributing to the literature on leadership – most specifically on the traits that separate positive leaders from negative leaders. This past week, David Brooks wrote an editorial in the New York Times focused on Donald Trump’s leadership, and reacting to a Wall Street Journal editorial […]

The post David Brooks: Remarkable Essay on Positive vs. Negative Leadership. appeared first on HealthCommentary.

Continue Reading

The U.S. Pharmaceutical Supply Chain – The Gray and Black Market

    Mike Magee With the U.S. Pharmaceutical supply chain, what you see is not what you get. As we saw last week there are roughly 4 1/2 billion prescriptions filled each year. Just under 50% of American residents have filled 1 prescription in the past 30 days. The 1st Tier drug supply chain above […]

The post The U.S. Pharmaceutical Supply Chain – The Gray and Black Market appeared first on HealthCommentary.

Continue Reading

American Health Care’s “Original Sin”

Mike Magee As a young surgeon in rural New England, serving farmers and mountain people on the Massachusetts/Vermont border, my growing interest in health management was fueled by two luminaries – one 90 miles to the north and the other 90 miles to the east. One was fast at work mining Medicare databases to expose […]

The post American Health Care’s “Original Sin” appeared first on HealthCommentary.

Continue Reading

U.S. Only Nation to Spend More on Health Care than on Social Spending.

Strikingly, this 2015 Commonwealth Survey of 13 OECD nations reveals that the U.S. is the only nation whose spending on health care exceeds its spending on social services (housing assistance, employment programs, disability benefits, and food security).High health spending in the US appears to have crowded out other forms of social spending that contribute to […]

The post U.S. Only Nation to Spend More on Health Care than on Social Spending. appeared first on HealthCommentary.

Continue Reading

Advice to the AMA & AAMC as Trump Becomes Unhinged.

Source: IrregularTimes.com Mike Magee These are troubled times for our nation. We are testing our democratic institutions, as well as the quality of our leaders. Will they stand up to a President who is unhinged and his sycophants who seek only a measure of power? With control of 1/5 of our economy, 1 in every […]

The post Advice to the AMA & AAMC as Trump Becomes Unhinged. appeared first on HealthCommentary.

Continue Reading

MYACC at Gilda’s Club – Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone

This weekend I had the opportunity to be a part of the Midwest Young Adult Cancer Conference (MYACC) that was hosted by Gilda’s Club in Madison.  When the program director, Kirsten Norslien, originally reached out to me I had a bit of hesitation because I knew it would involved stepping out of my comfort zone […]

Continue Reading

Non-Real Work: Eliminating Private Health Insurers From Primary Coverage. Single Payer Time Has Come.

  Mike Magee Economist Herbert Stein, WSJ contributor, AEI senior fellow, and economic advisor to Richard Nixon, famously said, “If something can not go on forever, it will stop.” When it comes to the health insurance industry in America, we may be approaching that point. Obamacare, and those opposed to it, have managed in the […]

The post Non-Real Work: Eliminating Private Health Insurers From Primary Coverage. Single Payer Time Has Come. appeared first on HealthCommentary.

Continue Reading

How Sick Is My County?

New Interactive Maps: Check Mortality Rate in Your County Here.

The post How Sick Is My County? appeared first on HealthCommentary.

Continue Reading

Lickspittle Support For Trumpcare.

Peggy Noonan Mike Magee Today the Republican House voted against their own self-interest by caving to Trumpcare. In doing so, they failed to heed conservative columnist Peggy Noonan’s advise from just a week ago. In her opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal, she wrote “Being loyal isn’t being a lickspittle.” This of course sent […]

The post Lickspittle Support For Trumpcare. appeared first on HealthCommentary.

Continue Reading

The Insurance Agent Dilemma – Key to the Single Payer Solution.

Mike Magee Since the election of Donald Trump we’ve been reminded – twice – that opposition to the ACA or Obamacare is real and alive. And yet, it is equally clear that Americans in majority numbers now believe that health care is a right and they are in no mood to give back access or […]

The post The Insurance Agent Dilemma – Key to the Single Payer Solution. appeared first on HealthCommentary.

Continue Reading

Being a U.S. Health Insurer Means Never Having To Say You’re Sorry.

UnitedHealth Group CEO Mike Magee It has been roughly a month since Americans witnessed that “the health care emperor had no clothes”. For seven long years, the Republican leadership waged an unending and relentless battle to collapse the Affordable Care Act, insisting that Americans in large majorities hated it and that it had to go. […]

The post Being a U.S. Health Insurer Means Never Having To Say You’re Sorry. appeared first on HealthCommentary.

Continue Reading

Climate Change + Migration + Turmoil = Disaster

Healthy-Waters.org There are 64 million UN “Persons of Concern” in the world.   They are in danger because of climate change.   Climate change creates instability and economic hardship and….   Drought, desertification, crop failure, famine and urban crowding.   All the above lead to human displacement and warfare.   12% (500 million) currently say […]

The post Climate Change + Migration + Turmoil = Disaster appeared first on HealthCommentary.

Continue Reading

Doctors in the Top 5% – Not The Top 1% by Income. Oh, and Canadian doctors make more than U.S. doctors.

Source What are the average 2017 earnings of U.S. doctors? Primary Care – $217,000  Specialties – $316,000 What is the salary span for doctors by specialty? Pediatricians make the least ($202,000), Orthopedists the most ($489,000). How much have salaries grown in the last six years? 43%, from an average $206,000 in 2011 to an average […]

The post Doctors in the Top 5% – Not The Top 1% by Income. Oh, and Canadian doctors make more than U.S. doctors. appeared first on HealthCommentary.

Continue Reading

California Dreaming – The World’s 8th Largest Economy Is Not Waiting Around For Trump.

Mike Magee Health policy experts generally agree that applying taxes to unhealthy products or behaviors can reliably deliver public health benefits. We have learned from the nation’s battle with tobacco that taxes not only discourage consumption but also provide funding for beneficial programs like public health education. In some states and locales, this approach has […]

The post California Dreaming – The World’s 8th Largest Economy Is Not Waiting Around For Trump. appeared first on HealthCommentary.

Continue Reading

Ringing in the New Year! 2017 is Here!

Happy New Year friends!  Hope you made special memories ringing in the new year with those you love. I enjoyed an epic evening of silliness and craziness with family and friends and of course there was some delicious, healthy food (homemade guac, homemade salsa, chicken fajita bake, glazed Brussels sprouts, mason jar bean/zucchini salads, mixed […]

Continue Reading

Kickstart Your Holiday Energy With This 24-hour Juice Cleanse

The holiday season can get a bit crazy with too many treats, fancy cocktails, and dining out on the run.  Getting healthy or staying healthy for the holidays can feel like a challenge. Whether you’re thinking about jumping on the healthy living train for the holidays (good for you!), or you have been leading a healthy […]

Continue Reading

Boost Immune and Energy with a Detox Bath

Our lives are crazy busy, and most of us rush through the day without a thought to alleviating all the damage that is being done to our bodies. The damage is being done by what we eat, the air we breathe, and the stress inflicted upon us. A detox bath can help sweat out those […]

Continue Reading

The Best Winter Salad You Will Ever Eat

You don’t often read winter and salad together (especially in Wisconsin where it’s in the 20’s right now), but I’ll tell you salads are the secret to staying happy and nourished all winter long. Raw vegetables are rich in enzymes and vitamins that are easy to absorb and make digestion a breeze. Sticking to seasonal vegetables […]

Continue Reading

2017 Dirty Dozen – Is Your Produce Loaded with Pesticides?

  Every year, EWG (the Environmental Working Group) does a fantastic job of testing fresh fruits and vegetables for pesticide residue. Their 2017 report was recently released and it revealed that nearly 70% of non organic fruits/vegetables had evidence of at least one pesticide residue.  Often times, there was evidence of many pesticides! And my […]

Continue Reading

The Benefits of Bone Broth and My Simple Recipe

What are Heather Ferber, Gwyneth Paltrow, Salma Hayek, and Kobe Bryant all raving about?! Bone broth of course! You make it by boiling animal or fish bones until they liquefy and release minerals, gelatin and collagen. Bone broth is cooked much longer than soup to achieve this effect. It tastes SO yummy and fills you […]

Continue Reading

Juicing and Detox

If you’ve followed me for awhile, you know that smoothies play an important role in my daily life.  They were perfect for me to begin my journey to taking back my health 15 years ago, and they still play a key role in my home life and raising three healthy boys. Over the past couple […]

Continue Reading

My Favorite Snacks (for Mom and Kids) – In and Out of Detox

Two of my most frequently asked questions when working with clients are “What do you snack on?”  and “What do your kiddos snack on?” It’s time to write a blog post about snacks!  YAY!  And I’m going to break it down a bit for you into snacks I love during detox, snacks I love OUT […]

Continue Reading