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Does Maternal Health Care in America Deserve Its “Me-Too” Moment?

Mike Magee The U.S. birth rate dropped for the second year in a row, down 3% from the prior year, the largest decline since 2010. In 2017, there were nearly 4 million births, 500,000 fewer births than in 2007, even though there has been a 7% increase in women 20 to 39, prime childbearing years, […]

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Is it time for the “next” health care, or a total reboot?

Mike Magee This week’s big news is no big surprise. “Medicare’s Trust Fund Is Set to Run Out in 8 Years. Social Security, 16”, said the New York Times. We told you so, screamed the Republicans, anxious to fulfill Paul Ryan’s dream of taming endowments. We told you so, blared the Democrats, claiming this was […]

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Cutting Safety Net Sends Health Status Lower in U.S.

Mike Magee A Commonwealth Fund study in 2015 compared 13 nations on cost and quality. As most know by now, the U.S. finished near the bottom in quality measures and at the very top, by far, in cost. But the chart that drew my attention was the one above showing health expenditures vs. total spending […]

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How to gin up the Base: “Repeal and Replace” – again?

Mike Magee It’s been 11 months since Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) gave the thumbs down to repealing Obamacare. But get ready for another push at “Repeal and Replace!” That’s what’s circulating within the halls of Congress right now. This has little to do with over-riding the wishes of the majority of Americans, and more to […]

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Juul – Fun Facts!

Mike Magee Most everyone by now has heard about Juul, the leading brand name for e-cigarettes. But, for most of us, that’s where our knowledge begins and ends – except for a growing awareness that there’s a controversy brewing about risk, teenage use, school policy, and profiteering by Big Tobacco which is getting a piece […]

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You Are Your DNA – or Are You???

Source: U. of Utah Epigenetics Mike Magee Early in my career, embryology and physiology competed for my affection. What they had in common was functionality – one developmental with time dependent triggers and the other driven by feedback loops with humoral packets of information traveling through blood channels or along neurons. I viewed both processes […]

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Where will reform come next, and who will lead the way?

Mike Magee “On résiste à l’invasion des armées; on ne résiste pas à l’invasion des idées.”  – Victor Hugo. It’s useful for all health professionals  to reflect on the words of this 19th century French writer. The translation: “Greater than the tread of mighty armies is an idea whose time has come.” As the AEI […]

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DACA and the Health Benefits of a “Shot at Upward Mobility”.

Mike Magee A recent paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research, reported out in The Atlantic, began with the health outcomes in DACA children but ended with thoughts on why a teenage girl in Mississippi is 15 times more likely to give birth than her counterpart in Switzerland. DACA is a favorite topic of […]

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How to Prep One Pan (Detox) Dinners

If I’m being honest, I hate all the clean up in my kitchen after prepping real, whole foods for my family.  We do a ton of clean food cooking at our house which means a lot of dishes.  This immense cleanup seems to occur at least five nights a week…if not more.  Thankfully, my hubby […]

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What Uwe Reinhardt (or Angus Deaton) Would Say About HC Costs.

Mike Magee A March 13, 2018 article written by scholars from the London School of Economics and published in JAMA focused on an all too familiar subject – comparative health care costs in America. That article was accompanied by a number of editorial reaction pieces including the one written by Zeke Emanuel who generated the […]

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How Trump May Help Us Liberalize American Health.

Mike Magee In this week’s The New Yorker, David Remnick reflects on “Trump’s illiberalism” and its’ test of the resilience of  “sturdy-seeming American values” and the endurance of  “institutions that the President has scorned and threatened.” He sees active turnout in the 2018 midterm elections as part of the test, but also suggests that any […]

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Hospital Obsolescence or Hospital Reinvention?

Mike Magee Two weeks ago Zeke Emanuel asked the question “Are hospitals becoming obsolete?” In his New York Times Op-Ed he flagged the high water mark for the industry as 1981, a year when 6,933 hospitals nationwide admitted 39 million patients or 171 for every 1000 Americans. Thirty five years later, our population has grown […]

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The Basics of Pharma Kickbacks – Opaque & Complex

Mike Magee With great fanfare, the New York Times announced this week that UnitedHealthcare   “would stop keeping millions of dollars in discounts it gets from drug companies and share them with its customers.” For awhile, pharma, insurers, pharmacies and PBMs have been pointing fingers at each other over escalating costs. That’s become more difficult of […]

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The Simplification Movement in American Healthcare

CDC Obesity Map Mike Magee As the debate over health care in America rages on, the great lie oft repeated but never defended is that our system is exceptional and too complex to wrestle to the ground. That is the breech, reinforced over half a century that has left our citizens and now our entire […]

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Parkland Teens Teach “Positive Leadership”!

nbcnewyork.com Mike Magee At this time of year my wife and I always try to see the movies nominated for an Academy Award. Recently  we saw Darkest Hour, up for Best Picture as well as a Best Actor nod to Gary Oldman in his role as Winston Churchill. The film begins with Dunkirk and the […]

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Best Foods to Eat During the Winter for Detox (Seasonal Foods)

Winter is brutal on your body. I know it’s definitely brutal on mine! I’m tired of the cold temps, gray days and mud all over.  So I’ve learned to take extra special care of my body during this season of bugs, illness, close quarters, and crazy commitments.  My plan includes eating seasonal foods that support […]

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Health Coverage “Black Eye” Needs a #MeToo Wake-Up Call.

Mike Magee It came as no surprise to #MeToo’ers across the nation that Gen. John Kelly expressed “shock” about Rob Porter’s eye-blackening abuse of his first wife, of which he was informed months before; any more than they were taken aback that Mike Pence fell back on his now well-worn defense, “This is the first […]

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Hiding In America’s “Deep Poverty Problem” is Health Care.

Mike Magee Angus Deaton, the Princeton professor and Nobel Laureate who documented the tie between America’s raging prescription opioid epidemic and the first multi-year decline in U.S. life expectancy in our history, has done it again. This time it’s America’s poor in a New York Times Op-ed title “The U.S. Can No Longer Hide From […]

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Health Reform – Is This a 1960s Moment?

Mike Magee Quietly rising out of the ashes of the Republican led campaign to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, are pragmatic efforts, not focused on “if”, but focused on “how” and “when” the U.S. will join all other developed nations and provide all of her citizens with affordable, high-quality care. Last week, a […]

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Health Care Poverty – An American Phenomenon.

Mike Magee   With great fanfare this week, the CEOs of Amazon, JPMorgan Chase, and Berkshire Hathaway announced that they were creating a healthcare company “free from profit making incentives and constraints.” Pledging to provide their combined 1.1 million employees with “simplified, high-quality and transparent healthcare at a reasonable cost” by “harnessing technology”, their move […]

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Medical Device Regulation – FDA’s Weakest Link

Bjork-Shiley heart valve Mike Magee Most Americans remain unaware that in the eyes of the FDA not all therapies are considered equal when it comes to regulatory approval and oversight. Drugs are one thing, but medical devices are quite another. As we’ve seen with drug approvals, over the 20th century, organized review and oversight of […]

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Is Tenet Healthcare Your Collection Agency?

Mike Magee When America’s politicians and business leaders elected to promote a free-enterprise approach to health delivery services in the immediate post-WWII period, they were choosing a course diametrically opposed to not only our Allies, but also our enemies at the time. We rejected serious health care planning. Instead we chose to directly and indirectly […]

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Time For Americans To Speak on Health Care Priorities

Cathy Caldwell, Alabama CHIP Mike Magee Of all the developed nations on earth, our’s is the only one with no cogent national plan to support our citizens’ health, productivity and well-being. What we have in its place is an opaque and deeply collusive system of discovery profiteering that has entangled not only industry, but also […]

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Santa’s Message on Health

Mike Magee “Dear Quinn, Luca and Charlotte, Thank you for believing in my magic. I hope you will always believe in magic.  Believe in the magic of family. There are times you will stumble, but your family will always be by your side.  Believe in the magic of laughter. It will keep you whole.  Believe […]

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2018 – The Year of Dr. King.

Mike Magee 2018 has the potential to be a monumental turn-around year for America, a year when we stare our true culture in the face, and decide to embrace health and well-being. Fifty years ago, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. warned that excessive materialism, militarism, and racism were “inseparable triplets”, and that our nation required […]

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Healthy-ish Dark Chocolate Holiday Bark

Sharing a super simple, favorite Christmas treat at our house!  Looking forward to making this in the Fox 6 Real MKE studios next week. Healthy-ish Dark Chocolate Holiday Bark Ingredients: 9 ounces dark chocolate (70% cacoa or greater)  (like theo, tabal, alter eco) 1 cup mixed nuts (your favorite raw/roasted combinations) ¼ cup unsweetened coconut […]

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Detox Benefits of Drinking Cranberry Concentrate

For those of you who have detoxed with me over the past years (550+ of you!), you know one of the natural remedies I love is is cranberry concentrate. Cranberry concentrate is an anti-bacterial agent that not only prevents bacterial growth but can also help eliminate toxins from your body. Cranberry concentrate for detox protects […]

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The MIC Circular Firing Squad

Mike Magee If you want to see the Medical-Industrial Complex (MIC) in full “circular firing squad” mode, simply check out the recent Energy & Commerce Committee hearings on soaring drug prices hosted by chairman Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR). Delivering tough talk to committee members, he said, “Consider yourself on [the working group] if you’re on […]

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