Category Archives: Health

Another Anti-Science Cabal

Now it’s Alzheimer’s. It is infuriating, and tragic. In nutrition, in climate, and in medicine in general, the peer-review system is so broken, it would be better to just get rid of it entirely.

[Thursday-morning update]

How Tom Steyer and Michael Bloomberg corrupted climate science.

[Update a while later]

Tuberculosis vaccine found to be effective against Alzheimer’s. It seems, to the degree that it’s effective at all, to be more prophylactic than a cure.

Healthcare Insanity

I just got the doctor’s bill for my back problems. The doctor’s visit was $900, which seems crazy high to me for five minutes with her, but the insurance paid for it. The X-ray was a couple hundred bucks, but the insurance covered that, too.

But the insurance didn’t cover all of the back brace (which I only wore for a day or two, after deciding it wasn’t doing me much good). It only covered $4350 dollars, and I got stuck with the bill for the other $644. Yes, that’s right; they charged five effing grand for a lumbar-support brace.

After Christmas, I’m going to raise hell. There has to be some kind of mistake. If not, I’m going into the back-brace business.

[Update a while later]

Note: I haven’t been billed for the MRI yet. I can’t wait.

My Back Problem

I had an appointment for an epidural on Monday, but after reading up on it, I decided to cancel. Seems like some risk involved, and I’m not in enough pain to bother. I really just need some strength training in my lower back. Unfortunately, the earliest appointment I could get for an evaluation for physical therapy is Boxing Day.

But I am feeling back to normal (that is, somewhat stiff in the morning when I get out of bed, but more limber once I start moving around, with little pain). I’ve been getting gradually better for the past couple weeks (it’s hard to believe that it’s been four weeks since it started). I managed a trip to DC this week with quite a bit of walking, including carrying a suitcase up and down stairs, and putting it in and getting it out of an overhead, so I think I need something more prophylactic at this point, so it doesn’t happen again.