As the new year begins, new portions of Obamacare are being enacted. New taxes, fines, and penalties await like predators in the night. The law has been illegally and unconstitutionally modified by the President fourteen times in executive orders, making it more challenging just to understand the current version.
With all the lies, scandals, misleading statements, loss of health coverage among innocent bystanders, surprises, a disastrous and incompetent rollout, and “unintended consequences,” it is hard to know what to expect. You may be entering the new year with some anxieties about Obamacare. Your diagnosis? You may be “Obamascared.”
You already know that the Healthcare.gov is scandalously flawed. You have heard that even if you can get through to enroll, your privacy is at serious risk, as the vulnerability to hackers is significant. The risk of identity theft and fraud is unacceptably high.
Most businesses have a seasonal shift in their volume. The lawn care industry is busier in warm weather. Painters are busier in dry weather. Retailers are busier at Christmas.
The health care industry has its own seasonal surges. For example, you will find a spike in certain kinds of depression during the winter months when the sun is less visible. The weight loss industry will be busier in January because many will make resolutions to remove the weight they gained during the holidays. Obstetricians will be busier a few months after a brutally cold winter.
In my practice, the Christmas season will bring more low back strains. People are rushing to shop. Getting into and out of a vehicle can be stressful on the structures of the pelvis and lumbar spine. As shoppers flock to stores and fight long lines and traffic, stress mounts, and with it muscle tone increases. People walk on hard concrete floors with improper arch supports until their feet ache, and the inevitable change in gait aggravates the knees, hips, and low back.
Question: It's time for flu season again. What is the latest information about the vaccine options? Am I better off without it?
Having been in critical care nursing as well as chiropractic, I have a foot in both worlds. Wisdom dictates to me that vaccines, like any other drug, should be used very carefully, and only when they are shown to be effective with minimal side effects. The new flu vaccine has shown me nothing in the research to make me think it is effective, even if it is safe.
First, at this writing, there is no flu problem. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta admits that all is quiet on the flu front as of this writing. Nevertheless, new vaccines have been produced this year, including one that "protects" against three different strains of the flu virus.
Remember that this year's vaccine was made last year, using complete guesses as to which strains of flu would be prevalent. That kind of guesswork does not lead me to a position of comfort related to whether this vaccine, or any other flu vaccine, will be effective.
How now, which of your hips has the most profound sciatica?
Measure for Measure
Question: I drive a fair amount as I commute to work and live in a rural area. After just a few miles, I get serious pain from under my wallet that goes down my thigh into my leg. It is more than just aggravating. Sometimes I have to pull over and walk it off. What is causing this? Is there a treatment?
To answer the last question first, there is very likely a conservative non-surgical treatment for this condition that is easy and inexpensive. The treatment, as always, depends on the cause.
Now let's discuss the first part of the question. We need to do a physical exam with neurological and orthopedic testing to really see the source of your pain. Sometimes x-ray or other imaging is necessary. Together, the history, exam, and imaging gives us a fairly complete picture with a high degree of accuracy.
Linda was on her way to work as usual one day last week. She got into the car as she always does with her purse and a few items she needed for the day arranged on the front seat. She started down the driveway toward the street hurriedly, no doubt in attempt to make up for time lost on a last-minute crisis with a child. Near the end of the drive way was a large preoccupied deer, literally in the headlights, grazing in the yard. Both the deer and Linda were startled, as neither expected the other.
Linda slammed onto her brakes. Since the paved driveway was dry, traction was excellent. This alarmed the deer, who gracefully melted into the receding darkness of the early morning. Linda's car stopped moving, but neither Linda nor the items on the front seat did. Fortunately, she did not have hot coffee in her hand.
As you know, millions of people are losing their health care benefits as a result of Obama care in direct contradiction to the president's promises to the contrary. We also now know that he and his party knew three years ago that this would happen. Indeed, every Democrat in the Senate voted against a provision that would have prevented the loss of these healthcare plans that the government now calls "inadequate."
None of this should be a surprise. In a way, it is a campaign promise kept, as Barack Obama always stated that he preferred a single-payer system. This means doing away with the private insurance industry in favor of a government run healthcare system.
Citizens are now discovering multiple hidden costs associated with Obama care. Besides the 21 new taxes, millions of people losing their healthcare plans, the loss of doctors and clinics, layoffs of nurses, potential closures of hospitals, etc., there is perhaps a more sinister hidden danger: You may lose your privacy forever.