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The recent decision vindicating Howard Stern is a mixed victory of sorts. In the court of public opinion and in the eyes of the law when people doctor shop for opioid prescriptions and secure them under false pretenses patients lives are put at risk. I have seen this approach result in fatal and near death consequences in celebrities and non celebrities. Anna is not the first or the last. However I do respect the judges decision that chronic pain patients do suffer severely and as adults they alone have to accept responsibility for the risks they are taking with controlled substances.
After losing Anna Nicole Smith and then a court battle over her estate, Howard K. Stern says a judge's dismissal of convictions in a prescription drug case vindicates both him and the late Playboy model.
"I loved Anna and I cared for her so much. I have no regrets," Stern told The Associated Press in an interview Thursday, hours after the court reversed his two conspiracy convictions for using his name on prescriptions for Smith.
"The regrets I have are for what people caused afterward," he said, referring to multiple legal complications which arose after Smith died of a drug overdose in Florida in February, 2007.
The most agonizing postscript, he said, was the prescription drug abuse charges filed in Los Angeles against Stern, Smith's psychiatrist Dr. Khristine Eroshevich and Dr. Sandeep Kapoor, Smith's general physician. He called the months of trial a nightmare.
Christmas "Fruit & Goo"
"I eat it right before bed and it is the highlight of my day while contest training...No fat, no slow carbs, plenty of protein and fruit fiber...delicious, filling and low calorie."
Recipe by Liza Reichenberger, SporthoCare Inc.
This article validates our patients on-going struggles with chronic pain.
Coping with chronic pain can affect every aspect of a person's life and cause conflict between what their mind wants to achieve and what their body allows them to do, according to research in the December issue of the Journal of Nursing and Healthcare of Chronic Illness. Swedish researchers carried out in-depth interviews with ten people who had experienced chronic pain for between four and 32 years and were taking part in an outpatient rehabilitation programme. Nine of the patients, who ranged from 22 to 50 with an average age of 38, were unable to work because of their pain.
Our health care system isn't always easy to navigate or understand. As a doctor, I have to deal with insurance companies on a daily basis. Here are a couple of tips on how to get the most out of your health care insurance company.
1. Collaborate with your doctor about alternative approaches and complementary medicine
2. Ask for lower cost options, including generics and sample prescriptions
3. Negotiate for lower charges when paying cash, especially while trying to meet deductibles
4. Use the money in your Flexible spending account for complementary medicine and alternative treatments
5. Use a third party to order prescription refills
6. Stay Healthy
7. Stay in your Network
8. Use the ER for emergencies
9. Visit your insurance company's website to understand your benefits
10. Analyze your health plan at open enrollment to see if your needs are being met
Danny McLarty has written a great article in his favorite strategies for having a successful diet and healthy lifestyle. I recommend everyone read it; I hope it helps.
Whether you’re just starting out on the fitness lifestyle, looking for a way to get inspired, or a way to bust through a plateau, incorporating these simple tips will set you up for success.
Yeah, of course it’d be great if that happened, but how are you going to get to these goals? This is where focusing your goals around behaviors comes in!
“I want to lose 15 pounds in 12 weeks.” Or,
“I want to be ‘bikini ready’ for my upcoming trip to Hawaii.”
About the Video
ABC7's Emmy award-winning public affairs show, "Beyond the Headlines," provides in-depth coverage of the topics and issues facing the people of the Bay Area. Throughout the year, "Beyond the Headlines" airs half-hour specials on issues, ranging from Bay Area housing to same-sex marriage.
Today we are going to talk about chronic pain. We will hear from doctors who specialize in treating pain, and learn about some of the alternative treatments to help combat this issue.