Preventive Care

One of the best aspects of health care reform is it starts to emphasize prevention - Anne Wojcicki

Preventive Care

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The Danger of Over-Emphasizing Preventive Health Care

Today, when a tremendous range of health information is at our fingertips, we need to make sure we are grounding medical decisions and choices on the best available knowledge and fact. While some home remedies can be harmless—an apple a day or chicken soup for a cold certainly do no harm–some folk remedies and urban myths can be harmful. Preventive actions such as improved diet and moderate levels of exercise have been shown to be effective in helping head off illnesses from heart disease to diabetes.

As a primary-care physician who also has served in the U.S. Public Health Service corps, I can tell you that avoiding what’s good for you is embedded in the lifestyles of many Americans.…

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