Hello and welcome to my Nuzzel newsletter!
I'm a retired oncologist- I now coach two groups of people: physicians, especially those moving into roles beyond 100% clinical; and people with cancer/their families, focusing on decision-making.
The first 5 articles are about US healthcare and what we pay/don't pay for, with significant consequences, The last 3 I found fun. Hope you have a lazy Sunday at the end of a busy week...
Maria Shriver and Ai-jen Poo, USA TODAY
– Nov 25, 2019, 4:00 AM
As we gather around our Thanksgiving tables this week, we hear a lot of advice about tiptoeing around discussing politics with family members, or recommendations to talk about anything but the 2020 presidential election. It is clear that in many…
Jeff CohnIt seems like an issue like this which impacts so many people/families smacks head-on into one of the unattractive aspects of American values, like focus on the individual at the expense of the community
The New York Times
– Nov 29, 2019, 2:00 AM
In late September, a woman in her 70s arrived at a skilled nursing facility in suburban Houston after several weeks in the hospital. Her leg had been amputated after a long-ago knee replacement became infected; she also suffered from diabetes…
Jeff CohnI don't doubt that this has been a source of big profits in the past, but this seems to be the pendulum going too far...“The risk before was overprovision of therapy,” Dr. Grabowski said. “Now the real concern is underprovision.”
Here's what good health care looks like: it emphasizes prevention, is accessible and affordable, and puts patients' needs first. Unfortunately, recently proposed health care reforms from Congress don't look like that at all. Instead, they seem to…
Jeff CohnI don't know enough about this to have a real stand, AND I do agree completely with this author's final line: 'It’s time for lawmakers to start listening to patients.'
On a beautiful summer day a few months ago, I walked down to the part of the Connecticut River that separates Vermont from New Hampshire, and rented a kayak. I pushed myself off the dock—and the next thing I remember is being underwater.
Jeff CohnI don't think the US is ever going to have health policy based on what's best for the community, like seen in much of Europe- and I do believe that we're paying way too much for some services, many unnecessary here
In 1987 psychologist Francine Shapiro developed a new type of psychotherapy known as EMDR, which stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. EMDR therapy has become a more common treatment in recent years as a treatment option for…
Jeff CohnI just learned about this concept recently and found it fascinating, so I'm passing on this link for anyone interested
Over the weekend I came down with a pretty nasty cold: body aches, congestion, coughing, fatigue, the whole thing. I started feeling sick on Friday, and spent most of Saturday horizontal, drinking water and tea and eating soup like I knew I was…
Jeff CohnPretty good info here, especially about the need to hydrate throughout the illness (which typically lasts 7-10 days)
After 15 years of research, we know that gratitude is a key to psychological well-being. Gratitude can make people happier, improve their relationships, and potentially even counteract depression and suicidal thoughts. But might the benefits of…
Jeff CohnA tough thing to study- at the very least, I believe people who are grateful feel better/have better quality of life, whether or not they're healthier
Anyone who has argued with an opinionated relative or friend about immigration or gun control knows it is often impossible to sway someone with strong views. That's in part because our brains work hard to ensure the integrity of our worldview: We…
Jeff Cohn1- If the argument you find convincing doesn’t resonate with someone else, find out what does 2- Listen. Your ideological opponents want to feel like they’ve been heard. Good advice no matter what the conversation is about, it seems...
– Sep 10, 2019, 7:48 AM
I often joke that if I were to draw a food pyramid to represent what my toddler actually eats, it would consist of a wide, sturdy base of starches and fruit and a fat midsection devoted to dairy (but let's be honest, mostly cheese). Its pinnacle…
The New York Times
– Nov 22, 2019, 8:21 AM
TEMPE, Ariz. — Xephos is not the author of “Dog Is Love: Why and How Your Dog Loves You,” one of the latest books to plumb the nature of dogs, but she helped inspire it. And as I scratched behind her ears, it was easy to see…
Jeff Cohn'the hypersociality of dogs is what makes them special rather than particular cognitive abilities. ' Few things better than giving/receiving love unconditionally with a dog, IMO (until dog breath starts to overpower you)