I hosted a webcast today that featured old friends, Beth Mays, a parent of a child with eosinophilic gastroenteritis (EG), a relatively rare condition; and Dr. Glenn Furuta, a subspecialist in the condition from Children's Hospital of Colorado. I know them both since my daughter, Ruthie, has "EG" and has coped with it for several years. I met Beth, one of the nation's best examples of a parent patient-advocate, as I searched for information about EG some years ago. It was great to learn we were not alone and that Beth, through long hours and late nights, had developed a...

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I produced my first patient education program, a video on "erectile dysfunction" (that's another story), back in 1984 (That was the year my assistant producer, Blake, was born!). So I've been at this a long time. This was 12 years before I was diagnosed with leukemia and became a patient myself. And while I made a living back then producing programs to help people make informed healthcare decisions, it was not big money. It was, and remains, very satisfying. Along the way in the years since then I have met many high-powered business people. MBA-types (no disrespect to my wife,...

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Okay, what follows will not work for everyone. But, nevertheless, the story I am about to tell is one of hope and inspiration. It shows how just an off-hand comment, if you are listening and take action, can have a huge impact on your health. 54-year-old Barbara Woodman of Mt. Prospect, IL spent ten years living in pain. It followed a car accident. If she stood for awhile – required in her job as a teacher – she would get pain and numbness from behind her knees down to her toes. Pain medicine was required for years and she was...

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I hope you've had a chance to enjoy our new home page and our new look. Our goal is to continually update our content and the clarity of our communication to help patients and family members get the most compelling, most authoritative health information for their area of concern. I am delighted to tell you that an expanding list of highly respected medical centers support Patient Power. The newest additions are UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles and Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon. As a group, we all believe in putting the patient at the center of...

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Each Spring for the past four years I have made a 3-4 day trip to Arizona with my son, Ari, now 18, to be a baseball fan and attend Spring Training games. This year we saw three games at three different stadiums. Each time the look of the crowd was different and, unfortunately, the waistlines of the men got progressively bigger. I am worried about them. At the first game was the typical Seattle crowd – pretty active folks and not a lot of obesity. But game #2 the next day was in fashionable Scottsdale where San Francisco Giants fans...

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For many Americans we move in parallel but separate universes. In my case, as an American Jew who is fairly "assimilated" I feel right in the mainstream. But I remember how my parents and their parents mostly lived in Jewish neighborhoods and associated mostly with Jewish people. My grandparents spoke Yiddish, an eastern European Jewish dialect, in the home. But that's all family history. However, in 2008 Hispanic-Americans, 44 million people, cling to varying degrees to using Spanish as their first language. And when they face the complexities of medical issues many Hispanics who speak English prefer to hear information...

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I am ending my 3-year-old Sunday morning Seattle radio show. The last edition is this Sunday, March 9th. How come? • I realize I am at my core an "Internet Guy" and that is where I can reach patients seeking information most directly • This direct-to-patient approach makes the most sense for my sponsors – the nation's leading medical centers • Traditional media, like talk radio stations, don't "get it" about how big a thirst the public has for empowering medical information and a connection with the experts – including inspiring patients For all these reasons I have decided to...

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My son, Eitan, mentioned something in passing at the dinner table recently. As a 10-year-old he's always jabbering. This time I couldn't believe what I was hearing – the mother of a 5th grade classmate had died of cancer after only a three-week illness. I was in shock. I couldn't believe it. But the next day I found out it was true. The woman, I believe in her late 50's, had died of aggressive lung cancer. I had met her several times and she was likeable and very intelligent – a university professor. She leaves behind a husband and two...

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In these days of revved up medical marketing too many people think the answer to their health problem is in a single pill, medical procedure, or high tech diagnostic test. It isn't. That brings me to the "art" of medicine. After interviewing hundreds, maybe even thousands of devoted doctors and inspiring patients I am beginning to see some themes. There were some lessons just in the show I hosted on sleep problems this past Sunday. Charlene Barton, 62, of Seattle, told her story of years of restless leg syndrome (RLS) and sleep apnea. At different times and after suffering for...

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I am so proud of Patient Power producer Tamara Perkins for her outstanding work this past week in teeing me up to host a three-part series on medical fraud. They were great programs and I urge you to hear the replays. On our first program we delved into the murky world of health insurance fraud. With 47 million Americans with no insurance and many others who are under-insured you can bet there are many companies trying to offer services to fill the gap. You can see plenty of ads on CNN and other cable channels. The sad part is, among...

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