Back-to-School Illness Meets Its Match

It's August, and parents of school-aged kids know what that means: back to school. It's an exciting season of transition that holds new beginnings, returning to certain routines and the start of others, auditions, tryouts, and...exposure to new germs, courtesy of the rest of your kids' classmates. Goodness knows you don't have time for illness in the midst of everything that needs to be done over the next several months.

If you or your children do find yourself battling an illness during this demanding time of year, we want you to be able to access a doctor with as little hassle (and as little cost) as is possible.

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The Truth About Back Surgery

Clifford R. Stoller, MD is Board Certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and is a member of Liberty HealthShare. Having recently retired from private practice, Dr. Stoller contacted us and offered to volunteer his services in the management of spine disorders. In this guest physician post, Dr. Stoller draws particular attention to the pitfalls of conventional wisdom regarding back pain, a broad symptom that can lead to improper, expensive treatments, up to and including surgery.

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Annual Physicals, Fever Phobia, & Antibiotics

Viewpoints from a Naturopathic Physician

Here at Liberty HealthShare, we strive to create an environment in which our members are empowered to make informed decisions about the care they pursue for themselves and their families. For example, Liberty is proud to share in eligible expenses within the realm of certain naturopathic and alternative treatments. Dr. 

Kendra Pearsall, NMD, is a member of our Physician Advisory Board and she shares her expertise here as part of our physician post series. The following are a few medical questions our members pose with answers from Dr. Pearsall, based in a naturopathic approach to health.

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Back-to-School Check-Ups & Vaccinations

The school year just ended, but we all know it won't be long before we're shopping back to school sales in anticipation of the start of the new year. You probably don't need to worry about those purchases just yet, but this is a good time to plan ahead for your child's back to school check-up and, if necessary, his or her vaccinations.

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Advice From A Doctor About Interacting With a Doctor

by John Hunt, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Liberty HealthShare

Doctors are busy, often times and unfortunately because they are filling out forms for bureaucracies. This busyness can leave patients feeling cheated, like they are fighting for their physician’s full attention in the short amount of one-on-one time they actually get with him or her.

So how can you get what you need and steward yours and your fellow members’ resources well when you often have barely any time to speak to the doctor?

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Saving Money On Prescriptions

by John Hunt, MD

Chief Medical Officer, Liberty HealthShare

You have probably noticed that prescription medications are extremely affordable in some cases and terribly expensive in others. There are several reasons for this phenomenon. Some drug prices benefit from free markets and generally free international trade, with prices dropping to nearly zero (think Walmart and all the pharmacies that followed them with their $4 low prices). These days, some antibiotics are even free. Don’t believe me? Just Google it. But for every cheap or free prescription, there are just as many or more astronomically expensive drugs out there.

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Ear Infections: When To See A Specialist

by Elaina George, MD

Ear infections are one of the most common problems for which people seek medical attention. The best treatments for the various types of ear infections depend on the underlying cause.

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Preventing Allergies Before they Affect You

By John Hunt, MD
Pediatric Allergist/Immunologist and Pediatric Pulmonologist

Allergy season will be here before you know it, and if you're one of the many who suffers from seasonal allergies, you might be dreading it. Fortunately, you don't have to just let your symptoms roll over you, leaving you feeling like you've been hit by a truck. There are many affordable and easy ways to mitigate the sneezing, itchy eyes, runny nose, and other common symptoms of allergies.

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Diagnosis In Childhood Asthma

by John Hunt, MD, FAAAAI

When a child with chronic respiratory symptoms gets diagnosed with asthma, often parents will think, “Finally, I know what is wrong!” Unfortunately, that’s a mistaken thought. Asthma is not a diagnosis. Although there is now a name attached, you still don’t yet know what is causing the respiratory problems.

This is important, so I will reiterate it: asthma is not a diagnosis. Rather, asthma is dysfunction in your child’s airways that can be caused by any one or more of several dozen very different potential causes. If your child has asthma, it is a reason to go searching for the underlying cause.

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Mammography: More Harm Than Good?

Viewpoints from a Naturopathic Physician

What Every Woman Needs To Know About Mammograms.

Mammograms are x-rays of the breast that are used in screening for breast cancer. The current conventional medical recommendations are that all women aged 50-74 should get a mammogram every two years in order to screen for breast cancer. However, one of the largest and longest studies of mammography to date, involving 90,000 women followed for 25 years, found that mammograms have absolutely NO impact on breast cancer mortality. In other words, the death rate from breast cancer was virtually identical between those who received an annual mammogram and those who did not. In fact, the latest research shows that in addition to having little to no diagnostic value, mammograms can actually cause a number of problems:

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