Healthcare Is HILARIOUS! June 7 2018 edition - TED EYTAN!
This week’s edition features a conversation I had with Ted Eytan, a family medicine doc who’s the Medical Director of the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health in DC.  

We talked about how the science of what people should eat to keep themselves from feeling like they’ve been attached to an air-hose got hijacked over the last 50 years. We’re now Fatass Nation, with hockey-stick graphs showing the rise of diabetes and cardiac disease since we all went on the fake-food, low-fat wagon in the ‘70s.

Follow Ted on Twitter, and his blog.

Bonus round! Links from Ted!

The fallacy of medicine as a “lump” of knowledge that had to be subdivided into infinity. 

Book: “Big Fat Surprise” by Nina Teicholz, described as a “nutritional thriller” 

Nina Teicholz on Twitter 

Physician experts in the field to follow on Twitter”

Interesting, relevant journal articles:


This one’s pretty much one economist illuminating a story really well - YES, economists CAN do that, despite popular opinion to the contrary - and and a second economist pointing out how well the Economist The First laid out the facts, and adding his own ruffles and flourishes to the story.

Austin Frakt, a guy who knows more about healthcare economics than a thousand average humans, wrote a piece that appeared on both the Incidental Economist blog, and the New York Times, “Medical Mystery: Something Happened to U.S. Health Spending After 1980.”

The net/net of the piece is that US healthcare spending got attached to the same air-hose that my ass did back in the ‘80s, but there’s no keto plan for this one. The ‘80s brought us big hair, big shoulder pads, “Big” the movie, and a pivot to big healthcare spending with still no end in sight. Pretty much everything that’s f^cked up in the US body politic right now can be traced back to that ongoing spending spike: weak wage growth, lagging life expectancy in America vs other developed countries, general economic “meh” despite American innovation. “Meh” is that income inequality time bomb that’s gonna go off any minute, and spark American Revolution the Second, maybe.

Paul Krugman, Economist the Second - or as I like to call him, Eeyore, ‘cause this guy could buzz-kill a kid at Disneyland, he’s such a sad sack - took what Austin Frakt shared, and added some top-spin to the ball in the form of drawing direct connections between American political polarization - which also started in the ‘80s - in his piece “America’s Dismal Turning Point” in the Times. 

We’re in big trouble here, folks. While the 21st century version of Nero plays chaos games in the Oval Office, the chickens are still coming home to roost. If we don’t get a handle on the healthcare spending that’s literally crippling the American economy, we’re straight-up f^cked. Is there a keto plan for US healthcare’s fat-ass spending? Asking for 327 million friends.


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