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Old March 25th, 2015, 11:58 AM
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please share your theory.
I had actually posted it those days. And that was also on a post by Napoleon pai. In short, my chappals got dirty in Hyderabad streets. During my flight back, they scratched my feet and infected them and i got sick a couple of days after landing back in LA. The foot actually took some 3-4 months to heal.

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Original plan - Go to Vegas. I wanted to take a bus there. But found them to be too expensive. Ultimately dropped the idea

Next plan - revisit the beaches (Santa Monica, Manhattan). Parking is a pain but i know all the bus routes well.

But what happened is that i am sick (after 5 years) and just restricted to home. So hope to recover by tuesday.


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Thanks Cha and Swami bhau (See i have both BJP and Cong support!)

i am having cellulitis which my chappals seemed to hve picked up in Hyderabad streets, but made it to my foot only in the flight through a small scratch last Sunday

If more aggravated, i would look like mny beggars who display swollen feet or legs.

The docs in India probably would have fixed it much more simply but here they are loading me with IV and oral antibiotics.
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Old March 25th, 2015, 12:06 PM
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Happy to know your foot was healed.
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Old March 25th, 2015, 12:38 PM
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American healthcare system SUCKS .. doctors are like bankers here working from 9 am to 4 pm. And "urgent care" is a nightmare.. looks like the doctor reads up about your urgent problems while you watch a 90 minutes movie in the waiting lounge. And then for writing a OTC drug charges you $150 for the 10 minutes he saw you for.
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Old March 25th, 2015, 05:37 PM
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American education system produces excellent doctors but healthcare system does not allow them to serve patients well.
What an irony.
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Old March 26th, 2015, 02:24 AM
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Not sure about american doctors being all that good.. They are like projects managers. All the works done by developers .. They just come in to give status, refer you to another doctor and pocket their fat paychecks.
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Old March 26th, 2015, 05:03 AM
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Not sure about american doctors being all that good.. They are like projects managers. All the works done by developers .. They just come in to give status, refer you to another doctor and pocket their fat paychecks.
You guys dont have family doctors there? Even they dont give you enough time?
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Old March 26th, 2015, 06:34 AM
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You guys dont have family doctors there? Even they dont give you enough time?
only the pediatrician gives you time.. not the other so called family doctors. The one thing I really hate about US is the medical system .. thankfully found a dentist (desi) who works on saturdays and sundays as well, this is how it should be.. not everyone can work from home.

You can pretty much suffer on the weekend or go to urgent care/emergency and wait there for 2/8 hours before you're attended to, in order of arrival.
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Old March 26th, 2015, 08:33 AM
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only the pediatrician gives you time.. not the other so called family doctors. The one thing I really hate about US is the medical system .. thankfully found a dentist (desi) who works on saturdays and sundays as well, this is how it should be.. not everyone can work from home.

You can pretty much suffer on the weekend or go to urgent care/emergency and wait there for 2/8 hours before you're attended to, in order of arrival.
That indeed sounds bad. Here most of the clinics open at 9 and close at 5 PM. However, there are a bunch of clinics that stay open until 8 PM. After that its ER.

Most clinics work from 9-5 on saturdays too but many are closed on sunday's. But still there are a few that are open on sundays.

Generally we get around 10 minutes with the doctors. If the matter needs mor checking/talking, they take it as they see fit.
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Old March 26th, 2015, 08:50 AM
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The doctors are in it with the insurance companies and the hospitals.. minting money together.. all doctors I see are filthy rich.. The stool or chair near the shoe stand in their mansions must be costlier than all of my furniture put together.

Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us

Taken as a whole, these powerful institutions and the bills they churn out dominate the nationís economy and put demands
on taxpayers to a degree unequaled anywhere else on earth. In the U.S., people spend almost 20% of the gross domestic
product on health care, compared with about half that in most developed countries. Yet in every measurable way, the results
our health care system produces are no better and often worse than the outcomes in those countries.

The $21,000 Heartburn Bill

One night last summer at her home near Stamford, Conn., a 64-year-old former sales clerk whom Iíll call Janice S. felt chest
pains. She was taken four miles by ambulance to the emergency room at Stamford Hospital, officially a nonprofit institution.
After about three hours of tests and some brief encounters with a doctor, she was told she had indigestion and sent home.

That was the good news.

The bad news was the bill: $995 for the ambulance ride, $3,000 for the doctors and $17,000 for the hospital ó in sum,
$21,000 for a false alarm.

A Slip, a Fall And a $9,400 Bill

Emilia Gilbert, a school-bus driver who got into a fight with a
hospital associated with Connecticutís most venerable nonprofit institution, which racked up quick profits on multiple CT
scans, then refused to compromise at all on its chargemaster prices. Gilbert, now 66, is still making weekly payments on the
bill she got in June 2008 after she slipped and fell on her face one summer evening in the small yard behind her house in
Fairfield, Conn. Her nose bleeding heavily, she was taken to the emergency room at Bridgeport Hospital.

ďI was there for maybe six hours, until midnight,Ē Gilbert recalls, ďand most of it was spent waiting. I saw the resident for
maybe 15 minutes, but I got a lot of tests.Ē
In fact, Gilbert got three CT scans ó of her head, her chest and her face. The last one showed a hairline fracture of her nose.
The CT bills alone were $6,538. (Medicare would have paid about $825 for all three.) A doctor charged $261 to read the
scans.
Gilbert got the same troponin blood test that Janice S. got ó the one Medicare pays $13.94 for and for which Janice S. was
billed $199.50 at Stamford. Gilbert got just one. Bridgeport Hospital charged 20% more than its downstate neighbor: $239.

Also on the bill were items that neither Medicare nor any insurance company would pay anything at all for: basic
instruments and bandages and even the tubing for an IV setup. Under Medicare regulations and the terms of most insurance
contracts, these are supposed to be part of the hospitalís facility charge, which in this case was $908 for the emergency
room.

Gilbertís total bill was $9,418. (I have a story on reading this.. posting in the dump thread.)

read the whole time magazine article here
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Old March 26th, 2015, 10:17 AM
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Not sure about american doctors being all that good.. They are like projects managers. All the works done by developers .. They just come in to give status, refer you to another doctor and pocket their fat paychecks.
Ok - I take it you never had to go to a specialist? I hope it stays that way.

I had to go to a few specialists and my experience has been quite good. They have been very knowledgeable about their field and they explain all the choices that patient has. And they never force any option onto patient.

In my experience ,Family doctors have been okay types. Nothing extraordinary but not too bad either.

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Old March 26th, 2015, 10:21 AM
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Coming back to strengthening immunity , I have seen people using water filters on tap(aquaguard etc.) water. Is that absolutely necessary - I mean will you fall sick if you don't use them? I have never used them in India and never fell sick because of that.

I think because of immunity acquired in India , I did not fall sick for many years in USA. But slowly immunity came down. Now I am trying to strengthen it.
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Old March 27th, 2015, 08:29 AM
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I think immunity and general well being (health) are all linked. Eat fruits, veggies, juices (not bottled ones), reduce intake of coffee, tea, NO pop at all. And all that I said .. in fact I wish I could live an amish life in the country.. not the sedentary stare at a screen all day job.
This has got a backing here :-

How to boost immunity

Donít smoke.

Eat a diet high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and low in saturated fat.

Exercise regularly.

Maintain a healthy weight.

Control your blood pressure.

If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.

Get adequate sleep.

Take steps to avoid infection, such as washing your hands frequently and cooking meats thoroughly.

Get regular medical screening tests for people in your age group and risk category.
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Old March 27th, 2015, 08:48 AM
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This has got a backing here :-

How to boost immunity

Donít smoke.

Eat a diet high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and low in saturated fat.

Exercise regularly.

Maintain a healthy weight.

Control your blood pressure.

If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.

Get adequate sleep.

Take steps to avoid infection, such as washing your hands frequently and cooking meats thoroughly.

Get regular medical screening tests for people in your age group and risk category.
Yes, perfect ! This is what boosts immunity.. and how we are supposed to be. Along the way we picked up bad habits, focusing on easy lifestyle rather spending time on doing things right.

Another thing they say.. how you treat your body in the 20s will reflect on your health in the 30s and so on.

This thought is kind of crude but effective.. the tongue is a few inches long, but to please it we tend to harm the whole body (health/immunity).
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While living in the US, we hardly have somehow the typhoid, TB and few very common diseases of there in India here, due to its extreme cold climate in major areas where most of the virus/bacteria fail to survive at least, in the outer atmosphere,..!

So, finally it comes to flue, cold, cough, filled ear-drum with septic, runny nose and all such,…. which remains very very common and these are the mainly stuff we need to fight against, remaining,..

I personally do and suggest the followings,..

1. Have once yr allergy test with experts and know yr enemies such as pollens, carper-rugs, feather, dust,… etc etc,.. and once it’s recognized get that related shots/medicines in advance if a slight suspected attack starts and also to prevent it all, from the very beginning.

2. Eat healthy and hot foods, purified water,. Clean laundry – shocks, shirt, bed,.. Proper warm clothings, per your home and office's room temperature
And insist of washing your hand every 3-4 hours and frequently,..

3. Humidifier if needed in the bedroom to moist the air with the nose-opener material added. Local Walgreen’s sell many portable vaporizer where you can even add yr own home Balm, and breathe the night-time air, which may keep your ENT clean, unclogged and open,.

For the ENT to clean and keep un-cluttered, our desi upchaar works the best –
Nass of boiled tea-water with balm ( amrutanjan / vicks veporub ) and ajwaiyen added.
Sit down on floor and under a blanket breath it thro’ nose to the hottest tolerable and let it go thro the system of nose and throat,..and it will keep ENT open and clean of any congestions.

4. Keep low on the use of any anti-biotic tablets , as more you are used to, and if yr doc feed you prescribing more and more, eventually, yr body gets used to it and after that it does not work and effect, when we need it the most, for example almost all mosquito in India has gone DDT –proof and hence the DDT is now not working on them !

5. Proper a/c and room-conditioning especially in winter
When you breath the closed room air for months, without any new freshness for a longer duration.



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While living in the US, we hardly have somehow the typhoid, TB and few very common diseases of there in India here, due to its extreme cold climate in major areas where most of the virus/bacteria fail to survive at least, in the outer atmosphere,..!




Typhoid has been eradicated from US of A. So even if you go to LA or San Diego , you won't get it.
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