Friday, March 12, 2010

I Have A Brainful

I have a brain full of thoughts today. Lots of various things. It's so full perhaps it's falling out my ears?

I've been thinking about thinking. Now isn't that a strange thing to be thinking about? Basically I've been thinking about what we think about, those of us who are ill. Actually even the sorts of things those who aren't ill think about too. Probably the word which would describe most of those thoughts is "fussing". Yup, I fuss about things. Bet you do too.

Part of the reason I've been thinking about thinking is from a scripture in the Bible in Phillipians. It's instruction on what things to think about. Imagine that! "think on these things: ---". Funny how all these years later we're now talking so much about neuroplasticity and how the brain can rewire itself, and how many of these new "treatments" some PWC's are finding some help from have to do with getting in a stress loop and techniques to break that loop. What are we thinking about? When the stress handler/interpretor of the brain gets stuck in "tilt mode" doesn't take much to trigger yet more stress.

I'm sure I'll be blogging more along this line in the future. Neuroplasticity is a fascinating subject and I am most curious about these various treatments people are trying that sometimes bring some improvement to their lives. At the moment that's what I'm aiming for, improvement. I don't expect 'cure', at least not from the medical profession.

Before I sign off here I'd like to share an old friend's blog with you. I confess I'm a bit jealous! I just love her stuff. She's so creative! Take a look for yourself -Dianne's Blog

[PS Yes, I did mean to write this a bit circular to entertain you and it illustrates how my brain works most days! LOL]

Monday, March 01, 2010

Real Free Market Health Insurance?

Wouldn't it be grand to be able to pick up a phone book and find as many health insurers to choose from as we can auto insurance companies? Ones that actually offer a plan to fit your needs and desires, like coverage for accupuncture and chiropractic or other alternative med? Or lower monthly cost, paying for regular GP office visits out of pocket (or billed by Dr like the old days)? Sort of a smorg of items to choose from except for major med.

For instance, you must have car insurance (laws), sure. But you have a choice of companies to pick from how do compete because you can pick and choose companies, what features you want, how much deductible etc. Truely free market health insurance would offer the same.

Most of us couldn't afford a catastrophic health event out of pocket so wanting everyone to carry some kind of major med/catastrophic illness policy would seem to be a good thing. At least it would be a good thing for the tax payer who ends up picking up the bill. But beyond that it seems to me if there weren't so many 'requireds', like one I read recently where a company of male workers were required to carry coverage for disease of the female organs,-required by law- insurance might not be so much. Of course then if the health insurance companies actually had to compete against each other for your business, across state lines even then----

Off the top of my head the only other thing I can think of that would need to be addressed is getting dropped once one has a 'pre-existing' condition. I realize that things like being able to sell across state lines and form different types of pools is partly the same as this. However, a real free market system would go beyond those two and make for some real competition.

Certainly there is some way of having a free market and still address this problem and not resorting to a compete revamping of our health care system right down to stealing our personal choice and liberty?

Viva Liberty!

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