Health and the 2016 US Presidential Candidates

The 2016 Presidential Campaign is nearing its end; in only two weeks American voters will decide who, most likely Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, will sit in the Oval Office. The US presidency is a hard job, with grueling hours and the need to make critical decisions at any time, day or night. Campaigning for… Read More Health and the 2016 US Presidential Candidates

Do We Hate Our Bodies?

The other day I read an article written by a hospice chaplain from South Carolina entitled “What the dying really regret.” The author interviewed an elderly woman who was dying of cancer, who said: “I know I’m supposed to hate my body…Everyone told me — my family, my school, my church. When I got older,… Read More Do We Hate Our Bodies?

How to Improve your Health and Health Care

Throughout Central Asia, the Middle East, and much of the developing world, people have told me that they cannot get good medical care. In some cases good care is too expensive, in other cases medical care is affordable but poor quality, and in still other cases medical care, good or bad, does not exist. Some… Read More How to Improve your Health and Health Care

Medical Preparation for Humanitarian Missions

“Doctor, this will be a very long war if for every division I have facing the enemy, I must count on a second division in hospital with malaria and a third division convalescing from this debilitating disease.” General Douglas MacArthur to Colonel Paul F. Russell, US Army malaria consultant, May 1943. Just like soldiers going… Read More Medical Preparation for Humanitarian Missions

Discovery and Innovation in the Business of Health Care

Discovering things previously unknown is one of the most important, and most enjoyable, things that anyone can do. Most people do it every day, whether as simple as finding a new restaurant they love or discovering a new comet in the heavens. Fundamentally, new discoveries come from observation, analysis, and experimentation. A husband looking for… Read More Discovery and Innovation in the Business of Health Care

Advent Tree Family Devotions – December 10

December 10 – Wheat   John 6:31‑58; Matthew 26:26‑29   Since antiquity, wheat has been the most important grain in the world.  China, traditionally considered a rice-eating country, annually consumes 190 lbs per capita of wheat, mostly in noodles.  Each person in the US consumes about 144 lbs per year.  Wheat is even more important… Read More Advent Tree Family Devotions – December 10

Are US Military Members Today Weaker Than in the Past?

On a recent speaking trip I was asked if cultural changes in the US military had emasculated it compared to the past. This is a daunting question, but like all questions, the first step in answering it is to define one’s terms. Aside from the anatomic definition, a reasonable definition of emasculation is “to deprive… Read More Are US Military Members Today Weaker Than in the Past?

Healing the Health Care Cost Conundrum

The military health care system is different in many ways from the civilian system, but a primary difference is the income incentive. Simply put, health care providers and other medical professionals are not paid based on the number of patients that they see or the number of procedures that they do. Instead they receive a… Read More Healing the Health Care Cost Conundrum

Using the Military Decision Making Process in Civilian Organizations

The vocabulary of the Military Decision Making Process (MDMP) is not typical for civilian organizations, but the concepts are germane.  Translating MDMP into health care can be very useful for process improvement. Mission receipt – The commander provides the mission to his or her command. In a civilian setting, this would be the leader at… Read More Using the Military Decision Making Process in Civilian Organizations

How to Pick Your Fitness Goals

For the past two weeks many Americans have enjoyed the Olympic Games.  Watching the fastest runners and swimmers, the finest gymnasts, and the best teams in the world is both an inspiration and a thrill.  It stirs the heart to see the athletic prowess that these young stars can reach.  So moved, many people commit… Read More How to Pick Your Fitness Goals