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Nocebos & Mass Hysteria

Nocebos and Mass Hysteria

by Kelley Williams Published February 21, 2021 A nocebo effect is the opposite of a placebo effect. A placebo makes you get well because you think you will. A nocebo makes you get sick because you think you will. Both work if you believe authority figures (doctors and experts) who say they work. The mechanism is imaginary or psychological. But the effects are real and physiological.

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The Real Over / Under

What’s the Real Covid-19 Over / Under?  

Too bad there’s not an over/under for Covid-19 metrics.  It would be a useful check against numbers coming from the President’s experts, the Center for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, reporters, and others in the Chicken Little business (i.e., the bad news sells business)

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Chicken Little Is Wrong Again

Chicken Little Is Wrong Again

If it bleeds, it’s the lede.  Disaster headlines sold newspapers (when people read them).  Now screaming talking heads sell panic on TV.  It’s contagious.  The precautionary principle becomes: assume the worst and follow the herd. 

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Herd Immunity vs Herd Mentality

Herd Immunity vs Herd Mentality

The last couple of months have seen several new phrases enter the popular lexicon: “social distancing,” “flattening the curve” and “shelter in place” to name a few.  (Somewhere George Orwell is spinning in his grave.) Another phrase which is not new, but is newly popular, is herd immunity.

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A BPF View - Medicaid 101: Part III

A BPF View – Medicaid 101: Part III

We have the worst health statistics in the United States and also the highest level of poverty. These two factors combine to make healthcare for the individuals receiving Medicaid benefits in Mississippi very expensive.

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Health Smarts

What You Think You Know: Health Smarts

Take advice from medical nannies with a heathy grain of unhealthy salt.

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a BPF View - Medicaid 101: Part II

A BPF View – Medicaid 101:  Part II

Remember from Part I, the Medicaid program is health insurance intended for those of limited means based on the federal poverty level.  As such, when applicants qualify for Medicaid and become Medicaid beneficiaries, their healthcare expenses are covered by Medicaid.  There are two ways for this to happen.  One way is fee-for-service (FFS) Medicaid and the other is Medicaid managed care.

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