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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

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Welcome. I appreciate the over 100,000 visitors to this blog so far. I am Dr. Bradley Hennenfent, a medical doctor. Before retirement, my specialty was Emergency Medicine and I was also an economist. I am grateful for each and every visit to, where I discuss medical issues and the politics of freedom.

I started this blog because I am unhappy that politicians, bureaucrats, and clerks are being inserted between you and your doctor. The doctor-patient relationship should be strengthened, not weakened. We need the best medical system possible, otherwise people suffer and/or die needlessly.

I cannot abide that uninformed, non-medical people can interfere with appropriate and medically necessary treatment. Medical decisions should be up to patients, doctors, nurses, and other allied healthcare professionals. Power should not be taken away from patients as is happening now; more power should be given to them. I do not want to see your care denied or delayed by an incompetent healthcare system.

As a medical doctor, I feel strongly about this issue. I believe in Patient Power.

As for freedom, I am just like you. I have the same types of issues. I believe that free markets, free enterprise, free speech, free trade, and free people go together.

To have a free market you need price transparency, product transparency, and free speech. We do not have this today. Not even close. The IRS delayed Tea Party applications for 27 months. Wait until your medical treatment is delayed for 27 months.

I welcome your participation in prolonging and improving the lives of patients. We are all patients sooner or later. We are in this together.

Thank you for visiting

Thank you America.

Angelina Jolie's Double Mastectomy

Famous actress, Angelina Jolie, underwent a preventative double mastectomy, because she tested positive for the BRCA1 gene, and because her mother died from breast cancer at age 56.

You can read about it in her New York Times opinion piece:

Angelina Jolie wrote that her doctors told her she had an 87% risk of getting breast cancer. I applaud Ms. Jolie for studying the issue and doing what is best for her. My question is, statistically, how much will this procedure extend her overall survival?

Hopefully, the procedure will extend her overall survival by a lot. I have done some searching, but so far I cannot find enough data to give an estimate. I will keep looking.

The search terms are "prophylactic double mastectomy," which is also known as a "preventative double mastectomy."

Patient power involves product transparency.