South Park's Scathing Critique of US Healthcare

By Erik Goldman, Editor

Promo for new South Park episode, The End of Obesity

The End of Obesity, a new episode of the viciously satirical cartoon series, South Park, is a merciless excoriation of American healthcare, one that has some physicians commenting that the show is more documentary than parody.

Currently running exclusively on Paramount Plus, this latest installment of the long-running show centers on the rotund Eric Cartman, who’s diagnosed as obese and learns about the new GLP1 agonists. Problem is, his mom’s insurance doesn’t cover them, and the family can’t afford the out-of-pocket cost.

Obsessed Ozempic, Cartman and his sometimes-friends, sometimes-rivals, Kyle and Butters, charge headlong into a maze of insanity called insurance-based healthcare—complete with fax machines, dot matrix printers, moribund claims reviewers, and endless bounces between doctors, imaging centers, labs, hospitals, and corporate offices.

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HPC Video

IBS & Osteoporosis - The BMP Connection

Written by Erik Goldman

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Osteoporosis are two of the most common conditions that integrative practitioners see among their patients. These disorders are actually related.

The common factor? Bone Morphogenic Proteins (BMPs)—a group of cytokines that play important roles in bone and joint homeostasis as well as in GI mucosal integrity.

In this free webinar, Cynthia Worden, DO, will explore the connections between IBS and Osteoporosis, and share new insights into the dual role of Bone Morphogenic Proteins in supporting patients with GI and bone health issues.

She’ll also describe her clinical experience with Ostinol®–the only BMP-complex available for oral supplementation.

During this webinar, you’ll learn about: 

  • The epidemiological relationship between IBS and Osteoporosis—and the rising rates of both conditions
  • The discovery of BMPs, their structure, and their function within Demineralized Bone Matrix
  • Mechanisms of action and observed clinical impact of BMPs
  • The practical benefits of BMPs in supporting patients with IBS and Osteoporosis
  • Case studies & clinical experience with Cyplexinol® Musculoskeletal Regenerative Nutrition

SPONSORED BY Regenerative Tissue Sciences, the professional sales division of ZyCal Bioceuticals Healthcare Co., Inc.

Cynthia Worden, DO, MSHPE, IFMCP earned her medical degree at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA in 2004. She also completed a teaching fellowship in Osteopathic Manipulation, a Master’s in Health Professions Education, and a Doctorate in Osteopathy.  Dr. Worden completed her Internship and Osteopathic Family Medicine residency training at Downey Regional Medical Center.

Following her training, she practiced Integrative Family Medicine at Creekside Family Practice in Portland, OR, for 10 years.  After discovering functional medicine, Dr. Worden realized it held many of the answers to her patient’s chronic medical conditions. She became a Certified Practitioner with the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFMCP) in 2016, after which she founded Bloom Functional Medicine in 2018.

Like many who practice functional medicine, Dr. Worden has faced her own health issues: Hashimoto’s and Crohn’s disease. Consequently, she has first-hand knowledge of how these conditions affect overall health and well-being. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her family and friends, and to continue her learning. She loves to cook, read, kayak, ski, hike, and travel.

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