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How Rich is Your Daddy?

26 March, 2014 | Founder's Blog

The other day I was talking to a student who was thinking about going after a master degree program in public health & nutrition.

This is the MPH degree. The marketing of such degree says things like….

“A Master of Public Health online degree will open new doors to your career in healthcare and health education...”

Wow! New doors will open to you in health if you have this degree. And you don’t even have to show up in a classroom to get it, you can do it all on-line. (Note that this is a master’s program which presumes you already have an undergrad degree.)

So what will it cost to have these new doors open to you?

Johns Hopkins University charges a mere $74,340 for their on-line program. Yep, on-line.

Too rich for your daddy?

Well, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst charges $25,050 for their on-line program, and it also covers nutrition.

Quite a bargain.

What? Still too rich for your daddy?

Well, today most colleges are too rich for any daddy.

Why? It’s because of the government. They got involved in underwriting student loans. (Loans by the way that once taken can never be released until paid. Even a future bankruptcy will not forgive a student loan.)

If the government was not involved in student loans, students would only be able to borrow what they could actually afford given the risks. Colleges would then have to meet what the market could bear.

But with endless government money provided to students who actually bear all the risk themselves (and have failed to mathematically figure out their return on investment) colleges have pushed their price to ridiculous levels sucking up what they can and becoming quite fat in the process.

It is the same reason medical costs are so expensive and the medical industry is so fat – the government got involved. Absent government involvement and control and the credit creation of money and taking on debt for everything, both college and health care would be reasonably affordable by anyone just as it was back in the 1960’s and earlier.

I am waiting for the day when the population at large finally begins to figure this out. Of course being educated by schools with a vested government and socialist interest, maybe they never will.

Gatekeepers to the System

Last newsletter I talked of the College of Physicians and Surgeons in old London acting as a protector of the medical trade. Today it’s the traditional college that is the first line gatekeeper to that system. They all have a preset and established procedure of teaching, credentialing, and passing students on. And as just seen from the MPH programs above, they are mighty expensive.

But what if you want to learn about health care and you don’t want to go into debt to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars?

Start Reading

You know what? The core of the periodic table of the elements is the same today as it was 50 years ago. Chemistry is chemistry. Biology, physiology, anatomy. Most textbooks written in 1940 and earlier have just as much relevance today as they did when they were first written. Some things don’t change, just the marketing of it does.

I started learning health as a hobby a long time ago, turned it into a business in 1995 and Biomedx came onto the grid in March of 1998. It has never been advertised and works largely by referral and is just there - on the net - and as I write this it's in about the same form it had back when the site first went up.

The intent was to share what I thought was important and felt other people should know if they were involved in the health field. The list is long and a lot is material not taught in medical school, naturopathic school, nursing school, chiropractic, acupuncture and on and on. Hundreds of thousands of dollars can be spent in traditional education, and it’s possible you’ll never hear about these things.

Much of this information you could say is from very smart old dead guys. Masters at what they knew of health. Info that has been around a long time but for the most part largely ignored, buried – or in some cases vilified – by the mainstream establishment. I find much of it to be a foundation to anyone in, embarking upon, or already involved in the health care field today. Most folks coming to the workshop do as well - once they’ve been exposed.

And once that exposure has occurred, many take it back home and start a business applying that knowledge. Some already in the business get reinvigorated to apply new things. This happens continually.

At the workshop that just occurred, a practitioner that has been back more than once said, “you know, you’ve changed my entire practice.” Of course I wanted to know if that was a good thing and yes it was.

Often during a workshop I hear comments such as "I should have learned this in school." Others comment that I should work to put this info to docs on a larger scale - because they could use it - and start charging much more for workshops.

Well perhaps one day. But it will not be $75,000, nor $25,000, but as always, it will hold to a reasonable standard.

Right now, the May workshop is $1295. It is not an online program. You get to sit in an actual seat. A nice comfy leather conference chair to be exact. You get hands-on lab time. A core 35 total contact hours. And you get lunch too along with the camaraderie of others with like mind and 600+ pages of take home workshop material as well. All in, it is quite the bargain.

The costs involved in college and healthcare today are completely unsustainable and it is one reason why I believe what you learn at a Biomedx workshop today is and will be the future. And tomorrow – just like today but exponentially so - people will need your skills.