Category Archives: To Health With You

Physical health, well-being, and alternative medical options

Big Ground Beef E. Coli Recall Expands Nationwide

A recall of nearly 2 million pounds of ground beef potentially tainted with dangerous E. coli bacteria has expanded to include distributors to restaurants nationwide — but don’t expect to know which ones.

burgerFederal officials aren’t required to say which restaurants served the tainted hamburger linked to the largest recall of its kind in six years. And they don’t have to tell consumers what type of restaurant dished up meat recalled by Detroit’s Wolverine Packing Co., either — whether it was a sit-down diner or a fast-food joint, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. Continue reading

Doctors Abandoning Private Practice in Droves to Work at Hospitals

the_twilight_zone_2Doctors are leaving private practice to become employees of hospitals, according to this story in the New York Times. The decline in private practice physicians actually began a few years ago when changes to Medicare forced many physicians who practiced individually or in small group offices to make the move to a salaried position in a hospital.

But there is no doubt that Obamacare has exacerbated the problem. The onerous recordkeeping is one big reason why private practice physicians are becoming extinct. Private physicians can’t afford the extra employees to meet the demands of Obamacare paperwork.

Dr. Paul Hsieh explained on the rollout of Obamacare:

The second component of Big Medicine is the shift of doctors away from independent private practice and towards becoming hospital employees. Doctors face many of the same pressures as hospitals. As eWeek reported, “Doctors are abandoning their private practices to join large health organizations so they can lower their costs and meet government mandates on electronic health records.”

By becoming hospital employees, doctors lose autonomy, but enjoy more regular hours and a more predictable salary. In return, hospitals gain access to a guaranteed supply of patients from their employee-physicians. Last year the Washington Post reported, “[T]he number of physicians who own their firms dropped from 57 percent in 2000 to 43 percent in 2009, and it’s projected to continue falling to 33 percent by 2013.” As oncologist Patrick Cobb recently told CNN, “We have a joke that there are two kinds of private practices left in America. Those that sold to hospitals and those that are about to be sold.” [...] READ MORE

Arrhythmia: stroke, heart attack and choices

health_watch__thumbMy father died of a heart attack at 46 years of age. His death changed the course of my life. His passing changed the itinerary of our entire family. To know such pain in your teens, your father’s death, (even your mother’s) creates a hole in your heart that aches for a lifetime. You learn at a very young age the ephemeral aspect of life and you learn to cherish every day, every moment and, every year of living.

Years later, I wrote a teen novel about my father’s death: Strike Three! Take Your Base, which depicts a 17-year-old teen who loses his father to a heart attack. In the story, he befriends a cheerleader who suffers a divorce of her father who lives far away, so she suffers the loss of her father even though he didn’t die. The book offers teens a positive path with the early loss of a parent through death or divorce. Heart wrenching? You betcha! Continue reading

Family fights to get drug for dying boy

jack_fowlerShould a dying child receive an unproven experimental drug even if the patient doesn’t fit within a carefully designed clinical trial?

More than 53,000 people who have signed an online petition on behalf of a Mundelein (Illinois) boy say yes, absolutely. But Shire, the Ireland-based pharmaceutical company that owns the drug, says it’s a complicated matter and has refused to make the drug available to the child.

At the heart of this moral and ethical dilemma is 6-year-old Jack Fowler. Jack has a rare disorder called Hunter syndrome, or MPS II, that is expected to kill him because he lacks the enzyme needed to break down cellular waste in his body. Ten to 20 years is the usual life expectancy of someone with the disease, but Jack’s more severe type means he may have less time. Continue reading

Immigration and Disease

jp-CLINIC-1-articleLargeAs the immigration debate continues, I can’t help but be reminded of a several-month project I worked on in a community health center which served the Vietnamese population of a major U.S. city. The project involved “Abstracting” data from the paper medical records to the electronic record, so that all of the information was transferred with the ultimate goal of “retiring” the volumes of paper, to be replaced by the electronic medical record. Continue reading

Lewis: The Dirty No Good SOBing Traitors

chemtrails(2)If one cannot search for and see the light of truth, one is either dumber than a box of rocks, ignorant and fearful of the truth, indoctrinated to the max unwilling to accept facts, or a willing participant in the destruction of America. Regardless of which it is, you, your family, and your future descendents will pay the highest price –servitude to evil or death.

It is likely that most think I am talking about the US Government, Inc. After all, the people in it apply the so-called “laws” way out of its jurisdiction. What does this mean? Well, if one cares to check Article I, Sections 17 and 18 of the Constitution for the united States of America, one is sure to find that Congress has no authority within or between the many states of the united States of America. Nor does any other manufactured part of the government.

Ah, the heck with all the technical crap that hardly anyone believes anyway due to extreme and effective brainwashing by government, etc. Continue reading

Thousands of Doctors Dropped from Medicare Advantage

obama_seniors_APThe Wall Street Journal reports that private insurance provider United Health is dropping thousands of doctors from its Medicare Advantage networks.

Medicare Advantage is very popular with senior citizens, but United Health says that “government cuts” will “leave many elderly patients unsure whether they need to switch plans to continue seeing their doctors.” Continue reading

Thousands Of Consumers Get Insurance Cancellation Notices Due To Health Law Changes

cancellation notice 300Health plans are sending hundreds of thousands of cancellation letters to people who buy their own coverage, frustrating some consumers who want to keep what they have and forcing others to buy more costly policies.

The main reason insurers offer is that the policies fall short of what the Affordable Care Act requires starting Jan. 1. Most are ending policies sold after the law passed in March 2010. At least a few are cancelling plans sold to people with pre-existing medical conditions. Continue reading

Why is Obamacare so unaffordable?

Because it was conceived as a political weapon of mass economic destruction

Mike_AdamsRight now, all across America, employees are receiving notices that their insurance coverage is being dropped because it isn’t “compliant” with Obamacare. Simultaneously, employers everywhere are slashing jobs, cutting hours and downsizing their operations just to stay afloat by avoiding the most punishing requirements of Obamacare. Across the economy, Obamacare is devastating American workers and casting tens of millions of people into a state of despair.

Why is Obamacare — the “Affordable Care Act” — so unaffordable? Why is it causing jobs, hours and insurance policies to be gutted all across America? Because it was designed as a political weapon to destroy private sector jobs so that more people would become dependent on government entitlements, food stamps and welfare programs.

Mass victimization is a political strategy, and Obamacare is the weapon.

It’s time you learned the truth about Obamacare and how victimization is a political “weapon of mass destruction.” The Democratic party thrives primarily on victimization. The more destitute workers become, the more they demand handouts from politicians, and no party is more willing to widely distribute handouts than the Democratic party. Ensnaring people in a cycle of poverty and dependence is the democrats’ long-term re-election strategy. The more people who live in poverty, in other words, the more powerful the Democrats become. Continue reading

Obamacare’s winners and losers in Bay Area

“I was laughing at Boehner – until the mail came today…”

obamacare_weblogCindy Vinson and Tom Waschura are big believers in the Affordable Care Act. They vote independent and are proud to say they helped elect and re-elect President Barack Obama.

Yet, like many other Bay Area residents who pay for their own medical insurance, they were floored last week when they opened their bills: Their policies were being replaced with pricier plans that conform to all the requirements of the new health care law.

Vinson, of San Jose, will pay $1,800 more a year for an individual policy, while Waschura, of Portola Valley, will cough up almost $10,000 more for insurance for his family of four.

Welcome to the club,” said Robert Laszewksi, a prominent health care consultant and president of Health Policy and Strategy Associates in Virginia. Continue reading

Over 1100 First Responders Contracted Cancer After the WTC Attacks

It makes you wonder why Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials told everyone in New York after the World Trade Center attacks that “the air is safe to breathe”, when 1,140 first responders have now been diagnosed with cancer 12 years later.

NEW YORK – Emergency responders proceed into the PATH train station during an emergency drill staged at the World Trade Center site on May 17, 2009 in New York City. The drill simulated an explosion involving a PATH commuter train in an underground tunnel between New York and New Jersey and involved more than 800 emergency services’ first responders. (Photo by Seth Wenig-Pool/Getty Images)

NEW YORK – Emergency responders proceed into the PATH train station during an emergency drill staged at the World Trade Center site on May 17, 2009 in New York City. The drill simulated an explosion involving a PATH commuter train in an underground tunnel between New York and New Jersey and involved more than 800 emergency services’ first responders. (Photo by Seth Wenig-Pool/Getty Images)

Recently a study was conducted by the Mount Sinai Medical Center revealing that first responders and people close to “Ground Zero” during and after the September, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center (WTC), are 15% more likely to contract cancers than people who were out of the area. Continue reading

Bombshell: Syria’s ‘chemical weapons’ turn out to be sodium fluoride used in the U.S. water supply and sold at Wal-Mart

nuke_bomb__test_kelleyEditor’s NOTE: Today, September 4, 2013, in preparation for Life, Liberty and Your Good Health, I had made decisions to go in an entirely different direction for the program. During the opening music for the program, due to the current situation in Syria, I made an instant switch in the direction of my commentary; first to share the following from Mike Adams at Natural News, and subsequently to give a bit of a history lesson; one which I have shared many times over the past nearly 14 years. After reading this commentary, we invite you to read Fluoride, Teeth, and the Atomic Bomb. These are the ties that bind.

For further information and commentary on the issue of fluoridation, we invite you to peruse all of our current offerings on the topic, by visiting Water, Water, Everywhere… (Ed.)

Natural News can now reveal that the Syria chemical weapons narrative being pushed by the White House is an outlandish hoax.

To understand why, you have to start with the story published in The Independent entitled Revealed: Government let British company export nerve gas chemicals to Syria.

Sounds scary, right? As The Independent reports:

The Government was accused of “breathtaking laxity” in its arms controls last night after it emerged that officials authorised the export to Syria of two chemicals capable of being used to make a nerve agent such as sarin a year ago.

What, exactly, are those two dangerous chemicals that need to be controlled via “arms control” regulations? You won’t believe me when I tell you. They are:

  • sodium fluoride
  • potassium fluoride

You can see this yourself in the screen capture of The Independent breaking news story. Note the headline and the subhead. The headline describes “nerve gas chemicals” and the subhead explains them as “sodium fluoride” and “potassium fluoride.” Continue reading

An ObamaCare Board Answerable to No One

obamacare_weblogThe ‘death panel’ is a new beast, with god-like powers. Congress should repeal it or test its constitutionality.

Signs of ObamaCare’s failings mount daily, including soaring insurance costs, looming provider shortages and inadequate insurance exchanges. Yet the law’s most disturbing feature may be the Independent Payment Advisory Board. The IPAB, sometimes called a “death panel,” threatens both the Medicare program and the Constitution’s separation of powers. At a time when many Americans have been unsettled by abuses at the Internal Revenue Service and Justice Department, the introduction of a powerful and largely unaccountable board into health care merits special scrutiny.

For a vivid illustration of the extent to which life-and-death medical decisions have already been usurped by government bureaucrats, consider the recent refusal by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to waive the rules barring access by 10-year old Sarah Murnaghan to the adult lung-transplant list. A judge ultimately intervened and Sarah received a lifesaving transplant June 12. But the grip of the bureaucracy will clamp much harder once the Independent Payment Advisory Board gets going in the next two years. Continue reading

MEDICINE AND GOVERNMENT – A BAD MIXTURE

When I first started medical practice in 1972, a physician could get started in practice on a shoestring budget. All you needed was a couple of rooms, some furnishings, a few pieces of equipment that you could add too later, a telephone and possibly someone to answer it and schedule appointments. The joke was that you could set up your office in early orange crate style. Overhead was about one-third of the usual expected incomes. Those days are long gone.

One of the first causative things to spring to mind is the cost of medical malpractice insurance. Certainly, that’s part of it but far from the only part and may not even be a major part. The daily costs of simply operating an office have soared as well.

If you go into any medical office consisting of two or more physicians, for starters, you are likely to find a receptionist and one person for the billing. In essence, she chases money. Her salary, including benefits is likely to be in the $80,000 a year range. The receptionist answers the telephone and primarily does the scheduling. Her services come at a cost also.

Each physician is likely to have one or two people assisting him, directly, in patient care. That would include ensuring follow-ups and tests including laboratory and imaging studies such as x-rays. They come at their own costs. There also might be laboratory and x-ray technicians who actually perform those tests if the office does them in-house. Continue reading

Now Media Can Tell Us The Truth About ObamaCare Costs

Rising Costs: How often did the president promise the Democrats’ health care reform would bend the spending curve downward? Now the media that’ve coddled him for years are finally talking about ObamaCare’s costs.

The media that endorsed ObamaCare as a cost-control watershed are now beginning to actually report on its effects. Over the weekend, the New York Times noted that “health insurance companies across the country are seeking and winning double-digit increases in premiums for some customers, even though one of the biggest objectives of the Obama administration’s health care law was to stem the rapid rise in insurance costs for consumers.”

On Saturday, the Oregonian reported that Oregon residents who buy their own health insurance “face major cost changes.”

“The coverage cost shake-up for those purchasing their own coverage is just one of many major changes to the health care landscape rolling out this year courtesy of the Affordable Care Act,” the newspaper said.

A day later, Washington Post blogger Sarah Kliff noted that the “Affordable Care Act has contributed to the rise in premiums, especially in the individual market,” because of the mandates it has placed on health insurance carriers.

“One thing the Affordable Care Act did right away was make health insurance benefit packages more robust,” the blog added. “It required insurance companies to cover preventive care at no cost, for example, and allowed parents to keep their kids on their plans up to age 26.”

Then there is The Hill reporting Monday on a study that predicts ObamaCare’s “age rating restrictions could mean a 42% hike in premium costs for people aged 21 to 29 when they buy individual coverage.” Continue reading

Oklahoma Doctors vs. Obamacare

Surgery center provides free-market medicine

Three years ago, Dr. Keith Smith, co-founder and managing partner of the Surgery Center of Oklahoma, took an initiative that would only be considered radical in the health care industry: He posted online a list of prices for 112 common surgical procedures. The 51-year-old Smith, a self-described libertarian, and his business partner, Dr. Steve Lantier, founded the Surgery Center 15 years ago, after they became disillusioned with the way patients were treated at St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City, where the two men worked as anesthesiologists. In 1997, Smith and Lantier bought the shell of a former surgical center with the aim of creating a for-profit facility that could deliver first-rate care at a fraction of what traditional hospitals charge.

The major cause of exploding U.S. heath care costs is the third-party payer system, a text-book concept in which A buys goods or services from B that are paid for by C. Because private insurance companies or the government generally pick up most of the tab for medical services, patients don’t have the normal incentive to seek out value.

The Surgery Center’s consumer-driven model could become increasingly common as Americans look for alternatives to the traditional health care market—an unintended consequence of Obamacare. Patients may have no choice but to look outside the traditional health care industry in the face of higher costs and reduced access to doctors and hospitals. Continue reading

Doo-doo, that voo-doo, that you do so wwweellllllllll…

Obama Campaigns In Vegas While Storm Victims Defecate In The Hallways And Rummage Through Garbage Dumpsters For Food

Will Hurricane Sandy turn out to be Obama’s Katrina? When the storm first hit, the media was full of praise for the way that Barack Obama was handling the crisis. But that was just based on the bold statements that Obama was making at the time. If those statements are not backed up by actions, what good are they? Obama has always been good with words. Unfortunately, several days after the storm it has become apparent that the federal response to Hurricane Sandy has been absolutely nightmarish. Large areas affected by the storm are still without power, and authorities now say that some power outages could persist until late November. Due to the lack of power and widespread transportation disruptions, very few gas stations are open right now. Continue reading

Rationing Begins: States Limiting Drug Prescriptions for Medicaid Patients

Sixteen states have set a limit on the number of prescription drugs they will cover for Medicaid patients, according to Kaiser Health News.

Seven of those states, according to Kaiser Health News, have enacted or tightened those limits in just the last two years.

Medicaid is a federal program that is carried out in partnership with state governments. It forms an important element of President Barack Obama’s health-care plan because under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act–AKA Obamcare–a larger number of people will be covered by Medicaid, as the income cap is raised for the program.

With both the expanded Medicaid program and the federal subsidy for health-care premiums that will be available to people earning up to 400 percent of the poverty level, a larger percentage of the population will be wholly or partially dependent on the government for their health care under Obamacare than are now.

In Alabama, Medicaid patients are now limited to one brand-name drug, and HIV and psychiatric drugs are excluded. Continue reading

Dr. Lin: What, what, in the butt?

(Dr. Lin is a well-published cancer researcher and trained medical oncologist who calls Chicago his home. He is active in LGBT health issues.)

~ Part I: Anal Cancer ~
I am going to talk about something that makes gay men very squeamish… But it’s a conversation that needs to be had. Anal cancer, the cancer that dare not rear its name, is diagnosed in over 6,000 people per year and the rate is growing. And yes, this is the very disease that claimed the life of former Charlie’s Angel, Farrah Fawcett.

You’re not a Charlie’s Angel so why should you care?

Men who have sex with men are 20 times more likely to get anal cancer than heterosexual men.

HIV-positive individuals have even a higher risk.

The more sexual partners you have, the greater the risk.

You don’t have to be a bottom to get anal cancer. (Read More)

“Scandal?” The FDA’s Just Doing Its Job

It’s gradually emerged in recent months that the Food and Drug Administration not only spied on its employees, but did so on a massive scale — collecting tens of thousands of employee emails to one another, as well as to journalists, members of Congress and congressional staff workers. The FDA also intercepted draft statements to the Office of Special Counsel, which investigates complaints of whistleblower harassment and reprisal. This monitoring, authorized by the agency’s chief counsel, was clearly a deliberate policy of the highest levels of FDA leadership.

So what problem was all the surveillance directed against? Embezzling? Sexual harassment? No. The FDA was out to punish whistleblowers for talking out of school about dangerous radiation levels in medical imaging devices approved by FDA for mammograms and colonoscopies.

That’s right. FDA leadership was out to prevent employees from talking to members of Congress — which the civics books tell us safeguards the public safety and welfare by, among other things, creating regulatory agencies like the FDA — about the very kinds of concerns the FDA was allegedly created to address. Continue reading

Could ObamaCare Make The Uninsured Problem Worse?

When President Obama was selling health reform, he often talked about providing universal coverage. But a Congressional Budget Office report out this week finds that goal getting more elusive.

The report found that despite ObamaCare’s $1.2 trillion price tag, it would only cut the ranks of the uninsured in half, leaving 30 million without coverage. That’s seven million more uninsured than the CBO first projected in March 2010.

The latest downgrade comes in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling, which gave states the freedom to reject ObamaCare’s massive expansion of Medicaid. Since then, governors in more than 25 states have said they will refuse to expand Medicaid or are leaning in that direction, despite the generous federal contributions. Continue reading

MORE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE! (EXCEPT FOR THE MILITARY)

Obama (Doesn’t) Care adds 400% increase to military member’s tri-care fees

While President Barack Obama is celebrating the survival of his so-called “Affordable Care Act,” he is busy making health care less affordable for the nation’s military families. As the Washington Free Beacon reports, the President is threatening to veto a defense appropriations bill unless military families have to pay higher fees for TRICARE, the military’s health insurance program. The Obama administration ostensibly wants to help the Pentagon save money; the real motive is to make TRICARE less attractive than costlier Obamacare exchanges.

The Free Beacon notes that the bill that passed the House of Representatives, with bipartisan support, refused to incorporate the President’s request for higher TRICARE fees–and the administration has expressed displeasure. Continue reading

Better PR Won’t Save ObamaCare

Health Care: The Obama administration just inked a $20 million deal with PR firm Porter Novelli to help promote ObamaCare. Why do they need to promote a law that was supposed to get more popular once it passed?

According to news accounts, the multimedia campaign is mandated by ObamaCare as a way to educate the public about how to stay healthy and prevent illnesses.

Right. Like another $20 million will make a difference on top of the avalanche of public health news already out there.

A Health and Human Services official let slip the real reason, telling Roll Call that the PR effort is meant “to inform the American people about the many preventive benefits now available … as a result of the Affordable Care Act.”

In other words, this is more about burnishing ObamaCare’s image before the election than meeting some public health imperative. Continue reading

Asking the Government for Permission to Live

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has gone to court to prevent the Colorado-based firm Regenerative Sciences from using stem cells developed in one part of your body (bone marrow) to repair damage in other parts of your body, such as joints. The FDA objects to the fact that these cells are chemicals, the use of which they have the power to regulate even though the cells are taken from your body to later be injected back into your body.

The FDA is accustomed to the process by which it requires that many years and millions of dollars be spent to approve drugs developed in a laboratory before anyone is allowed to use them. Regardless of clinical results that show use of stem cells to be highly effective, the FDA finds it intolerable to let you use the cells in your own body without prior approval by a vast and expensive bureaucracy.

It is a shame that no one told all of those who would benefit from stem cell research that the benefits of such research would not actually be available to patients. Treatment of individuals does not comply with the FDA’s regulatory paradigm. Personalized medicine may work new miracles, but care for the individual must be subordinated to supervision by a multitude of administrators. Continue reading

Drugmakers‚ Deal With Obama Said to Be Probed by House

These guys should all “probe” each other, instead of doing it to us! (Ed.)

Pfizer Inc. (PFE) and Merck & Co. (MRK) are being pulled into an expanding congressional investigation into the agreement drugmakers reached with the Obama administration to support the Democrats‚ overhaul of the U.S. health-care system, according to three people familiar with the talks. Continue reading

ObamaCare’s Continued Chaos

To no thinking person’s surprise, the Obama administration admitted this week that another element of ObamaCare is going to cost more than originally expected. This isn’t really news so much as it is yet another confirmation that the president’s takeover of health care will be an absolute disaster.

The latest program to exceed expectations is the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan, which provides health insurance for people who can’t obtain coverage through private carriers. The PCIP was meant to be an interim program phasing out in 2014, at which point all insurers will be required to accept all comers who want coverage. In November 2010, the federal government estimated an annual cost of $13,000 per enrollee. Since the program’s launch last year, some 50,000 people have signed up, and now the expected cost is around $29,000 per enrollee. Continue reading


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