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U.S. scores dead last again in healthcare study
Americans spend twice as much as residents of other developed countries on healthcare, but get lower quality, less efficiency and have the least equitable system, according to a report released on Wednesday.
Every other system covers all its citizens, the report noted and said the U.S. system, which leaves 46 million Americans or 15 percent of the population without health insurance, is the most unfair.
"The lower the performance score for equity, the lower the performance on other measures. This suggests that, when a country fails to meet the needs of the most vulnerable, it also fails to meet the needs of the average citizen," the report reads.
USA: Obama's Executive Order brings more Healthcare Bureaucracy but does not usher in Codex - National Health Federation
On June 10th, Barack Obama issued an Executive Order creating the “National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council. As with all government programs and bureaucracy, this additional layer of bureaucracy is ostensibly intended to do good, in this particular case to develop and promote a national strategy for improving Americans’ health. As the Executive Order puts it, this Public Health Council will write up and give to the President “a list of national priorities on health promotion and disease prevention to address lifestyle behavior modification (including smoking cessation, proper nutrition, appropriate exercise, mental health, behavioral health, substance-use disorder, and domestic violence screenings) and the prevention measures for the five leading disease killers in the United States.”
Vitamin C and Cardiovascular Disease
The low levels of vitamin C that are available through diet are inadequate to prevent many people developing arterial plaques, and over time this may result in cardiovascular disease. Post mortem examinations showed that 77% of young American soldiers killed in the Korean war (average age 22) already had well-advanced atherosclerosis (heart disease), and post mortem studies from the Vietnam war gave similar results. Heart disease is not just a disease of the elderly, although it does not usually become life threatening until later in life.
How can we prevent it? Pauling believed that once we start taking high levels of vitamin C, the disease process is halted, or at least slowed, as Lp(a) cholesterol is no longer needed as a repair material. He also believed that when we take adequate levels of vitamin C, existing arterial plaques may start to be removed from the arteries. He found that the removal of plaques is more rapid if the amino acid lysine is taken along with vitamin C. Lysine appears to attach to the Lp(a) in existing plaque deposits and helps to loosen them. Linus Pauling recommended at least 3000mg of vitamin C per day as a preventive dose, and significantly higher levels of both vitamin C and lysine for the treatment of existing heart disease. Dosage is a key factor: low doses are ineffective.
Poor Control of Diabetes May Be Linked to Low Vitamin D
Vitamin D deficiency is highly prevalent in patients with Type 2 diabetes and may be associated with poor blood sugar control, according to a new study.
“This finding supports an active role of vitamin D in the development of Type 2 diabetes,” said study co-author Esther Krug, MD, an assistant professor of medicine at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and an endocrinologist at Sinai Hospital, Baltimore.
Protect your rights to natural medicine!
When something is broken, it should be fixed or replaced. This applies to the many defective parts of the legal system that regulators, both in the USA and Europe, are building around natural health products. Lobbying, advocacy or even riots in the street will resolve little, unless accompanied by carefully planned legal challenges that are set to fix the bad laws that have been imposed to either stop us speaking freely about the health benefits of natural health products, or accessing them.
USA: Dieticians Playing Monopoly With Health
The American Dietetic Association (ADA) wants to create a monopoly on state nutritional licensure. This organization—which lists among its corporate sponsors soft drink giants Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, cereal manufacturers General Mills and Kellogg’s, candy maker Mars, and Unilever, the multinational corporation that owns many of the world’s consumer products brands in foods and beverages—already has a stranglehold on who can dispense nutritional counseling at the state level.
By accepting only a single credentialing agency—one run by the dieticians, not nutritionists—the Michigan board is establishing a “one-size-fits-all” dietician standard for both nutritionists and dietitians. This removes all competition, essentially handing the ADA a monopoly over nutritional therapy.
Doctor's Data Laboratory files lawsuit against 'Quackbuster' Stephen Barrett
On Friday June 18th, 2010 Doctor's Data Laboratory filed an eleven count lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against Stephen J. Barrett, MD, the National Council Against Health Fraud Inc (NCAHF), Consumer Health Digest, and Quackwatch, Inc.
The lawsuit seeks $5,000,000 in damages and an additional $15,000,000 in punitive damages from the Defendants, temporary and permanent injunctions preventing re-occurrence, plus whatever else the Court deems suitable.
Mexico Fines Six Drugmakers For Collusion
Rejecting an appeal, the Federal Competition Commission voted 4 to 1 to fine the companies $11.6 million for conspiring to raise prices of meds sold to a social-services agency, Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social.
According to the CFC, the drugmakers engaged in monopolistic practices during public bidding organzied by the agency and, in doing so, eliminated competition, which forced the IMSS, as its known, to pay artificially high prices. Those fined include Eli Lilly, Laboratorios Cryopharma, Probiomed, Fresenius Kabi Mexico, Baxter and Laboratorios Pisa. The meds involved were insulin and injectable saline solutions. Each drugmaker was fined $1.7 million and several execs who ‘directly particpiated’ in the schemes were also fined $1.6 million each.
Mercury promotes blood clots, which increases heart disease risk
Researchers have determined that exposure to low levels of mercury can encourage clotting of red blood cells, a dangerous condition called thrombosis that contributes to cardiovascular disease.
In short, the research shows that red blood cells, when dying after exposure to mercury, release proteins that encourage blood cells and platelets to clot and clump together – or coagulate – inside vessels. The increased clots can worsen existing cardiovascular disease and raise its risk in others.
Mercury is a global environmental contaminant with almost universal human exposure. The metal is linked to an increased risk for developing cardiovascular disease. Its association with one of the top human diseases has vast public health implications.
The laboratory study is the first to identify the specific cell responses that may play a role in why exposure to the metal elevates the risk of heart and circulatory disease. The results validate that changes seen in red blood cells exposed to very high levels of mercury also occur in cells exposed to low levels of the metal.
Merck To Pay $8M In Damages In Fosamax Trial
In replay of a courtroom battle that ended in a mistrial last fall, a federal jury today voted unanimously that Merck’s Fosamax osteoporosis drug was responsible for causing jawbone deterioration suffered by a Florida woman, who was awarded $8 million in compensatory damages.
Fosamax is marketed to treat osteoporosis (i.e. thin bones). Apparently it strengthens bones by destroying them. While the issue with jaw bones seems to be the most common there have also been recent case reports of, "low impact femur fractures" i.e. people stepping off a bus or the like and fracturing their thigh bone.
I realized bisphosphonates were problematic but I still have trouble wrapping my mind around the sheer arrogance and stupidity of this approach. It is not a good idea to begin killing off whole classes of cells in an otherwise healthy person or for that matter in a very ill person either, that's not medicine it's poison. Secondly what genius decided it would be a good idea to kill off the cells involved in bone remodeling (i.e bone maintenance) in people with weakened bones.
Indian Children Blinded, Crippled By Fluoride In Water
The controversy over adding sodium fluoride to water supplies in both the U.S. and the UK is intensifying as two separate stories out of India reveal that children are being blinded and crippled partly as a result of the neurotoxin being artificially added to drinking water.
In the Indian village of Gaudiyan, well over half of the population have bone deformities, making them physically handicapped. Children are born normally but after they start drinking the fluoridated water, they begin to develop crippling defects in their hands and feet.
“Due to the excess fluoride content in drinking water, the calcium intake is not absorbed in the body, causing disabilities and deformities,” said Dr Amit Shukla, a neurophysician.
UK: Member of Parliament slams WHO swine flu 'pandemic' warning
Newport West MP Paul Flynn said the World Health Organisation had “cried wolf” over the virus and was in danger of being ignored by the public in future.
In a report written for the Council of Europe and to be presented to it later in the week, Mr Flynn argues governments wasted huge sums of money on vaccines that were not needed.
Health authorities across Europe found their priorities diverted in their response to the declaration of a swine flu pandemic, he said, allegedly made after the WHO changed its definition of a pandemic so that it no longer considered how many infections or deaths had taken place.
100,000 Americans Die Each Year from Prescription Drugs, While Pharma Companies Get Rich
The study estimating that 100,000 Americans die each year from their prescriptions looked only at deaths from known side effects. That is, those deaths didn’t happen because the doctor made a mistake and prescribed the wrong drug, or the pharmacist made a mistake in filling the prescription, or the patient accidentally took too much. Unfortunately, thousands of patients die from such mistakes too, but this study looked only at deaths where our present medical system wouldn’t fault anyone. Tens of thousands of people are dying every year from drugs they took just as the doctor directed. This shows you how dangerous medications are.
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posted by Sepp Hasslberger on Monday June 28 2010
updated on Thursday July 1 2010
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