Saturday, December 19, 2009
One of the biggest indicators of how much we need health care reform is the extent and costs of the battle that the special interests of the medical-pharmaceutical-industrial complex are waging to kill it.
Theirs’ is a well financed, coordinated, no-holds-barred war, leaving no stone un-turned in their efforts to influence the minds, opinions and votes of politicians and the public.
Case in point:
Health Insurers Caught Paying Facebook Gamers Virtual Currency To Oppose Reform Bill
(click the above link and then their link to gethealthreformright.org)
As the article says: in a process called ‘astro-turfing,’ or in this instance more appropriately called ‘virtual astro-turfing’, corporations like the insurance industry, or organizations like ‘think-tanks,’ etc., create FAKE (virtual) grassroots movements by paying people to act like political supporters. In this case, it isn’t even real money. It is ‘virtual currency!’
Could it get any more insidious or cynical? If this doesn’t exemplify the extent and depths to which they will go…and doesn’t frighten you…I don’t know what will. What else are they doing below the radar of the public at large?
And, could the public knee-jerk response to virtual crumbs (for an inane computer game, of all things) in exchange for their vote (contrary to their own best interests) be any more pathetic?
If you are not ACTIVELY working to enact health care reform (or reform in other major areas: financial, environmental, etc), you should be.
Once again, it reminds me of Hillel’s aphorism: (on personal responsibility)
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
That Was Then:
Republican President Nixon told a press conference in July of 1969: “We face a massive crisis in health care. Unless action is taken within the next two or three years….we will have a breakdown in our medical system.” An article in Fortune magazine at the time, titled “$60 billion crisis” warned that the American health care system stood “on the brink of crisis.” That was when the national health bill was a mere $60 billion. Even so, skyrocketing medical costs were pricing health care out of reach to most Americans, and medical bankruptcies were on the rise.
At the same time (1970’s) articles were revealing that for all the investment in technology, hospitals, medical specialties and sub-specialties, medical-related expenses, etc. health care in America was not as good as health care in most other industrialized countries; i.e.: America had higher rates of infant mortality and lower life expectancy.
And This Is Now:
A Democratic President, Barack Obama, called “health care reform the single most important thing we can do for America's long-term fiscal health. That is a fact.”
What was $60 billion ($1900/second) in health care costs in 1970 ballooned into $230 billion by 1980, $2.6 trillion by 2006 and is anticipated to reach $ 4.3 trillion ($139,000/second) by 2017. The consequences are already catastrophic.
In addition, things have only gotten worse:
More than 50% of all personal bankruptcies are related to medical bills. Every 30 seconds in the United States, someone files for bankruptcy in the aftermath of a serious health problem
The only solution:
For decades, Congress has consistently failed to take any effective actions to restrain the uncontrolled and runaway costs of medical care.
The ONLY solution is for Congress to break the virtual monopoly that the insurance-pharmaceutical-medical industrial complex has on health care delivery and re-imbursement.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
“Health insurance giant Aetna is planning to force up to 650,000 clients to drop their coverage next year as it seeks to raise additional revenue to meet profit expectations.
It is precisely this profit oriented approach to health care that has created and drives both, the disease crisis and its subsequent disease-care financial crisis in America.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Not to mention the mindlessness of routine testing and the money such testing and subsequent procedures generate as exemplified in the following: “In addition, Dr. Saslow said, doctors in this country have been performing 15 million Pap tests a year to look for cervical cancer in women who have no cervix, because they have had hysterectomies.”
As the incidence of most cancer is on the rise, the cry for cure intensifies. However, for decades, focusing only on screening for early detection, treatment and the possibility of cure has not stemmed the growing tide of cancer or cancer deaths. More importantly, it fails to address the causative factors in our environment and our lifestyles that are creating the cancer thus minimizing the environmental and lifestyle changes we can make to dramatically reduce cancer incidence and death rates.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
What does it take to grow plants? Is it rocket science?
What do plants need?
Again, everyone knows that plants need:
Well, what happens to any plant if you give it sufficient sunlight, clean and sufficient water and oxygen, and nutrient rich, toxic free soil?
It not only grows, it thrives! (Hence, the green thumb.)
What makes you think you are any different?
Answer: you are no different!
The simple truth is: your body has certain specific genetic requirements to BE healthy. If those requirements are met, in pure and sufficient quantity and, if you stop poisoning yourself with toxic foods and chemicals, improved health is inevitable
When you understand and act on this simple truth, your health and your life will change.
Health is mostly a matter of choice; how you choose to live your life; how you choose to think, what you choose to eat and how much exercise you choose to get; as strongly influenced, for better or worse, by the habits of the people you hang out with most, your family and friends.
It is all about making a solid lifetime, lifestyle commitment, to create good health by developing and consistently maintaining healthy habits.
It’s not rocket science.
It’s as simple as having a green thumb!
Sunday, October 25, 2009
- Programmed-based: which says that aging is a genetically regulated predetermined process, occurring on a fixed schedule.
- Damage-based: which says that aging is the result continuous damage accumulation as a result of interaction with the environment, exposure.
Allostatic load is a product of your genes and their response to environmental exposures. These exposures may have their roots in your grandmother’s and your mother’s health, at the time of pregnancy (epigenetics), and includes all of your lifetime, lifestyle habits.
The healthier you are, the less your body has to work to maintain homeostasis, the less the allostatic load, the slower the rate of photocopying, the slower the rate of aging. And, obviously, vice-versa with poor health
Ultimately, your genes (25-30%) + your exposure (70-75%) = your state of health and your biologic age.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
What don't people get?
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
The mere fact that most people even know these scientific words, phrases, visual and auditory cues is testimony to the extent and effectiveness of the indoctrination. Why else, but for marketing reasons, would your average person even know words like cholesterol, anti-oxidant, osteoporosis, trans-fat, etc.?
Sunday, August 23, 2009