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  • ACA Architect Gruber Insults Voters November 21, 2014
    MIT economist Jonathan Gruber (an architect of Obamacare) has emerged in a handful of videos insulting the American public. In one video, Gruber discusses how voters’ “lack of economic understanding” enabled a politically unpopular tax on “Cadillac” health plans to …
  • Are You Vitamin D Deficient? November 19, 2014
    Many Americans believe they are not at risk for Vitamin D deficiency because they eat D-fortified foods. These foods do not contain enough Vitamin D to benefit your health. Vitamin D is not a regular vitamin, but a steroid hormone …
  • Ambulance Drones Could Help You Survive a Heart Attack November 17, 2014
    Heart disease is the #1 cause of death in the United States. The odds of surviving a heart attack outside of a hospital is only 8%. Four out of five heart attacks occur at home where there is no emergency …
  • Eugenics in America – In the Name of Science November 17, 2014
    Marilyn M. Singleton, M.D., J.D. presents at the AAPS 71st Annual Meeting, September 5, 2014, Charleston, South Carolina
  • Supreme Court to Examine Issue of Obamacare Subsidies November 14, 2014
    The Supreme Court will decide the fate of Obamacare yet again. This new case challenges the key issue of subsidies used to assist in purchasing insurance in the exchanges. This decision to hear the King v. Burwell case has surprised …
  • Apples to Protect Against Obesity November 12, 2014
    An apple a day may be as beneficial as daily statin use. Apples and pears reduce the risk of stroke by more than 50%. A new study has found that the bioactive compounds in apples not absorbed during digestion boost …
  • Diabetes Awareness: Testing & Treatment is Important November 10, 2014
    Diabetes mellitus, known commonly as diabetes, is a metabolic disease where a person has high blood glucose (sugar) because they do not produce enough insulin or the body’s cells do not respond properly to insulin. Glucose cannot enter our cells …
  • Tau Protein Causes Alzheimer’s, Not Plaque November 7, 2014
    A new study has discovered that the protein tau (the “tangles”) is the main cause of Alzheimer’s disease, not plaque as was previously believed. Tau determines how much amyloid protein stays in the cell and how much is secreted outside …
  • Direct Primary Care Reduces Healthcare Costs November 5, 2014
    Direct primary care benefits both the patient and the physician. Many people could afford medication if they could afford the office visit it stems from.  Clinics that take insurance have to hire extra people and invest in special technology in …
  • The Problem and Solution for Our Healthcare System November 3, 2014
    by Timothy D. Wingo, MD; Owner – Atlas Healthcare, PA It is obvious to everyone that the healthcare system in our country is broken and getting worse. What is not so obvious is what it would take to fix it. …
  • 3 Steps to Get Rid of Heartburn and GERD Forever October 31, 2014
    Heartburn and GERD are caused by too little stomach acid and bacterial overgrowth in the stomach and intestines. There are three steps to treat heartburn and GERD without drugs and keep them from returning. Reduce factors that promote bacterial overgrowth …
  • OMTEC 2014 – Keynote Interview with Industry Leaders (Installment 5 of 5) October 31, 2014
    Original, essential content from OMTEC. Industry leaders Michael Butler, Dirk Kuyper and Mike Matson discuss the intricacies of supplier relationships within the orthopaedic industry.
  • OMTEC 2014 – Keynote Interview with Industry Leaders (Installment 4 of 5) October 31, 2014
    Original, essential content from OMTEC. Industry leaders Michael Butler, Dirk Kuyper and Mike Matson discuss the intricacies of supplier relationships within the orthopaedic industry.
  • OMTEC 2014 – Keynote Interview with Industry Leaders (Installment 3 of 5) October 31, 2014
    Original, essential content from OMTEC. Industry leaders Michael Butler, Dirk Kuyper and Mike Matson discuss the intricacies of supplier relationships within the orthopaedic industry.
  • The Wasting of Taxpayer Money October 29, 2014
    by G. Keith Smith, MD If you are looking for proof of the fact that the wonderful folks in D.C. are more interested in lining the pockets of their pals than demonstrating good stewardship of the loot from the robbery …
  • Giving Birth in America is Most Expensive in the World October 27, 2014
    While a woman is preparing for giving birth, one worry she doesn’t want to have is about the cost of delivery. Insured women are finding that some policies do not cover maternity care, services that most often do not have …
  • Physicians are Not Medicine’s Top Earners October 24, 2014
    Physicians are the most highly trained members of the medical industry’s force, yet have median compensation.  The largest salaries go to the Medicrats who oversee the business of medicine. Insurance CEOs average $584,000 compared to surgeons ($306,000) or a general …
  • Health Benefits of Honey October 22, 2014
    Honey has been used as a natural sweetener long before sugar. Bees collect pollen from  plant to plant, which is passed along from bee to bee until it eventually is deposited into the honeycomb. They beat their wings to evaporate …
  • Rotten Food and the VA Hospital October 20, 2014
    by G. Keith Smith, MD Imagine for a moment that you own and operate a restaurant knowing that if you provide spoiled food and rotten service, you will subsequently make more money.  You openly employ strong-arm and intimidation tactics to …
  • Hospitals want patients to pay in advance October 17, 2014
    Hospitals are asking for payments from patients before they leave the facility so they don’t end up with unpaid bills. Knowing the costs before the procedure is important because insurance deductibles are increasing and so are procedure costs. Obamacare policies …

ACA Architect Gruber Insults Voters

jonathan-gruberMIT economist Jonathan Gruber (an architect of Obamacare) has emerged in a handful of videos insulting the American public. In one video, Gruber discusses how voters’ “lack of economic understanding” enabled a politically unpopular tax on “Cadillac” health plans to be included in the Affordable Care Act. Instead of taxing individual plan holders directly, Gruber suggests taxing companies providing the plans who then pass these extra costs on to the consumer. Gruber, on a separate occasion, suggests that Obamacare passed because “American people are too stupid to understand the difference” between a tax break and a tax. In another video, Gruber states that if voters understood that that healthy people would pay in and sick people would get the money, the law never would have passed. ACA proponents used this lack of transparency and what Professor Gruber calls “the stupidity of the American voter” to their advantage. Americans “want transparency” and “to be treated with respect,” says Senator-elect Thom Tillis (R-NC).

www.cnn.com/2014/11/12/politics/gruber-obamacare-third-video/index.html
Tapper, Jake. “Third video emerges of Obamacare architect insulting voters.” Politics. CNN, 13 Nov 2014. Web. 20 Nov 2014.

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Are You Vitamin D Deficient?

Many Americans believe they are not at risk for Vitamin D deficiency because they eat D-fortified foods. These foods do not contain enough Vitamin D to benefit your health. Vitamin D is not a regular vitamin, but a steroid hormone you obtain through sun exposure, not diet.

After the year 2000, technology to measure vitamin D became widely available and suninexpensive. The CDC reports that 32% of children and adults in the US are vitamin D deficient, and 50% of the population is at risk of deficiency. Deficiency is high in adults who regularly wear sunblock or are not outdoors. People with increased skin pigment and the elderly are also at risk. Over 95% of senior citizens could be deficient, not only being indoors most of the time, but their bodies respond to sun exposure by producing less vitamin D.

Signs that you could be vitamin D deficient include:

  • Having darker skin – You need as much as 10 times more sun exposure to produce enough vitamin D. Skin pigment acts as natural sunscreen.
  • Feeling Blue – Those with lowest levels of vitamin D tend to be depressed
  • Age 50 or older – Your skin doesn’t produce as much vitamin D as you age
  • Overweight – Body fat collects vitamin D, so you will need more than a slimmer person.
  • Achy bones – In combination with fatigue, this could be misdiagnosed as fibromyalgia.
  • Head sweating – One of the first classic signs of deficiency is a sweaty head.
  • Gut trouble – If you already have a gastrointestinal condition, you may find it difficult to absorb fat-soluble vitamin D.

 

Increasing levels of vitamin D3 could prevent chronic diseases and cut in half the risk of certain cancers (i.e. breast cancer, prostate cancer). Vitamin D also fights infections. Optimizing your vitamin D levels can protect against:

  • Cardiovascular disease – Vitamin D deficiency increases risk of heart attack by 50%.
  • Autoimmune diseases – Vitamin D is an immune regulator.
  • Infections including influenza – It is less expensive and more effective to optimize vitamin D than getting the flu vaccine.
  • DNA repair and metabolic processes – Vitamin D improves DNA repair and has effect on autoxidation, which boosts your immune system and other biological processes.

 

sunburnThe optimal range for health benefits is 50 to 70 ng/ml of vitamin D. Sun exposure is the best way to get vitamin D. The time required would be half the time it takes to get a mild sunburn. If you are unable to get out in the sun every day, a tanning bed is also a good option. Make sure it is a bed with electronic ballasts, NOT the magnetic ballasts which can cause cancer. The last resort to getting enough vitamin D is taking a supplement. An adult needs 8,000 IUs per day. Be sure to boost your consumption of vitamin K2 through food as well.

It is important to have your vitamin D levels tested twice a year, once at the highest level (summer) and once at the lowest level (winter). If you would like to have your levels tested at home, consider joining the D*Action Project. Researchers want to demonstrate the importance of vitamin D by combining measurement and health outcome tracking. This is a five-year study, and your results will be shared to demonstrate the impact of vitamin D on public health. The participation fee is $65 every six months, including a test kit. Vitamin D deficiency can turn from being treated to being prevented.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/05/28/vitamin-d-deficiency-signs-symptoms.aspx

Mercola MD, Joseph. “7 Signs You May Have a Vitamin D Deficiency.” Health. Mercola.com, 28 May 2014. Web. 18 Nov 2014.

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Ambulance Drones Could Help You Survive a Heart Attack

Heart disease is the #1 cause of death in the United States. The odds of surviving a heart attack outside of a hospital is only 8%. Four out of five heart attacks occur at home where there is no emergency equipment. Once the heart stops, brain death occurs in 4-6 minutes. The average ambulance response time is 10 minutes. Alec Momont, a graduate student at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, has designed a drone that can respond within a minute of dispatch because it is not affected by road traffic. This could increase the heart attack survival rate.

the-ambulance-droneThe top speed of the drone is about 60 mph and can fly to patients within 7.4 miles via GPS coordinates. It has a carbon body and weighs four pounds.  It has a defibrillator built in, along with a live camera and audio connection, so the emergency operator can observe the scene and provide those assisting the patient with verbal instructions on how to use the paddles.

Medical professionals are interested in the system, and it could be put in action within five years. The drone still needs to improve its ability to avoid obstacles. The FAA will be releasing new drone usage guidelines next year, and this invention could turn into a reality. The drone’s promotional video does not show the importance of chest compressions, which may be neglected while someone is out searching for the delivered drone. An ambulance should arrive soon after the unit, so the drone will not be a replacement for, but an assistant to, emergency medical personnel. Each unit will cost $24,000.

http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/ambulance-drone-could-drastically-increase-heart-attack-survival

Winter, Lisa. “‘Ambulance Drone’ Could Drastically Increase Heart Attack Survival.” Health and Medicine. IFLScience, 5 Nov 2014. Web. 16 Nov 2014.

http://www.emergencymgmt.com/health/Ambulance-Drones.html

Wood, Colin. “Ambulance Drones May Save Lives.” Public Health. Emergency Management, 11 Nov 2014. Web. 16 Nov 2014.

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Eugenics in America – In the Name of Science

Marilyn M. Singleton, M.D., J.D. presents at the AAPS 71st Annual Meeting, September 5, 2014, Charleston, South Carolina

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Supreme Court to Examine Issue of Obamacare Subsidies

Image courtesy of [nirots] FreeDigitalPhotos.netThe Supreme Court will decide the fate of Obamacare yet again. This new case challenges the key issue of subsidies used to assist in purchasing insurance in the exchanges. This decision to hear the King v. Burwell case has surprised analysts who thought the Court would wait until the lower courts were finished litigating the same issue. Only 14 states run their own exchanges, with the remainder of states having the federal government run them. The wording in Obamacare says that subsidies are to help purchase insurance only in “exchanges established by the state”. Some claim lawmakers had intended that subsidies be available for all exchanges, state-run or not. A decision to end subsidies in federally-run exchanges could make ACA-mandated insurance unaffordable to millions. The statute has several deadlines and timelines which could become harder to work with the longer the litigation continues. The plaintiffs’ wish to defend their right not to be taxed without the authorization of Congress. It is important to eliminate any uncertainty currently affecting the states, employers, insurers, and taxpayers. This decision applies only to policies purchased on the exchanges, and does not affect employer-based insurance plans or Medicare/Medicaid.

http://kaiserhealthnews.org/news/in-surprising-move-supreme-court-will-examine-key-part-of-health-law/

Rovner, Julie. “In Surprise Move, Supreme Court Will Examine Key Part Of Health Law.” News. Kaiser Health News, 7 Nov 2014. Web. 13 Nov 2014.

http://kaiserhealthnews.org/news/halbig-faq-insurance-subsidies-federal-marketplace-exchange/

Carey, Mary Agnes. “Consumer Guide To The Supreme Court’s Action On ACA Subsidy Issue.” News. Kaiser Health News, 7 Nov 2014. Web. 13 Nov 2014.

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Apples to Protect Against Obesity

granny-smith-appleAn apple a day may be as beneficial as daily statin use. Apples and pears reduce the risk of stroke by more than 50%. A new study has found that the bioactive compounds in apples not absorbed during digestion boost the growth of good gut bacteria. These bioactive compounds vary by apple variety. After analyzing seven types of apples, Granny Smiths appeared to have the most beneficial effect. The gut bacteria of obese people is out of balance, and this imbalance causes chronic inflammation that leads to diabetes. Re-establishing the balance of gut bacteria may reduce inflammation and fight against obesity.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/283223.php

Whiteman, Honor. “Could an apple a day protect against obesity?” Obesity/Weight Loss/Fitness. Medical News Today, 30 Sep 2014. Web. 11 Nov 2014.

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Diabetes Awareness: Testing & Treatment is Important

Diabetes mellitus, known commonly as diabetes, is a metabolic disease where a person has high blood glucose (sugar) because they do not produce enough insulin or the body’s cells do not respond properly to insulin. Glucose cannot enter our cells without insulin, which is produced by the pancreas, being present. These people will have frequent urination and unquenchable thirst and hunger. Other symptoms include excessive weight gain/loss, fatigue, wounds that don’t heal, erectile disfunction, and numbness/tingling in hands and feet.diabetes

Diabetes is a long-term condition affecting over 382 million people throughout the world. Nearly 30 million children (1 in every 400) and adults in the US have diabetes. Another 86 million Americans have prediabetes, where blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not quite high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Even with prediabetes, there may be some damage to the circulatory system and heart.

Type 1 Diabetes is where the body does not produce insulin. This form is not nearly as common as type 2, being only 10% of cases of diabetes. Type 1 patients need to take insulin injections for the rest of their life, have regular blood tests, exercise, and follow a special diet.

Type 2 Diabetes is where the body does not produce enough insulin. 90% of all diabetes cases are this type. Symptoms can be controlled by losing weight, following healthy diet, exercising, and monitoring blood glucose. The disease progresses and patient may end up having to take insulin in pill form.
Being overweight, a sedentary lifestyle, and eating the wrong foods all can contribute to the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Drinking one can of non-diet soda per day can increase the risk by 22%. The risk of developing diabetes increases with age. Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to complications with vision, skin, heart, hypertension, mental health, hearing, gum disease, neuropathy, nephropathy, stroke, and infections.

The risk of heart disease is higher with diabetes, so blood pressure and cholesterol levels should be tested regularly. Diabetics should also stop smoking.


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http://www.diabetes.org/in-my-community/american-diabetes-month.html

American Diabetes Association. “American Diabetes Month.” In My Community. American Diabetes Association, November 2014. Web. 9 Nov 2014.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/info/diabetes/

Medical News Today. “What is Diabetes?” Knowledge Center Home. Medical News Today, 2013. Web. 9 Nov 2014.

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Tau Protein Causes Alzheimer’s, Not Plaque

A new study has discovered that the protein tau (the “tangles”) is the main cause of Alzheimer’s disease, not plaque as was previously believed. Tau determines how much amyloid protein stays in the cell and how much is secreted outside the cell wall to form plaque. The plaque is not toxic, but a buildup of amyloid is. When amyloid builds up in the cell, this causes cell death. This is a major finding which can change how Alzheimer’s disease, the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., is treated. An anti-cancer drug tanglescalled nilotinib will begin clinical trials to see how it cleans out a cell, clearing debris and reducing outer plaque buildup. This prevents progression of the disease and reduces inflammation in the brain. The dose in the trial will be much lower than that prescribed for leukemia treatment. There are currently no screenings for Alzheimer’s, but there is a way to scan for tau which should be used instead of checking plaques and can detect signs of Alzheimer’s much sooner, since tau is modified before the amyloid plaques are detected. With earlier detection and a drug that cleans out bad tau in the brain, patients can prevent the progression of Alzheimer’s or dementia.

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/10/31/tau-protein-not-plaque-may-cause-alzheimers-study-says/

Kwan, Nicole. “Tau protein, not plaque, may cause Alzheimer’s, study says.” Health. Fox News, 31 Oct 2014. Web. 6 Nov 2014.

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Direct Primary Care Reduces Healthcare Costs

Direct primary care benefits both the patient and the physician. Many people could afford Image courtesy of [renjith krishnan] FreeDigitalPhotos.netmedication if they could afford the office visit it stems from.  Clinics that take insurance have to hire extra people and invest in special technology in order to bill insurance companies.  These administrators get paid even if no patients come in. The facility must make up for low reimbursements by marking up lab tests and even basic supplies. Even paying cash at these places is a bad deal because the prices are inflated.

Chris Larson, DO of Austin Osteopathic Family Medicine does not accept insurance. He passes the savings on to the patients. Lab tests at his clinic are $5 and IV fluid is $10. Prices like this save patients up to 50% of other listed prices. By reducing the cost of care, patients can afford to see a physician on a regular basis. Insurance isn’t needed because the care is affordable, and keeping insurance out helps it remain affordable.

http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2014/11/direct-primary-care-reduces-costs-care.html

Larson DO, Chris. “How direct primary care reduces the costs of care.” KevinMD.com, 3 Nov 2014. Web. 4 Nov 2014.

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