All Those Medical Conspiracies

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There have been a wealth of medical stories over the years and they seem to get to conspiracy level thanx to Obama and the Dems attempt to bring health care to all citizens…..from death panels to throwing grandma off a cliff……some are just plain paranoia nd others are just out right LIES.

Let’s look at some of the more ‘popular’ ones from the net…….

Think a US spy agency has infected black Americans with HIV? Or cell phones cause cancer and the government secretly knows? You’re not alone: Roughly half of Americans believe in one or more medical conspiracies, according to a new survey. Two researchers asked 1,351 adults whether they knew or believed in the two theories above, and four others:

  • Powerful forces are using genetically modified organisms to lower the Earth’s population
  • Regular vaccines cause autism
  • US regulators prevent Americans from obtaining natural cures
  • Companies dump unhealthy chemicals into the environment via water fluoridation

 About 49% of participants said they believe at least one of those theories, Reuters reports. Lead author J. Eric Oliver says that’s because conspiracy theories are easier to grasp than medical information. But he didn’t dismiss the theorists, and noted their interest in alternative medicines—a fact doctors should acknowledge because the conspiracy-theorists may be less likely to follow a prescription. “One of the things that struck us is that people who embrace these beliefs are not less health conscious,” Oliver told NPR. “They’re just less likely to embrace traditional medicine.”

Almost all of us appreciate a good conspiracy….it makes life so much more tolerable……but there needs to be a point where we need to look for answers to some of the more far fetched of them……but will we?

The Pain Of It All

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Today is Sunday and keeping with the topic of the weekend…..drugs.  If you are old enough to appreciate drugs then this is for you.

Ever since Katrina crushed my leg I have been dealing with pain….lots and lots of pain…….I have tried just about every pain med the is…….Loritab, Tramadol, oxymorphone and morphine……..so far I am sad to say that morphine seems to give me relief…….not that I would ever want to be tied to an opiate……but if I am to function daily….I must succumb to the side effects of the drug……..

There is some ‘good’ news on the horizon……I guess we could call it good news….especially for those with massive pain…….

Move over, morphine. Someday, we may be turning to carnivorous snails for our pain-killing needs, a study suggests. Australian researchers have found that a drug made using venom from ocean-dwelling cone snails may be 100 times as powerful as top painkillers morphine and gabapentin, which are currently used to ease chronic nerve pain born from injury, cancer, diabetes, and other diseases, AFP reports. What’s more, the drug, based on peptides called conotoxins that reside in the snails’ venom, is thought not to have the addictive properties of other painkillers, the Sydney Morning Herald notes. So far, though, the drug has been tested only on rats. “We don’t know about side effects yet, as it hasn’t been tested in humans. But we think it would be safe,” says lead researcher David Craik. A test on people is at least two years off, he notes; still, the finding could lead to a “whole new class of drugs capable of relieving one of the most severe forms of chronic pain that is currently very difficult to treat”—and one taken orally. Another drug made from conotoxin is already approved for use on humans, but it requires spinal cord injection. (Meanwhile, a painkiller that one expert says “will kill as soon as it’s released” is slated to hit shelves this month.)

Let me see….there is a toad I can lick and get screaming messed up, right?  And now there is a toxic snail…what will that go for….by the pound or gram……?

Battle Of The Bulge

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Yea….the weekend has arrived and I can kick back and let my mental process take a much needed break…….from the incessant drumming of a missing plane with NO credible info or the insanity of the people we call ‘politicians’……

If you are getting older then you are fighting or have fought the battle of the bulge….those extra pounds that come from getting up in age….it is okay…it is something that happens like growing hair in places that you ever had hair in the past……and with those pounds has come the worry of how you look or how it will effect your health and in turn we start looking at all kinds of schemes to lose those pounds…most of which are scams, at best…..but a recent study has found an answer and it is a great way to enjoy yourself……

The plant tequila is derived from could play a role in fighting obesity, and it doesn’t involve getting people so drunk they forget to eat, researchers say. Natural sugars found in agave appear to protect mice against obesity and type 2 diabetes, Fox News reports. The sugars, known as agavins, acted as a dietary fiber and were not absorbed into the bloodstream, leading researchers to believe they could be an ideal artificial sweetener for obese or diabetic people. “In certain circumstances, artificial sweeteners are useful in helping people maintain glucose control,” an expert tells MedPage Today. “If this is all true, it sounds like it could be another additional tool for people with diabetes.” The researchers say “agavins have a great potential as a light sweetener,” though two big obstacles exist: They aren’t that widely available, and they aren’t very sweet. And if you’re an agave syrup fan, take note: That syrup is very different from agavins; the researchers liken it more to high-fructose corn syrup.

Bottoms up and get with the program!

Have a great weekend, my friends.

“I Like Big Butts”

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Sir Mix-a-lot singing in my head…………

My weekend continues and I am having a relaxing two days….doing some gardening, some running around and some just plain laziness….It is wonderful!

I am always amazed at the lengths people will go to to feed their vanity…boob jobs, tummy tucks, face lifts, Botox, …..are we so worthless because our self-esteemed is tied to our looks?

I was in a gym a few years back to pick up my father who was rehabbing from a stroke….while I waited I watched a guy bench press a small VW….when finished he yelled and look at me and asked…..I can do 310 what about you?  I looked at him and replied….”READ A BOOK”.

Any way I digress….I read something the other day that made me just chuckle…even though it was tragic …..I could not help myself……

A New Jersey woman has been charged with second-degree manslaughter and first-degree assault after administering a fatal silicone injection. Tamira Mobley, 28, who says she is a beautician, injected silicone into the buttocks of college student Tamara Blaine, 22, in a pay-by-the-hour New York hotel room. The July procedure was the fourth in a year, the New York Times reports. This time, the silicone entered Blaine’s bloodstream, an autopsy found, resulting in embolisms and asphyxiation. She had a seizure and died in the hospital. Blaine was charged yesterday, and a criminal complaint says she injected “numerous other women, over the course of two years,” with help from Internet advertising. It’s the latest in a string of similar cases that often see industrial silicone—”the stuff you are taking to grease your garage door with,” says a plastic surgeon—injected into the buttocks. In another sad note, after a month of searching, Blaine’s mother apparently only discovered her daughter’s death from the hospital bill, DNAinfo reports. “When I lost her, nobody helped me,” says Lola Blaine.

A sad report….but you know it does not surprise me in the least……and that is the truly sad part….I expect stupid in the name of vanity.

ObamaCare’s insurance cancellation problem isn’t that big of a problem – The Week

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It is an election and this will be a major player on who gets the nod…..but when I hear some of the accusations my first thought is…..PROPAGANDA 2.0…….

ObamaCare’s insurance cancellation problem isn’t that big of a problem – The Week.

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Poll: Interest in Obamacare on rise among uninsured | Al Jazeera America

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With the horrible rollout of Obamacare…I am sure that there is some good news in there somewhere and of course it is something that the opposition would rather not see in the printed page…..so just to piss them off….I submit…..

Poll: Interest in Obamacare on rise among uninsured | Al Jazeera America.

STUDY: Very Few Employers Have Actually Cut Workers’ Hours Because Of Obamacare | ThinkProgress

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We hear many thin gs that will occur because of Obamacare……some true but moist are made up bullshit……

STUDY: Very Few Employers Have Actually Cut Workers’ Hours Because Of Obamacare | ThinkProgress.

Hey! It’s Working!

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I wish the twats on the Right would shut up and let the facts drive the conversation…..but that is probably too much to ask for in these times, huh?

We all know just how the Right feels about Obamacare, right?  They are always telling us what a dismal failure it is and will be…..and of course the Prez gave them more ammo when in postponed the small business part of the law……let me interrupt the mindless clowns and telling of the successes……..but first let’s look at the action taken by the House (again)………

(AP) – House Republicans voted today to delay core provisions of ObamaCare, emboldened by the administration’s concession that requiring companies to provide coverage for their workers next year may be too complicated. After a day of heated rhetoric, the House voted largely along party lines, 264-161, to delay by one year the so-called employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act. It voted 251-174 to extend a similar grace period to virtually all Americans who will be required to obtain coverage beginning Jan. 1, the linchpin of the law. The House legislation stands no chance in the Democratic-run Senate. Even if it somehow did, the White House promised two vetoes.

The dual political-show votes marked the 38th time the GOP majority has tried to eliminate, defund, or scale back the law since Republicans took control of the House in January 2011. “This administration cannot make its own law work,” said Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, during House debate. Eager to counter the Republican criticism, Obama plans to deliver remarks tomorrow focusing on rebates that consumers are already receiving from insurance companies under the health care law.

And now as promised…..the SUCCESSES!

  • New York: Just today we found out that health insurance premiums for those in the individual market will plummet by 50 percent or more. The New York Times reports that someone who is paying $1,000 a month now will be able to purchase coverage next year for as little as $308 — and that’s not even counting potential Obamacare subsidies that could lower the cost even further.
  • California: The costs for a medium coverage plan are far below predictions. For example, in southern Los Angeles County Health Net is going to charge $242 a month for one of its plans while Blue Shield is charging $287 and Kaiser Permanente $325 for the same coverage. That means that the 5 million uninsured residents of California will now have more access to affordable, higher quality care than is currently available.
  • Montana: The individual and small group health plans sold on the marketplace will be cheaper and offer better coverage. Without the health law, insurance officials predicted the average premium in 2014 to rise by 10 percent to $290. Instead, the average cost for an individual plan will be $273 — about five percent lower than it would have been without the health law’s marketplace. Costs are going down even has insurance companies will now have to cover ten “essential health benefits,” including prescription drug and mental health services, that skimpy individual plans almost never cover.
  • Louisiana: Residents will soon see lower premiums as well. Just last week Louisiana’s largest private health insurer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, estimated that two-thirds of its customers who buy their own policies will pay the same premiums or less for better coverage under the federal health care overhaul.
  • Washington: After warning that premiums would go up by 50-70 percent under Obamacare, Premera Blue Cross released rates for individual plans that are far lower that current levels. Premera currently offers individual plans for 21-year-old non-smokers at a monthly cost of $325, with a deductible of $1,800. In the exchange, that same person in King County could purchase a similar Premera plan with a lower deductible at a rate of $276 — a decrease of 15 percent.

BOTTOM LINE: Obamacare is working. And with 24 million Americans expected to gain coverage through the marketplaces by 2016, that’s great news for Americans’ pocketbooks — as well as their health. It’s time Republicans do their job and make sure their constituents get coverage and the benefits from Obamacare, instead of doing everything in their power to take away those benefits from their constituents.

Okay sports fans here is the ammo we all need to fight the revisionist bullsh*t of the GOP……..make good use of the information at hand………we can beat the pants off the Right when armed with facts…..you have your facts…..GET BUSY!

Is There Such A Thing As Luck?

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The weekend and time for a cleansing couple of days…….the mind needs a diversion…….

Some numbers are lucky…..some places are lucky…..and then there are people that are just plain lucky…..we all know someone like this….but this woman has them all beat…..

The Syracuse Post-Standard has a medical story equal parts amazing and scary: Doctors who thought a 41-year-old woman was dead were preparing to remove her organs when she opened her eyes in the operating room. St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center eventually got fined $6,000 by the state after investigators found a series of mistakes in the near disaster, the most jarring of which is that doctors disregarded a nurse’s observation that the patient had been showing signs of improvement and was not, in fact, dead. The woman had overdosed on Xanax and other drugs, and doctors concluded she had suffered not only a “cardiac death” but irreversible brain damage, reports the newspaper. Neither was the case. Doctors scheduled the organ removal even after a nurse noticed that the woman’s toes curled during a reflex exam; she also appeared to be breathing independently of her respirator. And still, the operation went forward, or would have had the woman not opened her eyes. A sad coda: The patient was released from the hospital two weeks after the incident, but she killed herself more than a year later, in 2011. (Details are just now coming to light thanks to a FOIA request by the Post-Standard.) St. Joseph’s tells the New York Daily News it regrets the error and worked to set things right by the patient’s family, which did not want the incident discussed publicly. Click for the full story. (This isn’t the first instance of a supposedly dead person waking up, either; there was this time. And this time. And this time. And this time. Yeah, it happens a lot.)

Talk about a thankful day!

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