VA bosses in 7 states falsified vets’ wait times for care

My regulars know that I will post on veterans issues whenever I see something that is not kosh….

The big story for the last decade or so is how bad our veterans care has become….of course and predictable the bureaucrats will say that they are looking into the problems and that solutions will be forthcoming…..and almost every year there is a new problem that needs a solution…..

In the past the biggest problem has been the waiting times the vets must endure to get the care they need…..and it is still a problem in search of a solution…..

Supervisors instructed schedulers to falsify patient wait times at Veterans Affairs’ medical facilities in at least seven states, according to newly released investigation reports from the department’s inspector general.

Source: VA bosses in 7 states falsified vets’ wait times for care

Does anyone else find this a bit pathetic?  As I have said many times before……our veterans deserve better than their present day treatment.

Trump On Health Care

I try to give my readers as much information as I can….but of course with my commentary on the issue……and I will do this to the candidates that I would not support…..

Health care is a big deal for the voters….especially the Seniors who must survive on a limited income…..but I have heard all the slogans the Donald has on the subject….but what about some substance……

And just like that…out of the blue…….BAM!….here it is……

Up until now, Donald Trump has mainly said his health care plan would be “something much better” than the Affordable Care Act, CNN reports. On Wednesday, Trump released some specifics about how he would “repeal and replace” ObamaCare in the form of a seven-point plan, which he calls “simply a place to start.” CNN notes Trump has previously taken heat for saying “everybody’s got to be covered” and “the government’s gonna pay for it.” His plan, however, “rests more on conservative ideals” and, as NBC News points out, backpedals on his previous support for requiring people to buy insurance. Under point No. 1 (“Completely repeal Obamacare”), he writes, “No person should be required to buy insurance.” Further, “if we were to simply enforce the current immigration laws,” the US would save $11 billion annually, which he says is the cost of providing health care to people in the country illegally.

Trump calls for “much-needed free market reforms to the healthcare industry,” including allowing the sale of insurance across state lines, making insurance premiums tax-deductible for individuals, importing cheaper drugs, and “price transparency” that would allow consumers to shop around for the best price for medical care. Trump also calls for reforming “our mental health programs and institutions.” Trump supporters on Twitter praise the plan as an “awesome breakthrough” and “beautiful in its simplicity.” But the net effect: “These proposals, including repeal of the [Affordable Care Act], would lead to a significant increase in the number of people uninsured,” an exec with a nonpartisan group tells the Hill.

Sorry Donald fans….to me he has just done what all politicians do…..kick the can down the road…..(maybe he is a politician after all)…….

I end my day of posting by saying……Thanx for stopping by and reading my stuff……I appreciate all the comments and all the interest……

Zika:  Can The GOP Pass This Up?

The crazies that have lurked on the conservative side of life have used every disease outbreak to their advantage….remember the Ebola outbreak?  It posed a problem (mostly imaginary) to this country……from immigrants to sick people to a conspiracy to infect the country by those darn Muslims……

Well there is a new disease waiting to happen…….When I read the news about this Zika outbreak south of the border……sadly I thought of how idiots will make hay out of the news instead to worrying what it will do to the people infected……I feel ashamed that I thought that first….but if recent history is any indication then I would suspect thgat there will be something in the Right wing press and then make its way onto the lunatics that write a blog…..

World Health Organization foresees outbreak of mosquito-borne virus throughout the Americas, prompting travel warnings.

Source: WHO: Zika virus to spread to much of Americas – Al Jazeera English

“Tiny Purple Fishes……”

Saturday and I start my restful weekend with a tune by Cream, Tales Of Brave Ulysses…..

(Pause here for a musical interlude)

Fish….that is the subject of today’s post…….

We have been told for many years the the Mediterranean diet is the best diet if one wanted to be good and healthy……lots of fiber with vegetables and such and of course a steady diet of fish……

Good advice from everything I have read on this subject……but there may be a slight hiccup in this plan…..

Global overfishing might be much worse than previously thought, Discovery reports. A new study finds that UN figures have vastly understated the problem and that yearly fish hauls are declining three times faster than realized. According to the study, the UN—using numbers from the Food and Agriculture Organization—stated that global fishing peaked in 1996 at 86 million metric tons, but the researchers say it was actually closer to 130 million metric tons. Since then, the study claims the total amount of fish caught has declined by 1.2 million metric tons per year—not 0.4 million metric tons as the UN had said, the Guardian reports. “Our results indicate that the decline is very strong and is not due to countries fishing less,” study author Daniel Pauly says. “It is due to countries having fished too much and having exhausted one fishery after another.”

The study, which was published Tuesday in Nature Communications, is based on a decade of work by 400 researchers around the world. The numbers used by the UN come from the self-reporting of more than 200 countries and territories, and governments might not always be inclined to give accurate fishing counts, notes the Guardian. Researchers undertook a “Herculean task” to get more accurate counts for the years from 1950 to 2010, says one professor not involved with the study. “The world is withdrawing from a joint bank account of fish without knowing what has been withdrawn or the remaining balance,” Pauly tells Discovery. And while the Food and Agriculture Organization disputes the study’s new numbers, it does agree with its conclusion that countries need to improve their reporting, according to Science.

The best way to crap on anything good is to make it a fad or a trend……

Can you imagine what your seafood meal will cost when the fish are in short supply?  Oh well back to Bugles and Peanut Butter…..

Is there a possible way to reverse this trend……there is one that I found……

Source: One Fish Two Fish, No Fish: Rebuilding of Fish Stocks Urgently Needed | Inter Press Service

Please let me know your thoughts…….

Go!  Enjoy the start to your weekend…….

Let’s Talk Health

Finally Saturday has arrived and I can be puck-ish (really…I can be puck-ish)…..I can push back from the news and post on some cool stuff…..

There is no mistake….I like my cup of Joe….but I recall a couple of years ago when there was a thing that pregnant women should just say no to Starbucks……but like most of these “warnings” there is more…..

Pregnant women who can’t resist a single morning cup of joe don’t have to worry about their caffeine habit when it comes to their child’s future smarts, per a new study in the American Journal of Epidemiology. Researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio found that moderate caffeine consumption during pregnancy wasn’t linked to lower IQ scores or increased behavioral problems in young children, Medical Daily reports. “We consider our results to be reassuring for pregnant women who consume moderate amounts of caffeine, or the equivalent to one or two cups of coffee per day,” study co-author Sarah Keim says in a press release. The study looked at a caffeine marker called paraxanthine—one of the compounds caffeine breaks down into—in 2,197 women at two different points during their pregnancies, then compared those levels to the child’s IQ scores and behavioral assessments at ages 4 and 7.

“We did not find evidence of an adverse association of maternal pregnancy caffeine consumption with child cognition or behavior [at those ages],” study co-author Mark Klebanoff adds. Scientists pulled samples for the study from those collected between 1959 and 1974, when drinking coffee while pregnant wasn’t frowned upon as much, per Live Science. The study’s results are in line with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ findings that moderate caffeine consumption (less than 200mg, or one to two cups of joe per day) is OK for pregnant women, though it points out that the effects of higher amounts of caffeine are still inconclusive…

Have some coffee future Moms and relax……

The news these days is all about healthy eating, right?  What can be more healthy than a banana?  But the days of eating a banana may be limited…….

If you like bananas, it’s time to start savoring them while you still can. A deadly fungus that’s been killing the plant since the 1960s has jumped continents, moving from where it ravaged crops for decades in Southeast Asia to parts of South Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and Africa—and that’s just since 2013, reports Quartz. The so-called “Panama” disease is spreading thanks to a single clone of the Fusarium fungus, also called Tropical Race 4, scientists report in the journal PLOS Pathogens. Worse still, one of the world’s most popular bananas, the Cavendish, is particularly susceptible to this strain. The soil-borne fungus travels up the plant’s roots, ultimately killing the plant and infesting entire banana plots, which are then contaminated for years.

Entire swaths of banana plantations in Australia, China, the Philippines, Jordan, Mozambique, Pakistan, and beyond have been infested in the past two years, putting many farmers and families out of business and cutting them off from a major food source, reports PhysOrg. Right now the only way to fight the disease is through strict quarantine, so researchers are trying to spread the word about effective measures in the hopes of getting a step ahead of the fast-spreading fungus before it hits Latin America, where most of the world’s bananas are grown. Once it lands there, notes Quartz, “the days of the iconic yellow fruit are numbered.

Okay…that officially sucks!  No bananas…..no banana splits!

Like I said….that just sucks!

Food Nazi Speaks

A few years ago I started a food blog here on WordPress, The Food Nazi,  and found that trying to keep up with more than one blog was a daunting endeavor…..so I let it go….I do however from time to time invoke the memory of that blog and post something on food…….

First, for all you heat freaks……I know the hot sauce du jour is that crap from (wherever)….Sriracha……but that is for wimps and posers……you really want heat then sack up and try some Harissa…. you will not be disappointed.

These days there seems to be a diet of some sort for every type of eater….no matter if you are a meat eater or vegan or vegetarian or…well whatever you think is the best food to consume…..but for many years there has been one diet that constantly improves a person health both physical and mental……

Hoping to avoid brain shrinkage, cognitive impairment, and dementia? Gobble up lots of fish, veggies, and nuts. A new study shows those who follow the increasingly well-regarded Mediterranean diet have less brain atrophy than those who don’t. Researchers scanned the brains of 674 Manhattan residents over 80 who showed no signs of dementia, and analyzed their diets based on a questionnaire, reports the Guardian. The patients who kept to a Mediterranean diet had a brain volume that was 13.11 milliliters larger than others, their gray matter volume was 5 milliliters larger, and their white brain matter was 6.41 milliliters larger. Since people’s brains shrink with age, researchers say the difference in brain volume is equal to about five years of aging. This doesn’t mean the Mediterranean diet slows brain aging, but it does show an association.

And with greater brain volume comes more brain cells. “The more brain cells you have available, the more likely you are to be protected against illnesses of the brain related to aging, like Alzheimer’s,” a doctor tells CBS News, adding omega-3 fatty acids found in fish may benefit nerve cells, while B vitamins in fruits and veggies may prevent the buildup of plaque in the brain. “These results are exciting, as they raise the possibility that people may potentially prevent brain shrinking and the effects of aging on the brain simply by following a healthy diet,” lead author Yian Gu says. One aspect of the diet stood out, though. “Eating at least three to five ounces of fish weekly or eating no more than 3.5 ounces of meat daily may provide considerable protection against loss of brain cells equal to about three to four years of aging,” Gu adds. (The diet might also add years to your life.)

Then there are foods that we are addicted to for some reason……like chocolate or burgers or ……..for me it is CHEESE!

It matters not what type….they all have their good qualities and some even have a bad one or maybe two……but for me cheese is very addicting……I wonder why?

Pizza is the most problematic food out there, as far as addictive-like qualities go. So report students who completed the Yale Food Addiction Scale as part of a study by researchers at the University of Michigan. Those researchers published their findings in PLoS ONE earlier this year, and wrote that “though evidence of ‘food addiction’ continues to grow, no previous studies have yet examined which foods or food attributes are likely implicated in addictive-like eating.” So they sought to create a sort of “addictive profile,” and ultimately determined that processed foods that are higher in fat and refined carbohydrates, which have a rapid rate of absorption as indicated by glycemic load, tend to be hardest for we mere mortals to resist. “Processing was a large, positive predictor for whether a food was associated with problematic, addictive-like eating behaviors.”

The common-sense upshot: salmon and cucumbers aren’t problematic; ice cream and chips are. And with pizza atop our gotta-have-it list, Mic this week looks at what may set cheese apart. Cheese contains the protein casein, which releases opiates called casomorphins as the cheese is digested. “[Casomorphins] really play with the dopamine receptors and trigger that addictive element,” registered dietitian Cameron Wells, who was not part of the study, tells Mic. And while it’s present in all dairy products, it’s far more condensed in cheese because it takes 10 pounds of milk to make about a pound of cheese. When it comes to cheese, we’re certainly eating more of it: Americans tripled their cheese consumption between 1970 and 2010, from about 8 pounds per year to 23 pounds, reports the Center for Science in the Public Interest

I’m addicted and I do not care!  I could eat a bowling ball if it has cheese on it…..

My perfect lunch is cheese, fruit, nuts and a nice wine…..

Do you have an addictive food?

What If Everything Your Doctors Told You About Breast Cancer Was Wrong? | Mother Jones

This post is for my female readers…..it is of interest to me for my lady just had to deal with breast cancer……..it was a scary time for her.

She had been getting her regular mammograms and all appeared okay…there was a slight problem that they were keeping an eye on the situation…… then….BAM!

She is doing fine now….but I wonder if it could not have been caught mush earlier?

Any way since this is a big question for women and I read this article….I wanted to share it with my readers……

For years, scientists have known that mammograms are largely ineffective. Why can’t we get that message across?

Source: What If Everything Your Doctors Told You About Breast Cancer Was Wrong? | Mother Jones