Clinton and Obamacare Will Not Solve the Health Care Crisis

It is an election year so there will be lots of whining and bitching about Obamacare….mostly from the Right…..but they truth is that none of these options will not solve our health care problem…..and the ones that are offered by the Right are at best….laughable.

While it has done a lot of good, the Affordable Care Act is not a long-term solution to the US health care crisis.

Bernie Sanders’ campaign, which proposed replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), with a Medicare for All system, has sparked a much-needed debate over the need for a single-payer health system. But this bold proposal didn’t win him the election. And now that Hillary Clinton has become the presumptive nominee against Donald Trump, the debate over health care reform is about to become extremely narrow.

With the media and candidates in full general election mode, Sanders’ argument that we must do better than Obamacare will soon be replaced by Trump’s insistence that we must do worse. Clinton will almost certainly respond by pushing the status quo, which remains broken. Critical dialogue, at least on the national stage, will likely be in short supply.

Source: Why Hillary Clinton and Obamacare Will Not Solve the Health Care Crisis – Linkis.com

The part I like best are the ones that are in the most opposition are the ones that have all the health care they need…..it feels like they want to horde health care for people like them….only.

How About A Cup Of Joe?

Another Saturday….the convention, GOP convention is in the history books and garden is winding down and my granddaughter had to get braces……I plan to kick back and do as little as possible….you?

I always start my day with a great cup of Joe….I prefer Blue Mountain but I will settle for any good dark roast…..as much as I like coffee I cannot understand the trend of all the flavored stuff that they try to pass off as coffee…..BTW do you visit a coffee shop regularly?  Then you visit a concept that began in the Syrian city of Aleppo….I digress…..

There is a big push for organic this or organic that……and coffee is no different…..but no matter how they try this will NEVER be coffee!

This is disgusting from the floor……

What on earth goes into a latte to make it blue? Ginger, lemon, coconut milk, agave and blue algae powder.

That sounds a bit experimental. It’s very popular. The blue latte was only introduced at Melbourne’s vegan Matcha Mylkbar last Saturday, and they’ve already sold more than 100 of them, at A$8 (£4.60) each.

Nearly a fiver for a coffee? Well, no, not exactly. Coffee is not among the listed ingredients of the blue latte.

Source: Blue latte: the vegan coffee that smells of seaweed and contains no caffeine | Life and style | The Guardian

Can you imagine starting your day with something as disgusting as this?

But it is vegan…..maybe so but it looks like it will taste like wallpaper paste…..or sucking on a sponge used to clean a fish market……

Thoughts?

Me?  I am going to have a shot of “real” coffee and start my weekend in the sun….I hope all have a wonderful couple of days….enjoy life and family….

Peace Out

How Much More Disgusting Can Israel Become?

I have thought that the state of Israel is disgusting for decades….first they attack an American Naval vessel killing American sailors and gets away with it….next they destroy crops and demolish homes so they can steal the land for their illegal; settlements….all of which I find disgusting…but recently I heard a rumor that organs were being harvested from dead Palestinian protesters…..and then I read an article along those lines…..that confirmed the rumors……

Israel has admitted pathologists harvested organs from dead Palestinians, and others, without the consent of their families – a practice it said ended in the 1990s – it emerged at the weekend.

The admission, by the former head of the country’s forensic institute, followed a furious row prompted by a Swedish newspaper reporting that Israel was killing Palestinians in order to use their organs – a charge that Israel denied and called “antisemitic”.

Source: Doctor admits Israeli pathologists harvested organs without consent | World news | The Guardian

This is reprehensible and then I read yet another piece about this situation……

Lawyers for a man who pleaded guilty Thursday in the first ever federal conviction for illegal organ trafficking say he was performing life-saving services for severely ill people.

Levy Izhak Rosenbaum, from New York, admitted in a Trenton federal court to brokering three illegal kidney transplants for desperate New Jersey-based customers in exchange for payments of $120,000 or more.

He also pleaded guilty to a conspiracy count for brokering an illegal kidney sale.

Source: Organ trafficker admits buying Israeli kidneys for $10,000 and selling them in U.S. for $120,000… – Linkis.com

When will the Western world stop protecting these pigs from being held accountable for their actions…..

I think this state is more barbaric than people know…..so if calling these bastards out for their crimes makes me an anti-Semite then I am guilty.

One More Vietnam Problem

The veterans from the Vietnam War have suffered on so many levels and most of society could care less……many suffered from PTSD….some from Agent Orange…..many fro night sweats….and from memories that will not die……but they are having to deal with one more situation……SUICIDES!

On July 7, the Veterans Health Administration released new data about veterans’ suicides, based upon examination of over 55 million veteran records from 1979 to 2014 from every state in the nation and U.S. territories. While much of the buzz around veteran suicide has focused on veterans emerging out of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, this new report showed that 65% of all veterans who died from suicide in 2014 were 50 years of age or older. In fact, 45% of veteran suicides in 2014 were aged 60 and older.

These are deeply disturbing statistics, especially for those of us in the Vietnam cohort. As the executive director of the Veterans Health Council at Vietnam Veterans of America, veteran suicide is one of my professional and personal interests ever since losing a team member to suicide while on a mission together in northern I Corps Vietnam.

Source: Majority Of Veteran Suicides Are 50 And Older And We Don’t Know Why

Believe me…..Vietnam vets have suffered enough…..it is time for this country to actually care about these people and give them the help they richly deserve.

In closing….the VA has its problems also….

More than 70,000 veterans disability claims are currently backlogged in Veterans Affairs processing centers, seven months after department officials missed their public goal of getting the number down to zero.

VA Acting Under Secretary for Benefits Thomas Murphy said that figure includes a substantial number of claims left open longer than four months intentionally to ensure veterans are receiving all of the payouts they deserve. But he acknowledged his agency needs to drive that number down further.

Source: VA disability backlog tops 70,000 — 7 months after it was supposed to be zero

The news seldom improves…and that is truly sad.

Go Ahead And Eat It!

I smile….today I begin 3 days of total relaxation…..let the holiday weekend begin!

Before I start….this morning was a good day in the garden…..

As long as we are starting with the food thing……..

Remember back in the day when we were told that everything edible for breakfast was bad for us…eggs, bacon, butter….I always ate those items in moderation so I never worried about eating them.

Finally a study on butter……

We might all owe Paula Deen an apology. A study published this week in PLOS ONE finds no connection between eating butter and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. On the contrary, researchers found eating butter might actually make people slightly healthier by reducing the risk of diabetes. Researchers from Tufts University looked at nine previous studies of more than 636,000 people who ate between one-third a tablespoon of butter and three tablespoons of butter per day, Live Science reports. For the purposes of the study, they called one tablespoon of butter a daily serving. Researchers found that eating butter was in no way associated with a risk of stroke or heart disease and reduced the risk of type 2 diabetes by 4%.

“Hallelujah,” Gizmodo responds to the study, pointing out that warnings about the dangers of butter have been around since the 1970s. But that doesn’t mean it’s time to eat an entire butter sculpture. Researchers say that while butter may actually be healthier than sugars and starches, it’s probably still worse for you than olive oil or some margarines. “Overall, our results suggest that butter should neither be demonized nor considered ‘back’ as a route to good health,” researcher Dariush Mozaffarian says in a press release. Researchers did find that eating butter led to a 1% higher risk of death, though they chalk that up to the fact that “people who eat more butter generally have worse diets and lifestyles.” (This guy found edible butter dating back to Jesus.)

Two things…..one, butter is so much better in cooking than margarine and two, I would never apologize to that racist cow Deen……

Now start your holiday…..cook something with butter and eat your fool head off…..have some fun……

Health Update

Finally a few days away from the mindless dribble of the Right and the profound constipation of the Left…..today I would like to talk about food.

But first…have you ever had an onion start sprouting in storage….I cut the top off with the sprouts and plant them….the last time I got 11 small red onions from my effort…..

And now for the harvest of the morning….my first yellow tomato of the season…..

And finally with home grown ingredients I will make fresh salsa…

On to more important things…..I do not diet per se….I do use a modified version of the Mediterranean diet….I am not a fan of fish so it is off the menu….I read an article about this diet and its possible good results….

Women who’ve survived breast cancer and are looking to prevent a recurrence may be encouraged by news out of a major cancer conference: that adhering to a Mediterranean diet (lots of fruits, veggies, fish, and olive oil) may help fend off the disease’s return, the Guardian reports. For their experiment, revealed at the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s annual meeting in Chicago, researchers at Piacenza Hospital in Italy studied two groups of women who had been treated for early breast cancer: 199 who ate Mediterranean-style (including an allowance for one alcoholic drink daily) and another 108 who ate what they usually did, but with healthy-eating input from a dietician. After three years of following these diets, none of the ladies who went Mediterranean suffered relapses, while 11 women from the other group did. Science World Report notes these results add onto the news from another, much larger recent JAMA study that found a Mediterranean diet rich in extra-virgin olive oil led to a 68% reduction in the risk of developing breast cancer.

There are drawbacks to the new study—notably, the small sample size, the relatively short follow-up time of three years, and other methodology issues, critics say. “People were asked to participate in one diet or the other,” the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s director of clinical research tells the Guardian. “There is no information about the activity level or change in weight which, for most of the lifestyle research, one needs to be aware of.” And the CEO of UK charity Breast Cancer Care says that while any info about how to possibly keep breast cancer from coming back is a “welcome addition to our toolbox,” there’s no universal panacea. “Lifestyle choices like eating a well-balanced diet, [partaking in] regular exercise, and maintaining a healthy weight can all help reduce the risk of cancer coming back, but they can’t prevent it completely,” she notes, per the Independent. (America is slowly but surely moving toward a more Mediterranean way of eating.)

For my last piece of health news for my readers…..

The Pharma companies spend billions on research and then make many billions after they release their new drug and then there are a wealth of lawyers that sue the companies after that…….

The problem that few know of is that of the antivirus game……..

The Antivirus industry has a dirty little secret that they really don’t want anyone to know. Despite the claims of their marketing departments, their products are not all that effective. Many of them are only protecting against at best 80% or 90% of the threats out there in the wild at any time, and their protection against ransomware is very bad.

Let’s look at that in more detail. AV products need to protect against two general types of threats: ones that are known and threats that are unknown. The ones that are known, they have a signature for so that they can detect the threat and get rid of it. This is called reactive detection.

Source: The Antivirus Industry’s Dirty Little Secret

And then is the cost of your meds……and as usual it is Obama’s fault that they are so damn expensive……

Evidence is mounting that doctors who receive as little as one meal from a drug company tend to prescribe more expensive, brand-name medications for common ailments than those who don’t.

A study published online Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine found significant evidence that doctors who received meals tied to specific drugs prescribed a higher proportion of those products than their peers. And the more meals they received, the greater share of those drugs they tended to prescribe relative to other medications in the same category.

Source: Big Pharma’s big scam: This is why your prescription medication is so absurdly expensive – Salon.com

My update post is now complete……

Enjoy your weekend…..do yourself something nice….go have some fun…….

Health Update

My Sunday and always looking for something a bit unusual, at least for me to post about to keep the conversation going.

Today I found a couple of health stories that I think my readers would like……

Think back a year or so ago….the Ebola scare that had the world going batcrap crazy….more recently it is the Zika virus….but what could possibly be worse than those two?

The director of the CDC says we’re close to living in a “post-antibiotic world” after an antibiotic-resistant superbug was discovered in the US for the first time last month, Reuters reports. “It basically shows us that the end of the road isn’t very far away for antibiotics,” the Washington Post quotes Tom Frieden as saying. “We may be in a situation where we have patients in our intensive-care units … for which we do not have antibiotics.” Patient zero is a 49-year-old woman in Pennsylvania with E. coli. The bacteria that infected her, while treatable with other antibiotics, had a gene—mcr-1—that is unaffected by the antibiotic colistin. Colistin is known as the last antibiotic line of defense against “nightmare bacteria.”

Researchers, who published their findings Thursday, fear the mcr-1 gene could be passed on to other bacteria that aren’t treatable with other antibiotics. If that happens, the Post states that “routine operations could become deadly; minor infections could become life-threatening crises.” NBC News reports the Pennsylvania woman hadn’t traveled anywhere in five months, so it seems the bacteria had been hiding undetected in the US. It’s previously been found in Europe, China, Canada, and South America.

Seems there is always something in the health that will scare the crap out of the population……

And then there is this story….my daughter is a zombie freak….she is always looking for the start of the apocalypse….so to give her something else to worry about I showed her this story……

Worry about your health at times? Well, at least you don’t believe you have no body parts, blood, or organs, or consider yourself dead or immortal. Yet those are among the beliefs plaguing people with Cotard’s syndrome, an illness discovered in 1880 that’s extremely rare and awful when it strikes, Medical Daily reports. In case you doubt it, there are two studies (here and here) that found a .57% and .62% rate of Cotard’s, respectively, in large groups of psychiatric patients. Researchers say the condition—also known as “walking corpse syndrome”—often begins with severe depression and a health anxiety that can inspire odd complaints. One 28-year-old woman, for instance, told hospital staff that her stomach was missing and her liver was “putrefying.” The report on her case notes that the syndrome generally affects those in middle-age or later years, but when young people are diagnosed, they are overwhelmingly (90%) female.

Over time, patients may believe they don’t exist or lack body parts, which can trigger a slew of problems including poor hygiene, self-harm, and a refusal to eat. “There was no point in eating because I was dead,” a sufferer identified as Graham told New Scientist in 2013. He was the first Cotard’s patient to get a brain scan, and a neurologist likened the brain function the scan showed to “that of someone during anesthesia or sleep.” Experts say antidepressants and antipsychotics can help, along with shock therapy, which may explain the low rate of Cotard’s today. Drugs and psychotherapy worked so well for Graham that he was able to live on his own. “I don’t feel that brain-dead anymore,” he says. “Things just feel a bit bizarre sometimes.”

After a few four letter words directed at her old Dad….she went to WebMD …..she wanted the “skinny” on this disease……(I smiled devilishly)…..your children are never too old to torment….LOL  BTW, my granddaughter is getting a kick out of my tormenting her mother….she sez she has the best family…..everyone is so light hearted and likes to have fun……she’s so damn smart!

My work is complete….now I can go enjoy the rest of my Sunday….and you guys do the same….see ya tomorrow!