April 6, 2012
By Richard Knox
“There is only one reason that doctors make people go through worthless tests – can we say Cha-Ching.” –KTRN
Nine national medical groups are launching a campaign called Choosing Wisely to get U.S. doctors to back off on 45 diagnostic tests, procedures and treatments that often may do patients no good.
Many involve imaging tests such as CT scans, MRIs and X-rays. Stop doing them, the groups say, for most cases of back pain, or on patients who come into the emergency room with a headache or after a fainting spell, or just because somebody’s about to undergo surgery.
A child with low belly pain and suspected appendicitis? Don’t rush her to the CT scanner. Do an ultrasound first. That will give the answer 94 percent of the time, is cheaper and doesn’t expose the child to radiation.
Don’t put heartburn patients on high doses of acid-suppressing drugs when lower doses and shorter courses will do, they say. You might just be making their symptoms worse when they try to stop the medicine.
An apparently healthy middle-aged guy with few cardiac risk factors comes in for a yearly exam and wants to know how his ticker is. Don’t give him a full cardiac workup, with a treadmill test and fancy imaging. This kind of patient accounts for almost half of unnecessary cardiac screening.
Postpone repeat colonoscopies for 10 years if the first one is negative, or if it found and removed one or two early-stage colon polyps, the guidelines state. And stop prescribing antibiotics for mild-to-moderate sinus infections.
And here’s one that raises some tricky questions: Most patients who are debilitated with advanced cancer shouldn’t get more chemotherapy.
April 6, 2012
“Even though NYC decriminalized pot in 1977, that hasn’t stopped the cops.” –KTRN
Police officers in New York are “manufacturing” criminal offenses by forcing people with small amounts of marijuana to reveal their drugs, according to a survey by public defenders.
Under New York law, possession of 25g or less of marijuana [merely] brings a $100 fine. Only when the drugs are in public view are the police permitted to make an arrest for drug possession. One in three respondents said police had forced them to take the marijuana out of pockets or from under clothes and produce it into public view.
In September last year, Kelly issued an order to officers not to arrest people caught with small amounts of marijuana. But the number of those arrested increased after the order was made. In all, about 50,000 people were arrested in 2011 for marijuana possession.
April 6, 2012
Dr. Richard Schulze Blog
By Dr. Schulze
“Dr. Schulze explains why his clinic was closed years ago. It wasn’t because people were complaining. It was closed because they were being cured. How crazy is that?” –KTRN
Dear Dr. Schulze,
My question is simple.
Why are you not featured on Good Morning America, or 20-20 or 60 minutes? I try to figure it out for myself, and the only conclusion I can reach is perhaps if the world at large, through mega-media learns about you, I won’t be able to get my SuperFood or anything else you have, because of the flash mob result!
My wife and I have been on your juicing program and SuperFood – SuperFood Plus for over 15 years. I’m 72, my wife is 69, and neither of us has ever been to a hospital. We never visit doctors, not once, have we had the flu or colds. …
I want you to know how much I appreciate your letter. For me, I never get tired of evangelizing the power of Natural Healing and Herbal Medicine, and I NEVER get tired of getting letters like yours with miracles testimonies. I have seen so many miracles in my life, helping people to bring themselves back from deaths door, but for all the people reading the BLOG every week, I can guarantee you Joe, your letter will inspire relatives to act and it will save many lives. So I thank you personally, and from my customers, for taking the time to write this letter.
Why I am not on Good Morning America, 20/20 or 60 Minutes?
That’s a great question; I think I have a few answers for this.
My clinic was closed not because I ever had a patient complain to the authorities, not one. It was closed as best as I can see because…
My patients were an embarrassing living testimony to the great failure of Medical Doctors, Hospitals and Pharmaceutical Drugs.
April 6, 2012
By Mike Adams
“Here is some more medical quackery for you. This almost reads like a comedy/horror novel. This can’t be true. But it is.” –KTRN
In Britain, drug companies are now pushing for children to be dosed with potentially dangerous diabetes drugs before they’re even born! It’s just the latest example of medical insanity in a world experiencing a runaway diabetes epidemic.
But instead of teaching expectant mothers how to halt the disease through exercise, mineral-rich nutrition, and avoiding processed foods, the government is pushing dangerous chemical medications that inevitably have health-compromising side effects.
The drug being used in UK trials right now is Metformin (glucophage), a drug with a long history of toxicity and known to cause side effects like:
• muscle pain and weakness
• slow or uneven heart rate
• nausea and vomiting
• difficulty breathing
• reduction in levels of sex hormones
• numbness in arms and legs
• stomach pain
• lactic acidosis, a potentially fatal build-up of lactic acid in the body
… and this is what they’re now giving pregnant women? Seriously?
April 6, 2012
“More evidence that Monsanto’s products are deadly and dangerous. Yes, the government does nothing about it.” –KTRN
The world’s most popular weed killer, Roundup®, can cause amphibians to change shape, according to research recently published in Ecological Applications. Rick Relyea, University of Pittsburgh professor of biological sciences in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences and director of Pitt’s Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology, demonstrated that sublethal and environmentally relevant concentrations of Roundup® caused two species of amphibians to alter their morphology. According to Relyea, this is the first study to show that a herbicide can induce morphological changes in a vertebrate animal.
Relyea set up large outdoor water tanks that contained many of the components of natural wetlands. Some tanks contained caged predators, which emit chemicals that naturally induce changes in tadpole morphology (such as larger tails to better escape predators). After adding tadpoles to each tank, he exposed them to a range of Roundup® concentrations. After 3 weeks, the tadpoles were removed from the tanks.
April 6, 2012
New York Times
By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG and MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT
“Is there is ever a time when the government should saving money, it’s now. We should all be outraged at this.” –KTRN
When a vast but little-known government agency spent $822,000 in taxpayer money to fly 300 bureaucrats to a luxurious spa and casino outside Las Vegas for a conference in October 2010, its leaders had a goal: to make it “over the top,” according to a government report that has set Washington abuzz.
But it was news of the conference entertainment — a clown and a mind reader — that prompted snickering on Tuesday across this city, which always savors a scandal. And with the snickering, there was a question: If they had a clairvoyant, how come nobody saw the backlash coming?
“Arrogance, immaturity, entitlement,” said Kenneth Donohue, who spent nearly a decade investigating cases of fraud and abuse as inspector general of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Plenty of people in Washington (and Las Vegas) were saying much the same on Tuesday, among them Representative John L. Mica, Republican of Florida, and Senator Claire McCaskill, Democrat of Missouri, both of whom lead committees that have been investigating the agency in question, the General Services Administration.
The G.S.A., as it is known, is essentially the government’s personal shopper for big-ticket items, like buying and leasing buildings and cars.
Heads rolled there on Monday — the top official, Martha Johnson, fired her top two deputies, and then resigned in disgrace — hours before the agency’s inspector general released a blandly titled “Final Management Deficiency Report,” whose contents were anything but bland about the conference at the M Resort Spa Casino. Its details — $58,808 for “audio visual services;” a “networking reception” where the fare included “Petit Beef Wellington” and 1,000 sushi rolls at $7 apiece; $147,000 for airfare and lodging; a $75,000 “bicycle building project” designed as a “team-building exercise” — were enough to prompt people in Las Vegas to wish, as the old saw goes, that what happened there would have stayed there.