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Posted July 13, 2015: by Bill Sardi
Medicare is now going to incentivize death by paying doctors to talk with their patients and families about end-of-life care. Oh, they say this payment policy would only apply to patients and their families who choose to participate on a volunteer basis. But frankly, patients are putty in the hands of doctors. Would the death rate rise commensurate with Medicare payments to physicians over end-of-life issues?
The problem for government overseers is 30% of all Medicare expenditures are attributed to 5% of the beneficiaries who die each year with one third of that occurring in the last month of life. [Health Services Research April 2004]
Of $554 billion spent on Medicare annually, 28 percent, or about $170 billion is spent on patients’ last six months of life. [Medicare Newsgroup June 3, 2012]
Posted May 11, 2015: by Bill Sardi
How does American medicine shed itself of practices that are no longer backed by science and deal with patient fears and at the same time deal with government efforts to produce more jobs in the healthcare sector?
How does American medicine shed itself of practices now invalidated by science? With Medicare facing a $23 trillion shortfall there certainly are no funds for extraneous medical tests and treatments that science no longer substantiates.
Posted April 28, 2015: by Bill Sardi
In 1546 Lucas Cranach the Elder painted The Fountain of Youth. His painting depicted old, hunched over, wrinkly-skinned adults walking unsteadily out of horse-drawn coaches, disrobing and stepping into a pool of water to come out of the pool on the other side as virile, flexible, sharp-eyed, smooth-skinned young people once again.
Today there is a compendium of science-backed studies that comprise a modern fountain of youth that is slowly being pieced together. But unexpectedly the public is not putting this age-reversing science into practice.
This lag in putting anti-aging science into practice may emanate from a number of factors.
Posted April 27, 2015: by Bill Sardi
Posted April 25, 2015: by Bill Sardi
The following scenario may not be too far off in the future for American families:
Knock on front door
Parent: Yes, hello
Uniformed officer: Yes, we are with the U.S. Vaccination Corps and we need to see your children’s vaccination papers please.
Parent: We don’t have them here. They were lost in a fire at our old home before we moved here.
Uniformed officer: Well, we will have to take your children away to a quarantine center where they will be tested for antibodies. Please garb the children in these hazmat suits and immediately present the children in this house for transport to a quarantine center.
Parent: Wait. You have no right to remove our children.
Uniformed officer: You have no right to expose other children to infectious diseases. The hazmat team will be here to transport your children to the quarantine center where they will be monitored by board certified doctors with the American Academy of Pediatrics. If you resist, you will be jailed.
Let’s pray the above scenario never happens in America.
Posted April 23, 2015: by Bill Sardi
News headlines say a new study reveals high-dose vitamins, in particular folic acid, may increase the risk for cancer. [ABC News April 20, 2015; Science Daily April 20, 2015] But wait. There was no new study. It was just Tim Byers, an MD at the University of Colorado Cancer Center mouthing off once again against vitamin supplements in a forum at the American Association for Cancer Research. [Colorado Cancer Blogs]
Dr. Byers has been on this vendetta against dietary supplements for some time now. [Journal National Cancer Institute May 16, 2012]
Dr. Byers fails to note the many contrary studies, including the largest analysis among nearly 50,000 individuals that concluded there was no significant increase or decrease in the risk for cancer as blood levels of folic acid rose. [Lancet March 23, 2013] Even 40 milligrams/day of folic acid over a period of 3.2 year did not produce an increased risk for cancer. [Journal American Medical Assn. Sept 12, 2007]
Posted April 15, 2015: by Bill Sardi
So you’ve had your heart attack or heart scare and cardiologists have relieved your unremitting chest pain by placement of wire props called stents in any of your four coronary arteries that supply the heart with oxygenated blood.
By now you’ve probably been placed on blood thinners and cholesterol-lowering drugs. But don’t fall into the trap of believing modern medicine’s false paradigm that cholesterol accumulation in your coronary arteries resulted in arterial narrowing and eventually a blood clot that caused your heart attack.
Before you become cholesterol-phobic it might be time to learn what really caused a blood clot to form in a coronary artery.
Posted April 4, 2015: by Bill Sardi
For a long time now I have listened to numerous heart attack victims, including a brother and four other male friends, explain symptoms that occurred when they experienced their crushing-chest-pain heart attack. In all these cases it sounded like they were having a gall bladder attack, not a heart attack.
Their stories were common: chest pain after a meal, strong acid reflux sometimes relieved by antacids and sometimes a history of prior gallstone problems or gall bladder removal.
Posted March 24, 2015: by Bill Sardi
Posted March 20, 2015: by Bill Sardi
You could almost hear the vitamin D advocates sigh in disappointment just like you hear the crowd at a baseball game groan in unison when a fly ball drops two inches into foul territory with the bases loaded. That was 2011 when the Food & Nutrition Board set the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for vitamin D at 600 international units (IU), equal to about 4 minutes of midday sunshine/skin exposure. Many criticisms of that decision followed.
The RDA is defined as the amount of a nutrient needed to meet the requirements of 97.5% of the population. Two leading vitamin D researchers claim the Food & Nutrition Board’s RDA of 600 IU achieves a blood concentration of 26.8 nanomoles per liter of blood rather than the optimal goal of achieving a 50.0+ nanomole/liter blood concentration, which is the goal for optimal health.