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- Published on Monday, 26 December 2016 14:51
And Never Will. Because, That's Not Their Purpose.
(I just ran across this article that was published six years ago. It points out one very important thing about medicine and the pharmaceutical industry. Drugs are made to contain sickness and diseases, and not cure them. Until the government give incentives to drug companies to cure diseases things will never change. But, that will probably never happen.)
In this week's cover story, writer Keegan Hamilton investigates the controversy surrounding ibogaine, the experimental hallucinogen drug that has helped kick meth and heroin addictions.
Ibogaine is illegal, even though its power to cure addicts has been proven. Hamilton's story describes the many reasons the medical establishment and the government are wary of Ibogaine, despite its benefits, but one of them really stood out:
Because Ibogaine is an outright cure, drug companies want nothing to do with it.
- Published on Monday, 07 December 2015 19:35
Fact: GMO's have not been proven safe, and the long-term health risks on humans of genetically modified foods have not been adequately investigated.
We have a Right to Know What's in our Food
We Currently Eat Genetically Engineered Food, But Don't Know It.
A genetically engineered food is a plant or meat product that has had its DNA artificially altered in a laboratory by genes from other plants, animals, viruses, or bacteria, in order to produce foreign compounds in that food. This type of genetic alteration is not found in nature, and is experimental. The correct scientific term is "transgenics," and is also often referred to as (GE) genetically engineered.
Read: What Are We Eating?
If you don't know what genetically modified foods also known as GM foods that are made from genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are, then you need to read this article. It's for the good of you and your family's health.
GM Labeling Around the World
- Published on Monday, 30 November 2015 13:07
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria that regularly show up in meat is a "significant public health threat," the American Academy of Pediatrics says in a new report calling for an end to overuse of antibiotics in animals.
The "overuse" and "misuse" of antibiotics in animals and in people in largely to blame for antibiotic resistance, the authors said.
Exactly why is a group of people doctors calling on animal doctors and animal owners to stop overusing antibiotics?
(In today's world of animal feedlots, also known as animal cities, or animal farm factories where thousands of animals are in close quarters side-by-side the use of antibiotics is a necessity. I asked some local farmers in my area if these farm factories had to give animals antibiotics, and every farmer told me the same things. If animals are in close confinement like in these farm factories they have to give the animals antibiotics all the time, because if they didn't many if not most of the animals would become sick, and many of them would not survive.
The Bad News Is: In today's world where most of the meat that you buy from the store or eat in a restaurant comes from a farm factory.
The Good News Is: There are ways that you can be sure the meats that you are buying didn't come from animals that were given antibiotics. Buy organic meat or buy meat from a local farm, like I do, that raise their animals on open pastures where there's no need to give animals antibiotics.)
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- Published on Monday, 30 March 2015 12:43
There is a massive amount of nutrition misinformation on the internet.
Even the professionals themselves often say things that challenge common sense and don't seem to have a scientific basis.
For example, when they tell people to replace butter with factory-made margarine...
The Difference Between Butter and Margarine.
Butter and margarine serve the same purpose. They are used for cooking, baking and as spreads.
Butter has been a dietary staple for centuries.
It is made by churning the fatty portion of cow's milk until it turns into the final product... butter. That's it.
Margarine is totally different. It is a highly processed food that was invented to replace butter. The primary ingredient is vegetable oil along with emulsifiers, colorants and various artificial ingredients.
(Until recently hidden from the Nutritional Facts on the labels of margarines and other food products were man-made fats, like trans fats, that are harmful to the human body. The U.S. FDA and American Heart Association have deem trans fats as harmful to humans. Did you know that many cities and some states in the United States have banned the use of trans fats in restaurants?)
And I Do Trust Cows More Than Scientists! What about you?
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- Published on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 15:50
It's probably not something you think about every day, whether or not the foods you are eating could contain carcinogens, but with almost 1.5 million people diagnosed with some type of cancer just last year, perhaps it's time to look at what is in our foods that could be causing such a huge number of new cancer patients. Here is a list of the top 10 foods that you most likely consume every day that may contain carcinogens or be suspected of causing cancer.
(The one know exactly what causes cancer, but chemicals in foods, and as a result what you eat most definitely is a large, if not the biggest factor in why most people get cancer. So, eating healthy should be a top priority for everyone.
I read a statistic that over 1 out of every 2 men and 1 out of every three women in the United States at some point in their life will develop some form of cancer. I thought that it wasn't true, but it's indeed a true fact.
The bottom line is you will have to do something to try to decrease your chancing of getting cancer.
No One or I should say almost no one will avoid all of the items in list in this article. But, everyone should reduce their consumption of many if not most of the items on this list.)
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- Published on Sunday, 22 June 2014 20:58
The U.S. spends more money on health care compared with other industrialized countries, but Americans still get the least bang for their buck -- and many still don't have access to care -- according to a report just published by the Commonwealth Fund. The report from the private health care research foundation examined data on expenditures, delivery and access to health care services among 11 industrialized countries: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the U.K. and the U.S.
Overall, the U.K. and Switzerland were rated highest for factors that included quality, access, efficiency and equity of health care. The U.S., Canada and France overall ranked lowest. The U.S. was found to perform worst in areas concerning cost of care, efficiency, equity and overall health of its citizens, even though health care expenditures were highest per capita compared with the other 10 countries in the report.
- Published on Thursday, 10 April 2014 02:09
- Written by Marland Dunn
Seven doctors each earned more than $10 million in Medicare-related payments in 2012, according to claims data released by the U.S. government Wednesday. Nearly 4,000 earned $1 million or more.
Doctors' groups have long opposed making public this kind of data about their Medicare pay on grounds that it might be unfair to doctors and taken out of context by the public. The Obama administration decided to release it in an effort to identify potential fraud and waste in the program. The spreadsheet released by the government contains more than 880,000 rows of data, one for each doctor, lab, or other medical provider receiving payments from Medicare.
In all, the data cover about 825,000 doctors. Of that pool, roughly one in five took in more than $100,000 in Medicare payments. The totals don't count doctors' income from other sources, including private insurance.
Did that ophthalmologist that received over $20 million in Medicare payments in one year invent the eye? That's unbelievable? And guess what? He is a big donor to the Democratic Party in this instance. How did the Republicans let this man become friends with the Democrats?
And people wonder why the cost of healthcare is so high and why Medicare is one if not the largest expense that the United States has. Over charging by doctors and hospitals is the biggest reason why healthcare cost are so high. This is nothing more than fraud on a large scale.
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