Choose your hospital wisely

Well, the ambulance driver may make a better choice than grandma will.  Choosing a hospital may seal the fate of a person dealing with an emergent health issue.  A recent article in the New York Times notes that inadvertently choosing the wrong hospital can increase your risk of dying by 3-fold and your chance of avoidable complication by 13 times!  [New York Times Dec 14, 2016; PLoS One Dec 14, 2016] Generally high-volume hospitals deliver better care.

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Tests Predict Disease Years Before Symptoms: But Do You Really Want To Know? And Can Doctors Do Anything About It?

Modern medicine is getting into the soothsayer business.  Various technologies now make it possible to foresee the health future of an individual and predict with some certainty which maladies may befall a person years before symptoms or signs become apparent.

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Are We Watching The Beginning Of The Alzheimer’s Death Parade?

These are troubling times in America.  The U.S. survives economically by printing or borrowing more money to meet its general budget, which includes Medicare and Social Security.  With that as context, the U.S. spends 18% of its Gross Domestic Product (total economic output) for health care, by far the most of any country in the world.

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Cancer Horror Story:
 Cancer Industry Hides Awful Truth
 That Chemo Often Kills Patients 
Before Cancer Does

The shocking study was published in LANCET ONCOLOGY in September of this year and was reported by a limited number of news sources.  Guardian Aug 30, 2016] Most were obscure online portals.  [ChristianTruther.com Aug 7, 2016; The Free Thought Project Sept 3, 2016; Opposing Views Sept 6, 2016; What Doctors Don’t Tell You Sept 6, 2016]  But alternate news sources were apparently drowned out by the recent Presidential election in the USA.  Absent were CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, Reuters, The Associated Press — the major news media.

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 Cancer Industry Hides Awful Truth
 That Chemo Often Kills Patients 
Before Cancer Does

Health: What does the public want to talk about?

A review of Amazon.com’s health discussion board reveals the following number of replies on these topics (replies posted in 2016, partial list):

Monsanto 9790
Rife machine usage 6699
Which is best resveratrol product? 5905
Do you use artificial sweeteners? 3236
Can an alcoholic learn to drink moderately? 2611
Why Americans still struggle with obesity? 2942
The honey revolution 1882
Oncologist admits no cure to cancer 658
Are microwave ovens unsafe? 591
Maintaining body pH 283
Cancer sugar link 271
I’m exhausted; no energy 138
Titanium dioxide in dietary supplements 53

Does Consumption Of A Single Alcoholic Drink Increase The Risk For Holiday Heart Syndrome (Atrial Fibrillation)?

Holiday Heart Syndrome is induced by binge drinking over the year-end holidays.  While modest drinking (especially wine) is protective against heart disease mortality, modest drinking increases the risk for fluttering in the top chambers of the heart to the point of inducing a fatal blood clot.  For the most part patients who experience atrial fibrillation don’t die from it.  Yet frightening news headlines issued today misleadingly claims a single drink of alcohol could be a mortal choice.

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The new cancer immunotherapy: it will cure your cancer if you can survive it

The oncologist says to the cancer patient’s family: “The new immunotherapy cured your loved one’s cancer but he must have had a weak immune system and he succumbed this morning.”

According to a newly published report in the New York Times, the new immunotherapy drugs (monoclonal antibody drugs like nivolumab and ipilomumab) now being employed to successfully cure cancer result in hospitalization or other-life threatening events 54% of the time. [NY Times Dec 3, 2016]

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Newly published study suggests lutein may avert myopia (nearsightedness)

The study involved 4187 subjects age 65 years in Europe whose vision was assessed and a blood sample taken.  Lifetime exposure to unfiltered solar radiation (UV-B sun tanning rays) reduced the odds of developing shortsightedness (seeing near but not far). Exposure to sunlight between age 14-29 years, as determined by a survey, was associated with a reduced odds of becoming myopic.  A surprise finding was subjects with the highest blood level of lutein were 40% less likely to become myopic.  [JAMA Ophthalmology Dec 2016; Science Daily Dec 1, 2016]

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