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.
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.
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.
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.
On December 7, 2016 (Pearl Harbor Day) it was announced that flickering LED lights activate microglial cells (macrophages) in visual cortex of the brain that cleans up beta amyloid plaque.
A review of Amazon.com’s health discussion board reveals the following number of replies on these topics (replies posted in 2016, partial list):
|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|
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.
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]
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]
As an outbreak of scurvy is reported in the “land down under,” and just a single dose of vitamin C is reported to resolve non-healing skin wounds by physicians there in Australia. [Express UK Nov 30, 2016]