Herbal Medicine Study to Fight H1N1 Flu

May 27, 2009 by Terri  
Filed under Pastiche

MEXICO CITY, May 25 (Xinhua) — Mexican higher education body the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) will sign an agreement in July with the Beijing-based China Medical University to cooperate in medicinal plants research as part of the efforts to contain theA/H1N1 flu outbreak.

Read full article here.

Why My Health Insurance Sucks Canal Water!

May 24, 2009 by Terri  
Filed under General Interest, Pastiche

My health insurance premiums just increased yet again. This time by 95.00/mo.   The reason for this latest increase, according to what I was told when I called (since they just raised my premium about 6 months ago), is “due to the rising cost of pharmaceuticals,” and rising cost of health care in general.  Whatever.  I told the person on the phone that they should just admit the real reason they’re raising my rates again – to help increase Big Pharma’s bottom line profits.  She laughed and said, Read more

Government-Forced Chemo

May 19, 2009 by Terri  
Filed under Pastiche

I’ve been following the news story about the 13-year-old Minnesota boy, Daniel Hauser, who’s refusing chemo treatments for his cancer.  Daniel vows to “kick or punch” anyone who even tries to force  chemo on him.  “It can be very difficult to treat a 13-year-old boy who doesn’t want to be treated,” said Arthur Caplan, chair of the medical ethics department at the University of Pennsylvania. “I don’t want to say it’s impossible, but it makes it very tough on the doctors.”   The doctors could sedate him, then force the chemo on him — for his own good, of course.  After all, doctors know what’s best for us…. right??   It’s not as if doctors would give us medication that could possibly kill us (like Vioxx and other prescription meds)…. right??  And medical doctors are so well versed in Alternative Therapies that they can speak with absolute certainty that nothing other than chemo and radiation will work…..  right??

Some news reports are claiming that the decision not to use chemo is based on the family’s religious beliefs.  Maybe so.  Maybe not.  Maybe the parents are going with the “religious beliefs” angle just as, in some states, you can use religious beliefs as a reason to refuse vaccines.  I’m fortunate enough to live in a Philosophical State, so when it came time for the  school to force the Hep B Vaccine on my 12 year old all I had to say was, “Thanks, but no thanks.”

Maybe chemo is the “right way” to treat his cancer.  In my personal and non-medical opinion, it sets a bad precedent when a court decides what kind of medicine, or medical treatment, we must provide for our children.  Conventional medicine is not always what’s best.  The third leading cause of death in this country is conventional medical care — in the form of physician error, prescription error and adverse effects from drugs or surgery. Knowing this, I think it’s inherently  wrong for the courts to force chemo therapy (or any type of medicine) on anyone.

Clearly, the “to force or not to force” chemo argument is a controversial one. The parents believe that prayer, together  with herbal remedies and other alternative therapies is what’s best for their child.  Opposing viewpoints seem to imply that Daniel (and all children) is a ward of the state, so thereofre the state is best suited to decide what is best for him, regardless of what he and/or his parents want.

I’m not totally sure  how I feel about this situation, other  than that parental rights should not be terminated based on the very few facts that we know — and that includes the few facts that doctors know: doctors cannot predict for certainty how long someone will live.

See Also:
Is US Health Really the Best in the World?
Barbara Starfield, MD, MPH

JAMA. 2000;284:483-485.

Information concerning the deficiencies of US medical care has been accumulating. The fact that more than 40 million people have no health insurance is well known. The high cost of the health care system is considered to be a deficit, but seems to be tolerated under the assumption that better health results from more expensive care, despite evidence from a few studies indicating that as many as 20% to 30% of patients receive contraindicated care.1 In addition, with the release of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report “To Err Is Human,”2 millions of Americans learned, for the first time, that an estimated 44,000 to 98,000 among them die each year as a result of medical errors. The fact is that the US population does not have anywhere near the best health in the world. Of 13 countries in a recent comparison,

Insurance Discounts on Alternative Therapies

May 11, 2009 by Terri  
Filed under General Interest

Renaissance Healthy Savings Card Announces New Dental Network, Now Includes Discounts on Chiropractic and Alternative Health

OKEMOS, Mich.-(BUSINESS WIRE)-As healthcare costs rise, Renaissance Life & Health Insurance Company of America (Renaissance America) is doing more to provide its members with access to affordable health services by expanding its Renaissance Healthy Savings Card ? a health service discount program used to complement health insurance or provide discounts on its own. Read more

60,000 FDA Acceptable Deaths

May 7, 2009 by Terri  
Filed under General Interest

A very interesting article posted on NaturalNews today, and definitely worth the read.  In short, Mike Adams writes about how tens of millions of doses of Hydroxycut were taken by consumers, one person died, a few dozen (already unhealthy people) reported liver-related side effects, and the FDA goes into over-drive to get all Hydroxycut products pulled from the market. The FDA doesn’t believe consumers should be exposed to such risks. Not from a dietary supplement, anyway. When it’s from a vaccine or a pharmaceutical (i.e. Vioxx - that killed over 60,000 Americans), such risks are deemed “acceptable” by the FDA.

Apparently it’s no big whoop if 60,000 people die from pharmaceuticals, but when ONE death is even remotely linked to a dietary supplement then suddenly the FDA is concerned about health risks.

Read the full article here:
FDA Floats Hydroxycut Scare to Discredit Yet Another Supplement Company

Reflexology

May 6, 2009 by Terri  
Filed under Reflexology

Once considered as a useful therapy by the ancient Egyptians, Reflexology may best be described as a specialized form of massage (yet much more than simply massage) of the feet, and some reflexologists will also include the hands.

Reflexology has its roots in ancient Egypt, Greece, and possibly China. In addition, it’s been said that manipulation of the feet for healing purposes was common practice among the native peoples of both North and South America. Read more

Holistic Nutrition

May 4, 2009 by Terri  
Filed under Holistic Nutrition

The following guidelines are the basis of holistic nutrition. Compare your present eating regimen with the guidelines presented, and do your best to make any changes that seem natural and easy.

1. Eat 70% whole, complete, unrefined and unadulterated foods (fruit, vegetables and salads) per day. These should be fresh, as close to organic as possible, and pesticide-free.

2. Do not eat proteins and starches at the same meal.  Eat proteins at lunch, with non-starchy vegetables.  Eat starches at dinner, with non-starchy vegetables.  Meats – When possible, eat organically raised meats, and no more than three (3) times per week. Give preference to fish, poultry, veal, lamb, beef and pork, in that order. This method of eating is referred to as proper food combining and will help the body by diverting precious healing energy from the digestive process to the processes of detoxification and healing. Healing occurs when the body is also properly nourished. By eating this way, a full day’s eating will only require about fifteen percent (15%) of the day’s allotment of energy, leaving eighty-five percent (85%) for natural detoxification and healing. Energy is required for all of these processes. Read more

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