Refusing to Buy Mandatory Health Insurance

January 5, 2010 by Terri  
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(NaturalNews) “Even if Obama’s health care reform bill becomes law, mandating that all Americans buy health insurance policies for a failed system of “sick care”, I will refuse to comply. I’ve read the U.S. Constitution and its Bill of Rights, and nowhere in that document do I find that the federal government has the power to force consumers to purchase for-profit insurance products from private companies.”
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Personally speaking, I totally agree with Mike Adams on this one. Forcing people to buy health insurance from privately owned companies is not only unconstitutional, it’s inherently wrong. We should not be forced to pay for insurance coverage that sucks canal water and only serves to increase bottom line profits for the insurance companies. I’m already paying way more than I can afford for the little coverage (with a 5,000.00 deductible) that I now have…. and may have to drop.

I will not be forced into buying some status quo health insurance policy, where premiums and deductibles increase on a whim (mine have gone up 30% TWICE in one year), coverage is low, and the health insurance companies get to dictate what will or will not be covered. I fail to understand how those who are crying about “government controlled health care” are dead silent about the fact that the health insurance companies are the ones who decide what sort of health care you’re going to get, or not get… or what meds you can or cannot have, and refuse to cover alternative therapies. The insurance companies are the ones coming between you and your doctor. Why isn’t that as alarming to the fringe of the fringe as the public option seems to be?

Props to Mike Adams! I hope everyone joins in and tells the gov’t what they can do with that mandate!

Health Care Reform Goes Circus Crazy

July 29, 2009 by Terri  
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Just when I thought the fringe couldn’t get any fringier, someone comes along to prove me wrong. Apparently the lunatic fringe has been circulating some secret government plot to kill off old people as part of health care reform.  Gees…. That’s just crazy talk! That’s at least six kinds of crazy.

At first I thought it must be one isolated case, one isolated question, of just one person not understanding a provision in a PROPOSED health care bill. But again, I was wrong. Members of Congress speaking on the floor yesterday are helping to perpetuate this circus craziness. Read more

Herbal Medicine Study to Fight H1N1 Flu

May 27, 2009 by Terri  
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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.

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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  
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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,

Middle Aged Women and Make-up

April 22, 2009 by Terri  
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I was searching for skin care products (organic and/or paraben-free, of course — aside from the one listed on this blog) for women over 40 and somehow came across the following article.  Not sure why, since it has nothing to do with organic skin care products, and this blog is, after all, about Healthy alternatives.  But I was intrigued, so I read it anyway. All I can say is:  OUCH!!
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The Real Fountain of Youth - Sex!

April 22, 2009 by Terri  
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This sounds like it’s going to be a good program, as for as interest in various healing modalities goes…. so I thought I would share this PRESS RELEASE:

New Series Whole Body Health Explores the World of Alternative Medicine

BALTIMORE, April 22 /PRNewswire/ — Retirement Living TV (RLTV), the first network dedicated to adults 50+, announces the series premiere of Whole Body Health (WBH), an original program that provides viewers expert medical commentary and firsthand accounts of the buzz worthy and sometimes unconventional holistic healthcare treatments available today. The series explores several alternative treatments, including: Bee Sting Therapy, Superfoods, Cancer and Enzymes Therapy, Native American Healing and more. It also features modern analysis on ancient healing practices and reveals whether these remedies truly work.

Whole Body Health‘s first season offers:

  • A variety of guests including best-selling author of the YOU series, Michael Roizen, MD. A Dr. Oz collaborator and frequent Oprah guest, Roizen explains how an active sex life can lead to a longer life.
  • Testimony from the people who have successfully used alternative medicine such as a nurse with stage 2 ovarian cancer who forewent traditional methods to be treated with pig enzymes.
  • The buzz on bee sting therapy and why some doctors are beginning to use bee venom in their practice.
  • Best-selling author and anti-aging specialist, Nicholas Perricone, MD discussing how certain Superfoods can reduce wrinkles.
  • The facts on raw food diets, plus the skinny on Acai berry!
  • Experts from the Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic and Duke Medical Center.
  • A look at Native American healing that begins with a fifth generation Navajo medicine man and progresses into WBH’s show host participating in a traditional Native American sweat lodge.

Whole Body Health explores holistic approaches to health care. Each week we take viewers on a journey into the world of complementary, alternative and integrative medicine,” said Elliot Jacobson, VP Programming and Production, RLTV. “Distinguishing features of the program are the reality checks that involve medical experts weighing in on the alternative treatments and regular reminders to viewers to have a discussion with a primary care physician before trying any therapy or dietary change.”

Whole Body Health, is hosted by medical journalist Kevin J. Soden, MD and executive produced by David Wasser. The program will air at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29.


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