Confessions Of A Male Nurse

November 21, 2009

John Mackey (Whole Foods Market CEO) On Health Care Reform, Veganism

From Reasontv:

When he started his first organic food store in Austin, Texas in 1978, Whole Foods Market CEO and co-founder John Mackey had no idea that he would eventually usher in not just a revolution in how we shop but what we buy. If you dig being able to buy dozens of types of once-exotic apples, or cheese, or wine, or soaps, or countless other items, you can thank Mackey in part for helping to create cathedrals of commerce that have vastly enriched our day-to-day lives and vastly expanded our palates. (Full disclosure: Mackey has contributed to Reason Foundation, the nonprofit that publishes this website.)

In August, Mackey became one of the most controversial businessmen in America when he penned an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal outlining his company’s free-market-oriented health care system and offering eight concrete reforms that would reduce costs and improve access. Noting that health care is not “a right” as that term is properly understood, Mackey forcefully argued that increasing government intervention into health care is precisely the wrong thing to do: “The last thing our country needs is a massive new health-care entitlement that will create hundreds of billions of dollars of new unfunded deficits and move us much closer to a government takeover of our health-care system. Instead, we should be trying to achieve reforms by moving in the opposite direction—toward less government control and more individual empowerment.

For the whole interview, check out Reasontv.


November 16, 2009

Gesundheit! Swine Flu Vaccine Death Under Investigation

For those of you who read German, a recent death in relation to the “swine flu vaccine” has prompted an investigation by the government in Thuringia, Germany:

Berlin (dpa) – Ein Mann aus Thüringen ist laut einem Zeitungsbericht nach einer Schweinegrippe-Impfung gestorben. Wie die «Thüringer Allgemeine» (Montag) berichtet, hatte sich der 55-Jährige aus Leinefelde im Eichsfeld am Donnerstag impfen lassen und starb in der Nacht zum Freitag.

Thüringens Gesundheitsministerin Heike Taubert (SPD) sagte dem Blatt, dass ein möglicher Zusammenhang mit der Impfung untersucht werde. Sie gehe davon aus, dass eine Obduktion vorgenommen wird. Über Vorerkrankungen oder Unverträglichkeiten des Gestorbenen sei bislang nichts bekannt, hieß es in dem Bericht. Taubert war für eine Stellungnahme am Sonntag nicht zu erreichen.

Rough English translation (thanks to Google):

Berlin (dpa) – A man has died from Thuringia, according to a newspaper report after a swine flu vaccination. As the “Thüringer Allgemeine” (Monday) have been reported, had the 55-year-old from Leinefelde in Eichsfeld get vaccinated on Thursday and died on the night of Friday.

Thuringia’s Minister of Health, Heike Taubert (SPD), told the paper that was being investigated a possible connection with vaccination. They assume that an autopsy is performed. About Pre-existing conditions or allergies that the dead so far nothing is known, it said in the report. Taubert could not be reached for comment on Sunday.

November 13, 2009

This Doctor Makes Sense

So I’ve been hearing this whole debate about the new healthcare reform, especially at work, but it seemed to me that no one has been able to really come up with a good reason to defend their sides.  I, as a nurse, am a  patient advocate, so I do want my patients covered and get the best treatment money can buy.  At the same time, money doesn’t grow on trees, you don’t pick money off the branches, people work for it because money is a medium of exchange.

What bothers me, though, is that none of the politicians make sense.  The democrats want to cover everybody at the cost of what?  Trillions of dollars to be paid to beurocrats? Republicans want to stop the spending for what? So they can spend on their wars abroad to kill people?  This guy, Ron Paul though, makes sense:

Maybe our politicians should remember the warnings of Isabel Paterson:

“Most of the harm in the world is done by good people, and not by accident, lapse, or omission. It is the result of their deliberate actions, long persevered in, which they hold to be motivated by high ideals toward virtuous ends… …when millions are slaughtered, when torture is practiced, starvation enforced, oppression made a policy, as at present over a large part of the world, and as it has often been in the past, it must be at the behest of very many good people, and even by their direct action, for what they consider a worthy object.” (The God of the Machine)

November 4, 2009

Who Knew The Indians Had It Right…

Filed under: General,Health — nursemichael @ 5:44 am
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that’s right, folks, curry… that spicy, smelly food that some people hate to love is actually a cancer killing elixer of a spice.

according to Reuters:

Researchers at the Cork Cancer Research Center in Ireland treated esophageal cancer cells with curcumin — a chemical found in the spice turmeric, which gives curries a distinctive yellow color — and found it started to kill cancer cells within 24 hours.

now I like most Indian cookery, and their foods are some of the most exotic out there, but you gotta wonder, sometimes age old wisdom can be eons ahead of the furthest scientific research:

For more than 5,000 years turmeric has been used extensively in the diets of south Asian countries such as India and has been an important part of Eastern cultural traditions, and has been included in the medicine in China, according to Mercola. It has several uses as a medicine that includes anti-inflammatory, detoxing of the liver, and improves digestion. The active ingredient curcumin has also been linked to possible future treatments of Alzheimer’s & arthritis.

November 2, 2009

Still Want A Flu Shot?

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found this piece via YouTube


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