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25 Ways the Canadian Health Care System is Better than Obamacare for the 2020 Elections
Ralph Nader: Costly complexity is baked into Obamacare, and although it has improved access to healthcare for some, tens of millions of Americans still cannot afford basic medical care for their family. ... Number 25: In Canada, everyone is covered automatically at birth – everybody in, nobody out. A human right. ... In the United States, under Obamacare, 28 million Americans (9 percent) are still uninsured and 85 million Americans (26 percent) are underinsured. Obamacare is made even worse by Trumpcare restrictions ... Number 24: In Canada, the health system is designed to put people, not profits, first.... Visit Website ]
Sep 19, 2019, 2:42pm

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How Greedy Hospitals Fleece the Poor
Libby Watson: The most vulnerable Americans are being dunned into destitution through surprise fees and fraudulent practices. ... The precise number of people who go bankrupt because of a medical bill matters far less than the fact that medical bankruptcy is a real danger in the United States in a way that it simply isn’t in other developed countries. ... Last year, The Wall Street Journal reported on the case of a Wisconsin hospital that had actually attempted to determine the real cost of a knee surgery at its facility, for which the list price was more than $50,000. It turned out the answer was $10,500. ... Though Medicare and Medicaid will only reimburse a set amount for each procedure, a hospital can charge private insurance—and patients—whatever it can get away with. ... Patients are mere pawns in the games that hospitals play with insurance.... Visit Website ]
Sep 14, 2019, 2:39pm

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How Medicare for All Looks From Britain
Dawn Foster: The terrifying experience of getting sick on a visit to America reminded me why Brits cherish our National Health Service. The NHS doesn’t just make the United Kingdom healthier — it creates a spirit of equality that changes people's entire mentality about health care. ... It’s often, correctly, observed that to people in the United Kingdom the National Health Service is akin to a religion. ... Since its creation after World War II, the mere suggestion, by any party, of a shift away from free health care provokes horror in the electorate. ... The NHS has changed the psychology of an entire nation, across multiple generations: we know that no matter what happens we will receive care and pay little, if anything, for it. ... Most problems with the NHS are caused by underfunding at the hands of governments that will happily finance wars while cutting funding for nurses. ... Visit Website ]
Sep 13, 2019, 2:49pm

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Officials Ignore Pesticides and Blame Alcohol and Biscuits for Rising Rates of Disease
Colin Todhunter: Campaigner and environmentalist Dr Rosemary Mason has written an open letter to the Chief Medical Officer of England, Sally Davies. In it, Mason states that none of the more than 400 pesticides that have been authorised in the UK have been tested for long-term actions on the brain: in the foetus, in children or in adults. ... Glyphosate, the most widespread herbicide in the world, is an EDC (endocrine disrupter) and a nervous system disrupting chemical. ... commercial interests are currently in control of key decisions about the public’s health ... lifestyle choices are not to blame for rising rates of diseases, cancer and obesity; these increases are the outcome of the toxic cocktails of pesticides and other chemicals we are consuming ... Roundup (and other biocides) is a major cause of gross obesity, neuropsychiatric disorders and other chronic diseases including cancers, which are all on the rise, and adversely impacts brain development in children and adolescents... Visit Website ]
Sep 10, 2019, 1:35pm

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Chaos and Old Night: Fracking’s Hell Fires Still Burn Bright in Colorado
Phil Doe: A funny thing happened on the way to the Colorado Capitol this past winter. ... The new Democratic majority passed a bill that would end the oil industry’s reign of terror over the people in the fracking fields of Colorado. ... The new law, known as SB 181, made the protection of public health, safety, and the environment a condition that had to be met before any new oil and gas wells could be drilled or other infrastructure approved. ... The many citizens who believe Governor Polis is slow-walking implementation of SB 181 were served no surprise the other night. ... These citizens now know with certainty the Governor will not implement the new law any time soon. ... Yet - Wastewater samples collected from 329 fracked oil wells found that virtually all—98 percent—contained benzene (carcinogen) at levels that exceeded standards for permissible concentrations in drinking water. ... Over 90 percent of all original research studies published from 2016-2018 on the health impacts of fracking find a positive association with immediate or potential harm... Visit Website ]
Sep 3, 2019, 11:45am

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Doctors are prescribing houseplants for anxiety, depression, and loneliness
Melissa Breyer: A medical practice in Manchester, England is giving patients indoor plants to help boost wellness. ... Take two spider plants and call me in the morning? ... It is no secret that houseplants have all kinds of benefits to offer their human hosts. Beyond their cheerful demeanor, they provide many helpful assists, like increasing oxygen levels, helping stave off illness, cleaning the air, boosting healing, nudging creativity, and relieving stress – among other things. ... So it comes as little surprise that the medical community is catching on – as evidenced by a GP practice in Manchester, England that is prescribing plants to help people with anxiety, depression, and loneliness. ... patients get herbs, vegetables, and potted plants to care for. After a while, they bring them back to the medical office and transfer them to a communal garden. ... So much of what keeps people happy and well isn’t medical... Visit Website ]
Aug 31, 2019, 4:07pm

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We Have a Dental Care Crisis. Medicare for All Could Solve It.
Natalie Shure: Guaranteed dental coverage would finally put an end to the deep inequities in U.S. oral health. ... the incorporation of oral health into a broader vision for universal healthcare is emerging as a distinct social justice issue. ... dental inequality is even more extreme in America than inequality in other areas of healthcare. Twice as many children lack dental coverage as conventional health coverage. Some 800,000 ER visits a year stem from dental issues, many of which could be avoided with routine management. More Americans report financial barriers for dentistry than any other type of healthcare. ... Indeed, poor oral health has been linked to heart disease, Alzheimer’s and other serious ailments... Visit Website ]
Jul 11, 2019, 2:54pm

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Congress Loves Socialized Health Care — For Itself
Jim Hightower: For $3.5 trillion a year, shouldn’t we Americans have a world-class health care system? ... No surprise, then, that Medicare for All is now backed by 85 percent of Democrats, 66 percent of independents, and (get this) 52 percent of Republicans! ... So — why isn’t Congress responding to this overwhelming public demand for universal coverage? ... I suspect that one big reason for Washington’s big yawn over the people’s plea for sweeping reform is that our lawmakers don’t personally feel the financial pain and emotional distress that are inflicted on millions of regular Americans by a system built on private greed. ... Called the Office of the Attending Physician (or OAP), it provides a complete range of free medical service for lawmakers. No appointment needed and no waiting — they walk in and doctors, nurses, technicians, pharmacists, and other professionals tend to them right away... Visit Website ]
Jul 11, 2019, 2:10pm

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High Cost of Nukes Even Higher If Medical Expenses Included
Joseph Mangano: Natural gas, now the most common U.S. electricity source, is cheaper than nuclear – as are solar and wind power, now the fastest-growing sources of electricity. But nuclear power operators are not giving up just yet. ... But the true costs of nuclear vs. other sources are not simply a matter of cost per kilowatt hour. Medical costs are a huge factor and must be added to the public discussion. ... Nuclear reactors emit a mix of over 100 chemicals, each radioactive and cancer-causing. These chemicals do not exist in nature but are only found in operating reactors and exploded atom bombs. ... Studies of local disease and death rates from cancer and other diseases have been ignored and hotly contested by government officials. ... Salem County, New Jersey Nuclear Plant --- cancer death rate --- the highest of the state’s 21 counties... Visit Website ]
Jul 9, 2019, 4:30pm

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Is Bottled Water Safe to Drink Every Day?
Robert Hunziker: Trump’s innate distrust of science is already starting to impact health risks; e.g., according to Consumer Reports (“CR”) excessive levels of arsenic are found in some bottled water that should have been spotted by federal regulators, and not by Consumer Reports ... We found that several popular brands sell bottled water with arsenic levels at or above 3 ppb; current research suggests that amounts above that level are potentially dangerous to drink over extended periods of time. ... For the third year in a row, the Trump administration proposed deep cuts to EPA. These reductions would allow more lead, toxic chemicals, and contaminated water... Visit Website ]
Jul 2, 2019, 11:23am

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Two-hour ‘dose’ of nature significantly boosts health – study
Damian Carrington, The Guardian, UK: A two-hour “dose” of nature a week significantly boosts health and wellbeing, research suggests, even if you simply sit and enjoy the peace. ... The physical and mental health benefits of time spent in parks, woods or the beach are well known, but the new research is the first major study into how long is needed to produce the effect. If confirmed by future research, two hours in nature could join five a day of fruit and veg and 150 minutes of exercise a week as official health advice. ... The researchers were also surprised that it did not matter whether the two hours in nature were taken in one go or in a series of shorter visits, or whether people went to an urban park, woodlands or the beach. ... The study did not attempt to find out why being in nature was so beneficial, but White suggested a sense of tranquillity could be the key... Visit Website ]
Jun 13, 2019, 12:05pm

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Processed foods are a much bigger health problem than we thought
Julia Belluz: They’ve been linked to disease and overeating. Could our microbiome explain why? ... What if there’s something unique about ultraprocessed foods that primes us to overeat and leads to bad health? ... A new, intriguing hypothesis offers a potential answer. Increasingly, scientists think processed foods, with all their additives and sugar and lack of fiber, may be formulated in ways that disturb the gut microbiome, the trillions of diverse bacteria lining our intestines and colon. Those disturbances, in turn, may heighten the risk of chronic disease and encourage overeating. ... ultraprocessed foods are created in factories. They’re pumped full of chemicals and other additives for color, flavor, texture, and shelf life. This processing generally increases the flavor and caloric density of the foods, while stripping away the fiber, vitamins, and nutrients.... Visit Website ]
Jun 11, 2019, 4:50pm

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Racism is a Public Health Crisis
Jessicah Pierre: Racism is often viewed as an action performed by individuals. But even if we got rid of all America’s prejudiced individuals, racism would still exist in the systems they built. ... As governments struggle to address (or even acknowledge) these racial inequalities, officials in Milwaukee, Wisconsin decided to take a unique approach by declaring racism a public health crisis. ... By declaring such racism a public health crisis, Milwaukee County officials are committing to put racial equity at the core of all city procedures, to advocate for policies that improve health in communities of color, and to train their employees on how racism impacts residents. ... Finally, they hope to encourage other local, state, and national officials to recognize racism as a public health issue... Visit Website ]
Jun 8, 2019, 5:01pm

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8 health benefits of the marvelous mushroom
Melissa Breyer: In a 2012 study looking at the role of culinary-medicinal mushrooms on human welfare, the authors describe mushrooms as part of the fungal biota “characterized by wonder.” ... Wonder indeed. ... Of course mushrooms have some magical connotations, thanks to those that inspire hallucinogenic reveries or provide cover for woodland fairies. ... But they are also little eco powerhouses. As the above-mentioned authors note, “They rise up from lignocellulosic wastes: yet they become so bountiful and nourishing. Mushrooms are environmentally friendly. They biosynthesize their own food from agricultural crop residues, which would otherwise cause health hazards.” ... Consider: They lack the bad things ---- Mushrooms offer vitamins, minerals, protein, fiber, and a host of health benefits – but they are notably lacking in high calories, cholesterol, and sodium... Visit Website ]
May 18, 2019, 3:25pm

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Scientists are grappling with our biggest limitation in spaceflight: our own bodies
Brian Resnick: We’ve sent people to space for decades — but we’re only beginning to learn what that means for their health. ... All these grand ideas, potential missions, and dreams of a long-term human presence in space depend on one thing: that our feeble human bodies can handle it. But the truth is, no one knows what happens to a body when it spends more than a year in space. ... Issues: 1) How does the human body respond to radiation in space? ... 2) Is there an upper limit for the amount of time a person can spend in space? ... 3) How does the human mind cope with the isolation and loneliness of space travel? ... “The greatest unknowns, and perhaps the most dangerous,” says J.D. Polk, NASA’s chief medical officer, “are those we have not considered or are unaware of, colloquially termed the ‘unknown unknowns.’”... Visit Website ]
May 14, 2019, 3:18pm


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