Category: Health care

Nov 25 2009

H1N1 With Hemorrhagic Pneumonia May Be Increasing In US

It was recently reported in Iowa that deaths from H1N1 may be under-reported. Although the official death toll for the state is 21, the Polk County medical examiner

said he has performed autopsies on some residents who were never diagnosed with H1N1, but actually had it.”In the autopsy, what we’re seeing is very heavy, wet hemorrhagic lungs, lungs with a lot of blood in them,” said Dr. Gregory Schmunk.He said the official count of seven H1N1 deaths is inaccurate, but patient rights laws prohibit him from giving specific numbers.He said there are two reasons for the discrepancy. First, not all sick patients get tests and second, the virus is difficult to detect. Some patients may be too sick to receive the most accurate H1N1 test.

He also pointed out that it is vital for people to get the flu shot when it is available, and for people who are sick to stay home, since one sick person at work can infect 10 others.

This may be the H1N1 variant that has been ravaging people in Ukraine, Norway, and now starting in China. Well over 1.6 million people have been infected in Ukraine alone in the last few weeks, and many are dying of hemorrhagic pneumonia. It has been reported that many of the dead victims had black lungs that had been totally destroyed in a matter of a couple of days. This is believed by some researchers to be caused by the receptor binding domain change, D225G, which was also identified in the 1918 and 1919 Spanish flu pandemic that killed many millions of people, as reported in a recent posting at recombinomics.

Betsy McKay: I just wanted to follow-up on the question about the mutation in norway.  I wondered if you could talk a little bit more about is it possible that this mutation has produced a more virulent form and what has CDC uncovered through its own work?

Anne Schuchat: this mutation has been seen sporadically here and there around the world.  Sometimes it’s been seen in patients who had very mild disease and sometimes it’s been seen in people who had more severe or fatal disease.  And, of course, lots of virus without this mutation has been seen in the fatal as well as the milder forms of H1N1 influenza.  There’s some theoretical reasons why this particular mutation might lead an influenza virus to live easier in the deep part of the lungs and cause lower respiratory infections, but we’ve actually seen lower respiratory infections in a severe viral pneumonia without this mutation.  So I think it’s too soon to say what this will mean long term.  It’s an important finding and they’re looking into it, but I don’t think it has the public health implications that we would wonder about.  Did you have a second question?  Oh, what have we seen so far?  I believe it’s been seen in the U.S. But associated with mild disease.  I believe.  I might need to verify that.  Do we have another from the room?  Okay.  We’ll go back to the phone.

The above comments are from the latest CDC update and regard the receptor binding domain change, D225G, which has recently been reported in Ukraine and Norway.  This change was also identified in 1918 and 1919 fatal lung cases and the change has been targeted in receptor binding domain studies.  These studies showed that the 1918 H1N1 with D225G was able to bind to gal alpha 2,3 and gal alpha 2,6, in contrast to the 1918 sequences with wild type D225, which targeted alpha 2,6.

Recent studies have also demonstrated that alpha 2,3 receptors are on alveolar epithelial type II cells, which regulate lung surface tension as well as immunological defenses which include the release of cytokines.  Binding of H1N1 to these cells could have significant clinical implications, which is supported by the recently published sequences which identifies D225G in lung and trachea samples form fatally infected patients.  The cases in Ukraine were also linked to hemorrhagic disease and the CDC sent out a warning on such cases due to sporadic reports in the United States.

In another article on the recombinomics web site, yesterday, that the situation in Ukraine is critical:

Ukraine Dead Approach 400 – D225G Spreads
Recombinomics Commentary 23:30
November 24, 2009

1,679,237 Influenza/ARI

99,661 Hospitalized

397 Dead

The above figures from the latest daily update from the Ukraine Ministry of Health support a decline in the rate of increases of cases and deaths, but the total is now almost 400 fatalities (see map).  The spread was likely slowed by the country-wide closing of schools along with warmer weather.  However, it is likely that the virus will return as temperatures drop and the traditional flu season begins, although it is unclear if seasonal flu will be in circulation in 2010.

The receptor binding domain change, D225G, was in four of four sequence from fatal cases, raising concerns that the 2,3 alpha specificity of D225G drove the H1N1 to the lungs and the total destruction.  Three patients in Norway were said to also have D225G, and two of the three died while the third had been in serious condition.  25 HA sequences from Norway were deposited at Genbank, but only one had D225G, and it was a mixture.  In Brazil both patients with D225G in lung samples had died, and the case in China had been in serious condition.

This is a critical situation that must be closely monitored. Up until now, H1N1 has been pretty mild, but it does seem to be mutating to a much more virulent variety. Also, there has been a lot of evidence of people who had previously had H1N1, earlier in the year, being re-infected. This is further evidence of mutations of the virus.

Nov 08 2009

John Stossel’s “Sick In America”

This is basically the long version of a piece by John Stossel that I posted earlier.  That posting has been removed by YouTube, and I can’t find it any where else. I suspect the Obama administration will force YouTube to remove this, too, at some point. But, until then, enjoy.

Nov 07 2009

Obama, Apparently, Shuts Down John Stossel Anti-Obamacare Video

I just noticed that my video of John Stossel’s, previously of ABC, has been taken down by YouTube. It states “violation of terms”. Obviously, the Obama administration got to YouTube. This video was posted a few months ago. It was highly critical of Obamacare. It is now “unavailable”. http://healthcaretodiefor.com/?p=95 I’ve tried to find another source, but I have not been able to do so. It is painfully obvious that Barack Osama does not want Amerika to know his plans for turning the USA into the USSA (“United Socialist States of Amerika”.)
It is also interesting that many of my other posts, from about that time frame, are no longer available. As the “Church Lady” used to say “It must be Satan”. ER, Barack Osama.

We are doomed!

Oct 25 2009

Your Government at Work. And You Want To Trust Your Health Care To Them?

We’ve all heard of the bird flu. It was going to mutate into a form that could be easily transmitted from person to person, thus killing millions, if not tens of millions, of people. So far (fortunately) that has not happened (although it certainly could). But, last year we were struck with a new flu scare, called swine flu, or H1N1. While most of us call it swine flu, the “government” is very careful to tell us that it is not “swine flu”, it is “H1N1″. Whatever! We all know what we mean. I am not sure why the government does not want us to call it “swine flu”, but I suspect it is related to the fact that people (as mandated by the Egyptian government, for example) have been slaughtering pigs for a while now, in fear that that they could spread the disease. The spread is really not related to pigs, however. It is related to humans. While humans can give the flu to pigs, and pigs can give it to humans, it is rarely transmitted by eating pork from infected pigs, unless it is not adequately cooked.

Anyway, the government announced, in September, that they were on top of the problem. Don’t worry, we will protect you! (“CDC: H1N1 flu vaccine to be ready by early October“) Now, we are told that the flu vaccine will not be available for at least another few weeks. So far, only 15 million doses have been made available. To make matters worse, I have heard that you need two injections to get full immunity. (This may have changed; I’m not sure.) Obviously, the quantity of injections necessary to attain true immunity will not happen before the end of the year, if it even occurs  by then. In the mean time, swine flu infections have skyrocketed. As the graphs show, the rate of infection, and the number of deaths,  in the United States, have risen dramatically in the last few weeks. The reaction of the Obama administration has been to declare a national emergency. What else would you expect? They mismanage a known threat, and then declare a national emergency to deal with their mismanagement. But, it is even more sinister. Once a national emergency is declared, the federal government can do pretty much whatever it wants, to “lessen the effect of the emergency”.

H1N1_confirmed_cases

confirmed_N1N1_deaths

The above graphs were prepared from data reported by FluTracker.

If you have not set up your life in such a way that you can live without leaving your home for at least 12 to 20 weeks, you had better be prepared to live in a government compound of some sort. Perhaps the declaration of a national emergency is the forerunner to Obama activating his “Civilian National Security Force“.   It is possible, maybe likely, that most, if not all, essential services may go away if swine flu really takes off, forcing people to stay home either because they are sick, or they fear getting sick. If that happens, stores will not have food, since there will be few working truckers to deliver it, and power and other essential services may fail, or be highly unreliable, since there will be far fewer people to maintain and service the vital infrastructures. We all saw how well the government cared for  people during hurricane Katrina. The painful fact is that the only, real, purpose of the government is to provide for the defense and safety of the people. But, as we have seen in many natural disasters, including Katrina, the government is not prepared to protect the people, and it has no intention to do so, unless putting everyone in a detention center is the government’s way of “caring”. (You had better believe that it does have plans to protect itself, however.)  If you are not personally prepared to “weather the storm”, by having  enough food and other essentials on hand to stay home for several months, you may be in trouble.

One other interesting aside. I had started to hear that because of the hype of the swine flu, many people were rushing to get their seasonal flu shots. While this might be good, in one way, it is bad in another. I got my seasonal flu shot around the middle of October, and was told that the store would run out of flu seasonal flu shots the following day. While they normally get two allocations of seasonal flu shots, so they can give the shots through February, they are done for the season, and it was only mid October. They cannot get any more seasonal flu shots, because the supplies have run out. Personally, I don’t normally even think about getting a flu shot until November or early December, and I know a lot of other people are like me in that respect. If you have not gotten your seasonal flu shot by now, chances are you will not be able to get one. So, we could end up in a situation where many more people than usual get the seasonal flu, since many people who should have gotten the shot probably did not, since many people who probably were not at high risk got the shot, instead, due to the panic instigated by the government. Thus, clearly the government mismanaged the situation by not anticipating the needed quantity of seasonal flu shots.

Thus, here you have more evidence of government mismanagement. And, taking over health care is, after all, about management. Do you really want an organization that has proven itself, time after time, to be totally incompetent, managing the entire health care system?

We are doomed!

Aug 28 2009

Fascinating Coverage of Obama’s Marxist and Anti-Capitalist Advisors And Reagan’s Warning From The Grave!

These videos from Glenn Beck are fascinating. I knew that Obama was a Marxist, because he basically said so in one of his autobiographies. I read both of them before the election. But, when you look at the radicals that he surrounds himself with, and who he employs to write various bills, and who advise groups and companies on how to get money from the government, it just blows your mind. I need some of that duct tape George Bush told me to buy; my head is about to explode!
During this clip, it is pointed out the Hugo Chavez warned Fidel Castro that after some of Obama’s actions (essentially nationalizing GM), they might end to the right of Obama!


Another part, where it is mentioned that Cass Sunstein states that we should “celebrate tax day”.

And yet more, including an interview with Rush Limbaugh where he speculates that Obama may be destroying the Democratic party, but it is too soon to say for sure. Personally, I think he is. Too many people are now saying “This is not what I voted for!” as the polls demonstrate with his rapidly falling popularity.

And, finally, a speech from 1964 where Ronald Reagan warns us about virtually every thing that Obama is foisting on the country in terms of high taxation, large government, socialism, and communism. One of the best lines in the speech (and there are many of them) is Reagan’s quoting of Senator Clarke of Pennsylvania “(Clarke) defines liberalism as meeting the material needs of the masses through the full power of centralized government”. Reagan’s response: “Well, I, for one, resent it when a representative of the people refers to you and me, the free men and women of this country, as the masses. This is a term we haven’t applied to ourselves in America. But, beyond that, the full power of centralized government! This was the very thing the founding fathers sought to minimize. They knew that governments don’t control things. The government can’t control the economy without controlling people. And they know when a government sets out to do that, it must use force and coercion to achieve it’s purpose. They also knew, those founding fathers, that outside of it’s legitimate functions, government does nothing as well, or as economically, as the private sector of the economy.” He then goes on with examples. An incredible warning from the grave.
As a personal afterthought. How much better our nation would have fared if Barry Goldwater had been elected as President of the United States, rather than Lyndon Johnson, in 1964! It can be argued that Johnson’s presidency was the socialist camel’s nose under the tent, unfortunately.

Aug 28 2009

Obama Says To See What He Believes, See Who He Surrounds Himself With…Communists, Marsists, One World Governmentistas

Well, Obama said it himself during his campaign. He said that in order to see what he believes, you have to look at who he surrounds himself with for advice. He mentions Paul Volker, General Jones, Warren Buffet. But, now that he is in office, who has his ear? Radical environmentalists, self proclaimed Communists and Marxists, and people who favor a “one world government.” Just think of the implications of that! Something like the UN (arguably one of the most corrupt and corrupted organizations in the world), running the world. See it all. Incredible stuff.

Aug 26 2009

The National Debt Road Trip

A great little video that explains the national debt in a way that almost anyone can understand.

Aug 25 2009

What is with Obama’s administration? First a depopulation nutjob, now a confirmed Marxist!

It was bad enough news when Barack Obama announced that his science czar was to be John Holdren, but now he has announced that Van Jones will be the clean energy czar! What else can he do to destroy the United States?

We now have a fan of one-world government, depopulation, and legal rights for trees as science czar, and a self-admitted Marxist in charge of green energy!  (Not to mention a Christian fundamentalist in charge of the National Institutes of Health! Although Francis Collins is a fine scientist, by most accounts, I question how a Christian fundamentalist can really support evolution, which is an essential aspect of any science-related job, and especially one that involves medicine and evolution at it’s core. Let’s hope he can keep his personal religious beliefs away from his duties at the NIH. But, I digress.)

In 1977, John Holdren co-authored a book titled “Eccoscience: Population, Resources, Environment” along with Paul Ehrlich and Anne Ehrlich. In this very long book, he strongly advocated for depopulation. The book could be summarized by the statement: “To provide a high quality of life for all, there must be fewer people.” To accomplish that, he advocated for forced sterilizations, limiting women to no more than one or two children, and forcing unmarried women to abort their children.
The following is a direct quote from his book:

Isn’t this just the man for the job of science czar??? And, he also famously predicted that the oceans would rise 13 feet by the end of the 21st century due to global warming, even though the highly dubious IPCC report only predicts a sea level rise of 13 inches by the end of the century.

In the above mentioned book, Holdren also argued for zero GDP growth, along with zero population growth.

It is by now abundantly clear that the GNP cannot grow forever. Why should it? Why should we not strive for zero economic growth (ZEG) as well as zero population growth?”

What a brilliant idea, especially right after the Obama administration has foisted a $10 trillion budget deficit upon the children of America! When the youth of America fully realize the impact of that fact, and are told that we should not have economic growth that might at least help to pay for that staggering debt load, they might want to consider suicide, which will probably be handily supplied by your local government controlled doctor, if and when you can get an appointment. That will help to both lower population, and reduce GNP at the same time! I am beginning to see the logic.

In 1973, Holdren stated, in relation to the population of the United States,  “210 million now is too many and 280 million in 2040 is likely to be much too many”. The current population of the United States is a bit over 307 million. I guess he got that wrong.

Holdren stated in another book that he co-authored with Paul and Anne Ehrlich in 1973, “Human Ecology: Problems and Solutions”:

A massive campaign must be launched to restore a high-quality environment in North America and to de-develop the United States. De-devolopment means bringing our economic system (especially patterns of consumption) into line with the realities of ecology and the global resource situation. Resources and energy must be diverted from frivolous and wasteful uses overdeveloped countries to filling the genuine needs of underdeveloped countries. This effort must be largely political, especially with regard to our overexploitation of world resources, but the campaign should be strongly supplemented by legal and boycott action against polluters and others whose activities damage the environment.

The need for de-development presents our economists with a major challenge. They must design a stable, low-consumption economy in which there is a much more equitable distribution of wealth than the present one. Redistribution of wealth both within and among nations is absolutely essential, if a decent life is to be provided for every human being.

It can’t get much clearer than that. He favors depopulation and redistribution of wealth. He is another Marxist, just like Obama, and Obama’s new pick for green czar, Van Jones. Plus, what better way to depopulate the country than by socialized medicine, where the government gets to decide who gets what treatment, who is allowed to have children, and how many, etc. When you look at it, it all starts to fall into place.

But, to make it even worse, Holdren also argued for giving up some national sovereignty, in favor of a world police force and government! As verified by the “Accuracy In Media” website ( http://www.aim.org/aim-report/obama-czar-favors-planetary-regime/ )

pages 942-943 the book calls for a “Planetary Regime” that “should control the global economy and dictate by force the number of children allowed to be born.”Page 942 does include a heading, “Toward a Planetary Regime,” and page 943 declares, “The Planetary Regime might be given responsibility for determining the optimum population for the world and for each region and for arbitrating various countries’ shares within their regional limits. Control of population size might remain the responsibility of each government, but the Regime should have some power to enforce the agreed limits. As with the Law of the Sea and other international agreements, all agreements for regulating population sizes, resource development, and pollution should be subject to revision and modification in accordance with changing conditions.”

World Government?

Holdren cannot wiggle out of responsibility for these statements because he does not specifically attribute them to anyone else in particular. Hence, the endorsement of a “planetary regime” can be correctly attributed to the authors of the book, including Holdren. What’s more, Holdren’s endorsement of the Law of the Sea Treaty is currently relevant because this is a treaty that Obama is now pushing for ratification by the U.S. Senate.

The book declares on page 943: “Should a Law of the Sea be successfully established, it could serve as a model for a future Law of the Atmosphere to regulate the use of airspace, to monitor climate change, and to control atmospheric pollution. Perhaps those agencies, combined with UNEP [United Nations Environmental Program] and the United Nations population agencies, might eventually be developed into a Planetary Regime-sort of an international superagency for population, resources, and environment. Such a comprehensive Planetary Regime could control the development, administration, conservation, and distribution of all natural re-sources, renewable or nonrenewable, at least insofar as international implications exist.”

This is not only dangerous but an accurate prediction of what is currently happening under Obama, who is pushing Senate ratification of the Law of the Sea Treaty and hoping to produce another and much tougher global warming treaty at a United Nations conference in December in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Global Enforcer

Zombietime highlights that the Holdren book declares on page 917 that “If this could be accomplished, security might be provided by an armed international organization, a global analogue of a police force.”

This statement is followed by the important caveat: “But it seems probable that, as long as most people fail to comprehend the magnitude of the danger, that step will be impossible.”

In this case, the caveat is not convincing, in part because Holdren seems to have dedicated his career to exaggerating “the danger” and can be counted on to continue to do so in his White House position.

It goes without saying that the major media should belatedly begin to probe Holdren’s views with a careful reading of the book Ecoscience.

I’m sorry, but I consider this chilling, and not the kind of philosophy that I want in any government official, much less the “science czar.”

But now, to add insult to injury, Obama appoints an admitted Marxist and Communist as his “green jobs czar”, officially “Special Advisor for Green Jobs at the White House Council on Environmental Quality”. As the East Bay Express reported about Van Jones:

One week later, while Jones was observing the first large rally since the lifting of the city’s state of emergency, he got swept up in mass arrests. It was a turning point in his life. Jones had planned to move to Washington, DC, and had already landed a job and an apartment there. But in jail, he said, “I met all these young radical people of color — I mean really radical, communists and anarchists. And it was, like, ‘This is what I need to be a part of.’” Although he already had a plane ticket, he decided to stay in San Francisco. “I spent the next ten years of my life working with a lot of those people I met in jail, trying to be a revolutionary.” In the months that followed, he let go of any lingering thoughts that he might fit in with the status quo. “I was a rowdy nationalist on April 28th, and then the verdicts came down on April 29th,” he said. “By August, I was a communist.”

In 1994, the young activists formed a socialist collective, Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement, or STORM, which held study groups on the theories of Marx and Lenin and dreamed of a multiracial socialist utopia.

http://www.eastbayexpress.com/gyrobase/the_new_face_of_environmentalism/Content?oid=290098&showFullText=true

The following video has a lot of information on him:

So, what can I say? It looks pretty bleak for America. If the founding fathers could see what was happening, they would not be turning over in their graves; they would be spinning, uncontrollably, in their graves!

Aug 24 2009

Massachusetts On Verge Of Passing Bill That Could Result In $1000/fines For Those Who Refuse Quarantine

The Massachusetts state legislature is on the verge of passing sweeping new health emergency rules. These would do such things as essentially forcing vaccinations and immunizing health care workers. Additionally, if a person refused to be quarantined, for example, they could be fined up to $1000 per day. While some might argue that these are needed laws, they are just one more strike at freedom within the country.

Aug 24 2009

ABC’s John Stossel Destroys/Pulverizes/Crushes Obama’s anti-American ‘Health Care’ Plan

Interesting video by John Stossel of ABC. Some of the interesting points in the video is that the wait for dental care in England is so long that some people do their own dental work with pliers and vodka. In Canada, although a dog can get a CT scan in 1 day, the wait for a human is generally about a month. Additionally, in Canada, the average wait in an emergency room is about 23 hours! As I have also pointed out, people from countries with socialized medicine come to the United States for health care. If the United States gets socialized medicine, where will Americans go for health care. The video even pointed out how people like Desmond Tutu and Silvio Berlusconi have come to the United States for medical care.

Aug 19 2009

Swedish Lesbians Suck Sperm Banks Dry

Sorry, I could not resist posting this story. Is this the kind of thing that could beset the United States, land of the free and home of the brave? The article states:

So bad have things got that prospective customers at Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg are now forced to wait 18 months for treatment.

The problem, the Göteborgs-Posten explains, is that a 2005 law change granted “female same-sex couples” the right to fertility treatment at Swedish hospitals. Previously, this privilege extended only to married women or those who were “registered heterosexual partners”.

The article also states that couples must now go abroad to get impregnated. Maybe that could be a niche industry for ObamaCare!

Read it all:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/07/24/swedish_shortage/

Aug 19 2009

#1 RINGTONE IN THE COUNTRY: Obama Care Remixx (OLD PEOPLE) By Obama / Rush Limbaugh

Great little ditty about old people and the Obamacare program. After the ditty, there is a brief discussion about a 105 year old woman who received a pace maker at the age of 99. Obama is questioned about this in a brief exchange, and his response is not encouraging or “hopeful” for old people.

Aug 17 2009

Canadian National Healthcare System Imploding

Boy, Obamabots are not going to like this news. Just when they were hoping that the United States, perhaps soon the be the United Socialist States, was about to get nationalized health care, our neighbors to the north state that things are not working out so well for them in their nationalized health care system.

SASKATOON — The incoming president of the Canadian Medical Association says this country’s health-care system is sick and doctors need to develop a plan to cure it.

Dr. Anne Doig says patients are getting less than optimal care and she adds that physicians from across the country – who will gather in Saskatoon on Sunday for their annual meeting – recognize that changes must be made.

“We all agree that the system is imploding, we all agree that things are more precarious than perhaps Canadians realize,” Doing said in an interview with The Canadian Press.

The article goes on to discuss how “change” is badly needed. Ironically, some people seem to feel that the system has to “change” to something that looks more like the American system. They feel that, and our “leaders” are trying to tell us that we need something more like the Canadian system.

As I’ve said before, people from countries with socialized medicine, like Canada, come to the US when they need quality health care. If we get ObamaCare, where will Americans go when they need quality health care?

Read the whole article at http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5jbjzPEY0Y3bvRD335rGu_Z3KXoQw

Aug 10 2009

Dissent Is Not Un-American

In spite of what the Obama administration would have you believe, a significant percentage of the American people have serious reservations about rushing into a nationalized health care plan. Great article from the Heritage foundation.

http://blog.heritage.org/2009/08/10/morning-bell-dissent-is-not-un-american/

Aug 09 2009

Some Great “Fishy” Images From Jeff Head

TheStorm

Jeff Head has some great images and posters at his site about the upcoming marxist takeover of America by Obama and his minions.

Go to http://www.jeffhead.com/fishy.htm to see them all.

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