UVA has ruined us’: Health system sues thousands of patients, seizing paychecks and putting liens on homes

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Heather Waldron and John Hawley are losing their four-bedroom house in the hills above Blacksburg, Va. A teenage daughter, one of their five children, sold her clothes for spending money. They worried about paying the electric bill. Financial disaster, they say, contributed to their divorce, finalized in April.

Their money problems began when the University of Virginia Health System pursued the couple with a lawsuit and a lien on their home to recoup $164,000 in charges for Waldron’s emergency surgery in 2017… Continue reading

Oregon Mother Jailed for Recommending Non-Chemo Cancer Therapies for Daughter

When any human over the age of 18 decides they no longer want to continue with chemotherapy, due to the side effects the poison inflicts on the body, physicians and the government don’t bat an eye.

The patient is referred to hospice care where they will live out their remaining time on earth in a state of comfort until the morphine and lack of essential nutrients needed to sustain life takes its toll, and death ensues.

Unfortunately, if you are under the age of 18, this right is not up to you, and it is not up to your parent. Continue reading

The Difference Between Chemotherapy and Radiation

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What you are about to read is exactly what you would expect from an AMA sanctioned and licensed Oncology Group. The first four paragraphs are standard to what the title suggests… and then the sales pitch begins. It’s all relatively soft-stuff, and although there are suggestions of ‘side effects’ – they don’t dare fill you in on the real dangers. (continued at the end of the column…)

Just what Dr. Kelley teaches – options – without surgery, chemotherapy or radiation…

Chemotherapy is a form of cancer treatment where a patient is given drugs designed to kill cancer cells. Radiation, on the other hand, is a type of cancer treatment where high doses of radiation are delivered to cancerous tumors in the body.

Various treatment options are available for patients suffering from cancer… Continue reading

US drug czar calls out big pharma for role in opioid crisis

Aug. 27, 2019 – Following the landmark ruling in Oklahoma on Monday against Johnson and Johnson that found the company responsible for helping fuel the opioid epidemic, US drug czar James Carroll called out drug makers for their role as “one of the factors into the start of the crisis.”

Google Joins the Pharmaceutical Industry

Google’s burgeoning ties to Big Pharma have been exposed with the disclosure of its new pharmaceutical division, which just happens to be led by the former head of GlaxoSmithKline’s global vaccine business. As cautioned by Progressive Radio Network journalists Gary Null, PhD and Richard Gale, “Google today is not only a weapon for promoting the pharmaceutical agenda but now also a drug company itself.” Continue reading

Brussels Halts 5G Deployment Indefinitely: Not Compatible With Radiation Safety Standards

Preliminary 5G networks are set to roll out in China, the United States, South Korea, and Japan…

In the next year, preliminary 5G networks are set to roll out in China, the United States, South Korea, and Japan. In the next seven years, operators are projected to invest over $1 trillion to expand 5G wireless technology. With 5G, the telecom industry promises instant connectivity, paving the way for “smart cities.” 5G is a Big Tech dream come true – a data collection boon that will tie all internet-connected devices together and increase connectivity speeds up to 1000 times greater than existing 4G networks. As investors scramble to get a piece of the 5G pie, the technology is not projected for deployment in every first-world country, nor will it be accepted by every big city. Continue reading

Processed foods make us fatter, lead to cancer, and are linked with early death

…but what exactly is a processed food?

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Hot dogs qualify as an ultra-processed food, since they’re packed with preservatives.

They’re quick, easy, cheap, and really bad for us.

Processed foods are under fresh scrutiny this week after a groundbreaking study from the National Institutes of Health found that people on ultra-processed diets ate more calories and gained more weight than they did when offered the same amount of nutrients from less processed food.

The finding suggests there’s something different about how quickly our bodies take in processed foods and how those foods interact with key hormones that help regulate our appetites.

But this is far from the first time that processed foods have been linked to dangerous outcomes. Other researchers have connected packaged and ready-made foods with more cancer cases and more early deaths.

This mounting evidence raises a somewhat tricky question: What exactly designates a certain food as processed? After all, a chicken-salad sandwich prepared at home may still qualify as a processed meal, as could a cheesy quesadilla.

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To answer that question, scientists and nutrition experts often use a a four-tiered system called NOVA that classifies everything we eat as one of these four categories: unprocessed or minimally processed, processed culinary ingredients, processed foods, and ultra-processed food and drink products.

Unprocessed foods include edible parts of plants (fruits, vegetables, seeds, roots, etc.) or animals, as well as fungi and algae. These can be fresh, frozen, or even fermented — the important distinction is that they have not been treated with additives, injected with salt, or rubbed with oil until they’re about to be eaten. Examples include dry beans; grains like rice; fresh or dried mushrooms; meat and dairy products; seafood; plain yogurt; nuts; and spices.

Processed culinary ingredients involve a step up in production. These are ingredients made from unprocessed foods, like vegetable oils, butter, and lard. This category also includes extracted food, like honey from combs, sugar from cane, and syrup from maple trees.

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Processed foods are items that get infused with ingredients like sugar, salt, and fat to help keep them edible longer. Canned fruits, fermented breads (which most breads are, as they’re made with yeast), alcohol, cheese, pickles, and salted nuts all make this list.

Finally, there are ultra-processed foods. These items are designed to be ready to eat and ready to heat at a moment’s notice. To make that possible, these foods are often made in a factory, broken down from their whole or fresh form and treated with thickeners, colors, glazes, and additives. They may be fried before they’re packed in cans or wrappers. They might contain high-fructose corn syrup, protein isolates, or interesterified oils (replacements for trans fats, which are now widely banned). Examples of ultra-processed foods include packaged granola bars, carbonated soft drinks, candy, mass-produced breads, margarine, energy drinks, flavored yogurt, chicken nuggets, and hot dogs.

These are the items researchers are referring to when they say that ultra-processed foods are linked to more cancer cases, early deaths, and weight gain.

Of course, these items also tend to be more convenient and cheaper than less processed food, since they’re less perishable.

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“Ultra-processed food has a lot of advantages in terms of its convenience,” Kevin Hall, the lead author of the NIH study, told Business Insider. “It’s cheap. It sticks around for a while. You don’t have to have all the fresh ingredients on hand, which might spoil. You don’t have to have all the equipment to prepare these meals from scratch.”

But experts, including Hall, say that if you can afford it, cutting back on ultra-processed food is a good strategy for maintaining a healthy weight and staying disease-free.

“You can’t just tax them and make them more expensive and less convenient for people,” he said. “You also have to support access and availability to unprocessed meals.”

Written by Hilary Brueck for Business Insider ~ May 17, 2019

Eat more fruits: These 12 nutrition powerhouses are high in health benefits and low in calories

Eating fruits offers tremendous health benefits — a fact supported by many studies. These are rich in vitamins and minerals, great for keeping diseases at bay, and have high levels of soluble and insoluble fiber, which improves digestion, increases satiety, and lowers cholesterol. But did you know that some fruits might be better than others, in terms of micronutrient content? Continue reading

War on words: Cancer is a Disease, Not a Battle

‘Battling metaphors hold an implicit suggestion that patients who succumb quickly have in some way failed to fight hard enough.’ ~ Jacinta Elliott

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Letters: Emeritus professor Alan Bleakley and cancer patient Jacinta Elliott on the use of military metaphors, and Adrienne Betteley of Macmillan Cancer Support on end-of-life care Continue reading

Letter to an oncologist: Do you remember my mum?

Ten years after I treated her dying mother, this aspiring doctor wants to meet me

Dear Dr Srivastava, you won’t remember me.

My eyes fly to the bottom of the page and I feel a thud in my chest. You couldn’t be more mistaken, I murmur.

You used to tuck yourself in next to the sink in my office, the one with the annoying water tap that would start gushing at the slightest movement and embarrass you until I gently suggested that I had the same problem and you should move your chair a little closer to my desk. Continue reading