ObamaCare –  The US Health Freedom Movement is Responsible for the Best Changes – But There is Still Much Work to be Done…

Opinion by Consumer Advocate  Tim Bolen 

 

It is common knowledge that few, if any, Americans believe what US network TV tells them about health care.  Most people don’t believe what the big newspapers tell them either.  Americans think that our media is controlled – and it is.  So, Americans, even those involved in conventional, status quo, health care seek real information elsewhere. And, where do they go?  The answer to that question is readily obvious.  They get information about what is really happening from those of us in the North American Health Freedom Movement; websites, newsletters, radio shows, TV shows, conferences, public speaking engagements, legislative efforts, etc.  Continue reading ObamaCare –  The US Health Freedom Movement is Responsible for the Best Changes – But There is Still Much Work to be Done…

The Starfield Revelation, Revisited…

Opinion by Journalist John Rappaport

 

In the summer of the year 2000, it was a bolt out of the blue.  The revelation.  I come back to it for various reasons—this time because I’ve been reading doctors’ attacks on the nutritional industry:  “fraudulent claims, quackery, unproven science, theft.”

You’ve heard all the accusations. Continue reading The Starfield Revelation, Revisited…

The Threat to Health Freedom Now – an Exclusive Interview with Jonathan Emord…

Opinion by Journalist John Rappaport

 

As a medical investigative reporter for 28 years, I’ve seen public interest in health freedom come and go.  Right now, in 2010, it is at a low point.

In the early 1990s, there was a tremendous fervor in America.  Millions of people, perceiving a threat from the federal government, realized they could be cut off from the right to improve their health according to their own wishes, judgments, and decisions. Continue reading The Threat to Health Freedom Now – an Exclusive Interview with Jonathan Emord…

What Obama’s Health Care Reform is Missing…

A lot of very smart people I know think that the so-called Swine Flu “pandemic” is a simple marketing ploy created by the foreign owned pharmaceutical industry to sell, nearly useless, and untested, dangerous vaccines to an unsuspecting US public.  In fact, it looks as though about 50% of the people in North America think so.

Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen Continue reading What Obama’s Health Care Reform is Missing…

Truehope “Raids” Health Canada…

Yesterday, a Canadian company Truehope, the makers of EMPowerplus, the first supplement product in North America to be protected against attack by a government agency by the Court System, started their second round of assault against Health Canada.

Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen

Let’s wish them well… Continue reading Truehope “Raids” Health Canada…

Congratulations to the AAHF/ANH on their Strategies…

Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen

 

I am a very loud critic of the US Health Care system.  It sucks, and the American public is suffering from it.    There is, right now, an ongoing dialogue in the US about how to resolve the healthcare crisis.  But, for many of us the fact exists that the points under national discussion do not even come close to the reality of the problem, for, it is obvious, the dialogue only seems to be between the different factors of the very problem.

There is an old adage “identifying the problem is half way to solution.”  At the moment in the official US healthcare dialogue the real problems are not being addressed – and, of course, because of that there is virtually no movement towards solution. Continue reading Congratulations to the AAHF/ANH on their Strategies…

US FDA:  Maybe It’s Time for the Hercules Solution…

Opinion by Consumer Advocate  Tim Bolen 

 

In Greek mythology, Aegeas, the king of Elis, had a vast herd of cattle.  The stables in which they were kept hadn’t been cleaned in 30 years. By then it was impossible to clean them and the resulting stench was unbearable.  Hercules, who had been assigned 12 stupendous tasks (“the Labours of Hercules”) to be performed in atonement for a crime he had supposedly committed, came on the scene. One of those tasks was to clean the Aegean stables. Hercules did the job in one day by diverting a river to flow thorough the King’s stables.

The phrase “clean the Aegean stables” now means to clear away an accumulated mass of corruption – physical, moral, ethical, legal… Continue reading US FDA:  Maybe It’s Time for the Hercules Solution…

Ten US Senators say:  “We want to fix health care NOW…”

Opinion by Consumer Advocate  Tim Bolen

 

Ten US Senators, two days ago, wrote a bi-partisan letter to President George W. Bush saying:

“Each of us believes our current health system needs to be fixed now. Further delay is unacceptable as costs continue to skyrocket, our population ages, and chronic illness increases. In addition, our businesses are at a severe disadvantage when their competitors in the global market get health care for “free.”” Continue reading Ten US Senators say:  “We want to fix health care NOW…”

Why is the US Health Care System Failing? – Incompetent Management at DHHS…

Opinion by Consumer Advocate  Tim Bolen

February 13th, 2007

Nobody even tries to hide the fact that the US Health Care System is broken beyond repair. 

There is a lot of finger-pointing going on, as well there should be.  The US health care system costs too much, it’s the top three killers of Americans, and Americans don’t trust it.  It simply doesn’t work.

Who’s fault is this?  Blame lies solidly with the management of the US Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS).  Current management is incapable of dealing with health care problems.  It has set up a US Health Care system that doesn’t work, and has no chance of ever working. Continue reading Why is the US Health Care System Failing? – Incompetent Management at DHHS…

California Legislature Votes to Kill the Health Insurance Industry….

Opinion by Consumer Advocate  Tim Bolen

 

There is a war on in the United States over health care.  On one side is the “status quo” represented by the medical monopoly, the pharmaceutical industry, the health insurance carriers, and an entrenched bureauracracy wholly beholden to, and run by, the people they are supposed to regulate.  Continue reading California Legislature Votes to Kill the Health Insurance Industry….

US HealthCare System Implodes – “Health Freedom” is Here…

Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen

 

The US healthcare system  is falling in on itself, and it is about time.  Change is in the air, and it won’t take long.  Rated 72nd in quality worldwide – but number one in cost, it has become the number one killer of Americans.

American industry, quietly, over the last few years, took the Bush Administration by the throat, so-to-speak, and demanded, and got, legislation moving consumer health choices out of the hands of the mega-greedy health insurance industry and into the hands of those same consumers. Continue reading US HealthCare System Implodes – “Health Freedom” is Here…

Americans Flee to India, and Elsewhere, for Better Health Care…

Opinion by Health Freedom Advocate Tim Bolen

 

According to the newspaper “Times of India,” 150,000 people, mostly from the United States, went to India last year for Medical care.  Called “medical tourism” the numbers are growing at 15% per annum and by 2012, that “medical tourism”  is expected to generate $2.3 billion annually in India. As one representative of an Indian Hospital,  Anne Marie Moncure, MD, of Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, says, “Every year, 98,000 patients die in US hospitals due to medical negligence and three to four times that number are left permanently-disabled.” Continue reading Americans Flee to India, and Elsewhere, for Better Health Care…

US Supreme Court May Fatally Bludgeon Hospitals…

Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen

 

The United States Medical Care system, rated a poor seventy-second (72nd), worldwide, has been teetering on the brink of destruction for years now.  Greed, malfeasance, misfeasance, grand corruption, murderous intent, and a self-centeredness unequaled in history has led the system to the abyss.

Give me a hand – let’s push it the last few inches over the edge… Continue reading US Supreme Court May Fatally Bludgeon Hospitals…

Naturally …..

Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen


“Naturopathy”
has been around since man’s ancestors crawled out of the sea and ate their first plant..

Humorously, we might say that the ingestion of plants became a science after the first cave woman watched her husband leave the cave dwelling one morning, stop two caves down to flirt with the local cutie, and served him some strange smelling leaves in his lunch salad – giving him the worst case of diarrhea in history – and then told all her girlfriends how to prepare that salad.. Continue reading Naturally …..

Nine Percent Approval Rating?  US Network Television News FAILS “Big Pharma”…

Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen

 

In 1999 “Big Pharma” went to the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and got permission to advertise drugs, drugs, and more drugs directly to the American consumer.   Their intent, as it became obvious, was two things: (1)  sell more drugs to the American consumer, and, (2) control the media, especially US television.. Continue reading Nine Percent Approval Rating?  US Network Television News FAILS “Big Pharma”…

The US “Health Insurance” Industry is Trying to Destroy America…

Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen

 

The US Health Insurance Industry is vying with “Big Pharma” for the title of America’s “Public Enemy Number One.”

For a while, I believed that “Big Pharma,” alone, in their murderous greed, was responsible for the problems of “health care” on Planet Earth.  And, frankly, in most parts of the world – I’d say that’s still true.

But, not in the USA… Continue reading The US “Health Insurance” Industry is Trying to Destroy America…

In Health Care “Constant Vigilance” is the Answer…

Opinion by Health Freedom Advocate Tim Bolen

 

California has always been a leader in health care reform, officially and unofficially.  It’s just that way in a State in constant transition.  I’ve pointed out, for a long time, that the health care paradigm is shifting – and nowhere is this more obvious than California.

I’ve said, time after time, that fully half of the total US health dollar is being spent on alternatives to “organized medicine.”  In California I’d say that about 80% of California’s health dollars are spent on alternatives.  Continue reading In Health Care “Constant Vigilance” is the Answer…

California Medical Board Hears FINAL “Enforcement Monitor” Report – and Changes Direction…

Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen

 

This story is about the biggest victory in the history of health freedom battles EVER. 

It was a banner day, last Thursday, November 3rd, 2005, in California, for the powerful North American Health Freedom Movement.  Years of hard work, organizing, button-holing of legislators and the governor’s office, educating the media, making alliances where we never had before – paid off.  In spades…

The once powerful quackbuster” influence in California health care politics was broken, years ago now, and, as of last Thursday, the apparatus it set up to control health care in California has been dismantled.  Health care quality has, once again, been brought under the control of the citizens of California.  And, things are about to change radically.

Very radically.  For the California Medical Board is the first State to officially shift its focus – and will now target, en masse, and with new muscle, and new funding, those responsible for “organized medicine” being the number one killer of Americans.

The report Death by Medicine,” released earlier this year shows that “It is evident that the American medical system is the leading cause of death and injury in the United States“:

The number one cause of unnecessary death in the United States, called Iatrogenic deaths  (783,986) is shown in the table below, re-printed by permission of the authors:

Condition Deaths Cost Author
Hospital ADR 106,000 $12 billion Lazarou1 Suh49
Medical error 98,000   $2 billion  IOM
Bedsores 115,000 $55 billion Xakellis7 Barczak8
Infection 88,000 $5 billion Weinstein9 MMWR10
Malnutrition 108,800 ——–  Nurses Coalition11
Outpatient ADR 199,000 $77 billion Starfield12 Weingart112
Unnecessary Procedures 37,136  $122 billion HCUP3,13
Surgery-Related  32,000 $9 billion AHRQ85
TOTAL 783,936 $282 billion

The number two cause of unnecessary death in the United States is Heart Disease. Statistics show “The 2001 heart disease annual death rate is 699,697.”

The number three cause of unnecessary death in the United States is Cancer.  Statistics show “the annual cancer death rate, 553,251.”

The total number of known unnecessary deaths, per year, directly due to the American Medical System is 2,036,884.

For years the staff of the California med board, like most other State health regulatory agencies, focused their attacks on “good” doctors – those that stepped out of the drugs, drugs, and more drugs paradigm to find newer and better solutions for their patient problems – and conspicuously ignored the activities of the “bad “doctors – those that were responsible, of late, for making “organized medicine” that number one killer of Americans.

It was, and is, commonly believed that California med board enforcement teams made decisions to spend limited enforcement dollars prosecuting doctors not on the seriousness of their actions, but on their potential to NOT be able to afford a defense.

In other words – they went for the “easy hit.” 

The California based Union of American Physicians & Dentists (UAPD) once told me that about 55% of all California MDs were “solo practitioners,” working in small, individual offices – but that 95% of the prosecutions by the med board were filed against those same “solo” practitioners.

Why?  four reasons, I think. 

(1) Because doctors working for hospitals, HMOs, etc., had the protection of HUGE legal defense budgets, and the services of lawyers that could wipe the floor with anything the med board could face them with.

(2)  Hospitals will not report MD problems to the Medical Board – hiding from the board their activities – to protect their defective doctors.

(3)  State investigators and prosecutors had been focused on prosecuting “good” doctors through alleged “training” (propaganda) provided, I think, by the Federation of State Medical Board (FSMB), and other “quackbuster influenced, or controlled, groups.

(4)  Investigators and prosecutors are, simply, poorly trained in the issues, and functionally incapable, of even understanding the complex issues of health care enforcement.

As you have read from one of my earlier newsletters – The American Medical System is Broken…”

So, what actually happened? 

Thursday, the California Medical Board heard the FINAL report of the “Enforcement Monitor,” thrust on them, at our request, by the California legislature.  The Board, and the board staff, have already adopted, and put in place, fifty (50) of the sixty-five (65) recommendations in the FINAL report.  Within that report is a significant change in focus – and the setting up of the apparatus, including the legislation, and the additional funding necessary, to go after “bad” doctors  – with a vengeance.

California, to its credit, has become the first State to proactively address the horrifying fact that “organized medicine” is the number one killer of Americans – and do something about it.

I applaud the members of the California Legislature and the Medical Board for this LANDMARK action.

The report, frankly a model for every State, addresses seven basic issues of enforcement – in detail.  The report, upwards of two hundred (200) pages outlines how an enforcement agency actually works, and makes recommendations on how to improve it.  Download a copy of this startling report for yourself, by clicking here. 

So, what do we do with this? 

This report will be officially presented by delegates of the California Medical Board to the Federation of States Medical Board (FSMB) in April of 2006 – and  I have no doubt that the  New York ad agency that controls the “quackbuster operation will conduct a campaign to stop this process from going nationwide.

However, the powerful North American Health Freedom Movement has groups in every State.  I urge all of you to consider formally presenting California’s actions, and report, to each State’s Medical Board – and very nicely, but insistently, demand that they do exactly the same thing – and if they don’t – go immediately to the State Capitol, and sit down with the Chairman of the Senate and the House of Representative’s Health Committee – and lay the cards on the table…

In summary – we started out to simply get the staff off the backs of cutting edge MDs, and other practitioners in California – and we changed the practice of California medicine forever.  Take a look at the numbers in the graph above – won’t it be nice to reduce those numbers to near zero?

Yes, this is  the biggest victory in the history of health freedom battles EVER.  For years we’ve been fending off attacks from the very people that were massively killing Americans – we’ve turned the tables.

In California we have more to do.  “Victory” just makes us work harder.

Stay tuned…

Tim Bolen – Consumer Advocate

Will the FDA Attack the US Army?…

Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen

 

When the New York ad agency, the one the runs the “quackbuster”  operation against innovation in health care in North America selects a new target, one of the things they count on is “a raid” from their bed partners at the FDA, against that selected target.

On the morning of “the raid,” highly trained (insert a BIG SNORT here) FDA agents, dressed in cute little body armor,  covered by “the right” special jacket, ordered expressly from a “law enforcement” catalog – the wanna-be cops version of L.L. Bean – with “FDA” emblazoned in the approved yellow, ten inch high letters, across the back, stop by the gun locker where they will be issued their M-16, or their Browning 12-Gauge Pump, for this morning’s event. Continue reading Will the FDA Attack the US Army?…

Medical Board Brutality – The Plot Thickens…

Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen

 

Last Friday, August 19th, 2005 I sent out a newsletter called “Medical Board Brutality.”  It was about the newest antics of the California Medical Board Staff – an organization, I believe, to be completely corrupt – and not worth saving.  Like the story about Hercules and the Aegean stables, the best thing that could happen is for someone to re-route the Sacramento river right through 1426 Howe Avenue (the medical board offices) – and for the same reason….

The responses were startling.  In short, my disdain for the Administrative Law System, and the way it is abused against licensed health professionals, is SHARED worldwide. Continue reading Medical Board Brutality – The Plot Thickens…