Saturday, April 26, 2008

A Doctor Comments

universal healthcare
Browsing throught the Wall Street Journal Health Blog today I came across a comment posted by a doctor and thought it definitely worthy of posting here. It's time we got a glimpse into the thoughts of our doctors concerning the deterioration of affordable health care in the US.

PBS found some interesting data that would change many minds if more people would see it.

The following was posted in response to...

Life Expectancy Falls In Pockets of U.S.
April 22, 2008, 9:30 am

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“Frontline”, a PBS documentary, did a comparison of health care system in 4 countries. By interviewing patients, doctors, government officials and health insurance executives in Switzerland, the UK, Japan and Taiwan. They came away with the following impressions:

1. Patients were generally satisfied with universal health care, although some had to wait for 2-3 weeks for elective procedures. Emergencies were handled immediately.

2. Physicians had incentives to provide good care and they were satisfied. Bonuses were paid for high quality care and patient satisfaction.

3. Insurance companies and hospitals are not for profit and have to compete for patients on the basis of quality, service and infection control.

4. Patients never receive a bill for medical care. Taxes, employer and patient premiums support the system.

5. No one has ever gone bankrupt because of medical expenses.

6. Malpractice premiums are trivial.

7. Best of all, the health of the population and longevity of life is far better than in the US.

Needless to say, our health care system gets failing grades in most of these areas.

I am not a provider. I am a physician. A board certified internist with 40 years of experience. I am not wealthy, but OK. I wish others can feel the sense of relief I had when I cancelled my last Managed Care Organization (MCO) contract.

MCO’s have a term for for paying benefits. It is called medical loss ratio. Clearly, they see providing care as a loss.

Let’s look at MCO practices. The last president of United Health Care is called William McGuire. He left with 1.6B in compensation much of which was ill begotten gain. He is facing huge civil penalties and a possible criminal indictment. The board of directors seems to have sanctioned this disgrace by poor oversight or worse. How many people had to suffer and die because a seeming sociopath was running the company.

The biggest impediment to universal health care is the HIAA, the industry lobbying group, run by Karen Ignani. Her election year budget is at least 500M. Ignani is very good at what she does. She pays politicians off with “campaign contributions” and other unmentionable amenities.

Folks, it’s all up to you, to take back our government and our health care system. I will vote for the candidate who has the integrity and will to make dramatic changes. Unfortunately, they may also owe favors to the current health care industry.

Thanks and Stay Well,

Paul, MD

Comment by Pinchas, MD - April 22, 2008 at 1:27 pm

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Original Article is here.

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Friday, April 25, 2008

A Proverb a day

A Proverb a day keep foolishness at bay!

Whether you are a Christian or not, the book of Proverbs is a wonderful read.

There are 31 chapters, so you can read a chapter every day of the month, and then continue month after month to let these seeds of wisdom penetrate your life and help you gain wisdom and insight.

My daughter and I read a chapter a day. This is our daily devotional. She is 17 and is enjoying this time we spend together. We also stop and discuss interesting and sometimes witty parts of this marvelous book of Proverbs.

I prefer the New International Version because it is simpler to read while remaining accurate in its translation.

Here are the links for every day which will open in a new browser window.

Keep foolishness at bay...
Read a chapter a day!
293031Outline Guide

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Be sure to bookmark this page so you can read your daily proverbs!

Lyndon Johnson in 1954

Free Speech Attacked in 1954

Interesting bit of history that I wouldn't remember because I was born in 1954.

Lyndon Johnson was rumored to have won his senate seat by fraudulent votes in 1948. This earned him the nickname of "Landslide Lyndon." Some things never change I guess. Who knew they were fighting over votes in 1948?

During his run for re-election in 1954, he ran into some problems with anti-communist groups who resented his liberal agenda. This is what gave rise to forbidding politics in churches, although his main target was actually to stop nonprofit groups. Johnson had to stop these people from destroying his political future.

Johnson inserted language into the IRS code that prohibited non-profits, including churches, from endorsing or opposing candidates for political office.

Many people felt and still feel that this is a violation of the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States.

Personally, I do not believe that political issues should be taught from the pulpit during a worship service because that is not the purpose of the pulpit and robs it of its sanctity. Isn't the pulpit on the altar? Isn't the pulpit a podium where God's word should be studied?

"Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." (Matthew 22:21 RSV)

I do, however, feel that like minded individuals should be able to have meetings, even at the church, to discuss political issues. We should be free to congregate and discuss anything at all, wherever we wish, within reason.


Thursday, April 24, 2008

Oil Imports in the US

I've been wondering who exactly is the largest supplier of oil for the US lately because I heard Limbaugh state one day that Canada, Mexico and Venezuela were our largest importers of oil.

Not so, at least not in February, which is the latest month of available statistics.

Canada, Saudi Arabia and Mexico were the top 3 importers of oil to the US in the month of February.

PROOF: I found the website of the official US government organization that keeps up with such data. It's the Energy Information Administration, which provides "official energy information from the US government."

The url is, just in case you might be wondering about the validity of the site. Notice it ends in .gov, which proves it is an official government site.

The link to the actual data is available here.

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Ancient Buddha Statues

Buddha statue
I don't know how I missed this, but back in 2001 before the 9-11 event, the Taliban showed their ugly fangs by destroying the oldest statues of Buddha which stood symbolically guarding a maze of caves.

This destruction of antiquity is abominable and it is sad that the UN was not able to halt the destruction.

The statues were the largest in the world (one was 170 feet high) and were believed to have been carved into the sandstone mountain in the third and fifth century A.D.

Apparently, no religion is safe from the terrorist tactics of Taliban Islamic extremists.

References: National Geographic

The Taleban has controlled most of Afghanistan since 1996, though few countries recognize it as the rightful Afghan government. The fundamentalist Muslim sect has imposed a strict Islamic code within its territory, but many disagree with its stern application of Islamic law.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Science and the Bible

Science in the Bible

Unique Stars

Although I provide links to study the Bible and hopefully help people understand that it is not infalllible nor is it inerrant in its current form, I believe it still has many truths hidden in its words and is useful for learning about God and the history of the earliest people.

Some truths of the Bible are unquestionable.

Scientific evidence confirms certain statements in the Bible.

For instance, Jeremiah, the prophet who lived and wrote down his prophecy from God around 605 BC, stated that the host of heaven cannot be numbered and the sands of the sea cannot be measured (see Jeremiah 33.22).

Paul also wrote...
1 Corinthians 15:41 -
There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another star in glory.

How could Paul know that no two stars are alike? Even today, stars appear to be the same when viewed from the average telescope. Only further examination (analysis of their light spectra) can take us to the truth, which is that scientists agree that no two stars are alike.

Pretty awesome, right?

Science and the Bible

Bible studies by book, online

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Monday, April 21, 2008

Pets in Heaven

Will your pet be with you in heaven?

The Bible does not teach against this belief, but it also does not state it as a fact.

So how can you know for sure? You can't.

However, there is no doubt that God will provide whatever He wants for us and common sense would imply that a beloved pet would be welcomed by his Creator.

Not only that, but consider this passage in I Corinthians 2:10

“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”

Certainly a God who is preparing the best for His children would also consider providing them their beloved pet to accompany them through eternity.

Why wouldn't He?

Let's consider what the Bible does tell us about animals...

* The lion will lay down with the lamb

* Animals are cared for by God just as humans are (Matthew 6:26 and Psalm 104—verses 14 and 27-30 in particular)

* The fourth commandment as recorded in Deuteronomy 5:12-15 includes a Sabbath rest for animals as well as people. (Taken from

* All souls return to God at their death, and yes, by definition, animals have souls if you are going by the original definition of soul in the Greek, before it was changed to accomodate Christians. (Ecclesiastes 12:7)

1: the immaterial essence, animating principle, or actuating cause of an individual life

The original definition was simply "life, spirit, consciousness" which was given to humans and animals alike. Now, it is more commonly accepted to only define humans with the ability of acting on a conscious dividing right from wrong included. Some would say the soul existed before it was placed into the body, which in their minds, limits its existence to humans only. However, Genesis 2:7 says that Adam only became a living soul when God breathed the breath of life into him, so that casts a shadow on the theory of the pre-existence of the soul, unless the soul was in a "waiting" place or some state of hibernation, all of which is possible in theory. Since animals can be either good or bad, even pets, then do they not have some type of conscious that helps them determine whether or not they will be obedient or defiant? Hmmm. It would appear that they have a choice. When a wild animal is in pain or hungry, does he not cry out? When he cries out, who do you suppose he is calling out to, maybe his creator? Let's not be so quick to put words into God's mouth simply because we do not understand His mysterious ways.

* Many passages speak of animals in Heaven, but they do not let us know if these are new creations.

There you have it.

I believe some pets will be in heaven because I believe my Loving Creator will reward a good and faithful servant to His children by allowing them to continue in paradise. This is my belief. There is no need for you to try and dissuade me since you have no proof. Believe what you will, but do not put words into God's mouth and then proclaim them as truth.

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Saturday, April 05, 2008

Our Aging Americans

geriatric warning
Addresing healthcare for our ever growing geriatric population...

A friend of mine was stressed this past week as her elderly Father had several complications from heart surgery, then gallbladder surgery.

I could relate well, having lost my own Mother to a series of events following one heart related trauma. She passed away after 6 weeks of fighting for life.

The plain truth is that our hospitals do not know how to properly care for the elderly patients. Many mistakes are made, I can testify to that first hand.

Possible side effects of treatment options must be examined more thoroughly for our senior citizens. Doctors and nurses need to be more prepared immediately because 6,000 people in America are turning 65 years old every day.

In just 12 years, 20% of America's population will be aged 65 and older.

We are not prepared.

We are in a crisis situation.

Why can't there be an elderly wing (at the very least) of our hospitals where the staff is appropriately educated in treating the elderly?

Why is this such a problem?

We have a pediatric wing, an ob/gyn wing, and a cardiac wing (or floor), so why not a geriatric wing?

Seems like a simple solution to me.

Reference article...

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