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Added 05/17/11, 5:04 pm by admin

Christian Parents Faced 5 to 10 Years In Jail for Choosing Prayer


A Christian couple with eight children lost one due to pneumonia. A coroner that testified to defend the parents said that the child could have died from a deadly bacterium. The parents, already crushed with the loss of a child, are threatened with years of jail time, and threatened with the loss of their seven other children to government control.

Attorney Joanne Pescatore prosecuted the family and said the parents could each have been sentenced to 5 to 10 years in prison on involuntary manslaughter. Source:

About 12 U.S. children die in faith-healing cases each year while as many as 100,000 people die in hospitals due to medical mistakes. Will Attorney Pescatore next prosecute doctors and nurses when they make mistakes that lead to the death of their patients?


Update: The judge decided on 10 years of probation for the parents and required doctor visits for the other children until they turn 18. Source:


Added 04/17/11, 3:18 pm by admin

Can I Prevent the School from Immunizing my Child?


It is illegal for schools to require that your children be injected with vaccines. If you think vaccine safety has not been adequately tested, or if you are concerned about injecting your child with material derived from diseased monkey kidneys or if you do not want your child shot with live viruses, dead viruses, Mercury, Aluminum, latex, etc., then your child can be exempt. Your children have a legal right to an education without being vaccinated. How to find the requirements to keep your child exempt from immunizations: will show you the steps you must follow based on your state of residence. Each state has its own legal requirements to keep your children from getting unwanted shots.


Added 08/08/10, 7:41 pm by admin

Missouri Voters Reject Federal Healthcare

Missouri, USA

Missouri voted to opt out of the insurance purchase mandate portion of the health care law that had been pushed by Obama. "I've never seen anything like it," Cunningham said at a campaign gathering at a private home in Town and Country. "Citizens wanted their voices to be heard."


Added 06/14/10, 11:12 pm by admin

Should we worry if a doctor sends lawyers after us?

Texas, USA

A legal expert, Jerry Loftin, says Dr. William Boothe made a big tactical blunder by sending his lawyers after one of his unhappy patients.


Added 06/09/10, 5:45 pm by admin

Texas Eye Doctor, William Boothe, Sends Lawyers After Patient

Texas, USA

The patient wrote about her experience having eye surgery and is now scheduled to give a deposition to see if there is enough evidence to take her to court. She says she didn't make any of it up and stands by her comments and her right to free speech. I don't understand why a doctor would think suing his patients is good for business. Maybe he should follow the advice offered by a fortune cookie.


Added 06/08/10, 11:58 am by admin

Texas Has No SLAPP Protection

Texas, USA

People with money can often silence their critics by threatening a court case. The critic, while not doing anything illegal by writing online about their experiences, might succumb to fear and the costs of a legal battle. The critic might feel there is no choice but to censor their own speech to get out of a legal battle. These kinds of law suits are called SLAPP: Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation. 27 states protect their residents from court cases like this. States like Arkansas also provide a "SLAPPBack". The United States has no federal protection, unlike countries like Sweden, which considers SLAPP to be a direct attack against Swedish constitutional law of Freedom of the Press. Texas has no such protection.


Added 05/26/10, 11:37 pm by admin

Judge Rules in Favor of Free Speech

California, USA

Yahoo does not have to hand over the identity of a user that wrote negative comments about company USA Technologies, says Judge Susan Illston.


Added 03/24/10, 3:35 pm by admin

Does Acupuncture Really Work?


Some doctors in western civilization have finally acknowledged the treatment’s effectiveness.


Added 03/06/10, 3:41 pm by admin

Baby taken by woman posing as government employee

Florida, USA

A couple take their baby home from the hospital while followed by a woman claiming to be from the Florida Department of Children and Families. The impostor tells the parents they must give her the baby... and they do! Amber alert is triggered. Moral of the story: Stand up for your rights and don't always believe what the "authority" tells you.


Added 03/06/10, 3:33 pm by admin

Man steals doctors' identities - bills Medicare $3.2 million in fraudulent services in one month

California, USA

The man used stolen identities of four physicians to submit about 6,000 insurance claims for more than 800 patients. No services were ever performed.


Added 03/05/10, 2:33 pm by admin

Patient fired for arguing politics

Florida, USA

The patient walked into the doctor's office, ripped signs off the wall and "tossed them out". The doctor realizes this patient is hostile toward her and sends a letter to the patient requesting she find a new doctor. And the patient is surprised?


Added 03/05/10, 2:26 pm by admin

Doctors make $1 million/year for prescribing pain pills

Florida, USA

This sure beats the racket that drug dealers have on the streets. None of the five doctors that work for the clinic, American Pain, have ever been disciplined: Dr. Cynthia Cadet of Fort Lauderdale; Dr. Jacob Dreszer of Hollywood; Dr. Roni Dreszer of Hollywood; Dr. Michael Aruta of Boca Raton; and Dr. Beau Boshers of Palm Beach Gardens.


Added 03/04/10, 10:53 pm by admin

Doctor takes insurance company to small claims court... and wins!

Florida, USA

The dermatologist's strategy: win back the roughly $130,000 he contends Humana Inc. owed his practice in unpaid bills, even if it took filing a few small claims at a time.


Added 03/04/10, 10:23 pm by admin

Bill Protects Hospital Emergency Rooms

Florida, USA

A new bill in Florida would give hospital emergency rooms "sovereign immunity''. The bill would extend protection from just doctors to other hospital employees, too, including nurses and paramedics.


Added 02/26/10, 2:54 pm by admin

Nurse fired for allegedly posting pictures on Facebook

Wisconsin, USA

Patient goes to ER with object stuck in rectum. Accusation: Nurses LOL and take photos with cell phones, then upload to Facebook for more LOL's. Nurse fired.


Added 02/26/10, 2:47 pm by admin

ER workers take pictures of shark attack victim and email to friends

Florida, USA

A state attorney said disseminating the photos of the victim would have been a third-degree felony had they been taken at an autopsy. Yeah, how about that HIPAA law?


Added 02/22/10, 4:42 pm by admin

Kentucky Worst for Abuse of Prescriptions

Kentucky, USA

Prescriptions are legal for doctors to prescribe, but the people who abuse them go to jail. 500 people in Kentucky have been charged and 300 in Kentucky arrested. The drugs were prescribed by Florida doctors.


Added 02/15/10, 10:22 pm by admin

Patients Easily Obtain and Abuse Prescription Drugs

Florida, USA

Why did CNN pull this video? The video did a sensational job documenting this drug problem.


Added 02/10/10, 9:50 pm by admin

Vaccinated People Getting Mumps

New York, New Jersey USA

More than 1,000 people in New Jersey and New York have come down with mumps in the past six months. Is the mumps vaccine helping? Surprisingly, 77 percent of those people that got mumps were immunized.


Added 01/11/10, 11:17 pm by admin

"FAKE" Swine Flu Pandemic?


The EU Parliamentary Health Committee is questioning the billions spent on the swine flu vaccine. According to the video, 13,000 people have died worldwide from the swine flu, compared to 250,000 that die from seasonal flu each year.


Added 01/10/10, 12:48 pm by admin

Doctor accused of car bombing pleads for narcotic prescription power

Arkansas, USA

Dr. Randeep Mann, currently in federal custody for severely injuring the chairman of the Arkansas medical board with a car bomb, wants his power back to prescribe narcotics. He claims his business is hurting from the medical board's decision to revoke his drug prescription abilities. Ten of his patients have been reported dead by overdose of painkillers. Commentary: It's sad that it takes a personal attack against the medical board to take action against this doctor. Apparently, the dead patients weren't enough to motivate the board. Update: no longer has this story publicly available so link has been removed.


Added 01/10/10, 12:38 pm by admin

Pediatrician could be sentenced to more than 70 years in prison for sex crimes against patients

Ohio, USA

Dr. Mark Blankenburg is charged with gross sexual imposition, corruption of a minor and compelling prostitution. Update: Fox pulled this news story. Why? Now broken link:,0,1707653.story


Added 10/21/09, 10:40 pm by admin

Woman's Life Ruined by Flu Vaccine


A young woman training to be a professional football cheerleader is unable to continue a normal life after receiving the flu vaccine. Watch the video to see why.


Added 10/09/09, 10:33 pm by admin

NY doctor and health care workers sue FDA for approving swine flu without definitive safety testing

New York, USA

While the U.S. has ordered doses to cover all Americans, only half of U.S. adults plan to get the vaccine, according to a Harvard University poll.


Added 10/08/09, 12:05 am by admin

Seasonal flu vaccines may increase your risk of swine flu


A study of 2,000 confirmed cases of H1N1 in Canada showed that people who got flu shots last year were about twice as likely to contract swine flu as those who weren't vaccinated, according to sources who have seen the study's data.


Added 10/07/09, 10:47 am by admin

Hamburger Tainted with E. coli Making Americans Sick


Video documents how a young dance instructor was paralyzed after eating tainted beef.


Added 09/29/09, 12:37 pm by admin

Hospitals Avoid Reporting Bad Doctors


A 2002, an FBI raid on California's Redding Medical Center found two physicians had conducted unnecessary cardiac procedures on more than 600 patients since 1995. Because of the revenue generated by the surgeries, the physician was able to "block hospital peer review," according to the FBI affidavit.


Added 09/16/09, 1:14 pm by admin

Swine flu is 'mildest in kids' and comparable to a seasonal flu epidemic


...according to Dr Marc Lipsitch of Harvard University.


Added 09/03/09, 10:03 pm by admin

Swine Flu - Majority of People Will be Fine, Says CDC


"The overwhelming majority of people [with H1N1 flu] are going to do fine," says the head of the CDC, Dr. Frieden. The CDC urges people that do have flu symptoms to avoid overwhelming doctors and hospitals. "They don't need testing; they don't need treatment."

Meanwhile the White House urges the public to panic.

Who's right?

2nd link:


Added 08/23/09, 12:37 pm by admin

Leaked letter reveals concerns by neurologists over the swine flu vaccine


One senior neurologist said: "I would not have the swine flu jab because of the GBS risk." The swine flu is not new. In the United States in 1976, a campaign to vaccine people from the swine flu began. More people died from the vaccine than from swine flu.


Added 08/10/09, 1:12 pm by admin

Health Care Reform, from a doctor's perspective

Indiana, USA

Dr. Stephen E Fraser actually read the Health Care Reform bill and wrote to his senator in Indiana, encouraging him to vote against this bill.

Dear Senator Bayh,

As a practicing physician, I have major concerns with the health care bill (HR 3200) before Congress. I spent the last week reading this bill, which at over 1000 pages is quite difficult to get through. Have you read it? I'm shocked by the brazenness of the government's intrusion into the patient-physician relationship. I'm especially concerned about the creation of a central committee to decide medical coverage decisions.

Every physician and nurse I work with agrees that we need to fix our health care system. Our President's statement last week in his health care press conference that physicians are likely to make a patient care decision based on reimbursement rather than a patient's best interest is not helpful in moving this discussion forward.

As an anesthesiologist I'm responsible for life and death decisions on a daily basis. I always have my patient's best interests at heart and I'm sure my physician colleagues around the country do as well.

I ask you respectfully and as a patriotic American to look at the following troubling sections I've read in the bill.  How can the following be in the best interests of the country and our fellow citizens? Capitalized words within quoted text are my emphasis.


"A committee composed of 18 President-appointed individuals and 8 Federal employees (26 non-elected citizens) to consist of providers, consumer representatives, employers, labor, health insurance issuers, experts in health care financing and delivery, experts in racial and ethnic disparities, experts in care for those with disabilities, representatives of relevant governmental agencies and AT LEAST ONE practicing physician OR other health professional and an expert on children’s health."

This group will set coverage for the country...and other than the surgeon general, a physician is not even guaranteed to be on the committee. Is our country ready to let 25 or more non-elected, non-physicians make these decisions? This is a direct intrusion into patient care and I for one do not want a community organizer to have input on what type of care my patients can receive.


The health care advisory committee will report to the Health Care Commissioner, another  non-elected Presidential appointee who will make the final decisions for the nation's healthcare benefits.


"Nothing in this subtitle shall allow Federal payments for affordability credits on behalf of individuals who are not lawfully present in the United States."

This states that taxpayer subsidies will not be given to illegal aliens to obtain coverage but says nothing about preventing them from obtaining healthcare in the US. Under current law NO patient, illegal or otherwise can be turned away from an ER if urgent care is needed. Section 152 states that "all health care and related services including insurance coverage and public health activities covered by this Act shall be provided without regard to personal characteristics." Will the current law be changed thereby withholding care from a vulnerable group of individuals?


Language translation and linguistic appropriate services is mandated.  This seems to apply to undocumented individuals as well.


The government will use community organizations to sign up eligible citizens for health plans. Do you support using an indicted organization like ACORN to do this?


This section states that Physician salaries will be dictated on an annual basis. How can you support taking over the livelihood of all physicians and dictating the terms? This is pure socialism and to call it anything else is disingenuous.


This section gives the government veto power over advertising by private companies. Again this is an example of socialism where the government decides what the public is allowed to be told. How can you support this?


This Bill mandates employer-paid coverage for part-time employees and families which will be a huge burden for small businesses. Overall, the compliance regulations and associated costs for physicians, employers and insurance providers is enormous. Also, random audits are authorized with the full cost of the audit to be paid by the person or entity being audited. Do you support random, costly intrusions into physician's offices?


The Health care commissioner and others in government will have full access to your tax returns. On Pages 58 and 195 Government will have real-time access to individuals finances & a National ID Healthcard will be issued. Officers & employees of HC Administration will have access to ALL Americans finances / personal returns. Quite an intrusion of privacy.


Under Medicare, every prescribed drug, device or medical supply has to be disclosed to the government or a penalty of $10,000 to $100,000 applies. Just think of the cost of complying with this rule.


The health commissioner will approve expansion of physician residency training positions with preference being given to primary care and disadvantaged applicants. Do you want the best and brightest to be our future doctors or those selected by the government? This section also suggests that 
specialty positions will not be expanded. This will lead to a diminishing specialist base and a loss in quality care. The obvious intention is to limit specialist care and I think the country needs to be aware of this.


"If any provision of this Act, or any application of such provision to any person or circumstance, is held to be unconstitutional, the remainder of the provisions of this Act and the application of the provision to any other person or circumstance shall not be affected."

Why put this in? Do you think the bill is so radical that you are trying to block the Supreme Court from striking it down?


Page 425 Lines 22-25, 426 Lines 1-3: Government provides approved list of end of life resources.

Page 427 Lines 15-24: Government mandates program for orders for end of life. The Government decides it should be involved in end of life care.

Page 429 Lines 1-9: An "advanced care planning consultant" will be used frequently as patients health deteriorates.

Page 429 Lines 10-12: "advanced care consultation" may include an ORDER for end of life plans.

Page 429 Lines 13-25: The govt will specify which Doctors can write an end of life order.

Page 430 Lines 11-15: The Government will decide what level of treatment you will have at end of life.

While advanced planning is always a good thing, this decision is best made with the physician, patient and family. The majority of health care dollars is spent in the last year of a citizens life. Mandating government intrusion in this process brings up the question of rationing of end of life treatments and care.  Can you reassure me Senator that this is not the goal of this section of the bill?

Other troubling sections I discovered:

Page 65 Section 164: Describes a subsidized plan for retirees and their families in Unions & community organizations. Why the special treatment?

Page 84 Section 203 HC bill: Government mandates ALL benefit packages for private care plans in the Exchange.

Page 85 Line 7 HC Bill: Specifications for of Benefit Levels for Plans = The Government will ration your Healthcare!

Page 85 Line 7 HC Bill: Specifications of Benefit Levels for Plans. AARP members - your Health care WILL be rationed.

Page 102 Lines 12-18 HC Bill: Medicaid Eligible Individuals will be automatically enrolled in Medicaid. No choice.

Page 124 lines 24-25 HC: No company can sue the government on price fixing. No "judicial review" against Govt Monopoly.

Page 203 Line 13-15 HC: "The tax imposed under this section shall not be treated as tax" Why the deception?

Page 265 Section 1131: Government mandates & controls productivity for private HC industries.

Page 268 Section 1141: Federal Government regulates rental & purchase of power driven wheelchairs.


Cancer treatments are expensive and represent the latest in research, technology and understandably cost a lot of money. How will rationing of the latest advances be avoided?

Page 280 Section 1151: The Government will penalize hospitals for whatever Government deems preventable re-admissions. A good medical outcome is never guaranteed! This is a crazy rule!

Page 317 L 13-20: PROHIBITION on ownership/investment. Government again dictating to Doctors what/how much they can own!

Page 317-318 lines 21-25, 1-3: PROHIBITION on expansion

Government is mandating hospitals cannot expand. On page 321 Hospitals have an opportunity to apply for exception BUT community input is required. Will ACORN have a say in this?  

Page 335 L 16-25 Pg 336-339: Government mandates establishment of outcome based measures.

This is another way to ration care. Every physician learns early in their training that each patient is unique and that a mandate for care will work for some but not for others. Learning to accept uncertainty is part of what makes our profession special and different. Rigid care mandates will result in decreased quality of care. This type of mandate also implies that physicians don't have the best interests of their patients in mind which is nonsense.

Page 354 Sec 1177: Government may RESTRICT enrollment of Special needs people to certain times and will review special needs plans and make recommendations "as the secretary of HHS deems appropriate."

Something the public needs to know.

Page 379 Sec 1191: Govt creates more bureaucracy - Tele-health Advisory Committee.

Page 469: Community Based Home Medical Services = Non profit organizations.

Should we expect ACORN medical Services in the future?

Page 472 Lines 14-17: PAYMENT TO COMMUNITY-BASED ORIGINATION. 1 monthly payment to a community-based organization. Like ACORN?

Page 489 Sec 1308: The Government will cover Marriage & Family therapy.

Why should this be a mandate that all tax payers pay for?

Page 494-498: Government will cover Mental Health Services including defining, creating, rationing those services.

As for the dangers, costs, and failure of electronic communication upon which this bill is dependent on, the following article must be studied:

The computerization of Britain's National Health Service has been an expensive fiasco. Why does Obama want to emulate it?

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It is also apparent that the Congress will not require themselves to use the public plan as required for most Americans. Why the double standard?

Senator, I guarantee that I personally will do everything possible to inform patients and my fellow physicians about the dangers of this legislation. Our country was not founded on the socialist principles that make up this bill. There are many other ideas and policies that could be adopted that will not destroy the good aspects of our current health system and cover those who currently are without coverage.  I implore you to use a nonpartisan mind to consider these other options. If you vote for a bill that destroys private medicine and the doctor-patient relationship, I will do everything in my power to make sure you and other supporters of this flawed bill lose your job in the next election.


Stephen E Fraser MD


Added 07/31/09, 10:42 pm by admin

Swine Flu, as reported in 1976


Swine flu is not new. A 60 minutes piece from 1976 about swine flu.


Added 07/23/09, 2:03 pm by admin

Hospital deports illegal immigrant back home - gets sued for $1 million.

Florida, USA

The hospital cared for the man for 3 years, then paid $30,000 for his chartered flight back to his homeland of Guatemala.


Added 07/23/09, 1:51 pm by admin

Obama says undocumented immigrants should not be covered by health care bill


From an interview with Katie Couric.


Added 07/22/09, 9:53 pm by admin

Plastic Surgery business fined $300,000 for posting fake reviews

New York, USA

Lifestyle Lift also agreed to stop posting false reviews online.


Added 07/22/09, 8:42 pm by admin

Man has surgery to remove gallbladder, loses parts of his legs instead...

California, USA

...And he still has his gallbladder.


Added 07/21/09, 4:23 pm by admin

Ron Paul: Healthcare is a Good, Not a Right


The case is made that if we believe medical care is a right provided by the government, it enslaves us to our government.


Added 07/20/09, 10:20 pm by admin

Man complains of sore mouth. Dentist drops tools down his throat. Patient dies.

Winter Park, FL, USA

A lawsuit was filed against the dentist, Dr. Wesley Meyers of Aloma Park Dental.


Added 07/08/09, 10:33 pm by admin

Woman learns she has lung cancer after doctors sent her home with just antibiotics


Young woman breathless with a persistent cough sent home with antibiotics by her doctor. Doctor said she had asthma... but she actually had lung cancer.


Added 07/03/09, 5:12 pm by admin

Man gets vision restored with tooth implant


After 12 years of being blind, the first thing he wanted to do was see his wife.


Added 06/30/09, 9:18 pm by admin

Doctors fail to give patients results of tests 1 in 14 times.


The tests which went unreported to the patients: cholesterol blood work, mammograms, Pap smears and screening tests for colon cancer. If you paid for it, demand your results! Call and follow up with your doctor. (Or find a better doctor that will give you the test results that you paid for.)


Added 06/23/09, 10:17 am by admin

UK researchers believe filling baby teeth unnecessary


UK researchers believe filling baby teeth does not offer children any significant benefits other than causing dental phobia.


Added 05/21/09, 1:25 pm by admin

Doctor bores hole into boy's head with handyman's drill


When hospital supplies are low or inadequate, doctor saves the boy's life using a normal power tool.


Added 04/13/09, 10:08 am by admin

Doctor in training could have infected hundreds with TB

Chicago, IL, USA

The contagious female resident rotated through three hospitals, possibly infected hundreds of patients and coworkers.


Added 04/04/09, 9:53 pm by admin

Nurse injects bleach into IV tubes, killing patients

Texas, USA

Nurse was charged with murdering five patients at a clinic in Lufkin, Texas by injecting bleach into their veins while they were undergoing kidney dialysis.


Added 04/02/09, 9:39 pm by admin

N.J. urges thousands to get tested for hepatitis B

New Jersey, USA

Ocean County health officials said two cases of hepatitis B were confirmed in late February connected with the office of Dr. Parvez Dara, an oncologist with offices in Toms River and Manchester, near the Jersey Shore. Five cancer patients who visited the physician were found to have hepatitis B.


Added 03/24/09, 10:29 pm by admin

Doctor shakes off his own heart attack long enough to complete delicate brain surgery


''I couldn't leave him at such a delicate moment,'' neurosurgeon Claudio Vitale said of his patient, even though he himself was in immediate need of surgery.


Added 03/13/09, 1:00 pm by admin

Doctor Missed Woman's Cancer 20 Times


But the doctor still got paid for each visit. The woman's tumor had time to grow so large that it would not fit on the ultrasound screen.


Added 02/12/09, 12:52 pm by admin

Obama's Stimulus Plan is Bad for Your Health


Read the fine print on the latest stimulus package and you'll find new penalties for doctors that provide their patients with full treatment of their illnesses. According to Tom Daschle, health-care reform 'will not be pain free.' Seniors should be more accepting of the conditions that come with age instead of treating them. Penalties await those doctors that do not adopt the new system. According to Daschle, doctors have to give up autonomy and "learn to operate less like solo practitioners."


Added 12/22/08, 10:41 pm by admin

Glasses without an Optometrist?


DIY adjustable glasses


Added 12/20/08, 10:51 pm by admin

Fluoride - Never reviewed by FDA for Ingestion


Dentists regularly encourage parents to feed their children chewable vitamins with fluoride. "Since sodium fluoride safely and effectively killed rats before 1938, the FDA considers it is safe to give to little children to prevent tooth decay"? An interesting email exchange between a blogger and the FDA...


Added 12/02/08, 11:28 pm by admin

Surgeon amputates boy's arm with instructions texted from a friend

UK and Congo

OMG! r u cutting it ok? LOL!

so hows d am2t8ion?

not good

need help?

sure btw i havent upgraded each txt costs me 10 cents so be short

lol k ill give you 2


Added 11/25/08, 1:03 pm by admin

Average American Salary for Physicians and Doctors


According to, the average salary range is between $119k and $203k per year.


Added 11/25/08, 12:54 pm by admin

Medical Tourism is Growing


Some Americans are traveling out of the country to get medical care at cheaper prices. Insurance companies, realizing they are losing customers if patients remain uninsured, are beginning to offer payments for procedures performed in foreign countries.


Added 11/18/08, 10:50 pm by admin

Hospital infections kill more Americans each year than AIDS, breast cancer and auto accidents combined.


And according to the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths, there is a cover up. Hospital infections are mostly blamed on the overuse of antibiotics. The real culprit is poor hospital hygiene.


Added 11/11/08, 10:04 am by admin

Building new heart valves from umbilical cord blood


Children with heart defects may someday receive perfectly-matched new heart valves built using stem cells from their umbilical cord blood, according to research presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2008.


Added 10/28/08, 12:18 pm by admin

Doctors get better ratings when patients have companions


Patients were more satisfied with a doctor's care when they were allowed to have a companion in the room to help them listen, learn, and ask questions.


Added 10/27/08, 9:08 pm by admin

Syringes reused at Alberta hospital - Thousands face infection risk

Alberta, Canada

Syringes were reused for endoscopies and in the recovery room of dental surgery. Previous patients will be tested for HIV, hepatitis B and C.


Added 10/20/08, 10:30 am by admin

Reversing Osteoporosis


Article written by DoctorScorecard member, caveatemptor

As one who was diagnosed with very severe osteoporosis in my late forties, I would like to help others understand that this disease is reversible, and that this reversal can be accomplished without the use of bisphosophonate drugs like Actonel, Boniva, and Fosomax.   Again, I can only speak from my own experience in an effort to help others, with the understanding that I am not a nurse or a medical doctor, but I am proactive about my own health.  

I, too, took bisphosphonates for years, to no avail.  As a matter of fact, my bone density, according to Dexa scan results, was actually exacerbating. To give you an indication of how bad it was, at the time of diagnosis, my bone density was worse than my mother, who at that time was in her seventies.  

Recently, complications like ONJ   (osteonecrosis of the jawbone)  and spontaneous fractures of the femur have come to light in women taking this drug, both orally and intravenously. I recently had a female chemist tell me that she would never put "those drugs" into her system because they are "poison."  It seems that the medical literature and studies of these drugs are beginning to reflect the learned opinion of this chemist.  

Most doctors will tell you that bisphosphonates are the only answer in reversing osteoporosis, but I am living proof that this is not the case. I decided to do some research of my own at a reputable medical site affiliated with Cornell Medical School and Dr. Andrew Weil.  I learned about calcium and chelated magnesium. There are different kinds of calcium that are most readily absorbed.   Including chelated magnesium, I believe, is what made the most difference in my own particular case.   I discontinued the bisphosphonates, changed my form of calcium supplement from calcium carbonate to calcium citrate (Citracal) to increase absorption, and added an adjuvant supplement of CHELATED magnesium in a two to one ratio with the calcium.  As a result,  my last Dexascan revealed that I had a 15.2 percent improvement in the bone density in my hips, (which were the weakest point), which is unheard of on bisphosphonates. I am no longer in the category of osteoporosis, thanks in part, to my own unwillingness to accept without question, the only "fix" that the medical community had to offer, and  thanks, in great part, to the excellent resources out there on this subject.    

A very comprehensive reference source on the subject of osteoporosis is the book,  "Better Bones, Better Body", by Susan Brown, who is the director of the "Osteoporosis Education Project".   It is a book which every woman living in this country should have on her bookshelf if she wishes to avoid this disease or reverse it if she has been diagnosed with osteoporosis or osteopenia, its precursor.    

In addition to supplementation and good diet, I routinely use a very inexpensive "stepper" machine which can be purchased at Target. It is very low to the ground, looks like two large black "pedals", and has adjustable resistance, which targets the bones in the hip and legs.  I also use light free weights for my spine.  

If you are willing to make the effort and forego the drugs that I feel, in time, may be found to be even more detrimental to the bone marrow and skeletal system than originally thought, it is possible to reverse this disease.


Added 10/14/08, 1:30 pm by admin

Health care system has collapsed in Zimbabwe


Many doctors and nurses have left Zimbabwe's collapsing health care system. Doctors say they witness preventable deaths on a daily basis.


Added 09/21/08, 11:34 pm by admin

Gall bladder can now be surgically removed through the mouth... or vagina.


This new surgical technique offers the advantages of no visible scars and a faster recovery time. Possible disadvantage: doctors will rush to offer this new method of surgery before they have perfected their techniques and made sure that the benefits are worth the risks.


Added 09/16/08, 10:34 am by admin

What's so funny?


According to a survey of doctors starting a residency in internal medicine, 17% had - along with their colleagues - made fun of a patient, sometimes when the patient was under.


Added 09/09/08, 1:19 pm by admin

Acupuncture helps women have regular periods, according to small study

Virginia, USA

Five percent of reproductive age women are affected by PCOS. Symptoms of PCOS can include small cysts on their ovaries, infrequent or irregular vaginal bleeding, male-pattern hair growth, and acne. Acupuncture could be an important alternative, non-drug therapy for women with this disorder.


Added 09/07/08, 1:34 pm by admin

7 Scariest Hospital Complications


One Problem: Hospital patients may get the wrong drug one time out of five, according to a study by Auburn University.


Added 08/29/08, 12:47 pm by admin

Doggie 'doctors' diagnose their owners' ills


Some dogs and cats seem to have the ability to detect cancer, infection, low blood glucose, and also seizures moments before they occur.


Added 08/28/08, 10:35 pm by admin

5 Mistakes That Will Put You in Medical Debt


One mistake: You don't check your bills for errors. "I had a client once who was charged for a surgery she never had," said the vice president of Medical Billing Advocates of America. "Another one was charged more than $5,000 for disposable gloves."


Added 07/29/08, 2:01 pm by admin

The doctor-patient relationship is on the rocks?


About one in four patients feel that their physicians sometimes expose them to unnecessary risk, according to data from a Johns Hopkins study...


Added 07/09/08, 4:00 pm by admin

Hospital bullies are a threat to patient and employee safety


Nearly everyone who has worked in hospitals can recount a tale of bad behavior. Hickson recalled a doctor who hurled a table across a room, sending shards flying back at co-workers. Felblinger remembered when a doctor threw a used needle at a nurse, piercing her skin.


Added 07/01/08, 1:54 pm by admin

Doctor and other hospital employees let woman die alone in waiting room

New York, USA

A doctor takes a look at the dying woman on the floor of the emergency room at a New York hospital, then the doctor turns around and walks away. The woman died.


Added 06/30/08, 5:35 pm by admin

Some insurance companies are now covering 'medical tourism'


One patient said her Blue Cross insurance plan paid 80 percent of her hip resurfacing surgery in India. In India, the procedure cost $7,000. In the US, it would have been about $55,000.


Added 05/31/08, 9:34 pm by admin

Internet Attacked as Tool of Terror


The First Amendment (Free Speech) applies to the internet as much as to traditional forms of media: print, film, art, etc. The internet is different from other forms of mass communication because it is easier for non-corporate groups and individuals to participate. Lawmakers who long for a return of the day of exclusive corporate control of the news have been very much exercised about the rise of the internet because it completely undermines their ability to dictate \"the message\" heard by American users of the internet.


Added 05/28/08, 10:00 pm by admin

UK first in world to publish hospital death rates


The move will expose alarming variations in the mortality rates of NHS trusts carrying out commonplace procedures, including hip and knee replacements and surgery of the esophagus and abdominal aorta, the main blood vessel.

It will be the first time anywhere in the world that a government has systematically exposed the work of rival hospital teams, giving patients an opportunity to choose to be treated where their lives are least at risk.


Added 05/25/08, 10:29 pm by admin

10 Things Your Eye Doctor Won't Tell You


While not a brand-new article, this item continues to have revealing tips about the eye care business. One of the items on the list: Glasses are a cash cow... Since optometrists and ophthalmologists rarely hand over eyeglass prescriptions without prompting, most people don't know that federal regulation requires eye doctors to release them so that patients can comparison-shop for glasses. And why would they? In order to offset the high overhead of managing a practice, doctors and optical retailers may jack up the prices of glasses they sell from 50% to 80%. After one patient learned he was entitled to his prescription, he took it to Wal-Mart, where he found a pair of glasses similar to those at his doctor's office, but for $100 less.


Added 05/02/08, 9:48 pm by admin

99,000 people die each year because of infections acquired in hospitals

Georgia, USA

5 tips to staying germ-free when in a hospital.


Added 04/28/08, 2:46 pm by admin

Dentist punches a tooth out on his wedding night

Pennsylvania, USA

Dr. David M. Wielechowski, 32, a dentist, got in a fight on his wedding night, first with his wife, then with two people who came to the aid. Ironically, the dentist knocked a tooth out of one of the good Samaritans. The dentist himself was left with a black eye.


Added 04/26/08, 8:50 pm by admin

How to choose a doctor for LASIK

Florida, USA

Written by caveatemptor

I have seen and heard the recent reports about the FDA getting involved in and investigating Lasik. First of all, let me say that I have little faith in the FDA's ability to get to the bottom of anything and do it fairly and without bias. Remember, these are the same people who allow drugs (like Celebrex, Vioxx, Fosamax, Actonel, Baytrol, Vytorin, etc.) to be approved, and remain on the market when the risks outweigh the benefits in many cases.

Having said that, and having had a great success with my own Lasik surgery, I felt the need to comment. While this is my opinion only, with no "scientific" data to back it up, I think it deserves to be heard if it could help someone frightened of this procedure, yet wanting to have it. Legal disclaimer here......I am not telling anyone to have this surgery, just relating it to my own personal experience and that of others that I know who have also had success with Lasik.

First of all, it is imperative that you go to a reputable doctor with a good reputation, and not one of the "factories" that turn out thousands and thousands of patients per year. The preliminary screening is THE most important step in making an informed decision, and there are many factors that could disqualify a person from being a good candidate. (i.e. cornea too thin, too high a level of myopia or astigmatism, propensity for dry eyes, existing retinal problems, etc.) There may be doctors out there who are so interested in making money that they don't turn away the patients who are not good candidates. It is imperative that the DOCTOR, as well as the techs, check and recheck the screening procedures. I had two VERY extensive screening appointments before I had the surgery itself. Two techs and my doctor saw me on each of these two occasions, and the appointments took a long time and were very thorough.

Also, it is my opinion that the success of the procedure and the avoidance of side effects may depend upon the ability of the doctor (through careful screening) to "get it right" the first time. By that I mean, that if an "enhancement' (i.e. a second procedure) is done, it may (and this is only my hypothesis) result in "dry eye", as the cornea is "thinned" infinitesimally each time that the procedure is done, and that may affect more nerves, which may, in turn, produce the "dry eye" effect. Secondly, some of the responsibility lies with the patient. The aftercare is very important. There may be patients who do not wear the protective goggles (which are not comfortable) for sleeping, there may be patients who forget and rub their eyes, there may be patients who do not adhere to the regimen for putting the steroid and antibiotic drops in their eyes as instructed, there may be women who don't forego the eye makeup as instructed, resulting in an infection.. Failure to be a compliant patient in any of these areas could pose a problem.

The best advice that I can offer those contemplating Lasik is to speak with other patients who have seen the doctor that you are contemplating having as your surgeon. Check out his "track record" and see if he has any lawsuits on file, and if so, what they are for. Ask him for a list of his/her patients with whom you may speak. I could not be more pleased with the results of my procedure, and of the few people that I know who have had it done, I know of no one who has any adverse side effects or who has any regrets about having had the procedure done. Understand, I am not saying that there are not people who have had complications, only that I had none.

As of now, three months post-op, I have absolutely no side effects and am elated with my results, which I never take for granted. As one who needed glasses at a very young age (third grade) and one who was unable to see the big "E"" on the Snellen eye chart, and one who had a fair degree of both astigmatism and myopia, I consider my "new" vision to be nothing less than miraculous.

Free doctor is Dr. Ross Parks of FL Eye Clinic and I had my procedure done on Jan. 29th of this year.


Added 04/05/08, 11:40 am by admin

Prescription drugs: Time for docs to pause and say 'Whoa'


More and more drugs are not working "as advertised". For example, the drug used to treat high cholesterol, Vytorin, failed to work as widely expected. Final results of a clinical trial showed the drugs reduced LDL cholesterol, but failed to slow the buildup of artery-clogging plaque, suggesting they'll do little or nothing to prevent heart attacks. Doctors are as surprised by findings like these as patients.


Added 03/28/08, 10:31 pm by admin

US Government Begins to Show Hospital Ratings


The US government made hospital ratings public today. The site lets you compare hospitals by how well they cared for patients with certain conditions. Hospitals can be compared by how well they cared for a specific condition, like a heart attack or pneumonia.

Where does the data come from? The website says: "Hospitals voluntarily submit data from their medical records about the treatments their adult patients receive..." And elsewhere on the site: "The data presented on this website comes from hospitals that volunteered to submit their data for public reporting."


Added 03/26/08, 7:25 pm by admin

High School Cheerleader dies after breast surgery

Florida, USA

She was captain of her cheerleading team and hoped to become a doctor herself. Surgeon Stephen Schuster said he was devastated by the loss and felt for the family.


Added 03/12/08, 9:58 pm by admin

Drug-resistant staph bacteria can be swapped between animals and owners

German scientists reported that a woman endured a series of nasty abscesses caused by a bacteria, until a veterinarian screened and treated the family cat.


Added 03/12/08, 8:38 pm by admin

30,000 people a year wake during surgery


Carol Weihrer of Reston, Va., said that she awakened during surgery to remove a diseased eye. Weihrer said she heard the doctor give instructions: Cut deeper, pull harder. "I actually saw them cut the optic nerve when everything went black."


Added 03/05/08, 9:38 pm by admin

Vegas Clinic reused syringes for almost 4 years

Nevada, USA

Nearly 40,000 patients of the clinic learned that they might have have been infected by reused syringes and vials of medication. Patients may have been injected with potentially fatal hepatitis C virus and HIV.


Added 03/03/08, 2:41 pm by admin

Top 10 things to remember when at a doctor's appointment

One tip from article: "Use technology to your advantage. Bring a tape recorder to appointments so you can replay conversations later or use digital cameras to record symptoms at home."


Added 02/29/08, 10:31 pm by admin

Patients billed for medical mistakes

Iowa, USA

A man from Iowa went in for hernia surgery, expecting to leave with a single scar. The doctor operated on the wrong side of his body, then started over and performed the surgery on the correct side. The patient left with two scars and his health insurance was billed for 2 surgeries!


Added 02/29/08, 10:20 pm by admin

When vision tests go wrong



Added 02/26/08, 6:53 pm by noako

Insurance Companies Cancel Policies


The Los Angeles city attorney sued Health Net, claiming it illegally canceled the coverage of about 1,600 patients. City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo also said the company illegally ran an incentive program in which it paid bonuses to an administrator for meeting targets of policy cancelations.

Patsy Bates, 52, a hairdresser from Lakewood, had been left with more than $129,000 in unpaid medical bills when Health Net Inc. canceled her policy in 2004.

"It's hard to imagine a situation more trying than the one Bates has had to endure," Cianchetti (the judge) wrote in the decision. "The rug was pulled out from underneath, and that occurred at a time when she is diagnosed with breast cancer, one of the leading causes of death for women."


Added 02/22/08, 10:33 am by admin

Computer beats doctors in diagnosing certain brain diseases

London, UK

A standard computer can diagnose diseases like Alzheimer's from brain scans, with a higher accuracy rate than doctors. Maybe this tool could help free up some doctors to work on other health issues.


Added 02/21/08, 11:49 am by admin

Sask. heads to Philippines to attract 300 nurses

Saskatchewan, Canada

What does a country do when it has a nurse shortage? Here's one idea: Go to a poor country, wave some cash in their faces, and entice them to leave their people behind to care for your people. (Filipinos make an average of just $3,300 per year versus $38,200 for Canadians.)


Added 02/21/08, 11:40 am by admin

U.S. flu experts discussing next year's vaccine

Washington DC, USA

It's time to write up the recipe for next year's flu vaccine -- and the nation's influenza experts are aiming for better protection than this year's shot wound up offering.


Added 02/21/08, 11:19 am by admin

Fake Doctor's Notes Used to Get Out of Work and School

Minnesota, USA

Is this legal? Some websites are selling counterfeit doctor's notes online to those who want to trick their employer for some time off work. Students use the fake notes to get out of school.


Added 02/08/08, 4:29 pm by admin

One-armed surgeon helps perform successful hernia repair

Alabama, USA

Even after losing an arm in a hunting accident, Dr. Lucian Newman III is still able to perform surgery. Dr. Newman III is the the only surgeon now operating in the USA with one arm.


Added 01/30/08, 7:42 pm by admin

Doctor pleads guilty to performing unneccessary, painful procedure

California, USA

Ali Moayed, a urologist, performed a painful cancer treatment on a patient who didn't have the disease. Moayed pleaded guilty to felony charges of elder abuse and insurance fraud.


Added 01/15/08, 10:18 am by admin

WellPoint health plan to begin offering doctor rankings

Indiana, USA

Members of the plan will be able to rank physicians based on trust, communication, availability and office environment, but not effectiveness of care. Members will be able to rank doctors only in their health insurance network.


Added 12/13/07, 11:50 pm by admin

Free office for doctor

Alberta, Canada

Town offers free rent for a ready-to-go office to a physician to begin work. Why? They haven't had a doctor in 6 months. Local pharmacy is hurting without someone to write prescriptions.


Added 12/03/07, 3:02 pm by admin

Some doctors dread the question: Is there a doctor in the house?


...especially on airplanes.


Added 11/28/07 by admin

Heart bypass & valve surgery performed while patient is awake!


Dr Vivek Jawali, chief cardiovascular surgeon along with his team at Wockhardt Heart Hospital at Bangalore have set a global benchmark by performing the first coronary bypass surgery along with an aortic valve replacement without using general anaesthesia or ventilator support while the patient was on a heart lung machine. Click image for video.


Added 11/28/07 by admin

Diabetes patients may gain insulin independence through stem cells

United States

In the future, stem cells may be used to help patients with type 1 diabetes gain insulin independence.


Added 11/13/07, 11:58 am by admin

Hair transplant patient speaks out - makes website

New Jersey, United States

The patient says he had a hair transplant procedure, performed by Dr. Feinberg at The Dermatology Center in Englewood, NJ. " hair transplant looks terrible and I have a red scar on the back of my head...After 4 years and over $8,000 dollars spend on my hair transplant the results are terrible. I try to contact Dr. Feinberg but he refused to talk to me or give me a refund for the hair transplant he performed. I have a personal website where I post photos of my hair transplant at"

The patient also created a scorecard for the dermatologist.


Added 11/08/07 by admin

Woman's Ovaries Removed By Mistake

Texas, United States

Faulty lab work is to blame. Ameripath tested a biopsy and concluded she had ovarian cancer. After both ovaries were removed, no cancer was found.

Added 11/02/07 by admin

Dancing dentist breaks drill bit inside woman's tooth

New York, United States

...then pushes the drill bit through her sinus near her eye socket.


Added 11/01/07 by admin

33-year-old man dies waiting to see doctor - nurse fired

California, United States

The young man complaining of chest pain was told to sit in the waiting room until it was his turn. He waited more than 3 hours, then stood up and went outside, collapsing on the pavement.


Added 10/28/07 by admin

Trail of misery follows doctor

United States

Dr. Jose Veizaga-Mendez provided dangerously substandard care resulting in deaths, according to Massachussetts state regulators. So what did the doctor do? He left the state to resume working in Illinois, got in trouble there, too, so he applied for a license in yet another state: North Dakota. "Nearly 90 percent of the 5,000 doctors who faced disciplinary action in the United States last year had medical licenses in more than one state, according to the Federation of State Medical Boards, giving them the option of moving to another state to practice if they fear losing their license in the first."


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