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Under the influence

Alcohol consumption has side effects as it permeates society at all levels.  Where does it start?Parents who drink alcohol might imprint similar behavior on their children.  More important are festering teenage years where hormones surge and interactions are awkward.  Voila!…beer smothering inhibitions.In high school, I went to parties without alcohol, although someone always tried to sneak in contraband.  College was …

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Palliative and hospice care jargonese

Hospice care is essential to assure minimal pain and suffering at end-of-life.  This awareness has evolved over the past two decades, and those in discomfort were given a compassionate option in medical decision-making.Most patients and family members do not understand the concept of palliative or hospice care, yet they are not alone as many medical professionals have no counseling expertise …

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Hospice care not reflected in healthcare statistics

Some healthcare agencies and hospitals are shuffling elder seniors into hospice at a rapid rate because it is profitable.  Statistics revealing this are hidden, and those exploiting these patients are aware of this loophole.  Investigation is a challenge. When a patient passes away, a death certificate is completed by a doctor verifying cause, as well as other vital data.  It …

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What is your happiness level?

The United States is a wealthy nation, yet we don’t rank in the top ten countries in the World Happiness Report.  Yep, there is one, and we rank 18th and sinking.  Why?The Report claims the horizon forebodes increasing obesity, the opioid crisis, and depression.  I would like to add gun violence, homelessness, increasing government dysfunction, a shrinking middle class, and falling …

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The Notorious RBG and healthcare

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the second female justice appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993, and through the years one must admire her intelligence and tenacity no matter what your politics.Health-wise, she is an active senior known to exercise with a trainer, lift weights, and do “crunches.”  In 1999, she was diagnosed with colon cancer, later pancreatic cancer, and recently …

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Tactics forcing ICU patients onto hospice

From the outset, be worried or suspicious if: Your loved one is old, or has been hospitalized for a prolonged period; you don’t know the doctor; insurance is HMO; doctors are hospital contracted and don’t communicate well. Doctors, nurses, or hospital staff: Urge you to change legal documents to DNR status; pressure placement of patient on hospice or “comfort care”; …

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Rough draft of a new US healthcare plan

-Everyone will be insured.-Coverage throughout the US. -Freedom to choose your doctor and hospital. -No pre-existing condition exclusions.  -Legislators must live under the same healthcare laws as their constituents. -Everyone will carry a secured healthcare card to insure identity, and  computerization will be uniform so encrypted medical records can easily  be accessed anywhere in the country. –New immigrants need to …