Oct 07, 2017 Chris Foley

The problem with GMO foods…

…is that so often we see the term, say it, speak it, read it, and become numb to the implications.  Genetically Modified Organisms are man’s attempt to outsmart that complex supercomputer called, Nature.  Occasionally, as they say, this does much good.  Just look at how many lives have been saved !  Here is the effect of a natural soybean plant exposed to the herbicide, Dicamba, (Monsanto), when it has not had the benefit of the genetic engineering that would otherwise protect it like it’s GMO counterpart, FrankenSoybean.

Scott Simon, a very talented and award winning journalist — whose political views can often be quite annoying and wrongheaded — nonetheless featured this story on his NPR Weekend Edition today.  Quite chilling.

 

Aug 20, 2016 Chris Foley

Medical fascism by any other name…

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There is often a need to help people out with the definition of “fascism” — a term used quite loosely to describe any politican or party with whom you might disagree (or despise).  But it actually is derived from the Italian “fascimo” which means “bundle”.  Some say that bundling corporate power with government achieves the necessary level of autocracy that can impose the will of dictator on the citizenry.  Others refer to the wrapping of rods around an axe handle to make it stronger and unbreakable.  In any case when the government imposes regulatory burdens that favor only a few (ie, those who have paid someone enough), we have a form of “fascism” if you will.  This works well when it comes to making the American public pay a lot for medications.  It is most definitely NOT a marketplace…. »

Aug 20, 2016 Chris Foley

Denying care with a touch of ignorance….

Imagine being able to take a simple oral swab and analyze a set of genes that would allow incredibly more accurate prescribing for drugs that affect paAmbienin and the brain. A number of new (for profit) companies are offering just that type of information that promises to take a lot of the guesswork out of prescribing antidepressants, pain meds, soporifics (sleep meds), and others. This type of testing is easy now with results available in 3-4 days.

 

 

 

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Aug 15, 2016 Chris Foley

In Iowa Lyme disease only lasts a few weeks…

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…a position which is now so out of touch with reality so as to be “anti-Copernican” in its ignorance.  Recently, an 18 YO girl who had been treated by an Iowa physician for Lyme disease with antibiotics, improved, significantly with this treatment, but now can no longer treat that condition in Iowa.  You read that right… »

Aug 13, 2016 admin

Smart data for whose benefit?

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Dave Racer

 

We are witnessing the transformation of Big Data to “Smart” Data. Will this benefit you or bind you down?  Are you comfortable with data analytics that can peruse your unique medical indicators and predict what ailments await you in the future? Would you agree to abide by medical managers prescribing – or requiring – you to live a certain way to reduce your chance of chronic illness or early death? What would you do if today’s mail included advertisements promoting a cancer treatment center near you, even though your doctor has never mentioned the “C word” to you?… »

Aug 06, 2016 Chris Foley

ObamaCare…sounding the death rattle

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It goes without saying that the cataclysmic legislation that very few of our intellectually challenged Congresspeople read — I hope this reminds everyone of Al Franken and Nancy Pelosi — is very likely going to die under the weight of its ill conceived business plan. Aetna is now pulling out, and the reasons are not subtle: $300 M in losses this past year….

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Jul 24, 2016 Chris Foley

The great unknowns about Mary Jane….

I am330px-Cannabis_sativa_plant_(4) often asked about the true medical value in marijuana.  There are, of course, many who feel it is a curse — an entry level portal to the dark world of drug abuse.  In many cases they are correct.  There is plenty of data to suggest that cannabis provides a cheap and convenient (and enjoyable) apprenticeship to the use of heroine and many other substances that have a consistent if not guaranteed tendency to make unproductive citizens of good people.  Not to mention that the trade in this substance has been controlled by elements who tend to kill anyone who tries to take over any good sales contracts.  But the Gateway theory has some flaws, and the predictability of harder drug use by recreational marijuana users is a little more complicated.  And the actual science of cannabis is very compelling when used properly… »

Jul 17, 2016 Jonathan Otten

Senate voted 65 to 32 against your right to know what’s in your food

Are we going to continue to allow our personal liberties to be stripped from us even as industries that are in bed with our government continue to gross huge profits at the expense of our health?  For a nation founded on liberty and considering the sacrifice made by many throughout our history to preserve these liberties, I am appalled.

In case you missed this new’s piece earlier this month, the Senate voted 65 to 32 against the right to know what is in your food. When is transparency ever a bad thing when it has to do with understanding what is in the food you eat, the water you drink, or perhaps the drugs you may take?

This particular piece of legislation is regarding GMO labeling. If GMO foods are so wonderful, why not let an educated public choose whether or not to eat these glorious Frankenstein creations? Speaking of Frankenstein, our very own Al Franken from Minnesota voted in Monsanto’s favor and against your right to understand what you are putting on your dinner table. Please let Al Franken know that you don’t want your child eating frankenfoods!

For more info: http://www.fooddemocracynow.org/blog/2016/jul/8