Effective Health Care

My Presidential Platform is a plan to turn that “E” for Health and Wellness from a failing grade into an E for excellance.

  • Effective Health Care – a preventative healthcare, not-for profit single payer system.
  • Economy & more Green Jobs.
  • Environment & more Green Jobs.
  • End the War on Peace.
  • End Citizens United & reform campaign finance and voting transparency laws
  • Education — Repeal or rewrite the No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top policies to create a public education system that promotes helping the child to maximize their own potential – whatever it is. — Require all under graduate education providers to teach evolution and a science based curriculum. — Reduce college tuition loan rates and work towards restoring public education subsidies for in state college tuition.

An effective health care system would likely also help improve the economy and the environment and help improve education outcomes because healthier citizens would be likely to produce better output for lower cost in whatever role they filled at any point of the lifespan. A health care system based on preventative health care likely would create jobs because it would require increased numbers of health professionals trained to provide individualized education and lifestyle guidance services and there would be less focus on high cost screenings and treatments based on pharmaceutical maintenance prescriptions or surgical interventions. Cost would be shifted from those areas to support the salary and benefits for the new preventative health education jobs. Effective health care would also likely promote peace because healthier citizens are likely to be happier and more socially oriented. Chronic illness tends to be associated with an increased risk for depression and we may have an instinct to isolate when we are ill which would be helping to protect the group.

Individual goals to work towards to improve the Health and Wellness of U.S. citizens (and anyone else who happens to be affected by U.S. policies):

  1. Change the status of marijuana from Schedule 1 to Schedule 3 which would match the current rating for the synthetic version of THC, the euphoric cannabinoid found in marijuana. Changing the status would better reflect the true medical benefits of the plant; allow more variety of academic research to be performed with marijuana and the cannabinoid receptor system throughout physiology and throughout the plant and animal kingdoms; end Federal prosecution of patients, growers and dispensaries; and allow marijuana businesses to function as normal businesses in regards to the IRS, ability to report expenses on Federal State and Local taxes, and access to banking.
  2. Change the rating of several food additives from GRAS to no longer allowed. Ban potassium bromide from flour products and reinstate the use of potassium iodide as a anti-caking agent in flours.  Ban the artificial sweeteners Neotame, aspartame and sucralose. Any emulsifiers that have been shown to have emulsifying effects within the intestines. Ban glyphosate use as an herbicide or desiccant for food crops, non-food crops or in wild areas for invasive plant control. Ban the Bt GMOs and Round-up Ready GMOs and any others that have been associated with negative health risks since being approved for widespread use.  — or at least work towards creating non-corporate funded research into the longterm health effects of those food additives and agribusiness chemicals and GMO crops.
  3. Work towards a health care system that is based on a not for-profit system whether it is a single payer system or has multiple funding sources (insurance companies) seems less important to me than getting the profit motive out of treating patients. To promote Health and Wellness we need a health care system designed to identify and resolve underlying health problems rather than focusing on longtime symptom management.
  4. Create a stronger adverse reaction board for monitoring the long term and short term risks of vaccinations and other medical treatments. Include the suicide and homocide risks associated with psychiatric or other types of pharmaceuticals and consider the need to ban some of them.

To be con’t.

Disclaimer: Opinions are my own and the information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes.

U.S. ranks 68th on health and wellness compared to 133 developed nations

The U.S. ranked 68th for the category “Health and Wellness” in a comparison of 133 developed nations. That ranks in the lower half of the group. Economically the U.S. ranks within the top few nations and ranks in the top in many of the other categories that were assessed. However the Health and Wellness ranking or the U.S. is low in comparison not only to other nations but also to the U.S. ranking for many of the other 53 categories that were used to assess a nation’s ‘social progress,’ — suggesting that the healthcare strategies that have already been in use or were recently implemented in the U.S. in an effort to improve the health and wellness of U.S. citizens need to be reviewed and redesigned if we hope to achieve better results.

https://hbr.org/2016/08/why-americans-are-so-angry-despite-americas-strong-economy?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=harvardbiz

We may be able to afford ineffective health care over the short term of a few sickly generations but we can’t afford ineffective health care for ever. Somebody has to remain healthy enough to be able to take care of the increasing numbers of chronically ill people.

The globalization of markets has helped some workers while it may have left other groups less well off than they had been. Globally incomes have improved for groups of people in some areas of the world but have held stable or dropped in other areas. https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/07/this-chart-reveals-the-most-dramatic-change-in-incomes-since-the-first-industrial-revolution?utm_content=bufferd61fe&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

In some categories used to assess social progress the U.S. has been dropping in comparison to other developed nations and we are now on par or worse than some third world nations including the area of ‘Health and Wellness.’  http://usuncut.com/class-war/america-third-world-country/

Male fertility in 1992 was estimated to be at a rate of 1710 births per 1000 males on average (or 1.7 children per male aged 15-44) and 1960 births per every 1000 females (or 1.9 children per female aged 15-44). https://www.census.gov/population/documentation/twps0014.pdf

However either fertility has decreased or the desire to father children has decreased because the rate of children fathered by men aged 15-44 years in 2002 was at a rate of 1.0 children per male and the rate dropped yet more to 0.9 children per male aged 15-44 years between 2006-2010.  http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhsr/nhsr051.pdf

So in 1992 the average 15-44 year old male had 1.7 children while in 2002 the average 15-44 year old male in the U.S. had 1.0 children and between 2006-2010 the average male aged 15-44 years old only had 0.9 children.

It might seem like everything is for sale in a capitalist nation but — you can’t buy health and while you might be able to buy fertility treatments and in vitro fertilization it turns out that nature has ways we are only beginning to discover. In vitro fertilization (egg meets sperm in a test tube) may leave the child with DNA from the male’s mitochondria which wouldn’t be as likely to occur during natural fertilization. Few of the male mitochondria enter the egg during normal fertilization and the egg has ways to destroy any male mitochondria that are able to enter. Normally only the maternal mitochondrial DNA is left in a newly fertilized zygote. (The first new life form is a single celled egg/sperm combo called the zygote.) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paternal_mtDNA_transmission

Excess male mitochondria may be involved in some cases of male infertility.  http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.496.2503&rep=rep1&type=pdf

The markers that help an egg identify male mitochondria for destruction may be species specific according to research performed with lab animals. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC41980/pdf/pnas01486-0478.pdf

We don’t know what we don’t know — until we learn it — and we are learning that we can’t really pollute our environment and food supply with estrogen mimetics and other toxic additives, herbicides and pesticides, if we hope to have “Health and Wellness”. As U.S. citizens we are constitutionally supposed to have a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Health and wellness – and the ability to have children naturally – seems like part of the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Should ‘corporate people’ have a right to profit off human citizen’s ability (or inability) to procreate or should ‘corporate people’ have a right to profit off a human citizen’s right to decide how they deliver their baby or how they feed their baby? Would it be fair to the non-corporate people (formerly known as humans) if the government ruled that all infants will be conceived in a test tube; and will be delivered by C-section; and will be fed exclusively with formula; or will be fed exclusively by breast milk whether the mother is able to or not?

Part of “health and wellness” might be the freedom to make individual choices based on individual differences. Some regulations protect the corporate ‘right to access to the consumer’ more than they protect the consumer’s right to access safe products and services. Midwives have been harassed for centuries and even burned as witches while medical schools and medical associations are regulated as safe providers of maternal care. History has shown that men didn’t wash their hands even after being told that it was causing increased maternal deaths due to infections. The pioneering doctor that tried to get other doctors to wash their hands was harassed during his own career for his work — but his name lives on in textbooks though, at least, (Ignaz Semmelweis). Midwives knew about sanitation but it took a male doctor ruining his career to get other male doctors to eventually start washing their hands in between attending pregnant women.

Hand washing helped promote improved “Health and Wellness” in the U.S. and elsewhere but it took a while to catch on. What other health practices are needed? We won’t know if we continue to not listen to pioneering scientists. Currently alternative information frequently is being dismissed as “debunked” or “Quack,” but history revealed that Ignaz Semmelweis was not the quack and likely the midwives who were burned as witches didn’t quack either. (A Monty Python reference is hiding there for Monty Python fans.)

So if we want America to continue to be great than we need to review and redesign our nation’s strategies for promoting individual health and wellness because whatever we’re doing hasn’t been very effective while it has been costing us more than other developed nations — and health and wellness includes the ability to have healthy children.

Disclaimer: Opinions are my own and the information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes.

If elected President of the United States, I would also…

If elected President of the United States, I would also work towards changing…

  • tax structures and regulations that favor large businesses over small businesses,
  • and increasing Capital Gains taxes so that investing in employees would be a more valuable investment for businesses than investing in equipment,
  • and closing loopholes that make it easy for businesses and individuals to hide income from the IRS in off shore banks,
  • and I would work towards making an easier tax code in general based on percentage of income with fewer exclusions.

The last post already contained more than five to nine topics which might overtax the short term memory, (unintentional, gratuitous pun)., so I concluded it, but having opened the topic of what I would work towards changing it seemed important to add some of the other issues affecting our country and which affect the world because our economy and policies affect so much of the world.

  • I would also work towards decreasing spending on military, but in phases that address the unstable economies and terrorist organizations that have resulted from our nation’s “War on Terror.” Less war ultimately is likely to result in less terror and more peace; and less pollution. Bombs over other people’s neighborhoods still results in more pollution in the atmosphere and it does spread. Volatile chemicals evaporate from warmer regions of the world and condense and settle in colder regions so bombing the Middle East is ultimately poisoning the ground of colder regions in addition to poisoning the ground and air and people of the Middle East.
  • I would work towards providing effective nutrient based health interventions for helping reduce cancer and chronic disease risk. Pharmaceutical medications can be life saving but they also frequently contain toxic ingredients which have negative side effects for the patients using them and as waste products add to the pollution of our water supply.
  • I would work towards reducing the agencies and policies put in place by the Patriot Act and Homeland Security — they haven’t been proven to be cost effective or helped reduce mass killings.
  • I would work towards improving medication testing and adverse reaction reporting as psychiatric medication use has been linked directly to mass killings and suicides.
  • I would work towards a not-for-profit single payer health care system that encourages preventative health education and lifestyle changes as the first strategy for promoting wellness in patients. Private health care facilities would likely still exist for those who have the money to afford self pay health care but taking the profit motive out of standard health care would allow freedom to treat health issues with the cheapest possible solutions. Magnesium supplements and Epsom Salt baths are much cheaper and safer than medications such as Prilosec, Nexium and Zantac — which are physiologically used in place of magnesium, nature’s calcium channel blocker, but which have been proven to have negative health effects at least for some groups of patients.
  • I would work towards an increased use of genetic screening for the purposes of individualized dietary guidance. I could share which nutrients I need to bypass my genetic defect in the ability to make cannabinoids internally, but they wouldn’t necessarily help other people unless they had the same genetic anomaly as me.
  • I would work towards substance addiction being treated individually with genetic screening and lifestyle guidance for bypassing other people’s individual metabolic needs. Defects in the cannabinoid receptor system may affect cravings for opioids, food, and alcohol and to a lesser extant nicotine and cocaine.
  • I would work towards modifying the banking industry so that they aren’t allowed to loan out the same money to multiple debtors and then treat it as if more money was created when actually only more debt repayment cash streams were created.
  • I would work towards making a Constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court which created a new race of non-humans – the corporate people, can’t vote, don’t need to eat or breath pollution and therefore aren’t people or citizens and have no right to interfere with electing politicians or judges.
  • I would work towards a campaign system that is not funded by donations from individuals by establishing a forum for town hall meetings and debates and educational websites that allow all candidates an equal opportunity to address the voters. And to reduce the popularity contest aspect I would work towards outlawing campaign commercials from being allowed on television and other paid advertising media. I would work towards ending gerrymandering of districts and work towards improving access to vote by making mail in ballots more universally accessible and/or by making businesses allow workers to take time off from work to vote or by making the voting dates federal holidays, (that would only give government workers the day off though and would cost a lot).
  • I would work towards decreasing college loan interest rates but I am not supportive of “free” college tuition — we aren’t doing well enough with providing “free” education to grade school and high school students yet to suggest that as a nation we could provide free college educations too. And students who are just given access to college might not be as motivated to treat it as a business opportunity that affects the rest of their life – they may be more likely to treat it as a few more years to party. Making technical schools and career guidance more available is also important. A college education does not guarantee a job in the current market.
  • I would work towards making public education about educating the children as creative individuals rather than about passing standardized tests and punishing teachers for not getting the children to pass tests. Some children may need to focus on learning life skills and will never be able to pass all the tests — biology is a fact that can’t be changed by passing laws against it.
  • I would work towards expanding jobs within nations and work towards sensible global trade agreements. Sending raw chicken to nations such as China to then be processed by cheaper labor and then be shipped back to the U.S. for sale to consumers is a waste of gasoline and increases food safety risks due to the increased transit time and possibly due to unknown factory conditions or food processing additives. [http://www.newsweek.com/2014/10/10/curious-case-chinese-chicken-import-export-business-273699.html] Processing chicken is not a pleasant job but U.S. workers need work too.
  • I would work to decrease the use of “Temporary Workers” and to make regulations that make it safer for temporary workers as well as work to stop temporary immigration from being falsely claimed to be an opportunity for a guest worker to be able to bring their whole family to the U.S. as permanent citizens. Some changes have been made but congress has also blocked changes. The inexpensive workers are good for some businesses but also tend to bring wages down in general for the industries and areas in which they are allowed to work. [http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/11/us/rules-revised-for-h-2b-guest-worker-program.html?_r=0]
  • I do not support birthright citizenship it is being used as a vacation destination to give babies dual citizenship. Border patrols can’t keep out pregnant tourists with money for an airplane ticket. People who move here and establish residences and seek jobs and have children should have routes available to work towards their families becoming citizens but the ease of travel in this era has changed too much to support continuing automatic birthright citizenship – in my opinion and others. [http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-ed-birthright-citizenship-20141026-story.html]
  • I would read information about these issues that is written by non-partisan, non-corporate funded specialists and seek out specialists to work with who know more about the industries but who are not lobbyists for the industries.

That’s a few of the issues that I care about. I care about a lot of things. Litter pick-up and invasive plant control would be potential jobs that improve environmental and public health and the economy. Biodiversity helps keep insects like mosquitos healthier too. Spraying mosquitos with pesticides has been associated with an increased rate of autism. So do we want to reduce the risk of a few mosquito born diseases at the expense of an increased rate of autism — or do we want a healthier, more biodiverse environment in general?

Do we want to spend a quarter of million dollars per person who has cancer or prevent cancer in the first place? or help the patients recover with more cost effective treatments and lifestyle changes? Our national priorities have lasting impact on the whole world because we share the air and we share the water — with dragonflies and birds and bees, and the trees, as well as with each other.

Live, Work, Create.
Live, Work, Create — the subway, because — public transport matters, it saves gasoline.

 

/Disclaimer: Opinions are my own and  the information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes./