Category Archives: Health Care

New Trump rule would deny green cards to immigrants who took food stamps, Medicaid

Works for me.

From NBC: The Trump administration announced a proposed rule Saturday that would make it harder to obtain visas or green cards for immigrants already in the U.S. legally, as well as those seeking to enter, if they have ever been dependent on certain public benefits, like Medicaid, food stamps or public housing.

The proposal, which can become a rule after a public comment period, rewrites a 1999 rule that limited green cards for immigrants who were dependent on cash benefits, but did not take into consideration health care or other non-monetary benefits.

Originally, the rule known as “public charge” began in the 1800s as a way for the U.S. to deny entry to immigrants who were likely to become a drain on the economy.

“This proposed rule will implement a law passed by Congress intended to promote immigrant self-sufficiency and protect finite resources by ensuring that they are not likely to become burdens on American taxpayers,” said Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

As NBC News previously reported, earlier versions of the proposal included more draconian measures, such as limiting green cards and citizenship for immigrants who had used Obamacare or certain tax credits.

“The [disqualifying] benefits generally represent the largest federal programs for low-income people by total expenditure that address basic living needs such as income, housing, food, and medical care,” a spokeswoman for DHS said in a written briefing.

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Your prayers are needed for Lana’s son

Loyal FOTM reader and commenter Lana’s son, like our dear Auntie Lulu, has a terrible case of kidney stones.

From Wikipedia:

Kidney stone disease, aka urolithiasis, is when a solid piece of material (kidney stone) occurs in the urinary tract. Kidney stones typically form in the kidney and leave the body in the urine stream. A small stone may pass without causing symptoms. If a stone grows to more than 5 millimeters (0.2 in) it can cause blockage of the ureter resulting in severe pain in the lower back or abdomen. A stone may also result in blood in the urine, vomiting, or painful urination. ()

Lana asks for your prayers:

I just got a call from my son who has had the same problems that Auntie Lulu has gone through- major size kidney stones blocking the ureters in both kidneys. He had a procedure this last Monday that sonically blasted the stone in his left kidney into smaller pieces so they could pass. Normally within 2 days all the smaller stones should pass. My son is in the hospital now because the pain was too unbearable and his blood pressure skyrocketing. It  turns out that the stones are stuck and have all lined up in his ureter and they are scheduled to take them out late this afternoon, but that means more anesthesia and my son is frightened because he has sleep apnea and he seems to have breathing problems when his is sedated.  I am asking for a miracle that those stones will start moving NOW and be passed naturally so he does not need the surgery, and if they have not moved by the appointed time that he his procedure will be safe and successful.

In the name of Jesus Christ let the kidney stones be loosed and leave his body now. I ask that all those who feel inclined agree with me in prayer that those stones leave his body now.

Love and thanks,

Lana

Thank you for your prayers and kindness,

~Eowyn

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Make It Stop: Obese model Tess Holliday again promoting unhealthy body size

Model Tess Holliday is 5’5” and weighs 280 pounds. For someone here age, a normal weight range should be 111 to 150 pounds. She is classified as OBESE CLASS III.  There is NOTHING healthy about being so obese.

According to the CDC, the health risks associated with obesity include:

  • All-causes of death (mortality)
  • High blood pressure
  • High LDL cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol, or high levels of triglycerides (Dyslipidemia)
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Osteoarthritis (a breakdown of cartilage and bone within a joint)
  • Sleep apnea and breathing problems
  • Some cancers (endometrial, breast, colon, kidney, gallbladder, and liver)
  • Low quality of life
  • Mental illness such as clinical depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders
  • Body pain and difficulty with physical functioning

Tess is into “body positivity” and “female empowerment” because she is fat. Somehow obesity is suppose to give women confidence.

And anyone who dares call out the health risks of her being so fat is instantly labeled a “body shamer.”

A couple days ago she posted the above picture on Instagram with the caption, @lizzobeeating told me to caption this photo “Damn… that look good” #effyourbeautystandards

Sorry but NO. That DOES NOT LOOK GOOD.

Promoting an unhealthy body size is dangerous (see the first bullet in the list below). Disguising a serious health condition as “female empowerment” and dismissing real health standards is not logical.

Feminism today has nothing to do with facts, such as those provided with the evidence of the consequences of obesity. It’s all about feeeeeelings, emotions and justification for your actions – and the lack of personal responsibility. That’s the liberal way.

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Detroit lawmaker pushes “bullet bill” where you have to purchase ammo through law enforcement and go through mental background check

It’s always about control.

From The Detroit News: A resolution introduced in Wayne County seeks to encourage state and federal legislators to regulate and limit ammunition sales.

Outgoing District 6 Commissioner Reggie “Reg” Davis submitted the resolution to the commission’s chair, Gary Woronchak, to encourage Michigan and U.S. leaders to adopt policies to end gun violence. If the commission does that, Davis said, he plans to seek passage of an ordinance to adopt the policies for which his resolution calls.

“In Detroit, it’s the wild, wild west,” Davis, a Democrat, told The Detroit News in a phone interview. “I want to stop turning on the TV every day seeing a younger version of myself at a gas station or a Coney Island, seeing these kids kill each other. We need some sort of control.

Davis spoke about his resolution before members of the media Tuesday morning at Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit, where his brother and uncle, slain from gun violence, are entombed.

Davis’ resolution would call for ammunition sales to require a background check, including a mental health evaluation. It also would encourage levying higher taxes on ammunition and limiting the number of bullets a person can buy.

Davis said the resolution also would seek the ability for people to purchase ammunition at a law enforcement agency, where they could get a background check done, as well. He said he is not seeking to limit its purchase at stores or gun shows.

Revenue made from bullet sales and taxes, Davis said, could go toward families of gun violence victims and educating people on gun safety and the Second Amendment.

“To the NRA, we’re not trying to destroy anything you stand for,” Davis said. “I support the Second Amendment. But I’m looking to build a better community for urban Americans, for Detroiters.”

The NRA did not respond for a comment. (Yes they did. See here.)

Davis also recently learned of a push in California to include serial numbers on bullets. He said he hopes to add an addendum to the resolution he is proposing that would call for a way to track bullets, though he expressed concern that using serial numbers for each bullet would be costly.

Davis said he would like to see the resolution passed at the meeting of the 15-member board on Oct. 4 or the one after. He is hopeful for the resolution but is doubtful an ordinance could survive since it would likely face legal challenges.

“We are all creatures of the state,” Davis said. “They can trump anything we do, but I don’t care. I want to fight.”

Earlier in his life, Davis said he had an “affinity” for guns, owning sniper rifles, double barrel sawed-off shotguns, Glocks, revolvers and more. That changed on Feb. 19, 2001, when his 19-year-old brother, Vito, died in a botched armed robbery.

Now, he said he no longer carries a weapon on him, though he added that “no one should try breaking into my house at 3 a.m.”

“You have one or two or three of those moments in your life that brings you closer to God, gives you a more crisp vision of life,” Davis said. “It definitely gave me a clearer vision of my life, and I’m going to fight until my dying day against this gun violence.”

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Candace Owens visits ICE immigration center: it’s nicer than every school I attended!

NSFW due to some swearing.

From the video description:

“Here is the truth America: ICE Immigration centers are nicer than public schools. I went to school in Connecticut and the Broward County ICE center is nicer than EVERY school I attended. The Democrats literally funded a LIE about the treatment of illegals because they wanted to gain votes. They are a despicable group of human beings who we must defeat at the poll. They have funded wars and lies against our police officers, our ICE agents— all for votes.”

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How will Ocasio-Cortez pay for her socialist agenda?

Don’t hold your breath waiting for an answer…

h/t Twitchy

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New president of baby butchers Planned Parenthood vows to fight for the “most vulnerable” in our society

This is said with no sense of irony or self-awareness.

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It’s National Suicide Prevention Week: Check out the “crave death” meme Lena Dunham posted

Lena Dunham: Inspiring young women to “not settle”

National Suicide Prevention Week began Sept. 9 and goes through Sept. 15. If you know of anyone who needs suicide prevention resources, click here.

The Hillary-loving feminist Lena Dunham started the “Lenny Letter” website described as “feminism, style, health & politics – unfiltered.”

As a feminist, Lena doesn’t believe one should shame another woman in public. She was mad when Jezebel criticized her Vogue photo shoot and called what they said, “bullsh*t.”

As a feminist, Lena is fine with her body and doesn’t like to be Photoshopped (although she frequently is).

As a feminist, Lena believes the way that women are spoken to on social media is shocking and comparable to the abuse of Guantanamo prisoners.

As a feminist, Lena is an “advocate” for young women everywhere. She is a strong woman who “empowers” other women.

Or so she would have you believe…

Lena posted the above meme on her Instagram account on Sept. 9, just in time to kick off the week. Her caption: “Do not settle for second best this week!!!”

Stuff like this MAKES ME MAD. Suicide is not a joke. I had a cousin who committed suicide and know of a couple other people who attempted suicide.

Lena obviously missed the memo that the majority of college students say they’re stressed, with many reporting suicidal thoughts.

Netflix has a show called “13 Reasons Whythat revolves around teenagers committing suicide and self harm. It’s been criticized for glamorizing suicide and several families have blamed the series for inspiring their children to kill themselves.

In 2016, the New York Times reported that suicides hit a 30-year high, with an alarming increase among girls ages 10 to 14.

Memes like this one that Lena posted do not inspire women. This type of “empowering” feminism is bad form and a horrible example coming from a “role model” of today’s feminist movement.

Shame on you, Lena.

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Raised with no coping mechanisms: Majority of college students says they’re stressed, many report suicidal thoughts

Maybe kids have a problem with self-identity because choosing from 31 genders is exhausting.

Maybe not everyone should be given a participation trophy.

Maybe kids shouldn’t be glued to smartphones.

Maybe kids should lay off the social media platforms.

Maybe we should let boys be boys.

Maybe girls should know that today’s feminism really isn’t their friend.

Maybe we shouldn’t teach white children that they are responsible for every racist problem because of their skin color.

Maybe political correctness is stifling our children.

Maybe progressive “values” aren’t that healthy for our children.

From Yahoo (via GMA): Sending a child off to college is an immense accomplishment for parents, who can finally breathe a sigh of relief. But teens on campus find a vastly different view of what a college environment is like, including its demands and challenges. A new study supports this, finding that students are much more stressed than parents, or anyone else, might realize.

The study, published in the medical journal Depression and Anxiety, found that mounting expectations, an evolving sense of self-identity, and the typical shock of leaving home for a new place are making college students more vulnerable to mental health risks, including suicidality.

Anxiety and depression rates have been rising, according to the study, which found three out of every four college students reporting at least one stressful life event within the past year — involving everything from social relationships to personal appearance to problems with family. Twenty percent said they experienced greater than five stressful life events within that same time frame.

“College is very stressful in an alarming way. That’s important for parents to be aware of,” lead author of the study Cindy Liu, PhD, a psychologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, told ABC News.

Liu conducted the study by surveying over 67,000 college students from over 100 college campuses about their stress, anxiety and depression. They were also asked directly if they’d had suicidal thoughts or made attempts to harm themselves. One in five students said they had thought of suicide, while about one in 10 actually attempted it. Each of those statistics is more than double the national average for adults.

“Even if you have a student who is doing well in school, it doesn’t mean they aren’t dealing with something internally,” Liu said. “You have to peel back more layers. That is the real struggle for parents and colleges — identifying those students who are quietly enduring a significant mental health experience.”

The survey asked about 15 different types of mental health issues, ranging from anorexia to anxiety and panic attacks to addiction. Liu also highlighted one particularly nuanced strength of the study: it pinned down conflicts with self-identity. For example, those who identified as a sexual minority tended to have the highest rates of mental health diagnoses. Gay, lesbian, and bisexual students reported thoughts or actions related to killing themselves two to three times more often than heterosexual students. Transgender students, meanwhile, were among the highest in reported mental health diagnoses and suicidality.

Black and Hispanic students reported mental health diagnoses and self-harm at lower rates than whites; however, multiracial students were more likely to admit thoughts of suicide or previous attempts. These numbers are striking, but in reality, they could actually be worse than the study indicates, since stigmas surrounding sexual identity and mental health may have caused students to underreport their problems.

The findings add gravity to the well-known relationship between trauma, mental health, and suicide, and indicate that college, for some, is far from a carefree environment. It’s important that colleges and students realize the stress is real, and that they make adequate college-based mental health resources available.

For parents of college-bound students, these statistics are unsettling. They may indicate a greater need to pay attention to the mental health experiences of college students, especially when it comes to self-identity.

“Try to normalize the college experience and the stressors involved,” Liu said. “It is critical to think about their identity, and how that matters to their complete mental health experience.”

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Elite vampirism: Young blood transfusions for $8k/1.5 liters

Vampirism is no longer the stuff of horror movies.

Vampires today don’t wear black cloaks, nor do they ingest blood via neck-bites. Today, perfectly healthy but wealthy people get their blood via transfusions, at $8,000 for 1.5 liters. The fictional Count Dracula ingests human blood to live; today’s vampires similarly get expensive blood transfusions for their alleged rejuvenating, life-extension effects.

In recent years, scientists studying mice found that giving old animals blood from young ones can reverse some signs of aging. Conversely, injecting old blood into young seemed to knobble the young rodents. As examples:

  • In 2014, a Harvard University team, led by stem cell researcher Amy Wagers, isolated a specific protein from mouse blood, growth differentiation factor 11 (GDF11), which regulates stem cell activity. GDF11 is abundant in young mice but its level drops as the animals age. Injections of GDF11 not only reduce thickening of the heart in old mice, it also helps aging mice recover muscles and strength.
  • Another research team, led by neuroscientist Tony Wyss-Coray of Stanford University, found that simply injecting plasma from young mice into old mice can boost learning and memory by rejuvenating the brain’s hippocampal neurons. (Source: Science)

Blood plasma is the extracellular matrix of blood cells — a yellowish liquid component of blood that holds the blood cells in suspension. It is mostly water (up to 95% by volume), and contains dissolved proteins (6–8%) (i.e.—serum albumins, globulins, and fibrinogen), glucose, clotting factors, electrolytes, hormones, carbon dioxide (plasma being the main medium for excretory product transportation) and oxygen. Plasma also serves as the protein reserve of the human body. It plays a vital role in keeping electrolytes in balanced form and protects the body from infection and other blood disorders.

Beginning in 2017, under the guise of running a clinical trial, a startup called Ambrosia in Monterey, California, is offering transfusions of human plasma, allegedly harvested from young adults from local blood banks. It takes multiple donors to make one package. The transfusions cost $8,000 for 1.5 liters, pumped in across two days.

Ambrosia is run by Jesse Karmazin, 33, a medical school graduate without a license to practice medicine. Overseeing the so-called clinical trials is a licensed doctor, David Wright, who was disciplined in 2015 by the California Medical Board for giving his patients intravenous treatments of vitamins and antibiotics for “non traditional” purposes. A bioethicist from McGill maintains that Ambrosia calls its business a “clinical trial” because they would be unable to get FDA approval to sell the blood plasma transfusions otherwise.

As of August 2017, Ambrosia had 600 clients, with a median age of 60. While anti-ageing products usually hold more appeal with women, most of Ambrosia’s clients are men.

PayPal founder Peter Thiel has expressed interest in having transfusions. According to Gawker, Thiel spent $40,000 a quarter on regular transfusions from 18-year-olds. He and others in the death-evading “transhumanist” movement are fascinated by “heterochronic parabiosis” – the sewing together of two animals in order to create a living chimera. Studies going back decades show the regenerative effects of one organism being joined to another.

In 2018, an Ambrosia rival, the Young Blood Institute, also hawks “clinical trials” of young blood transfusion for $285,000 per person. The so-called “trials” of both Ambrosia and Young Blood Institute are unscientific because they have no controls and are not randomized or blinded. But Karmazin claims positive results — of improvements in sleep and declines in levels of carcino-embryonic antigens and amyloids — proteins involved in cancer and Alzheimer’s disease — of as much as 20% .

However, in the young-old mice experiments, researchers found that some of these mice died quickly (11 out of 69 in one experiment) for reasons the scientists could not explain, but described as possibly some form of rejection. Evidence from two large studies in 2017 showed that the transfusion of blood from younger donors to older people led to outcomes that were either no different from, or led to worse outcomes than, blood from older donors. Amy Wagers has said that her research does not provide a scientific basis for human trials.

Sources: The Guardian; Wikipedia

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