Health/Medicine (Bloggers & Personal)

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  • Susie Walker Urgent Prayer Request

    09/05/2012 12:36:40 PM PDT · by pfflier · 19 replies
    This is from Ron's update: "On Labor Day, Susie became unresponsive so we brought her to the hospital. After several blood tests and consultations with doctors, the final conclusion was that, unfortunately, Susie is not going to get any better. There are just too many battles going on in her body to handle all at once. Her mom, Elaine, said it better that I ever could with her comment made on Facebook this morning: “Susie is in hospital surrounded by immediate family. She is doing the work it takes – quietly, bravely, painlessly – to finish her life and let...
  • Marijuana's Effects on President's IQ Contested

    09/01/2012 12:20:59 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 12 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 1 Sep 2012 | John Semmens
    Presidential Press Secretary Jay Carney insisted that the President's admitted heavy use of marijuana as a teenager “does not prove he is a dope.” The question of whether President Obama may have suffered brain damage as a member of the infamous “Choom Gang” as a youth reared its ugly head when a recently completed study by two New Zealand professors measured an average decline in IQ of 8 points for heavy users of weed. “First of all, these figures are an average person,” Carney argued. “The President is already acknowledged to be so far above average that a decline of...
  • The Hidden Truths about Calories

    09/01/2012 1:06:03 AM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies
    Scientific American, ^ | August 27, 2012 | Rob Dunn
    Odds are you sometimes think about calories. They are among the most often counted things in the universe. When the calorie was originally conceived it was in the context of human work. More calories meant more capacity for work, more chemical fire with which to get the job done, coal in the human stove. Fat, it has been estimated, has nine calories per gram, whereas carbohydrates and proteins have just four; fiber is sometimes counted separately and gets awarded a piddling two. Every box of every food you have ever bought is labeled based on these estimates; too bad then...
  • Forced Unionization Campaign Pretending 31-Year-Old Program Doesn't Exist

    08/31/2012 10:14:36 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/30/2012 | Jack Spencer
    Proponents of the "Keep Home Care Safe" proposal are trying to sell it to voters by claiming it would create a program that's been in existence for more than 30 years. In reality, the measure would lock the forced unionization of home health care workers in the State Constitution if Michigan voters approve it on Nov. 6. Of course the real reason doesn't sell as well with voters so the Service Employees International Union and its supporters are pushing the idea of safety instead. Only the protections they're talking about have existed in a federal program since 1981. To get...
  • Sen. Marco Rubio – Convention Speech – Full Transcript

    08/31/2012 7:01:34 AM PDT · by ConservativeStLouisGuy · 3 replies ^ | August 30, 2012 | Sen. Marco Rubio
    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I think I just drank Clint Eastwood's water. Thank you. Thank you so much. Thank you so much for having me here today and thank you so much for doing this convention here in Florida. Before I begin… Thank you. Before I begin this is such an important night for my country . Thank you so mucch - thank you so much for having me here today, and thank you so much for doing this convention here in Florida. You know, before I begin - yes, thank you - before I being, this is...
  • Rick Santorum: Convention Speech – Full Transcript

    08/31/2012 6:46:56 AM PDT · by ConservativeStLouisGuy · 1 replies ^ | August 28, 2012 | Rick Santorum
    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you very much. Thanks. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Bless you. Thank you. Thank you Pennsylvania. It is a great honor for me to be here tonight with the love of my wife, life, Karen, over here, and my 93-year-old mother, from Florida, and some of our children. My oldest son, John, wanted to be here tonight, but he’s a first year cadet at the Citadel, and… so I just want to say to you John, I’m proud of you son. Thank you. I am a first-generation American. At age...
  • Prayers needed for a fellow Freeper

    08/30/2012 12:52:11 PM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 39 replies
    August 30, 2012
    A Freeper who has been a regular contributor here and a good friend of mine has come down with a serious illness. It can be made better but I ask for your prayers for our brother conservative Doug. Thank you
  • *VANITY* Torn meniscus diagnosis, arthroscopic surgery?

    08/30/2012 8:41:50 AM PDT · by IndyTiger · 35 replies
    08/30/12 | IndyTiger
    *Vanity post* I'm 55 years old, diagnosed with a torn meniscus cartilage on the inner right knee. Got injured playing ball about six months ago, slipped and fell running the bases. I had the knee drained and got a cortisone shot a couple of months ago, but it started hurting again recently. Got an MRI where the diagnosis was made. Not sure yet of the extent of the tear, or if there is fraying of the meniscus also. I am seeing an orthopedic surgeon and may possibly elect for arthroscopic surgery. Any FReepers have surgery for a torn meniscus? How...
  • Susie Walker Update

    08/29/2012 4:14:51 PM PDT · by pfflier · 4 replies
    A few weeks ago I asked for your prayer support for Susie Walker who was diagnosed with cancer. She and Ron appreciate your prayers and I cannot stress how important they are to them.She is battling on and there is now a blog site where you can offer words of encouragement and support. site has a narrative of her condition and explains everything much better than I can. I want to thank the FREEPERS who take a few minutes out of their day to keep her in their prayers. Although this is not a solicitation of financial support, there...
  • Wisconsin Official on Health Care Exchange: 'Waiting Is the Prudent Thing to Do'

    08/28/2012 1:00:34 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/24/2012 | Jack Spencer
    States shouldn't be in a hurry to begin working on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act exchanges. That's the viewpiont of many states (not Michigan) and of J.P. Wieske, legislative liaison for the Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance. "For us, the issue is whether or not it's good public policy to move ahead," Wieske told Capitol Confidential. "Our view is that it is more prudent to wait and see what happens." Under the act, which is commonly known as Obamacare, states can develop their own exchanges. It has been argued that if states don't act first, the...
  • Bag Tax Causes Greater Mess for D.C.'s Fiscal Environment

    08/28/2012 9:29:54 AM PDT · by 92nina · 10 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-08-24 | Matt Blumenfeld
    [Thurs]day Patrick Gleason, Director of State Affairs at ATR, had a piece published in the National Review explaining a new study recently conducted by the Beacon Hill Institute that examines the economic damage done by D.C.'s bag tax since its implementation two years ago. From the new study finds that the D.C. bag tax will yield the following results by 2016: [Added full context of excerpt from the actual report itself, with the additions in parentheses.] (The D.C. government’s estimate that the Bag Tax reduced grocery bag sales by 80% is too high because they used an inappropriate city as...
  • Sterilization for 15 Yr Olds Needs No Parental Consent Under ObamaCare - Effective 8-1-12

    08/27/2012 7:50:03 PM PDT · by maggiesnotebook · 23 replies
    Maggie's Notebook ^ | 8-27-12 | Maggie@MaggiesNotebook
    This literally made me physically ill when I read this headline: Obamacare Begins Child Sterilization Without Parental Consent. According to the guidelines of ObamaCare, children as young as 15 years old can be sterilized at no cost, and with no parental consent. I assume this means both boys and girls. If a 15 year old wants to be sexually active, how attractive might sterilization be? No worries - forever, and who wants kids any way. I can see the 15-year-old brain processing it in a quick minute. I believe more 15 year olds, and even 16 and 17 year olds...
  • Chicago Planning to Whip Employees into Shape

    08/27/2012 9:38:52 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 13 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 25 Aug 2012 | John Semmens
    Employees of the City of Chicago are being given the opportunity to voluntarily sign up for a new “wellness” program. Those who don’t sign up will be assessed a $600/year penalty—a protocol remarkably similar to the “tax” levied by the IRS on those who fail to purchase insurance under Obamacare. Mayor Rahm Emanuel praised the program saying “it will change lives. Left on their own, too many people degenerate into massive blobs of flab. It is our job to see that this doesn’t happen.” The program will require employees to go through a physical and mental health assessment, comply with...
  • More Health-care Monopoly Practices

    08/27/2012 9:35:12 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 3 replies
    Market Ticker ^ | 27 August 2012 | Karl Denninger
    From WSJ: After David Hubbard underwent a routine echocardiogram at his cardiologist's office last year, he was surprised to learn that the heart scan cost his insurer $1,605. That was more than four times the $373 it paid when the 61-year-old optometrist from Reno, Nev., had the same procedure at the same office just six months earlier. "Nothing had changed, it was the same equipment, the same room," said Dr. Hubbard, who has a high-deductible health plan and had to pay about $1,000 of the larger bill out of his own pocket. "I was very upset." _____________________ Why? Because the...
  • McCaskill Urges Akin to Stay in Race

    08/26/2012 11:08:56 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 11 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 25 Aug 2012 | John Semmens
    Embattled GOP senatorial candidate Todd Akin received some words of encouragement from his opponent, sitting Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo). “I know a lot of people have been urging him to bow out,” McCaskill observed. “But really, why should he? Look, he’s obviously confused about biology. As the President said, he must have missed science class. But there are worse things to be confused about.” “A worse thing to be confused about is ethics,” McCaskill went on. “President Obama, for example, opposes giving aid to aborted babies that survive the procedure. I mean, once the child is outside the mother how...
  • DRD4 7r – A Genetic Correlate Between Liberalism and Homosexuality (Shortened Title)

    08/26/2012 9:06:54 AM PDT · by AnonymousConservative · 35 replies
    Anonymous Conservative Website ^ | August 26, 2012 | Anonymous Conservative
    This post requires an understanding of r/K Selection Theory in Evolutionary Biology, and it's relation to our political ideologies. For a quick rundown of this, please see our main page here. In a previous post we posited that homosexuality may be an extreme form of the reversal in sex specific behaviors which is seen in r-selected populations, where females become more “masculine,” so as to better protect and provision the young they raise alone, while males become more effete, so as to avoid the conflict which is dangerous and disadvantageous under conditions of r-selection. In that post, we examined the...
  • Did Obamacare Ruling Overturn Roe v. Wade?

    08/25/2012 7:17:41 PM PDT · by kathsua · 11 replies
    Reason's Thought, a blog of Townhall ^ | August 23, 2012 | reasonmclucus
    Those arguing over the constitutionality of Obamacare have consistently ignored the fact that Obamacare conflicts with the Supreme Court's ruling in Roe v. Wade. The Court's decision to uphold Obamacare may provide statements that could be used to justify regulating and possibly even prohibiting abortion. The Court wouldn't need to refer to Roe v. Wade to in effect overturn it. The justices could inadvertently overturn Roe v. Wade by making statements that conflict with it. Attorneys could use such conflicts to argue that Roe v. Wade is no longer consistent with the Court's interpretation of the Constitution. I'm going to...
  • DOJ Seeks to Hire More People with Mental Problems

    08/24/2012 9:25:42 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 33 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 24 Aug 2012 | John Semmens
    The Department of Justice, responding to an Executive Order issued by President Obama, issued a memo to all sections encouraging them to hire more persons with “targeted disabilities.” Among the disabilities targeted are people with “severe intellectual disability,” “psychiatric disability” and other “current severe physical, intellectual or mental conditions.” Attorney General Eric Holder defended the Order saying that “the President doesn't just talk the talk, he also walks the walk. From his selection of Joe Biden to be his running mate President Obama has taken a strong stand on behalf of the rights of the mentally disabled. It is his...
  • Planned Parenthood Sponsors “Sex, Politics and Cocktails” Party at Democratic Convention

    08/24/2012 3:55:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | August 23, 2012 | Thomas Peters
    Planned Parent is an odd duck. On the one hand, it claims to be a stalwart defender of the dignity of women. On the other hand, this is what Planned Parenthood is billing to attendees of the Democratic National Convention as its “signature party” — with main speaker Cecile Richards:“Sex, Politics and Cocktails.” My, doesn’t that just scream respect for women?I’ve been comparing and contrasting the various things happening at both political conventions this year. From Cardinal Dolan giving the closing benediction at the GOP convention to abortion and gay marriage being the centerpieces of the DNC convention. Consider this...
  • 'Skim' Proponents, State Department Struggle to Explain Health Care Scheme

    08/24/2012 1:18:40 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/20/2012 | Jack Spencer
    Those promoting the "Keep Home Care Safe" ballot proposal want people to believe the constitution changing plan would create a benefit to allow disabled people to be taken care of in their homes. The thing is, that protection and a program to ensure it continues already exists. The federal Home Help Program would continue to exist in Michigan regardless of the constitutional amendment change that's being proposed. However, passing the proposed amendment in November would lock the forced unionization of home health care workers into the state constitution and ensure that the Service Employees International Union continues to get about...