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In This Issue:
1. Privatization Is Not Just a
Medical Issue, or a Regional Issue, but a Global Fact
2. How Will We Pay for Social Security and Medicare?
3. What Happens When You Abolish Social Security? In Chile
4. After the Elections – What Will it Be? Stop and Think
Before You Vote!
5. Medical Gluttony: Third Party Health Care Without
6. Medical Myths: American Medicine Is Riddled with Fraud
7. Overheard in the Medical Staff Lounge - Steve Forbes
8. The MedicalTuesday Recommendations for Restoring
Accountability in Medical Practice, HealthCare and Government
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Is Not Just a Medical Issue, or a Regional Issue, but a Global Fact
Take a look at any Japanese government document, from driving licenses to tax
statements, and you will discover that this is not 2004, but Heisei 16, the 16th
year of the reign of the current emperor. According to the Financial Times’
special report, FT Japan, this is a sober reminder that Japan is not a country
easily shaken from long traditions. But supporters of Junichiro Koizumi,
now into his fourth year in office, claim that is precisely what the prime
minister is achieving. The theme of his premiership has been to reinvigorate the
country by shrinking government and dismantling the state-planning model that
has predominated for 60 years. Most recently, this revolutionary concept has
been applied to the privatization of the post office, the world's largest
When Mr Koizumi burst into office in 2001 as an "anti-politician"
bent on defying convention, it was with a pledge to execute painful
restructuring, promising a radical market-based overhaul of the economy in what
he called "reform without sanctuary." The postwar national concept of
the "job for life" has finally given way to corporate mergers and wage
reductions to maintain technological leadership and corporate profits.
Last month's cabinet reshuffle confirmed how much he has reshaped the
political terrain since 2002. Instead of appointing a team according to the
dictates of factional bosses who have traditionally driven policy from behind
the scenes, he named his own cabinet of loyalists. He appointed only those
prepared to back him publicly on postal privatization. This shift form
consensus-driven politics has helped Mr Koizumi push a more aggressive foreign
and diplomatic policy. He rode roughshod over public opinion to back the US
Middle East policy, sending ground forces to Iraq. This has helped further
Japan's cause to be treated as a "normal country." Once almost a taboo
subject, it is now almost certain that Japan will revise the pacifist
constitution written by the American occupational force at the end of the war.
To read the entire report and related articles go to
Source: Financial Times Special Report FTJapan, October 12, 2004.
If Japan can reduce the size of government, including
the privatization of the post office,
2. How Will We
Pay for Social Security and Medicare?
there is hope for the United States and Europe to do the
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Social Security and Medicare are making future promises much greater than the
taxes that will be collected at current rates. Unfortunately, some
policymakers seem to be intent on making the problem worse, not better. Reforms
are needed that create more saving today for retirement and increase the
nation’s capital stock.
Size of the Problem. The latest reports of the Trustees of Social
Security and Medicare calculate the present values of the cash flow deficits for
both programs — and the numbers are staggering. Social Security’s funding
gap for the next 75 years stands at $5.2 trillion. Medicare’s unfunded costs
come to $28 trillion, including $8.1 trillion added by the new prescription drug
benefit. The combined $33.2 trillion shortfall is about three times the current
size of our economy, says Thomas R. Saving, a senior fellow with the National
Center for Policy Analysis.
Bleak as this picture is, over a longer horizon the situation is worse.
Consider people retiring 76 years from now. The Trustees’ 75-year calculation
counts all of the payroll taxes these people will pay but ignores the benefits
they expect to receive. To measure what happens after the 75th year and beyond,
the Trustees now calculate the unfunded obligations over an infinite horizon.
From this long-range perspective: Social Security’s long-run cash flow deficit
is $11.9 trillion, and the new prescription drug benefit will require $16.6
trillion; the total shortfall of Medicare is $45.3 trillion; after payroll taxes
and premium payments by the elderly, the unfunded liability of Medicare and
Social Security combined totals more than $73 trillion — about seven times the
size of our economy.
Shortfalls Began This Year. Some argue that the financial problems of
elderly entitlements will not arise until the distant future. In reality, we are
dealing with those burdens right now. This year, for the first time in recent
memory, Social Security and Medicare combined will spend more than the programs
take in. This will require a transfer from the Treasury of 3.6 percent of
federal income tax receipts. That figure will grow rapidly: In just 15 years, in
the early stages of the baby boomers’ retirement, we will be transferring more
than 25 percent of federal income tax revenues to cover the funding needs of
Social Security and Medicare; By 2040, the figure will be two-thirds, and by
2069, funding shortfalls will exhaust all federal income tax revenues.
Source: Thomas R. Saving, “How Will We Pay for Social Security and
Medicare?” Brief Analysis No. 490, National Center for Policy Analysis,
October 13, 2004. To read the entire report, go to http://www.ncpa.org/pub/ba/ba490/.
3. What Happens
When You Abolish Social Security? In Chile Benefits Tripled
What is the Answer?
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In 1981, Chile abolished its state-run Social Security system for new
workers and allowed workers in the old system to opt-out if they wished. Under
the new system, workers do not pay Social Security taxes, but rather are
required to contribute 10 percent of their pay into a pension savings account.
These accounts are similar to individual retirement accounts or 401(k) plans.
The worker invests the assets as he chooses from a variety of professionally
managed mutual funds.
On June 25, 1997, the Senate Subcommittee on Securities, chaired by Phil Gramm
(R-Tex.), held an important hearing on Social Security privatization. The
sole witness was Jose Pinera, architect of Chile's hugely successful
privatization. Now a fellow at Washington's Cato Institute, Pinera was
Minister of Labor and Social Security in Chile from 1978 to 1980. Since then, he
has traveled the world preaching the virtues of privatization.
When the Chilean system was established, it was estimated that workers
only needed to receive a real rate of return of 4 percent per year for them to
be as well off in retirement as under the old state system. But in fact,
most workers have done far better, making a 12 percent return on average
since 1981. At retirement, workers are required to purchase an annuity that
will pay them 70 percent of their pre-retirement earnings. Anything extra, they
may spend as they please.
Of course, there are protections in the system for those whose savings turn out
to be inadequate to give them 70 percent of their pre-retirement income. And of
course taxes must still be paid to provide benefits for those still in the old
system. But as time goes by, those taxes will fall as fewer and fewer people
remain in the state system.
The privatized Social Security system has not only benefited workers, but the
Chilean economy as a whole. Much of this came from increased saving that
financed investment, leading to higher productivity. According to economist
Sebastian Edwards of the University of California, Los Angeles, privatization of
Social Security in Chile led to an increase in national saving from 10 percent
in 1986 to almost 29 percent in 1996. And as Jose Pinera notes, the higher
growth resulting from the higher saving and investment increased government
revenues, helping to finance the transition from the old system to the new.
Another factor contributing to growth in Chile was a vast increase in the supply
of labor resulting from abolition of the payroll tax. Since the linkage between
taxes and benefits in the old system was tenuous at best, the payroll tax
strongly depressed employment and work effort. But under the new system, where
workers know with certainty that they will get back all of their contributions,
they do not view the mandatory saving as a tax, but rather as part of their
In the July-August issue of Foreign Affairs, economist Martin Feldstein of
Harvard argues that the U.S. would also achieve higher growth from a privatized
Social Security system here. This higher growth, resulting from higher
productivity from a larger capital stock, would offset much of the transition
cost. Higher revenues from faster growth would allow today's workers to continue
paying taxes to provide benefits for current retirees, while still saving enough
for their own retirement. Over time, the tax would fall to zero, while the
higher return on private saving would give today's workers a better retirement
income than they would have under Social Security.
While any reform of Social Security in the U.S. is years away, other countries
are moving forward. (http://www.ncpa.org/pi/congress/socsec/july97a.html)
Source: Bruce Bartlett, senior fellow, National Center for Policy Analysis, July
To read about more recent Social Security reform in twenty countries around the
world, go to http://www.ncpa.org/pub/st/st253/
The Answer Is: Privatize Social Security
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4. After the
Elections – What Will it Be? Stop and Think Before You Vote!
While many people are urging us to vote -- regardless of for whom, for what, or
for what reason -- there are very few urging us to do what is far more
important: Tom Sowell in his column this week urges us to "stop and
think!" Voting is not a matter of personal expression but a serious
responsibility for choosing what course this country will take in the years –
and decades – ahead.
Seldom have two Presidential candidates presented more starkly contrasting
visions of what course to take, both internationally and domestically. But this
election is not about John Kerry or George Bush or even about the next four
It is about a country at a crossroads and closely divided as to which road to
take – roads from which there may be no turning back for many years. We are
talking about our future and the future of our children and grandchildren.
If you don't have the time or the inclination to give that the serious attention
it deserves, then it is irresponsible to vote on the basis of watching a couple
of men exhibiting their debating skills or watching TV anchor men spin the news
to suit their politics -- or watching the shouting matches between spinmeisters
on what are charitably called "discussion" programs.
If there are issues you care about, there are records of how John Kerry voted on
those issues in the Senate and what George W. Bush did on those issues as
President and as Governor of Texas before that. Never mind how they talk now.
Look at what they did when it was time to put up or shut up.
If you can't spare the time from watching sit-coms to go check out a few facts
one evening at your local library, with the help of your local librarian, then
don't pretend that you are a responsible voter, or even a responsible parent.
Whatever your views, you can see the opposite views argued out on the op-ed
pages of the Wall Street Journal versus the New York Times. Whether the issue is
the Iraq war, higher taxes, or prescription drugs, you can depend on their
editorials to be on opposite sides, along with most of their op-ed pieces.
Your local library probably has back copies of both papers or you can get them
on the Internet. There is no excuse for ignorance -- or for having heard only
one side, which is worse.
Words like "strong," "strength" and "stronger"
ring out from Senator Kerry on the campaign trail and from his campaign
literature and bumper stickers. But how did he vote on military spending during
his two decades in the Senate?
Senator Kerry has talked about his time in Vietnam longer than he actually spent
in Vietnam. Does his war record more than three decades ago give him lifetime
immunity from all questions about military issues? Do those who rely on the
mainstream media even know whether his war record is for real? If a decorated
combat veteran must be believed, then why are the many decorated combat veterans
who served with Kerry in Vietnam -- and served longer -- not to be believed, or
not even have their very different picture of him in Vietnam examined against
the facts, instead of being dismissed?
Vice President Cheney has had to cast votes breaking ties in the Senate. How did
he vote? It's all on the record. Or are you content to know what he says now or
what is said about him?
If there was ever a time to stop and think, this is it. Slogans and images are
no substitute for knowing what you are talking about -- and knowing what you are
doing when you enter the voting booth on election day.
To read the entire column Stop and Think, go to http://www.townhall.com/columnists/thomassowell/welcome.shtml
One candidate wants to join the progressive nations
increasing privatization of health care.
The other candidate wants more government control of our
personal health care.
STOP & THINK
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Gluttony: Third Party Health Care Without Individual Responsibility
Over the past thirty months of MedicalTuesdays, we have provided about sixty
examples outlining excessive utilization of health care resources that
contributed very little to improved health, and frequently worsened it. The
excessive use was not on the order of 10 or 20 percent but on the order of 1,000
or 10,000 percent increase. Nearly all excessive use results from patients now
having third-party health insurance, whether provided by the government or the
employer. Even third-party government purchasers have allowed the individual to
purchase a second policy to cover the deductible and copayment, the most
expensive and counter-productive type of insurance possible. Ever hear of anyone
purchasing a second policy to cover the deductible on their house or car
insurance? Those deductions are necessary to prevent filing small nuisance
claims. Similarly when Medicare was implemented, the hospital and out-patient
deductibles were necessary to prevent overutilization. The 20 percent copayment
for office calls was necessary to prevent continued overutilization after the
deductible for office visits was met. MediGap took Medicare off of the
market with perverse incentives.
With the new emphasis on patient-directed health care (HSAs), a variance of this
type of structure is making health care affordable. It is extremely important
that the emphasis on privatization continues. With almost every nation making
efforts to privatize their health care, it is important that the United States
leads the world in this endeavor. Remember, Chile is two decades ahead of us in
making Social Security fiscally sound. We shouldn't let other nations move ahead
of us in private health care when we are now in the lead.
Government is not the solution to our problems,
government is the problem.
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Myths: American Medicine Is Riddled with Fraud
Madeleine Pelner Cosman, PhD, JD, Esq, in her upcoming book Who Owns
Your Body, gives nine myths of American Medicine.
Myth 1: American Medicine Is Riddled with Fraud
Congress, the media, and the public agree that at least
10% of all payments to physicians are fraudulent and that if the billions could
be grabbed back, then money would be plentiful for the uninsured and for more
generous entitlements for Medicare and Medicaid.
A formidable army of federal and state fraud agents chases then nabs that 10%.
Investigators and armed agents rooting out medical fraud work for: Department of
Justice (DOJ), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Office of the Inspector
General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), state
Medicaid fraud units, private fraud fighters hired by the Centers for Medicare
and Medicaid Services (CMS).
In 2000 Congress spent: $158 million for the Medicare Fraud and Abuse Control
Program, $76 million for FBI agents and investigators assigned to Health
Care Fraud, and $625 million for Medicare Program Integrity ($710 million
Those who seek shall find. Thousands of well-funded federal investigators and
zealous prosecutors with False Claims Act fire-power caught for Medicare Fraud
Control in 2000: 1,995 civil fraud cases pending, 233 civil fraud cases,
457 new criminal indictments, 467 criminal convictions, 3350 administrative
exclusions from Medicare and Medicaid, and monetary judgments totaling $1.2
No one knows for sure where the 10% fraud idea came from. Learned
estimates from the 1970s, guesses, inspirations, suppositions, and gut feelings
are augmented by annual review of a mere 600 out of 41,000,000 Medicare
fee-for-service patients’ confidential records. No valid statistics fuel
the fire of prosecutors’ wrath against physicians and surgeons. Fraud might
represent only 1% or 15%. But 10% is a political proportion not a statistical
Rather than being riddled with fraud, American medicine is riddled with
regulation. Medical practitioners must abide by voluminous federal and state
laws and regulations often mutually contradictory, vague, and arbitrary.
Medicare and other statutes that necessarily must be studied, understood, and
meticulously followed include:
132,720 pages of medical law, rules,
111,000 pages directly controlling
In these circumstances even the most ethical, careful, scrupulous physician of
integrity will err. If investigated, hospitals, clinics, and physicians treating
Medicare and Medicaid patients risk professional devastation and fiscal death.
Practitioners and hospitals customarily admit to small infractions of arbitrary,
vague laws and though not guilty of any crime or fraud will settle cases for
millions rather than risk full-scale audit or court case with ruinous statutory
The zeal to root out medical fraud has also rooted out fundamental criminal law
protections for the innocent. An arsonist, rapist, or murderer has more
protective criminal procedures guarding Constitutional rights than our best
TRUTH 1: Medical Fraud Figures are Based on Figment
American Medicine is Riddled with Regulation
– Madeleine Pelner Cosman, PhD, JD,
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7. Overheard in
the Medical Staff Lounge - Steve Forbes
A copy of the current issue of Forbes was on the lunch table. Steve Forbes'
column, “Fact and Comment,” this week spoke to the crises before our
elections. After an extensive review of the global issues of terrorism and
trade as well as the national issues of taxes and how an increase would hurt
businesses, seriously jeopardizing jobs, Steve Forbes ends up with his title
"Bush is Best," contending what is best for the country is also best
for the world. He does mention some of the missteps our president made, but
still maintains Bush is the best of the two candidates to see that our country
lives up to its global responsibility.
Bush also gave us the Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) which is reducing the cost
of health care dramatically and changing the face of our healthcare.
To read the entire editorial go to http://www.forbes.com/forbes/.
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8. MedicalTuesday Supports These
Efforts of the Medical and Professional Community in Restoring Accountability in
Medical Practice, HeathCare and Government.
• PATMOS EmergiClinic - where
Robert Berry, MD, an emergency physician and internist, provides prompt care for
many of the injuries and illnesses treated in Emergency Rooms at a fraction of
the usual emergency room fees. Be sure to read a number of interesting articles
Dr Berry has posted at www.emergiclinic.com. To read Dr Berry's testimony
in Congress, click on the sidebar. Read Dr Berry’s response to Physician’s
Support of Single-Payer Health Care or Socialism at http://www.delmeyer.net/hmc2004.htm#by%20Robert%20Berry.
• Dr Vern Cherewatenko continues to have success in
restoring private-based medical practice which has grown internationally through
the SimpleCare model network, www.simplecare.com.
Any patient or provider may become a member of SimpleCare. A number of brochures
are available on line about a practice that is becoming increasingly popular.
There have been a number of news network and press reports. For the AP article
on April 27, 2004, go to http://apnews.myway.com/article/20040404/D81O7R7O0.html.
• Dr David MacDonald started Liberty Health Group to
assist physicians in controlling their own medical benefit costs for their staff
and patients. There is extensive data available for your study at www.LibertyHealthGroup.com.
Dr Dave is available to speak to your group on a consultative basis.
• John and Alieta Eck, MDs, are highlighting their
first-century solution to twenty-first century needs. With 46 million people in
this country uninsured, we need an innovative solution apart from the place of
employment, and apart from the government. Visit their site at www.zhcenter.org
and check out their history, mission statement, newsletter, and a host of other
information. For their article “Are you really insured?” go to http://www.healthplanusa.net/AE-AreYouReallyInsured.htm.
• Madeleine Pelner Cosman, JD, PhD, Esq, has made
important efforts in restoring accountability in health care. Please visit http://www.healthplanusa.net/MPCosman.htm
to view some of her articles that highlight the government’s efforts in
criminalizing medicine, and the introduction to her new book, Who Owns Your
Body. For other OpEd articles that are important to the practice of medicine
and health care in general click on her name at http://www.healthcarecom.net/OpEd.htm.
• David J Gibson, MD, Consulting Partner of Illumination
Medical, Inc., has made important contributions to the free Medical
MarketPlace in speeches and writings. His series of articles in Sacramento
Medicine can be found at http://www.ssvms.org.
Dr Gibson recently edited the March/April historical issue. To read his
"Lessons from the Past," go to http://www.ssvms.org/articles/0403gibson.asp.
For his most recent article on Counterfeit Drugs, go to http://www.healthplanusa.net/DGTerrorism'sNextTarget.htm.
His article on Health Care Inflation can be read at http://www.healthplanusa.net/DGHealthCareInflation.htm.
• Dr Richard B Willner, President, Center Peer Review
Justice Inc, reports his latest success story and the secret of helping
doctors keep their medical license. On a daily basis, doctors are reviewed, are
suspended, lose their medical licenses and go to jail on trumped-up charges.
These "extra"-legal services are necessary services that your lawyer
does not offer. Stay posted by registering at http://www.peerreview.org,
where you will find a wealth of information. The Center for Peer Review Justice
now has a Joint Venture Partner so they can offer Headhunting for those MDs who
have been DataBanked and can not find a new job. This is a fee-based service
where the fee is paid by both the doctor and facility.
• Semmelweis Society International, Verner S. Waite MD,
FACS, Founder; Henry Butler MD, FACS, President; Ralph Bard MD, JD, Vice
President; W. Hinnant MD, JD, Secretary-Treasurer; is named after Ignaz
Philipp Semmelweis, MD (1818-1865), an obstetrician who has been hailed as
the savior of mothers. He noted maternal mortality of 25-30 percent in the
obstetrical clinic in Vienna. He also noted that the first division of the
clinic run by medical students had a death rate 2-3 times as high as the second
division run by midwives. He also noticed that medical students came from the
dissecting room to the maternity ward. He ordered the students to wash their
hands in a solution of chlorinated lime before each examination. The maternal
mortality dropped, and by 1848 no women died in childbirth in his division. He
lost his appointment the following year and was unable to obtain a teaching
appointment. He then went to St Rochus Hospital in the city of Pest and reduced
the epidemic of puerperal fever to 0.85 percent. The rate in Vienna was still
10-15 percent. Although ahead of his peers, he was not accepted by them. When Dr
Verner Waite received similar treatment from a hospital, he organized the
Semmelweis Society with his own funds using Dr Semmelweis as a model: All we ask
is that peer review be done with “clean hands.” To read the article he wrote
at my request for Sacramento Medicine when I was editor in 1994, “Medicine
is a Rough Playing Field,” scroll down at http://www.delmeyer.net/HMCPeer.htm#by%20Verner%20Waite%20and%20Robert%20Walker.
To see Attorney Sharon Kime’s response, as well as the California Medical
Board response, see http://www.delmeyer.net/HMCPeerRev.htm.
Scroll down to read some very interesting letters to the editor from the Medical
Board of California, from a member of the MBC, and from Deane Hillsman, MD. To
read some horror stories about atrocities against physicians and how organized
medicine still treats this problem, please go to their current website at http://www.semmelweissociety.net.
• Dennis Gabos, MD, President of the Society for the
Education of Physicians and Patients (SEPP), http://www.sepp.net,
continues his efforts in Protecting, Preserving, and Promoting the Rights,
Freedoms and Responsibilities of Patients and Health Care Professionals, with a
special page for our colleagues in nursing. Several free newsletters are
available. Be part of the Disaster Express in protecting and preserving what is
right with American HeathCare–physicians, nurses, pharmacists, psychologists,
all health professionals and all concerned individuals are urged to join.
• Robert J Cihak, MD, former president of the AAPS, and
Michael Arnold Glueck, M.D, write an informative Medicine Men column that is
at NewsMax. Please log on to review the last five weeks’ topics or click on
archives to see the last two years’ topics at http://www.newsmax.com/pundits/Medicine_Men.shtml.
This week’s column is on KerryCare Robs the Rich, Gives to ... Everyone
Else and can be found at http://www.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2004/10/19/155000.shtml.
• The Association of American Physicians & Surgeons (http://www.AAPSonline.org),
The Voice for Private Physicians Since 1943, representing physicians in
their struggles against bureaucratic medicine, loss of medical privacy, and
intrusion by the government into the personal and confidential relationship
between patients and their physicians. Be sure to scroll down on the left
to departments and click on News of the Day. The “AAPS News,” written by
Jane Orient, MD, and archived on this site, provides valuable information on
a monthly basis. Scroll further to the official organ, the Journal of
American Physicians and Surgeons, with Larry Huntoon, MD, PhD, a neurologist in
New York, as the Editor-in-Chief. There are a number of important articles
on "Shaken Baby Syndrome," "Disruptive Physicians,"
and "An Investigation of the Association Between MMR Vaccination and
Autism in Denmark" that can be accessed from the Table of Contents page
of the current issue and are worth reading.
• The AAPS held its 61st annual meeting at the Benson
Hotel in Portland, Oregon, on October 13-16, 2004. The theme for this
year was “RECLAIMING AMERICAN MEDICINE.” We heard from a number of
physicians who spent up to five years in prison before their travesty of
injustice became apparent. Many of these issues can be reviewed on their
website above. Thirty percent of physicians are no longer taking new Medicare
or Medicaid patients because of this excessive risk.
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Words of Theological Wisdom
The Rev Dr Alan Jones, of Grace Cathedral in San
Francisco, gave a timely message interweaving religion and politics in our
society today. He discusses the principles of subsidiarity and solidarity.
Subsidiarity states the smaller the government the better. Nothing should
be done by a larger organization than can be performed by a smaller
organization; it is a celebration of individual responsibility. Subsidiarity
makes sure that decisions are made as close to the people as possible. He
contrasts this with solidarity which looks to the common good of society at
large. The problem is we too often have fake subsidiarity where the
individual feels “greed is good” and is free to go under and drown. Or we
have fake solidarity where the individual is crushed by centralization and
bureaucracy of the welfare or collective state which causes individual
initiative to be lost. Dr Jones feels that the right and the left are
important to each other in order to obtain a societal balance. You may want to
tune in to hear this insightful message at http://18.104.22.168/custom?q=cache:ZO6lqJykYLMJ:www.gracecathedral.org/church/sermon/ser_20040606.shtml+Dance+of+the+Trinity&hl=en&ie=UTF-8.
Review some recent postings below.
Voices of Medicine: To read a review of the first
issue of Sacramento Medicine in 1950, go to http://www.ssvms.org/articles/0403vom.asp
remembering that the first 132 years are no longer available. To read this
year’s series of my column, the "Voices of Medicine," go to
Charles B Clark, MD: A Piece of the Pie: What are we going to tell those
bright-eyed little boys and girls who are going to be the doctors of tomorrow?
When there isn’t anything left for them, are we going to tell them we didn’t
fight because the changes were inevitable anyway? What are we going to say when
they ask us why we laid down and died when things got a little tough? Are we
going to feel good about ourselves when we tell them it’s all right because we
got a piece of the pie? Read Dr Clark at
http://www.healthcarecom.net/CBCPieceofPie.htm. Also be sure to read his
most recent posting at http://www.healthcarecom.net/CBCFeedingMonster.htm.
Madeleine Pelner Cosman, JD, PhD, Esq: The chapter summaries of her
latest book to be published early next year are now available at http://www.healthplanusa.net/MC-WhoOwnsYourBodyIntro.htm.
Ada P Kahn, PhD: Foreword to "Encyclopedia of Work-Related Injuries,
Illnesses and Health Issues. Dr Kahn came to Sacramento in February and I
joined her on a Channel 31 interview about her book. I was privileged to write
the foreword which we’ve posted at http://www.delmeyer.net/MedInfo2004.htm.
To purchase the book, go to http://www.factsonfile.com/
and type in KAHN under search.
Henry Chang, MD: WEIGHT LOST FOREVER - The Five Second Guide to Permanent
Weight Loss suggest daily weights to stem the weight loss before it becomes
a problem and, if it does, how to take it off and keep it off.
Congratulations to Dr Chang for winning the Sacramento Publishers and Authors
2004 award for “Best Health Book of the Year.” Read our review at
Tammy Bruce: The Death of Right and Wrong (Understanding the difference
between the right and the left on our culture and values.) http://www.townhall.com/bookclub/bruce.html.
Reviewed by Courtney Rosenbladt.
An Alzheimer's Story: To read a touching story by a nurse about her
Alzheimer's patient, go to http://www.delmeyer.net/MedInfo2003.htm.
An Entrepreneur's Story: AriadneCapital (http://www.AriadneCapital.com)
provided the initial funding for MedicalTuesday and the Global Trademarking.
Julie Meyer, the CEO, has a clear vision in her mind of the world that she wants
to live in, and it's considerably different from how it looks now. If you're an
entrepreneurial woman, or if you lost hope or are having difficulty envisioning
success, (if you'll forgive a little nepotism), the following article may be of
interest to you: http://observer.guardian.co.uk/business/story/0,6903,1237363,00.html.
On This Date in History - October
On this date in 1785, George Washington, received from
the King of Spain, two jackasses at the port of Boston. They were sent here
so that they could be mated with mares to produce American's first native mules.
Some say this was the root of American stubbornness and others say this was an
On this date in 1955, the United States Air Force officially proclaimed that
flying saucers were a myth and a delusion. But people went right on seeing
flying saucers and describing the mysterious creatures descending from space. Or
as a humanities professor once stated, "If flying saucers had not been
real, man would have had to invent them."
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