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A healthy mom gives birth at a hospital. Days later, flesh-eating bacteria strikes.

A healthy mom gives birth at a hospital. Days later, flesh-eating bacteria strikes. | Upsetment | Scoop.it
In a recent lawsuit, the family says the hospital is to blame.
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If the hospital and doctors are responsible for this woman's developing such a horrible infection, I cannot imagine what an appropriate settlement would look like. The cost of her care for the rest of her life, the cost of child care for the baby whom this lady cannot properly mother. The cost of adapting their home and vehicles. The cost to the husband/father's career from having to be home and to take care of wife and child. The loss of the ability to have other children. And the list goes on and on. And, since there is pretty good evidence that the damage resulted from a failure to look carefully, to remove part of the placenta and to take proper care of a wound, well, that makes the damage more egregious, not just the result of some opportunistic infection that snuck by the best efforts of the hospital to sanitize the delivery room or the like. 

Of course, some will say this is the result of socialized medicine in Canada, but note that the care given at the hospital to which she was ultimately brought was quite appropriate and very expensive. More likely, this is just one of those horror stories that happen when people don't do their jobs with care. Back to that law suit, I would say a trust fund that gave about $200, 000 a year would be appropriate with the capital going to the family after her death or if that death or 30 years, whichever came first. What do you think?

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Science Confirms That Turmeric As Effective As 14 Drugs

Science Confirms That Turmeric As Effective As 14 Drugs | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Turmeric or Curcumin is a wonder herb and it has many health benefits.It’s bright orange, bitter and powerful.Turmeric is the vibrant ingredient tha
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I love a good curry. Not sure how much of this wonderful spice I actually consume and I'm sure I don't eat it often enough to enhance my health, but I did want to share the information with you. So, who else loves Indian food? Just wondering what your favorite Indian restaurant might be. Here in Phoenix, I love Cyber Halal, actually it's Pakistani, but the food is good. 
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Xtreme Eating 2017 | Center for Science in the Public Interest

Xtreme Eating 2017 | Center for Science in the Public Interest | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Welcome to the 2017 Xtreme Eating Awards—where we "honor" dishes at major restaurant chains that are designed to add a notch to your belt and a blow to your heart.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
The law was supposed to go into effect in May, but the Trump administration has not only delayed it but decided to rework it. Why? Because we all know that the profits of companies are more important than the information that might be given to consumers. In this case, the law would have required chains with over 20 outlets—not local restaurants or small businesses—to post nutritional information about their menu items. So, the Center for Science in the Public Interest is helping to draw attention to the worst of those meals. More importantly, they are drawing attention to the larger issue, the right of consumers to be informed. 

Now, who led the effort to keep this information from you and me? DOMINO'S! Which is why the CSPI awarded that questionable company the first Xtreme Putting Profits Before Public Health Award. May I strongly suggest that you join me in refusing to buy or eat Domino's pizza. Better yet, besides forgoing their food, let them know why you've written them off. Call your local Domino's and say: "If you don't want me to know what's in my food, why should I trust you to eat your product. Your company's profits are not more important than my health." Enough of us call and write, and I bet they might even give a thought to what they've done. Not that we'll get a big change, but who knows. 

By the way, want to know about really bad eating? Check out my book Tales From the Dew Drop Inne. Boy, do those characters eat junk. Hey, a good book should be realistic, right? 
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8 Gross Things That Keep You Healthy - ODDEE

8 Gross Things That Keep You Healthy - ODDEE | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The human body is an incredible machine. Most things about it, disgusting or not, evolved that way for a reason—to keep you alive.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
Okay, well my body may not be so incredible, but this is some interesting information about yours (and mine, too). Some of those yuck things about us that we often don't appreciate. So check them out and have a healthier day. 
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Desperate Chinese Snap Up Dubious 'Anti-Pollution' Products

Desperate Chinese Snap Up Dubious 'Anti-Pollution' Products | Upsetment | Scoop.it
From antismog tea to water cannons designed to blast particles out of the air, there's a buck to be made from China's pollution
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I want to burn anti-smog incense and drink kumquat and red date tea before I go out hunting smokies with my water cannon. Meanwhile, what the smog of China is doing to the people there, well that is a horrible thought. What the greedy are trying to sell them, well that is a study in human nature.
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Immune System, Unleashed by Cancer Therapies, Can Attack Organs

Immune System, Unleashed by Cancer Therapies, Can Attack Organs | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Immunotherapy drugs have been hailed as a breakthrough in cancer treatment, but doctors are finding that what makes them effective is also what poses serious risks.
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As modern allopathic medicine develops new and stronger techniques and drugs, the benefits and the risks grow. Meanwhile, medicine is more and more doing battle with our bodies instead of working in cooperation with them. Can we find a middle way that merges the allopathic, the homeopathic, and the wholistic so that wellness rather than beating disease becomes the norm? 
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You Asked: Which Foods Are Treated With Antibiotics?

You Asked: Which Foods Are Treated With Antibiotics? | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Foods from fruit to farmed fish are treated with antibiotics. But poultry and livestock are the ones keeping health experts awake at night.
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A good diet is important to health, but in many ways the food industry has become a threat to our wellness. Using antibiotics indiscriminately to assure animal survival is just one way in which short-term profitability is put ahead of the longterm wellbeing of the public. 
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The 4 Things That Are Worse Than Death, According to 180 Severely Ill People

The 4 Things That Are Worse Than Death, According to 180 Severely Ill People | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A rather dark version of the game Would You Rather.
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They missed the one that gets to me: no longer being able to make the decisions as to what will happen to me. Call me a control freak, but I want to call the shots in my life. That's why I want to have the option of a comfortable end of life experience/  Do you support physician assisted suicide? 

If this is a topic on which you have strong opinions and some form of expertise, please contact me via the It Matters Radio site' I want this to be a topic on the show. kweene@itmattersradio.com 
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Why More Teen Girls Are Getting Genital Plastic Surgery

Why More Teen Girls Are Getting Genital Plastic Surgery | Upsetment | Scoop.it
We have ignored porn’s impact on girls’ sexual confidence—and its likely role as a culprit in the alarming increase in surgeries
Kenneth Weene's insight:
This is incredibly sad. Young women should know that they are beautiful and more importantly that they have great value beyond the image of their bodies. We need to encourage the young—male and female—to look at their bodies with knowledge and love and to reject the cartoon thinking of porn, hero movies, and video-games. 
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After ‘The Biggest Loser,’ Their Bodies Fought to Regain Weight

After ‘The Biggest Loser,’ Their Bodies Fought to Regain Weight | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Contestants lost hundreds of pounds during Season 8, but a study of them helps explain why they could not keep all of that weight off.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
Over the years, many people have suggested that I diet, go to the gym, lose weight. There have been periods when for one reason or another I did thin down, and each time was followed not simply by a return to my pre-loss weight but to a heavier me. Now, at least, this study gives some notion of the whys of that unpleasant reality. Do I wish I were thin? Sure. Is that going to happen? Not likely. Which is one reason I hold my wife in such high esteem; she has been able to keep herself at a much lower weight than she once measured, and that struggle seems to be getting harder despite her best efforts. Am I the only one with this problem? I guess not. 
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A new divide in American death: Statistics show widening urban-rural health gap

A new divide in American death: Statistics show widening urban-rural health gap | Upsetment | Scoop.it

 Map in red shows areas with rising death rates for white women; blue areas with dealing death rates. A new divide in American death: Statistics show widening urban-rural health gap and the rising death rate among middle-aged white women.

Kenneth Weene's insight:
There are many factors that contribute to changes in life expectancy, morbidity, and mortality. One factor that isn't explored in this excellent article is the differential mobility rates. Those who are capable of survival migrate away from the areas in which survival is more difficult leaving a population that is even less able to take care of itself. This leads to areas with poorer healthcare and self-care. Another is the role of feminism and its contribution to risk behaviors, such as drinking, drug use, and smoking, which are all contributors to deaths. I strongly suggest reading this article for more insights. 
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Americans are drinking themselves to death at record rates

Americans are drinking themselves to death at record rates | Upsetment | Scoop.it
This drug kills more than heroin and painkillers combined, and it's perfectly legal.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
Alcohol can have health benefits but not when you use it to escape. For my part, I share a glass of wine with my wife at least once a month, but once upon a time... Anyway, I have done enough drinking to write a book set in a neighborhood bar. Check out Tales From the Dew Drop Inne and "Enjoys yourself." www.kennethweene.com
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Costs for Dementia Care Far Exceeding Other Diseases, Study Finds

Costs for Dementia Care Far Exceeding Other Diseases, Study Finds | Upsetment | Scoop.it
An Annals of Internal Medicine paper reports that the money needed to treat dementia in a patient’s final five years is greater than for heart disease and cancer.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

The financial, emotional, and even physical costs of caring for those with dementia points out the need not only for physician assisted suicide but for a process by which individuals can establish metrics for their own euthanization. I know that I don't want to live in a state of dementia in which I am no longer able to make rational and meaningful decisions about my own day to day life. Do others feel as I do?

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Trump to sign order to eliminate ACA insurance rules, undermine marketplaces

Trump to sign order to eliminate ACA insurance rules, undermine marketplaces | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Changes for “association health plans” may accomplish long-held GOP goals in the wake of failed repeal efforts.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
Some background on this:
"Back in 1992, the Government Accountability Office issued a scathing report on these multiple employer welfare arrangements (known as MEWAs; they’re pronounced “mee-wahs”) in which small businesses could pool funds to get the lower-cost insurance typically available only to large employers. These MEWAs, said the government, left at least 398,000 participants and their beneficiaries with more than $123 million in unpaid claims between January 1988 and June 1991."

So, it looks like Mr. Trump is setting millions of Americans up for a con game in which they think that they are being insured but in which there is no actual regulation requiring their medical bills be paid and no supervision of the offers being made. Can anybody say, Trump University?" 

Of course, this is a direct attack on states as governing bodies. While the GOP has a long history of criticizing the Dems for trying to overbear state governments, the goal of the Religious Right GOP is to subvert states and enhance local government at the country level. Don't understand, read more about—yep, I'm going to say it again—Reconstuctionist Theology. 

Oh, and one more thing, this is a clear attack on the Obama era requirements for things like birth control coverage. In effect, these associations won't be required to follow government rules. 

In effect, here's there Trump message: So, America, you want health insurance? You don't need it because your employers know better. You want government to function and take care of you? You don't need it because god is watching out for you. Hey, besides, the end times will come faster this way. 

Seriously and sadly, that is how I read these rune that may soon turn into ruins. 
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Nearly Half of Abortions Around the World Are Unsafe

Nearly Half of Abortions Around the World Are Unsafe | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A new study from the World Health Organization finds that more than half of all abortions are considered unsafe.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
I hope that I am not the only one who finds this unacceptable. I know that many of my friends consider abortion wrong, but does that mean that women who seek them should be subjected to unsafe practices? 

As for my views of abortion, have you read my essay? Here's the link, and I do hope you will read it:


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Everything you never wanted to know about how ticks hunt you (and how to avoid them)

Everything you never wanted to know about how ticks hunt you (and how to avoid them) | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Your complete guide to the horrifying reality of tick season.
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Yuck; it's tick season. So here's some information that might be helpful, especially if you plan on going into the woods. For my part, these little critters make the city sidewalks look a lot more attractive. 
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Homeopathic remedies harmed hundreds of babies, families say

Homeopathic remedies harmed hundreds of babies, families say | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Over a 10-year period, the FDA collected reports of “serious adverse events” in more than 370 children who had taken Hyland’s homeopathic teething products.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
I won't say that homeopathic treatment makes no sense since we do have vaccination, allergy shots (which I suffered with as a kid and do question), and evidence that early exposure to dirt helps later health in kids. However, I do think that products marketed as medicines should be properly tested before being put on the market, but homeopathic products and other over-the-counter meds are put out there and can only be recalled if shown to cause serious problems. Somehow, that seems very wrong-way, especially when infants and toddlers' health are concerned. 
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U.S. life expectancy declines for the first time since 1993

U.S. life expectancy declines for the first time since 1993 | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Heart disease, accidents, overdoses and other top causes of death all increased in 2015
Kenneth Weene's insight:
People die, and there's no way around that. However, it is a bit upsetting to see that people are dying a bit younger. Of course, it's just one year, but increasing death rates are across the board except from cancer. Too much stress? Too much anger? Too many chemicals? You tell me. 
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More cases reported of a mysterious polio-like illness that killed a 6-year-old

More cases reported of a mysterious polio-like illness that killed a 6-year-old | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Acute flaccid myelitis has sickened almost 100 children in North America this year.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
There's a new disease attacking kids, particularly in Washington State. This is the kind of health issue that the Centers for Disease Control helps to fight. Thankfully, we have such a center, another benefit brought to us by the Democratic Party (1946; its predecessor 1942) It's so easy to say that Washington is the problem, but many times it is the government that is providing the solutions through direct effort and through funding. Remember we need a vital government sector along with the private. 
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In St. Louis schools, water fountains are symbols of inequality again

In St. Louis schools, water fountains are symbols of inequality again | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Dangerous levels of lead in dozens of public schools have made the water undrinkable — but not for white, wealthy kids.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
If we do not provide the essentials of life, water, food, air, shelter, and the like to all our children, then we are necessarily moving either towards a feudal system or a revolution. I cannot imagine anything more clearly wrong than allowing those children who' come from less affluent homes to suffer the inherent penalty of drinking contaminated water. Shame on us as a country if we don't choose a better path. 
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What Does It Feel Like to Have Trichotillomania?

What Does It Feel Like to Have Trichotillomania? | Upsetment | Scoop.it
For years, Cheryn Salazar never went anywhere without her makeup. Even in labor, she waddled over to the mirror to make sure her eyebrows were still drawn on. "It was like, ‘Don’t dab my brow
Kenneth Weene's insight:
Compulsive preening disorders like trichotillomania are some of the most powerful compulsions we have. Driven by a need to avoid looking bad, they like compulsive working out and eating disorders, can take over lives and can eventually even lead to serious physical illnesses to go along with the psychological torment. No, they are not a simple case of willful behavior. The combination of anxiety and fear that one somehow does not look right make body dysmorphia of any kind horrific. As with most behavioral expressed disorders, sharing recovery with others helps. 
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Why Drug Rehab Is Outdated, Expensive, and Deadly

Why Drug Rehab Is Outdated, Expensive, and Deadly | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The U.S. will spend $40 billion this decade fighting addiction, yet little of it will be used on science-based treatment. Why do we deny medicine for addiction?
Kenneth Weene's insight:
This is an excellent call for a science and results driven approach to addiction. Far too much money and far too many lives have been sacrificed to the altar of the abstinence only approach. At the same time, while addiction is chemically driven and biological in nature, it also often reflects a failure of personal coping mechanisms. As with most mental health issues, the final best solution will probably include a mix of medication and interpersonal approaches. 
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The Cold Medicine That's Linked to Cognitive Problems

The Cold Medicine That's Linked to Cognitive Problems | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A common kind of drug, anticholinergic medication, is linked to poorer cognition in older adults
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A bit late to learn this now. I've relied on Benadryl for years, one of the few allergy meds that worked for me. Oh well, I didn't need a brain anyway, just ask my wife. 
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The ways you’re most likely to die, at every age

The ways you’re most likely to die, at every age | Upsetment | Scoop.it
This is how you will meet your end.
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We all get the final numbers, one birth and one death per person. Still, the data in this story is fascinating, not because it tells you where or how you will die—who wants to know that anyway?—but because it gives a sense of the rich tapestry that is life's end. 

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$160-billion Pfizer-Allergan deal to create world's largest drug maker

$160-billion Pfizer-Allergan deal to create world's largest drug maker | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Pfizer and Allergan are joining in the biggest buyout of the year, a $160-billion stock deal that will create the world's largest drug maker, the companies said Monday.
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So many Americans are worrying about the sanctity of their guns and over refugees from other countries, but we should really be worried about the growth of giant businesses. Already we are paying the highest prices for medicines developed here; now we are going to have drug companies that are too big to be disciplined.

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