Fixing The Healthcare System Cheaply!

This is a story about an ununited America, an America dictated to by those who chose profits over people. It is a story  about how those profiting are destroying our health and health care system It is also a story about how easily this can be rectified as suggested by a very creative lady named Phen who attended at a meetUp for intellectual conversation that I hosted.

The story:  People in America feel alone and in pain because they cannot feel part of something that they are told is their enemy by the news media, America. Media makes us think we live in a terrible country with lots of intolerable problems and dangerous leadership. In reality we are great country with lots of hope. Look around and notice that this is a great county because we are so much different and so much better than other countries whose people are refugees fleeing everywhere they can, like here. Remember people from all over the world still come to our shores for the opportunity of freedom. We’re still the place that everyone dreams of coming to when they are always looking for for a better place to go to; but, this is not to say that it cannot be better. This is the beauty of America, we are free to change it by peaceful process, if we take pride in the American Dream.  To restore America strength means to restore belief in America and the joy our people have in being here. What we need in a leader is someone who can restore our faith for way JFK did.

To do this we need a media that will stop fighting the president and destroying our image of America which is exactly what the Communists have hoped to do.  It’s time to give Americans hope again and a belief that what they working for is a future for their families and God’s dream of peace on Earth through love and respect. It’s time to give people back their pride in America.

Why am I writing this? Because I’m tired of feeling like I must go it alone and like I must make everything work on my own because America is not working for me.  Most Americans feel alone they don’t feel part of a team thanks to the media.  We need to establish the word team again.  Pride, love, happiness, satisfaction, dreams, a desire to work, a desire to achieve all comes from one thing,  believing you’re part of a team that makes a difference.  It’s about Not believing that it is all on your shoulders or hopeless.

How does this connect to healthcare?  The big corporations that are making America sick are using the media to make money by selling people on “fake foods”  that make Americans sick (high carb foods, food with bad fats, foods with fructose).  We all know that the “junk” food advertised night and day over media is killing America.  A few years back the carbohydrate food kings of American “fake food” met and agreed that they were killing Americans and that something had to be done. Then they decided not to do anything as it would affect their profits.  They don’t want to stop peddling their junk that causes, diabetes, strokes, cancer and heart attacks on TV or other media.  So the answer is simple. Ban it!

We banned tobacco advertising and everyone knows why, Cancer.  We can similarly ban ALL food advertising on TV.  Do you really need an add to tell you to buy a carrot or fish? No way, you know food when you see it. You only need an add to sell you on “Captain Crunchies Sugar Coated Fat Balls” for breakfast.

Ban Food Ads! How about saving lives, saving the health care system’s disastrous costs and saving our children’s health. It’s easy, ban all food ads from our media and while we’re at it, ban all drug ads just as they do in many other countries.  Just do it across the board so we treat all of them equally.

What would happen?  People would by foods that they can recognize.  People would buy foods that the hear about by word of mouth.  Quality would count, not brainwashing your kids to scream if they don’t get to Micky Dees 3x a week! While we’re add it tell the supermarket to stop playing the same game and get the candy aisle out of the checkout zone.  We don’t have to charge extra for sugary food.  All that does is help pay some money for the surgery that junk food necessitates.  An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of taxes.  Listen to Phen, ban junk food and drug advertising now!

- This message is brought to you by rational people who don't 
want to see their neighbors lose their legs and arms to diabetes.

 

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How Can You Buy Quality Supplements?

I have spent hours and hours searching for the answer to how to shop for quality supplements.  It is not easy but here are some suggestions for you to use in your quest.

uspUSP Verified – This seal may ensure purity, identity and potency, among other things. When USP verified companies are allowed to carry an official “USP Verified” seal on their labels it probably has value. The group maintains an evolving list of the brands that have received its seal and the places where they can be purchased. Here is a link to their website.

 

NSFNSP Verified – is a program that reviews supplements frequently used by athletes for sports. The blue and white NSF seal means that a product has been independently tested to ensure that it is pure and that it contains the ingredients listed on its label.

 

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Consumer Labs (?) –  ConsumerLab.com, which frequently tests products and maintains an archive of reports on its website may be reliable but I have recently learned that companies with its label pay heavy fees to “earn” the label each year and as such I am discounting their value.

 

TrustPilotTrustPilot – Is a review site that strives to aggregate customer reviews and qualify the reviewers to verify their validity.  I am using them and participating in their program as a reviewer as of today.  What can a customer tell you?  It is unlikely they can tell you much about the quality of the product other than by personal intuition. On the other hand they may be able to tell you lots about customer service and pricing.  Worth checking them out.

Who do I use?  I get some of my products from a naturopathic doctor in Ct. Why?  if the products don’t work his patients don’t come back and he is very successful. I also order from Swansonvitamins.com   They carry their own brands as well as name brands and all at pretty good prices.  Their fees have gone up over the years so I have been searching for other sources.  At this point they are still hard to beat in my impression.  Apply the two seals,  NSF and USP and you may have your best option!

……………. Janr Ssor.

 

An Inspiration For Living Lonely Moments In Paradise!

When the plane landed in Fort Lauderdale Florida, the pilot announced “Welcome To fishing-518775_640Paradise!”  I was excited about the pilot’s vision, which seemed at first to be mine; but, concerned about what I was running away from,  what I was losing and how empty it might feel to be without contact with everyone I had known for so long!

I had sold my practice, my home, and nearly everything I owned to move to Florida. I had given up a handful of treasured friendships, a huge number of fun acquaintances and over 12,000 patients, many of whom I knew by name and personal history for nearly 40 years.

I flashed on visions of the forest of friendships I had just willfully been transplanted away from. bamboo-142635_640For moments these thoughts made me imagine images of being a space traveler marooned on a distant, beautiful but alien unpopulated planet, perhaps Mars.

As we drove to our new home using a navigator to guide us along unfamiliar roads,  I thought that I felt for moments like the character in the story “The Martian” must have felt. Had he felt lost, lonely and wondering what tomorrow would be like as I did now? There was a big difference, of course,  from the situation of that of “The Martian” in that we were surrounded by people and a safe environment but what about my soul’s environment?   Like the Martian I had lost all that makes living life meaningful such as the relationships, trust, respect and common history. I had lost what had grown up over many years as a forest of “friendships” with different degrees of nomenclature like casual, personal or family.  More than that I had given up my relationship with my community, my practice of Holistic Eye Care, something I had invented, nurtured and grown into a giant tree.  One so strong that it had survived the financial  storms of 3 major recessions over nearly half a century.

It made me wonder what forces had created such momentum that I had been willing to leave the beautiful creation of a lifetime that had for some reason now become toxic? Something I occasionally viewed as a wasteland of destruction. oradour-sur-glane-1635802_640There was a lot to think about.  There is also no simple answer.  Some have tried such as the book “Who Stole My Cheese?”  But I was not looking for a description of change I was looking for socio-economic forces that had reshaped and redefined my world. Seven months later I think I have found it. I am a sci-fi writer because I am always searching for answers to question such as:  what is it that creates or destroys civilizations?  Why destruction and creation are so intimately intertwined? And finally does it have to be so? My own experience was now helping better define these questions and paint images of possible answers.

I think that the catalyst of the torrentuous socio-economic forces, that I had experienced so recently, might be described as the loss of responsibility and connection between the people that hand-1917895_640make up a civilization.  I thought back on 40 years ago, when I first moved to Brewster in upstate NY, where my office had been.  I recalled a farmer who had walked 3 miles to my office for his eye exam because he said, “It did not warrant starting his truck just to drive 3 miles.”  Times were different then. It was not that he walked so far so casually and so unpressured by time, that was just a description of what had changed since then. That was just a flavor of the essence of the ethos of that era that you could easily taste.  What was so different was that this farmer would soon know me by name as he did hundreds of the other people whose lives he touched every day!  Keep in mind the phrase “whose lives he touched.

40 years ago as I started my practice, I became enamored with the people  I served quite quickly. Apparently they with me too.  Six months after opening my doors to what I expected to be a weekend, part time practice, I was working full time.  I had to give up my other two part time offices. The force that made this change was the large families of  Irish and Italian heritage Americans who were soon to become my extended family.  They got to know me personally, like me and trust me. With that relationship, the whole family had to come see me and eventually most of the town.  We were all in this life together!

What changed 40 years later to make me move and give it all up for a promise of paradise but a loss of family?  In my opinion, the essential force is the loss of connection between people and the loss of responsibility for your actions or inactions.  From the viewpoint of my profession,  we saw the destruction of the doctor patient relationship created by the third party payors.  When people came to me 40 years ago, the service was thorough, affordable and easily paid for in cash.  When I left, the service was more mechanized, far less personal and no longer affordable in cash.  In fact is is the biggest disaster of American health care history.

I believe in the system of free enterprise and capitalism (with some caveats).  It has certainly worked for me for a long time. I believe that the strength of any economy is small business and entrepreneurship. Why?   Because I believe that it is the knowing of your outsource-1345109_640clients and responsibility to your community that keeps you on the straight and narrow path.  The path that for many American’s is defined on Sunday Mornings under the multicolored shafts of light falling through stained glass windows. Take away this connection and it is easy for Chinese factory owners to adulterate milk or put dangerous materials in sheet rock.  It is easy for Monsanto to create toxic herbicide that will likely soon be proven to have caused cancer in millions of people while rationalizing that they are the Horn Of Plenty that feeds civilization.  It is easy for congressmen to take millions of dollars of bribes while the Wall Street rich devour the lifeblood of America’s workers with carnivorous creations called derivatives (otherwise known as gambling).

Where there is no personal responsibility, there is no community. There is nothing to lose but the smell of fresh minted money and what temporary pleasures it might buy.  IBM, in some ways started this revolution and they became named for it.  IBM stood for “I’ve Been Moved” as in from my family, my home and my community for money’s promise.  We were willing to give up what makes life meaningful for the casino of promises that were  never fulfilled.

Somehow there has to be a way of connecting people to people and make business, its owners and its workers intimately responsible to the communities of people they serve. We must recognize that each of us holds the lives for our country’s citizens in each others hands. Not because it was so warm and fuzzy to be in the community I helped grow with me 40 years ago (though that is a good enough reason) but because otherwise the landscape of vitamins-2002561_640life becomes so toxic that the best of us will leave.  The vast majority of us do not work for money, we work for personal satisfaction, respect and a feeling of self worth, personal value. The majority of employees leave a job not because of money but because they are not treated with respect, listened to and praised for their achievement.

My experience, is that with the creation of self respect by serving a community of people we know, enough money always follows. You also get to share the wealth around if you don’t live in fear of a lack of money to cover expected personal economic crisis.  America has proven this for over 200 years.  “Too big to fail” is not an option, it is a symptom of the bribery and corruption of our government (mostly our representatives) on all levels that allows for a lack of responsibility.   It is enough to make a person run away from their home and seek a new start almost anywhere else. It is something to write about, for me.

I believe in what Walt Disney said years ago, “It is better to entertain with the hopes of educating, then educating with the hopes of entertaining.”   This is my dream and what I hope to inspire in others I get to form a community with.

Janr Ssor

Graves opposes efforts to exempt Congress from Obamacare

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) issued the following

Graves opposes efforts to exempt Congress from Obamacare

statement after Politico reported that members of Congress are seeking to exempt themselves and congressional staff from Obama…

via Graves opposes efforts to exempt Congress from Obamacare.

 

It amazes me that Congress can pass a bill that they say is good for America but exempt themselves because it is not good enough for them. This is what helped send Marie Antoinette to the Guillotine.  Hmmmm……… makes me think.