Medical marijuana is causing a dip in alcohol sales: Researchers confirm a correlation

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Have you ever wondered what legalizing medical marijuana in your state could do to alcohol sales? A group of researchers used that question as the basis of a new study that they conducted, and now they have an actual answer. According to the group of researchers, which hailed from two U.S. colleges and one Peruvian university, there was a noticeable decrease in the sales of alcohol in states where medical marijuana was legal. And what’s more, this appeared to be true, no matter what the state they examined.

The researchers gathered the data they needed for their study by analyzing publicly available data on 90 different alcohol chain stores from the year 2006 to 2015, according to one report. Then they took their data and contrasted the changing trends with the information from the medical marijuana laws of individual states. In the end, they found that there were “significant reductions” in alcohol sales in all states where medical marijuana had been legalized.

According to the authors, a possible reason for this is that the medical marijuana is being used as a clear substitute for alcohol, mainly since it’s able to offer similar effects to its users. It’s not clear whether or not any legislators were aware that legalizing medical marijuana would have this kind of effect, but the data shows that indeed it does.

The researchers note in the text of their study that they have some remarkable data to back up their conclusions. “Remarkably,” they said, “our findings are quite robust to a broad array of tests.”

Legal medical marijuana was found to be particularly damaging to wine sales in particular, which suffered as much as a 16.2 percent reduction in sales. This was markedly worse than the sales dip for beer, which dropped 13.8 percent in sales.

In counties that are located on borders between two states, the researchers found that alcohol sales dropped a staggering 20 percent. And it didn’t matter much whether it was wine or beer — both of them were affected negatively in much the same way.

Based on the data they’ve gathered and the results that they’ve found, the researchers concluded that the corresponding drop in sales in states where medical marijuana is legal is a net positive. After all, it could “help focus on the positive first order impacts of pursuing cannabis legalization,” where they are likely referring to alcohol-related injuries or deaths.

In one earlier study, another group of researchers has also shown that legal medical marijuana can also cause a decreased reliance on addictive prescription medications. That is, patients increasingly turned to legal medical marijuana instead of prescription drugs that they otherwise need to take.

Medical marijuana is known to be quite effective in treating chronic pain in patients. And compared to other alternatives — such as prescription drugs and even alcohol — it can deliver much better results. This new information that links it to a reduction in alcohol sales only adds more credence to the idea that medical marijuana should be legal in as many states as possible.

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Reduce the severity of these common medical emergencies with 8 acupressure treatments while help arrives

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Acupressure is a healing technique which involves pressing certain pressure points in the body by the thumbs and fingers to clear blockages and relieve pain, similar in principle to acupuncture, which provides the same relief but through the use of needles.

Acupressure can be used in medical emergencies as a precautionary measure while waiting for medical assistance. Here are eight emergency medical situations that acupressure can help manage.

  • Asthma attacks are triggered by allergens such as dust and pollen. You can relieve asthma symptoms by putting pressure
    1. Five fingers-width below the elbow crease near the outer border of the arm on the thumb side;
    2. At the middle of the chest bone;
    3. At the base of the throat, in a shallow depression just above the chest bone;
    4. At upper back side of the body right at the ending of the neck on the two shoulder blades. Press all four points for one minute.
  • Heart attacks occur when cholesterol buildup and plaque blocks the coronary artery and cuts out blood flow to and from the heart muscles. You can recover from chest pain and minor heart attack by pressing these points for one minute:
    1. The flesh between the thumbs and index finger;
    2. Drawing a vertical line on the palm starting between the ring and little finger and straight towards the wrist and pressing the line half a thumb-width above the wrist crease;
    3. At the crossing of the above-mentioned line and the wrist crease;
    4. At the center of the forearm, four thumbs-widths above the wrist crease;
    5. Exactly at the middle of the chest;
    6. One thumb-width above the armpit when arms are closed against the body.
  • Associated symptoms of cardiac arrest involve stopped respiration, dilated pupil, and absence of pulse. If the heart fails to resume beating, the patient may die or suffer from permanent brain damage. Apply acupressure to the patient while waiting for medical assistance.
    1. Draw a vertical line on the palm starting between the ring and little finger and straight towards the wrist and pressing the line half a thumb-width above the wrist crease;
    2. At the outer corner of the nail of the little finger;
    3. At the center of the forearm, four thumb-widths above the wrist crease;
    4. Just below the nose and above the upper lip.
  • In most cases, appendicitis is caused by blockage of the appendix by stool, foreign bodies or affected by cancer. The appendix swells due to infection and causes sharp pain in the abdomen. Relieve appendicitis pain with acupressure with these points:
    1. In the flesh between the thumbs and index finger;
    2. Bend your knee joint by 90 degrees then move three thumbs-widths downward from the lower end of the knee cap. There you will be able to feel a pointed bone. This point is located one finger-width to the outer side of this bone;
    3. In the skin between the second and the third toes;
    4. From the tip of the ankle bone, move four fingers-width upward. This point lies at this level just behind the vertical leg bone;
    5. Four thumbs-widths above the navel;
    6. Two thumbs-widths vertically below the second point.
  • Nosebleed occurs when there’s excessive irritation from the cold, infection, or hypertension. Following acupressure treatment, pinch the nose firmly to block both the nostrils for a few seconds. Press the following points:
    1. At the outer (thumb side) end of the wrist crease;
    2. In the flesh between the thumbs and index finger;
    3. On both cheeks near the broad part of the nose;
  • Heatstroke is caused by overexposure to heat, and when the body fails to exude the excess heat, triggering the major organs to fail. It can be accompanied by headaches, muscle cramps, and fainting. Recover a patient from heatstroke with these acupressure points:
    1. In the flesh between the thumbs and index finger;
    2. At the outer end of the elbow crease, when elbow is bent at right angle;
    3. Draw a vertical line on the palm starting between the ring and little finger and straight towards the wrist and press the crossing of the line and the wrist crease;
    4. Right between two distinct balls or muscles at the fore sole of the feet;
    5. Between two vertebrae that stand prominent on the neck when bending the head forward;
    6. Just below the nose and above the upper lip.
  • A convulsion may be accompanied by symptoms such as unconsciousness, uncontrollable jerking or shaking, drooling or loss of bladder control. Pacify these fits with these acupressure points:
    1. Draw a vertical line on the palm starting between the ring and little finger and straight towards the wrist and press the crossing of the line and the wrist crease;
    2. Right between two distinct balls or muscles at the fore sole of the feet;
    3. Just below the nose and above the upper lip.
  • Sudden high fever is most commonly caused by infection, inflammation, or side effects to some drugs. Acupressure treatment can help alleviate high fever by pressing these points:
    1. In the flesh between the thumbs and index finger;
    2. At the outer end of the elbow crease, when elbow is bent at right angle;
    3. Bend your knee joint by 90 degrees, then move three thumbs-widths downward from the lower end of the knee cap. There you will be able to feel a pointed bone. This point is located one finger-width to the outer side of this bone;
    4. From the tip of the ankle bone move four fingers-width upward. This point lies at this level just behind the vertical leg bone;
    5. Draw a vertical line on the palm starting between the ring and little finger and straight towards the wrist and press the crossing of the line and the wrist crease;
    6. Between two vertebrae that stand prominent on the neck when bending the head forward. Repeat the treatment every 15 minutes until the temperature falls.

Acupressure cannot replace specialized treatment, but there are numerous healing techniques that can effectively help manage various ailments. Find out more at

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Re: Gaza: 16 medical centres cease work due to lack of electricity, fuel

The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza yesterday announced the suspension of operations in 16 hospitals and healthcare centres across the Gaza Strip due to the sever lack of electricity and fuel, Quds Press reported.

Speaking to the news site, Spokesman of the Ministry of Health Ashraf Al-Qidra said: “Electricity generators in three more healthcare centres in Gaza stopped working; therefore, operations were suspended.”

Before the suspensions, Al-Qidra had announced the interruption of operations in 13 hospitals and healthcare centres for the same reason.

Al-Qidra warned that the suspension of operations at the hospitals directly affects the health of the patients in the enclave, which has been under a strict Israeli siege since mid-2007.

In a report, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said that “hospitals [in Gaza] faced difficulties to cope with the influx of trauma patients” over the last months.

Gaza: Healthcare sector on brink of collapse

It also said that the “continued power cuts are placing an increasing burden on the health sector,” noting that the MoH in Gaza “has partially closed Beit Hanoun Hospital, leaving only the Emergency Department functioning at minimal capacity in order to ration fuel.”

The international health body added: “With the closure and other strict contingency measures enforced by the MoH, the reserve fuel will last until mid-March.”

The report stated: “In January, out of the 516 essential drugs, stocks of 40 per cent were completely depleted. These include drugs used in emergency departments and other critical units. Out of the 853 essential disposables, 26 per cent have been reported at less than one month’s supply.”

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How the press creates medical fantasies for the gullible

How the press creates medical fantasies for the gullible

by Jon Rappoport

January 31, 2018

While avoiding deep scandals that would crack the pillars of modern medicine, the press uses a tactic to paint a glowing picture of medical research. These fantasies have one element in common:

The use of “could be,” “may be,” “possible,” and other bloviations to suggest breakthroughs are right around the corner.

This is not “new research is confirmed.” This is vague suggestion on the level of stock market predictions and long-term weather forecasts.

Let me show you.

I’m looking at, for January 31st. Here are headlines:







That’s just one day of headlines on one medical site. The use of MAY is everywhere. “This may be the case—or not.” Maybe yes, maybe no.

Why not run these headlines instead?



Over the years, I’ve read thousands of medical articles, and most of the MAYBES disappear down the memory hole with no further comment. They’re just pap. Here today, gone tomorrow.

Besides serving the function of filling up space, the articles are public relations propaganda, designed to convince readers that “the cutting edge” of research is very fertile territory, and new advances are always “on the way.”

This press gibberish is little more than, say, producing new reasons to believe people who are holding Iraqi Dinars are on the verge of becoming millionaires.

Nevertheless, large numbers of people are encouraged by these MAYBE medical stories. They want to have faith. They don’t want interruptions to their trance-state. They would say, “If a dozen ‘maybe’ stories are published, at least a few of them will pan out, and that’s a good thing.”

If you have a lot of time on your hands, copy the headlines above and track what happens over the next few years. See if any of the “possible breakthroughs” actually turns into a useful medical treatment.

Better yet, perhaps, track the thousands of articles touting new discoveries in genetic research. Keep an eagle eye out for ONE form of gene therapy that cures ANY disease across the board. I’m not talking about a claim that a single patient has experienced a remission. I mean a therapy that cures a given disease for every diagnosed patient. After all, that’s the heraldic promise.

Good hunting.

Meanwhile, maybe there is a MAYBE.

And DEFINITELY there is propaganda-riddled medical news.

The Matrix Revealed

(To read about Jon’s mega-collection, The Matrix Revealed, click here.)

Jon Rappoport

The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free NoMoreFakeNews emails here or his free OutsideTheRealityMachine emails here.

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Cleveland Clinic medical director FIRED for daring to question "vaccine cult" medical dogma

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There is a famous expression that admonishes: “While you live, tell the truth and shame the Devil.” Unfortunately, however, some who live by this admonition find themselves shamed, instead. Dr. Daniel Neides discovered this truth when he was fired from his position as Medical Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute – one of the largest and most respected hospitals in the country – for daring to write a blog post in which he questioned the use of formaldehyde in a “preservative-free” flu vaccine.

Like the vast majority of American healthcare professionals, Dr. Neides is neither anti-vaccine nor absolutely pro-vaccines. Nonetheless, he is committed enough to the welfare of his patients to ask the tough questions and speak the truth as he sees it. After all, that’s what someone in his position is hired to do.

Health Impact News reports that the Cleveland Clinic is world-renowned for its “out-of-the-box” thinking. The clinic’s website promises:

We are a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education.

Cleveland Clinic is one of the largest and most respected hospitals in the country. Our mission is to provide better care of the sick, investigation into their problems, and further education of those who serve. [Emphasis added]

Surely that is what Dr. Neides was trying to do – provide better care for the sick and investigate the possible root causes of some of their problems?

Apparently, that’s not how the clinic saw the matter. Instead of praising Dr. Neides for his boldness and willingness to speak out about his own bad experiences with the flu vaccine, the doctor was accused of spreading “harmful myths and untruths about vaccinations,” and fired from his respected, and no doubt hard-earned, position.

Health Impact News makes the important point that someone does not rise to the position Dr. Neides was entrusted with if they are an anti-science, anti-vaccine heretic. Instead, as the site reported:

Dr. Neides is a brilliant medical doctor who thinks “outside the box” looking for causes of disease and is not afraid to travel down the road truth leads him, no matter what the cost, and therefore upset the political system in place to protect the multi-billion dollar vaccine market.

And what were these terrible, heretical, anti-science things the doctor posted on his blog?

He simply noted that like many Americans he had followed the admonition of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and dutifully gone for his flu shot. Wary of the thimerosal (mercury) in some vaccines, Dr. Neides made sure to choose the “preservative-free” vaccine. He was understandably horrified when he later discovered that though the vaccine did not contain thimerosal, it did contain formaldehyde. He was well within his rights to state:

WHAT? How can you call it preservative-free, yet still put a preservative in it? And worse yet, formaldehyde is a known carcinogen. Yet, here we are, being lined up like cattle and injected with an unsafe product. Within 12 hours of receiving the vaccine, I was in bed feeling miserable and missed two days of work with a terrible cough and body aches. (Related: There is deadly formaldehyde in clothing, food, cigarettes and vaccines – what will you be wearing, eating, smoking and injecting today?)

So, what exactly is it that Dr. Neides did wrong? All he did was point out (correctly) that even so-called “preservative-free” vaccines contain dangerous ingredients, and that he had personally had a negative experience with the influenza vaccine.

Fortunately, brave people like Dr. Neides cannot be silenced. They speak the truth as they find it, and we should all be grateful for their bravery. (Related: Discover more truth at

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Re: No electricity at 7 more Gaza medical centres

Generators at seven health centres in the besieged Gaza Strip have stopped working due to the shortage in fuel, the Palestinian Ministry of Health announced today.

Ministry spokesman, Ashraf Al-Qadra, said the medical departments affected are: the Sourani Centre, the Palestinian Medical Centre, the Medical Foundation, the Gaza Health Administration, Abasan Al-Kabira, the Atatra and the Society of Physically Handicapped People – Gaza Strip.

The crisis management committee in the ministry confirmed that the situation in the Strip has entered an unprecedented stage due to the fuel crisis, demanding donors intervene immediately to bring it to an end.

The committee called on the energy company to work urgently to provide electricity to hospitals around the clock.

“Our health services are on the decline after a number of them stopped at the Beit Hanoun Hospital for the third day and Al-Durra children’s hospital and patients were transferred to other hospitals because of the lack of fuel. We are only a few hours away from seeing the generator at the psychiatric hospital stopping.”

Healthcare in Gaza: Is there any hope left?

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Why Doctors are Saying This New Medical Drama is ‘Potentially Harmful’

Fox’s new medical drama The Resident was taken to task on Twitter upon its premiere last week for its completely unrealistic portrayal of what goes on in American healthcare and the January 29 episode, “Comrades in Arms,” was no different as it portrayed medical personnel ordering unnecessary tests to drive up costs and the hospital administration refusing to treat a dying illegal immigrant. 

Doctors on Twitter were completely horrified with this new episode, with one saying, “When you have many, many ACTUAL doctors telling you that your fictional depiction of our chosen profession (one that greatly relies on the trust and participation of our patients) is way off-base and indeed potentially harmful, please take it seriously,” another offered: “Watching @ResidentFOX which may be the worst ever ‘doctor show.’ Money in medicine is a problem, but this show is unrealistic, offensive and potentially harmful to the public’s perception of US medicine,”and still another said, “Seeing people tweeting about how this show is ‘so true’ or that all the top doctors are ‘crooked and money hungry’ or that they’re terrified of getting sick and needing to go to hospital is very upsetting.”

This week, the plot centered around the doctors of Chastain Hospital in the midst of a new initiative called “CUTE” which stands for Code Up To Excellence. 

Barb: Now, to simplify, doctors and nurses at Chastain need to charge more per procedure. 
For example: Ear infection. Typically billed to insurance as service code one at about… Yeah? 
Nicolette: $200. 
Barb: But what if that ear infection took a trip to the brain? That’s now a code four. Serious. Costly. We can bill in the thousands. Illness is unpredictable, so billing must be proactive. Right? It’s called upcoding. Think… CUTE. Code. Up. To. Excellence.

Upcoding is illegal, so I highly doubt hospitals are bringing in consultants to teach their employees to do it. That’s a lot of legal exposure.

If this didn’t make American medicine look evil enough, they then brought in an illegal immigration twist to drive it home. 

Louisa Rodriguez, an employee at Chastain, collapses on the job but, before they can run the tests they need and determine a course of treatment, Barb, the upcoding consultant, looks into her immigration status and goes to the hospital administration, telling them, “Ms. Rodriguez is an uninsured, undocumented immigrant. She has no family in this country. She was brought here from El Salvador as a child.” It sounds like she might not just be an illegal immigrant, but a DREAMer as well. How timely!

Despite being told Lousia will die if she doesn’t get surgery right away, Barb says, “No more tests, no more treatment on our dime. This hospital isn’t a charity.

There are a lot of problems with all this, but the main one is that it is illegal. This “consultant” is a walking lawsuit waiting to happen. As one medical resident tweeted, this is a direct violation of EMTALA, which requires that hospitals treat patients in need, regardless of ability to pay. 

Of course, The Resident‘s rule-breaking hero Conrad Hawkins (Matt Czuchry) figures out a way to help Louisa and gets her ready for surgery, but the evil hospital has one more trick up its sleeve to avoid treating her – calling ICE. 

Conrad: How can I help you, gentlemen? 
ICE Agent: Sir, you need to move aside. 
Conrad: I will, if you tell me what’s going on. 
Devon: Hospitals are sensitive areas, along with schools and churches. And sensitive areas cannot be accessed by immigration officials without arrest warrants or under investigation of an imminent national security threat. ICE policy letter, October 24, 2011. 
ICE Agent: You’re interfering with the actions of authorized federal agents. 
Conrad: You’re gonna regret this. 
ICE Agent: I doubt that. 
Devon: Well then, you better drag us both out of here. 
Nicolette: Conrad. 
Claire: Stop. Step aside or you will both be fired. 
Nicolette: It’s okay. Let them pass. 
Nicolette: Surgery’s underway. Sterile environment. You cannot enter under any circumstance. No one can.

So, Louisa was haphazardly rushed into surgery to stay away from the ICE agents that the hospital called on their own patient. In reality, hospitals do sometimes call immigration on patients, but the government rarely responds, because they would become financially responsible for the patient’s medical care. Instead, the hospital has to pay for it. It is estimated that American hospitals pay nearly $30 billion per year in healthcare for illegal immigrants. Money which, of course, either comes out of budget cuts as the administration is threatening at Chastain Hospital, or the cost is passed on to those who have insurance. 

The Resident wants viewers to think that American healthcare is run by heartless doctors who care about profit over people, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Our healthcare system isn’t perfect, but its certainly better than most alternatives.

This doctor challenged the writer/executive producer on Twitter before being blocked, “I watched your horrible excuse for a medical drama (the plot beyond the medicine is also quite unwatchable). It represented nothing I know medicine to be. Come spend a day watching me take care of dying children. See what medicine is. I gave you an hour of my life, you owe us.”

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Tennessee Medical Marijuana Bill Nullifies Jeff Sessions Federal Unconstitutional Overreach

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 26, 2017) – A bill introduced in the Tennessee Senate would legalize medical marijuana for qualifying patients in the state, setting the foundation to nullify unconstitutional federal cannabis prohibition in practice.

Introduced by Sen. Steven Dickerson (R-Nashville), Senate Bill 1710 (SB1710) would allow individuals to possess medical marijuana if they suffer from one or more qualifying conditions. Dispensaries would be permissible under SB1710 to provide medical marijuana to qualifying patients as well. Patients would also have the option of naming a caretaker who could grow marijuana on their behalf.

“Now is the time for the General Assembly to embrace thoughtful, medically responsible legislation to help Tennessee’s sickest residents,” Sen. Dickerson said.

Rep. Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby) filed a companion bill (HB1749) in the House.

Despite the federal prohibition on marijuana, measures such as SB1710 remain perfectly constitutional, and the feds can do little if anything to stop them in practice.


Under the [Unconstitutional] Controlled Substances Act (CSA) passed in 1970, the federal government maintains complete prohibition of marijuana. Of course, the federal government lacks any constitutional authority to ban or regulate marijuana within the borders of a state, despite the opinion of the politically connected lawyers on the Supreme Court. If you doubt this, ask yourself why it took a constitutional amendment to institute federal alcohol prohibition.

Only Two Parties In The U.S., Those Who Obey The Constitution And Those Who Do Not!
~ Patrick Henry

Unconstitutional Powers By Repetition

Usurpations by one branch of government, of powers entrusted to a coequal branch, are not rendered constitutional by repetition.

The United States Supreme Court held unconstitutional hundreds of laws enacted by Congress over the course of five decades that included a legislative veto of executive actions in INS v. Chada, 462 U.S. 919 (1982).

Legalization of medical marijuana in Tennessee would remove one layer of laws prohibiting the possession and use of marijuana, but [unconstitutional] federal prohibition will remain on the [ir] books.

FBI statistics show that law enforcement makes approximately 99 of 100 marijuana arrests under state, not [unconstitutional] federal law [rules]. By curtailing state prohibition, Tennessee could sweep away some of the basis for 99 percent of marijuana arrests.

Furthermore, figures indicate it would take 40 percent of the DEA’s yearly annual budget just to investigate and raid all of the dispensaries in Los Angeles [If Allowed By The Constitutional County Sheriff In The First Place]  – a single city in a single state. That doesn’t include the cost of prosecution either [If Allowed By The Constitutional County Sheriff In The First Place]. The lesson? The feds lack the resources [& Constitutional Authority] to enforce marijuana prohibition without state assistance.

President Jefferson


Tennessee could join a growing number of states simply ignoring federal prohibition, and nullifying it in practice. Colorado, Washington state, Oregon and Alaska were the first states to legalize recreational cannabis, and California, Nevada, Maine, and Massachusetts joined them after ballot initiatives in favor of legalization [Nullifying The Fed Overreach] passed last year.

With 29 states allowing cannabis for medical use [Nullifying The Fed Overreach], the feds find themselves in a position where they simply can’t enforce [Unconstitutional] prohibition anymore.

“The lesson here is pretty straightforward. When enough people say, ‘No!’ to the [ir Way Ward Employee aka;] federal government, and enough states pass laws backing those people up, there’s not much the feds [Way Ward Employee] can do to shove their so-called laws [Deep State Rules], regulations or mandates down our throats,” Tenth Amendment Center founder and executive director Michael Boldin said.


SB1710 will need to pass the Senate Judiciary Committee before it can be considered in the full Senate. HB1749 had not been referred to a committee at the time of this report.

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New Medical Drama Misdiagnoses Immigration: ‘We’re Shutting Our Doors’

Fox’s medical drama The Resident premiered on January 21 with its pilot episode in which we get to know the doctors at the fictional Chastain Park Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. Chief of Surgery Dr. Randolph Bell (Bruce Greenwood) is highly respected but, it turns out, it kind of a a jerk, and has an interesting take on the state of American immigration. 

Dr. Bell is feeling a little insecure because he’s having an as-yet-undefined issue which causes a tremor in his hands. He’s been killing patients and the doctors and nurses at Chastain are starting to notice, but word hasn’t gotten outside the hospital. Meanwhile, a young resident Dr. Okafor (Shaunette Renée Wilson) from Nigeria is being trained on the Titian, the latest tool in robotic surgery. In fact, she’s the only one in the hospital who can do it, and Dr. Bell doesn’t appreciate sharing his limelight. On the eve of the first Titian surgery, he causes the patient, Lyle, to doubt Dr. Okafor’s skill so that he will ask for Dr. Bell.



Dr. Bell: Dr. Okafor! A word. 
Dr. Okafor: Sorry, I’m on my way out. I need to rest for the first robot prostatectomy tomorrow morning. 
Dr. Bell: Well, that’s actually why I’m here. The patient has requested a last-minute change in the lineup. 
Dr. Okafor: The lineup? 
Dr. Bell: Lyle’s always been my patient. He’s asked me to step in. 
Dr. Okafor: Does he have a death wish? 
Dr. Bell: I hear you’re applying for an O-1 Visa. You’ll need a letter of recommendation from your supervisor. I believe that’d be me. 
Dr. Okafor: Dr. Bell, you have never touched the Titian. It takes many hours of practice to be proficient. You cannot do that surgery. As in, it’s literally impossible. 
Dr. Bell: You have no idea what’s possible for a surgeon with my experience and expertise. 
Dr. Okafor: The surgery is first thing tomorrow morning. There isn’t enough time to bring you up to speed. I have to draw a line here. This can’t happen. It’s too risky for you and for the patient. 
Dr. Bell: Oh, then, I’m afraid you’ll be heading back to Abuja. And as you know, immigration to the States has become quite difficult. We’re shutting our doors.

The O-1 visa is for “individuals with an extraordinary ability in the sciences, education, business, or athletics,” so Dr. Okafor clearly fits the bill. Yes, she would still need someone at the hospital to vouch for her “extraordinary” ability, but this seems like a pretty weak threat from Dr. Bell. Remember, this is a doctor that killed a patient in a routine appendectomy hours earlier, so he doesn’t have a whole lot of room to be blackmailing people, and every other doctor in the hospital is on her side. 

Even liberal sites point out that an O-1 visa is pretty safe, our doors are open to those who are bringing their extraordinary talents to America. It is policies related to H-visas rather than O-1 that are under attack. This whole conversation is incredibly strange. Are we shutting our doors? Of course not. President Trump has talked about a more intense vetting of refugees and is cracking down on illegal immigration, but that is not at all what Dr. Bell is talking about. 

I’m sure the writers enjoyed a scene where an older white male told a young woman of color she would have to return to Nigeria with, as he puts it, “the political unrest and the quality of health care available” and blame Donald Trump. Too bad his argument falls apart under the slightest scrutiny.

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The medical establishment is finally accepting it: Diabetes CAN be reversed, according to “groundbreaking study”

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There is plenty that the pharmaceutical industry doesn’t want you to know, and one of those inconvenient truths just got a huge credibility boost and renewed attention as a new study shows that it is possible to reverse type 2 diabetes through weight management alone.

A groundbreaking study that was published in The Lancet shows just how effective weight management can be when it comes to treating this disease. In the open-label and cluster-randomized study, nearly 300 patients who had received a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes within the past six years were studied. The participants were anywhere from age 20 to 65, and they had starting body mass index values in the range of 27 to 45 kg/m2. After being randomized into one of two groups, the participants either went through the Counterweight Plus program to lose weight or received best practice care as a part of a control group.

Those in the Counterweight Plus program were given a diet that was very low in calories – for anywhere from three to five months, they ate around 850 calories a day. This was followed by a food reintroduction program that ran from two to eight weeks. The people in this group stopped taking antidiabetic medications as well as those that lower blood pressure at the start of the trial.

Within a year, half of the participants could no longer be considered diabetic and no longer needed their medication. Roughly one fourth of the participants had lost 15 kilograms or more of weight, and around half maintained weight loss of more than 10 kilos. Eighty-six percent of those who lost 15 kilos achieved remission, while 73 percent of those who lost at least 10 kilos also managed to reverse their diabetes. Best of all, the effective weight management program did not require any type of specialist treatment; routine primary care staff were able to guide patients through it.

The University of Newcastle’s Professor Roy Taylor, the co-lead researcher of the study, called it a “watershed moment” for understanding and managing type 2 diabetes. It’s remarkable when you consider the fact that even those who had been living with the disease for as long as six years were able to reverse it simply by cutting their caloric intake.

Such an approach could also bring about tremendous health care savings, with the power to save an estimated £14 billion in the U.K. alone thanks to a reduced need for blood pressure medication, amputations, and treatments for diabetes-related blindness and kidney failure. Diabetes and prediabetes are estimated to cost $322 billion in the U.S., according to figures from the American Diabetes Association, and it affects one out of every 11 Americans.

The researchers decided to take the calorie-cutting approach to weight loss instead of increasing the participants’ exercise because they felt it would be more effective. Physical activity, while very important in the long run, can cause patients to eat more – both consciously and unconsciously – to compensate in the beginning, making it more difficult for them to achieve sustainable weight loss. However, the researchers say that exercise could be useful for avoiding regaining the weight.

Good news for diabetics, bad news for Big Pharma and the junk food industry

Of course, Big Pharma won’t be too thrilled that more people are learning that they might not need their dangerous diabetes drugs and insulin after all. It’s also bad news for the junk food industry, as the researchers were quick to point out.

According to the study’s conclusion, the true long-tern solution to the obesity and diabetes epidemics facing our world is eating less, not drugs. Taylor wrote: “The major barrier is political will in opposing the wishes of the food industry. To make an impact upon the enormous pressure on people to eat and to eat frequently will be difficult but must be tackled to deal with the underlying problem.”

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