Let’s talk about how stupid people are endangering us, the shameful lack of dental health care coverage, how a new drug treatment for prostate cancer is saving lives, an underused source for improving our health and happiness and the opioid addiction epidemic our society is facing.
- Stupid People Are Dangerous To Your Health
- 114 Million Americans Don’t Have Dental Health Insurance
- The Drug Abiraterone Is Improving Prostate Cancer Survival Rate
- Over Looked Source Of Health & Happiness
- Drug Companies
liedMisled Everyone About How Addictive Opioid Painkillers Are
And, we’ll begin with the following:
Stupid People Are Dangerous To Your Health
You ever been bullied?
Ever met someone you couldn’t insult because they just didn’t get it? Know someone who can’t be swayed by logic or facts?
Well, all of those people had something in common:
They’re &%#&&ing stupid!
And, just staying away from them may not protect you.
According to the late Carlo M. Cipolla, a professor at The University of California, ignoring stupid people doesn’t protect you from the effects of their stupidity.
He also believed there are a helluva lot more stupid people than we suspect.
Not only that, they’re out running around making fools outta the rest of us non-stupid people.
The professor was so concerned about the harm stupid people do to society, that he came up with 5 Laws Of Human Stupidity:
- Always and inevitably everyone underestimates the number of stupid individuals in circulation
- The probability that a certain person be stupid is independent of any other characteristic of that person
- A stupid person is a person who causes losses to another person or to a group of persons while himself deriving no gain and even possibly incurring losses
- Non-stupid people always underestimate the damaging power of stupid individuals
- A stupid person is the most dangerous type of person
Before you file this as a joke, click on the following blue link to learn why most of this makes so much sense: Stupid People Are Dangerous To Your Health
114 Million Americans Don’t Have Dental Health Insurance
When you have problems with your teeth and gums, you’ve problems throughout your entire body. I Fought The Dentist
An abscessed tooth and, or gum disease, can increase the risk of heart disease and diabetes. Oral problems has also been linked to lower birth weight for babies. Low Birth Weight
Emergency room visits for neglected dental problems, usually caused by lack of affordable care, is costing our health system nearly 2 billion annually, and rising.
While our government officials and insurance companies are once again skating around the facts about how they’re going to improve our national health care system, dental health insurance coverage isn’t even on the table – all because ‘Dentists aren’t real doctors!”
What a crock!
But, I don’t wanna get bogged down with outdated arguments about the medical professional’s hierarchy…
Instead, let’s start a grassroots movement of education and awareness, about the need for getting all Americans hooked up with affordable dental health insurance.
I mean, it’s shameful that in a country that in the next 5 years, will spend over 7 Billion Dollars to subside Amtrak, a transportation option that benefits fewer and fewer passengers, we can’t get congress to accept that dental health shouldn’t be separate from our overall health care system.
I’m lucky. I’ve decent dental health coverage included in my retirement package. But, it’s also separate from the rest of my health insurance and costs me extra every month (a lot).
But again, I’m lucky. Over 40% of Americans don’t have that option.
That’s 1 out of 4 Americans (33% of adults, btw) don’t have dental insurance. Unless they get a little help from the rest of us, and perhaps someday, help from a more enlightened government, they’ll probably never be able to afford regular dental care.
As mentioned earlier, untreated dental problems are the reason for emergency hospital visits costing our health care system almost 2 billion annually.
Anyway, here’s a link to an article in the Washington Post about how some wonderful Americans are helping with this problem: Dentists Unite
And, to learn more about how the lack of dental coverage effects us, click on the following blue link: 114 Million Americans Don’t Have Dental Health Insurance
The Drug Abiraterone Is Improving Prostate Cancer Survival Rates
My biggest fear linked with getting older, uh other than the alternative, is getting some type of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Another biggie is prostate cancer.
And, this week’s news about how afiraterone treatment has tested to improve survival rates for men who already have prostate cancer by 40%, is welcome news for a lot of us aging men…
Not that prostate cancer is exclusive to us older dudes. It killed my favorite guitarist, Frank Zappa when he was a mere 53 year-old youngster. You just never know….
Anyway, the test covered 1917 patients, average age of 67. The test ran from November 2011 through January 2014. According to The New England Journal of Medicine
…Among men with locally advanced or metastatic prostate cancer, ADT plus abiraterone and prednisolone was associated with significantly higher rates of overall and failure-free survival than ADT alone…”
That higher survival rate increase was almost 40% over traditional treatments.
Abiraterone, also known as Zytiga, is a hormone therapy. Unlike chemotherapy which kills the cancerous cells, it stops more testosterone from reaching the prostate gland to stifle the tumour’s growth…”
This is great news for men, and the women who are stuck with us…
Learn more about this research, when you click on the following blue link: Improving Prostate Cancer Survival Rates
Over Looked Source Of Health & Happiness
We can’t get no satisfaction, uh, ah no-no-no…
But, maybe if we try this often overlooked idea, we could become healthier and happier?
First off, this method is free, abundantly available and can be practiced publicly without detection.
Secondly, you already know how it’s done.
And, finally, you already do it relentlessly – and most likely – inefficiently…
What is it?
Yep, good, old-fashioned, self-directed brain chatter!
Research found that a group of competitive swimmers who used self-talk performed better than those who didn’t use the technique.
For runners, a study found that self-talk increases endurance. And another study shows that cyclists performed faster and went farther by implementing self-talk…
Self-talk works for other things than improved physical performance too.
For example, instead of listening to our inner voice tell us we’re too old to learn a 2nd language, we can interrupt and replace that thought with others that encourages us to kick it on.
Or, to quote an essay I read earlier this week:
“Don’t just listen to yourself — talk to yourself!”
The same essay also offers 4 techniques on how to use self-talk in our daily lives. If you want them, click on the following blue link: Over Looked Source Of Health & Happiness
lied Misled Everyone About How Addictive Opioid Painkillers Are
Back in the 1980, Dr. Hershel Jick, a drug specialist at Boston University Medical Center wrote a one-paragraph, five-sentence letter, to The New England Journal of Medicine saying that his study of 12,000 hospital patients undergoing pain narcotic treatment, only 1 patient became seriously addictive, while 3 others showed possible addiction.
…that despite widespread use of narcotic drugs in hospitals, the development of addiction is rare in medical patients with no history of addiction…”
I always hope I’m not the smartest dude in the room, but isn’t the good doctor talking about narcotic painkiller use in a controlled, hospital setting?
And, isn’t prescribing and releasing, possibly addictive meds, to the whims of unsuspecting patients, a form of Russian Roulette?
Yet, Dr. Jick’s little note, was used to assure doctors it was safe to prescribe ever stronger painkillers and was also used as researched testament of public safety when drug companies applied for governmental watchdog approvals.
But then, throughout the sordid history of pushing opioids, logic and patient safety, hasn’t been stopping points when confronting big pharma’s greed.
Read more about this when you click on the following blue link: Plague Of Addictive Painkillers Released Upon The Masses
More about opioid addiction:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates the total cost of prescription opioid misuse in the U. S. is a staggering 78.5 billion a year. (This number includes costs of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment and law enforcement.
Common Prescription Opioid Drugs:
- Oxycodone (OxyContin®)
- Hydrocodone (Vicodin®)
Every day, more than 90 Americans die after overdosing on opioids. The misuse of and addiction to opioids—including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl—is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare…”
During my research on this, I discovered that over 5 times as many Americans are abusing legal prescription drugs as are the number of people who use heroin. And, according to a recent New York Times report, 59,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2016!
“The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.” …Alan Watts