Sunday, February 12, 2012

Access To Early Death Anyone?

Whitney Houston, dead at 48.  As I write this the autopsy has been completed, however, the results not released.  But the lesson already exists in my humble opinion.  NO MATTER WHAT THE AUTOPSY SHOWS.  Allow me to share.
The argument of the proponents of healthcare reform greatly revolves around easier ‘access’ to healthcare.  Of course it’s important to define what ‘healthcare’ means when people refer to it in this context, and that’s plain and simply doctors, testing, drugs, and surgeries – or medical care.  Those proponents repeat the mantra that if our people had easier access to medical care, we would not be in the health crisis we are and we could transform our level of health in America. 
As you process that, it probably sounds like a novel and noble idea.  People are sick, right?  Yes, sicker than ever.  So if we give them MORE medical care (tests, drugs and surgeries) this would improve our health as a whole one would be led to believe.  The assumption here, however, is that the medical care system in America works and is effective.  We know it’s the most expensive in the world, but does it work – REALLY work?  Statistics show it’s dangerous, ineffective and it gets minimal results. (Feel free to research that on your own if you don’t believe me.)  In fact, it’s one of the worst in the world.  Statistics aside, let’s take some real world examples of people who have not only the easiest access to medical care, but access to the BEST medical care and any doctor of their choice, with no limitations of managed care and HMO’s – celebrities. 

Whitney Houston.  Police discovered a half dozen bottles of medication in Houston's room, TMZ reported, adding that family members said Houston had been taking the prescription drug Xanax, which is often used to treat anxiety. 

Michael Jackson.  Had his own medical doctor in his home.  Had the EASIEST access to medical care.  The pop-icon died and was on a COCKTAIL of Rx drugs.

John Ritter. The Hollywood actor from ‘Three’s Company’ had an aortic aneurism.  He died the same day.  Two years earlier, he had a TOTAL BODY SCAN, which detected no abnormalities in his heart or aorta.  So much for early detection.

Heath Ledger.  Australian film actor died at age 28 while taking properly prescribed psychotropic medications for his depression.

Brittany Murphy. Drug list:  Topamax (anti-seizure meds also to prevent migraines), Methylprednisolone (anti-inflammatory), Fluoxetine (depression med), Klonopin (anxiety med), Carbamazepine (treats Diabetic symptoms and is also a bipolar med), Ativan (anxiety med), Vicoprofen (pain reliever), Propranolol (hypertension, used to prevent heart attacks), Biaxin (antibiotic), Hydrocodone (pain med) and miscellaneous vitamins.  It was probably the vitamins.

Tim Russert. The famous news host of ‘Meet The Press’ died at age 58, only 8 wks after passing a cardiac stress test.  He was exercising & taking cholesterol meds, aspirin, and blood pressure drugs.  This classic approach obviously didn’t work for him, so why do you think it will work for you or anyone you love?

AND THESE ARE JUST THE CELEBRITIES, THE ONE’S WE HEAR ABOUT ON THE NEWS!  There are hundreds of thousands of others out there!!!  People just like you and your family.  It’s clearly evident that the PROBLEM is the medical care SYSTEM.  What people need more access to is a different system - the Maximized Living Healthcare Delivery System – it’s time to EXTEND lives, not SHORTEN them.  I’ll be reviewing that system and it’s amazing results over FREE dinner on Monday, February 27th at Café’ Gaston in Orland Park.  Seating is limited, who will YOU be bringing to dinner?

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