Moving up the food chain: PFCs present in nursing mothers’ breast milk

Perfluorinated compounds, a suspected carcinogen, were found present in the breast milk of 45 nursing mothers in Massachusetts.

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Third World Health Care right here

Third World Health Care right here

Remote Area Medical’s Lifeline
Group Finds It’s Needed In America To Plug Health Insurance Gap

Published in: on March 3, 2008 at 1:20 am  Leave a Comment  

George Tabb is being murdered by greed

George Tabb vs. 9/11 Syndrome:
Who’s Picking Up the Tabb?

Published in: on February 18, 2008 at 12:22 pm  Comments (4)  


CIGNA’s decision to deny teen a liver transplant until it was too late highlights flaws in health care system.

Published in: on December 25, 2007 at 3:34 pm  Leave a Comment  

“Every Child In America Should Have a Healthy Start…It’s Not Complicated”

Video: Senator Kennedy battles Republicans in the Senate in favor of health care for children. “What would the American people rather have? Coverage for their children or continued conflict in Iraq?”

Published in: on August 1, 2007 at 8:52 am  Leave a Comment  

An Immoral Philosophy


Published: July 30, 2007

When a child is enrolled in the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (Schip), the positive results can be dramatic. For example, after asthmatic children are enrolled in Schip, the frequency of their attacks declines on average by 60 percent, and their likelihood of being hospitalized for the condition declines more than 70 percent.

Published in: on July 30, 2007 at 11:31 pm  Comments (1)  

See the Movie, Start the Revolution

…a letter from Michael Moore


I am overwhelmed by the response to “Sicko.” And I’m not just talking about all the wonderful, heart-felt letters you’ve sent me and the stories you’ve shared with me about the abuse you’ve suffered from our health care system.

No, I’m talking about how thousands of you are taking matters into your own hands and using the movie to do something.

Published in: on July 27, 2007 at 11:42 am  Leave a Comment  

US medical scholarship students graduate in Cuba

The students are from a deprived background and could not afford to train as doctors in the US.

They are among hundreds of students from across America and Africa to be given scholarships by Cuba.

[Thx Kylie]

Published in: on July 25, 2007 at 11:35 am  Leave a Comment  

CNN Throws in Towel, Admits to Two Errors, and States That All ‘Sicko’ Facts Are True to Their Source (or something like that)…

Moore Realizes All This is Huge Distraction and Then Spends More Precious Time Thanking Paris Hilton for Seeing ‘Sicko’… Meanwhile, More than 300 Americans Die Because They Had No Health Insurance During the 8-Day Gupta-Moore War…

Published in: on July 17, 2007 at 10:19 pm  Leave a Comment  

China Not Sole Source of Dubious Food

Black pepper with salmonella from India. Crabmeat from Mexico that is too filthy to eat. Candy from Denmark that is mislabeled.

Published in: on July 12, 2007 at 1:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

Giuliani Rejects Medical Marijuana Use

Presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani said Tuesday that people who want to legalize marijuana for medical purposes really just want to make the drug available to everyone.

Published in: on July 10, 2007 at 11:02 pm  Leave a Comment  

Sicko Reality

CNN Gets Blitzed by Michael Moore
“Just apologize to the American people and to the families of the troops for not doing your job four years ago. We wouldn’t be in this war if you had done your job. Come on. Just admit it. Just apologize to the American people.” — Michael Moore, live on The Situation Room
‘SiCKO’ Truth Squad Sets the Record Straight: CNN vs. THE FACTS

“If we get that confirmed, obviously, we’ll correct the record.” — Wolf Blitzer, live on The Situation Room

‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ is Right (VIDEO) — Douglas Brinkley, U.S. Historian and director of the Theodore Roosevelt Center for American Civilization

Demand an apology from CNN for Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s biased report on ‘SiCKO’ and for helping the Bush administration lie us into a pointless war.

Commenting on the Commentaries

AlterNet | Brad Blog | Crooks and Liars | Daily Kos | Eschaton | Huffington Post | Raw Story

Where can I see the film?” | “What can I do?

Mike on T.V.: Part Two with Wolf Blitzer | Mike With Dr. Sanjay Gupta on Larry King Live | The Daily Show (Rerun)

Published in: on July 10, 2007 at 7:24 am  Leave a Comment  

CNN “Reality Check” That Got Michael Moore Fired Up

Here is Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s “Sicko Reality Check” segment that preceded Michael Moore’s heated interview with The Beard, on CNN.

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Published in: on July 10, 2007 at 7:16 am  Leave a Comment  

Physicians of Fear

My column at this week is “Inside the minds of killer doctors”: Some of the accused behind the recent terror plots in Britain were professional healers. What on earth prompts someone to snap from caregiver to killer?

Juan Cole

Published in: on July 9, 2007 at 11:48 pm  Leave a Comment  

Sicko Spurs Audiences Into Action

Sicko started; the stereotypical Texas guy sat down behind me and never stopped talking. He talked through the entire movie… and I listened. The first ten to twenty minutes of the film he spent badmouthing Moore to his wife and snorting in disgust whenever MM went into one of his trademark monologues. But as the movie wore on his protestations became quieter, less enthusiastic. Somewhere along the way, maybe at the half way point, right before my ears, Sicko changed this man’s mind. By the forty-five minute mark, he, along with the rest of the audience were breaking into spontaneous applause. He stopped pooh-poohing the movie and started shouting out “hell yeah!” at the screen. It was as if the whole world had been flipped upside down. This is Texas, where people support the president and voting democratic is something only done by the terrorists. Michael Moore should be public enemy number one.

Published in: on July 5, 2007 at 11:35 pm  Comments (3)  

Without a Scratch

A Washington Post Investigation Walter Reed and Beyond

[in case you missed it]

Published in: on July 2, 2007 at 3:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

The French Lesson In Health Care

The nation’s system isn’t quite as superb as Sicko maintains, but it’s pretty good

Michael Moore’s documentary Sicko trumpets France as one of the most effective providers of universal health care. His conclusions and fist-in-your-gut approach may drive some Americans up the wall. But whatever you think of Moore, the French system—a complex mix of private and public financing—offers valuable lessons for would-be health-care reformers in the U.S.

Published in: on June 30, 2007 at 10:18 pm  Comments (3)  

Privatize Medicare? NO WAY

“Privatize Medicare? NO WAY!” shows how the 2003 Medicare Modernization Act threatens to privatize Medicare, irreparably harming over 40 million seniors and disabled people, and driving Medicare itself into bankruptcy and oblivion. We need to solve the problems of both Medicare and the uninsured by extending Medicare to cover everyone with expanded benefits: Medicare for All, also known as Single-Payer healthcare. (more…)

Published in: on June 27, 2007 at 4:07 pm  Leave a Comment  

Go See Sicko In The Theater

Or here if you’ve spent all your money on health care costs.

It’s absolutely brilliant. Please see it.


Well, I don’t agree with the copyright laws and I don’t have a problem with people downloading the movie and sharing it with people. As long they’re not doing it to make a profit off it, as long as they’re not, you know, trying to make a profit off my labor. I would oppose that. But um, you know I do quite well and I um…I don’t know, I make these books and movies and TV shows because I want things to change, so the more people that get to see them the better, and um, so I’m, I’m happy when that happens, OK? Should I not be happy I don’t know? It’s like if a friend of yours has the DVD of my movie, gave it to you to watch one night, is that person doing something wrong? I’m not seeing any money from that. But he’s just handing the DVD to you so that you can watch my movie. A DVD that he bought, but you’re not buying it, yet you’re watching it without paying me any money. See I think that’s OK, and it’s always been OK, we share things with people. And I think information and art, ideas
should be shared.

options for download

Published in: on June 27, 2007 at 2:12 pm  Comments (3)  

9/11 volunteer faces charges for ‘Sicko’ role

After suffering for more than five years with health problems related to his volunteer work at ground zero, Maywood, N.J., resident Bill Maher believed he had nothing to lose joining documentarian Michael Moore on a sneak trip to Cuba for medical treatment, captured in the new movie “Sicko.”

Published in: on June 27, 2007 at 12:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

Where Are the Doctors?

Two for the Road
In Africa with Nick Kristof
June 25, 2007, 11:39
by Leana Wen

“Can you take me back to the U.S. with you?”

My friend Dr. Dan Rudasingwa is a general practitioner (GP) at King Faisal Hospital in Kigali, Rwanda. His family returned to Rwanda after 30 years of exile in Uganda to help rebuild the country. Now he wants to leave Rwanda.

Published in: on June 25, 2007 at 5:25 pm  Leave a Comment  

Be Inspired

Watch and learn how to live.

Team Hoyt

Published in: on June 24, 2007 at 3:56 pm  Comments (2)  

SICKO, Part One

The Human Tragedy


When word got out that Michael Moore was working on a movie with the working title SiCKO, about the U.S. healthcare industry, the industry went bananas.

Published in: on June 23, 2007 at 1:30 am  Leave a Comment  

Open Wide and Say ‘Shame’

Sicko reviewed by AO Scott.

If you’re in one of these cities, you can go see the sneak preview.

Published in: on June 22, 2007 at 10:48 pm  Leave a Comment  

A Student, a Teacher and a Glimpse of War

And yet — how can you walk away from a human being who will surely die if you do so?

Nicholas Kristof

Published in: on June 21, 2007 at 10:16 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Human Cost of War

Two for the Road
In Africa with Nick Kristof
June 18, 2007, 8:20 am

I saw my first patient in the Congo today.
Her name is Yohanita Nyiahabimana. She is a 41-year old woman who lives in the village of Malehe, about an hour from Goma. She was carried out of her house by her neighbors when they heard that we were coming. There she lay on some tattered blankets, all 50 pounds of her under the unforgiving African sun.

by Leana Wen

Published in: on June 19, 2007 at 11:30 am  Leave a Comment  

When Dollars Trump Compassion

June 19, 2007

You won’t see these stories on television, but Marian Wright Edelman and Dr. Irwin Redlener could talk to you all day and all night about children whose lives have been lost or ruined because they didn’t have health insurance.

Africa’s World War

June 14, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist


Speciose Kabagwira lost another baby last week. It was the end of her 12th pregnancy, and the infant was stillborn on delivery.

It was her fifth stillbirth or miscarriage. And of her seven children born alive, four have died.

Published in: on June 14, 2007 at 12:18 am  Comments (1)  

Filmmaker rides to rescue of nemesis out to discredit him

It’s not easy being a nemesis. Particularly if your opponent is Michael Moore.

Jim Kenefick has spent years trying to expose the documentary maker’s “deceptions and half-truths” through his website,, under the mantra: “Watching Michael Moore’s every move.” What he hadn’t counted on was that Moore would turn out to be his anonymous guardian angel, coming to his financial rescue with a cheque for $12,000 (£6,000).

The saga began last year when Mr Kenefick was struggling to pay for healthcare for his wife, who was recovering from a neurological disorder and had no medical insurance. Mr Kenefick, whose site is one of the most popular anti-Moore blogs, in desperation posted a note in which he pleaded for advice in words which he may live to regret: “If you can help, I will be in your debt for all of time.”

Published in: on June 12, 2007 at 11:20 am  Comments (1)  

The Divide in Caring for Our Kids

June 12, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist

A few weeks ago, Teri Hatcher, one of the stars of the television series “Desperate Housewives,” was on David Letterman’s show, talking very animatedly about a time when her daughter needed emergency dental care.

Where to get a dentist on a Saturday?

Published in: on June 11, 2007 at 10:29 pm  Comments (4)  

A Spectrum of Disputes

June 11, 2007
Guest Columnists

TODAY the special “vaccine court” at the United States Court of Federal Claims in Washington will begin hearing Cedillo v. Secretary of Health and Human Services, the first case of about 4,800 similar ones to examine whether childhood vaccinations can cause autism. We have no wish to comment on these legal issues. But having spent years researching the prevalence of autism in American children, we are concerned that publicity surrounding the case will only drag out debate about whether past trends indicate we face an autism “epidemic.”

Published in: on June 10, 2007 at 11:26 pm  Leave a Comment  

Biologists Make Skin Cells Work Like Stem Cells

In a surprising advance that could sidestep the ethical debates surrounding stem cell biology, researchers have come much closer to a major goal of regenerative medicine, the conversion of a patient’s cells into specialized tissues that might replace those lost to disease.

Published in: on June 7, 2007 at 11:27 pm  Leave a Comment  

House Passes Stem Cell Bill Despite Veto Threat

On a vote of 247 to 176, the House overwhelmingly passed the bill, with Republicans and Democrats forging a coalition to authorize federal support for research using stem cells derived from spare embryos that fertility clinics would otherwise discard. The Senate approved the legislation in April.

Published in: on June 7, 2007 at 11:24 pm  Leave a Comment  

After Sanctions, Doctors Get Drug Company Pay

Dr. Abuzzahab is far from the only doctor to have been disciplined or criticized by a medical board but later paid by drug makers.

Published in: on June 4, 2007 at 9:41 pm  Leave a Comment  

Fact-Checking the Candidates: Health Care, Iraq War

From Institute for Public Accuracy:

STEPHEN ZUNES is professor of politics at the University of San Francisco. At last night’s debate, Biden — saying “let me tell you straight up the truth” — claimed that “You need 67 votes [in the Senate] to end this war.”
Zunes said today: “The Democrats needed only a simple majority to stop funding the war. Pelosi and Reid could have refused to allow any funding bill to come to a vote unless it had strict timetables for a withdrawal and, if Bush refused to sign it, he would have been the one to put the troops in harm’s way, not Congress. (more…)

Published in: on June 4, 2007 at 3:23 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Obama Health Plan

May 31, 2007
Guest Columnist

As a surgeon, I’ve worked with the veterans’ health system, Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance companies. I’ve seen health care in Canada, Britain, Switzerland and the Netherlands. And I was in the Clinton administration when our plan for universal coverage failed. So, with a new health reform debate under way, what I want to tell you in my last guest column is this:

Published in: on May 30, 2007 at 11:52 pm  Comments (2)  

A Katrina Health Care System

May 26, 2007
Guest Columnist

This is my fourth week as a guest columnist. Let’s take a look at the health care news that’s transpired in that time.

Published in: on May 26, 2007 at 4:29 pm  Comments (1)  

Rethinking Old Age

May 24, 2007
Guest Columnist

At some point in life, you can’t live on your own anymore. We don’t like thinking about it, but after retirement age, about half of us eventually move into a nursing home, usually around age 80. It remains your most likely final address outside of a hospital. (more…)

Published in: on May 23, 2007 at 11:05 pm  Comments (3)  

Ill senator settles in for voter ID fight

Gallegos legislating from bed near Senate despite warnings from his transplant doctors.

“If not for voter ID, I wouldn’t be here; that’s how serious the issue is for me,” said Gallegos, D-Houston. “It’s very important for my community that we block this legislation.”

Published in: on May 22, 2007 at 8:01 pm  Leave a Comment  

Death by Veganism

May 21, 2007
Op-Ed Contributor

WHEN Crown Shakur died of starvation, he was 6 weeks old and weighed 3.5 pounds. His vegan parents, who fed him mainly soy milk and apple juice, were convicted in Atlanta recently of murder, involuntary manslaughter and cruelty. (more…)

Published in: on May 21, 2007 at 11:35 pm  Comments (2)  

A Short American Life

May 21, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist

How’s this for a glimpse into America’s health care mess:

Published in: on May 20, 2007 at 11:14 pm  Comments (2)  

Young, Ill and Uninsured

May 19, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist

Fourteen-year-old Devante Johnson deserved better. He was a sweet kid, an honor student and athlete who should be enjoying music and sports and skylarking with his friends at school. Instead he’s buried in Houston’s Paradise North Cemetery. (more…)

Published in: on May 19, 2007 at 1:34 pm  Comments (1)  

Doctors, Drugs and the Poor

May 17, 2007
Guest Columnist

It’s one of those questions no one tells you about when you enter medical practice. What do you do when patients come who can’t pay? Some doctors decline to see them. I have expenses to pay and a family to feed, they’ll argue. (more…)

Published in: on May 17, 2007 at 12:12 am  Leave a Comment  

The Cure Is Compassion

Modern medicine has reached the stage where diagnosis runs far ahead of cures,
especially in cutting edge area like genetics and stem cells. The genes that cause many cancers are quickly being isolated, far faster than knowing how to correct the damage they cause. The same seems true in politics as well.

Deepak Chopra

Published in: on May 15, 2007 at 2:04 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Right to Paid Sick Days

May 15, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist

It sounds reasonable: seven paid sick days a year. Why should you have to lose a couple of days pay, or maybe even your job, because you had the misfortune to catch the flu?

Published in: on May 14, 2007 at 11:02 pm  Comments (2)  

Fighting the Terror of Battles That Rage in Soldiers’ Heads

COLORADO SPRINGS, May 8 — The nightmares that tormented Sgt. Walter Padilla after returning home from Iraq in 2004 prompted extensive treatment by Army doctors, an honorable discharge from the military and a cocktail of medication to dull his suffering.

Published in: on May 14, 2007 at 3:32 pm  Leave a Comment  

Vets group stands tall for sick GIs

An Army general said Wednesday that a “Wounded Warrior Transition Brigade” would come soon to Fort Carson.

Published in: on May 14, 2007 at 3:30 pm  Leave a Comment  

Ground Zero Illnesses Clouding Giuliani’s Legacy

“The city ran a generally slipshod, haphazard, uncoordinated, unfocused response to environmental concerns,” said David Newman, an industrial hygienist with the New York Committee on Occupational Safety and Health, a labor group.

Published in: on May 13, 2007 at 10:30 pm  Leave a Comment  

Thousands of Nuclear Arms Workers See Cancer Claims Denied or Delayed

Walter McKenzie’s assignment toward the end of the Cold War was to mop up after mishaps at a nuclear weapons factory. With a crew of other laborers from rural Georgia, he swabbed away leaks and spills inside the secret buildings, until one day his body became so contaminated with radiation that alarms at the factory went off as he passed.

Published in: on May 13, 2007 at 12:40 pm  Leave a Comment  

UCSF Experts tally Iraq war’s health cost

Few saw it coming, but six years into combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, health care providers are overwhelmed by the demand of returning veterans suffering from mental health stress or traumatic brain injury.

Published in: on May 13, 2007 at 12:15 pm  Leave a Comment