Healthcare ‘Truthiness’: The Twilight Zone of Modern American Zeitgeist

Pill TossThe Leviathan called ‘modern medicine can generally be counted upon to turn common sense on its dizzy head. And it does so with predictable regularity. This sobering reality is nourished every day of the week by our intellectually lazy news media, who wouldn’t recognize logic if it bit them on the iPhone. If ‘healthcare journalists’ simply lived up to their career titles – if indeed, they merely did their jobs – they would step beyond their typical role of medical stenographers long enough to lift an inquiring eyebrow at these undeniable, seriously ugly truths:

Heart disease is of course, one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. – it strikes down more than 12,000 citizens every week. So the legal drug cartels and medical practitioners have known for years, that a terrific way to gain wealth is by selling a mentally sluggish public on the errant medical notion that cholesterol is the culprit.

Many, many outcomes in life are entirely predictable. And one of them was the creation of statin drugs, advertised to lower cholesterol and therefore make the citizenry less susceptible to the boogeyman called heart disease. These drugs – foisted on the public by gargantuan TV and print media campaigns, are jaw-dropping wealth builders for those who make them and push them – they raked in $29 billion worth of sales in 2013. That’s the kind of cash you make when you convince one in four Americans over the age of 45 to take statins.

For more than a decade, we have been warning patients about the seriously negative side effects linked to these drugs. For the benefit of those readers unaware of what we have been saying, here is a summary of exactly what you need to know for your own safety, as well as the safety of your family members:

  • Statins function by reducing your natural ability to produce cholesterol, which is essential to brain health. There are excellent biological reasons the human brain contains 25% of the body’s cholesterol.
  • Statins weaken the immune system. This makes it much harder to fight bacterial infections and increases the production of cytokines, which cause inflammation.
  • Statins interfere with the production of coenzyme Q10a key  body’s immune and nervous systems, boosts heart and other muscle health, maintains normal blood pressure, and much more.
  • Statins reduce the positive effects of omega-3 fatty acids by speeding up the metabolism of omega-6 fatty acids. This  increases insulin resistance and the risk of developing diabetes.
  • There is evidence that statin blocks the benefits of exercise. Exercise increases the activity and numbers of mitochondria, cells’ “power plants” that process sugars and fat. The study found that with statin use, mitochondrial activity actually decreases with exercise.
  • Statin users have a higher incidence of nerve degeneration and pain, memory loss, confusion, depression, and a higher risk of ALS and Parkinson’s, according to Doctor David Williams in his July 2014 Alternatives newsletter. Statins also decrease carotenoid levels. Carotenoids, which are found in fresh fruits and vegetables and act as antioxidants, have a number of benefits, including protecting against cell damage, aging, and chronic diseases.
  • Statin drugs may also be driving Americans to overeat: a twelve-year study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that statin users increased their calorie intake by 9%, and fat consumption by 14.4%, over the study period, whereas those who didn’t take statins didn’t significantly change in either measure.
  • An animal study linked statin use to muscle damage. Animals that exercised on statins had 226% more muscle damage than those not given statins.
  • They affect the quality of sleep.
  • Statins increase the risk of prostate and breast cancer.
  • Statins are known to cause liver damage by increasing the liver’s production of digestive enzymes.
  • Statins also speed aging and lower sex drive.
  • Statins have been linked to aggressive and violent behavior in women.

Modern medicine insists on interpreting reality to its own benefit – not always for the benefit of patients. When it comes to preventing heart disease, they have it completely backwards. Consider the American Heart Association. They actually  published a study based on the outdated, simplistic idea that there exists 2 kinds of cholesterol: “bad” – Low Density – and “good” – High Density. Their guidelines for a healthy diet are founded on the long-since, known to be untrue opinion, that “bad” cholesterol causes heart disease, and that because saturated fat can raise “bad” cholesterol levels, that is the ultimate dietary culprit. Of course the result of this false notion is that the American Heart Association’s guidelines lead to 33 million healthy Americans taking statin drugs for absolutely no good reason.

Well, there’s one good reason: the statin fad is making the drug-pushers richer.

What the AHA does not want to comprehend is that cholesterol is vital to human healthWe’ve noted in the past that cholesterol is not the ticking time-bomb most people have been led to believe. To the contrary. The real danger is that cholesterol levels can get too low as we age. Science has proven that so-called “bad” cholesterol is = surprise, surprise – a key ingredient to good health.

Of course, there’s not much money to be made off a healthy public. So you need to believe you’re sick.

Instead of swallowing drug ads and drug garbage, digest this:

And finally, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, which sets U.S. government recommendations for a healthy diet, is preparing to withdraw its longstanding guidelines of avoiding high cholesterol foods.

So, if and when YOUR doctor recommends statins, that would be a very good time to refer him to this Medical Miscreants web page. Because your MD may be dangerously uninformed about statin reality. And that ain’t healthy.

But you’re well-informed, because you come here.

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Convicted Drug-pushing MD Still on the Job in Virginia

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Who in Hell is running our medical freak shows?

 

In Knoxville Tennessee a federal judge has decided that a doctor found guilty in a drug- dealing conspiracy, should still be allowed to work and treat patients until he is sentenced later this year.

Doctor James Brian Joyner, who worked at a drug-trafficking clinic called the Breakthrough Pain Therapy Center in the city of Marysville, had his medical license in Tennessee revoked by the state medical board. But thanks to this mind-bending ruling by a federal judge, he is allowed to cross the state line and keep right on trucking in Virginia. Joyner confessed in court that he made  $1,000 a day or more, by scribbling bogus prescriptions for narcotics and sedatives for people off the street with no medical need. He performed no physical exams and ordered no tests. The drugs were oxycodone, morphine and Xanax.

The so-called medical clinic, Breakthrough, was a cash-for-pills drug-front that raked in $2,500,000 in less than 18 months, from July 2009 to December 2010, when it was finally raided and boarded shut.

Now, federal law demands that convicted drug felons be kept behind bars until their day of sentencing. But in yet another case which defies all logic, U.S. District Judge Pamela Reeves is allowing the criminal Doctor Joyner, age 47, to keep working in the ER at Pioneer Hospital in Patrick County, Virginia. According to the court, he must be “supervised” by two other physicians. So this MD gets a “stay out of jail” pass as long as he has a babysitter.

And some people wonder why we call healthcare the Twilight Zone.

Another doctor and co-conspirator at the scam clinic, Deborah Gayle Thomas, age 64, was found guilty last month on similar charges. No word as yet regarding her “punishment.”

When it comes to physician discipline – or the lack thereof – this nation is stunningly vapid, and appallingly stupid. And we reap what we sow.

Here’s another look, if you can stomach it:

http://www.thedailytimes.com/news/medical-professionals-connected-to-maryville-pill-mill-plead-guilty-to/article_36f0ab9b-e25d-5bf0-8e25-a7f9c03157be.html

 

 

Doctor Drug-dealer’s Punishment? ‘Go Home and be a Good Boy’

 

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Dr Douglas E. Watford

In Greenville North Carolina federal court Doctor Douglas Elry Watford was found guilty of selling narcotics for fun and profit in his little town of Kinston. So the judge spanked him on his adult diaper and sent him home for actions that were apparently not all that serious. Of course had he been a street drug pusher instead of an MD, he would have been spanked a little harder.

Wacky Watford, age 60, was sentenced to 24 months probation after admitting that, well, now that you’ve caught me, I guess I really was routinely  illegally distributing hydrocodone and Xanax. Who told?

Wadford, a family medicine specialist who owned the Watford Family Medicine Center in Kinston, was caught as the result of an undercover sting last year by the State Bureau of Investigations. He was handcuffed on April 15, 2015 and taken to jail on 6 charges of illegal distribution of highly addictive drugs, categorized as Schedule II and Schedule IV controlled substances.

dr drug dealers artThe North Carolina State Medical Board had already scolded the drug-dealer doc in March 2015, and ordered him to undergo remedial instruction. Like most other state medical boards, North Carolina’s figured punishing a drug dealer by making him go sit in a classroom was appropriate discipline. Eventually they went way out on a limb and revoked his medical license.

You can bet they were loathe to punish the wayward doctor at all, because – and you might need to grab your guppies here – state medical boards are top-heavy with . . . . doctors.

And some people actually wonder why we feel the need to continually  embarrass criminal physicians.

Somebody has to.

Here’s another look at this lab coat loon:

http://www.witn.com/home/headlines/Kinston-doctor-jailed-for-illegal-distribution-of-drugs-299862421.html

 

 

 

 

 

Florida MD & Wife Jailed for Their Drug-Scheming Reindeer Games

Dr Edward Neil Feldman

Dr Edward N Feldman and wife Kim. They felt the need. The need . . . for greed.

The good doctor gets 25 years in prison; office manager/wife gets 4 years.

In the beach city of Tampa Florida we now know that month after month, year after year, an elderly physician would routinely scribble out narcotic prescriptions to drug addicts. Quite a number of them overdosed and at least 16 of them died. And so finally, when Doctor Edward Neil Feldman, age 76, was handcuffed and taken away, he tried to defend his behavior in court last February, by arguing that a whole lot of people had “fooled” him to get the drugs.

Because after being a physician for half a century and physically assessing a hundred thousand patients – well, he’d never quite figured out how to tell which ones were faking their pain, and which ones were actually hurting.

The jury said ‘fraid not to his innocent grandpa act: they convicted him of Illegal Narcotic Trafficking – the result of which was directly tied to 3 dead people: Joey Mayes, age 24, Ricky Gonzalez, 42, and Shannon Wren, 42. The 13 other overdose deaths could not be firmly blamed on Feldman the Fooled. For one thing, many addicts have learned to get drugs from more than one doctor.

“The government had 16 dead people to choose from in this case. You don’t get to say you’re blind when you’ve got your head in the sand. You don’t get to say that you’ve been fooled when you refuse to take the blinders off.” (Federal Prosecutor Shauna Hale in her closing argument)

The doctor’s wife, Kim Xuan Feldman, age 66, was found guilty too,  along with her husband, on 5 counts in a $5,000,000 drug and cash conspiracy. But only the MD was charged and convicted for the deaths. In each case, the prosecution was able to prove that he prescribed heavy pain medication for no true medical reason, and beyond the scope of accepted treatment. And not documenting treatments and prescriptions in patient charts for decades? Well that was just stupid arrogance.

Like nearly all other of the quarter-million criminal physicians since 1950, freaky Feldman most likely figured he would never get caught.

After all, this was the government’s second effort at trying this case. The first time last November ended in a mistrial. 

The Tampa Bay Times reported last year that pill bottles bearing Feldman’s name were found at many scenes where people had popped the doc’s pills – then rolled over and died.

The Florida Department of Health, which oversees the Board of Medicine, reports they have multiple cases pending against his license – cases put on hold until the felony charges were resolved. The doctor was already under order to not treat patients.

During the trial, the prosecution argued that Feldman’s prescriptions had far more to do with his greed than patients faking pain. The prosecutor said the MD handed out addictive drugs for years like they were candy, and ignored signs that clearly showed drug abuse.

Feldman’s defense lawyer told jurors that the doctor had been unfairly targeted by the Drug Enforcement Administration and was guilty of nothing more than incomplete recordkeeping.

Our Observations:

Note to doc: remember your 10 years of medical training? Remember that part about all those patient chart notes you took?

As so often happens with these lab coat loons, this wasn’t Edward Feldman’s first Felony conviction.  In 2004 he was found guilty of taking illegal cash payments from an MRI clinic. Yes, he was paid by the MRI people to send patients for testing – all paid for by insurance companies, of course – most of whom were in no need of an MRI exam at all.  This resulted in a brief suspension of his medical license and probation in lieu of jail time. He was stealing insurance money but, hey! He’s a doctor. It wasn’t like he was – you know – a common criminal.

Slaps on the degreed wrists for felony-level garbage behavior. As a society, how would you say that’s working out for us so far?

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Fugitive Idaho Doctor Found Hiding in a Motorhome

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Dr Rafael W Beier

Northern Idaho physician  Rafael W. Beier was finally tracked down yesterday. FBI agents say he was hiding in a motorhome on his property in the city of Kingston, where he was handcuffed and taken back into custody.

Federal agents had been searching for the criminal doctor for about a week.

Beier, age 62, was found guilty of 66 federal drug charges last week. During the trial, the prosecution was able to prove that Beier illegally sold narcotic prescriptions of oxycodone and hydrocodone, to people who were not patients and had no medical need for the painkillers. 

During the trial, the jury saw the prescriptions written by the drug-dealing MD;  a video of him discussing drug sales with a witness; and they listened to an audio recording of an undercover informant buying a prescription from the lab coat loon in a bathroom. Witnesses testified they routinely sold drugs for Beier. They testified that Beier knew full well they were not patients – but drug dealers.

Beier had failed to appear at  U.S. District Court in Idaho last week, prompting the FBI to declare him a fugitiveHe was arrested by the  North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force, with the assistance of Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office and the Shoshone County Sheriff’s Department.

He surrendered to law enforcement after being confronted by a police dog. He could get 20 years in federal prison and a $1,000,000 fine.

Here’s another look at this case:

Drug dealing doctor found guilty of 66 crimes, disappeared at end of trial — caught hiding at home

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Fugitive Doctor on the Run in Idaho

In Coeur d’Alene Idaho, U.S. government law enforcement agents report they are actively searching for a fugitive physician tonight. They say after his guilty verdict was announced yesterday on more than 60 charges of narcotic trafficking, he disappeared. A felony warrant was issued immediately for his arrest.

Dr Rafael Beier

Dr Rafael Beier

Doctor Rafael Beier had been illegally writing and selling bogus prescriptions for at least 5 years at the time of his arrest, according to a Northern Idaho FBI announcement.

 Investigators who interviewed local pharmacies discovered that they had been filling prescriptions signed by Beier, for years, with the names of patients who testified later they had never been treated by Beier and were not his patients. Detectives discovered local drug users and dealers were using names of friends and family members to create fake medical files.

Court records show that the wayward doctor was meeting so-called “patients” at some rather curious locations, like parking lots and a local topless nightclub called Stateline Show Girls. There he would take cash for the fake prescriptions he wrote, and sometimes exchange prescriptions for favors of the dancers.

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Some MDs have class. Some are an embarrassment to their profession

 

The drug-dealing physician could get life in prison.

The FBI asks that if you happen to see him, contact their fugitive Tip line at 208-665-4455.

Colorado MD Goes to Prison After Patient Death Conviction

 

Dr Joel Miller

Dr Joel Miller

A Colorado physician found guilty of prescribing narcotics for no medical purpose, was sentenced last week to 5 years in state prison.

 

Doctor Joel Miller, of the city of Craig, will also serve 3 years of probation after he is released, according a U.S. district attorney press release.

Miller, a doctor of osteopathy, operated a clinic called High Country Medical between 2008-2010.  He was arrested in August 2013,  on a 34-felony warrant. He was convicted by a federal jury last November on 6 charges of illegal narcotic distribution without a legitimate medical purpose; 1 charge of illegal narcotic distribution resulting in death, and 1 charge of providing lying on his Drug Enforcement Administration registration application. The narcotic in question was fentanyl.dr drug dealers art

Miller could have gotten a 20-year sentence. The case was presided over by  U.S. District Court Judge Robert Blackburn.



Here’s more:

http://www.dea.gov/divisions/den/2015/den110915.shtml