Posts Tagged ‘health’
An Israeli physician who sees patients in the northern Negev city of Arad advocates the legalization of cannabis altogether — not just for medicinal purposes — saying that more than 100 years of bans on various drugs have not stopped substance abuse. In fact, Dr. Yuval Rabinovich says it’s time to legalize everything.
“As physicians, we are not very good in refusing patients’ requests, but the society expects this from us,” Rabinovich said originally in a response to a post on a colleague’s Facebook page. “The primary problem is regulation. Politicians think that banning something that is bad for you is a good idea.”
Speaking to JewishPress.com in an interview on November 1, Rabinovich said that after more than a century of fighting heroin use, “we didn’t succeed in preventing people from getting it — and the price didn’t even drop.”
“Medicinal” cannabis has the “alleged attributes of classic panacea,” Rabinovich said, “a remedy for all diseases with the proof for none: fibromyalgia, epilepsy, cancer pain, Parkinson’s disease. The list is endless.”
He also noted that so-called “medicinal” cannabis has “no standardization of use: dosing, route of administration, post marketing follow-up, or anything else,” and went on to say that the “worst thing about cannabis is that it is described as harmless, a thing that it is definitely not.
“We are now 99 years since Prohibition. Alcohol was banned unless you could get a prescription, and indeed it was prescribed,” Rabinovich said. There were prescriptions for alcohol to relieve anemia, tuberculosis, pneumonia, high blood pressure, “and whatever you would expect from an early 20th century panacea.”
It is time, he said, “to put away with regulating substances and legalize everything.”
He pointed to alcohol as “a good example,” saying that one is not allowed to drive under its influence, nor is anyone allowed to sell it to children.
“Apart from that, as doctors we advise you not to consume it in large quantities, but you do not break any law if you do. This way we have good regulation. We tax it, the manufacturing conditions are adequate, and we do not pretend it to be a medicine.”
The Israeli Ministry of Health includes a Medical Cannabis Unit, which is the authorized unit that “examines applications and issues permits to hold, use and research dangerous drugs under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance.
“The Medical Cannabis Unit examines medical recommendations to use cannabis for medical purposes, in accordance with the established procedures,” including as an adjunct treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).Hana Levi Julian
One would have thought, after witnessing the scene of Hillary Clinton’s seemingly limp body being eased into a van by her aides and Secret Service detail on Sunday, that the uppermost concern in everyone’s mind would have been what really was wrong with her.
And one would have expected universal concern as to why she had been dismissing as “conspiratorial” and nonsensical earlier questions that had been raised about her health – the several apparent fainting or seizure episodes, the coughing spells, and the videos showing her being helped onto stairways and airplanes – when there clearly was reason for real concern.
And then there are the questions about any possible lingering effects of her several blood clots and her now well-known concussion – which reportedly sidelined her for several months.
Yet her amen corner in the mainstream media seized on her most recent public collapse on Sunday not to urge her to be more forthcoming but to support a general call for “full disclosure” from both presidential candidates simply as a matter of good electoral practice.
Thus, in the aftermath of Mrs. Clinton having taken ill on Sunday, The New York Times, in an editorial titled “Full Disclosure on Candidates’ Health,” opined:
As President Obama’s graying hair suggests, the American presidency is perhaps the most grueling and stressful political job there is. This year, both major party candidates for that job are past the nation’s customary retirement age. And while submitting health records is not a requirement for the job, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump would be doing American voters a great service by furnishing a much clearer picture of their physical health than the abbreviated and sunny reports provided so far.
What brings the health issue to mind, of course, is the video of a stumbling Mrs. Clinton being hustled away from the 9/11 memorial service in New York on Sunday. She reappeared some two hours later to say she felt great. Hours later, her doctor issued a statement saying Mrs. Clinton had been suffering from pneumonia – a diagnosis Mrs. Clinton had received two days earlier and which came as a surprise even to some members of her campaign team.
So for the Times, the public issue here is not that one candidate, Mrs. Clinton, intentionally kept pertinent information from the public but that both she and Mr. Trump were not forthcoming. Burnishing this notion, the Times went on to say:
Mrs. Clinton has released more information about her health than Mr. Trump has about his. Mr. Trump’s evaluation consists largely of a terse and bizarre report written by Dr. Harold Bornstein, his gastroenterologist, who after a brief examination, said that if elected Mr. Trump, a self-professed fast-food addict, “will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.” Mrs. Clinton’s record, consisting mainly of a letter written by her personal physician, Dr. Lisa Bardack, on July 28, 2015, is more than a year old and, while acknowledging her problem with blood clots, could use some updating.
“Could use some updating”? For Heaven’s sake, since July 28, 2015, Mrs. Clinton has coughed, stumbled, and reportedly fainted her way through her presidential run. She has not held a full press conference in nearly 300 days. And notwithstanding the Times’s characterization of his doctor’s letter as “bizarre,” there has been no adverse information that we know of concerning Mr. Trump’s health. Surely the Times’s reference to his appetite for fast food is reaching. We can surely say the same about the Times’s mocking reference to Mr. Trump’s commitment to release additional health information as “a remarkable promise coming from someone who has stonewalled on his tax returns.”
Let us not forget that Mrs. Clinton responded 39 times to the FBI that she could not answer their questions due to her concussion. That is serious business. It is on a wholly different level than partisan and unsupported speculation about Donald Trump’s health and what his tax returns may show.
Plainly we have to know whether someone who would be president is physically and mentally fit to do the job in the face of evidence that she may not be. The Times, though, was primarily interested in seeking to draw attention away from this fundamental issue and give her a pass, as the Department of Justice gave her a pass in the e-mail scandal.Editorial Board
Donald Trump said he plans to release the “very, very specific” results of his physical examination soon, one day after the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton had collapsed in the arms of her staff as she was being moved away from a 9/11 memorial ceremony, in what was revealed to be the result of a case of pneumonia.
Trump told Fox News on Monday: “This last week I took a physical and I’ll be releasing when the numbers come in.”
To date, the only medical report the Trump campaigned has released was a one-page letter from the candidate’s gastroenterologist, Dr. Jacob Bornstein, who wrote, among other things, that Trump’s recent “complete medical examination” showed “only positive results,” which is pretty scary, considering that “only positive results” usually means a very worrisome outcome in medical jargon. Dr. Bornstein also suggested that “if elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.”
Hillary Clinton released a much longer nedical report last year, written by Dr. Lisa R. Bardack, chairman of internal medicine at the Mount Kisco Medical Group, the same physician who on Sunday released a statement saying that “on Friday, during follow up evaluation of her prolonged cough, she was diagnosed with pneumonia. She was put on antibiotics, and advised to rest and modify her schedule.”
Dr. Bardack added that “while at this morning’s event,” Clinton “became overheated and dehydrated. I have just examined her and she is now re-hydrated and recovering nicely.”
In December 2012, Clinton fainted and suffered a concussion, from a stomach virus and dehydration, resulting in a clot and double vision, during the Congressional hearings on the Benghazi attack. A 2013 follow-up exam showed Clinton was no longer suffering from the concussion and tested negative for all blood clotting disorders, according to Dr. Bardack.
“She is in excellent physical condition and fit to serve as President of the United States,” wrote Dr. Bardack. For now, though, Clinton cancelled a campaign trip to California because of her diagnosis of pneumonia, a campaign official said on Sunday.
Hillary Clinton is 68 and Donald Trump is 70. Should Trump win, he would be the oldest president ever elected. Should Clinton win she would be the second oldest, after Ronald Reagan who was inaugurated at age 69.David Israel
By Jonathan Benedek/TPS
The Ministries of Health and Finance continue to find themselves at odds with the Israel Medical Association as hospitals went on strike in Israel on Thursday morning, insisting that more resources be allocated to the public health system.
Although employees at all government hospitals and psychiatric facilities will be on strike, hospitals will still run at limited capacity and continue emergency medical treatment. Nevertheless, Health Minister Yaakov Litzman said that the strike itself would not at all contribute towards reaching a solution.
“This strike is unnecessary and without any real reason,” Litzman told Tazpit Press Service (TPS). “It has no real goal and will bring little benefit to public health and to the health system.”
The health minister also dismissed complaints from the doctors about a new clause that had been added to the Economic Arrangements Law that would prevent senior doctors from practicing private medicine.
“The main concern of the doctors regarding the restriction of department managers from engaging in private practice does not exist since that legislative clause was removed from the draft of the Arrangements Law,” charged Litzman.
Even without the change to the Economic Arrangements Law, the doctors are still insisting that the 2017-2018 budget proposed by Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon include an additional several hundred million dollars (NIS 1-2 billion) to be spent towards extra hospital beds, doctors, and manpower.
Finance Ministry officials and representatives of the union for doctors appeared to be on the verge of reaching an agreement on terms at a certain point during negotiations last night. However, Yossi Cohen, director of the Finance Ministry’s salary division, sent an ambiguously worded letter to the doctors that did not include an explicit commitment to agree to the terms in writing, which quelled hopes for an agreement.
A doctor working at Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem spoke with TPS on condition of anonymity about her dissatisfaction with the current allocations in the public health system and with doctors’ salaries in particular.
“Are doctors satisfied with the current numbers? In a word, no,” she told TPS. “We must examine the basic salary as a measure of comparison and not doctors’ combined salaries that include other jobs and being on call. When doing so, the average gross salary of a doctor in Israel drops to only NIS 16,360 (4,292 USD).”
“Doctors believe that a reasonable basic gross salary for a doctor given his education, training, and earning capacity outside the public system should be NIS 30,000 to NIS 40,000 a month before any on-call work, shift work, or any other forms of work,” the doctor explained.
Health Minister Litzman said that his ministry has been engaged in efforts to improve and increase the amount of financial resources invested in the public health system as well as in its doctors in particular.
“The Ministry of Health has intensive contacts with the Ministry of Finance to strengthen the public health system with additional beds, manpower, and other resources,” Litzman told TPS. “This is in correlation with the many other moves we made for the benefit of the patients, doctors, and healthcare system.”
Michael Zeff contributed to this report.TPS / Tazpit News Agency
In a reversal of the Biblical prophet Balaam, who set out to curse and ended up blessing, presumptive Democratic Nominee Hilary Clinton’s bio handed out to the audience at the International Women’s Luncheon at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition’s Convention last Monday, included a pretty damaging paragraph — and the whole program had only three paragraphs.
After the conventional bio notes, the third paragraph reads:
As First Lady of the United States, Clinton led the failed effort to enact the Clinton health plan of 1993. In 1997 and 1999, she helped create programs for children’s health insurance, adoption and foster care. The only first lady to have been subpoenaed, she faced a federal grand jury in 1996 regarding the Whitewater controversy; no charges were brought against her related to this or any other controversies in her life. Her marriage endured the Lewinsky scandal of 1998, and overall her role as first lady drew a polarized response from the public.
Mike Fourcher tweeted the program image, with text that looks like it had been lifted from Wikipedia and never edited.
Hillary Clinton was the keynote speaker for the luncheon. She did not mention any of those bad things in her bio, and no one asked.