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Good News: Republican Health Care Plan Saves Health Coverage for 1 Million Americans!


The Congressional Budget Office has scored the American Health Care Act—passed earlier this month by the GOP-controlled House—and only 23,000,000 Americans will lose their health care coverage. The previous version of the bill would’ve resulted in 24,000,000 Americans losing their health care coverage. So, hey, good news for the 1,000,000 people who would’ve lost their health care coverage had the original bill passed! It’s still bad news for the 23,000,000 people who will lose their health care coverage if the Senate approves a similar bill, of course, and there’s lots of bad news in the CBO report for people who manage to hold on to their health insurance after the Republicans get through “repealing and replacing” Obamacare. People who still have health insurance are going to see their premiums rise, according to the CBO, and the health insurance they’re left with will “fail to cover important medical services, and people with pre-existing illnesses could be shut out of coverage” entirely, reports the New York Times. People who buy insurance on the private market will have to go without mental health care, addiction treatment, maternity care, or rehabilitation services. So who comes out ahead? Besides the millionaires and billionaires who’ll be getting massive tax cuts?

Winners would include people who are young, healthy and earn higher incomes. They would be better off, assuming they didn’t develop serious health problems.

The Republican health care plan saves money by making health care available to people who don’t need it and denying care to people who do. If you don’t need insurance, you can have it. The moment you need it, you can’t have it anymore.

TPM follows the money:

The CBO said that latest version of the legislation would save the government $119 billion, $32 billion less than its March analysis of a previous version of the bill that did not include some changes made to bring conservatives and moderate Republicans on board. The $834 billion cut in Medicaid funding and $276 billion in savings by making the tax credits for individual insurance less generous are offset by the $664 billion the legislation would add to the deficit in eliminating Obamacare’s taxes, a cut that would mainly benefit high-income earners and industry.

But let’s not be cynical. Republicans aren’t just gutting health care to provide tax cuts to billionaires. They’re also doing it to turn American workers into serfs. Take it away, Paul Krugman:

Until 2014, there was basically only one way Americans under 65 with pre-existing conditions could get health insurance: by finding an employer willing to offer coverage. Some employers were in fact willing to do so. Why? Because there were major tax advantages—premiums aren’t counted as taxable income—but to get those advantages employer plans must offer the same coverage to every employee, regardless of medical history. But what if you wanted to change jobs, or start your own business? Too bad: you were basically stuck (and I knew quite a few people in that position).

Then Obamacare went into effect, guaranteeing affordable care even to those with pre-existing medical conditions. This was a hugely liberating change for millions. Even if you didn’t immediately take advantage of the new program to strike out on your own, the fact was that now you could. But maybe not for much longer. Trumpcare—the American Health Care Act—would drastically reduce protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions. And even if that bill never becomes law, the Trump administration is effectively sabotaging individual insurance markets, so that in many cases Americans who lose employer coverage will have no place to turn—which will in turn tie those who do have such coverage to their current employers.

You might say, with only a bit of hyperbole, that workers in America, supposedly the land of the free, are actually creeping along the road to serfdom, yoked to corporate employers the way Russian peasants were once tied to their masters’ land. And the people pushing them down that road are the very people who cry “freedom” the loudest.

UPDATE: And this…

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Is chocolate good or bad for health?

NEW YORK (CNN) — Who doesn’t love chocolate? Even if it’s not your favorite sweet treat, you can probably agree that the confection conjures thoughts of love, pleasure and reward.

But in case you need one more reason (or 10) to celebrate chocolate, just look to science. Studies of chocolate lovers — and even some self-proclaimed “chocoholics” — suggest that it could lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease, help control blood sugar and slash stress, and on and on.

Research has even backed up some of the more bizarre health benefits that have been ascribed to cocoa. The Mayans used chocolate powder to relieve the runs, and in the last decade, researchers have identified possible diarrhea-blocking chemicals in chocolate. But as for prescribing cocoa to combat syphilis sores, Victorian-era doctors probably missed the mark.

“(Chocolate) is a good antioxidant. It has a good effect on inflammation. We think most of the beneficial effects are because of this,” said Dr. Owais Khawaja, a cardiology fellow at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio. These benefits might include reducing the risk of cancer and dementia, Khawaja said.

However, not all chocolate is created equal. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory power of chocolate is thought to come from a class of plant nutrients found in cocoa beans called flavonoids. Dark chocolate has more of these than milk chocolate, and white chocolate — which does not actually contain chocolate — is not a good source of flavonoids.

Even a chocolate bar that is 70 percent cocoa, generally considered dark chocolate, can have varying levels of flavonoid compounds, depending on how it was processed. For example, chocolate that has gone through a chemical step known as dutching, also known as Dutch chocolate, has essentially lost all traces of these compounds.

Then there is the milk and sugar. “What we get commercially is not just the pure chocolate. … I don’t think the milk and sugar in milk chocolate would be that good for you,” Khawaja said.

That could be bad news for those who hope to harness the power of chocolate when they grab a Hershey’s or Snickers bar. Contrary to what the ads said when milk chocolate was introduced in Europe and the United States in the late 1800s, it may not be a nutritious part of our diet.

But we need more research into the effects of consuming all kinds of chocolate, including milk. “There is not enough data as to what form of chocolate is good” and how much chocolate is good, Khawaja said. Studies tend to ask participants about whether they consume chocolate or dark chocolate, but not what kind. To make matters worse, people often forget or misrepresent how much they really eat.

For now, it is probably safe to say that dark chocolate is good — or at least, not bad. “But until we have more data, don’t eat too much. If you’re having a serving once or twice a day, fine. But don’t start having it six times a day,” Khawaja said.

Here’s a look at what doctors, rulers and businesspeople have thought of chocolate through the ages.

The word “cocoa” comes from “kakawa,” which meant “God food” to the Olmec people who lived in what is now Central America between 1500 and 500 B.C. The ancient Mayan people in what is now Mexico apparently agreed. Researchers have detected chemicals from chocolate in Mayan ceramic vessels dating as far back as 600 B.C. Chocolate, which was often consumed as a thick, foamy beverage, probably only increased in popularity over the following centuries. By the time Europeans discovered the Mayans, chocolate was not just for the gods and the rich. Everyone was drinking it.

The chocolate beverage scored a huge endorsement when Aztec Emperor Montezuma II, who reigned from 1502 to 1520, called it “the divine drink, which builds up resistance and fights fatigue. A cup of this precious drink (cocoa) permits man to walk for a whole day without food.”

By the 16th century, chocolate was racking up a reputation both in the Americas and in Europe for treating many medical ails, including fever, cough, and stomach and liver problems. In 1577, Spanish explorer Francisco Hernandez wrote about how Mexicans toasted cacao beans and ground them into a medicinal powder that “contained dysentery.” Five centuries later, in 2005, researchers found that flavonoid antioxidants in chocolate can block fluid secretion in intestinal cells, at least in the lab, suggesting that cocoa could provide natural diarrheal relief.

In his book “The Natural History of Chocolate,” Frenchman D. De Quelus recounted his 15-year-stay in the Americas and concluded that an ounce of chocolate had “as much nourishment as a pound of beef.” Perhaps as evidence to his point, he described a woman who could not chew because of a jaw injury and had to subsist on a diet of chocolate dissolved in hot water with sugar and cinnamon. She was “more lively and robust than before (her) accident,” De Quelus wrote.

A French pharmacist by the name of Jean-Antoine Brutus Menier opened a factory that coated less-palatable pills with chocolate. When his sons took over, they dropped the medicinal side and turned it into Menier Chocolate (which was eventually sold to Nestle).

Chocolate was the most pleasant of the ingredients in a balm given to syphilis patients that also included corrosive materials. Chocolate was also used as an antidote for infections with parasitic worms. For that prescription, it was mixed with sugar, cinnamon, tree oil and an antifungal agent called calomel.

After nearly a decade of experimentation, Swiss inventor Daniel Peter unveiled the “original” milk chocolate, a combination of cocoa, cocoa butter, condensed milk and sugar. Ads proclaimed the product to be a dietary staple more nutritious than coffee and a luxury that was “as distinct from ordinary eating chocolate as the Alps are from foot-hills.” Switzerland had the corner on milk chocolate until Cadbury hit the scene in England in 1904, promising to make “strong men stronger” and generally to be the superlative milk chocolate in terms of nutrition, sustenance and refreshment.

Milton S. Hershey made a name for himself in the 1880s by developing a caramel candy so tasty, it killed all competition. By the turn of the century, the famous confectioner had moved on to chocolate. After a reconnaissance mission to Switzerland, the birthplace of milk chocolate, Hershey introduced the 5-cent bar from — where else? — Pennsylvania. Similar to its European predecessors, the bar was marketed as a daily dietary requirement that was “more sustaining than meat.”

Move over, dark: Milk chocolate is just as good for your heart

Don’t feel bad if you prefer milk over dark — a new study says that any kind of chocolate is good for your health.

Throughout the 1800s and 1900s, texts piled up describing the everything-under-the-sun medicinal purposes of chocolate. But what if you needed medicine to stop yourself from indulging in chocolate? For the first time in medical literature, doctors reported successfully treating two patients with possible chocolate addiction using the then-new antidepressant bupropion, known as Wellbutrin. One of the patients, a middle-aged woman who also suffered from depression, went from eating 2 pounds of chocolate candy a day to having no interest in chocolate after taking bupropion. (She still had a normal appetite for other foods, though.)

Research has concluded what most of us already know: Chocolate is the most craved of all foods. The power of chocolate is probably only boosted by the sweetness and creaminess of most chocolate treats. But could it really be addictive in the same way that drugs and alcohol are? Psychologists argue against this possibility. Although chocolate contains caffeine and substances similar to those found in marijuana, it probably does not contain high enough levels to have long-term effects on brain chemistry.

Forget pizza and French fries; chocolate may be the ultimate of all comfort foods. A study of 330 adults in the United Kingdom suggests that people tend to crave chocolate when they are feeling down, upset or stressed. Experts speculate that this is because eating chocolate, like all enjoyable foods, gives us a rush of endorphins. These are the same feel-good chemicals that our bodies release when we exercise.

Is it too good to be true that chocolate fights cancer? Maybe not, according to some emerging data. An antioxidant found in chocolate called catechin was linked with lower rates of lung cancer in a study of elderly Dutch men. A year later, a study of postmenopausal women in the United States found that those who consumed the highest level of catechin had 45 percent lower risk of rectal cancer, compared with those who consumed the lowest level. However, the authors of the studies pointed out that other foods and drinks, especially tea, apples and pears, are richer sources of catechin than chocolate, and the lower rates of cancer could have more to do with people consuming them.

Pregnant women might want to give in to their chocolate cravings. Women who report eating chocolate every day during their pregnancy go on to describe their babies as being more active and having a better temperament when they are 6 months old. The researchers who conducted the study suggest that chocolate may help mitigate prenatal stress in moms-to-be.

It’s hard to imagine that chocolate could keep your blood sugar in check, but dark chocolate might have just that effect. In a small study of healthy adults, those who ate half an ounce of dark chocolate a day for 15 days had better insulin sensitivity, and lower blood pressure to boot, than adults who ate a similar amount of white chocolate.

Researchers from the United States traveled to a remote island in Panama to solve a medical mystery: Why are the Kuna Indians who live there free from high blood pressure and other medical ailments, even though they eat as much salt as Americans? The likely explanation, researchers found, is that this population consumes a lot of cocoa-containing beverages, about 10 times the amount of the less traditional Kuna living in Panama City. Previous research suggested that antioxidants in the cocoa plant called flavanols could cause blood vessels to dilate, reducing blood pressure.

If chocolate is a drug, at least it doesn’t seem to have scary effects on your brain like in those 1980s public service announcements. A 2006 study carried out brain imaging of young women and observed increased blood flow to the brain after the women drank a cocoa beverage high in flavanol antioxidants for five days. Studies over the next several years found that young women had faster reaction times after consuming dark chocolate and that older adults performed better on a memory test after drinking high-flavanol cocoa beverages for three months.

The Aztec Emperor Montezuma II is said to have sipped on the “divine drink” of chocolate “before visiting his wives.” However, science has not supported a role for chocolate in the bedroom. A study of women in Northern Italy did find that those who reported eating the most chocolate had higher levels of sexual desire and satisfaction. But these women were also younger than the non-chocolate eaters, and researchers concluded that age rather than chocolate consumption probably explained the sexual differences.

A study of adults in Italy found that those who ate small to moderate amounts of dark chocolate — up to 0.3 ounces a day, the equivalent of about one and a half Hershey’s Kisses — had lower levels of C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation that has been linked to heart disease. But there was a catch. Those who ate more than one-third of an ounce of chocolate a day did not appear to reap any inflammation-lowering benefit.

Montezuma II might have been onto something when he deemed chocolate a remedy for fatigue. A small study found that people with severe chronic fatigue syndrome got relief from their symptoms — and some were even able to return to work — after consuming chocolate rich in polyphenol antioxidants for eight weeks.

Ever lament how chocolate is the perfect food, except when you want to stop eating it? Don’t worry, science understands. A study implicated both the sugar and the cocoa in chocolate for making adults less able to keep themselves from going back for seconds. Tasting chocolate even triggered feelings of euphoria and well-being in these adults, just as addictive drugs can.

But even though chocolate may trigger loss of control, it is probably not addictive, said Jennifer Nasser, associate professor of nutrition sciences at Drexel University and lead author of the study. For one thing, it takes too long for chemicals from chocolate to enter our bloodstream, she said. However, other researchers say sugar can be addicting and can change brain chemistry in a way that resembles drug addiction.

Chocolate could team up with beverages such as coffee, tea and cola to drive down your risk of skin cancer. A study of more than 120,000 nurses in the United States revealed that women and men who guzzled the highest amount of these beverages and ate the most chocolate had an 18 percent and 13 percent lower risk of developing skin cancer, respectively, presumably because of the caffeine they contain. But the caffeine in a serving of chocolate is piddly compared with that in a cup of coffee: 7 milligrams vs. 137 milligrams.

The blood pressure-lowering power of chocolate could be just the beginning. Researchers uncovered other heart benefits in a large analysis of more than 150,000 men and women in the United States, Europe and Australia who reported eating up to 3.5 ounces of chocolate a day. Chocolate consumption was associated with a 21 percent lower risk of stroke, a 29 percent lower risk of developing heart disease and a 45 percent lower risk of dying of heart disease.

Even better news for some, the study found that consuming milk chocolate, often regarded as less healthy than dark chocolate, was also associated with lower risk of heart disease. The authors speculate that ingredients such as calcium in milk chocolate may contribute to this beneficial effect.

Although the authors say the benefits they observed could be due to other foods in the participants’ diets, they do at least take the findings to mean that there “does not appear to be any evidence to say that chocolate should be avoided in those who are concerned about cardiovascular risk.”

Investigations into whether chocolate could have any other ties to the heart were taken a step further in May.

A study published in the journal Heart, part of the BMJ group, suggested that moderate consumption of chocolate might be tied to a lower risk of atrial fibrillation, the most common type of irregular heartbeat.

Yet the controversial study came with some serious limitations, and it pinpointed only an association, not a casual relationship.

The study was based on 55,502 adults in Denmark and included self-reported data on how much chocolate each person ate, on average. A serving of chocolate was defined in the study as 1 ounce.

The adults were separated into five groups: those who consumed less than one serving a month; one to three servings a month; one serving a week; two to six servings a week; and one serving or more a day.

Compared with those who said that they ate less than one serving a month on average, the rate of atrial fibrillation was lower for all other groups, the researchers found.

Among women, the strongest inverse association between chocolate and atrial fibrillation was among those who said that they had one serving of chocolate a week, the researchers found. Among men, the strongest was among those who said they had two to six servings a week.

However, the study found only a correlation between a chocolatey diet and heart flutters, not a cause-and-effect relationship. Because of this, even the researchers noted in the study that there’s no way to rule out that something other than chocolate could be driving the study findings.

For instance, there was a smaller percentage of diabetes cases among the study subjects who said they ate more chocolate on average. People with certain chronic conditions, including diabetes, have an increased risk of atrial fibrillation, according to the Mayo Clinic.

“The chocolate consumers were healthier as they had less hypertension, less diabetes, and lower blood pressure. The chocolate consumers also had higher levels of education,” wrote Duke University Medical Center’s Drs. Jonathan Piccini and Sean Pokorney in an editorial that accompanied the new study.

“Moreover, although the study characterized education level, other socioeconomic factors, such as income, were not accounted for,” they wrote. “Regardless of the limitations of the Danish chocolate study, the findings are interesting and warrant further consideration.”

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“In those areas that are foreign to us, we might not be able to lead but we must always guide so we can build the illusionary barrier of health and non-health sectors. Indeed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) make clear the case that all sectors are indeed health sectors,” he said during a plenary session of WHA, hosted by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Natural cure – a green way to good health, economic growth

I WRITE this letter to highlight the benefits of natural cure over pharmaceutical cure.

Today, with the advancements in the field of medicine, more and more plants and fruits are found to have highly effective medicinal properties to treat many current diseases that are plaguing our society.

Logically, our body is biologically made to be able to digest and process natural products easily and effectively which is not the case with manufactured pharmaceutical medicines. Before the advent of modern medicines, people relied on true and tried natural remedies to treat diseases. These natural medicines had no long-term side effects as is the case with modern medicines.

In this modern age of ease, nothing beats convenience; popping a pill or sticking a needle may probably be the attraction of modern medicine.

But, have you ever asked yourself whether something which is manufactured is really good for your body as opposed to a natural alternative? This is a question that one needs to address seriously. Is manufactured pharmaceutical medicine beneficial to your body? Is it the only option? These are pertinent questions one should seek answers for.

Had the vaccines or medicines manufactured by companies really worked, they would have been out of business.

Natural or alternative cure is a viable option, though cost and availability of it seems to be a stumbling block.

It is high time, we as consumers and the government, look into addressing the issue by tapping the potential of natural remedies.

Natural or alternative medicine is a 100-billion dollar business globally, growing exponentially year-on-year as more and more consumers realise its benefits. Locally, we have our own natural medicines, known locally as jamu. There are several plants and fruits in Brunei that have medicinal properties and we should tap into their potential. We can also start growing non-local medicinal plants and fruits to supply the market for raw materials to make natural medicine.

With proper research, support and regulation, it can be developed into a viable business model for SMEs which would in turn help contribute to the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP).

This can also reduce the currently high government expenditure on healthcare by reducing the inflow of imported medicine.

Apart from the health and monetary benefits of natural cure, promoting it would help boost Brunei’s image as a ‘green country’.

Allah the Almighty has given us a bounty on this Earth and all we need to do is to seek it and use it properly.

– Eye Spy With My Little Eye

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UNICEF, NOA teach rural women better ways to maintain good …

By Anayo Okoli

UMUAHIA—THE United Nations International Children’s Education Fund, UNICEF, in collaboration with the National Orientation Agency, NOA has designed a new approach to ensure strict compliance to Essential Family Practices (EFP) by rural women and families.

•Dr Uduma addressing the participants

The new method tagged, Theater For Development (TFD), is designed to be an interactive session with the rural communities where they pour out their complaints and problems and receive advise by UNICEF/NOA officials aimed at helping them to solve the problems.

Addressing one of the sessions at Avonkwu autonomous community, Olokoro in Umuahia South Council Area of Abia State, last week, the Abia State Director of NOA, Dr. Ngozi Uduma explained that the programme would allow communities to write their own stories and perform in a drama based on the messages that emerge from the storytelling process.

She said that 36 communities drawn from three Council areas of Umuahia South, Ugwunagbo and Ohafia, spreading the three senatorial districts of the State, have been selected for pilot programmes.

According to her, through TFD programme, communities would get involved on issues concerning essential family practices, benefits of antenatal and post natal services, child labour and trafficking among others.

Dr. Uduma told the women that regular antenatal service at least four times before child birth goes a long way to save both the mother and the child from health hazards, death and other hazards during child birth.

She also reminded them of the benefits of exclusive breastfeeding, saying that exclusive breastfeeding saves money and protects the child from many communicable diseases.

Also addressing the women, the Umuahia South Council Health Educator, Mrs. Blessing Ochiabuto reminded them of the benefits of child immunization; exclusive breastfeeding; personal hygiene, sanitation/proper hand wash; dangers of self medication; and dangers of the use of hard drugs.




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Tools for good health

Men’s Sheds nationally are organising a series of free health checks.

Focus on health: Wallaga Lake Bermagui Men’s Shed members Ted Ferguson, Brian Byrne and Jack Couch get behind the “Spanner in the Works?” campaign.

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Men’s Sheds nationally are organising a series of free health checks to be rolled out across Australia during International Men’s Health Week in June.

Called the “Spanner in the Works?”, the program plays upon the idea that men often pay more attention to the health and well-being of their vehicles than their own health and well-being.

Through the program In previous years, many men were identified with serious conditions and advised to seek immediate treatment.

Many men remain reluctant to talk about their health and too often delay or avoid going to see a GP to get any potential problems checked out – an attitude that heavily contributes to the fact that men die on average five years earlier than women.  

In June, Wallaga Lake Bermagui Men’s Shed, in co-operation with the clinical staff of Bermagui Medical Centre, will conduct  a “Spanner in the Works?” program at Bermagui Country Club.

Men of all ages are welcome to drop in - no appointment necessary - to meet confidentially with a clinical specialist.  

Dates and times are Tuesday, June 13, 9.30am-12pm and Wednesday, June 14, 9.30am-12pm.

In addition, Dr Muller-Grotjan of the Bermagui Medical Centre will present a talk at 5pm, on Tuesday, June 6,  at the Bermagui Country Club, addressing the theme of the 2017 International Men’s Health Week “Healthy Body – Healthy mind: Keeping the balance.”  

This is open to all members of the public, both men and all women who have men in their life that they care for.  

This presentation aims to provide an overview of Men’s Health issues and is co-ordinated by the Wallaga Lake Bermagui Men’s Shed and U3A Bermagui District.

By reaching out to men locally in the community, and fostering an atmosphere in which they feel comfortable, the project hopes to influence good habits in men and help bridge the gap between men’s and women’s health.  

Of course, this check-up should not be seen as a replacement for a complete check-up by your GP and is more about encouraging men to start thinking more preventatively and acting more proactively about their health. 

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