No Surgery For The Obese & Smokers, British Nationalized Health Care Proposes

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No Surgery For The Obese & Smokers, British Nationalized Health Care Proposes

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Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) is under fire for a proposal that would prohibit non-essential surgeries on people who are overweight or who smoke.

Patients must quit smoking for eight weeks or lose weight to qualify for non-emergency surgery at hospitals, The Telegraph reported.

The policy is designed to force patients “to take more responsibility for their own health and wellbeing, wherever possible, freeing up limited NHS resources for priority treatment,” read a statement from a pair of health care organizations, East and North Hertfordshire CCG (clinical commissioning groups) and Herts Valleys.

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But others blasted the proposal.

“This goes against clinical guidance and leaves patients waiting long periods of time in pain and discomfort,” Ian Eardley, the senior vice president of the Royal College of Surgeons, said. “It can even lead to worse outcomes following surgery in some cases.”

Patients who claim to have stopped smoking must prove it by using a breathalyzer.

“Singling out patients in this way goes against the principles of the NHS,” Eardley said.

The mission of the NHS is to provide free healthcare to all British citizens.

“There is simply no justification for these policies, and we urge all clinical commissioning groups to urgently reverse these discriminatory measures.”

Eardley charged that many local CCGs in the United Kingdom are adopting such practices to reduce costs.

The CCGs said the policy was for patient health.

“This policy is designed to improve patient safety and outcomes, both during and immediately after non-urgent surgery,” the CCGs said in a statement. “No financial savings are expected as a result of these measures. We do however hope to improve the long-term health of our residents through the targeted stop-smoking and weight-loss support on offer to patients.”

No Weight Loss, No Surgery

Under the plan, patients who are found to have a body mass index of 30 would be told to lose 10 percent of their weight. Those with a body mass index of 40 would have to lose 15 percent of their weight. They also would have to wait nine months for surgery, The Telegraph reported.

“In exceptional circumstances, clinicians will allow surgery to go ahead even if the smoking and weight loss criteria are not met,” A CCG statement noted. “Exceptions would be made when waiting for surgery would be more harmful for the patient.”

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Health Care Alternatives: A DIRE Need

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Remember last year when I ended up in the hospital due to an abscessed salivary duct?

I had tried treating it with home medicine, and finally got to the point where I knew I was out of my depth.

I was weak, in pain, and having more and more difficulty swallowing.

It was time to go to the hospital.

Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, my hospital experience wasn’t the best. (You can read about it in previous Inside Editions here and here … and if you’re not a sponsor yet, but want to stand shoulder to shoulder with us in spreading the word about the power of backyard food and medicine production to improve health and heal the planet, click here.)

The abscess was caused by a small stone that was stuck in the duct, blocking the flow of saliva. The hospital treated the infection, but wasn’t able to remove the stone while I was there because the inflammation was so intense.

My ear, nose, and throat doctor said I should give it a few months, then get the stone surgically removed.

I was about to start the process of scheduling the surgery this spring when, in the midst of prepping my garden beds and shoveling a bunch of compost, the same salivary duct got infected and abscessed. Again.

When it happened last fall, I had wanted to visit Shifu, a Chinese doctor who’s a genius with alternative medicine and who offices out in the forest near me.

He wasn’t available at the time—but thankfully, he was able to see me this spring. I told him I needed him to lance the abscess. Shifu examined me, and shook his head.

“No. Not going to lance,” he said. “I do acupuncture.” (His English is not nearly as good as his medicine!)

Well, my hospital stay was no picnic, and I wasn’t eager to repeat the experience later when the still-present stone decided to act up again. So, I argued with him.

“No. No. It needs to be lanced.”

But he insisted.

The long and short of it is that, 15 minutes and 10 acupuncture needles later, he sent me home with some herbs. Three days later, the whole abscess had just dissipated. It was gone.

My hospital stay was super-expensive. We have a high deductible insurance plan, so it was $5,000 out of pocket for me. And, honestly, I’m still paying those hospital bills. (Not to mention all the time it took me to recover my good gut flora after they killed it all off with antibiotics—and who knows what else they did to my body with that toxic, radioactive injection prior to the CT scan!)

Then, this time, I was able to visit this old Chinese man out in the woods. He charged me $95 … the abscess cleared up … and my gut flora are still intact!

Even more remarkable was what happened a few days later … .

I tell the whole story in my next video chapter of Grow: All True Wealth Comes From the Ground.

Bottom line? Industrial medicine has its place, but alternative forms of treatment can be just as effective nine times out of ten.

And the world needs access to them in a serious way.

What if you could provide them with that access, and achieve financial freedom at the same time?

You’ll learn more about that in this video, too.

Then, I’d love to hear about your experiences with alternative medicine, and your perspectives on the issue of redeveloping health care.

Would you leave me a comment below?

Huge thanks!

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Ransomware Virus Cripples Hospital Computers; Operations Cancelled; Emergency Rooms Closed

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Ransomware Virus Cripples Hospital Computers; Operations Cancelled; Emergency Rooms Closes

Hospitals, clinics and ambulance services across the United Kingdom were disrupted by one the largest ransomware attacks in history Friday.

At least 16 hospitals operated by the National Health Service (NHS) in England were affected by the attack, which impacted tens of thousands of computers across the globe, including FedEx’s computers in the U.S., The Independent reported.

Operations were cancelled and ambulances were turned away from the emergency room at one London hospital, CNN reported. Barts Health NHS Trust in London reported “experiencing a major IT disruption and there are delays at all of our hospitals.”

The ransomware apparently took over the switchboards and shut down the phone system.

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“We are aware of a major IT secure system attack,” an NHS trust in Derbyshire tweeted. “All IT systems have been temporarily shut down. More information will be available shortly.”

The ransomware, identified as the Wanna Decryptor, asked hospital personnel for 300 bitcoins to get access to their computers, The Independent reported. Since a bitcoin was trading for $1,760.99 on May 12, the ransomware bandits were demanding $528,297 for access.

But Wanna Decryptor is spreading far beyond the UK, The Independent reported.

“This cyberattack is much larger than just the NHS,” Travis Farral, director of security strategy for the cybersecurity firm Anomali Labs, told the newspaper. “It appears to be a giant campaign that has hit Spain and Russia the hardest.”

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This Will NEVER Happen In Australia!!!

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This will never happen in Australia, because the majority of Australians don’t give a damn about other Australians. The government has done a good job of dividing us, but our apathy made it very easy for them to accomplish this. 
Australia, once the lucky country, is now a lost cause.
Congratulations Icelanders, well done!

An American Hospital Paid A Cyberhacker Ransom Money, And Barely No One Noticed

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Cybercriminals have discovered how to hack into the computers of America’s hospitals and even hold entire medical centers for ransom, locking doctors and nurses out of systems and also obtaining private medical records.

In one stunning example, the staff of Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center (California) was unable to use the facility’s computers after hackers infected them with a kind of malware known as ransomware on February 5. The only way to get access to the computers was to pay the hackers $17,000 worth of Bitcoins, which hospital officials did.

“The malware locks systems by encrypting files and demanding ransom to obtain the decryption key” Allen Stefanek, chief executive of Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, told The Los Angeles Times. “The quickest and most efficient way to restore our systems and administrative functions was to pay the ransom and obtain the decryption key. In the best interest of restoring normal operations, we did this.”

The hospital’s action received little nationwide attention and could mark an escalation in hackers’ attempts to infiltrate hospital computers.

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“I have never heard of this kind of attack trying to shut down a hospital,” cybersecurity expert Phil Lieberman told The Times. “This puts lives at risk, and it is sickening to see such an act.”

An American Hospital Paid A Cyberhacker Ransom Money, And Barely No One Noticed

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The FBI is investigating the incident at Hollywood Presbyterian but did not reveal any suspects, The Times reported. What is truly frightening is that this was not the only attack on a hospital.

Methodist Hospital in Henderson, Kentucky, was thrown into a state of emergency on March 16 when ransomware made part of its computer network useless, CNN reported. As in Hollywood, hackers locked hospital staff out of their own computers and demanded Bitcoins.

Staff at Methodist shut down the infected part of the network and relied on backup copies until the ransomware was removed. Some of the hospital’s data may have been lost in the attack, which kept computers locked for five days.

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Several other hospitals in the US were hit by ransomware that locks staff out of documents and data — such as a patient records — in February and March, CNN said.

“[Hospitals] have critical information and money to pay,” said Ed Cabrera, an executive at security software maker Trend Micro. “They’re seen as easy targets.”

Trend Micro had predicted that 2016 will be the “year of online extortion.” Hospitals could be among the biggest targets because they often store critical information in old computer systems with outdated security.

Another problem is that hospitals have large staffs composed of people who are not necessarily tech-savvy. The systems at Methodist Hospital were infected by ransomware that was attached to a simple email, opened by a staff worker.

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