Newest Senate health bill would cause 32 million to lose coverage – CBO

Questions. No answers. The Republicans want to throw people off healthcare. Why? It is really wanting to  kill people who need healthcare as something preferable to finding a way to keep them alive? Not sure what the real feelings of these people are but their actions are really ugly. Who profits from this? Why is Mitch McConnell and others so hell bent on this suicide strategy? What will this country be like if millions of more people end up on the streets and homeless shelters of our cities? Is this all about lobbying by the big insurers? Or is this just an Anne Rand philosophical story (supported with funds by donors like the Koch brothers) that the poor deserve to die if they can’t pay the cost of insurance? Would we be a better country if millions are kept from healthcare? How is that possible? Are the people supporting these legislators really that callous? Living behind gated communities and out of touch with their neighbors? It’s bizarre and indicative of Marie Antoinette just before the desperate mobs stormed her gilted palace and cut off her head.

Some of the changes in the ORRA would take effect immediately, and the CBO estimates this would cause 17 million Americans to lose coverage immediately, in 2018.

Newest Senate Health Bill…

Cheri Van Hoover picks up Planned Parenthood Endorsement

This is an significant endorsement.
Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest & Hawaii has honored Cheri with their endorsement.  They stated, “you have been a strong supporter of women’s health and equality and we know you will continue to be a dedicated advocate. We are thrilled to announce your endorsement.”

Get your ballot in the mail before the August 1st deadline.

Smilemobile in Chimicum July 24-28

The SmileMobile is in Chimacum next week – July 24 through July 28 at the Tri-Area Community Center.  The dentists will provide care to babies up through high school age, pregnant/post-partum women and family members (capacity allows) of the children we see on the SmileMobile.  There will be multiple dentists working with us and we have lots of openings left on Tuesday.

Please print and send electronically to all of your friends, community partners, churches and other organizations.

We rely on the community to get the word out about our coming and encourage families to schedule!  Our expertise is providing the dentistry.

Our next stops will be in Forks – July 31 through August 11 and Sequim – August 14 – 23.

Warm regards,

Karri Amundson

Senior Program Officer-Arcora – The Foundation of Delta Dental of Washington

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Another “Lyme literate doctor” disciplined. -Quackwatch

My late wife went to a famous “Lyme Disease” doctor in Bellevue, Washington. In my opinion, he was a fraud. Not surprisingly, the Bellevue “Doctor” could have been guilty of the same charges as the ones here. A story from Quackwatch on another one that has been disciplined.

The New York State Board for Professional Medical Conduct accused Daniel Cameron, M.D. of negligence and incompetence in his management of seven patients. The statement of charges says:

  • In all seven cases, Cameron failed to (a) obtain and/or record a medical history, (b) perform a physical examination, (c) appropriately construct a differential diagnosis, and (d) maintain records that accurately reflected the care and treatment rendered.
  • In six of the cases, he administered an escalating antibiotic regimen without appropriate sequential physical examinations and clinical re-assessments for consideration of any alternative diagnoses and/or treatment.

In July 2017, Cameron signed a consent order under which he acknowledged fault and was placed on probation for three years, during which he must use board-approved consent forms and maintain adequate records. Cameron practices in Mount Kisco, New York. His clinic Web site refers to him as a “Lyme disease leader.” He is part of a small network of so-called “Lyme literate doctors” who attribute a multitude of common symptoms to “chronic Lyme disease,” for which they prescribe many weeks or months of intravenous antibiotic treatment. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Physicians, the Medical Letter, and the American Academy of Neurology all reject these concepts. David Gorski, M.D., Ph.D. calls “chronic Lyme” a “fake disease.” At least 25 other doctors who have provided nonstandard diagnosis and treatment for “chronic Lyme disease” have been disciplined by licensing boards. [Barrett S. Lyme-related government actions. Quackwatch, July 17, 2017]

Don’t be fooled: Health care repeal will hurt here. Crosscut

A good overview of what is at risk for the State of Washington.

The state Insurance Department has estimated that more than 700,000 residents could lose ‎coverage. That’s roughly 1 in every 10 Washingtonians who could be so affected that they would end up with no health insurance at all.


Little support for nutritional interventions for autism -CHD

From Consumer Health Digest. 

A review of special diets and dietary supplements advocated for children with autistic spectrum disorders has found insufficient evidence to recommend their use. The reviewers considered randomized controlled trials that tested the use of the gluten/casein-free diet, other dietary approaches, omega-3 fatty acids, digestive enzymes, methyl B12, levocarnitine, and camel’s milk. [Sathe N and others. Nutritional and dietary interventions for autism spectrum disorder: A systematic review. Pediatrics 139(6): 2017] The published review was derived from a systematic review, “Medical Therapies for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)—an Update,” which will eventually be published on the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Web site.