I am reading an article in today’s San Francisco Chronicle titled “Brain-death battles” about the post surgical death of a 13 y/o American girl of African descent. As I read the description of the surgery as “Jahi’s tonsils and adenoids were removed, along with excess tissue from her throat and nose” I became very angry. This procedure is known as a UPPP* and was widely discredited years ago. I recall sending a patient for a consultation with an ENT physician and then realizing he had no improvement and basically moved home to the east coast to (mostly) retire. I saw a review of this procedure that followed many cases and unequivocally stated that persons with obstructive sleep apnea who had this procedure tended to do worse than patients who did not have the procedure. I eventually was diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea resulting from a (supposedly) rare craniofacial birth defect and had extensive bone rearranging surgery on the mid and lower half of my face. Eventually I discovered that craniofacial anomalies were common in children of service men exposed to the nuclear testing environment, like my dad was. During the autopsy that must be performed on this child**, it would be important to have a forensic examiner who is familiar with the upper anatomy, since this anomaly could have been missed.
Oh, by the way, if you, John Q Public, are going to blame her (Jahi McMath) obstructive sleep apnea on her weight….there are lots of people who get obstructive sleep apnea as thin people, then get fat because of the wild cortisol swings and sleep obstruction, in large part because the obstructive sleep apnea is missed while they are thin and effective CPAP treatment initiated.
Our Americans with African origins population has sleep apnea about three times as prevalent as the Anglo population. It is a scandal of criminal proportions that this issue has not been more widely taught, researched, and the etiology discovered so that prevention,rather than misguided surgery, rules the day.
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American Medical Association commits RICO violation? This was my original title , but this is jumping the gun as the actual perpetrators influencing and funding the project below needs investigation. Tim Bolen, of the Bolen Report, says that aetna insurance and Big Pharma was behind it, but as best I can find, this is “inside information”.
Tahoma Clinic has posted FSMB (Federation of State Medical Boards) report titled Special Committee on Questionable and Deceptive Healthcare Practices that is intended to prevent consumers (patients) from choosing holistic doctors. In this report “harm” does not mean injury but rather “economic harm” and they drafted third party players (like insurance companies!) to report physicians to licensing boards. I paraphrased another physicians comments and will find his name and post the credit.
Here is the FSMB link http://mss.fsmb.org/FSMBJournal/v84/v84n3RptSpCmteHlthCareFraud.pdf
Using the power of the state to suppress competition and there is an effort ongoing to trace Big Pharma and at least one insurance carrier to this act by the FSMB
By 1995, using German textbooks as a guide, I began using plant/botanical preparations to benefit my patients. Sometimes, there wasn’t a synthetic alternative that could do what flowers, roots, and mushrooms could do! By enacting this policy and pointing the government at our licenses, the ability of physicians to help you get well and avoid morbidity and mortality has been severely compromised. It very well may take eliminating the “right” of the government to license physicians to stop these practices. The vested interests will set up the physicians in so many different ways to compromise their ability to stay in practice otherwise. Bogus malpractice case anyone? I used to evaluate other physicians malpractice cases for an independent practice association. Now I am beginning to wonder if at least one of the cases I reviewed was set up to go after a physician (who was really a great physician) Really, I didn’t even like him, but he was a really great physician.