Category Archives: Missed Diagnosis Issues

Nov 17th 2004 testimony in the Texas house of Representatives:2 1/2 months before leaving Texas

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I was the first speaker and my testimony begins after the first 4 minutes and extends for less than 10 minutes. While it has been 10 years since this event, I recall a question by Senator Jane Nelson that appears to be edited out and other information included that I doubt I stated. Unlikely I would recount my personal medical experiences for public viewing. I believe I mentioned William Dement MD by name while holding up his book as a reference.

Jahi mcMath dies unnecessarily in Oakland Hospital

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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Misdiagnosis by physicians: altering the healthcare costs in the USA

This post will review and post the writings I find most useful on the Internet on this issue.

Sandra Boodman   Washington Post health Writer   published in the National Center for Policy Analysis   ncpa.org   and previously published in the Kaiser Health News

From http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=23148    as copied here

Physicians Misdiagnose at an Alarming Rate

May 8, 2013

Misdiagnosis by physicians is a serious and common occurrence in the health industry. The repercussions of a misdiagnosis can damage a patient’s health and cost money, or even a life. The prevalence of misdiagnosis is shocking, says Kaiser Health News.

  • An estimated 10 percent to 20 percent of cases are misdiagnosed, which exceeds drug errors and surgery on the wrong patient or body part, both of which receive considerably more attention.
  • One report found that 28 percent of 583 diagnostic mistakes were life threatening or had resulted in death or permanent disability.
  • Another study estimated that fatal diagnostic errors in U.S. intensive care units equal the number of breast cancer deaths each year — 40,500.

According to doctors, misdiagnosis has occurred for quite some time. As far back as 1991, Harvard University found that misdiagnosis accounted for 14 percent of all adverse events and that 75 percent of these errors involved negligence.

  • While the first diagnosis may not be the correct diagnosis, hospitals could still earn performance incentives for the “correct” diagnosis of its patients.
  • The reality is that fixing diagnostic errors will be challenging given that arriving upon a medical diagnosis is a complicated and multifaceted procedure.
  • Many doctors who make a misdiagnosis are unaware that they have made a misdiagnosis because patients simply seek another opinion or do not find out until years later.

While diagnostic errors are the leading cause of malpractice litigation, the vast majority of errors do not result in legal action. Because many go unreported, it is difficult to gather detailed data on how prevalent misdiagnosis is. A recent study on the Veterans Administration hospital system in Texas estimated that there are at least 500,000 missed diagnostic opportunities that occur out of the 500 million primary care visits that occur annually in the United States.

  • A survey found that 96 percent of physicians felt that diagnostic errors are preventable while half said they encountered at least one per month.
  • Despite these statistics, many doctors are reluctant to report diagnostic errors, even anonymously, despite the likelihood of moderate to severe harm on the patient.

Source: Sandra Boodman, “Doctors’ Diagnostic Errors Are Often Not Mentioned But Can Take a Serious Toll,” Kaiser Health News, May 6, 2013.

Mr kecker and Dickie Scruggs

Originally posted here: http://nmisscommentor.com/law/sam-haskell-buys-movie-rights-to-fall-of-the-house-of-zeus/

Sam Haskell buys movie rights toFall of the House of Zeus

Sam Haskell, now an Oxford resident and previously the head of the television division of the William Morris Agency, has bought the movie rights to Curtis Wilkie’s Fall of the House of Zeus, according to this story in Variety:

Former WMA TV topper Sam Haskell is going to court, acquiring film and TV rights to Curtis Wilkie’s tome “The Fall of the House of Zeus: The Rise and Ruin of America’s Most Powerful Trial Lawyer.”…

Haskell’s memoir “Promises I Made My Mother” was published last year. He’s had book signings in more than 100 cities and traveled to Afghanistan to take the book to U.S. soldiers through the Department of Defense.

My comment, posted on his site, having read the advanced copy is:

cynthia Jeanne Lee MD

I read the advance copy of Curtis Wilkie’s book. I was struck by the fact Dickie Scruggs had back to back back surgeries, within 60 days. I have never heard of anyone having back surgery twice in such a short time frame in my short twenty two years of active practice (except patients with infections).  Could the physician have deliberately hurt him in order to set him up for drug addiction? Mr. Scruggs used to take medical malpractice cases. The insurance companies are devious. In Texas, they used the physicians to help lobby the public to get a change in the state constitution to get a cap on punitive damages. I believe they would be capable of leaning on a physician to help them out since Mr. Scruggs was such a feared litigator. Anyone could have been rendered susceptible to narcotics abuse with sufficient medical mismanagement. Anyone under the influence, as Mr. Wilkie suggested he was by every afternoon, could have made an inaccurate or careless statement.

Dickie Scrugg’s son, also a lawyer, got caught up in this case, went to prison, and lost his license. He has subsequently discovered that his own attorney was cooperating with the prosecution behind his back. he is suing for a reversal of the conviction.

I went by the office of his defense attorney and left information that this physician was baffled about why his addiction issues were not explored and addressed first.

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The NAACP and Me

I have networked every way I could think of trying, both for educational efforts and for advocacy. Here are some of my oregon and California efforts.In Corvalis Oregon, I stayed in a womens dorm, hoping to find a safer and less expensive alternative to motel rooms. I had tried living solo in Forestville CA in the spring and early summer of 2005, only to be stalked out. I went to Canada for awhile. I ended up in Corvalis and tried to find social groups there. I met locals who were protesting the illegal war actions our country was pursuing. I met members of the Odd Fellows supporting these first Amendment rights. One member, Gene, sponsored me to present my topic at a lecture open to the public at their hall and it was announced in the local paper. His assistance was invaluable in preparing a Power Point presentation on the issue of pharmaceutical industry control of the education of the medical profession and how this prevents appropriate diagnostic inquiry. They were quite encouraging and I socialized more with their members. I saw an announcement of a Mensa group meeting. It was sponsored by a long time Corvalis resident, formerly an owner of a retail establishment. I saw the mayor (she) hug him at one event.He and his wife were active in the NAACP and scheduled me to present this issue again so I could focus on the explanation of how this failure to diagnose obstructive sleep apnea affects the black population more than others as it is more common in this group. I presented to this group in December (I believe) in 2005 and it was well received. I joined. Eventually, after more adventures I ended up in Berkeley in 2006. I joined the Berkeley NAACP and counted as my friend the active 93 y/o member, Ricky, their treasurer. I asked this group for advocacy and was turned down. I asked to see and verify the document they received by fax transmission constituting my request and this request was denied. I later learned that there may be significant funding from the pharmaceutical industry in this local group and the California NAACP organization to sponsor their activities. I had already separately tried to call the attorney they recommended, who lived in Petaluma CA, only to never hear from him. All paperwork on these issues has disappeared. There have been so many illegal 4th amendment seizures that it has been impossible to keep track.

Tenderloin Taser Forum

I explain the necessity of ensuring public safety by having police officers with excellent central auditory processing and competent in martial arts. Police should not be so dependent on weapons.

The transcript is not accurate.

Electronic Frontier Foundation Fails Me and You

The current EFF website asks that persons wanting legal representation use info@EFF.org to so request.Previously, persons were given the name of a coordinator to contact. I did bring a written request to their physical office months ago and was told in person that my request was denied. I do not recall that there was any written denial.

Now,I have sent a request to info@EFF.org and received by return email a denial.EFF currently also states they may send info on cases to a list of Cooperating attorneys who are passionate about the same issues as the EFF. That does not appear to be the case with my request. Hmmm,individual sues government and insurance corporations then undergoes obstructions to basic constitutional rights and her safety is threatened. You pay the bills for other physicians failures to speak up about the corruption in healthcare today and you lose here!

The second attempt to ask for representation secondary to the failure of a major legal organization   to even receive electronic communications,sent to EFF.org,is not even answered. Perhaps the EFF has not been the entity receiving and replying to my requests?Perhaps,like Ted Nace noted for the ACLU’s behavior, in his book Gangs of America, that the ACLU appears to take cases that further the rights of corporate entities, the EFF has begun to do so also? If you contribute to the EFF,perhaps you can have them offer to post all requests on line, unless the requesting persons refuses, so that the types of cases they are refusing is clear.

From: <info@eff.org>

Date: Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 3:59 PM

Subject: Re: [#TL-L6735] request for representation: Cynthia Jeanne Lee MD

To: cynthia.jeanne.lee@gmail.com

Thanks for contacting EFF. I’m sorry, but due to our limited resources we’re unable to provide representation in this matter or offer detailed legal analysis. I recommend you visit your local bar association: they usually provide low cost consultations at a very reasonable price.

I hope this information helps.

Best,

Legal Intake Coordinator

Electronic Frontier Foundation

(415) 436-9333, Ext. 128

info@eff.org

Become a Member! https://www.eff.org/support

On Tue, 30 Apr 2013, cynthia.jeanne.lee@gmail.com wrote:

> April 30, 2013

>

> Dear Attorneys at EFF.org,

>

> I am making a request for legal representation due to interference with my

> access to governmental services, attorney representation and record

> keeping for legal reasons. The scenerio includes having the interference

> begin while in legal proceedings with a state government and with

> insurance carriers. I have reason to believe that under the color of law,

> false accusations were made in order to arrange surveillance in order to

> interrupt the above mentioned legal processes.

>

> Among the many occurrences consistent with this surveillance are these

> three events that occurred in California. I purchased a prepaid phone. I

> registered it under an assumed name via the computers at the Long Haul

> infoshop in Berkeley. Later that day, I was in my vehicle at the state

> park above Oakland when a helicopter flew rather low overhead, my prepaid

> phone began beeping, and I found that 2 minutes of my talk time had

> disappeared. Since I bought this phone in order to attempt to make

> unobstructed calls to attorneys, this event prevented this access.

>

> A second event occurred when I made contact via fax with an attorney in

> Alaska. His office called back and his staff was unable to hear my end of

> the conversation. I realized too late that my phone’s mute button had

> turned on without any assistance from me. Pondering this issue, I waited

> two days then called an acquaintance in the peninsula. We spoke for two

> hours and he had no difficulty with hearing me at all. The mute light

> remained on nevertheless.

>

> A third event occurred when I called a friend in Texas by first contacting

> his family to let him know I needed to speak with him. He called back but

> the call immediately went to voicemail despite my answering timely. When I

> immediately called to check the voicemail for his contact info, I had to

> listen several times. Each time, the info became increasingly difficult to

> hear and was finally so garbled as to be unrecognizable as human speech.

> This is not the only time this has happened, leaving me with the question

> of whether the government can access the telephone company’s computers and

> erase information?

>

> My case is loaded with multiple constitutional questions including whether

> , under color of law, the government will intervene to assist one party in

> a legal dispute. My dispute with the government regarded the issue of

> experts not qualified under the Americans with Disabilities Act to advise

> the court while restricting my right to have a qualified expert address

> the court when I had an encephalopathy and hearing impairments.

>

> Thank you for your time and consideration.

>

> Cynthia Jeanne Lee MD

Now, I contact them to verify their policy of acknowledging requests and present the response here and also the 2011 request.

Problem: I asked for help at a tech center and a volunteer helped place all this info on the blog. Then, she said she needed to clean it up a little and much of it disappeared. Tech center closed before this could be figured out. I am looking for a person experienced at wordpress to help me out. I did send on to the EFF a statement that the Southern Poverty Law Center had no record of receiving any requests from me. The EFF failed to acknowledge this subsequent request for representation.

Date: Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 9:49 AM
From: cynthia lee <cynthia.jeanne.lee@gmail.com>
To: jbruno@splcenter.org
Bcc: usteck@stanthonysf.org

Cynthia Jeanne Lee MD

C/o 3rd Floor SWC

150 Golden Gate Avenue

San Francisco, CA 94102

 

Morris Seligman Dees

Southern Poverty Law Center

400 Washington Avenue

Montgomery, Alabama 36104

September 28, 2013

Via Fax from 415-440-7773 to 334-956-8491

Dear Mr. Dees,

I write to you directly because two prior requests for representation have gone unanswered and conceivably were not received. The legal situation I

am asking the Center to accept for representation includes federal and corporate collusion to prevent access to the courts and will unmask the collaboration between the insurance and pharmaceutical interests to keep forensic experts from being exposed as scientifically incompetent to render decisions on human behavior. The first assertion is that corporate collusion with the Federal government is preventing access to the courts can be explored while representing me. I was deliberately set up by a politically influential attorney who was representing me in a civil matter with insurance defense experts in order to keep certain information out of the public domain. These attorneys conspired to throw my cases. The cases included an Americans with Disabilities Act complaint intended to protect the ADA right to accommodation for competent experienced experts to advise the courts. The other cases involved insurance coverage for disability. These cases would have brought information on massive misdiagnosing by physicians, even affecting other physicians, into the public arena. This is a crucial concept in the criminal justice system because the etiology of human behavior is affected by toxic exposures currently not being considered because of obstruction to clinician education that is benefiting numerous politically influential industries. Finally there was collusion with the Department of Justice to attack my medical license and place me under surveillance by manufacturing an insurance fraud scam and a suspicious Muslim event at my medical practice. This final action was engineered utilizing pharmaceutical industry associated personnel and protected their financial interests in squelching my ability to pursue free speech in my home state of Texas.

My experiences in attempting to retain unbiased attorney representation for the stalking and other criminal behaviors involved in the stalking have convinced me of the need for an investigation into the insurance industry deliberately setting up plaintiff law firms to gather information for them, manipulate public perception, control access to cases (perhaps flood the market obstructing access to non-controlled firms, an antitrust issue), throw many cases. I believe this is being done in collusion with the U S DOJ, perhaps as a result of the Bush administration influences. For example, I have retained attorneys in Oregon, while having to relocate frequently because of the stalking, only to subsequently discover significant government related conflicts of interest. This includes one attorney, advertising as a private practitioner, claiming to have the contract for the ACLU, actually being a long term city municipal judge part time. I have many such experiences that can be explored for the issue of obstruction of access to the justice system.

Ursula Steck MSW is witnessing my attempts to obtain attorney representation. I have a weekly appointment with her. Her office phone number is 415-592-2788. It is my only phone contact number. Her fax number is 415-440-7770. Please document my two prior attempts to contact the SPLC for representation.

Respectfully submitted,

Cynthia Jeanne Lee MD

The Drug Conquest…

Cynthia Jeanne Lee’s comments on this article
Typically, the US government has been fining Big Pharma for hiding side effects.
Since people die from these side effects, it would seem to me that if the drug company is encouraging inappropriate prescribing, that eventually, someone will go to prison. However, Pfizer pled guilty and accepted a criminal fine in excess of 1 billion dollars last year   and  as far as I know    no one went to prison yet.

Please see my other blogs that explain my experiences, as a physician with plenty of wealth, insurance, and medical experts, being misdiagnosed repeatedly. My legal actions to expose these issues were met with criminal stalking across state lines and a major loss of respect for the institution/tradition of federal governance.

The SSRI Shooters – Day 247

I am particularly concerned that humans with periodic limb movement disorder, a little understood sleep disorder where the nperson twitches while asleep, are being placed on these drugs. SSRI’s are known to increase the severity of the disorder. These are individuals already at risk for suicidal ideation and/or anti-social personality traits.
They are miserable while not adequately diagnosed and appropriately managed medically. Their pain should not be ignored or trivialized.

It is conceivable that some of these distraught individuals “snap” under the worsening state of SSRI drugs and commit violence.

Every human emotion now classified as a mental disorder in new psychiatric manual DSM-5

Synthetic drugs are not the way.
change the way you think!

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