Member Of Congress Warns Of A 1,000 Point Stock Market Crash If Obamacare Lite Does Not Pass

Member Of Congress Warns Of A 1,000 Point Stock Market Crash If Obamacare Lite Does Not Pass | Obamacare-Lite | Economy & Business Medical & Health Politics

Are we going to see a dramatic stock market plunge if the effort to get “Obamacare Lite” through the U.S. House of Representatives ultimately fails?  On Thursday, a vote on the Republican healthcare bill was postponed once it became clear that there would not be enough votes for it to pass.  House Republican leaders are still optimistic that there will still be a vote on Friday, but that is far from certain.  Many strong conservatives in the House are balking at supporting this bill because while it does eliminate a few of the most troublesome provisions of Obamacare, it keeps many of the elements of Obama’s signature healthcare law that have proven to be popular with the American people.  In other words, this bill is much more about “tweaking” Obamacare than “repealing” it.

This is the first major legislative test for President Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan, and so far they are failing.  House Republican leaders have gone into panic mode, because a “no” vote could have some very serious implications outside of Washington.  In fact, one member of Congress is warning that if this bill does not pass that we could see the Dow drop 1,000 points in a single day

It happened in real life on Sept. 29, 2008, when the House first voted on a Wall Street bailout intended to stem the financial crisis. In a swirl of uncertainty, Republican members stampeded to “no,” defeated the measure and watched the Dow tumble by more than 700 points. The same thing could happen on the GOP health bill, a veteran member told CNBC on Thursday — only bigger.

“If this goes down, we could take a 1,000-point market hit,” the member said. To be sure, traders and investors tell CNBC the market likely will go lower if there is no compromise Thursday, but the decline won’t likely come near a 1,000-point drop. That would represent a nearly 5 percent drop in the Dow, a bit less than the 7 percent decline when the index fell 777 points in September 2008.

And even if this bill does pass, we are probably headed for some sort of significant downturn anyway.  Sven Henrich has just told CNBC that he believes that “the market could see a 5 to 10 percent drop in the near term”…

The market has enjoyed a stellar bull run, but a correction is likely looming, according to Sven Henrich, also known as the “Northman Trader.”

A very long-term analysis of the S&P 500, in conjunction with a look at the CBOE Volatility Index, leads Henrich to believe the market could see a 5 to 10 percent drop in the near term.

But fixing our failing healthcare system is far more important than trying to prop up the financial markets, and so the strong conservatives in the House are quite right to stand by their principles.

Simply “tweaking” Obamacare is not going to fix anything, and it is extremely disappointing that President Trump and Paul Ryan are advocating such an approach.

Thankfully, there are a number of strong conservatives in Congress that are willing to take a stand for what is right even if it means standing up against their own party.  One of those principled conservatives is Senator Rand Paul, and he says that right now there are at least 35 Republican “no” votes in the House, and that would be enough to kill the bill…

I think there’s easily 35 no votes right now so unless something happens in the next 24 hours, I would predict they pull the bill and start over. I think if conservatives stick together, they will have earned a seat at the table where real negotiation to make this bill an acceptable bill will happen. But it’s interesting what conservatives are doing to change the debate. We went from keeping the Obamacare taxes for a year—hundreds of billions of dollars—but they’re coming towards us because we’re standing firm. So we have to stick together, and if we do stick together there will be a real negotiation on this. The main goal I have is not to pass something that does not fix the situation. If a year from now, insurance rates and premiums are still going through the roof and it’s now a Republican plan it will be a disservice to the president and all of us if we pass something that doesn’t work.

If this bill is ultimately defeated, I have an idea that might work.

Why don’t we get the government out of the healthcare business entirely?

Once upon a time when we actually let the free market determine the allocation of healthcare resources, we had the best healthcare system in the entire world.

But after decades of experimenting with socialist principles and adding mountains of rules, regulations and red tape to the system, we have a giant mess on our hands.

Either we need to go back to a true free market system, or we might as well go ahead and just socialize the entire thing.

Right now, hard working families have to pay for their own healthcare and also pay for the socialized healthcare that more than 125 million other Americans are receiving.

Yes, when you add up all of the Americans that are on Medicaid, CHIP, Medicare and other government programs, it comes to more than 125 million people.

So a lot of hard working families are scared to ever go to the hospital because their insurance deductibles are so high, and yet their taxes go to pay for all of the free healthcare that people on government assistance are receiving.

If the government is going to pay for the healthcare for nearly half the country, why should the rest of us have to pay for ours?

What we have now is such a ridiculous system, and what President Trump and Paul Ryan are proposing is not “free market” in any way, shape or form.

So I say let this horrible bill fail even if it means that financial markets will freak out for a little while.

Hopefully what transpires over the coming days will cause Republican leadership to go back to the drawing board, and a clean repeal of Obamacare would be a really good place to start.

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Employees Who Decline Genetic Testing Could Face Penalties Under Proposed Bill

Employees Who Decline Genetic Testing Could Face Penalties Under Proposed Bill | dna | General Health Medical & Health Sleuth Journal Special Interests US News

By: Against Crony Capitalism |

Better hope your genes are all in order.

“I’m sorry Bill but we can’t promote you as your DNA test shows that you have a genetic tendency toward cancer. We as a firm just can’t take that risk. Also we need to talk about your retirement plans.”

(From The Washington Post)

Employers could impose hefty penalties on employees who decline to participate in genetic testing as part of workplace wellness programs if a bill approved by a U.S. House committee this week becomes law.

In general, employers don’t have that power under existing federal laws, which protect genetic privacy and nondiscrimination. But a bill passed Wednesday by the House Committee on Education and the Workforce would allow employers to get around those obstacles if the information is collected as part of a workplace wellness program.

Such programs — which offer workers a variety of carrots and sticks to monitor and improve their health, such as lowering cholesterol — have become increasingly popular with companies. Some offer discounts on health insurance to employees who complete health-risk assessments. Others might charge people more for smoking. Under the Affordable Care Act, employers are allowed to discount health insurance premiums by up to 30 percent — and in some cases 50 percent — for employees who voluntarily participate in a wellness program where they’re required to meet certain health targets.

And how long until the government gets its hands on this information too? Just think eugenics through the back door.

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Our Choice: Government Medical Care vs. Freedom

Our Choice: Government Medical Care vs. Freedom | obamacare-failing-on-purpose | Civil Rights Government Government Control Medical & Health Sleuth Journal Special Interests

By: Scott Lazarowitz, Activist Post

It should be of no surprise that establishment Republicans in Congress are rearranging the deck chairs from ObamaCare to “ObamaCare Lite,” in their saving the Affordable Care Act (ACA) from being fully repealed.

But conservative opponents, such as Senators Rand Paul and Mike Lee, who want ObamaCare fully repealed, are still not going far enough.

The problem is that other government entitlement schemes are interconnected with ObamaCare, and avoiding the “pain” of change would require repealing the other schemes. After all, the reason why medical care has gotten so expensive is because of government interventions, which distort decision-making by medical care providers, drug makers and patients, and drives up the prices, as Hunter Lewis writes at the Mises Institute.

Lewis acknowledges that there will be difficulties after ACA is repealed. Some people may lose their health care plans inflicted by ObamaCare.

However, when ObamaCare became law many people lost their insurance plans and doctors, despite President Obama’s promises to the contrary. Many employers changed full-time jobs to part-time, and many doctors retired early because of the demands of ObamaCare.

As Rand Paul stated in a recent interview with Sean Hannity, rather than expanding subsidies or Medicaid he wants to “expand the economy.”

Expanding the economy requires the shrinkage of government controls. Bureaucratic intrusions cause economic distortions, and taxes take away from workers and producers what they otherwise would be spending or investing in the economy or on health care. Shrinking governmental controls and wealth confiscations thus effect in expanding the economy.

Prior to the past century of bureaucracy enforced at gunpoint, Americans were easily able to see a doctor or go to the hospital if they needed to. If they couldn’t afford it then most doctors and hospitals were able to treat those people for free. But because of Medicare and Medicaid, taxes and fees, many of today’s doctors have difficulty doing that, or perhaps don’t even consider it because Medicare and Medicaid have been an assumed part of everyday life for 50 years now.

Some other non-economic problems caused by government interventions also include an over-reliance on prescription drugs, and doctors ignoring the importance of nutrition to stay healthy to avoid illnesses in the first place.

The only way that full repeal of ObamaCare (and not replacing it with a “Ryan Plan,” or anything else) can in the long run be made easier is further repealing of all the other economic and social distortions that government bureaucracies have inflicted into the lives of the people. Those include programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and all the taxes and other forms of wealth confiscations by government to fund those schemes.

Besides repealing and dismantling all those bureaucracies and the taxes which fund them, also fully eliminate the compulsory demands by government for personal and financial information about one’s employment and salary status, one’s businesses, and especially one’s medical matters. If those matters are private and none of your neighbors’ business, then they are none of the government‘s business as well.

I know, a lot of people think that Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security are here to stay and that’s the way it is. In a nutshell, what the government does to administer those programs is to tax the younger, less wealthy workers to redistribute their earnings to mainly more wealthy older people, as Walter Williams pointed out.

The truth is, Social Security (and the related program, Medicare) is not an “account,” into which you voluntarily put some of your earnings, to be received later in life. The money is taken from your earnings by the government without your consent. And the source of the payments that current Social Security recipients receive is not from any “account,” but from those currently employed, from their paychecks. Social Security and Medicare are mainly redistribution of wealth schemes. As Walter Williams noted, Americans have been “duped by Congressional lies” into thinking otherwise, for decades now.

In more recent decades, people are understandably reluctant to even consider the real alternative to the dysfunctional and bankrupted statist quo of government-controlled medical care, insurance and retirement schemes.

The better alternative is freedom. It is not a “Ryan Plan,” a “Rand Paul Plan,” or any government bureaucrat’s plan. It is your plan. Your choice and your control, and on a free and open market of voluntary exchange with services and providers, without the supervision, permission, or control of anyone in government.

With freedom, voluntary contracts between doctors and patients, between hospitals and patients, doctors and hospitals, insurers and patients, and so on, are not intruded upon by bureaucrats or any other third parties. The government doesn’t demand money from workers, from doctors, from medical device makers, insurers. In a truly free society, such acts of plunder would be considered just that: theft and plunder.

But economically, when voluntary association and private property rights are restored in all aspects of the freed society, in medicine the bureaucrats’ price distortions would cease, and prices of medical care would drop dramatically. There is evidence for that. When bureaucracy and central planning intrusions end, prices come down. And in medical care, ending the bureaucracy also ends the government “death panels” and other tyrannies. And I really believe that with freedom, medical and hospital errors will no longer be the third leading cause of death in America.

So not only would we be better off by repealing ObamaCare, Medicare, Medicaid, the entire Social Security Act of 1935, but also all income taxes, and giving the IRS the heave-ho. That way, when government stops stealing from the people, families can once again afford to see a doctor or go to a hospital. More charities will spring up and more people will be financially able to donate to them. And a change in cultural attitude would result in sickness no longer being subsidized.

After the people are freed, with income taxes and other thefts and intrusions gone, the bureaucracy in Washington will be forced to let go of its little fiefdoms, the compulsive warmongering will have to end, and some of the corporate military-security-complex such as Raytheon and Boeing will have to stick with producing products that are beneficial to humanity, not deadly.

The only issue for me is how to get there from here. The central planning-obsessed apparatchiks in Washington don’t want to leave the people alone in medical matters, and are afraid of alienating voters and losing elections. I get that. Selfishness and narcissism rule in Washington, I know.

Some people suggest gradual phasing out of subsidies and government controls over medical care and the phasing in of freedom, as the aforementioned Mises writer Hunter Lewis pointed out.

But, as economist Murray Rothbard suggested, it may be necessary that bureaucrats “be confined to setting their subjects free, as fast and as completely as it takes to unlock their shackles. After that, the proper role of government and its advisers is to get and keep out of the subjects’ way.” Rothbard explained that

Holding back, freeing only a few areas at a time, will only impose continuous distortions that will cripple the workings of the market and discredit it in the eyes of an already fearful and suspicious public. But there is also another vital point: the fact that you cannot plan markets applies also to planning for phasing them in. Much as they might delude themselves otherwise, governments and their economic advisers are not in a position of wise Olympians above the economic arena, carefully planning to install the market step by measured step, deciding what to do first, what second, etc. Economists and bureaucrats are no better at planning phase-ins than they are at dictating any other aspect of the market.

To conclude, the way to fix the health care problem is the same way that will fix problems in education and everything else: liberating the people.

Scott Lazarowitz is a libertarian writer and commentator. Please visit his blog.

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Open Letter to New HHS Secretary Tom Price

Open Letter to New HHS Secretary Tom Price | typewriter-open-letter | Environment General Health Medical & Health Toxins

Dear Secretary Price,

My name is Dr. Edward F. Group III, I am the founder and CEO of Global Healing Center. I would like to congratulate you on your new appointment. As our new Secretary of Health and Human Services, you have the privilege and responsibility of making the most important decisions about the health of all Americans. The most significant way to make America great again is to make America healthy again. Secretary Price, America needs an independent advisory committee to advocate for disease prevention and the implementation of proven natural remedies to address the root cause of America’s health problems.

I have spent over 20 years studying natural medicine. I am a Doctor of Chiropractic, Naturopathic Practitioner, Certified Clinical Nutritionist, Holistic Healing Practitioner, and Certified Clinical Herbalist. I am also a Diplomate of the American Clinical Board of Nutrition (DACBN), the American Board of Functional Medicine (DABFM), and the Chiropractic Board of Clinical Nutrition (CBCN). I am a veteran of the United States Army and attended Harvard and MIT business schools.

Over the years, my focus has been evaluating the root cause of disease. As part of true healthcare reform and the challenge of repealing and improving on the Affordable Care Act, I would like to volunteer my time, efforts, and expertise to begin this conversation and work towards healing America.

Here is how I propose we work together:

Address the Root Cause of America’s Health Problems

Our current healthcare system does not promote wellness, proven natural remedies, or prevention-based medicine. The allopathic model treats the symptoms of disease, not the root cause. The root cause of disease is exposure to, and the accumulation of toxins that pollute our air, food, and water. We know they damage our health, make us sick, and harm the earth. Lifestyle modifications are known to dramatically reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes, which represent the majority of healthcare spending.[1] To change healthcare, we must acknowledge why we are becoming ill, overweight, sterile, and mentally unstable:

  • Toxic Chemicals: Review and replace the use of all toxic, endocrine-disrupting, human-made chemicals such as herbicides, VOCs, fire retardants, pesticides, and phthalates that are destroying our bodies, soil, and earth.[2]
  • GMO Foods: Review the production of all GMO food crops which will also reduce the use of toxic herbicides and pesticides. We know that the health of gut flora is closely tied to the health of soil flora.[3] GMO foods are saturated with toxic chemicals that are unhealthy and cause disease.[4]
  • Toxic Food and Beverages: Review and study the use of all artificial ingredients, sweeteners [5], colors, dyes, chemicals, refined sugars, alcohol, MSG, preservatives, and synthetic compounds added to our food and beverages. Determine the safety of each by the use and funding of third-party research groups.
  • Vaccines: Allocate funding and appoint a third-party research team free of ties to the pharmaceutical industry to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of vaccines and flu shots [6], and, specifically, study the health of vaccinated children compared to unvaccinated children.
  • Toxic Water: Establish a team of qualified scientists focused on cleaning up our water supplies as well as municipal water. Review the use of fluoride and chlorine and determine ways to eliminate chemicals, herbicide, heavy metals, fracking compounds, and prescription drug residue found in the water supply. [7][8]
  • EMF Exposure: Establish a team of independent scientists to review the health-depleting effects of wifi, smart meters, cell phones, cell phone towers, body scanners in airports, and other forms of harmful EMF exposure.
  • Toxic Air: In the last ten years, respiratory disease in the US has moved from the eighth to the third highest cause of death. Asthma rates have more than doubled in the western world and Alzheimer’s disease, a condition that is caused by aluminum poisoning, has also skyrocketed.

Establish Freedom of Choice in Healthcare

About one-third of Americans rely on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and spend over $30 billion annually on health-related expenses. Most pay out of pocket because insurance doesn’t cover treatments. This needs to change if we want to reduce our healthcare costs as a nation. Regulatory agencies and insurance companies dictate treatment guidelines and often exclude preventative and proven alternative medicine from coverage. Americans deserve the freedom to choose the healthcare they prefer and have their treatments covered by insurance providers, the VA, and Medicare and Medicaid. We need to give people the freedom to choose between natural and allopathic healthcare and insurance companies need to cover it, including preventative care such as chiropractic, nutrition, massage, and acupuncture.

Appoint a Health and Wellness Advisory Committee

To execute the above, we need to assemble a team of scientists, experts, and independent researchers who have no ties to the pharmaceutical, food, or chemical industries. Their job will be to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of all artificial ingredients, genetically modified foods, artificial sweeteners, colors, dyes, fluoride, herbicides, pesticides, phthalates, refined sugars, preservatives, and other toxic compounds used in food and beverage production.

I am happy to volunteer my time, efforts, and expertise to begin this conversation and work towards healing America. Let’s make America great again by making America healthy again.

Here is a video I put together addressing my concerns in more detail:

Dear President Trump: Make America Healthy Again

Thank you,

Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM

PS: To the Readers,

Submit your ideas for simple, sweeping, and systemic changes that can help us take back our health as individuals and as a nation. Additionally, contact Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price and ask him to appoint a Health and Wellness Advisory Committee to address the root cause of our health care problems in America.


View the Official Press Release: Doctors Call On HHS Sec. Tom Price to Establish Health and Wellness Advisory Committee Under New Health Care Plan



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How the Mind Treats “Impossible Things that Couldn’t be Happening”

How the Mind Treats “Impossible Things that Couldn’t be Happening” | pulse-heart-rate | General Health Medical & Health Sleuth Journal Special Interests US News

By: Jon Rappoport |


I recently published an article that highlighted the numbers of medically caused deaths in America.

When little fragmentary stories about this fact emerge in the mainstream press, they’re one-offs. There is no serious follow-up and no deep investigation. Therefore, the public isn’t aroused.

On May 3, 2016, the Washington Post ran an article detailing deaths from medical errors. This bomb dropped: doctors’ errors account for “about 9.5 percent of all deaths annually in the United States.”

Let that sink in.

Roughly one out of every 10 deaths in the US is caused by medical errors. (Under “errors,” you can include a wide range of toxic treatment.)

No major newspaper or news network pounds on this factoid day after day. It’s here and then it’s gone. It’s on the level of: “The last seven presidents have been assassinated. And now, here’s the weather.”

Something else is going on, too. I’ll lay it out for you.

Most of the general public, and many reporters, can’t even begin to absorb that medical-death statistic. It bounces off them.

They either reject it out of hand, misread it, or fail to transport it to the part of their mind where they think about things.

The statistic is virtually invisible to them.

“Let’s see, 10% of all deaths in America are caused by the medical system. REJECTED.”

I even had one person tell me ten percent “wasn’t very much.”

I’ve had people change the subject rapidly when I presented them with the statistic.

“Car accidents are terrible. My aunt was in a car crash and she…”

So it isn’t just major media. People are running their own fake news operation on themselves.

This has been called “cognitive dissonance” or some other fancy name.

It’s just the “bounce phenomenon.” A fact bounces off a person. It has no effect.

I’ve dealt with this for more than 30 years as a reporter. I’m in the business of presenting “bounce-able” facts. I’ve seen the full array of reactions, time and time again.


Bounce, bounce, bounce.

Here is another process that goes on in the mind. It starts this way: WELL, IF THAT WERE TRUE, THEN…

The person starts to think about the boggling fact. He starts to flesh out the implications. And he stops. Because the implications are too much. His mental processes and his basic orientation aren’t flexible enough to deal with them.

I’ve been interviewed and watched this happen. The interviewer begins to absorb what I’ve just told him, and he quickly backs away and redirects the conversation. Or tries to. I bring him back to the boggling fact. But it’s like trying to drive a faulty car. He just can’t make it. He stalls. His wheels spin, and then he gets out of the car and moves on to something else.

Here is a paraphrase of such an exchange. The interviewer was telling me about the purported effects of a disease he claimed was being caused by a virus. I happened to know the virus had never been isolated from a single human being, so I asked him:

“How many deaths would you say occur from the disease, every year in the US?”

He puffed up his chest a bit and said, “At least a thousand. It’s terrible.”

I said, “Well, did you know that the medical system is the third leading cause of death in America, behind heart disease and cancer?”


He said, “This virus I’m talking about can spread rapidly…”


Perhaps the most interesting conversation I’ve ever had illustrating the bounce phenomenon occurred at the home of an acquaintance who is a psychologist. I mentioned that every year in the US the medical system kills a minimum of 225,000 people, and then I got part-way into explaining how most people don’t even register the fact when they come across it.

He launched into a major lecture about cognitive dissonance, deploying a few pseudo-technical terms I’d never heard of. I let him go on for a few minutes and then I stopped him. I asked, “Can you remember what I said that started you down this path?”

He scratched his chin, thought about it, and said no.

In his case, the bounce brought on a case of outright amnesia.

Of course, I’ve mentioned medically caused death to doctors. Their comments go something like this: “That couldn’t be true.” “That was just one study.”

Then I say no, there are other confirming studies, and I cite them. At that point the big bounce happens, and they change the subject. Or they look at their watches. Or they walk away.

I’ve found reporters more honest—as long as I’m talking to them off the record, and preferably after a few drinks. One reporter said, “I know. But we can’t write about that. We’d get reamed out.”

I don’t care what journalism schools and editors claim the profession is all about. I know what it’s about. You overturn reality. That’s what you do.

In the process, you reveal there are people who are creating that reality for all of us.

And if that is true, and it is, then each individual is capable of inventing his own reality. A better one.

Along the way, certain facts are going to jump up out of the hopper that tear conventional thinking and perception to shreds.


“Wow. That would make it the third leading cause of death. That means the more people who are in the system, the more deaths. The public has to know about this…”

No bounce.

Ah, now we’re on to something.

(To read about Jon’s mega-collection, The Matrix Revealed, click here.)

Jon Rappoport is the author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails at or OutsideTheRealityMachine.

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Dear President-elect Trump: Make America Healthy Again

Dear President-elect Trump: Make America Healthy Again | donald-trump-make-amercan-healthy-again | Environment General Health Medical & Health Sleuth Journal Special Interests Toxins Trump

Dear President-elect Trump:

Despite the fact that America spends trillions of dollars every year on health care, our system is ranked among the worst in the world. Waste is rampant, care is impersonal, premiums have skyrocketed, and deductibles are through the roof. Even worse, The BMJ warns that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in America.

Perhaps most alarming is that, at its most fundamental levels, our health care system does not promote wellness or disease prevention. Regulatory agencies and insurance companies dictate treatment guidelines and the pharmaceutical agenda has taken hold. As a result, nearly 70 percent of Americans take at least one prescription drug daily and more than half take two.

This is a completely unacceptable state of affairs for our great nation! We need to stop medicating and address what’s making us sick. We can’t make America great again until we make America healthy again.

Currently, over 80,000 different chemicals are approved for commercial use in the United States. They’re present at all stages of food production, in personal care products, and under every sink in America. Toxic chemicals have infiltrated nearly everything we eat, drink, wear, and use and the science has confirmed that many are detrimental to human health. For many others, long-term safety hasn’t been evaluated at all. I’ve spent my career studying poor health and found that exposure to these chemicals is the root cause for many types of disease.

Mr. President-elect, you have a profound opportunity to improve the health and health care of Americans young and old for generations to come. We have to create the initiatives necessary to effect real, measurable change that will improve our health as individuals and as a nation.

Further, you have the opportunity to refocus the health care conversation toward proactive, prevention-based initiatives. Currently, about a third of American citizens look to complementary and integrative medicine and spend about $30 billion a year—much of it out-of-pocket. For many, insurance doesn’t cover these therapies, therapies that are effective and often without side effects. We need to embrace pharmaceutical-free treatments and mandate that they’re covered by insurance so all Americans may pursue wellness strategies.

I respectfully urge you to assemble a team of scientists, experts, and independent researchers who are free of ties to the food, pharmaceutical, and chemical industries to formally evaluate the safety and effectiveness of all man-made chemicals used in food and beverage production, as well as those present in common household products.

I believe the following to be among the most urgent issues that require attention.

Toxic Water

Our great country is in the middle of an outright water crisis. Lead contamination in Flint, Michigan has received the most press but it’s far from a stand-alone incident. In Lamesa, Texas, Sebring, Ohio, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C., and other cities across all 50 states, almost 2000 separate water systems have tested positive for dangerous levels of lead. This problem is actively affecting millions of Americans.

In these places and countless others, our elected leaders have let us down on an almost incomprehensible level. The fact that they’ve made poor, short-sighted decisions is bad enough. The fact that they often deliberately try to hide their malfeasance and allow hundreds of thousands of Americans to drink poisoned water, leading to illness and deaths, is criminal behavior on a grand scale.

Lead is far from our only concern. The water we drink, the water our children drink, is contaminated with mercury, arsenic, industrial chemicals, herbicides, fracking compounds, and prescription drug residue. Some systems are even purposefully contaminated with fluoride and chlorine, despite legitimate concerns about the toxicity and effectiveness of these chemicals.

Drinking water is not optional. Demanding clean drinking water for all Americans is not unreasonable. Telling the American people that they’re just going to have to drink bottled water from now on is not a viable solution. We must establish a team of qualified scientists to focus on cleaning up our water supplies, review decades-old policies on chemical additives in our water, and establish effective policies for water testing.

Toxic Food and Beverages

Ironically, the thing hurting America the most is its food supply. We have never been sicker than we are now. Our children are the first generation of Americans with shorter life expectancies than their parents. Preventable health problems plague and impoverish millions of Americans individually and as a nation. Cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and even neurodegenerative diseases are caused by toxic ingredients and food additives.

Artificial sweeteners are everywhere and they’re dangerous. Aspartame contributes to male infertility, neuron degeneration, and depression. Refined sugar fuels the inflammation that causes blood sugar instability and type 2 diabetes. There is a strong relationship between the consumption of animal products and ovarian cancer, testicular cancer, prostate cancer, esophageal cancer, cognitive decline, sperm abnormalities, and heart disease. Commonly used food dyes contain benzene, a known carcinogen. TBHQ, or tert-Butylhydroquinone, is a commonly used food preservative despite the fact that the FDA isn’t certain that it’s completely safe for human consumption. This list goes on and on.

We need a complete, independent review of all artificial ingredients, sweeteners, colors, dyes, refined sugars, and other chemical food additives. We need to remove the corporate interests from the USDA. The short and long-term safety of these foods needs to be evaluated by impartial, third-party research groups.


Simply put, pesticides are poison. And they are everywhere. We use pesticides in our yards, homes, schools, forests, and parks. They permeate our soil, air, and water. Inside our bodies, pesticides disrupt the endocrine system, nervous system, and reproductive system as well as embryonic development. Countless studies link pesticides to Alzheimer’s disease, autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, birth defects, and a dozen types of cancer.

Seven of the most toxic chemical compounds known to man are approved for use as pesticides in the production of food. Organophosphates, commonly used as insecticides, were originally developed by German scientists in World War 2 as nerve gas. Today, we intentionally spray them on our food.

Worse, many pesticides are persistent organic toxins, which means that they don’t break down quickly. They can linger in our environment long, sometimes decades, after initial use. Through runoff and infiltration, pesticides sprayed on land make their way to our rivers, lakes, groundwater, and oceans where they contaminate our drinking water and seafood.

Those in charge of protecting the American people from these poisons don’t seem to care. In 2015, the World Health Organization declared glyphosate, a widely-used herbicide, as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” Yet, glyphosate is not on the list of chemicals tested by the United States government. Laws are flouted and studies that uncover devastating effects are ignored. The public is kept ignorant of exactly what chemicals are used near their homes and workplaces.

Mr. President-elect, we require stricter testing on pesticide effects. Those that are deemed harmful to humans must be banned. Phase out unnecessary pesticide usage. Find safer, alternative ways to keep our crops safe from pests and prevent the spread of insect-borne diseases. Provide assistance to farmers, businesses, homeowners, and local governments to help them enact these policies.

Please educate people on the dangers of pesticides. Protect the right of the American people to know who is using what chemicals in their area and how to keep ourselves, and our families, safe.


The vaccine schedule has dramatically increased over the last 20 years. In 1995, the CDC recommended that children get seventeen vaccinations in the first six years of life. Today, it’s over thirty. This schedule is extremely aggressive and we don’t fully understand how it might affect our children in the immediate or long-term. Further, the CDC has never fully investigated the health of vaccinated children against unvaccinated children. How can we decide if all these vaccines are helping, hurting, or having any effect at all without this information?

We need to allocate funding and appoint a third-party research team with no ties to the pharmaceutical or insurance industries to evaluate the safety and efficacy of vaccines so we can make more informed decisions about our health as a nation and, even more important, the health of our children.

Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals

One of the most overlooked and underestimated problems facing this country is the number of Americans suffering from hormonal and metabolic imbalances. The staggering amount of endocrine disrupting chemicals we are exposed to every day cause reproductive problems, thyroid problems, cancer, obesity, diabetes, and premature puberty. The grievous harm caused by endocrine disruptors is not being taken seriously at a national level and we are suffering for it.

BPA, dioxins, Atrazine, phthalates, perchlorate, fire retardants, lead, mercury, arsenic, PFC’s, organophosphates, and glycol ethers are just a fraction of the chemicals we are unwittingly exposed to every day. These chemicals are so prevalent that ninety percent of Americans have detectable amounts of these chemicals in their bodies.

There are actually laws that require flame retardant chemicals in our building materials, furniture, and clothes and they significantly affect our health. Fire prevention is worthwhile, but ultimately pointless if the protecting chemicals destroy our health.

Endocrine disruptors are found in hundreds of everyday products—plastic bottles, food containers, detergents, flame retardants, food, cosmetics, pesticides, and toys. Toys! Without knowing, a substantial portion of Americans are literally giving deadly chemicals to their children for Christmas.

Exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals interrupts and cripples the neurological and behavioral development of school-age children, causing attention, motor function, comprehension, and cognitive problems that extend into adolescence and adulthood. We will never be a top-scoring, innovative nation if we keep allowing these neurotoxins to stunt the cognitive development of our children. One of the fundamental strategies to make America great again is to stop literally poisoning our children’s minds.

There is currently no governmental body investigating these chemicals or their effect on the American people. Transparency and education are important. Americans should have a right to know exactly what chemicals are used to make the products we buy so that we can make intelligent, educated decisions as consumers.

We need to dismantle the regulations that require these neurotoxic, hormone-disrupting chemicals in our mattresses, clothing, and homes. The goods we bring into, and with which we build, our homes should be made of safe materials that don’t threaten the health of our families.

GMO Foods

The safety of GMOs is a major concern. In a study on GM corn, researchers found that it was not safe for human consumption, but it’s still grown for the U.S. food supply. To fully and safely study the effects of GMOs on human health would require years of careful and deliberate testing and study. Instead, profit-driven corporations rush bioengineered crops through safety testing without thorough evaluation. Even worse, they’re taking over farmland at an alarming rate. Over 90% of the corn and soybeans grown in the United States are now genetically modified.

Most of the studies on GMO and pesticide safety are funded and approved by agrotech companies like Monsanto, the same multinational conglomerates that stand to profit from their use. Unfavorable test results are routinely defunded and hidden. Early results indicate that some GMOs damage the liver, kidneys, pancreas, and reproductive systems. And yet, proponents of GMOs claim that studies show them to be completely safe, just like they spent decades claiming that pesticides were completely safe.

We need a thorough investigation into GMO safety. No governmental body is currently doing this or even capable. The EPA and the FDA have been defanged and understaffed for decades. When they do find a problem, they make suggestions rather than drive policy. We have former private sector executives appointed to positions of power in our government who are making decisions about what is best for the American people, but where do their real loyalties lie?

Please support mandatory GMO labeling laws and veto all attempts by the GMO industry to keep us in the dark. Protect the American people’s right to know what we put into our bodies.

EMF Exposure

Appliances, WiFi, TV, personal electronics, cell phones, and cell phone towers constantly bombard us with electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs) and radio frequencies (RF). EMF radiation is nearly impossible to get away from—there is no safe zone. Cell phone towers have a maximum range of over 21 miles, this means that very few areas in the United States are outside a coverage area.

What long-term effects does EMF/RF exposure have on human health at today’s ultra-high levels? We don’t actually know. It could be minimal, it could be devastating. Acute exposure to EMF/RF radiation produces severe burns that resemble microwave radiation burns—it happens to cell tower workers all the time. But what about the effects of country-wide, long-term, low-dose exposure?

We do know that a great many individuals complain of symptoms related to frequency exposure, symptoms that often go away once the EMF/RF source is eliminated. Nausea, problems sleeping and concentrating, and even hyperactivity are common reactions. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified RF radiation as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.” A 2009 study at the University of Basel in Switzerland found that intermittent exposure to EMF radiation caused DNA fragmentation.

Results like these worry many Americans. We need to recognize that EMF/RF radiation is a potential health risk and determine the unknown effects. No one foresaw that constant bombardment by EMF radiation would become such a ubiquitous part of American life. We don’t know exactly what the long-term effects are, but we would very much like to. Please support the research necessary to protect us from this potential threat.

Toxic Air

In the last ten years, respiratory disease in the United States has moved from the 8th to the 3rd most common cause of death. Asthma rates have more than doubled in the western world and air pollution is linked to the risk of autism spectrum disorders. According to a 2014 report by the World Health Organization, air quality is a contributing factor in one out of every eight deaths worldwide.

According to the 2016 “State of the Air” report by the American Lung Association, more than half of all Americans—166 million of us—are at risk from dangerously polluted air. Particulate pollution and ozone continue to choke our cities. Carbon monoxide, lead, nitrogen dioxide, volatile organic compounds, sulfur dioxide, mercury, arsenic, benzene, formaldehyde, and second-hand smoke are less rampant, but still-deadly pollutants.

We all breathe, but air pollution isn’t an equal threat to all. It disproportionately harms the poor, the elderly, those with preexisting conditions, and our children. It increases our risk of lung cancer, emphysema, asthma, obesity, Alzheimer’s disease, and death.

We’ve made progress toward reducing air pollution in recent years, but the job isn’t done yet. We need to remain strong and resist attempts from industries to compromise clean air laws. America must continue to reduce our carbon footprint, set limits on industrial pollution and vehicle emissions, and work to clean up the damage done.

These Initiatives Are Only the Beginning

We need to encourage, subsidize, and teach organic agriculture. We need to make it feasible for small farming operations to exist in America again. We need to create jobs related to healthy food production and stop importing food. We need to make it possible for farmers to use organic, sustainable agricultural practices.

We need to restructure the way we teach health education in schools. New guidelines need to be established to teach prevention and the importance of diet, nutrition, exercise, and stress relief.

It’s time to reset America’s health priorities and the only way that can happen is to end the reign of lobbyists and corporate interests. Furthermore, the FDA, EPA, and USDA must be rebuilt and focus on protecting the public.

We need to encourage Americans to be proactive in their own health. Positive lifestyle modifications are key to disease prevention and long-term well-being. Making better lifestyle choices alone can dramatically reduce the incidence and severity of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes—-which make up the majority of health care spending.

The initiatives laid out here are only the beginning. What’s good for America’s health is good for America’s wealth. I urge you to end subsidies for unhealthy conventional foods that are creating an unacceptable burden on our health, stop allowing corporate interests to dictate policy, save hundreds of billions on government health care spending, and finally give Americans the freedom and tools we need to make healthier choices.

We urge you to take the appropriate action necessary to make America great again by making America healthy again.


Dr. Edward F. Group III and The American People

PS: To the Readers,

Submit your ideas for simple, sweeping, and systemic changes that can help us take back our health as individuals and as a nation. Additionally, contact President-elect Donald Trump at or at his twitter account (@realDonaldTrump) and ask him to appoint an advisory team to address the root cause of our health care problems in America.

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How We Become Slaves Of ‘The System’

How We Become Slaves Of ‘The System’ | slaves | Civil Rights Consciousness Government Government Control Know Your Rights Sleuth Journal Society

By: Bob Livingston, Personal Liberty |

Almost everything you think and do is against your best interest and you don’t even realize it. It’s planned that way.

The state seeks absolute control of your mind, body and spirit. Can the state succeed? It has, but only a precious few ever know.

Your mind and your thoughts are not your own. Almost every thought you have channels you toward the state.

By the time a child grows up and goes through the public (non)education system, he or she has no thoughts of his or her own. By the time that person is finished with college, the system has sealed his or her thought processes so that nothing is questioned. The imperative to inquire beyond what comes from the propaganda media and our leaders is gone.

Our minds are so smug in darkness and organized confusion that we are complete automatons. Our ego, our individuality, is completely excised and we are completely transferred into the state organism and group thought. Any deviation from the system by anyone is met with hostility by friends and neighbors.

By this we become locked into a system based only on conventional wisdom.  Conventional wisdom is what everybody knows. It is the court history (faux history) we receive in school and through the controlled media, repeated ad nauseum.

Conventional wisdom is based on confusion and disinformation. It has a crowding-out effect in our thought processes that stifles inquiry. In other words, conventional wisdom programs us to reject any information or thought not in harmony with our preconditioning and experience. It is called cognitive dissonance.

The more one is formally educated, the more he/she is locked into the system mindset.  (Why do you think there is such a push for everyone to receive a college education whether a person is so inclined or not?)

I myself went through four years of college, worked on a master’s degree, and attended law school. What a pity! It took valuable time and money for me to pay for the brainwash. It took years to get over it. I had to completely erase this education foolishness before I could begin to have half sense. My inquiring attitude and much, much reading helped me escape the programmed maze that entrapped me. The many conflicts and confusion was emotionally and financially costly.

Not even your body is your own.

A brand new baby gets vaccinations before it leaves the hospital and the parents are glad. They don’t question what’s in the vaccines or what they’re for.

There’s even now a push to begin vaccinating babies in the womb. As it is, the state begins to seize an infant’s body the first day of its life. It is being prepared for death the day it is born. Then as many as 50 more vaccinations come before the end of high school. All is done in the name of health and for the good of society. It’s all for profit of the giant pharmaceuticals enforced by the political system. The parents believe that it’s good.

There are many knowledgeable people who are against compulsory vaccinations simply because it is a violation of medical freedom. But the problem goes much deeper. It is at the heart of the survival of the system.

Then there is an organized system of sickness called healthcare. This system must have an endless supply of bodies yours.

Thousands of tests, biopsies, sonograms, catheterizations, etc., etc., leading to making huge profits through drugs, surgery, radiation, etc., leading to the general demise of the natural immune system guaranteeing sickness and death yours.

Individual responsibility for one’s own health in America is unthinkable and almost nonexistent. It was so planned. They need and want your body. It is huge profits for the system.

Beyond that, vaccines and the sickness care system are about a population control system based on the cold reality of the survival of the money (credit) creation monopoly that rules the world. Consumers will and must die. The push for universal vaccinations is not ideological fantasy. It is cold-blooded conspiracy to control population. California has mandatory vaccination and has eliminated both the religious and philosophical exemption. As California goes, so goes the nation.

When you understand the money system you will know for certain why population control has now changed from an urgency to a priority of the establishment.

Those of you new to Personal Liberty® and reading some of these things for the first time may be shocked and asking, “What do vaccines, healthcare, the money system and population control have in common?”

In a few words, money creation (money creation is credit creation) is the exclusive monopoly of the central bank. In the U.S., this is the Federal Reserve and Federal Reserve banks.

All wealth flows to the creators of credit. But a credit creation monetary system cannot exist without regulation. Regulation is absolutely essential in all areas of life. In America, do we have regulation? In spades.

Specific for this discussion is the subject of population regulation or population control. A credit-based monetary system will break down if it gets more consumers than producers. As our population gets older and “top heavy,” consumption exceeds production and, through welfare and social security payments, wealth reverses from the money (credit) creators to the consumers or non-producers. This cannot be allowed over time.

Therefore ways  benevolent ways of course, as they cannot just vaporize you when you reach a certain age, a la “Logan’s Run”   must be found to get us to expire when we retire. We have many population control mechanisms in place, including mass medication with drugs and fluoride in our drinking water.

And one of the most sinister and disguised population controls in place is mass inoculations and vaccinations. When our children are vaccinated, there is a certain percentage who die as a result, and many are disabled in various ways for life. However, the most insidious part of it is the development of degenerative diseases much later in life, say about in the 50s and early 60s, at about retirement age.

Human liberty and personal survival in our time must originate in truth no matter how incredible and shocking to our conditioned minds. Governments control the public mind with disinformation and confusion. No modern government could exist for 24 hours if it told the people the truth.

Of course, the establishment news will label these truths as “fake news.” Most of the readers  due to cognitive dissonance  will label this as “conspiracy theory.”

Both are code words designed to make you and keep you as slaves to “The System.”

(I realize for many of you your first reaction — especially if you are a newer reader of Personal Liberty, is to dismiss this sort of new information out of hand. You are probably asking, “Who is this Bob Livingston,” and “What does he mean?” I urge you to consider it carefully, to follow the hyperlinks provided above, and to take advantage of the related articles below to further your study. –BL)

Bob Livingston founder of Personal Liberty Digest™, is an ultra-conservative American author and editor of The Bob Livingston Letter™, in circulation since 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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Does Conventional Medical Training Destroy Empathy?

Does Conventional Medical Training Destroy Empathy? | hospital | General Health Medical & Health Sleuth Journal Special Interests US News

A surprisingly consistent body of research exists indicating that conventional medical training actually reduces practitioner empathy. What is worse, the decline in empathy appears even more pronounced at the time that the curriculum shifts towards patient-care activities.

In one study published in 2009 in the journal Academic Medicine entitled “The devil is in the third year: a longitudinal study of erosion of empathy in medical school,” the authors conclude:

It is ironic that the erosion of empathy occurs during a time when the curriculum is shifting toward patient-care activities; this is when empathy is most essential.”

In another, higher-powered systematic review published in the same journal last year entitled “Empathy decline and its reasons: a systematic review of studies with medical students and residents,” researchers looked at data from 1990-2010, which included 18 studies, and found:

The five longitudinal and two cross-sectional studies of residents showed a decrease in empathy during residency. The studies pointed to the clinical practice phase of training and the distress produced by aspects of the “hidden,” “formal,” and “informal” curricula as main reasons for empathy decline.”

They Concluded

The results of the reviewed studies, especially those with longitudinal data, suggest that empathy decline during medical school and residency compromises striving toward professionalism and may threaten health care quality.”

While the ironic decline of empathy associated with clinical practice during medical training is cause for concern, what may be even more disturbing is that the decline in empathy persists after training has ended.

In a 2005 study published in Academic Medicine and entitled “Mood change and empathy decline persist during three years of internal medicine training,” researchers noted that some of the mood disturbances and declines in empathy associated with residency/internship “never fully recover,” indicating that conventional medical training may produce real, diagnosable psychological traumas that may never be fully resolved and may adversely affect the quality of healthcare provided.

Empathy, after all, has concrete and measurable therapeutic effects in others. In 2009, researchers found that practitioner empathy reduced the duration of the common cold in their patients. Conversely, a negative and/or indifferent attitude towards the patient has measurable adverse effects, also known as the nocebo effect.  Indeed, our recent article titled, “Research: Some Cancer Diagnoses Kill You Quicker Than the Cancer,” discusses the finding that the risk of suicide is up to 16 times higher and the risk of heart-related death 26.9 times higher during the first week following a cancer diagnosis versus those who were diagnosed cancer free.



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How Obamacare Was Designed To Fail And Hillary Clinton Knew It All Along (VIDEO)

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If you signed up for Obamacare, you’ve been screwed.

If you didn’t sign up and opted to pay the penalties, you’ve been screwed.

If you didn’t sign up, didn’t pay penalties, and stuck with your original insurance company, you’ve been screwed.

If you didn’t sign up, didn’t pay penalties, and paid cash for medical care, you’ve been screwed.

Every person in America has been affected, regardless of what you did or did not do.

That’s because the Affordable Care Act irrevocably ruined our access to medical care at an affordable price in this country. In the mere span of 4 years, the prices have skyrocketed and many families have to pay more in monthly premiums than they pay on their mortgages. Meanwhile, medical costs have been driven up to astronomical prices, making it nearly impossible to pay out-of-pocket for care.

And these premiums? They are for the crappiest coverage you can imagine. Some families pay $1500-2000 a month for 60% coverage after they pay the $5000 deductible. That’s nearly $20,000 per year before Obamacare pays for a penny of their costs.

And now…now that insurance companies have gone belly up when they were forced to become a part of the “exchange,” medical costs are skyrocketing, doctors won’t see patients who aren’t “covered,” employers stopped offering insurance as a benefit, and people lost their jobs due to Obamacare costs…

The whole thing is failing. Even President Obama has admitted it.

And now we have proof that it was planned that way.

But that isn’t the worst of it. The worst of it is that this program was designed to fail and steer us into single payer healthcare, where a government entity can decide what procedures will or will not be covered. They’ll decide who is deserving of cancer treatment and who is not. They’ll mandate things like flu shots and childhood vaccines.

One of the recent Wikileaks shows that Hillary Clinton knew this and was complicit.


Melissa Dykes of The Daily Sheeple wrote:

In an email thread dated September 26, 2015 between Hillary and her senior policy adviser Ann O’Leary titled “Memo on Cadillac Tax for HRC,” Hillary wrote, “Given the politics now w bipartisan support including Schumer, I’ll support repeal w ‘sense of the Senate’ that revenues would have to be found. I’d be open to a range of options to do that. But we have to be careful that the R version passes which begins the unraveling of the ACA.”

“Which begins the unraveling of the Affordable Care Act.”

A Democrat supporting Republican legislation to destroy Obamacare on purpose. How many millions have they raked in on this deal and bilked the American people for in Obamacare penalties because they can’t afford the “affordable” health care? And the American people will look at this like a “victory” when it does unravel, even though it has been the plan all along.

Hillary Clinton, that savior of woman and children, knew that this would fail. She is supporting the legislation to destroy it, leaving everyone in America at the mercy of the horrible replacement that she will dream up to redistribute wealth and deal the death blow to the already-struggling middle class.

Mark my words, as bad as this disaster is, it is only going to get worse. Watch this video for the full story.

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Maternal And Infant Mortality Rates In The US Are A Tragic Embarrassment (VIDEO)


Global rates for maternal mortality have fallen by close to one-half, except in the U.S., where the number of women who die related to their pregnancy has significantly increased.1

In a similar fashion, infant mortality rates are higher than any of the other 27 wealthy countries reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).2

Cost for medical care in the U.S. is the highest in the world. Unfortunately, high medical expenditures do not translate into better outcomes for mothers and infants. In fact, the number of infant deaths in the U.S. for every 1,000 live births is higher than in Bosnia, Slovenia, Cuba and Belarus.3

According to data released from the Institute of Health Metrics, there are 28 maternal deaths for every 100,000 births in the U.S.4 This number is a drastic 22 percent increase, up from 23 deaths in 2003.5,6 Compared to 1990, the maternal death rate in the U.S. has more than DOUBLED.7

Why Are so Many New Mothers Dying?

In this short interview at the Women in the World summit in New York City, Dr. Priya Agrawal discusses the growing problem of maternal mortality in the U.S.

The increase in the number of new mothers dying puts the U.S. above a number of other poorer countries, whose numbers had declined, including Russia, Romania, Iran and Vietnam.8

While the overall U.S. rate was up by more than 50 percent since 1990, it is important to note the estimated rate increase for 48 states was up by 27 percent, and in Texas the rate doubled.9

In analyzing the data, it appears the death rate from hemorrhaging during birth, and eclampsia, a maternal condition involving dangerously high blood pressure, has remained stable over the years.10 Instead, the number of deaths related to chronic disease, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity, has risen.11

Dr. William Callaghan, acting chief of the Maternal and Infant Health Branch, Division of Reproductive Health Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,12 told The New York Times:13

“The really scary thing to us is all the deaths from cardiovascular disease and heart failure. It’s a quarter of all deaths. There were almost none in the remote past.”

Maternal deaths are counted even if the new mother dies six months after she’s given birth and the death is related to the pregnancy. Some argue the increase in number is related to better tracking. However, Callaghan, who is intimately familiar with the statistics, believes the rise is real.

Prevention and Treatment of Chronic Conditions Vital to Reducing the Number of Maternal Deaths

The director of maternal and child health research at the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation, Dr. Nicholas Kassebaum, originally believed the statistics were an error in the data processing, but now believes the U.S. may be experiencing the fallout of obesity ahead of other countries.14

U.S. hospitals and healthcare systems have become quite adept at handling life-threatening situations, but fall short in adequately dealing with chronic health conditions. The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) reports a rising number of freestanding emergency centers.15

The growing number of independent freestanding emergency departments and off-site hospital-based emergency care speaks volumes about the direction medicine takes toward treating the emergencies chronic health conditions create.

The rising epidemic of obesity fuels cardiovascular disease, diabetes and stroke in new mothers and the general population. To make a significant impact on the number of maternal deaths, it is essential that evaluation and prevention of chronic health conditions be put at the forefront of public health policy.

Statistics for maternal mortality include women from age 15 to 49 years. Kassebaum reported an increase in the number of women over 40 who were achieving pregnancy, but found this new trend was not the driving force behind the increasing maternal mortality rate.

Follow-Up Care Impacts Infant Mortality Rates

Infant mortality rates have so significantly risen that the U.S. now ranks dead last on a list of 27 countries created by the CDC.16 Despite the cost of healthcare being higher in the U.S. than most other countries, a child in America is less likely to see his first birthday than a child from Korea, Israel or Hungary.

However, while the overall U.S. rate of infant mortality is 5.96 per 1,000 live births in 2013, the individual state rates vary. For instance, the infant mortality rate in Alaska is 3.57 deaths per 1,000 live births, while the rate in Mississippi is 9.62.17

In a collaborative paper between the University of Chicago, University of Southern California and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), lead author Alice Chen, Ph.D., notes the infant mortality gap between the U.S. and other nations has been consistent.18

According to their analysis, factors that are important in the rate of infant mortality in the U.S. include reporting differences in extreme preterm births and a striking disadvantage in the U.S. in post-neonatal mortality, or those deaths that occur after the child has been discharged from the hospital.

The mortality gap between infants in the U.S. and those in Austria and Finland appeared to grow steadily the first week after birth.19 Both countries enjoy overall infant mortality rates approximately half of the U.S. rate.20

The paper also pointed out a disparity in mortality between babies born to poor mothers and those born to wealthier mothers.

While the mortality rate of babies born to wealthier moms in the U.S. approximated the total number of deaths in Finland and Austria, poor babies in those countries had the same likelihood of survival as those born to wealthy families in those countries.21

The differences between the U.S. and these two countries appear to be access to healthcare after discharge from the hospital.

While the U.S. healthcare system ranks a lowly 37th in terms of overall quality,22 America’s neo-natal intensive care ranks high, which may help explain why the U.S. infant mortality rate is similar to that of Finland and Austria during the first few weeks of life.

However, after discharge, infants born to poor families have a more difficult time accessing care that may prevent or treat illnesses. This may become one measurement of the success rate of the Affordable Healthcare Act — whether the infant mortality rate declines in response to better healthcare access.

Preterm Infants and Birth Defects Increase Infant Mortality

Chen and her colleagues commented on the different reporting requirements between countries.

They noted countries that don’t report a preterm birth prior to 30 weeks gestation as a live birth, even when the baby is born alive, may account for a small portion of the increased rate in the U.S., as those births are reported on U.S. statistics.23

Birth defects, low birth weight and preterm babies were the biggest reasons found for the infant mortality rate in the U.S.24 The research team wrote:25

“In 2013, infants born at 37 to 38 weeks of gestation (early term) had mortality rates that were 63 percent higher than for full-term (39 to 40 week) infants. In 2013, 36 percent of infant deaths were due to preterm-related causes of death and an additional 15 percent were due to causes grouped into the sudden unexpected infant death category.”

Dr. Edward McCabe, chief medical officer for the March of Dimes Foundation, says there are three reasons why babies are born preterm, including unplanned pregnancies, unavailable healthcare and doctors who ignore guidelines and induce labor before 39 weeks.26

According to McCabe, many obstetricians feel 37 weeks is safe, although a full-term baby is born between 39 and 40 weeks’ gestation. Taking away those two extra weeks can be significant and place the baby at an unnecessary risk.

Mothers who live in underserved communities may experience daily stressors that research demonstrates increases your risk of preterm birth.27 High levels of stress also trigger high blood pressure and heart disease, which are risk factors for delivering a preterm baby.28 Obesity, teen birth rates and poor access to healthcare also contribute to preterm births.

Stimulating Maternal Immune System Found to Increase Risk to Growing Babies

The mother’s immune system plays a critical role in the development of her unborn baby, including the baby’s neurological and immunological systems. Prenatal infections activate the maternal immune system and trigger an inflammatory response. While researchers have identified specific infections that trigger damage to an unborn baby, ANY immune activation can trigger a response.

Brain function and behavior of your child are impacted by prenatal insults to your immune system.29 Activation of the maternal immune system upregulates inflammatory cytokines in the brain of the baby, and infection and activation of the maternal immune system have been linked to schizophrenia, cerebral palsy and autism in the child.30,31

This is a unique health risk attributed to even the virus that causes the common cold.32 Interestingly, active replication of the virus in the mother’s body is not necessary for the inflammatory response that triggers the damage. It is the mother’s immune system, not the pathogen, that is responsible for the changes in the baby’s brain.33

The inflammatory response in the maternal body is also associated with preterm birth and low birth weight babies. Multiple studies have associated both inflammation34,35 and specific infections36,37,38 with these outcomes. Both of these factors contribute to the infant mortality rates in any country.

This leads directly to the doorstep of vaccinations. A vaccine works by triggering your immune system. According to the National Vaccine Program Office in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:39 “Vaccines teach the immune system by mimicking a natural infection.”

Vaccines Negatively Affect Infant Mortality Rates

This 15-minute video explains what’s in the vaccines being given to our children, why some vaccines are given simultaneously and how you can report an adverse side effect.

Natural infections trigger an inflammatory response in the mother’s body, which in turn trigger potential neurological and immunological deficits in the unborn child and increase the risk for low birth weight or preterm birth. Low birth weight not only increases your child’s risk of mortality in the first year, but has also been associated with a number of different health conditions in later life.

According to the March of Dimes, babies born weighing less than 5 pounds 8 ounces are at higher risk for metabolic syndrome, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and obesity.40 Unfortunately, the March of Dimes also reports that 1 of every 12 babies born in the U.S. have low birth weight.

Before routinely accepting the CDC recommendations for vaccination during pregnancy,41,42  it is important to understand the risks to yourself and your unborn child. Researchers found the number of childhood immunizations given in the first year of life had predictive value on infant mortality rates. A higher number of childhood immunizations given resulted in higher rates of infant mortality.43

The U.S. vaccination schedule specifies 26 doses of vaccination before age 1, the most of any other country. Using linear regression, scientists compared results from 34 countries and found those countries with the lower number of vaccines given also had the lowest rates of infant mortality.44 Of the 34 countries, 33 had lower infant mortality rates than the U.S.

There are steps you can take before you become pregnant, during your pregnancy and after your child is born to optimize your health and the health of your baby. Steps are outlined in my previous two articles, “No-Nonsense Guide to a Naturally Healthy Pregnancy” and “Top Foods to Eat When You’re Pregnant.”

Vitamin D is particularly important for infant and maternal health. Having a vitamin D level of at least 40 nanograms per milliliter (ng/ml) has been shown to reduce the risk of premature birth by 50 percent. For a refresher, please see my previous article, “New Campaign Aims to Resolve Vitamin D Deficiency Among Pregnant Women and Children.”


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