Will Your Hospital Make You Sick – or Even Worse?

I have a friend who lost his wife about 7 years ago. She was admitted to the hospital for a routine operation for a 50 year old. She never came out of the hospital alive. My friend was with her everyday for almost a month, and it was obvious to him and to all their friends that a grave mistake by the hospital ended her life.

Of course proving something like this is difficult and expensive. I have heard that almost every hospital does their best to “hush” things that are mistakes or errors or just plain negligence.

Two weeks ago while grocery shopping, a magazine jumped out at me. It was a Consumer Reports cover about rating hospitals – State by State. I spent 10 minutes leafing through the magazine, and looking at the stats for my state.

Hospitals and physicians have great intentions, and for the most part – are honest and hard working. But this is not a car manufacturing operation, which requires a certain amount of cleanliness. We are talking here about helping human beings, your brother, mother, son or grandmother get the best healthcare that is possible. Any slack in the cleanliness procedures, or errors in giving the right medication at the right dose – can have very alarming results.

For this kind of information to be surfacing at this time is an indication that things have gotten out of hand. And the only way to make sure things change is to have outside pressure put on these hospitals and HMOs.

I would love to hear your response to your hospital’s safety.  Stephen

Hospital Ratings By State -Consumer Reports Health
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Dr. John Santa
John Santa M.D., director of the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center
Our hospital Ratings allow you to compare hospitals in your area so you can choose one that’s best for you.

Our hospital Ratings help you compare hospitals based on our patient safety score, as well as individual measures relating to patient experience, patient outcomes, and certain hospital practices. Here are some answers to questions you might have about our Ratings. (For more details, see our Hospital Ratings Technical Report.)

How do Consumer Reports’ hospital Ratings differ from information available elsewhere?

Our Ratings come from scientifically based data on patient experience and outcomes gathered from public sources. Some of that information is available elsewhere.  For example, you can see the federal government’s version of patient experience and readmissions data on its Hospital Compare website. Similarly, a number of states report data on hospital-acquired infections. But ConsumerReports.org collects all the information and summarizes it in an easy-to-interpret format, using our familiar ratings symbols.

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How we rate hospitals

U.S. News Best Hospitals 2012-13
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U.S. News Best HospitalsU.S. News surveyed nearly 10,000 specialists and sifted through data for approximately 5,000 hospitals to rank the best in 16 adult specialties, from cancer to urology. Death rates, patient safety, and hospital reputation were a few of the factors considered. Only 148 hospitals were nationally ranked in one or more specialties. The Honor Roll features the 17 that scored near the top in at least six specialties.

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Can Alzheimer’s Disease Be Reversed With Coconut Oil?

alzheimer's | coconut oilA few years ago I learned about the incredible health benefits of coconut oil. I was surprised back then that the oil had the capability to help brain function.

Just a few weeks ago I received an email about Alzheimer’s disease being reversed by something as simple as coconut oil. I read the whole article on my cell phone – which surprised even me! The article was about a medical doctor who used coconut oil to reverse the horrible effects of Alzheimer’s disease on her own husband. The video below shows their story.

Here are a few articles that will give you a lot more information about this exciting venture into natural health.

SHOCKING HEALTH BENEFITS OF COCONUT OIL! | Holistic Healing News

Meanwhile during this same 60 years the American levels of heart disease, obesity, elevated serum cholesterol and Alzheimer’s have skyrocketed compared to our ancestors, and even compared to modern-day primitive societies using saturated fat as Did you know that multiple studies on Pacific Island populations who get 30-60% of their total caloric intact from fully saturated coconut oil have all shown nearly non-existent rates of cardiovascular disease?

Is coconut oil the secret cure for Alzheimer’s disease

NFA’s Guide to Health & Healing – Prevent disease, improve your health, and heal your body by using traditional foods and nature’s medicine.

Can Coconut Oil Help Fight Alzheimer’s Disease and Protect Your

Ketone bodies, substances found in the medium chain triglycerides (MCT) in coconut oil, appear to be the preferred source of brain fuel for diabetes or Alzheimer’s disease patients. A study by Dr. Richard Veech,

Visit www.OrganicCoconutOil.info for more on the use of coconut oil….Dr Newport learns that the medium chain triglycerides in coconut oil may help her husband Steve, who suffers from early onset Alzheimer’s.

As the baby boomer generation continues to get older, stories like this will become more important and relevant. I would love to hear your input. What are your thoughts about natural healing? I thought it was very exciting for a medical doctor to be treating her own husband with all natural and probably organic coconut oil.

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

In a most basic understanding, chronic fatigue syndrome is a condition whereby a person suffers from ongoing fatigue, which cannot be ascribed to any particular medical condition. It does have a few common symptoms, which are characterized by people feeling weak and being in pain. Other symptoms may include visual problems, fever and sore throat.

It is difficult to get down to the basic cause of people’s chronic fatigue. Your doctor will perform a differential diagnosis to try and figure out what exactly is the cause of your underlying symptoms. Since this is a rather “eccentric” disease, physicians need to use the elimination process to try and nail down a valid diagnosis.

When they reach a consensus and come to a working diagnosis, a most probable cause, or a most probable underlying disease has been uncovered. The doctor will then write a prescription for medication that will hopefully help. Some of the drugs that are being prescribed include Provigil which is a central nervous system (CNS) acting drug, and CFS patients who take it feel that they are more alert.

But what if your condition doesn’t improve with medication? Well then the diagnosis has to be re-opened and other alternatives considered. It is interesting that the medical community has not yet come up with a definitive cure for this disease. Instead the focus is placed on helping the symptoms become less problematic and more manageable.

As is the case with many diseases and situations where the mainstream medical community just cannot figure out how to heal the disease – people turn to alternative medicine. There have been a number of “unconventional” methods that are showing promise. Many of them are very helpful in improving the patient’s condition to the point where many of their symptoms disappear.

Chelation and holistic therapies, including nutritional supplements and herbal preparations are said to work best with those suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome. Although these methods are not endorsed or recognized by the mainstream medical community, people readily seek them out and try them, especially seeing they do make them feel better.

Counseling and cognitive therapy is one more way to treat chronic fatigue syndrome.  In most cases, this chronic condition is related to a patient’s psychological health. It is important that underlying issues about grief or anger need to be identified and then properly managed. Doctors also need to be aware of the wrong and belittling beliefs of the patient and try to correct them. This will help them cope with stress, which is an important factor in feeling better.

Whatever treatment is chosen, please remember not to take any drugs unless you are being fully monitored by a qualified health care professional. It is tempting to self-analyze and self-direct your healing. But chronic fatigue syndrome, left untreated or mis-treated can be disabling.

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