Dont Let Healthcare Layoffs Affect You – Post 327

I wanted to talk with you about some stories in the news recently. One of KY’s largest hospital providers made an announcement recently that it will be doing some layoffs as a result of the affordable care act. A couple days ago they finally released some figures on the cuts. They will be cutting about current 500 employees and will eliminate about 200 vacant jobs as well.

That got me looking into layoffs in the healthcare field in general.  I found that KYOne is not alone. A hospital chain in Las Vegas announced that they will lay off 40 nurses in addition to 100 other staff. The Cleveland clinic is eliminating 3,000 jobs. And it is estimated that the medical device sector will be losing about 33,000 jobs as a result of the affordable care act.

What is significant about this is in general the healthcare segment has been exempt from this type of cutback in previous down economies. In fact with the affordable care act, because of the increased number of people having access to healthcare one would expect the hospitals would need to be adding to their staffs. Predictions are that there will be a shortage of needed healthcare workers yet these hospital chains are cutting back. Primarily the cut backs are a result of the reduction in reimbursement expected under the affordable care act.

Healthcare isn’t the only sector announcing cutbacks in February of this year. According to government figures 65% of small business will see a significant spike in the premiums for their health insurance plans as a result of the affordable care act. This will affect the insurance of more than 11 million people.

The wall street journal says that 1 out of 6 men between 25 and 54 have no jobs right now. That is about 10.4 million people. They went on to report back in January that the actual unemployment rate hit a record 37.2%

So just how bleak is it really. Well I did a Google search of layoffs for 2014. Here are the ones that were announced just in Feb 2014.

KY State police – 20
Jefferson Co Teachers – 41
KY  Coal 700 more and one major coal producer is filing bankruptcy
United Airlines – 470
LATA Environmental in Paducah, they work with the nuclear industry – 120

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Healthcare

Highmark – 132
Keystone Health – 250
Teva – 5,000
Tech
HP – 34,000
IBM – 13,000
Intel – 10,000
Dell – 15,000
Lexmark – 275
Sony – 1,000
Finance
Wels Fargo 700
JP Morgan – 17,000
Barclays 12,000
Citi Group – 15,000
Manufacture
General Dynamics – 730
SC Johnson – 400
Sikorsky – 600
Retail
Bust Buy – 2000 managers
Sbarro closing 155 stores – 1400
Radio Shack closing 500 more stores
Wal-Mart – 2,300 Sams employees
JCPenny – 2,500
Target – 1175 (500 at corp)
Communications
Cox Communications – 600
Verizon – 5,000
Time Inc. – 500
CNN – 40 journalist
Sprint – 500
NY Post – 500
Tribune – 700
Dept. of Defense
6,272 civilians
100,000 Army
50,000 Marines

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Is network marketing failing? – Post 322

I read some unfortunate news today about another fairly new network marketing company closing its doors. It’s unfortunate on many levels.

First of all on the broader scheme of things every time a company closes it casts a shadow of doubt on the industry.

Secondly many successful distributors, who have worked very hard to build their teams are suddenly left without an income source.

And third, for the new distributors with hopes and dreams of someday having success, they suddenly find themselves faced with the “told you so’s” of the people in their inner circle of friends and family. I want to address these issues in today’s post.

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8 out of 9 Advisory Committe Docs Worked for Big Pharma – Post 311

Did you know? This story is from a few years ago but I just wanted to share it again. Especially after the recent release of the new statin guidelines.

According to a report by USA Today on October 16, 2004 (“Cholesterol Guidelines Become a Morality Play”) eight of the nine doctors who formed a committee in 2001 to advise the government on cholesterol guidelines for the public were making money from the very same companies that made the cholesterol lowering drugs that they were urging millions of Americans to take.

For example, one of the committee members, Dr. H. Bryan Brewer, was the Chief of the Molecular Disease Branch at the National Institute of Health. He worked as a consultant or speaker for 10 different pharmaceutical companies, making over $100,000 over three years while he was on the committee, and sat on one of their boards (Los Angeles Times, December 22, 2004, “The National Institutes of Health: Public Servant or Private Marketer?”). Dr. Brewer left the NIH in 2005 in the midst of adverse publicity about potential conflicts of interest.

Nassir Ghaemi, MD, a psychiatrist at Emory University, was quoted in the Emory Academic Exchange (February, 2007) as saying, “Critics say we are being influenced and don’t realize it—that drug companies are smarter than we are and know a lot more about human psychology than we think, and they’re probably right about that to some extent.”

And we wonder why so many drugs today don’t cure any more. They only treat symptoms and cause more side effects so more drugs can be used to treat more symptoms. We must take personal responsibility for our health. Let’s talk!

A Billion Dollar Decision That’s Not Good For Your Health – Post 310

I feel compelled to do a post today in response to medical news that is all over the news wires today about statin drugs, that’s the class of drugs that lower your cholesterol levels. The LA Times Headline says “about 70 million Americans could take statins under new guidelines”

Let me just read the first few paragraphs of the article,

“The number of Americans taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs is set to double under new guidelines unveiled Tuesday by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Assn.

The goal of prescribing statins to as many as 70 million people is to reduce the incidence of heart attacks and strokes in the United States, not merely to get patient’s LDL cholesterol – the “bad” kind that’s most closely linked to disease risk – into an ideal range, experts said.

The new game plan for statins represents a stark shift from approaches embraced by cardiologists and primary care physicians for most of the past decade. Now, doctors will be urged to treat a wider range of healthier patients, including those likely to suffer stroke or heart disease as they age.

The new guidelines distinguish between patients who would benefit most from high-dose statin therapy and those who can take a lower dose less likely to cause side effects, such as muscle fatigue, a slight rise in blood sugar and, in rare cases, hemorrhagic strokes and a toxic breakdown of muscle tissue called rhabdomyolysis.

Cholesterol is essential for digestion, hormonal balance and cell function, but at high concentrations can gum up arteries. Statins reduce cholesterol by blocking the liver’s production of the waxy substance. Americans spent $21.3 billion on cholesterol-lowering medications in 2010, including statins marketed under such brand names as Crestor, Lipitor and Zocor.

Under the new guidelines, physicians should prescribe statin medications to all patients with high odds of suffering a heart attack or stroke in the short-term — that is, those who have had such an event already, patients with Type 2 diabetes, and those with exceptionally high levels of LDL cholesterol linked to familial risk.

But the guidelines also recommend that patients with a 7.5% risk of suffering a stroke or heart attack over the next decade be prescribed statin medication as well.”

Not surprising the Wall Street Journal reports “AstraZeneca Applauds the Release of New US Guideline for Management of Blood Cholesterol”

It’s not surprising because according to WebMD AstraZeneca’s Crestor was the number 1 most prescribed drug last year with 23.7 million prescriptions and total sales of $5.3 billion dollars. These new guidelines are expected to double the number of prescriptions for the statin drug class having a major positive impact on AstraZeneca’s bottom line.

Another amazing development, in a story reported in Endocrinology Update on Nov 4 past American Medical Association president Professor Kerryn Phelps advised the public via her Twitter account to consider stopping their statins. She twitted her comment while watching ABCs series called Heart of the Matter Part 2: Cholesterol Drug War which claimed that the medical profession and the public had been duped into believing that statins were essential for preventing death from heart disease.

One of the studies that they used to come up with these guidelines is a meta analysis by the Cochrane group that added up results from 18 different trials to conclude that statins reduced deaths from all causes in people with low risk of heart disease. Their conclusion was that if 1000 people took a statin over 5 years, 18 of them would avoid a major cardiovascular event. The British Medical Journal in October of this year argues that the “events” in the trials included procedures to improve blood flow to the heart and who knows if the person would have had a heart attack if this hadn’t been done? It also says that the side-effects of statins such as increased risk of developing diabetes (about 10%) and muscle pain (50% more common) were not adequately reported. It further points out that all of the randomized trials in the Cochrane review were funded by the manufacturers of the statins being studied. Interestingly, another Cochrane review unrelated to this story showed that industry-sponsored studies are more likely to find positive results than non-commercial trials.

Let me review with you some articles that have been published in the last few months about the risks associated with statins.

Oct 25, 2013 the Men’s Journal had an article called Statin’s Latest Side Effects. In this article they pointed out that in a trial of more than 46,000 adults, statin users had a 27 percent greater risk of developing vision-skewing conditions than non users. According to Dr Daniel Briceland, spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology “The lens epithelial cells are very sensitive to changes in oxidative stress” Since statins interfere with oxidation processes the eye cells might not regenerate properly to clear away cataracts.

According to Dr Paul Thompson, chief of cardiology at Harvard Hospital in Connecticut, “We know that statins inhibit a process that dissolves collagen and other fibrous tissue, so it could be that this interferes with the eye’s ability to repair damaged tissue.”

According to the Chicago Tribune Oct 30, 2013, when Mevacor also known as lovastatin, the first statin drug, was being developed, animal studies suggested that cataracts might be a side effect. On May 21, 2010 a British study reported in the British Medical Journal online showed that statins increased the risk of cataracts and the risk returned to normal within a year of stopping the statin medication.

A new study reported in JAMA Ophtamology online on Sept 19, 2013 showed that cataracts are more common in statin users than non users.

Diabetes, according to Renal and Urology News, atrovastin had no significant affect on a combined endpoint of cardiovascular death, myocardial infarction also known as MI and stroke among diabetic patients on hemodialysis. After 11.5 years of follow up in both groups, daily atrovastin or placebo, 90% of the patients had died despite the fact that the patients who were given atrovastin during the trial had an average reduction in LDL cholesterol levels by 42%.

In the New York Times October 22, 2013 Dr Hosam Kamel, the vice chairman of the American Medical Directors Association, a group representing physicians in nursing home practice, said there was scarce scientific evidence supporting the use of statins in 70 to 80 year olds in their care. He said that the results don’t conclusively establish the benefits of using statins for seniors and he went on to say there is evidence of harm linked to statin use in seniors including muscle aches, liver toxicity, gastrointestinal distress, and growing evidence of impaired memory, heightened risk of diabetes and increased risk of cancer.

According to Dr Rita Redberg, cardiologist at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center and editor in chief of JAMA the side effects associated with statin use was not reported in studies. According to her summary of the evidence for using statins to prevent heart disease, heart attacks will be prevented in only 1 or 2 out of every 100 healthy people with high cholesterol who take statins for 5 years while 1 person out of those 100 will develop diabetes and older people are much more vulnerable to the side effects of the medications. She also says there is some evidence that low cholesterol is associated with higher mortality at an older age.

Back in 2009 I appeared on KSCO Radio’s The Wellness Hour with Bernie Owens. (link is coming soon) Back then on that show I laid out the facts about cholesterol and statin drugs as I saw them using the drug manufacturers own research to back up my opinions.

I pointed out back then that inflammation was a better predictor of cardiovascular events than cholesterol. In fact I stated on that show that cholesterol had NOTHING TO DO WITH HEART DISEASE, that it was actually a warning sign.

I laid out how, when you actually look at a lot of the research on statin drugs and look at the raw numbers, not the conclusions at the beginning and end of the articles but the raw numbers, many times there wasn’t any real significant, statistical difference in outcomes of cholesterol lowering from the placebo groups.

I showed that statin drugs actually do 2 things.
– it’s true they lower cholesterol but
– they are actually anti-inflammatory as well and it was this property that produced the positive cardiovascular benefits.

I showed that lowering cholesterol numbers actually caused many other problems ranging from issues with muscles because of co Q 10 depletion, low testosterone, low vitamin d, increased risk of cancer, and increase risk of Alzheimer disease.

The point to all of this is that the pharmaceutical companies are ignoring facts about statin drugs that can harm you. They are ignoring facts about cardiovascular disease risk that can be controlled through other methods. They are especially ignoring the facts as they relate to inflammation and that there was never real evidence to support low fat diets as a way to reduce risks.

Why?

The ONLY conclusion a reasonable person can come up with is because profits are more important than YOUR health.

In the next few days I will post links to the ABC story on cholesterol as well as the recording of my original appearance on KSCO radio that I mentioned in this article. In the mean time here are a couple links related to this that I did in the past:

“Truth About Cholesterol”  http://pharmacistkeith.blogspot.com/2011/09/truth-about-cholesterol.html

“Are Your Prescriptions Making You Sicker”  http://keithabell.info/2013/10/are-your-prescriptions-making-you-sicker.html

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Are Your Prescriptions Making You Sicker? – Post 309

I’ve been vindicated!

Back in 2009 I appeared on KSCO Radio’s The Wellness Hour with Bernie Owens. Back then on that show I laid out the facts about cholesterol and statin drugs as I saw them using the drug manufacturers own research to back up my opinions.

  • I pointed out back then that inflammation was a better predictor of cardiovascular events than cholesterol. In fact I stated on that show that cholesterol had NOTHING TO DO WITH HEART DISEASE, that it was actually a warning sign.
  • I laid out how, when you actually look at a lot of the research on statin drugs and look at the raw numbers, not the conclusions at the beginning and end of the articles but the raw numbers, many times there wasn’t any real significant, statistical difference in outcomes of cholesterol lowering from the placebo groups.
  • I showed that statin drugs actually do 2 things. 1 it;s true they lower cholesterol but 2 they are actually anti-inflammatory as well and it was this property that produced the positive cardiovascular benefits.
  • I showed that lowering cholesterol numbers actually caused many other problems ranging from issues with muscles because of co Q 10 depletion, low testosterone, low vitamin d, increased risk of cancer, and increase risk of Alzheimer disease. So it is really refreshing now to have a well-known cardiologist back up some of what I said back then.

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AMA Interfering with Pharmacy Practice – Post 289

The AMA (American Medical Association) is getting bold. They don’t want Pharmacists questioning what they are doing when they write a prescription that the pharmacist thinks may be inappropriate or even dangerous. Read their official statement after this post.

The medical system is imploding and it’s time to start taking your health in your own hands. I thank God every day that he introduced me to this alternative wellness business and I’ll gladly share it, I’m always looking to expand.

Here is the post from the AMA:

Is AMA Interfering with Pharmacy Practice and Patient Outcomes?

In June of this year, 2013, the American Medical Association made an official statement as follows: “That our American Medical Association (AMA) deem inappropriate inquiries from pharmacies to verify the medical rationale behind prescriptions, diagnoses and treatment plans to be an interference with the practice of medicine and unwarranted.”

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Worried About Job Security – Post 276

On April 4 the PRNewswire did a report on how American workers felt about unemployment and their own job security. They reported that despite the reported gradual decrease in unemployment numbers that 56% of employees are worried about job and benefit security as they watch how their employers grappled with these issues.

PRNewswire went on to quote from the new Harris Poll Job Security Index which tracks American workers feelings on job security. The Harris Poll which was conducted in mid March found that:

  • Three out of four workers, that’s 77%, believe their benefits will be reduced especially their health benefits.
  • Three out of five or 64% believe their salaries will not increase.
  • 50% believe they will be asked to do more work for the same pay.
  • One out of five, that’s 20% say it is likely they will have their salary or hours reduced.
  • 14% believe they stand a chance of losing their job in the next three months.
  • And finally a whopping 32% believe if they were forced to look for another job in the next three months they wouldn’t be likely to find one.

Folks in the current economy the employer’s have all the leverage. They are faced with so many threats to their bottom line from increased government regulation, increased taxation, more fierce competition, and a reduced consumer base they have to watch their cost more closely than ever. Coupling those threats with the huge demand for employment; they are in the position to demand more productivity at lower compensation levels. Quite frankly there are a lot of people that are willing to work for less just to get a job.

Just to illustrate a point, I am a pharmacist. A few years ago there was a huge shortage in pharmacists pushing our salaries skyward. In fact, there was such a shortage I could walk into any pharmacy and demand a sign on bonus on top of a high salary and in most cases they would have paid it. Recently, because of a combination of few things, a huge increase in the number of colleges graduating pharmacist; a huge influx of pharmacists from over seas; and the affordable care act with all of its uncertainties on reimbursement for services, that huge shortage has now turned into a major glut of pharmacist.

Because of the glut of pharmacists new graduates coming out of school with higher degrees are accepting jobs for as much as $25,000 less than I was getting on my base pay. Add to that the cost of my benefits especially the multiple weeks of vacation time, despite the many years of loyal service and the loyal customer base I built, I had become a financial liability instead of an asset and like many others in the current economy, I lost my job.

Fortunately for me I was already exploring other possibilities to generate additional income.  I knew I did not want to remain in the high pressure world of retail pharmacy especially at a much reduced salary. Before losing my job I had already experienced a major reduction in pay, you see I worked on average 70 hours per week and they had already cut out overtime pay and many of the travel expenses I enjoyed. Just those cuts alone had already reduced my salary by nearly 20%. And now the base pay for new graduates was drastically less than I was making.

The salary and long hours away from home weren’t the only reason I didn’t want to return to pharmacy. I got into the business to help people get better. Instead, I was seeing the health of the patients that I really cared about gradually deteriorate and even though I knew there where better ways I wasn’t in a position to do anything about it.

So when I lost that job I knew what I wanted to do. I knew what industry I wanted to be a part of, and I knew what company within that industry I wanted to join. I spent all of 2012 exploring and learning everything I could from the top leaders and producers in the industry.

At the end of last year I secured commitments from the founder of the company himself to mentor me and teach me what I needed to know to build a team of people. A team to help others achieve financial stability and create the incomes they desired. By helping others I would be able to replace what I was earning as a pharmacist. Together we laid out a game plan for 2013.

I announced at the end of 2012 that 2013 was going to be the best year despite all the economic hardships. I expressed why I knew this it was going to be a success and then we put together a 90 day game plan for the first quarter of the year, executed that game plan and as of the end of March I exceeded all my expectations for the first 90 days. I now have a team of 141 distributors and customers located in 19 states and 2 foreign countries. My income has also jumped considerably but I have only just begun.

Now, with the help of the founder of this company and some of its other top leaders I have laid out another game plan for the second quarter. The founder has again committed to helping me in any way possible. And now I am ready to implement my aggressive plans for this new quarter. In fact the leaders are so sure of my continued success that they have committed to help me put on a major event in the third quarter to help my team celebrate their success.

Look I don’t know how to say this any more simply. We have put together a very simple to follow and simple to duplicate system for success. Let me try to illustrate it this way.

Can you make a better hamburger than McDonalds?

Can You?

Of coarse you can.

But let me ask you this, can you put together a more successful plan for success than what McDonalds did?

I doubt it.

You know why their business model is such a success?

Because it’s duplicated throughout their entire organization. If you want to have a successful hamburger franchise then invest half a million to a million dollars and follow their system to a T and you will have success. I can’t remember a single McDonalds in my city ever going out of business even though many of the other well known franchises have.

The leaders of my company have done the same thing; we have simplified our system and made it easily duplicable. We’ve implemented a compensation plan that is very lucrative. It not only pays well for the seasoned veterans of our company but it is also designed to help the newest leaders create a profit quickly as long as they follow the system.

In fact the car bonus is so easy to reach we recently had a 19 year old college student from Kansas earn the car bonus in less than 2 weeks. Of coarse his results aren’t typical but they are very possible.

Folks, all I need now are some leaders to take charge and teach others how to duplicate our success. I can’t take my business to the next level alone.

Whether you are looking for a part time income, we’ve got it.

If you are looking for a full time income, we’ve got it.

If you are looking for an income to take your life to the next level then we’ve got that also.

The best thing about our system is that it can be implemented around whatever line of work you are doing now on a part time of full time basis. I need a team of outgoing people that are willing to role up their sleeves and commit with me to do exactly as I train them so we can help as many people as possible to improve their financial situation and to improve their health at the same time.

If you are willing to follow me then you don’t have to become one of the employment statistics I mentioned before. I am scheduling meetings in various cities so people can come and learn about what I’m doing and how my team and I can help you achieve your financial goals as well. Contact me so I can help you get started on the road to success. If you have any questions or would like information about building a team near you feel free to complete the contact form and we will get with you as soon as possible.

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