Wednesday, September 25, 2013

OBAMACARE: SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN PREMIUMS FOR MOST

According to Obamacarefacts.com, the average American will pay 3% - 9,5% of their MAGI (modified adjusted gross income) on health insurance premiums.  How to calculate MAGI can be found a IRS.gov.  Also, premiums can vary from state to state and can vary depending on age, weight and smoking status, but not on health status or gender.

If you are making an average middle class income or higher ($60,000), expect to pay premiums closer to the higher end. For a family of 4 making $60,000 will likely pay premiums of around 9% or $5,400 per year ($450 per month).  If you are single making just $32,000 a year, you will pay premiums of around 9% or $3,000 per year ($250 per month).  For most, these premiums are a significant increase.  However, some will pay nothing or minimal premiums if they are close to or below poverty level income.  For a family of 4 making $32,000 or less, you would be Medicaid eligible in most states.  For a single person, income would be closer to $16,000 in most states.  These calculations are estimates only and can change depending on your state, weight, smoking status, and MAGI.  

In an article today at Forbes, it was found that Obamacare will increase premiums for a 40 year old on average 99% for men and 62% for women. For a 27 year old, Obamacare will increase premiums on average 97% for men and 55% for women.  That means, if you are a 27 year old male and your current premium is $200, you new premium will be $394.  Yikes!  If you are a woman, the increase isn't as shocking but who wants a 55% - 62% increase in premiums.   Keep in mind that these are averages and states vary from slight decreases to increase of over 300% depending on age.  The article has an interactive map that you can use to click on your state to get an estimate of what you might pay in 2014.

Resources:
http://www.forbes.com/special-report/2013/what-will-obamacare-cost-you-map.html
http://www.obamacarefacts.com/



Sunday, September 22, 2013

BARIATRIC SURGERY PERFORMED ON OBESE 2-YEAR OLD

The following is truly shocking.  Performing bariatric (gastric bypass) surgery on a 2-year old.  How about finding out if he has a hormone problem first?  How about teaching him to eat healthy.  For those that don't know, bariatric surgery is when a large part of the stomach is removed so the patient feels full quicker. This is a very serious disease with serious side effects and that's if you don't die from the surgery.  Longer term risks and complications include bowel obstruction, gallstones, malnutrition, stomach perforation, ulcers, vomiting, hernias, low blood sugar, and dumping syndrome.  Dumping syndrome is when undigested food moves quickly into the small bowel causing cramping, nausea, and/ diarrhea.  It would make since that a child having bariatric surgery would experience many of this risks at a higher rate, especially malnutrition.  Just pure crazy.

Bariatric surgery performed on 2-year-old proves total insanity of western medical system

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

NATURAL REMEDIES FOR ARTHRITIS

Arthritis (osteoarthritis) is the wearing away of joint cartilage.  Osteoarthritis is primarily age related, usually starting in men between age 45 and 55 and women over the age of 55. Osteoarthritis is more common in women than men over the age of 55.  Approximately 27 million Americans have arthritis.

Joint cartilage is the joint's cushion.  Wearing away of this cushion eventually causes pain as the joints rub against each other.  Besides pain, other symptoms include loss of flexibility, inflammation, and sometimes numbing and tingling in affected areas of the body.  

Many conditions can cause arthritis to accelerate or worsen including poor diet, obesity, hormone imbalance, repetitive trauma or injury to joints, chronic inflammation, abnormal joints at birth, and gout.  Traditional remedies include prescription drugs, NSAIDS (non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen and aspirin), and surgery.  These methods can have serious side effects and are costly.

The following are natural ways you can relieve the symptoms of arthritis and slow down its progression.

1.  Lose weight.  For every extra pound of weight you are carrying equates to 4 pounds of pressure on your knees.  Start with strength training.  Building muscles around the joints supports the joints.  Increase in muscle mass also increases the metabolism.  More muscle means more calories burned even at rest.  Add aerobics for heart health and variety. Swimming is the gentlest exercise on the joints.  If you are able to walk or cycle without pain, they are good exercises too.  Change exercises frequently to alleviate boredom.   

Monday, September 16, 2013

12 SIGNS OF CANCER THAT WOMEN SHOULD NOT IGNORE

The following list is 12 signs of cancer that women should not ignore.  Keep in mind as you read through the list that these signs do not mean you have cancer.  They are signs only and can indicate other conditions unrelated to cancer.  It is important to have these checked for peace of mind.  

1.  Unexplained weight loss.  Unless you've developed an overactive thyroid, weight loss of without decrease in food or increase in exercise of 10 percent or more in one month is a sign of many cancers.    

Friday, September 13, 2013

SMART METER DANGERS

Has your utility company switched your meter yet to a new "smart" meter?  If they have, they probably told you (if they even gave you the option to discuss it with them before replacing your analog meter) that the smart meter was no dangerous than a cell phone.  The local utility company has already made the rounds to my neighborhood.  And although I have opted-out, most of my neighbors did not.  I have a smart meter from each neighbor aiming toward my house.  I'm being radiated even though I have to pay fees to opt-out.  The utility company replaced my perfectly operating analog meter with a new one.  No one at the utility company could give me a good explanation why I need a new analog meter but they charged me $54 for it.  They are also charging me $9 per month to read my meter but so far have not done so.  They have estimated my bill for the past two months (since implementation).  

Thursday, September 12, 2013

DO VACCINES CAUSE AUTISM? MORE ON VACCINE DANGERS

The studies that claim there is no link between autism and vaccines are usually performed using only one vaccine at a time.  They don't take into consideration that children are receiving up to TEN vaccinations at one time including MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella), TDaP (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis), Hepatitis B, Polio, HiB (influenza type B), Pneumococcal conjugate, and Varicella.  This is toxic overload.   http://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/Pubs/348-053-ChildCareChart2013-2014.pdf    

Good article and video on the Natural News website regarding the link between vaccines and autism. 
Do vaccines cause autism? Must-see new video reveals the systematic suppression of evidence of vaccine-damaged children

More articles on dangers of vaccines
http://healthfitnesscafe.blogspot.com/2012/10/what-is-in-vaccines-msg-mercury-much.html
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/11/02/why-is-this-vaccine-causing-increased-infant-mortality.aspx
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/09/21/could-this-be-the-most-dangerous-aspect-of-vaccines.aspx
http://vaccinedangers.com/

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Top Ten Causes of Breast Cancer

Does anyone really know the real causes of breast cancer?  If you are over 40, you probably know at least one person who has or had breast cancer.  If the person isn't healthy, then you you are probably not surprised.  However, if the person ate fairly well and got annual mammograms, you're left scratching your head wondering why.  Well here is list of the TOP TEN CAUSES OF BREAST CANCER.  Some may surprise you.
  1. Processed foods.   Many people don't think of the additives in their food, especially if they are consuming "healthy" frozen dinners or "diet" foods.  Many of these foods contain hydrogenated fats, MSG, and aspartame.  MSG and aspartame are excitotoxins.  If you don't know what excitotoxins are and would like to keep your brain and health, see my posting on excitotoxins.  Fried foods from fast food restaurants contain acylmaides (a known carcinogen).  Acrylmaides form during the frying of foods.  The crispier and darker the meat that you cook on the barbie, the more carcinogenic the meat.  This is only the tip of the iceberg.  There are many more additives in processed foods like GMO corn and GMO soy, food coloring, and artificial flavors.  
  2. Dairy products.  Dairy products in general are not good for you.  All diary products have hormones unless they are organic or specifically state they are made without hormones like Tillamook and Trader Joe's brands.  There are links between prostate and ovarian cancers and milk.  The evidence is conflicting when it comes to breast cancer.  My own evidence is enough.  When I stopped dairy for a while and started eating it again, my breasts would hurt (a sign of inceased estrogen) and this happened when I consumed the hormone-free versions.  I'd rather not take my chances and you shouldn't either.  You are not a baby calf so you do not need cow's milk.  If you must have milk, goat milk is much closer to human milk than cow's milk.  What about the calcium in milk?  Since milk is highly acidic, it draws calcium OUT of your bones, so the calcium in milk that you're getting is a wash at best.  Recent studies have shown that added calcium can collect and cause heart problems.  Do not take calcium supplements. Get out in the sun or take vitamin D and magnesium (most Americans are deficient in both) and eat greens like kale and broccoli every day for calcium.    
  3. Chronic stress.  Chronic stress has a hand in so many illnesses that I will need to write another post to fully explain.  In the meantime, reducing stress should be at the top of your list if you care about your health.  So many people spend years at jobs they have no passion and in relationships that aren't fulfilling just to drop dead months before retirement.  Don't be one of these people.  Start making changes today.  
  4. Plastic.  Food containers, drinking bottles, and the lining of canned foods contain plastic.  Plastics are endocrine receptors, meaning they increase estrogen in the body that increase your risk of all cancers but especially reproductive cancers.  
  5. Smoking cigarettes.  It is amazing that this should even be on a list.  We've know about the dangers of smoking for decades now.  Cigarettes have over a thousand chemicals, most of which are carcinogenic.  Must I say more?  Throw away the cigarettes.  Buy a gym membership and the best healthy organic food with the money you save.  You can't quit smoking without working out.  Do not buy junk food while trying to quit.   Eating a low (refined) carb diet with lots of vegetables, fruit, lean meats, and good fats like the Paleo diet should help keep you satisfied. 
  6. Radiation.  Mammograms and all medical x-rays do not prevent cancer.  They detect cancer.  Sometimes they actually cause cancer.  In addition, many surgeries are performed on tumors and cancers that would not have spread had the person not had surgery.  Mammography and x-rays (including body scans at the airport) increase your risk of cancer by increasing free-radicals in the body.  I prefer to use thermography rather than mammography because there is no cancer risk because radiation is not utilized.  If you must get x-rays of any kind, try to spread them out and eat seaweed (might want to hit the sushi bar after your mammogram) and take vitamin C immediately after the x-rays.
  7. Chemotherapy.  Chemotherapy is a poison meant to kill cancer cells but it also kills fast growing healthy cells and in turn weakening the immune system.  Chemo not only can destroy healthy organs and cause a multitude of life-long complications, it increases your risk of future cancers.  Do not be rushed into chemotherapy by your doctor.  Many cancers do not respond to chemo, so do your research.  If your doctor pressures you, then find another doctor.  He cares more about his vacation home.
  8. Lack of exercise.  Those who exercise not only have a much lower risk of getting cancer but also neurological disease such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. 
  9. Chemicals from products.  Fragrance products, cosmetics, hair dyes, body care products, nail polish remover, home cleaning products, pesticides, and herbicides. Replace all of these with natural products.  There is plenty of information on the web.
  10. Hysterectomy.  Having a hysterectomy at an age younger than 50 without natural hormone replacement increases your risk of breast cancer.  Hormones keep us young. Hysterectomies reduce female hormone production significantly and signals the body to die.  Sounds cruel but it is true.  If you had a hysterectomy, see a doctor who uses bio-identical hormones.  In the meantime, you can get progesterone cream (Emerita and Now have good products) and use it as prescribed.  Progesterone cream naturally increases both progesterone and estrogen in your body.  Progesterone cream is also helpful for those going through menopause.