Cancer research dollars diverted on “study” linking Trump support with opioid abuse?

National Institute of Health funded researchers are hard at work seeking cures for America’s patients… except when they’re not.

The venerable Journal of the American Medical Association is out with a new NIH-funded “original investigation.” What medical breakthroughs are being announced do you ask? Not. A. Single. One. Instead JAMA has published a “study” the authors tout as “adding to the emerging literature on the relationship between health status and support of Donald Trump in the 2016 election.”

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2685627

Here’s what James S. Goodwin, MD et al claim to have “discovered”:

An analysis of a national sample of Medicare claims data found that chronic use of prescription opioid drugs was correlated with support for the Republican candidate in the 2016 US presidential election.

You read that right. Trump supporters are more likely to abuse drugs, according to Dr. Goodwin and his colleagues. However reading through the article, it becomes clear that the boldness of their claim is inversely proportional to the strength of the evidence backing it up.

It’s bad enough that the researchers are digging through and torturing medical data (statistically) for a political purpose. It’s equally bad that the patient data was used without any informed consent (because the data is “de-identified” don’t ya know).

What’s worse? A source of funding for this junk science appears to be a taxpayer funded NIH grant ostensibly for cancer prevention and control.

Whether you support Trump or not, there’s no debate over this: the diversion of cancer research funds for political purposes is bad for patients.  In addition, it is improper to use health crises like the opioid epidemic in this manner. The NIH should demand that the taxpayer dollars spent on this “study” be returned.

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IP4PI Participates in National Day of Solidarity to Prevent Physician Suicide

August 20th was a National Day of Solidarity to Prevent Physician Suicide.

Learn more at http://www.care2.com/savedoctors and watch Dr. Craig M. Wax speak at the Philadelphia County Medical Society about ending this epidemic on the Health Is Number One YouTube Channel.

Medical Economics has published a transcript of the talk:
http://medicaleconomics.modernmedicine.com/medical-economics/news/physicians-abused-ignored-and-silenced-no-more?page=0,0

Thank you to Dr. Pam Wible – http://www.idealmedicalcare.org/blog/ – for launching this much needed initiative to save physician lives.

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Fighting Back When No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

Dr. Richard Willner of the Center for Peer Review Justice writes in: 
This is the last letter I received from a client.  M is a 63 yo cardiologist living in XX.  This letter was ghosted by his boy, a lawyer in YY.   M had the “nerve” to question the billing of his patients.  As an employee, the billing is done by the billing department of the employer.   He should have benefited as he has earned more “credits”, as per the usual and customary contracts, insurance payers, etc. The Employer retaliated with a Suspension, Data Banking by the National Practitioner Data Bank,  and other actions.  
Under the Health Care Quality Improvement Act of 1986, MDs do not have substantive due process rights.  All of these actions often result in a suspension at the state licensing board level, and other actions.  I specialize in “fixing” these type of cases.
The Cardiologist is making nice progress, and we are in the process of getting him significant employment in a hospital.
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$23 Million Hospital Propaganda Against Doctors

Guest Post from Gene Uzawa Dorio, M.D.

When well-educated medical professionals have no voice, and hospital administrators control public relations, swaying opinions can be harmful to patient care.

Below is my recent posting revealing intentional finger pointing away from the true cause of poor healthcare in our country. It is nationwide, and should be examined in your community.

Thank you for listening.

Gene

$23 Million Hospital Propaganda Against Doctors

On occasion, I feel compelled to put in my two cents at Santa Clarita City Council meetings. Recently there was a five hour meeting about whether the city should subsidize the artsy Laemmle theatre as an anchor to revitalize business in Old Town Newhall.

This is what I said:

As a physician, my job is to weigh risks and benefits.

Advancing technology and research has improved my ability to practice medicine. We don’t give children cough syrup laced with morphine or heroin anymore. Blood letting has been discontinued. Lobotomies are now only reserved for Washington D.C. politicians. Continue reading

We Must be the Paradigm Shift and Mount an Innovative Goliath Offense

Guest Post from Kris Held, MD

After spending the last 7 years treading water naively and optimistically waiting for things to be repealed and fixed and after countless trips to DC and across the country trying to cry from the wilderness of the practice of medicine from the trenches with many of you and our organizations, I am convinced this is beyond repair and will never be repealed by those in power.

The Philosophy of the architects of the current system we are floundering in is the antithesis of Hippocratic medicine and in fact works to undermine and dismantle it. Just take innovation- look at Ezekiel Emanuel’s own words on this- he believes innovation is too expensive and the taxes in Obamacare reflect this opinion. He also is an ethicist whose roots stem from his area of expertise which is dying with dignity and systems of rationing like the complete lives system. Continue reading

How to return healthcare to real healing

“Osteopathic family physicians have always had patient centered medical home practices. We don’t need insurance or government bodies to certify us for money. We also shouldn’t be forced to sell patient and physician private data for money. we shouldn’t be forced to work for hospital systems due to complicated cronyism federal law. DPC Direct primary care changes 70 years of insurance and government lies and deceit back to the privileged individual patient-physician relationship.” Craig M. Wax DO

National Physicians Solution Forum | Let My Doctor Practice

Patients and doctors alike are being crushed by the current health care system, where government and insurers, instead of patients and medical professionals, make health care decisions. Check out the new letmydoctorpractice.org, national physicians town hall. This is not a membership organization. This is a solutions forum, to which all doctors and their organizations are invited. View all content free, add your voice.

  • 45+ Speakers
  • 30+ Hours of Solutions/Alternatives Content
  • 30+ Organizations Participated
  • “Key Ideas, Resources and Solutions” with links

letmydoctorpracticeBest to all,
Mike Strickland