Health Care Repeal Turns Back the
Clock to a Time of No Rights
By Janice "Jay" Johnson
The health care repeal that Republicans are pushing through Congress is a direct attack on the lives of black people throughout the country.
Just as these right-wing politicians are pushing us out of the voting booth, they want to push us out of doctor's offices and hospitals, further into medical debt, and closer to the grave.
Some think repealing "Obamacare" will reset the clock to 2008. In truth, the repeal plan being considered by the Senate takes us back beyond 1964, before Voting Rights, Civil Rights, and before Medicaid.
Medicaid is the program that more than any other opened the door to health care for African American people in the United States, and the lives of black people are exactly what's at stake in the fight over repeal.
The legislation proposed by Republican leaders doesn't just gut the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It also aims to destroy Medicaid, cutting a quarter of its budget and capping funds, ending the guarantee that the program will be funded according to how much care is needed and used.
This will result in more than 22 million people across the country losing their coverage entirely, while many more will lose critical services they need - everything from help with long-term care to cancer treatment.
We know these cuts won't be felt equally. Black adults are twice as likely to get their coverage through Medicaid than white adults. Although struggling people of all races will suffer under this health care repeal, the effects will hit black communities hardest.
African Americans have higher rates of diabetes, stroke and high blood pressure, and African American men are twice as likely to die from prostate cancer. All of these conditions are easily treatable with well managed health care, which is what the ACA is all about.
The cruelty of taking away health care is unfathomable. Many black adults got health insurance for the first time in their life under "Obamacare" when many states expanded Medicaid. Unfortunately, too many people were shut out of these gains because some states refused the Medicaid expansion.
When Louisiana finally opened Medicaid to more people, there were newspaper reports of patients crying with relief. These right-wing politicians want to steal that right out of their hands. They don't care who lives or dies as long as they can hand over a giant tax break to their billionaire and corporate donors.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has tried to sell health care repeal by calling it "freedom." How ridiculous!
That's the emptiest, cruelest version of freedom I can think of - the freedom to go without health care you need and can't pay for, the freedom to go bankrupt over medical debt, the freedom to die.
Without insurance, families face devastating financial consequences. More than half of all bankruptcies are due to insurmountable medical bills. Lack of health insurance isn't freedom, it is a poverty sentence that can last for generations.
When it comes to health care, the Affordable Care Act didn't get us all the way, just as Medicaid hasn't either. But the ACA put us in the right direction, and it's that progress the right-wing politicians want to destroy - and that makes them so afraid.
Janice "Jay" Johnson is the board president of People's Action, a national organization with members in 29 states advancing economic, racial, gender, and climate justice. Johnson is a longtime youth advocate and community activist in Hampton and Newport News, Virginia.
Your Vision Improvement Options Explored - Eye Exercises Versus Contact Lenses
By Joel Travers King
One of the popular methods of vision improvement in America is the use of contacts for vision correction of various eye conditions such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. While the use of contact lenses is popular with people due to the fact that it is convenient, and takes the hassle out of wearing glasses, it does not correct the underlying causes of your vision conditions. When it comes to different vision improvement methods it is helpful to make comparisons between the various vision correction options so that you can make a wise choice regarding the things you need to do to protect your precious eyesight.
Did you know that a program of eye exercises is an effective vision improvement alternative to contact lenses that unlike contacts, does address the underlying causes of your vision conditions? An eye exercise program strengthens the visual system via the practice of a series of simple and easy to perform eye exercise techniques; a process that leads to better natural vision without glasses. Therefore, here is an evaluation as to how contacts and eye exercises compare in terms of finding a vision correction alternative that is more viable to you in improving your vision health.
Eye exercises are convenient due to the fact that the eye exercise techniques are user-friendly, simple and easy to perform. All you need for the natural care of your eyes is the regular practice of these techniques. This eliminates the hassles that come with inconvenient maintenance schedules for your contact lenses whereby they need to be cleaned, disinfected and replaced according to the type of contact lenses you are wearing.
The advantage of wearing contact lenses is the fact that it does not interfere with your personal appearance. In some cases, it actually enhances your physical appearance which is the case with special colored contact lenses. These colored contacts make you look more attractive allowing you to change your eye color depending on the type of fashion statement you want to make. However, if you neglect to practice the proper hygiene and the proper safety guidelines regarding their use, you increase the risks for eye health hazards that pose a serious risk to your vision health. Some of these eye health hazards can include corneal scratches, inflammation in the eyes and eye infections.
On the other hand the pursuit of an eye exercise program to improve your vision naturally is 100% natural. These natural techniques unlike contacts, do not mask the symptoms of your eye condition but get to the root of what is causing your poor eyesight.
There are different options available to you that help you to correct your vision problems. When it comes to contacts you get a vision improvement method that is convenient, but this is only safe on the condition that you are willing to keep up with hygienic routines, regular replacement schedules and the proper safety procedures regarding their care and their use. With eye exercises on the other hand, you get a 100% safe and all natural program of simple and easy to practice eye exercise techniques. These techniques are not time consuming at all but once you practice them regularly they lead to improvement that results in better natural vision without glasses.
My name is Joel King and I am a City College Broadcasting graduate. As a natural vision improvement success story, I enjoy sharing my knowledge and experience with others about natural vision improvement alternatives to glasses and contacts. Take your eye health to the next level with this fun and easy vision improvement program where you can discover effective eye exercise techniques that will help you improve your eyesight naturally and eliminate the hassles and inconveniences of wearing contact lenses. Visit http://betternaturalvision.com today!
Is SIBO the Underlying Cause of Your IBS?
Here’s What You Need to Know!
By Dr. Chad Larson, NMD, DC, CCN, CSCS, Advisor and Consultant on Clinical Consulting Team for Cyrex Laboratories
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is not something you need to suffer with alone. Let’s not be bashful or afraid of these three little letters that so many people share. You may think of it as a solitary strife you must face alone, but IBS, a disorder characterized by abdominal discomfort and altered bowel habits (constipation and diarrhea) affects between 25 and 45 million people in the United States alone. Not hundred, not thousandMILLION. This is a staggering number!
Now, I’m not saying you need to join a support group or declare your IBS on social media, but I’d certainly recommend opening yourself up to learning a bit more about the condition and its connection to SIBO (more on that in a bit). For years, many have blamed their IBS on stress, but it has been determined that while stress can worsen or trigger symptoms due to the connection between the brain and the gut, it is not a cause of IBS.
Studies show that over 50 percent of patients diagnosed with IBS actually have an underlying imbalance called SIBO, or small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. In fact, the connection between SIBO and IBS has become a hot topic in the medical community over the last couple of years, as we continue to discover links between the two conditions. Here’s why: the small and large intestines are full of bacteria, which we need to stay healthy. But when there is too much of the wrong kind of bacteria in the wrong place, symptoms such as those of IBS often arise.
SIBO occurs when the bacteria from the large intestine migrate and overgrow in the small intestine. When there is too much of these bacteria in the small bowel, they can damage and compete with your own body’s small intestinal cells to absorb the nutrients from the food you are eating. When this happens, the bacteria end up producing large amounts of methane and hydrogen gas. If that’s a bit too much doctor mumbo jumbo for you, here’s the bottom line. If your body produces too much gas as a result of increased bacteria in the small bowel, this can cause symptoms conducive to IBS, including:
· Irritable bowel movements
· Frequent bouts of diarrhea, constipation, passing excess gas, heartburn, bloating and abdominal pain
· Symptoms of malabsorption, including weight loss, anemia or fatty stools
· Associated conditions such as fatigue, reflux, skin disorders, obesity or specific food intolerances or sensitivities
Traditionally, breath tests have been used as the standard method of diagnosing SIBO. This method calls for exhaustive dietary restriction and cumbersome collection protocols for patients, often making the accuracy of this test questionable. Because SIBO is a notoriously challenging disorder to diagnose, due in part to the fact that its signs and symptoms can be confused with many other conditions, a simple confirmatory blood test would be optimal. Fortunately, Cyrex Laboratories, a clinical laboratory specializing in functional immunology and autoimmunity, recently unveiled their new Array 22 Irritable Bowel/SIBO Screen, paving the way for a more accurate test of these disorders by assessing IgG, IgA and IgM antibodies to bacterial cytotoxins and cytoskeletal proteins. Array 22 features key lab markers related to IBS/SIBO and the specific intestinal barrier damage they cause.
If you have any of the above-mentioned signs or symptoms and suspect that you could be suffering from SIBO connected to IBS, testing is highly recommended as it may help you identify triggers. Talk to your health care professional about the symptoms you are experiencing and the option of being tested. There are antibiotic and herbal remedies along with diet protocols for the treatment of SIBO. But the first step to recovery of a health issue is diagnosing the underlying condition. In good health!
Dr. Chad Larson, NMD, DC, CCN, CSCS, Advisor and Consultant on Clinical Consulting Team for Cyrex Laboratories. Dr. Larson holds a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Southern California University of Health Sciences. He is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He particularly pursues advanced developments in the fields of endocrinology, orthopedics, sports medicine, and environmentally-induced chronic disease.