VA Privatization = Longer Waits and Higher Costs

Increased Privatization of the VA Has Led to Longer Waits and Higher Costs for Taxpayers – By Isaac Arnsdorf & Jon Greenberg – Dec 2018

For years, conservatives have assailed the United States Department of Veterans Affairs as a dysfunctional bureaucracy. They said private enterprise would mean better, easier-to-access health care for veterans

Here’s what has actually happened in the four years since the government began sending more veterans to private care:

  • longer waits for appointments and,
  • a new analysis of VA claims data by ProPublica and PolitiFact shows, higher costs for taxpayers.   Continue reading

The Other Side of Opioids – YouTube

The Other Side of Opioids – YouTube

Here is a mainstream media outlet that’s bucking the opioid BS trend and reporting the truth about our desperate situation – which has nothing to do with the rising rates of overdose deaths from opioids or anything else people can get their hands on.

LAS VEGAS – Nightly newscasts across the country are filled with stories about the opioid epidemic — the opioid crisis. Tens of thousands of Americans who die each year are found with opioids in …

This 45 minute video is a year old and has received 175,000 downloads. It is still current and very pertinent, as the HHS Task Force on Best Practices in Pain Management draws together its recommendations to Congress.

It’s wonderful to see that our story is reaching so many people. I just hope they’re not all other pain patients, but perhaps people that might never have seen this other “painful” side of the supposed “opioid crisis”. Continue reading

Nerve Growth Factor: Neuroscience and Therapy – May 2015

Nerve Growth Factor: A Focus on Neuroscience and Therapy – free full-text /PMC4812798/ – 2015 May

Here is more information on “nerve growth factor”, NGF, the reduction of which is being proposed as a pain reliever. This article details the many positive functions of NGF in our nervous system (and eyes), so it really doesn’t seem like a good idea to minimize it.

Nerve growth factor (NGF) is the firstly discovered and best characterized neurotrophic factor, known to play a critical protective role in the development and survival of sympathetic, sensory and forebrain cholinergic neurons.

NGF promotes neuritis outgrowth both in vivo and in vitro and nerve cell recovery after ischemic, surgical or chemical injuries. Continue reading

The forgotten victims of the opioid epidemic

Chronic pain patients are forgotten victims of opioid epidemic – By Elyse Morgan and Jacqueline A. Schwarz – Jan 2019

In this article, the authors explain how our screwed up opioid policies arise from 3 fundamental myths firmly embedded in the American mind and endlessly repeated by PROPaganda.

Our country’s well-intentioned efforts to stop opioid abuse and related overdoses have left a group of Americans fighting for their lives. Medications including opiates have allowed hundreds of thousands of patients with chronic pain to function for many years.

Recent media stories to the contrary, research reveals that fewer than 1 percent of patients became addicted following lengthy opioid treatment. Long-term treatment does not cause addiction rates that are higher than those in the total population. Continue reading

Phase 3 Chronic Pain Program For Tanezumab

Pfizer And Lilly Preparing To Resume Phase 3 Chronic Pain Program For Tanezumab – March 23, 2015

Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) and Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE:LLY) announced today that they are preparing to resume the Phase 3 clinical program for tanezumab.

In the prior clinical studies of more than 11,000 patients, tanezumab demonstrated clinically meaningful efficacy vs. placebo and other select commonly used pain medicines.

I wonder what other “select commonly used pain medicines” it was tested against, when “commonly used” includes everything from aspirin and Tylenol to oxycodone.   Continue reading

It’s a (illicit) Fentanyl Crisis, Stupid!

It’s a Fentanyl Crisis, Stupid! – Kaatje Gotcha Crippled Comedy – Medium – by Kaatje Gotcha | Crippled Comedy – Dec 2018

This excellent article from an author crippled by spinal pain tells the story of the current “pain crisis”.

She explains how the CDC guidelines were written in secrecy with input mainly from anti-opioid activists and how these guidelines have had horrible effects on pain care in this country. She backs up her statements with numerous current references, as everyone should (and the anti-opioid zealots never do).

In 2012, life was great: I proudly wore a white coat with a stethoscope around my neck and finally felt useful to humanity. 

Because the author was/is a medical professional, she knows what she’s talking about. Continue reading

Almost All Overdose Deaths Involve Multiple Drugs

Almost All Overdose Deaths Involve Multiple Drugs, Federal Report Shows  – By Erin Schumaker – Dec 12, 2018

A new report analyzing the drugs involved in fatal overdoses once again emphasized fentanyl’s role in the United States’ opioid crisis and highlighted a point frequently made by public health experts:

Most people who fatally overdose
have more than one drug in their system.

In 2016, about 70 percent of fatal overdoses involving fentanyl or heroin involved another drug as well, and roughly 74 percent of fatal overdoses involving cocaine also involved one or more other drugs.   Continue reading

Patients Suffer as Private Companies Profit

Patients Suffer as Private Companies Profit – Kaiser Helath News – Jan 2018

Marcela Villa isn’t a big name in health care — but she played a crucial role in the lives of thousands of Medicaid patients in California.

Her official title: denial nurse.

It’s hard to believe how brazenly these companies serve mercenary functions. Any other company would have called her an “Approval Nurse”, even doing the exact same job.

Each week, dozens of requests for treatment landed on her desk after preliminary rejections.   Continue reading

Congress is screwing up the drug overdose crisis

Congress is about to screw up the drug overdose crisis – Daniel Horowitz · April 10, 2018  

Though a bit dated, this article points out how the current legislation is destructive and cruel, yet pours money into businesses seeking profit.

The politicians are still blind to nature of the illicit drug/chemical warfare crisis in this country that they misleadingly refer to as a prescription opioid crisis

As such, their solutions are making the problem worse, as they focus exclusively on government practicing medicine,   Continue reading

Complications of Uncontrolled, Persistent Pain

Complications of Uncontrolled, Persistent Pain – By Forest Tennant, MD, DrPH – Jan 2018

To the unfortunate patient who is afflicted and the practitioner who treats it, incurable, persistent pain is truly its own disease regardless of its underlying cause.

Persistent pain, which is also often characterized as chronic or intractable, has all the ramifications of a disease in that it may have pre-clinical and overt phases.

I like that he calls it “persistent pain” instead of “chronic pain”, a term which has become synonymous in the public’s eye as a whining, complaining, catastrophizing, gonna-be addict.    Continue reading