Michael Jackson: Proof of a failed health care system?

While cardiologist Conrad Murray goes missing in action, authorities say the doctor, is not a criminal suspect.

“Craig Harvey, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County coroner, said there were no signs of foul play in the autopsy and further tests would be needed to determine cause of death. He said Jackson was taking some unspecified prescription medication but gave few other details.”

“We do not consider him to be uncooperative at this time,” Beck said. “We think that he will assist us in coming to the truth of the facts in this case.”-Huffington Post

Still you have to wonder, with Michael Jackson taking the precaution of having a live-in doctor, why is it that Brian Oxman thought this was bound to happen?

“I said one day we’re going to have this experience. And when Anna Nicole Smith passed away, I said we cannot have this kind of thing with Michael Jackson,” Brian Oxman, a former Jackson attorney and family friend, told NBC’s “Today” show. “The result was I warned everyone, and lo and behold, here we are. I don’t know what caused his death. But I feared this day, and here we are.”

Oxman claimed Jackson had prescription drugs at his disposal to help with pain suffered when he broke his leg after he fell off a stage and for broken vertebrae in his back.”-Huffington Post

Rumor has it that Michael Jackson was using the pain killer Demerol.

“The government warns that mixing it with certain other drugs can lead to reactions including slowed or stopped breathing, shock and cardiac arrest.”-Huffington Post

I know all to well how easy it is to trust that a doctor is looking out for you. When you have someone writing you prescriptions, you trust that they know what’s best. Someone like Michael Jackson probably never even thought about reading the warning labels on his medications. Why would he when he had his own live in doctor? I have to wonder if this doctor even considered his mental health, another problem with the health care industry. You would never have a psychologist sit down with the family doctor and discuss whether it’s safe to prescribe pain killers, and yet that’s the kind of health care I wish we had. Of course most people know MJ’s mental health is at least in question.  I think his doctor should have  thought twice about giving him pain killers but because this is a business, I’m sure most doctors in this position would do what they thought they needed to do to keep their job.  Enzymes could have been a great alternative to pain killers, which would have helped with pain, healing and inflammation.   It’s also nearly impossible to take too many. Not only that, his cardiovascular health would have improved! With such a simple solution, why was Michael’s health put in jeopardy?

For myself, I’ll still never forget being prescribed Sulfasalazine. I got the ok from both my gynecologist and rheumatologist that Sulfasalazine would not interfere with birth control pills, later to find that they do interfere with each other. So what does this mean? Do we have a failed health care system?

In my opinion, we absolutely do. Too many times have doctors failed me, and other people. How can a health care system work if it relies on profit? Healthy people are not profitable, and that’s just plain and simple. Cures are not profitable when there are many more medications that can manage a disease. I’m not saying that scientists aren’t searching for cures, but at the same time, I can’t trust a health care system that isn’t meant for everyone.

So yes, in my opinion I think that Michael Jackson’s doctor did fail him. Prescriptions shouldn’t be taken lightly and they shouldn’t be handed out like candy. You shouldn’t have to research your medications because you’re afraid your prescriptions aren’t compatible. You SHOULD be able to simply trust your doctor that he really knows what’s best for you. I hope that one day I’ll feel that way about doctors, that I can trust them fully and completely. And I hope one day I can trust my health insurance company (when I have one again) that they’re not going to drop my coverage if I forget to write that I was treated for acne as a child…..(and that was taken from a true story about a woman who got cancer but the insurance dropped her coverage because she failed to report her childhood acne prescriptions.) Life is short and without the best medical care, it can become even shorter.

Michael Jackson, your music was powerful and your talent, unforgettable. Rest in peace.

And for those of you that loved his music, here’s my favorite song, “It’s the Falling in Love”. I tried to find a better video that really represented this song…but this was the best I could find:

Serracor-NK: Reverse the Disease Process

Supplements that can reverse the disease process

Supplements that can reverse the disease process

Serracor-NK is a supplement that you can buy on-line from www.biomediclabs.com . This blend has tremendously improved my Rheumatoid Arthritis. First I noticed not having stiffness at night. Then I noticed getting out of bed and not feeling pain when my feet hit the floor.

Disease activity is in direct correlation to inflammation. If you can decrease inflammation, then you have less disease activity which means less destruction on joints and organs. Side effects from this supplement were only beneficial. It reduces high cholesterol, improves circulatory health, induces viral cleansing and I never expected this one… hair thinning-gone! Expect to have the same amount of hair that you had as a teenager! (Of course, individual results may vary). Perhaps my hair loss was being caused from my body attacking itself. After all, Lupus causes hair loss and even though I was diagnosed with RA, I do get a lot of Lupus-like symptoms. I had thought my hair loss was simply hereditary. I’ve always had great hair but the amount of hair I’d loose in the shower still bothered me. Methotrexate caused me to loose even more but when I stopped Methotrexate I noticed that during a flare, I’d still loose more hair than normal. Now I lose almost no hair at all. It’s amazing! Serracor-NK works by removing excess Fibrin in the body. If your inflammation is not caused by excess Fibrin, then Serracor-NK probably won’t work for you.

“Recent research has shown that fibrin plays a key role in the inflammatory response and development of rheumatoid arthritis.-Wikipedia

For some people, experimenting with a supplement doesn’t sound like a good idea to them. I already felt that the medicines prescribed normally for Rheumatoid Arthritis are experimental, so trying supplements were a natural choice for me. A recent study in WebMD about Biologics shows that though they help with symptoms, they’re not the medical breakthrough doctors and patients were hoping for. Biologics like Enbrel are a very new choice of therapy. There are no guarantees. Although people feel safe taking a drug like Methotrexate because it has been around for a long time, I don’t find this any more consoling. Methotrexate is a drug that yes is widely prescribed by doctors but because it has been tested for so long, it is a fact and not a theory that taking this drug increases chances of cancer, digestive issues, Alzheimer’s and other disconcerting possibilities. It seems likely that at some point, you will suffer from some side effect. From my support group, Daily Strength, I commonly see people who have to temporarily stop taking Methotrexate because their liver enzymes were elevated. What this means is, their liver is getting damaged and they have to stop a medicine that is reducing pain, inflammation and joint damage, putting them behind with their therapy. I have been happily surprised that since starting Serracor-NK, I have not had to deal with a single flare. I feel healthy and can participate in most social events and activities without RA holding me back. Bottom Line: “The findings suggest that RA patients’ medical needs are not being totally met”WebMD

After having been on traditional medications for over a year and then switching over to Low Dose Naltrexone and Serracor-NK, I can honestly say that stiffness, inflammation and quality of life have greatly improved. I do believe that I’m getting increasingly better. This kind of feeling wasn’t happening on Methotrexate and Prednisone. I would go to the gym several times a week and find myself unable to work out as hard. I lost a considerable amount of muscle and since then have been able to improve my exercise routine. If you do decide to try Serracor-NK, make sure you don’t expect miracles right away. Just like immune suppressant drugs, these things take a while. I didn’t really feel a difference until the end of the second month and even then it was a small change. By the third month I was extremely impressed and the fourth month, I felt even better. Unfortunately, you do have to take a lot of pills. That’s the downside….and it sucks. But the alternative is even worse in my opinion. I would much rather take pills everyday, all day long than have to deal with the amount of suffering caused from taking a drug like Methotrexate. For some people, they never experience side effects. I did experience many side effects and I worried constantly about side effects from methotrexate years down the line.

At the height of my RA, I couldn’t even sit up from the couch without a helping hand. Now I can run, lift a full pot of coffee and wake up early in the morning with ease and without the worry of morning stiffness.

If you are looking to avoid the toxicity of chemotherapy drugs, the side effects of corticosteroids, and the expense and issues involved in Biologics, then you have come to the right site. There are so many options out there but coming up with a plan that tailors to your disease and your body can be difficult. Immune suppressive drugs work so well across the board because they don’t have to figure out the problem. They work by suppressing the immune system to a point that the body simply stops reacting. My theory however is that your immune system will eventually try to figure out a way to overcompensate by being suppressed. This is just my theory and I am in no way suggesting that you stop your DMARD. On the other hand, for some people who are looking to find an alternative, I think these are great solutions. What if they really do reverse the disease process? All I can say is, get back to me in 10 years and I’ll let you know. Hopefully I’ll have the answer we all hope for which is yes, you can reverse the disease process if you catch it in time.

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