… by far the most dangerous threat to medicare is Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Harper hates medicare more than any other aspect of Canadian governance and democracy. He actually quit politics in the late ’90s to become the head of the viciously right-wing National Citizens Coalition — an organization founded in the early 1970s explicitly to fight medicare.
Until 2014, medicare in Canada received federal funding through a 10-year (legally binding) accord negotiated by the provinces and the federal government, providing provinces with a 6-per-cent increase every year. But what is in place now is a 10-year funding formula imposed by Harper on the provinces with virtually no consultation. Its increase per year is just 3 per cent — which means a loss of $36 billion over the 10 years. It is classic Harper — make a structural change whose bite is worse and worse as years go by. The underfunding systematically pushes provinces to cut and privatize.
Harper has abandoned all federal oversight or guardianship. There are no strings attached to the money. And the equalization aspect of the former accord is also gone, meaning increasingly unequal health care across the country and an erosion of the principle of universality. Lastly, the current funding formula not only brings the funding contribution of Ottawa to a record low 19 per cent; it is not legally binding and if Harper wins the election he could unilaterally chop billions from medicare any time he chooses.
Some 40 per cent of Canadians can’t be bothered to vote in federal elections, mistaking ill-informed cynicism for sophistication along the lines of “they’re all the same.” I wonder if they’ll remember that refrain 30 years from now when they have to remortgage their house to pay their medical bills.
Archive for the ‘Medicine’ Category
Niall McGee didn’t believe in depression – until cancer medication put him in a suicidal spiral – The Globe and MailPosted: May 29, 2015 in Health, Medicine
Based on the premise that people with terminal illnesses are also terminally stupid. This kind of legislation is an invitation to legalize all kinds of quackery in the name of Libertarian Puritanism. -Peter Guenther
Public Health experts want nosodes taken off the market – Home | The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti | CBC RadioPosted: February 23, 2015 in Medicine, Science
Alternative medicine that has been proven to work via peer reviewed science is – MEDICINE. The Word “alternative” is equal to saying “not proven” or “junk science” or “Placebo-opathy”. I made that last one up. -Peter Guenther
The message we’ve been hearing a lot of lately: Get your kids vaccinated, whether it’s against the flu, whooping cough, or the newly resurgent measles.
But our colleagues at CBC TV’s Marketplace went undercover sending the parents of infant children to visit five homeopaths in Vancouver and in Toronto. Those parents were offered something called “nosodes” — tiny white pills, that are definitely not vaccines.
And despite what those homeopaths said, there are no peer-reviewed clinical trials supporting their claims that nosodes are effective, more than 90 per cent of the time, in preventing diseases such as measles or whooping cough.
And, if you’ve never even heard of nosodes before, you’re not alone. They’re sometimes described as homeopathic vaccines – A tiny bit of human tissue that’s been infected with a given disease is sterilized, and then diluted many times over. It’s diluted so much that there is actually no active ingredient left in the final product. Nosodes advocates say they nevertheless produce an immune response.
Health Canada has approved their use within traditional homeopathic medicine, but they’re not to be used as an alternative to vaccination. In fact, since last year, Health Canada guidelines have stipulated that nosodes must be packaged with labels stating clearly that they are not alternatives to vaccines. But six months after those guidelines took force, our Marketplace colleagues sent those same two parents in to buy nosodes from homeopathic practitioners and there were no warning labels.
With measles outbreaks popping up across Canada, some public health experts are calling on Health Canada to further tighten the rules around nosodes or even take them off the market entirely.
Ian Culbert is the Executive Director of the Canadian Public Health Association. He was in our Ottawa studio.
We requested interviews with Health Canada, Health Minister Rona Ambrose and her Parliamentary Secretary. No one was available today. We also asked the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors to speak with us. The organization declined. We reached out to the bodies that regulate Naturopathic Physicians in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario. They didn’t get back to us. The College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia did respond, but couldn’t provide anyone for an interview. However, it stated naturopathic doctors providing immunizations must “adhere to provincial immunization guidelines … They are not permitted to misrepresent homeopathic preparations as substitutes for the immunization protocols approved by the province.”
Alfred Hauk has agreed to talk about this. He is a Naturopathic Doctor and the Chair of the Board of the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors. The association advocates on behalf of Naturopathic Doctors in Ontario, but does not license or regulate them. Alfred Hauk ws in Brantford, Ontario.
This segment was produced by The Current’s Gord Westmacott and Sarah Grant.
Parents trying to reverse kids’ autism by ‘flushing out’ vaccines with bogus ‘miracle’ bleach enemasPosted: February 21, 2015 in Medicine
Woo haw. Remind me again what the definition of stupid is? Or yea, an anti-vaxxer. – Peter Guenther
Parents seeking help with children with autism are turning to a “miracle” cure that involves giving the children enemas, using a dangerous industrial solution used for bleaching wood pulp.
According to If You Only News, parents have turned to Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS), containing sodium chlorite which is mixed with citric acid (i.e. orange juice) to make chlorine dioxide. According to the promoters, the solution, which can be taken orally or administered via an enema, can cure HIV, malaria, hepatitis, autism, acne, and cancer.
Miracle Mineral Solution is the brainchild of Jim Humble, who quit the Church of Scientology to form the Genesis II Church of Health & Healing in order to promote his “miracle” cure in Africa and Mexico…