Saturday, August 13, 2011

Think You Would Prefer Socialized Medicine? THINK AGAIN!

Migraines, ‘Magic Shots’ And Lies Perpetrated By Conventional Medicine
Posted Aug 3, 2011 by Bob Livingston on Personal Liberty Digest

"I have a friend who suffers from migraines (not Rep. Michele Bachmann, though I’m sure she’s a delightful person).  The young lady of whom I speak has suffered from this condition for most of her life.  Unlike the afore mentioned Presidential candidate from Minnesota, my friend’s migraines are often debilitating.  For years, she sought answers from Conventional Medicine, until she got some unusual advice in an emergency room.

The young lady in question recently visited her local emergency room twice in the space of five days for two separate migraines.  On the first visit she was given a shot, often referred to as the “magic shot,” which consisted of Phenergan and “enough Demerol to bring down a bull elephant” — the words of the on-call physician.  The shot made her fall asleep for about three hours, after which she awoke and suffered for an additional 26 hours before the migraine abated.   All told, that migraine lasted for 72 hours.

On the second visit, she was attended by a nurse practitioner (NP).  This man, she told me, was different.   After she explained her current symptoms and related her experience during the first visit, the NP closed the door to her room.

“Do you want to have the shot,” he asked, “or do you want to get better?”

Taken aback, my friend replied that she wanted a treatment that worked.  The NP then explained that, in the fast-paced world of emergency rooms, most medical professionals assume the people who come in complaining of migraines just want the “magic shot.”

“If they’re drug seeking, it’s faster to just give them the drugs,” he explained.   “I never prescribe opioids for real migraines.”
In all the years my friend had been visiting emergency rooms, she had always received a shot.  Sometimes it worked, sometimes not.  Never, not once, had she been told that she was being treated like a mere drug addict.

It turns out, Demerol (chemical name meperidine) does not cure migraines, and hospitals know this.

“Despite guidelines recommending against opioids as first line treatment for acute migraine, meperidine is the agent used most commonly in North American emergency departments,” read a study reported in Annals of Emergency Medicine, a peer-reviewed medical journal.

The study concluded that: “Meperidine is less efficacious and associated with more side effects than DHE regimens in acute migraine headache.  There was also a trend towards decreased efficacy of meperidine compared to anti-emetics.  Clinicians should consider alternatives to meperidine when treating acute migraine with injectable agents.”

The NP instead prescribed for my friend what he called “the migraine cocktail” — Benadryl, Compazine and Toradol, given intravenously with a liter of fluids. This remedy contained no narcotics and was relatively mild as far as prescription drugs go (although prescription drugs should be avoided, of course).  Because this treatment takes an hour to administer, emergency rooms rarely offer it, choosing to just give migraine sufferers the shot.  While I applaud the NP’s non-use of opioids, I would add that at least one study has found that a popular supplement, coenzyme Q10, may be successful in preventing migraines.

A 2004 study reported at the American Academy of Neurology’s annual meeting found that migraine patients who took 100 mg three times a day of CoQ10 — which acts as the body’s energy producer — had fewer attacks in three months than those who took a placebo.  The participants taking CoQ10 also had fewer days with a headache and fewer days with nausea.

My friend’s migraine was gone within half an hour of being treated with the “migraine cocktail,” but when she spoke to me she felt sick — over the way she had been treated by the medical community through the years."

I agree with, and thank the author for the article.  My only disagreement is with the title, specifically “…Lies Perpetrated By Conventional Medicine.”  I think a more correct accusation would be “…Inefficient Medical Care Perpetrated by Cost Considerations Pressure from Hospital Administrators and federal Government Intrusions.”  This is what ALWAYS happens when any “non medical administration” takes control of the details of medical treatment.  Treatment effectiveness drops immediately and precipitously, as we see now, and as we will REALLY see if ObamaCare is not repealed.  Most physicians apply their oath “First do no harm” to their medical practice whereas non-medical adminstrators and government promote “First show me the money”.  

And if ObamaCare is instituted we will see “Only BIG MONEY will receive the best medical treatment”.  That is why the wealthiest of the sick drive to America from Canada for their medical treatment.  Wealthy Brits would also drive here if there was a highway, but the wealthy Brits are forced to fly here.  Muslim oil potentates, and the ultra rich jet set come to America in droves to take advantage of the best medical care in the world.  What an American citizen advantage – to receive the best medical care in the world, without having to travel to another country to get it!  Have you ever read of anyone going to any country with socialized medicine to get their medical care, other than cheap, contaminated cosmetic botox injections in Tjuana, which then usually require American medical care to resolve the infections?  The next time you have a doctor's appointment, ask him/her what their opinion is of ObamaCare or Socialized medicine.

Why are Obama and Congress exempted from ObamaCare?  Why has the federal government handed out THOUSANDS of ObamaCare waivers to states, unions, McDonalds, federal employees and other major backers and major supporters of Obamacare, like AARP, the whole State of Maine (Obama payback for support), the whole state of Nevada (Harry Reid's state), waivers are pending from the whole states Kentucky, New Hampshire,  and EVERY constituent of Nancy Pelosi in the state California?  

In September, 2010, Obamacare promoter and democrat Rep Ron Wyden applied for a special oregon waiver from the very federal mandate he supported and advocated for everyone else!

Oh yes, and by the way, ALL Muslims are exempted from suffering ObamaCare!

Looks like Obama has paid back most of his major Obamacare supporters?  As of June 2011 there have been 1,471 waivers approved, covering 3.2 million citizens.  Waivers are so sought after, that the federal government is ending their waiver program on September 22, 2011.  See Michelle Malkin's waiver post here.


Think anything is hiding in there?

If ObamaCare is not repealed there will be an age limit to qualify for many high cost medical treatments which are available to ANYONE without consideration of age, now.  Remember that in the absence of premature death, EVERYONE will at some point in their life reach the “old age” category.


  1. I asked for a Waiver and we are currently paying the first year's new fees for Obamacare. Probably recognized my name from my surveys and letters and said NO!
    As for the migraine problem-had it severely from 11 to about 30, then more intermittently, heavy to medium. I have hit 70 and for some reason seldom have them. I wonder if the chemo did it!
    Who makes up the questions used on GOP debates? Why are serious questions on Obamacare, Obama failures, our stand on Israel, etc. not being asked?
    Was your question asked?

  2. trailbee, I hope you get your waiver, but probably the most efficient way will be either through the unconstitutionality decisions, state nulifications, or the least desirable method, REPEAL.

    In my long life, I have had only three or four headaches, but I have great empathy for migraine sufferers. I have friends who have suffered terribly with migraines. I know yours and their suffering is REAL and terrible! There was a time in the practice of medicine when migraines were thought to be "figments of the imagination", simply because medicine had no answers for it.

    Here is the question I tweeted to Bret Baier. It is the question most interesting to me for a selfish reason - I hoped to hear some GOOD NEWS...hahaha They only asked "watered down" versions of my question, "all around" my question, but not much in the way of "specifics", nor anything very comforting...hahaha

    BillboTex BillboTex
    @Bret_Baier #gopdebate If elected POTUS how much reversal of the Obama agenda do you think you can accomplish the first year? Be specific.
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  3. The lack of substance in the questions leaves me breathless! The entire Presidential campaign on BOTH sides will be a skimming of the real problems we face and the person who is elected will be POTUS of a country that picks lightweights because they don't like to think. Hurts too much. I'm pissed. BUT - it's not a done deal YET.