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Obama Administration Drops Proposal to Limit Medicare Drugs.


The Obama administration has abandoned a proposed change in Medicare after the plan was criticized by Republicans and Democrats alike.

The plan would have given health insurance companies more freedom to limit the number of drugs covered by Medicare. Those against the proposal said it would restrict seniors’ access to drugs they need.

Under current Medicare law, the majority of drugs across six classes are covered. The proposed plan would have limited that list to three classes — drugs that treat cancer, HIV and seizures.

“We will engage in further stakeholder input before advancing some or all of the changes in these areas in future years,” Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner wrote to lawmakers Monday.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky responded by saying the Obama administration should not go forward with its proposed cut in Medicare Advantage, a program that helps seniors pay for select medical services — including prescription drugs, also known as Part D.

“We remain concerned about the impact of Obamacare’s looming cuts to Medicare Advantage, something that was not addressed in today’s announcement,” McConnell said in a statement. “Seniors need to know whether the president will stand by his word, and that they can keep the plans they have and like.”

As the administration tries to regulate the industry more under the Affordable Care Act, seniors’ access to drugs has become a hot-button issue. Several proposals have popped up, ranging from limiting certain drugs depending on where the patient lives to allowing all pharmacies to dispense medication, regardless of the patient’s plan or healthcare network.

“We plan to finalize proposals related to consumer protections, anti-fraud provisions that have bipartisan support and transparency after taking into consideration the comments received during the public comment period,” Tavenner wrote.

The Partnership for Part D Access, a coalition based in Washington that advocates for the right of seniors to continue to receive prescription drug coverage, was pleased with Monday’s decision to ax the proposal.

“We are thrilled that [the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services] has listened to the loud chorus of support for maintaining beneficiary access to the life-saving drugs provided under Medicare Part D,” said coalition member Chuck Ingoglia, senior vice president of the National Council for Behavioral Health.

“Although we need to remain vigilant on this issue, we commend today’s action by CMS, which will allow millions of seniors to continue to confidently rely upon Medicare to provide them the drugs they need.”

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By Jason Devaney

Japan Lied! US Navy Soldiers Dying Of Radiation Poisoning After Fukushima Nuclear Disaster.


 

Some call it political spin, but others just say the world is being told lies. The epitome of the falsehoods being told about Fukushima comes from no less than the Japanese prime minister himself.

At the final International Olympic Committee meeting in Buenos Aires, the one deciding who would host the 2020 Summer Olympics, Shinzo Abe assured the IOC the “situation is under control.” Abe said there never was nor ever will be any damage to Tokyo as a result of the Fukushima disaster.

When pressed on the issue by Norwegian IOC Member Gerhard Heiberg, Abe doubled down and told the members, “It poses no problem whatsoever.” Abe went on to say that the contamination was limited to a small area and had been “completely blocked.”

The prime minister also stated, “There are no health-related problems until now, nor will there be in the future, I make the statement to you in the most emphatic and unequivocal way.” source – WND

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A historic earthquake and tsunami struck Japan, causing a nuclear power meltdown. The US Navy rushed in to help—but are those sailors now paying the price? Nearly 100 believe that mission ruined their health.

Vic Carter reports a Navy lieutenant from Maryland who can no longer walk is demanding someone take responsibility for what’s happened. On March 11, 2011, one of the largest earthquakes ever shook Japan. It triggered a tsunami. Waves more than 100 feet high slammed into the coast, killing thousands.

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When the wall of water smashed into the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, an explosion spewed radiation into the air and water, creating yet another tragedy. The United States military sped into the disaster zone to help, not knowing it was headed into the path of a radiation plume.

Now, three years after that exposure, at least 100 of those first responders are suffering from unexplained illnesses like cancer, leukemia, bleeding and hair loss—and they’re blaming it on radiation poisoning from Fukushima.

“When you’ve got a nuclear power plant that’s melting down, how can you not expect health risks to come from that?” said Lt. Steve Simmons. Lt. Steve Simmons was on board the USS Ronald Reagan, the first ship to arrive for Operation Tomodachi—the Japanese word for friends.

“I don’t think anybody on board really knew the full scope of what was going on,” Simmons said.

Seven months after arriving home to his family in Maryland from his deployment, Simmons’ health started to deteriorate. “One day, I was coming out of the bathroom and my legs just buckled on me and that was pretty much it,” he said.

Simmons and more than 100 others from the Ronald Reagan are fighting back. They’re suing the Tokyo Electric power company, claiming it hid the truth about radiation leaks at Fukushima.

“The TEPCO people who ran the power plant never warned their government. Their government never warned the world. The command never got the order, `Don’t go ’cause you’re going to get cooked,’” said attorney Paul Garner.

WJZ contacted TEPCO at its offices here in Washington and in Tokyo and got a “No comment.” Clearly, Simmons’ health has taken a drastic turn for the worse, but the problem is linking the sailors’ many medical problems to the Fukushima leak.

At the Pentagon, the Department of Defense has been answering numerous questions from sick sailors about what happened at Fukushima, but government reports indicate that radiation levels on board the USS Ronald Reagan were well below what’s considered dangerous.

“Drawing a cause and effect for individuals is exceedingly difficult,” said Johns Hopkins University Prof. Wayne Biddle. Radiation exposure experts say even if there is a connection, it’s hard to prove.

“They’re suffering. Clearly these individuals are suffering but they have no way of showing necessarily that their symptoms are related to that instance of radiation exposure,” Biddle said. “The hardest part is the family because we have three children,” Simmons said. “Our oldest daughter struggles with `Dad’s going to die’ kind of thing.”

Congress is now asking the Department of Defense for information about the medical conditions of crew members who were aboard the Ronald Reagan and what’s being done to treat them. source – CBS News.

by NTEB News Desk

Are Believers With Cancer Better Off Than Nonbelievers?.


Religious beliefs can help people cope with the stress of cancer better.

Religious beliefs could help people cope with the stress of cancer better.(Lightstock)

Belief can make the difference for a life in transition. During difficult times when an individual must prioritize their health, a spiritual or religious faith can ease tensions, boost attitude and support overall improved health. Research strongly suggests that individuals with religious and spiritual beliefs cope better during their battle with cancer.

Prayer also leads to optimism, reduces stress and can bolster the immune system, studies say. According to a Women’s Heath Initiative study conducted by the U.S National Institute of Health, those who regularly attend religious services reduce their risk of death by 20 percent. In the book God Changes Your Brain, Dr. Andrew Newburg found that those who pray and meditate have a highly developed parietal lobe, which improves memory and improves wellbeing. An article in Critical Care Clinics states that prayer is the second most common form of pain management, next to oral medicine.

Because of these and other findings, increasingly, the medical community seeks to boost health by understanding and encouraging practices of belief. Tapping into strong spiritual practices and beliefs during a health care threat are the “X factor” in many cases of survival. Therefore, one cannot and must not ignore the profound opportunities that spiritual beliefs bring to the table of hope.

Part of my work with Our Journey of Hope (OJOH) is to encourage the use of faith or religious or spiritual practices to promote wellness and facilitate an infrastructure of clergy and others with strong spiritual beliefs to provide a network to help patients and their families to restore health.

OJOH is a seven-hour training session for pastors and lay members to equip them with the tools and ideology to empower them to address and respond to the needs of individuals who are dealing with cancer. We teach caretakers as well. They are empowered by the belief that they, too, have access to a source greater than themselves to call upon for strength and help.

Our program was created by the Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) largely because of a suggestion from a patient and her husband. They asked if I would be willing to meet with local clergy persons that they knew for an informal discussion on cancer care and support from a faith perspective.

The importance of OJOH to the treatment centers continues to position the organization as one of the leaders in the health care arena. We truly value and encourage the faith community to marshal the strength of its value system to fight back against cancer.

Faith works.

I have seen the power of faith and communities to change the lives of patients struggling with cancer. Thirteen years ago, Gloria fell into a coma. Family members asked if I would pray for her to regain consciousness. Soon after I prayed over her, Gloria opened her eyes and indeed regained consciousness. She is still living 13 years later.

A faith or spiritual belief assures cancer patients that it is possible to live through challenging health threats, regardless of the odds of long-term survival, and overcome the challenge. We don’t disavow science. However, those who rely on science alone often wrestle with the limitations of humanity’s knowledge. God has no limits. Faith and a spiritual belief are not rooted in limitation.

The best part of my work is providing a platform for genuine discussion for a topic that typically is ignored. The church and faith community in general lacks health care-related ministries organized in a meaningful way to address the very relevant issues surrounding this community of people. OJOH has equipped thousands to broach the subject of cancer with confidence and fearlessness. We have the opportunity to provide a meaningful relationship with pastors and their members concerning health care.

Ultimately, faith and spiritual beliefs equip individuals with the mental and emotional fortitude to withstand the travails and challenges of treatment and forge ahead in the effort to keep cancer at bay by tapping into a “power source” greater than themselves.

With engaged spirituality and informed clergy, caretakers and family, we can support all patients as they brace themselves to live their lives, overcome obstacles and seek hope in their darkest hours.

Written by Percy McCray

Rev. Percy McCray is a national faith and wellness leader, ordained minister and the director of pastoral care at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America Midwestern Regional Medical Center in Zion, Ill. He leads a dynamic program called Our Journey of Hope, which trains lay minsters and church members nationwide on how to implement faith and spirituality into care for cancer patients and their families to battle the debilitating effects of the disease.

20 Ways to Fight Cancer.


A stedy diet of fresh fruits and vegetables is only one way to help prevent cancer.
A stedy diet of fresh fruits and vegetables is only one way to help prevent cancer. (Stock Free Images)

We are not powerless over cancer. Here are 20 specific things you can do to lower your risk of getting cancer or to improve your chance of surviving the disease:

1. Modify your diet to include high-fiber foods such as fruits and vegetables. Consider adopting a Mediterranean diet—or better yet, the Hallelujah Diet!

2. Eat plenty of organically grown, pesticide-free tomatoes, garlic, grapes, alfalfa, broccoli, nuts and artichokes. Aged garlic extract is excellent as well.

3. Drink six to eight 8-ounce servings of freshly extracted vegetable juice every day.

4. Try to keep your intake of dairy products, meats, flour and refined sugar to a minimum.

5. Cut down on or eliminate cigarettes, excessive alcohol, radiation, and chemically laden processed junk foods.

6. Exercise as oft en as possible—walk at least a mile each day, and get plenty of sunshine and fresh air.

7. Consider an eclectic treatment program that includes low-dose chemotherapy, ozone autohemotherapy, ultraviolet blood irradiation, melatonin and amygdalin.

8. Become familiar with environmental toxins; then do everything possible to avoid them.

9. Inform yourself about cancer, and then take responsibility for your own treatment. Become your own best advocate and your own best hope.

10. Choose to be a victor rather than a victim—find meaning in the crisis. Define your reasons to survive and the purpose of your life.

11. Manage cancer-related stress.

12. Sing, or at least listen to music frequently—don’t mind the neighbors!

13. Foster a positive attitude—replace negative thoughts with positive thoughts.

14. Nurture a fighting spirit. Maintain hope and a vision of victory.

15. Talk about cancer issues with loved ones.

16. Stay focused on overcoming cancer, even when you receive a bad report.

17. Laugh frequently.

18. Pray often, and forgive others.

19. Ask God to forgive your sins, even those you are not aware of. Ask Him to heal your spirit and make you whole. Then ask Him to heal your physical infirmities as well.

20. Do all you can that is possible, and let God do the impossible.

Note: This is an excerpt from 201 Secrets to Healthy LivingYou can purchase the book fromAmazon.comBarnesandNoble.comor Christianbook.com.

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

FRANCISCO CONTRERAS, M.D., AND DANIEL E. KENNEDY

After Pope’s Blessing, Colo. Teen Beats Stage 4 Cancer.


 

Peter Srsich meets Pope Benedict
Peter Srsich, a 17-year-old with stage 4 cancer, got to meet Pope Benedict XVI in May 2012, who unexpectedly placed his hand where the tumor was to offer a blessing. (Facebook)

When Make-A-Wish Foundation approached Peter Srsich, a stage 4 cancer patient, offering to make a dream of his come true, the 17-year-old boy had an unusual request: He wanted to meet the pope.

Two years later, the Colorado teen is in remission—and he has credited his encounter with Benedict XVI with helping him beat the cancer.

Srsich, a devout Catholic who is now studying for priesthood, is well aware that his cancer was cured thanks to decades of medical research and his doctors’ extensive training—but he believes that meeting the former pontiff in Rome has restored his faith and gave him strength to fight for his life.

Click here to read the rest of this article on Daily Mail.

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

5 Signs You May Have Cancer.


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Do you suffer from unexplained pain? (Ohmega1982/Free Digital Photos)

Everybody knows that the key to surviving cancer is to catch it early when it is still treatable. But cancer signs are often subtle and may mimic other, less serious conditions.

The question is: Which symptoms can you ignore and which need to be checked by a doctor?

Oncologist Herman Kattlove, M.D., former spokesperson for the American Cancer Society, tells Newsmax Health that the most important step in cancer diagnosis is proper screening.

This means pap smears and mammograms at recommended intervals for women, regular prostate screening for men, colonoscopy beginning at age 50 for everyone, and chest CT scans for smokers. 

But there are certain symptoms that people might notice that could be cancer and should never be ignored, says Dr. Kattlove.

1. Unexplained weight loss. Most people with cancer will lose weight at some point. If there is no known cause for weight loss of 10 pounds or more, it may be the first sign of cancer. This happens most often with cancers of the pancreas, stomach, esophagus, or lung.

2. Pain. See your doctor if you have a headache that does not go away or have persistent back pain that doesn’t go away with rest.

3. Skin changes. Aside from skin cancers, other malignancies can cause darker-looking skin, yellowish skin and eyes (indicating jaundice), reddened skin, and itching or excessive hair growth.

4. Sores that do not heal. Skin cancers may bleed and look like sores that don’t heal. A long-lasting sore in the mouth may indicate oral cancer and should be examined.

5. Unusual bleeding. Coughing up blood may be a sign of lung cancer. Dark colored blood in the stool may signal colon or rectal cancer. Cancer of the cervix or the lining of the uterus may cause abnormal vaginal bleeding. Blood in the urine may be a sign of bladder or kidney cancer. And blood discharge from the nipple can signal breast cancer.  “The best advice is if you notice any major changes in the way your body works or how you feel, let a doctor know,” says Dr. Kattlove. “It’s best to err on the side of caution.”

For the original article, visit newsmaxhealth.com.

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

NEWSMAX HEALTH STAFF

Revival Pastor Jeff Beacham Loses Battle With Esophageal Cancer.


 

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Pastor Jeff Beacham, founder of Firepower Ministries International, has died after suffering from esophageal cancer.

Pastor Jeff Beacham, founder of Firepower Ministries International (FMI), has died after a long battle with esophageal cancer.

In the most recent update on FMI’s Facebook page, dated July 19, Beacham said he had just completed a round of radiation on his “upper and mid spine to reduce the pain and paralysis in [his] arms and back.”

“I am grateful to be relieved of most of the pain to the point where I can be comfortable sitting and sleeping,” he wrote. “This is a major relief and I thank God for the technology that has helped.”

Joshua Kennedy, an FMI governing board member, sent out an email alert on Thursday that said Beacham has gone to be with the Lord.

“Jeff will be forever missed and never forgotten,” wrote Kennedy, a reverend at Praise Tabernacle in Egg Harbor Township, N.J. “He has touched all our lives, pushing us forward into our high calling, in which we are eternally grateful.

“Jeff ran the race to win the prize and is now enjoying the reward of his labor. Let us look at his example of perseverance and follow suit.”

Beacham spearheaded an awakening campaign in the northeast region of the U.S. under the banner of Firepower Ministries International. Even throughout his battle with cancer, he continued his work in ministry.

“Twice I’ve been given a death sentence from doctors concerning my struggle,” the Australian preachertold Charisma earlier this year. “But I’m still here, so somebody was wrong.”

Arriving stateside 14 years ago, Beacham walked away from a flourishing ministry with Sydney Christian Life Centre, now part of Hillsong Church. Beacham, his wife, Melva, and their five children landed with only a few suitcases, meager possessions and some furniture.

“God showed me a vision of a great wheel of reawakening rolling into the northeast of America,” he said of this new work. “There were four giant spokes connecting the outer rim to the inner hub. On each of the spokes was a word beginning with the letter ‘P.’”

Beacham believed one spoke was for prayer, meant to capture the attention of God; one for purpose, attained from hearing God’s heart; another for power, which enables the outworking of God’s purposes; and a fourth for passion, meant to move people from apathy to activity. Beacham said everything revolved around the inner hub, on which was the word unity, which counteracts the spirit of independence.

“Let us take Jeff’s baton of carrying the vision of the ‘wheel of reawakening’ forward,” Kennedy said. “Yes, a mighty warrior has left this earth, yet the legacy of this great man will live on through those he inspired.

“Please keep Melva and the rest of Jeff’s family in prayer. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established. Details to come.”

Peter K. Johnson contributed to this report.

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

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