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Congress 2

The 10 States we are missing so far include Arkansas, Delaware, Idaho, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming

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1. Missouri—Terry Flowers, Winston Apple, Hemdah Salonimer-Horner, Carol Bloomer
2. Pennsylvania–Lon Diffenderfer, Joshua Levin
3. Washington–Maxcine Allison, Geraldine Adams, Madelane Coale, Pamela Dalan, Phil Polizitto, Kim Fischer, Alex Mcrobie, Rachel Aye
4. South Carolina—Gregg Joccoy
5. Kentucky–Thomas Casey, Connie Grubbs
6. Virginia– Tami Goodman, Bettie Anderson
7. Louisiana–Debbie Priebe, Heidi Sinclair,Butch Gautreaux
8. Vermont-Amy Connellan
9. California–, Gabriela Middlebrooks, Michelle Reed Proctor, Isabel Sydow, Ryan Magdangal, John Miranda, Karen Stevens, Jonathan Riggs
10. New Jersey- Shelley Kessler-Mendias, Frank C Brown, Sandra Levine-Israel
11. Georgia–Doretha Walker, Marcus L Wells, M.D, Tammy Payne.
12.New York-Terry Falk, Misty Richardson, Neil R. Friedman, Josephine L Heck, Sean Robertson, Geraldine Librandi, Peter Casanave
13. Indiana–Kelly Knight, Michelle Wilhelm, Sandi Knapp, Chaim Julian, Robert Deppert, Debra Cusick, Gina Robinson Ungar, Mark Jansen, Mary Holbrock
14. Nevada–Diane D. Raucher, Dianna Mitzner
15. Oklahoma–Sam Budgerdog Oday, Linda Tenney Sexton, Susan Pippin
16. Colorado–Silvia Earhart
17. Florida–Roxanne Campbell,. Mitchell Stollberg, Kim Watterson Farabaugh, Vivian Drean, Hector Lavalle, Seeta Durjan Begui, Eli Logan, , Michaelangelo Hamilton, Andrew Huston
18. Tennessee–Melissa Brown, Tina Dixon
19, Alabama–Bev Taylor, Tom Kennedy, George Burks
20. North Carolina–Janet Price-Ferrell, Lin wefel, Raeanne Jones, Marshall Johnston
21 New Hampshire-Theresa Allen, Michael P Jordan, Sara Stuart
22. Hawaii- J’nene Kay Louden, Dennis B. Miller
23. Arizona–Matthew Esbrook,, Carolyn Rogers
24. Oregon- Rick Staggenborg, M.D, Debbie Robblee, Cristi Haiser
25. Maryland-Ted Athey, Michael Rosenblum, M.D, Melanie Oringer,, Christie Demnowicz, Donna Simone-Plamondon, Jen Gerlach, Rekha Rapaka
26-Texas–Darla Seter Moore, Sofia Sepulveda, Judith Cashin Lerma, R.N., Jennie Garza, Joe Hildalgo
27. Ohio– Dennis Slotnick
28, Illinois– Joann Conrad
29, Connecticut–Keith P. Chase
30 Minnesota –Robert Smith
31. Utah –Victor and Pam Perry
32, Rhode Island–Deanna Jackson
33 West Virginia–Robin White
34. Wisconsin–Lester Menke, Barbara Rodgers
35. Iowa–Jim Bird, Bob Babcock, Alex Martin
36 Montana–Leah Kennedy
37 Michigan-Jerry Bierens -Sue Hadden
38. Kansas–Melody Jerden, Claire Barron
39. Alaska -Dale Richesin
40. New Mexico Jenni Siri
41. DC activists –Pete Perry, Louise Jacob, Elizabeth Walden-Fisher, Bettie Anderson, Matthew Fletcher

 

Use this link to find their contact information

Senators of the 115th Congress

Get on the phones and call these Senators and tell them to vote NO on the repeal of ACA !!! – Guest Post by Quint Lynch

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1. Heller is the most important – (202) 224-6244
2. Collins – (202) 224-2523
3. Murkowski – (202) 224-6665
4. Capito – (202) 224-6472
5. Cassidy – (202) 224-5824
6. Flake – (202) 224-4521
7. Gardner – (202) 224-5941
8. Portman – (202) 224-3353
9. Cruz (yes, that Cruz – he’s facing a tough reelection battle) – (202) 224-5922
10. Paul – (202) 224-4343
11. Lee – (202) 224-5444
12. Sasse – (202) 224-4224
Share this list on social media and find people who live in those states and impress the urgency of this on them. Those phones need to ring like crazy starting Monday.
You may need to copy and paste this message onto your FB timeline… PLEASE spread the word, we have to flood the switchboards.

Dear President Obama,

2279253649_e571f2b7ec_thumbnailYou asked me to drop you a line, so I am.

After 8 years of going without health insurance, because of the Affordable Care Act, I now have health insurance. I’ve been a type 1 diabetic since I was 9, diagnosed with hypothyroidism when I was 36. Before the A.C.A. there was no way I could have gotten health insurance under $1500 to $5000 a month, in premiums.

Now that’s taken care of, I need to ask you, is there something that can be done about the price of the better medications on the market, for people like me? I’m currently using the Novolin brand of insulin, and my body responds better to Humulin. Novolin is free, Humulin is over $100. There’s this new thing called an insulin pen. I asked my doctor if I could try it, because it supposedly has a better delivery system then syringes. He prescribed it for me, and when I got to the pharmacy I was shocked to find out, it costs $400 per pen.

There’s one other medication I’d like you to review. Armour thyroid. I take Armour Thyroid, it’s a medication I can’t do without. About 8 years ago, the F.D.A. decided to revamp the medication to include synthetic T-4, in what used to be an all natural medication. Synthetics have never worked for me, and now my medication is half natural and half synthetic. This is like trying to fix something that wasn’t broken to begin with. They even went so far as to outlaw any thyroid medication, not containing their synthetic variety. It’s my opinion this is a way for the makers of Synthroid, to hold those of us who have to take this medication, hostage to their profit margin.

Also, is there something you can do about Congress trying to dismantle the United States Post Office? My husband works there and management is making the working environment, increasingly hostile. I’ve been told by the Union representative, this is happening all over the country.

For my part, my friends and I are doing our best to encourage people to VOTE BLUE. I’m an activist in Southern Nevada and no one knows better than I do, in order to make Progress, we have to take back the House.
I will be forever grateful to you and Vice President Biden, as well as all the other elected officials involved, for passing the Affordable Care Act. I’m no longer hanging by a thread, terrified of becoming a statistic. If I could, I’d hug you to say “thank you”.

I hope when you read this letter, everything for you is going better than expected.

Sincerely …

#OccupyPahrump (times may be changed or extended without notice)

A Life Long History With Doctors

I hate getting old. I’m currently on one prescription medication and would probably be on more, if  certain doctors had their way with me. I also take a lot of vitamins and supplements.

The reason I think I’m on to something here, and yes I agree that commercialism has a lot to do with it,  especially because the majority of insurance premium money is spent on advertising, is due to my life long relationship with doctors. I’ve been a type 1 diabetic since I was 9 and through my travels, I have found out a few things. When considering an insulin pump at the age of 24, because I’m brittle, I was told by 3 nurses involved in the consult and not the doctor, that insulin pumps will make a diabetic go blind. To this day, forgoing the insulin pump, I have a mild case of retinopathy. In later years, discovering Lutein with Zeathanthin. I no longer have to wear prescription glasses and I’ve never worn bifocals. My retinopathy has never progressed.

This is something else that’s interesting about retinopathy and neuropathy for diabetics. All but my current physician have told me that a “normal” blood sugar reading ought to be between 90 and 120 mgs/dl. Most people would not know that insulin attacks muscle and nerves, not fat, when a diabetic clocks an extremely low blood sugar. Normal for me is between 140 and 190 mgs/dl. I found this out through the nurse who administered cortisone shots to each of the knuckles in my hands, and both wrists when I developed carpel tunnel syndrome. Another disease that is common to diabetics, but not for the same reasons it would be common to people without the disease. He couldn’t explain to me why I would have carpel tunnel, except that a lot of diabetics get it. The doctor gave me the same rhetoric. When I developed carpel tunnel again on femHRTs, during menopause, no one had an explanation for that either. I looked up the drug map, to find out what was in it, that might be causing my reaction. I found out that femHRTs use sulfa as a binder. It’s very inexpensive. I also found out that all the new classes of drugs, use it to bind them for various reasons too, including time release action.

In 1980 during a bout of Asian Flu, I discovered I’m severely allergic to anything sulfa based, when being prescribed a sulfa based antibiotic. This is when doctors were so fond of prescribing antibiotics for flu, colds, and everything else under the sun, than what antibiotics ought to be used for, infections. One doctor I visited later, during a bout of walking pneumonia, had the nerve to ask me how allergic I was to sulfa and tried to convince me to take it anyway, because it would “cure me faster”.  Upon further research I found that a common thread amongst diabetics, is allergy to all things sulfa related and that includes OTC MSM for joint pain. When I discovered what the problem was with the femHRTs, I consulted a physician about stopping treatment. Then, even though I’d discontinued the hormone replacement therapy, the carpel tunnel persisted and got worse. I sought out cortisone shots once again. I was advised I was in end-life stage and ought to consider taking Elavil for my neuropathy. This doctor told me that Elavil was considered, a dual class drug, though I knew it as a psychotropic, used for the treatment of depression and sometimes bi-polar disorder. That taking Elavil would help me not to feel my pain. When I asked the doctor if pain wasn’t nature’s way of letting the person in pain, know that something isn’t quite right, he nonchalantly said, I probably had about 6 to 9 months left to live. Had I ever gotten that prescription filled, without first doing some research, I would have been fat, and apathetic with a constantly elevating blood sugar and then dead, coincidentally enough, within about a 6 to 9 month period of time.

One doctor almost caused me to go blind over an eye injury and a compression patch. With no antibiotics prescribed, knowing full well that diabetes type 1 is an autoimmune disease and diabetics sustain infections rather readily.

Last but certainly not least, and the foundation of this argument is this, hypo-thyroid runs in my family. When first diagnosed, my current physician and I tried all the synthetic thyroid medications that were available, with no T-3/T-4 balance forthcoming. When I asked if there wasn’t a natural alternative, she recommended Armour Thyroid. I tried that too, and it worked. For almost 20 years I took Armour Thyroid, then two years ago it stopped working. Come to find out that, the original manufacturer, Forest Labs, the only manufacturer of natural thyroid, had been bought by Vanguard Health Care Fund. Vanguard decided to “revamp” the formula, without telling anyone what they’d done. Substituting part of the recipe with synthetics.  I found out about that and started taking a raw thyroid supplement. Patients switched to Cytomel, which is a watered down version of Armour Thyroid and has to be supported by yet another thyroid supplement, in order to work even moderately. To date, no press coverage has been given, even to the worldwide shortage of original Armour Thyroid, that occurred during the transition and subsequent revamping of the original formula, of Armour Thyroid by Vanguard, except online. The FDA also re-wrote its rules and regulations to require that Armour Thyroid be re-formulated to pass new standards.

Keep this in mind too, the FDA in conjunction with Monsanto, is lobbying Congress to remove all reference to Genetic Modification labeling on any and all consumer products. All this started when Kaiser Steel had the bright idea in 1954, to take the lowest scorers, of the top 100 graduating class of physicians, and offer them a contract to work for them as PPOs which transitioned into HMOs, to become the monster Insurance Corporations that we know today.

I’m well into my fiftieth year now. I have all my fingers and toes, my sight and my kidneys. My heart, according to my current doctor, is as strong as a thirty year old. I’m not over-weight and I’m very active. I owe this all to my life long history of interaction and observation of doctors and insurance corporations, research and dedication to taking charge of my own health.

With the exception of my current physician, I hold most doctors, just as responsible for the current travesty we call health care, as I do the Monster Insurance Corporations. I believe the Monsters, the FDA, Monsanto and the managers in between are interested in only one thing. Profit. The sooner we die, the more money they make.

Vanguard Health Care Fund

Sulfonylureas and Sulfa Allergies 

FDA Won’t Allow Food to be Labeled Free of Genetic Modification

Managed Care Museum

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