News Capsules (May/June 1998)

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May/June 1998
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Jerome C. Arnett, Jr., M.D., AAPS and Editorial Board member of the Medical Sentinel, has been appointed member of the newly-formed Ethics Committee of the American College of Chest Physicians. He has already attended the first meeting in New Orleans last year and subsequent meetings this year. He will be participating in setting the tone and direction of the committee as well as its mission. We wish him our best.

Kudos also to Sue A. Blevins and The Institute For Health Freedom (IHF) that she has founded. Its mission is to “help bring the issues of health freedom to the forefront of the American health policy debate.” As president, Ms. Blevins, will be editing its bimonthly publication the Health Freedom Watch. The mission of the IHF newsletter is to “monitor policies and laws that affect Americans’ freedom to choose their health care.” The first issue deals with Medicare, private contracting and corrective legislation as introduced by Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Rep. Bill Archer (R-TX). This legislation, “the Medicare Beneficiary Freedom to Contract Act of 1997” S.1194/H.R.2497), would allow Medicare patients to pay either out of pocket, private health insurance or via MSA, for the doctor of their choice without banning doctors from Medicare or penalizing them. Sen. Bill Roth (R-DE), Chm., Senate Finance Committee, plans to hold hearings on these issues this year. You may e-mail Ms. Blevins at IHF at <>.


Helping American Medicine

Nino M. Camardese, M.D., President of the Freedom in Medicine Foundation, has begun a campaign of public education regarding the necessity to preserve the confidentiality of medical records. Toward this end, he has embarked on a petition drive using doctors and their patients. Signed petitions are to be sent to all legislators. “If I have sufficient support from your contributions, my plan is to send a copy of this petition to as many county medical societies as possible throughout the U.S. and suggest that the counties take action by sending a copy of it to their physician members who in turn would do what we are doing in Huron County. Your help is invaluable and indispensable.” For more information, contact Dr. Camardese at Freedom in Medicine Foundation, Norwalk, OH, 44857. (419) 668-8282.


Surgeon Generals in the News

“Former Surgeon General, C. Everett Koop, Among Those Given Arlington Cemetery Waiver” reports The Washington Times (February 15, 1998). The report went on to disclose that President Clinton overrode Army opposition and granted a unique burial waiver at Arlington National Cemetery to former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, coinciding with the time that Hillary Clinton had enlisted Dr. Koop in her campaign to enact the Health Security Act of 1993 establishing national health care.

Unbeknownst to most Americans, Dr. Koop did not serve in any of the branches of the military, although as Surgeon General he was authorized to don the white Navy uniform in which we were wont to see him.

“David Satcher, M.D., Appointed Surgeon General” read the headlines on February 10, 1998, despite the opposition led by Senator John Ashcroft (R-MO) against his confirmation. Dr. Satcher was opposed because of his support of abortion, including late-term (partial birth) abortion, as well as his controversial (called unethical by The New England Journal of Medicine and Human Events) Third world AIDS project; the Senate vote was 63 to 35 to confirm Dr. Satcher Surgeon General and Assistant Secretary of Health at the Department of HHS. With his dual role, Dr. Satcher will have significant authority over public health as the nation’s “family doctor.”


GOP Wins One for the Gipper!

After an emotional debate, Congress passed a bill on February 4, 1998 renaming Washington National Airport after Ronald Reagan, two days before the former president’s birthday (The Washington Times, February 15, 1998).

Among the accomplishments listed for Ronald Reagan’s legacy were included the restoration of national pride, economic prosperity, the need for the return of power to the states, and the defeat of the Soviet Union with the end of the Cold War.

President Clinton signed the change February 7, 1998 honoring Mr. Reagan on his 87th birthday.

Kudos to Ronald Reagan, the man who proclaimed, “Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” And, the wall, in fact, came tumbling down in November 1989.


Tax Freedom Day

In 1996, President Bill Clinton proclaimed that the era of big government was over. But, is it? On Jan. 16 Human Events reported that Tax Freedom Day, the day when ordinary Americans would have earned enough money to pay the taxes levied by Uncle Sam, has been moved back every year since Clinton took office. While in 1992, Tax Freedom Day was April 30th; in 1997, it was May 9th. The article correctly states: “That was the latest date ever, signifying the heaviest tax burden in history on American workers.” In fact, taxation is the highest it has ever been since the government of FDR when the U.S. was deeply immersed in World War II. And now, in just the first two weeks of January of this year, Clinton has proposed: A $21.7 billion federal “child care” initiative; a $20-$35 billion supplement to the IMF; a $2 billion food stamp give away to immigrants; an additional $146 million annually for AIDS research [in addition to the usual $3 billion spend annually on AIDS research]; a $48 million annual increase in the Peace Corps; an annual $15 million to research health-care “quality.”

To reduce the oppressive tax burden levied each year on hardworking Americans, we need to return to constitutional government.


Books in Brief

Revolution From the Middle by Samuel Francis, PhD, Middle American Press, P.O. Box 17088, Raleigh, NC 27619, 1997, 250 pp., ISBN: 1-887898-01-8, $6.95 (Soft cover).

With this marvelous collection of essays, Dr. Samuel Francis, an uncompromising and principled conservative, leads middle Americans out of the wasteland in which we have been left stranded by the “moderate” politicians on the right and left who speak one way and act another and by the “respectable” mainstream media which has placed boundaries on the political debate beyond which the average American is not allowed to pass. Dr. Francis with Revolution From the Middle transcends all that and breaks through the Establishment’s wall of media-imposed censorship.


Captain of Death: The Story of Tuberculosis by Thomas M. Daniel, University of Rochester Press, Rochester, NY, 1997, 296 pp., ISBN: 1-87-8822-96-9, (Hard cover).

From the outset, we learn the terrible statistics of the once feared “White Plague”; which continues to kill 300,000 people in the world every year, more than AIDS, malaria (which, because of the banning of DDT, is also on a perilously steady rise), and other tropical diseases. This book tells us the story of the disease which John Bunyon in 1660 called “Captain among these men of death.”


Freedom on the Altar — The UN’s Crusade Against God and Family by William Norman Grigg, American Opinion Publishing, Inc., P.O. Box 8040, Appleton, WI 54913, 1995, 264 pp., ISBN: 0-9645679-0-3, $8.95 (Soft cover).

If you want to know the history, political philosophy, and intentions of the UN — its true goals and motives — this is the book you need to read. This book by William Norman Grigg, a masterful writer and a defender of truth and freedom, is a “must read” for all Americans who appreciate and want to preserve their liberties, liberties that were given us by our forefathers, and which, we have a duty to pass on to our children.


A History of Medicine. Volume II: Greek Medicine by Plinio Prioreschi, MD, PhD, Horatio Press, P.O. Box 241527, Omaha, NE 68124, 1996, 660 pp., ISBN (Volume II): 1-888456-02-7, $115.00 (Hard cover).

The much awaited second volume of Dr. Prioreschi’s monumental multi-volume tome, A History of Medicine. Chapter topics include: Historical religion and philosophy (from Thales of Miletus through Pythagoras, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle to the Alexandrian school); science and technology; medicine before Hippocrates to Alexandrian medicine; etc. Like the first volume, this second volume adds a valuable addition to the history of medicine and is highly recommended. It belongs in the library of all physicians who understand the importance of medical history, for to ascertain where we are going, we must know whence we came.


Originally published in the Medical Sentinel 1998;3(3):72-73. Copyright © 1998 Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS).





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