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4 days ago
Time to Stop the Failed War on Drugs and Legalize It
by Dr. Kevin McNamee
While leaving my office this afternoon, I took the back stairs that exit to a landing with a low wall. As I opened the door to leave the stairwell, I felt a resistance against the door and heard a woman shouting wait. Looking around the door, I saw a cell phone, back pack, syringe and a woman with a tourniquet wrapped around her arm. She looked to be in her mid 40's but upon further inspection I realized she was a very weathered 20 something year old who’s once attractive features were ravaged by drug use, homelessness and surviving on the street.
I asked her to go elsewhere to do this. She apologized and quickly gathered her belongings. I asked where she gets her food? She said food stamps. I asked what was her drug of choice? She lowered her head and said does it matter? She walked to the sidewalk and disappeared around the building.
Heroin, crystal meth, LSD are highly addictive drugs that capture the hearts and minds of Americans rendering a person incapable of fulfilling their purpose in life. The addicts thoughts move away from service of others and towards the next feel good drug hit. No longer is their family and loved ones as important as the drug.
Unable to maintain a job but still have the need for the drug, forces the addict to search other means of income. Prostitution, burglary and robbery are among the many crimes drug addicts do to get their fix. Our community crimes revolve around drug addiction in one manner or another. Law enforcement place eighty-percent of the homeless as drug addicted or mentally ill.
When seventy-percent of the illegal drugs entering this country come through our shared southern border with Mexico, why then do politicians oppose securing it?
To those who feel the war on drugs has not worked to stop the flow of drugs into America, I wonder, absent this effort, how readily available drugs would be in our community to reap havoc.
To those who feel drugs should be legalized so government can regulate it and receive the tax revenue, I ask why then in Amsterdam, who has done just that, have seen the drug tax revenue pay for drug rehabilitation facilities for their drug addicted and homeless who are forever dependent on the government for sustenance.
An answer to why our elected politicians do not unleash the power of American resources to stop this keeps pointing to drug cartel money finding its way into the politician's pockets, either directly or indirectly. Don’t think it has not happened. American politicians are just as susceptible to the lure of the same traps as politicians of Mexico, Central and South American. ... See MoreSee Less
1 week ago
Treatment Methods to Consider for the Covid-19 Virus
Dr. Kevin McNamee
The following is a translated/transcribed letter from a man working with the Corona virus. I am passing this onto you via a family physician who has these contacts worldwide.
This is the Translated/Transcribed communication
Just wanted to pass on this information. It was sent to me by a colleague who has a friend that works at Negrin which is the main hospital on our island. It is in Spanish so I am going to read it and translate it for you. This is what it says.
The Chinese now understand the behavior of the Covid-19 Virus thanks to autopsies that they have carried out. This virus is characterized by obstructing respiratory pathways with thick mucus that solidifies and blocks the airways and lungs. So they have discovered that in order to be able to apply a medicine you have to open and unblock these airways so that the treatment can be used to take effect. However all this takes a number of days. Their recommendations for what you can do to safeguard yourself are
1. Drink lots of hot liquids - coffee, soups, teas, warm water. In addition, take a sip of warm water every 20 minutes because this keeps your mouth moist and washes any of the virus that enters your mouth into your stomach where the gastric juices will neutralize it before it can get to the lungs. (Added note: Not 100% of the virus will be neutralized this way.)
2. Gargle with an antiseptic in warm water like vinegar or salt or lemon every day if possible.
3. The virus attaches itself to hair and clothes. Any detergent or soap kills it but you must take a bath or shower when you get in from the street. Avoid sitting down anywhere and go directly to the bathroom or shower. If you cannot wash your clothes daily, hang them in direct sunlight which also neutralizes the virus.
4. Wash metallic surfaces very carefully because the virus can remain viable on these for up to 9 days. Take note and be vigilant about touching hand rails and door handles, etc. I guess within your own house as well you can keep these clean and wiping them down regularly.
5. Don’t smoke.
6. Wash your hands every 20 minutes. Using any soap that foams. Do this for 20 seconds and wash your hands thoroughly.
7. Eat fruits and vegetables. Try to elevate your zinc levels not just your vitamin C levels.
8. Animals do not spread the virus to people. It is person to person transmission.
9. Try to avoid getting the common flu. I guess because this already weakens your immune systems. Try to avoid eating and drinking cold things.
10. If you feel any discomfort in your throat or a sore throat coming on, attack it immediately using the above methods. The virus enters the system this way and remains for 3 or 4 days within the throat before it pass into the lungs.
Good luck to everyone. Take care of yourself and pass this information along if you wish he says.
End of Translation/Transcription
The only addition to Number 2 above is to also consider gargling and washing out of the mouth using half water and half hydrogen peroxide (3% concentration) for 30 seconds. This brings it to a 1.5% concentration. The 3% hydrogen peroxide is available in the pharmacies.
Also, consider airing out ones home for about 20 minutes daily to reduce any airborne virus. This will be dependent on the outside temperature being too cold.
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2 weeks ago
Maybe Some Good from the Corona Virus
by Dr. Kevin McNamee
My sense is the Corona Virus and shelter in your place of residence is forcing people to spend more time with family where conversation is conducted face to face and not via smart (dumb down) phones. If parents remain silent long enough they will hear their children’s thoughts. Children will hear the wisdom of life from those who love them Where board games, playing cards, crossword puzzles and reading may be part of ones day. One can hope that one of the books selected is the the “Good Book” which contains lessons our children need to embrace and benefit.
This crisis will redirect policy makers to assess the FDA approval process weaknesses and inefficiencies making changes to be more aligned with the more efficient processes used in Europe, Japan and Australia. The FDA (Fear and Denial Administration) inefficiencies became very clear when I served some 30 years ago on an NIH advisory panel to establish the Office of Alternative Medicine.
I have noticed the TV and radio political opinion makers have changed their messaging from criticism of President Trump to unseat him in November to unifying message of how WE can work through these trying times as a united country.
My face-to-face classes at Ventura College have moved to online. I am leaving this morning for training to learn how the college wants it’s faculty to do this. The education delivery model is changing.
Patients are keeping out of the office unless there is a critical issue to be addressed.
My prediction is as more test kits are available to health care provides there will be increased prevalence of this virus in our population. This virus has been there but now it is being measured. Media needs to assure the public that this is a beginning data point. How prevalence changes is key. Panic or calm will prevail depending on media messaging.
Economist Thomas Sowell pointed out that the health of an economy is first the amount of money in the economy and second how quickly (velocity) money moves within the market. Right now there is adequate money but it is not moving. Once it does move things will normalize.
Remember that high taxes suck the money out of the market and into inefficient government. High healthcare insurance premiums moves money out of the market and parks it in an isolated sector - health care. Tax incentives moves money from one end of the economy to another based on a central planner, regulator or politicians vision of what is best, what is good, for you and me. Often times it benefits themselves or campaign contributors all paid by tax payers.
My recommendations are 1) For the short term, provide an advance to all tax payers 2020 tax returns. It is a zero interest loan paid off against future refunds. 2) For the long term, suspend collecting Social Security and Medicare payroll taxes (both employee and employer) for a reasonable period of time. Contributions will be paid by the federal budget so those working will not lose their earned benefit. This will be most beneficial when people are back to work but not effective right now as people are home or unemployed due to the virus. These two approaches benefit the broadest economic base our country has. The working American.
No one is asking me but that is what I would do short and long term.
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1 month ago
$200,000? That’s Nuts
by Dr. Kevin McNamee
The Acorn recently reported the Thousand Oaks City Council voted 5-0 to send the city’s trash-hauling contract to open bid. Good news for lower rates until you read further.
Council approved $200,000 for the “city staff to work with a consultant to write the request for proposals and the system the city will use to select a service provider.”
Holy cow Batman, that is a lot of money for a proposal. Is the consultant working overtime on this proposal? Put into perspective, $200,000 is more than double the annual gross income of the majority of city residents.(1) City management, please justify this number.
The city softens the consultant price tag by saying “($200,000) is typically reimbursed by the company winning the bidding process.” Not true. The company winning the bid is not paying for the consultants fee, the Thousand Oaks residents are. The bid will price in the consultants costs ($200,000) which the consumer ultimately pays through higher trash pickup fees. Absent the high consultant fee, the bid amounts would be lower.
Also, the city should move away from a 15 year agreement which chases competition out and raises rates. A three year bid renewal is reasonable. It will keep competition interested, remain in the area and compete for our business. Previous request for proposal can be used for future bids reducing consultant fees.
As General McAuliffe of the 101st Airborne Divisions famous single-word reply when he was surrounded at Bastonge by the Germans during World War II’s Battle of the Bulge, and was given a surrender ultimatum. He responded with “NUTS!”
To the city council and managers, $200,000 for consultant fees to write a proposal – NUTS! (2)
www.toacorn.com/articles/consultants-fee-will-come-back-to-bite-residents/ ... See MoreSee Less