a Lull in the Battle...
Opinion by Consumer Advocate
November 7th, 2004
According to a
major new study,
39,170 people die
unnecessarily, and 301,513 have severe health problems in Wisconsin due to
the problems inherent in the approved American Health Care System - and nothing
is being done about it. You can find out more about this by reading an
earlier article called
"The American Medical System is Broken."
Instead, as a matter of policy, Wisconsin
Department of Regulation & Licensing
(DRL) "health" prosecutors focus exclusively on two things, neither of
which is the "unnecessary death" issue: (1) stamping out those
health practitioners (Innovators) who attempt to solve the health care system
problems, and (2) acting on behalf of health insurance companies who don't
want to pay legitimate claims.
2004 was the last day in office for
Donsia Strong Hill, Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle's appointee as Secretary of
the DRL. She had resigned "to spend more time with her family."
Frankly, I think she just couldn't handle the pressure any more.
pressure has been INTENSE.
Strong Hill, you may recall, had taken over the DRL right in the middle of
the war. Two DRL Prosecutors, Arthur Thexton, and James Polewski, had
used, and abused, their State positions to file charges against every innovative
health practitioner they could find in the State - MDs, DOs, Chiropractors,
Nurses, Veterinarians, etc. No one was safe. Innovative" practitioners are
those who have stepped out of the "Five Minute Medicine," paradigm, and
act to solve their patients problems - no matter how long it takes.
the project got labeled, was/is a major confrontation between the
conspiracy, and the
North American Health Freedom Movement (NAHFM).
a few years ago, completely controlled health care offerings in Wisconsin, and
would ruthlessly attack any, and all, health practitioners that dared to offer
any health ideas that conflicted with the juvenile health statements maintained
on "quackwatch.com," or the even sillier "ncahf.org."
powerful North American Health Freedom Movement (NAHFM), which outnumbers the
quackbusters 100,000 to 1, counter-attacked. And, things changed.
Frankly, under Strong Hill's
leadership, and pressure from the
was been beginning to look like the
over. After all, it isn't every day that a regulatory agency hires what it
thinks is an "expert witness" (a
quackbuster) goes through half of a trial using that witness spending $70,000 on
the witness, and $165,000 on the case, and then does an about-face once it
learns that the witness is, shall-we-say, is "irrevocably soiled."
Since her appointment, Strong
Hill, had been making policy changes - or at least ATTEMPTING to make them. She
declared in public "What I inherited were a
group of prosecutors who basically had functioned in the past with very little
supervision over them or direction or even the establishment of priorities,"
Strong Hill said. "We certainly
have changed that." When CBS News 3 asked Strong Hill, "You're
supervising them more closely?" She responded, "They
are definitely being supervised more closely."
Strong Hill, it looked to me,
had been trying to do the right thing for Wisconsinites. She had made her new
policies crystal clear, both to DRL employees and the public.
But, after watching the
situation a while, what do I find out? It
prosecutors, James Polewski and Arthur Thexton
have openly, and defiantly, thumbed
their noses at Strong Hill. Except for a dab here and there, Strong Hill could
not, or would not, control them. Thexton and Polewski were never refocused on
the REAL problems in health care like those deaths and injuries I
And, that was, and is,
unacceptable... Governor Doyle is going to have to appoint a much tougher
The top three causes of Unnecessary
Deaths in the United States, including Wisconsin, are related to our Health Care
The State of
Wisconsin, has a population of
5,461,710. The US
population is 284,000,000. Wisconsin has 1/52 of the US population.
A new study, a compilation of
most recent government studies, called
"Death by Medicine," says:
The number one cause of
unnecessary death in the United States, called Iatrogenic deaths (783,986)
is shown in the table below, re-printed by
permission of the authors:
The number two cause of
unnecessary death in the United States is Heart Disease. Statistics show
"The 2001 heart disease annual death rate is 699,697."
The number three cause of
unnecessary death in the United States is Cancer. Statistics show "the
annual cancer death rate, 553,251."
The total number of known
unnecessary deaths, per year, in the United States, directly due to the American
Medical System is 2,036,884.
The State of
Wisconsin, has a population of
Extrapolating that to the US population of 284,000,000 we find that Wisconsin
has 1/52 of the US population. Dividing 52 into the total number of deaths (2,036,884),
and the 15,678,513 health problems, shows that Wisconsin's share was
total deaths, and 301,513 health problems.
Instead of dealing
with this horrible situation, Wisconsin's DRL prosecutors won't prosecute
anything BUT innovative practitioners, or those who dare to argue with a health
insurance company about payment for their services. The over-druggers, the bad
surgeons, the bedsore ignorers, the malnutrition deliverers, etc., are perfectly
safe in the cheese State.
is even more unacceptable...
It gets Worse...
November 2004 issue of the New York State Medical Society's newsletter has just
EXPOSED that health insurance companies are now CONTRACTING with individual
State agencies to PROSECUTE health professionals they don't want to pay health
claims to. That's right - they PAY the departments to take someone's
We know, for
sure in Wisconsin, the in the last few years FOURTEEN health professionals have
been prosecuted because of insurance company complaints - not patient
complaints. We never thought to ask Wisconsin DRL if they were paid for
those actions - but we will now.
Tim Bolen - Consumer Advocate
This "Millions of Health Freedom Fighters -
Newsletter" is about the battle between "Health and Medicine" on Planet Earth.
Tim Bolen is an op/ed writer with extensive knowledge of the activities of a
subversive organization calling itself the "quackbusters," and that
organization's attempts to suppress, and discredit, any, and all health
modalities that compete with the allopathic (MD) paradigm for consumer health
dollars. The focus of the newsletter is on the ongoing activities, battles,
politics, and the victories won by members of the "Health Freedom Movement"
against the "quackbusters" It details "who the quackbusters are, what they are,
where they are operating, when they appear, and how they operate - and how easy
it is to beat them..."