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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Doctors You Should Be Following on Twitter

Doctors you should be following on Twitter:

The patient should be the most powerful person in the healthcare system, because it is the patient’s life, and the patient’s health, that are at stake. The patient should be able to go to any doctor they choose, or to any hospital or clinic they think best. The physician should be the strongest possible advocate for patient, as should nurses and all allied healthcare professionals. Below is a list of physicians on Twitter who should be followed if you are interested in healthcare reform and Patient Power. It is very important to follow, support, and re-tweet these doctors’ good tweets so that they will stay engaged in the fight for the best healthcare system possible for patients. It is my impression that the physicians below will fight for the sanctity of the patient/physician relationship. I apologize in advance for any mistakes. (I cannot verify everyone as yet.)

Dr. Paige Kreegel. Twitter profile: Father. Doctor. Conservative. Republican. #FL19
Fort Myers, FL

Free Markets in Healthcare Aren’t “Broken”-Just Not Allowed to Work
Twitter profile: Dr. Vliet is Founder of HER Place and author of six women's health books, national speaker on healthcare, & President of International Health Strategies, Ltd. Tucson, Arizona ·

Dr. Scott Barbour is an orthopedic surgeon. According to his Twitter profile he is “a Strict Constitutionalist.”

Dr. Kris Held is an opthamologist. She is co-founder and secretary-treasurer of the Texas Chapter of Docs4PatientCare. She is a physician consultant for the Physicians Council for Responsible Reform in Washington, D.C. She has been recognized in Best Doctors in America, America's Top Ophthalmologists, Texas Super Doctors, and San Antonio's Top Doctors.

Dr. Marty Fox is a plastic surgeon and according to his Twitter profile is “IN THE FREE MARKET.”

Dr. Alieta Eck, M.D., can help people understand what doctors think is the best way to reform healthcare. She is an internal medicine physician. She has written in the past that: "The Affordable Care Act, better known as 'Obamacare' is a massive federal intrusion into our health care system, which will limit consumer choice and erode the high quality of care that Americans are accustomed to receiving." Dr. Eck is a Past President of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS).

Dr. Hal Scherz is a pediatric urologist. He is a teaching physician at Atlanta’s Children’s Hospital and Emory University. He is also the Founder and President of Docs4PatientCare.

Dr. Tod Rubin is an anesthesiologist. His Twitter profile says, “…advocate for physician-led, patient-centered, free-market medical insurance reform. Put control and dollars in hands of patients!!”

Dr. Richard Armstrong is a general surgeon. He is the Chief Operating Officer for Docs4PatientCare.

Dr. Milton Wolf is a free market champion. He is also “Barack Obama’s unapologetic conservative cousin” and a Washington Times columnist.

Dr. Jane Orient is a general internal medicine physician and is the current executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS).

According to one website, “Dr. Richard Amerling is a nephrologist…an Associate Professor of at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, and the Director of Outpatient Dialysis at the Beth Israel Medical Center. …He has written and lectured extensively on health care issues and is a Director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons [AAPS]. Dr. Amerling is the author of the Physicians’ Declaration of Independence at
Dr. Amerling has been quoted as saying: “ObamaCare, beyond the enormous costs and dislocations, directly inserts itself into the doctor-patient relationship. It will make the practice of Hippocratic Medicine— ‘I will prescribe regimen for the good of my patients according to my ability and my judgment. I will keep them from harm and injustice.’ —all but impossible.”
Associated website:

Dr. Robert Steele is a cardiologist and "...vocal critic of Obamacare..."

Dr. Michael Burgess, MD, was an Obstetrician/Gynecologist before being elected to the House of Representatives in Washington D.C. Burgess was quoted by WND as saying about ObamaCare: “I think we have to be prepared to say to the American people, ‘Look, we’ve had three-and-a-half years, billions and billions of dollars, it’s not working. For heaven’s sakes, don’t spend another dime on this disaster!”

Dr. Art Fougner is a “recovering obstetrician” according to his Twitter profile.

Paul Hsieh, MD, is a physician and co-founder of Freedom and Individual Rights in Medicine (FIRM).
His writings can also be found at:

Dr. Ori Hampel is a urologist. He was named one of Houston’s “Top Docs” by H-Texas Magazine. Dr. Hampel is an expert on healthcare reform. He has been a frequent guest speaker on talk radio. He has been a very active educator of the public on the dangers and costs posed to patients by PPACA (“ObamaCare”) as well as by other existing Government regulations and agencies. Dr. Hampel is co-founder and vice-president of the Texas Chapter of Docs4PatientCare. Dr. Hampel is an avid chess player and has achieved the ranking of “Candidate Master” by the U.S. Chess Federation.

Dr. Rand Paul's other Twitter account is below.

Rand Paul is a physician and a senator for the state of Kentucky. His father is Dr. Ron Paul. “…fights for the Constitution, individual liberty and the freedoms that make this country great.”

Dr. Ron Paul. Physician. Congressman. Father of Dr. Rand Paul.

Dr. Ben Carson, a famous neurosurgeon, lectured Obama on his bad policies. Dr. Carson proposed a system of medical savings accounts set up at birth, which is a far better idea than ObamaCare.

Dr. Elena Sbrana is a pathologist. She was quoted on the University of Texas website: “After all, this is Pathology: questioning comes with the territory - we ask questions and we look for evidence. Sometimes we even find answers, isn't that the most exciting career of all?”

Craig Wax, D.O. is a doctor of osteopathic medicine and a holistic family physician. He has a blog about healthcare reform:

“Barrasso is known by many as Wyoming’s Doctor. He has a long and recognized career in both medicine and public service. During 24 years as an orthopedic surgeon in Casper, Barrasso served as President of the Wyoming Medical Society and was named Wyoming Physician of the Year.”

Marilyn Singleton, MD, JD is an anesthesiologist and according to her Twitter profile is a “Nonpartisan physician/attorney fighting to end Washington's wasteful spending, and for common-sense community solutions to joblessness and social problems.”

Twitter profile reads: “…independent constitutional conservative... physician and former nurse... artist... first-generation non-hyphenated Lithuanian American...”

Dr. Jane Hughes is an Ophthalmic Surgeon. She is an activist for non-government controlled medicine. She is President of the Texas chapter of and is Co-Founder

Twitter profile: “Christian, husband, father of four, anesthesiologist, scout leader. Conservative in life and politics.”

Dr. Matt McCord is an anesthesiologist. His Twitter profile also says: “Health Care Administrator. Instructor. Adviser. Consultant. Entrepreneur.”

Dr. Dave Janda is an orthopedic surgeon and health care policy analyst. He has a radio show called Operation Freedom every Sunday from 3-5PM ET on WAAM Radio. His website is:

Dr. Joel Strom is a practicing dentist in Los Angeles. He is the founder of Doc Squads (@DocSquads) and is a Healthcare lecturer.

Dr. Charles Krauthammer graduated with honors in political science and economics in 1970 from McGill University. He graduated from Harvard Medical School and became a board certified psychiatrist. He is a Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist.

Dr. David Mokotof. Twitter profile reads, "Cardiologist for over 30 years. Edgy reflections on medicine, health policy, politics, and whatever pops up in my politically incorrect mind."

Dr. Brad Holland is a "A Head & Neck Surgeon practicing Otolaryngology with Waco Ear, Nose, & Throat in Waco Texas, and currently serving as McLennan County Republican Club Chairman."

Dr. Kenneth Fisher, M.D., is a nephrologist and is presently President, Michigan Chapter Docs4PatientCare.

Lee Ritz's Twitter profile says: physician, and "Will never be a member of NOW, AMA or AARP. Proud NRA member." Her tweets are good, but as yet I do know her credentials. Checking.

Dr. Kelli Ward. Her Twitter profile reads: "Military wife, mom, family doctor, and AZ State Senator; striving to be a statesman with faith, integrity and honor; restoring the America of our Founders."

Dr. Barbara Bellar. Her Twitter profile reads: "Dr. Bellar is the kind of citizen legislator we need now." Her famous YouTube video seen by over 3,509,262 people is here:

Twitter profile says: "christian, wife, mom, medical doctor ... Frederick Douglass Republican"

Twitter profile says, "Zachary Smith, MD"

Twitter Profile: "Kathleen Brown. I am a Dermatologist practicing medicine on the Oregon Coast."

Twitter Profile: "bhavin h jani MD. Internist,free market enthusiast,constitutionalist, confused between libertarian and moderate conservative"

Dr. Scott Gottlieb is a "Physician, Author, American Enterprise Institute Fellow, former FDA Deputy Commissioner and CMS official." He does a great job writing about the flaws of Obamacare. He blogs at:
and here:

Donald Lane, M.D.

Twitter Profile: PDara MD, FACP, Physician (Medical Hematologist-Oncologist), Pilot, Author, Educator, Husband, Father and Student.

Twitter profile: compassionate, educated, husband/father/doctor, patriot

Twitter profile: Paul Koerner, MD, Christian, Radiation Oncologist, conservative, keeper of the Telecaster, got a band"

Twitter profile: "Author, Journalist, Physician, media advisor, President of Healthnets Review Services and Davis Book Reviews, An author's best friend. Author of three books.
Wrote: Obama Care: Dead on Arrival: A Prescription for Disaster

Dr. Melissa Clouthier is a chiropractor, a Texan, and a mom.

Twitter profile: "Internal Medicine Physician, Christian Dad, International Medical Missions spreading Gospel. UVa Alumnus #Wahoowa OleMiss Rebel #HottyToddy #tcot #ccot USAF vet"

Twitter profile: physician, CA.

Twitter profile: "Citizen for God-given rights, Physician for real healthcare reform that promotes personal responsibility and prosperity"




Twitter profile: "I'm a doctor, not a career politician. I'm working to ensure the citizens of Northern Michigan have their voices heard in Congress."

Twitter Profile: "Daughter of legal immigrants who fulfilled the American, mother, wife, & friend....followed by Senator Ted Cruz"


Twitter profile: "Dr. Gina Reghetti. Board Certified U.S.A. Osteopathic Family Medicine & Addiction Medicine Physician-Surgeon... Patriot."

Monday, June 3, 2013

The Great Relation by Peter Schiff

Peter Schiff is a businessman whose posts I like to read and follow. Here is his latest on the economy.
The Great Reflation, By Peter Schiff, Friday, May 31, 2013

This week economists, investors and politicians were treated to some of the "best" home price data since the frothy days of 2006 when home loans were given out like cotton candy and condo flipping was a national pastime. The Case-Shiller 20 City Composite Home price index was up a startling 10.9% for the 12 month period ending in March. Prices in all 20 cities were up, with some (Las Vegas, Phoenix, and San Francisco) notching gains of more than 20%. Meanwhile the National Association of Realtors announced that April pending home sales volume reached the highest level in nearly three years.

The strong housing data is taken as proof that the economy has turned around and that a recovery is under way. Cooler heads may simply see how government policies have channeled money into real estate in order to reflate a bubble that has been collapsing for the last five years. Although the money is entering the market through slightly different paths than it did in 2005 and 2006, its effects on housing, and the broader economy, are the same as they were before the bubble burst. When the inevitable happens again, the ensuing damage will be eerily familiar.

After five years of dismal real estate performance and a lackluster economy, it’s hard to fault people for believing that rising home prices are a good barometer of economic health. There can be little doubt that rising home prices feel good. Even single digit appreciation can make modest home buyers feel like mini-moguls. The effect is magnified in a falling interest rate environment where any appreciation can be instantly turned into an opportunity for cash out refinancing. The “wealth effect” created by such activities then translates into consumer spending and other seemingly positive economic developments. But some things can taste great but be very harmful (cinnamon buns come to mind). It felt good when real estate prices were rising during the pre-financial crisis bubble, but that rise only exacerbated the problems when the bubble burst. The questions we should now be asking ourselves is why are prices rising, are those higher prices sustainable, and what are the costs to the broader economy?

The truth is that most buyers cannot afford today's prices without the combination of government guarantees and artificially low mortgage rates. The Federal Reserve has been conducting an unprecedented experiment in economic manipulation. By holding interest rates near zero and by actively buying more than $40 billion monthly of mortgage-backed securities and $45 billion of Treasury bonds, the Fed has engineered the lowest mortgage rates in generations. At the same time, Federal control of the mortgage industry has become nearly complete, with government agencies Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the FHA buying or guaranteeing virtually all new mortgages. In addition, a variety of Federal programs, such as the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) are in place to help keep underwater homeowners in homes that they could not otherwise afford. Taken together, these programs create far more favorable terms for home buyers than those that existed before the crash.

The big difference between then and now however is that banks are much more reluctant to extend loans to people with bad credit. But that has not stopped money from flowing into real estate.  Ultra low interest rates also mean that fixed income investments, that have long been the staple of hedge funds and private equity funds, no longer deliver decent returns. To find yields in such an environment, many of these professional investment funds have scooped up single family homes out of foreclosure and put them into the rental market in order to generate a decent return on equity. These buyers come to the table with war chests full of cash which puts them in a position to avoid all of the credit obstacles that continue to plague individual buyers.

This trend has allowed a recovery in home sales even while the national home ownership rate has dropped to 65%, the lowest rate since 1995 (down from almost 70% during the last decade). Now that most of the available foreclosures have been picked through (with the rest log jammed with litigation and red tape), many of the new classes of investment buyers are striking deals directly with the large home builders to buy homes before they are even built. It is no coincidence that the southern tier markets with the fastest appreciation, and the fastest declines in inventories, have been those with the greatest participation of institutional investors.

But their activities have a latent downside. The new ownership class is not motivated to buy and hold the way Mom and Dad would. They are not looking for a place to live, raise families, and retire. They are simply looking for a decent return on equity relative to other investments. Many would happily put money in higher yielding bonds where landlord headaches don’t exist. If better deals beckon, or if risks increase in the real estate market, the homes they bought will be dumped even faster.

In the meantime, bidding wars involving hedge funds are forcing real buyers to pay more, oftentimes pricing them out of the market completely. Then as these properties hit the rental market, an absence of qualified tenants will depress rents. Lower rents will in turn put downward pressure on property values. Many rental houses will also sit vacant. Though hedge funds are cash buyers, most borrow large percentages of that cash to lever up their returns. However, when interest rates rise and rents fall, hedge funds will be forced to sell. But where will the buyers come from? The current crop of renters cannot afford to buy even with mortgage rates at historic lows. When rates rise, prices will have to plunge before real buyers could even qualify for mortgages.

The current combination of low rates and investor demand has succeeded in pushing up prices. But that doesn’t mean the market is healthy. For the first quarter of 2013, the Federal Reserve reports a 10% delinquency rate for residential mortgages (those with payments that are at least 90 days past due). This is more than 6 times the rate in the first quarter of 2006. In contrast, credit card delinquencies currently stand at 2.65%, the lowest rate in decades and 31% lower than the rate in the first quarter of 2006. Whether it is by choice, or simply by the ability to pay, Americans are clearly placing a low priority on paying their mortgages.

But rising home prices are currently creating residual benefits even for those who have no intention of selling. In the second quarter of this year, rates on 30 year mortgages hit the lowest level on record. Although the data has not yet been published, it would be logical to assume that homeowners have taken the opportunity to refinance, lower their payments, and in some cases, pull money out. But even if they haven’t, there is evidence to suggest that an owner’s belief that his home has appreciated is enough to encourage greater spending.

The “wealth effect’ from rising home prices combined with the similar influence of rising stock prices creates an aura of recovery. In fact, this week's revisions to first quarter GDP revealed that consumer confidence and spending are up despite real discretionary per capita incomes plunging at a 9.03% annualized rate. That is worse than the largest plunge during the 2008-2009 crisis (7.52%). Additionally, the household savings rate fell to an abysmal 2.3%, the lowest since the 3rd quarter 2007. Debt-financed consumption supported by inflated asset prices is what led to the financial crisis of 2008. It's amazing how willing we are to travel down that road again.

Of course rising asset prices are completely dependent on continued Fed support. As we have seen time and again, whenever the Fed even hints at tapering its massive QE programs the stock market sells off. The housing market is even more dependent on that support. Given the risks, it is arguable that no private market for home loans would even exist without government intervention. The bubble that popped in 2008 consisted mainly of government-guaranteed mortgages. This time, the mortgages are not merely government-guaranteed, but government owned.

In the meantime, by blowing more air into a deflating housing bubble, the Fed is misdirecting money into a sector that investment capital should be avoiding. A successful economy can’t be built on housing. Rather, a robust real estate market must result from a healthy economy. You can’t put the cart before the horse. As a nation, we do not need more houses. We built enough over the last decade to keep us well sheltered for years. Private equity funds should be using their investment capital to fund the next technology innovator, not wasting it on townhouses in Orlando and Phoenix.

Of course the real risks in housing center on the next leg down, in what I believe will be a continuation of the real estate crash. We can’t afford to artificially support the market indefinitely. When significantly higher interest rates eventually arrive, the fragile market will again be impacted. We saw that movie about five years ago. Do we really want to see it again?


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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The Blog

Welcome. I appreciate the over 100,000 visitors to this blog so far. I am Dr. Bradley Hennenfent, a medical doctor. Before retirement, my specialty was Emergency Medicine and I was also an economist. I am grateful for each and every visit to, where I discuss medical issues and the politics of freedom.

I started this blog because I am unhappy that politicians, bureaucrats, and clerks are being inserted between you and your doctor. The doctor-patient relationship should be strengthened, not weakened. We need the best medical system possible, otherwise people suffer and/or die needlessly.

I cannot abide that uninformed, non-medical people can interfere with appropriate and medically necessary treatment. Medical decisions should be up to patients, doctors, nurses, and other allied healthcare professionals. Power should not be taken away from patients as is happening now; more power should be given to them. I do not want to see your care denied or delayed by an incompetent healthcare system.

As a medical doctor, I feel strongly about this issue. I believe in Patient Power.

As for freedom, I am just like you. I have the same types of issues. I believe that free markets, free enterprise, free speech, free trade, and free people go together.

To have a free market you need price transparency, product transparency, and free speech. We do not have this today. Not even close. The IRS delayed Tea Party applications for 27 months. Wait until your medical treatment is delayed for 27 months.

I welcome your participation in prolonging and improving the lives of patients. We are all patients sooner or later. We are in this together.

Thank you for visiting

Thank you America.

Angelina Jolie's Double Mastectomy

Famous actress, Angelina Jolie, underwent a preventative double mastectomy, because she tested positive for the BRCA1 gene, and because her mother died from breast cancer at age 56.

You can read about it in her New York Times opinion piece:

Angelina Jolie wrote that her doctors told her she had an 87% risk of getting breast cancer. I applaud Ms. Jolie for studying the issue and doing what is best for her. My question is, statistically, how much will this procedure extend her overall survival?

Hopefully, the procedure will extend her overall survival by a lot. I have done some searching, but so far I cannot find enough data to give an estimate. I will keep looking.

The search terms are "prophylactic double mastectomy," which is also known as a "preventative double mastectomy."

Patient power involves product transparency.

Monday, March 18, 2013


In the end, there are only two forms of government. The type the Founding Fathers of the United States wanted, which keeps the most power with the people, and all the rest which take power away from individual citizens. Either you have the power or your tyrannical government has taken it from you.

All forms of government, socialism, communism, fascism, crony capitalism, and so on, which steal power from individuals, are rakakka.

Rakakka, in other words, is defined as any form of government which takes power away from the people and usurps it for the government, whether the form of government is socialism, communism, fascism, a dictatorship, monarchy, oligarchy, theocracy, or so on. Rakakka is anything that increases centralized government control and reduces the freedom of the individual.

Tax and spend economics are another form of rakakka as "the Keynesian economics scam" oppressively taxes the people, spends, borrows, and constantly passes the burden of inefficient and incompetent government onto the people.

The individual must remember that socialism has killed 120 million people. This has been documented by professor R. J. Rummel in Power Kills and Death by Government (and by many others). The term democide means death by government and it has been found that the more centralized power a government has the more that government kills its own citizens and engages in war that kills the citizens of other countries.

The freedom loving person needs to remember that free markets, free enterprise, free speech, free trade, and free people go together.

Stop rakakka!

Video against Marxism

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The Holomodor

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Stalin's Forced Famine

The Pol Pot Terror

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