Malnourishment is not something we associate with our 21st century lifestyles Problem is that menopause puts the body under more strain than we appreciate To cope with it well, women need to be in tip-top condition But few women reach their mid-40s in a nutritionally good place Read more @

  • Malnourishment is not something we associate with our 21st century lifestyles
  • Problem is that menopause puts the body under more strain than we appreciate 
  • To cope with it well, women need to be in tip-top condition 
  • But few women reach their mid-40s in a nutritionally good place 

Anyone who wastes time talking about Obamacare, its repeal & replacements is foolish. All the “solutions” simply rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic; the system is imploding & I speak as a former employer, consumer, parent, & policymaker. No one controls costs, delivery of care, or takes seriously healthcare @…/ about… Why My Stepsons’ Father Killed Himself

Last week, my two stepsons’ father, a man who loved life, killed himself.

I would like to tell you why.

Two years ago, a 62-year-old father of three named Bruce Graham was standing on a ladder, inspecting his roof for a leak, when it slipped out from under him. He landed on top of the ladder on his back, breaking several ribs, puncturing a lung and tearing his intestine, which wasn’t detected until he went into septic shock. Following surgery, he lapsed into a two-week coma.

In retrospect, it’s unfortunate that he awoke from that coma because for all intents and purposes, his life ended with that fall. Not because his mind was affected — it was completely intact until the moment he took his life — but because while modern medicine was adept enough to keep him alive, it was unable or unwilling to help him deal with the excruciating pain that he experienced over the next two years.


WATCH THE FASCINATING 4min VIDEO FROM CONCEPTION TO BIRTH: LIFE IN THE WOMB…/… Life is truly wonderful! In fact, the development of human life in the womb is just amazing. Did you know that everything about you — including how tall you would be, the color of your eyes, and the color of your skin-

idf-ceremonyThis is a picture of an IDF ceremony on Friday at the conclusion of an officer’s training course in the Intelligence corps. The graduates of the course include two religious women who are pregnant and have an exemption from wearing the IDF uniform and are now officers in the army.

FROM Life in Israel

Hospitals have to focus on building customer loyalty and brand recognition. Business plans and marketing strategies must address changes in consumer expectations and customer service, reimbursement procedures, rates of heads in beds, sources of payments for care, workforce management and working conditions, changing demographics in hospital catchment areas, and evolving doctor-patient-hospital relationships.

Many hospital CEOs adapted to the shifting sands before the Affordable Care Act (ACA) became effective in 2010. Smaller and undercapitalized hospitals are merging with or selling to larger facilities and national operators. Bankruptcy looms for others surviving into the twenty-first century who may not make it past the second decade.

In the end, like any business, for profit or not-for-profit, survival is all about money. Money is one of two important tools in commercial survival, and I forget what the second is. A University of Alabama-Birmingham study released in 2014 under the direction of Amy Landry, reports no one factor determines hospital solvency and survival, but unrecognized or unmanageable trends lead to bankruptcy.

Two factors are worth examining more directly: the first is leadership turnover; the second is denial management. Business leadership studies generally confirm rapid change at the top destabilizes companies. Other team members leave, priorities change, and there is a trickle-down effect of uncertainty. One study reports shareholder return drops 3.5 percent in the year following a CEO’s resignation. Ousting a CEO creates tremors resulting in four times the plunge in shareholder value.

According to Challenger, Gray & Christmas, a Chicago-based global outplacement and career transitioning firm, health care and financial services led the CEO turnover sectors in 2014. Health care has just under a 20 percent annual turnover rate, and many hospitals lack what one hospital association executive describes as “robust succession planning.” Reducing CEO turnover and crafting viable succession plans for CEOs and department heads are where hospitals need to engage outsourcers. In-house staff maintains too much “baggage” to undertake these tasks in a meaningful manner.

The other factor to consider for hospital solvency and survival is the institution’s denial management program. On average, commercial insurers inaccurately process 20 percent of claims filed. If a hospital experiences a higher percentage of claim re-filings, it is likely cash on hand and accounts receivable are a financial drag on the institution. Cash ratio to debt is too high for good credit ratings, raising the cost of borrowing. Bad debt as a percentage of patient revenue is high. The IT system is outdated or broken.

Frank Irving, reporting for Healthcare Finance News (Oct. 22, 2014), quotes a medical services CEO who claims his denial management strategy prevents revenue loss and cuts receivables by 50 percent. Reimbursement denials and delays are mostly caused by not predetermining patient eligibility, medical necessity, and proper coding of services. The IT department must be as energetic about attention to detail as the medical staff is to patient care.

The Stanly Regional Medical Center in North Carolina uses a Six Sigma approach to denial management: define by prioritizing select projects, mobilize total commitment to the program from the entire organization, measure performance of defined parameters, analyze data from key process determinants, improve claims submissions, and institute controls to hold the gains by reducing process variations.

The results are not staggering, but they are impressive and point in the direction all facilities must move to remain solvent and survive. SRMC cut the denial ratio from 5.47 percent per month to 4.12 percent, resulting in savings of over $132,000 monthly. SRMC also saved money not having to rework as many claims.

SRMC advises others to recognize denials management is a big project consuming staff time and resource commitments. Weekly meetings of the Revenue Cycle Team continue throughout the project. Everyone must be current on frequent insurance change to maximize revenues. The right team will generate a significant return on investment by tracking denials, enforcing accountability, and keeping staff apprised of improvements because their jobs, pay, benefits, and bonuses depend on reducing denials.

Dr. Goldmeier was a Research and Teaching Fellow at Harvard University, where he received his Doctorate in Education. He is a former consultant to the US Surgeon General on federally funded Maternal and Child Health programs. Currently, he teaches international university students and serves as a business analyst and development consultant for companies and nonprofit organizations. His new ebook on Amazon is Healthcare Insights: Better Care Better Business.

My first background article addressing the wonder chemical graphene for Seeking Alpha cautions investors to the high risks involved:

· There are few publicly traded companies.

· They are in the R&D stage of development, or in

· Mining minerals that carry heavy baggage from governments

· Seed stage of developing with unconfirmed products for commercial and healthcare applications, and

· Companies are hindered by high costs and first stage technology for producing graphene in mass quantity.

Unending Growth Potential

Nevertheless, it is the most exciting new industry since the digital revolution.Materials & Chemicals Market Research News just released a report affirming, “We expect that China’s graphene market size will grow at a compound annual rate of over 90% in 2016-2020.” It also lists more than a dozen companies engaged in mining minerals, R&D, and commercialization of graphene.

My biochemist educated son forwards science articles to me practically every day. Articles about graphene awakened me to the ways graphene will change our lives. The potential for graphene commercialization is seemingly unending, a sui generis.

Information about new applications of graphene in science publications out in the few short weeks since my article in Seeking Alpha detail applications for graphene having the potential to detect cancer cells, improve 3-D printing, make ammunition and guns more efficient and effective, produce a super-strong silk that conducts electricity, helps other materials handle 1,000 times more current than regular materials, build better, safer and longer lasting lithium ion batteries (demand is growing 20% per year), fuel cells, and nuclear reactors.

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You can read this also @ The Times of Israel 


By Dr. Harold Goldmeier

Jan. 3, 2017


2016 is best characterized as a paean to the politics of humiliation. America’s candidates for president didn’t hit on issues as much as the characters of one another. It’s been no different in Israeli politics, at least since I moved here. I worked for more than two decades in the campaigns and administrations of US governors and one Senator. I don’t recall the current perverse name-calling subsuming political discourse in both countries.



Biggest Losers of 2016

The messengers are the biggest losers. Print and broadcast media are “reporting” with unrelenting partisanship and mean-spirited incredulity. Pundits are enervating journalism, as if opinion is news.


Another big loser is social media. Once a harbor for fun, silliness and information, the content is sinister beset by fake news organizations promoting fake news. Worse still are revelations about intentional manipulations of news stories and sites by social media moguls. They employ algorithms that censor content to conform to their biases resulting in calls for government regulation, political censorship and in Israel government dominion.


Israel Supporters launched an onslaught of hateful name-calling against President Obama following his “New Beginning” speech in Cairo, 2009, making enemies among African Americans, young liberals and young liberal Jews supporting Sanders regardless of his pro-Palestinian agenda. The apparent favoritism of the right wing Israel government and its supporters for Donald Trump widened the American rift.


Hatred for President Obama morphed into a pandemic of taxonomic epithets. Hitler and Amalek (a Biblical enemy of the Jews who slaughter women, children and stragglers as the Hebrews marched to the Promised Land) are heard frequently along with racist sobriquets. They relentlessly scream Barak HUSSEIN Obama unashamedly.


It is de rigueur since the John Kerry speech explaining America’s UN vote abstaining on the resolution condemning Israel and settlements. Both Kerry and Obama are anti-Semites, enemies of the Jewish people. A designated appointee of Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu portrays Obama and Kerry as incarnations of “modern anti-Semitism…(and Kerry’s) mental age doesn’t exceed 12.”


When the Democrats rise from ashes of the 2015 election, as they surely will one day, Israel’s right wing supporters may never again influence Democratic-party platforms. Ideologues never forget.


Winners from the Kerry Speech

Donald Trump, is the modern day redeemer like Alexander the Great. Israel advocates (certainly not all) see Trump riding into Jerusalem not on his steed but on tweets blasting messages of hope and salvation. Trump is ginning up them and Israel’s leaders. Predictably, there will be a slew of Jewish newborns given the name Donald.


Prime Minister Netanyahu withstood the insults and bad behavior of Obama over the years beefing-up Netanyahu’s image as a tough guy. For example, French President Sarkozy, in November 2011, lamented to President Obama in an open microphone that Prime Minister Netanyahu is a liar, petulant and ungrateful. Instead of defending Netanyahu, Obama decried the daily phone calls from Netanyahu producing an unbearable ennui.


The home front reaction was ballistic. Netanyahu’s image as no pushover, but a relentless advocate for Israel’s security was extolled. The more Netanyahu pushes-back against Obama the more frequent and loud are the charges Obama is anti-Israel.


Losing the vote on the Iran deal enhanced the admiration of Israel’s leading commentator: Netanyahu achieved a “triumphant victory,” she wrote. Though Netanyahu (and presumably Mr. Trump) persuaded Egypt to withdraw the recent anti-Israel UN Security Council resolution indefinitely, Netanyahu failed again to out-maneuver Obama. It was introduced on Friday night, and passed unanimously. Chastising President Obama, Netanyahu deflected his loss with a stern finger-pointing message, “Friends don’t take friends to the Security Council.”

President Barak Obama is a winner at home. He is portrayed as a victim of Jewish racist attitudes and Israel’s unending demands for financial support. He is the victim of Israel’s powerful Jewish lobby, and Jewish control of the media. President Obama is showing “them” who is the boss.


Obama is leaving office with an image among most Americans as a statesman alongside Tony Blair, Jimmy Carter, and Desmond Tutu. They are moral guides and peace-seekers. A relatively young Obama is replacing Democratic-party leadership lurching toward senectitude. He alone has the years ahead and gravitas to reshape the party and its platform in his image. That began at the 2012 Democratic convention when the party failed to renew its support for the Jewish state and Jerusalem as its capital. Obama’s constituency as party leader is the Sanders’ party young and minorities demanding progressive social policies, human rights for Palestinians, and weaning Israel off American support.


Jimmy Carter and Foreign leaders (e.g., Scandinavia, the Dutch, South Africa, Germany, and France) are winners. The Kerry speech justifies their years of vilifying Israel, calling her the apartheid state, and a demonic violator of human rights. Kerry casts them as true guardians of the world’s moral compass, Godly, and on the right side of history.



Palestinians are losers once again. They never miss a chance. They are delusional believing the UN resolution and Kerry’s speech are a sockeroo, and “the world is standing with us.” They call Israelis murderers and criminals. I call them dead men walking.


Democrats Supporting Israel are fearful if not hopeless. Israel faces a future sans bipartisan support. We will be homeless if the party has no place for Israel supporters. Democrats simply considering a Louis Farrakhan acolyte for DNC Chair exacerbate the fears. Israeli politicians and advocates pandering to the notion of a Republican chiliasm will rue the day. A writer and Israel lover writing in the Huffington Post laments, “We’re done… BDS may be rapidly becoming the default political position of many of the young, Bernie Left.”


Diaspora Jewish leaders are facing a young generation with only ephemeral attachment to Israel. “Jewish” is seldom on their minds. Campus Hillel and Chabad university centers draw miniscule numbers of students. Israel advocacy programs fare little better.


Diaspora Jewish leaders need Israel to keep their leadership relevant, exciting and engaging young Jews. It’s not belief in God or the camaraderie of Friday night dinners that excite young people consciously Jewish. It’s ultimately only the Jewish state. Loosing that raison d’être leaves Jewish leaders in the lurch. I asked my daughter to justify her vote for Sanders. “Free education and free healthcare,” was her response. What about his anti-Israel platform? “Israel is strong and arrogant enough to support itself.”



In sum, we are in an age unlike the dishonesty and blunt force of the 1930s and 40s, or the age of dirty tricks prevalent in the 1960s and 70s. Ours is an age when you know a person’s position on most issues when you know their position on any one. There is no effort in politics to conceal folly, blunders or political incorrectness. Today, intelligence and substance are drowned by the screams of wailing keeners engaging in the politics of humiliation.





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I limit posts to healthcare and  business matters, but the headlines now, even about business futures, are consumed by matters relating to the Presidential election. Americans are being played for fools and it is the powerful destroying our democracy:

Here’s a point made in a new book by the CIA agent (Debriefing The President: The Interrogation Of Saddam Hussein, by John Nixon, is published on December 29 by Bantam Press) who interrogated Saddam Hussein. President Bush blamed the CIA for his administration’s failures in Iraq: “In his 2010 memoir, Bush wrote: ‘I decided I would not criticise the hardworking patriots of the CIA for the faulty intelligence on Iraq.’ But that is exactly what he did. He blamed the agency for everything that went wrong and called its analysis ‘guesswork’ while hearing only what he wanted to hear.”

Sounds similar to President Obama blaming the CIA for faulty intelligence: And now we are supposed to believe them when they try to derail the last US election? If the American people can’t believe our Presidents, the media is full of fake news, and newspapers & tv news stakeout partisan positions, they are destroying democracy not the people.

It reminds me of a quip from my four-years-old granddaughter when asked ,”Who spilled the milk?” She ruefully responded, “Not me!”


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