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My Crossover Moment Between Stem Cells and the Vaccine Issue, some basic facts about VAERS and maybe an interesting strategic suggestion (so please read this to the end)

My Crossover Moment Between Stem Cells and the Vaccine Issue, some basic facts about VAERS and maybe an interesting strategic suggestion (so please read this to the end)

Although many, many of my posts lately have been about the vaccine issue, I view myself as a health care attorney who focuses on novel and unconventional treatments and technologies. The legal contexts may be different, i.e., medical board work, civil litigation, or federal criminal cases (FDA and health care insurance issues) but the overarching commonality is constant, unconventional health care and ensuring the broadest possible access to it. In my FDA-related work, that basically pits me against the government…

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Can My Employer Make Me Wear a Mask at Work, and What if I have a Medical Condition Which Makes Wearing a Mask Dangerous to Me?

Can My Employer Make Me Wear a Mask at Work, and What if I have a Medical Condition Which Makes Wearing a Mask Dangerous to Me?

This is a popular question these days, so let me lay out the law as I understand it. Actually, the basic law is pretty straightforward. Mostly what I will do is quote from the federal government’s EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) web site which deals with employment discrimination issues. And yes, the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) does come into play in the analysis. Here is the URL for the EEOC document I am quoting from: https://www.eeoc.gov/laws/guidance/pandemic-preparedness-workplace-and-americans-disabilities-act. It contains much…

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Maybe it’s time for the health concerned multitudes to come together, throw their weight around and change things up

Maybe it’s time for the health concerned multitudes to come together, throw their weight around and change things up

Per my two last posts, the CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine) community is under attack on at least two fronts. First, several CAM professional or issue related organizations have recently been subjected to corrective action regarding their CME accreditation for their annual conferences. Some of their last year’s conference CME’s have been retroactively rescinded, they have had their future conference CME accreditation withdrawn, and/or the groups have been warned to conform to “evidence based medicine,” code for conventional medical practice….

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Hey Mr. President: how about some quickie executive orders on prescription drug importing, stem cells, and vaccination

Hey Mr. President: how about some quickie executive orders on prescription drug importing, stem cells, and vaccination

Mr. President: looks like you’ve kept your word so far on Obamacare by signing a vague executive order allowing federal government agencies to do what they can to lower the costs or make more efficient whatever the agencies can figure out they can do without congressional approval. Hopefully that will work out. I have a couple of ideas for some quickie executive orders, consistent with your campaign speeches or your thinking. As always, I’ll keep it short: 1. Consumers importing…

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Dear Donald: Good move on Dr. Tom Price at HHS and Jim O’Neill at the FDA

Dear Donald: Good move on Dr. Tom Price at HHS and Jim O’Neill at the FDA

Dear Donald: Good move on Dr. Tom Price at HHS and Jim O’Neill at the FDA. Both seem to be disruptor/game changers, which is exactly what HHS and FDA need. As a guy who has been battling the FDA for a few years and per your request, here are a couple things which they should do from the get-go, without alot of bureaucratic red tape. Let’s start with getting the FDA bureaucrats off the backs of patients and consumers. Stem…

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WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE U.S. HEALTHCARE SYSTEM AND WHAT IT WOULD TAKE TO FIX IT

WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE U.S. HEALTHCARE SYSTEM AND WHAT IT WOULD TAKE TO FIX IT

I spend most of my professional time in the weeds of health care cases, so I thought it might be a nice change of pace to put down some of my observations and general critiques of the system based on my 30 years in the health care arena and as a consumer of health care services. (I originally posted this back in April, but so much has changed since then, I decided to update the problems, (including the FDA’s recent…

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Are all these anti-patients’ rights laws necessary for autologous stem cell transplants?

Are all these anti-patients’ rights laws necessary for autologous stem cell transplants?

  A long time ago as a first semester law student, I took the “Legal Method” course on how to read cases, the rules of statutory construction, and generally the analytic tools which lawyers use to analyze the law. I still remember the professor explaining how sometimes a law is created which makes sense when created, but the reason for the law is later eliminated, but the law continues.  He gave the example of the old English common law rule…

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What’s Wrong with American Health Care

What’s Wrong with American Health Care

Recently, the esteemed publisher/editor/writer of the Bolin Report asked me what I thought was wrong with the US health care system. I was taken aback. Even though I have been involved in health care cases, organizations, and legislative initiatives for a long time, I don’t often get asked big picture questions. I thought it might be a nice change of pace to put down some of my observations and general critiques of the system based on my 30 years in…

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