Republican Budget Ends Medicare

An April 15th vote in favor of the House Republican budget ends Medicare and slashes Medicaid spending by $1.4 trillion. This will have a major, adverse impact on seniors. Medicare is primarily intended for people over 65 years of age, and the Medicaid program is the largest single payer of long-term care, including half of all nursing home costs. “The Republican budget ends Medicare, raises the cost of prescription drugs for seniors and cuts nursing home care for seniors and the disabled,” says U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-CA), explaining why he voted against the Republican Budget and for the Democratic budget alternative. “It makes college more expensive for America’s students, kicks children out of Head Start, and makes us more dependent on foreign oil. It then takes all the money it ‘saves’ from those lopsided cuts to the middle class and the poor and shovels it to the biggest oil companies in the world, the wealthiest American taxpayers and corporations that ship our jobs overseas.” Republican budget key points: • Ends Medicare. • Gives tax cuts to oil companies and the wealthy. • Takes money from middle class and low-income seniors. • Reduces resources for children and the disabled. “The Republican budget is unfair and unbalanced and makes the wrong choices for our economy and our future,” says Miller. While seniors bear the brunt of the proposed Republican health budget cuts, many millions of children will also be harmed. Middle-class families will be denied real help that they need for health insurance to protect themselves. “It is ironic and outrageous that these cuts are included in a budget that also extends huge, unneeded tax cuts for the wealthiest people in America,” says Miller. … Read More

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Tai Chi And Qigong Health Benefits

Originating in China, tai chi and qigong are mind-body practices accessible to people of any age or physical condition. A recent review of tai chi and qigong finds these practices offer many health benefits for the heart, immune system and overall quality of life. … Read More

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Vitamin D For Respiratory Viruses

Vitamin D may help reduce the incidence and severity of viral respiratory tract infections including influenza, according to a new Yale University School of Medicine and Greenwich Hospital study. To determine if the declining concentrations of vitamin D seen in the fall and winter could be a factor in the seasonal increased prevalence of respiratory viral infections such as the flu, James Sabetta, M.D., and colleagues followed 198 adults during the fall and winter. Of the 18 participants who maintained high vitamin D levels, only three (16.6 percent) developed viral infections. Of the 180 other participants, 81 (45 percent) developed viral infections. Those with the higher vitamin D levels also experienced a marked reduction in respiratory tract infection symptoms such as nasal congestion, sore throat, cough, fever, chills, fatigue, and general malaise. They also had less days ill. The lower levels of vitamin D seen in the winter may contribute to the prevalence of influenza. Indoor crowding is commonly thought to contribute to the influenza epidemics seen each winter. However, influenza epidemics do not occur in summer in crowded workplaces or other gatherings, despite the presence of the virus and a multitude of nonimmune people. Findings have implications for understanding the seasonality of certain infections and higher infection rates among individuals who are predisposed to lower concentrations of vitamin D, such as obese individuals. Vitamin D, which we get partially from exposure to sunlight, has known benefits: • Boosts the immune system. • Decreases high blood pressure. • Reduces the risk of developing arthritis. • Combats viral infections. Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and massage therapy for a wide range of health conditions as well as overall wellness. To schedule an appointment call (305) 595-9500. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director. … Read More

Acupuncture For Adolescent And Adult Obesity

Being obese in adolescence increases the risk of being severely obese in adulthood. Individuals with severe obesity encounter serious and potentially life-threatening health complications. … Read More

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