Category: Statistics

Whole30 Participant and Nutritionist Stress Importance of Eliminating Excessive Sugar Intake

The Whole30 Program originated in 2009 starting with the book “It Starts with Food”. The book highlights a wholesome eating pattern exempting sugar and generally any processed foods not considered “wholesome” for a thirty-day period. One key component: eliminate unnatural sugars. Sally Schöberlein participated in the Whole 30 program while residing in Germany; she says after the first few uncomfortable days sugar cravings, she began noticing a positive difference with the way she felt.

Melons, seen here, are considered a healthy sugar substitute according to Organic Lifestyle Magazine | Photo by Leilani Spring Fischbeck
Melons, seen here, are considered a healthy sugar substitute according to Organic Lifestyle Magazine | Photo by Leilani Spring Fischbeck

Oprah’s magazine identifies sugar as an issue, offering tips on reducing sugar intake. An article by Stephanie Schomer, “Sugar Shock: Three Things YouDidn’t Know about Your Diet”, identifies the average American consumes over three times the recommended daily sugar dose. The article states, “[the] American Heart Association recommends limiting our added sugar intake to six teaspoons daily, but our actual intake is about 22.2 teaspoons.”

Consequently, the majority of Americans overeat sugar, compromising a healthy lifestyle. What is the best way to maintain a healthy eating pattern with less sugar?

Pears | Photo by Leilani Spring Fischbeck
Pears | Photo by Leilani Spring Fischbeck

Nutritionist Sarah Skolnik recommends monitoring your eating patterns daily and understanding exactly what you are eating. Skolnik explains that the brain responds very similarly to sugar as it would addictive substances and it is important to know what ingredients are in your food. The difference between sugary food and drug addictions are slim, according to a study conducted by the NIH. The study “has revealed that sugar and sweet reward can not only substitute to addictive drugs, like cocaine, but can even be more rewarding and attractive.”

Most breads are considered complex starchy carbohydrates, seen here | Photo by Leilani Spring Fischbeck
Most breads are considered complex starchy carbohydrates, seen here | Photo by Leilani Spring Fischbeck

 

Black Lives Matter Organization Protests at City Hall

On Monday, August 15, 2016, the Black Lives Matter organization gathered outside of Los Angeles City Hall to call for the resignation of L.A.P.D. police chief, Charlie Beck. The protest began on Friday, August 12, partially fueled by the killing of Redel Jones, a 30-year-old Black woman. Jones was shot and killed by police in an alley in South Central after allegedly not dropping the knife in her hand.

Protestors march chanting, “Say her name, Redel Jones” | Photo by Jamin Allgood, Leilani Spring Fischbeck

Some activists for BLM explain that the reason for their encampment and visible protest is due to the serious racial mentality within the police force. Kate Mather at the Los Angeles Times reported on related statistics, finding that 260 homicides occurred in Los Angeles just last year.

Photo of Sandra Bland outside of City Hall. Photo by Jamin Allgood, Leilani Spring Fischbeck

Consequently, questions revolve rapidly amongst the issue. Some questions circulating are whether these homicide rates are due to the massive population of over 4 million people in Los Angeles, gang violence, a racist police force, neglectful police protocol, and/or the type of emergency responses towards certain situations.

BLM organization in Los Angeles | Photo by Jamin Allgood,Leilani Spring Fischbeck
BLM advocates marching in Los Angeles. Photo by Jamin Allgood, Leilani Spring Fischbeck

On August 17, 2016, L.A.P.D. has evicted the BLM organization from the surrounding City Hall grounds.

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Officers outside of City Hall putting up signs. Photo: Jamin Allgood, Leilani Spring Fischbeck

Single Mastectomies Proven a Better Choice than Double

Recent discoveries and data analysis show that single mastectomies are a better choice than double mastectomies in the early stages of breast cancer. According to Medical News Today, individuals who have the choice between a single and double mastectomy typically choose a double mastectomy. However, that is not always the best option. This publication states, “…many studies have suggested a double mastectomy does not improve survival for women in the early stages of breast cancer. What is more, researchers claim a double mastectomy raises the risk of postoperative complications.”

Photo of Dr. Deanna Attai in front of a machine that hopes to eliminate mastectomies through precise targeted removal of the breast cancer cells. Photo from AP Images.

Consequently, better quality of life and improved health are associated with those who chose a single mastectomy to remove the cancer cells. Additionally, the academic journal for Current Oncology stresses the importance of conserving breast tissue for a higher survival rate.

This Infogram describes the percentage of individuals with a choice between single and double mastectomies, and their decisions. Information from Cancer.gov | Infographic created by Leilani Spring Fischbeck.

 

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Photo of Robert Kaitz’s in the healing stages after a single mastectomy. Photo from AP Images.

Kiana Bobo Hatley, recently featured in an interview about her cancer battle, did not have a choice in the matter. A double mastectomy was her only option. She states, “I did not choose a double mastectomy. …It was needed. Triple negative breast cancer is extremely aggressive…the best option was to remove both breasts.” Realistically, not every individual has a choice. However, those who can choose a single mastectomy over a double mastectomy have proven to have better health results and a higher quality of life.

Expert Conversations for Breast Cancer Flood Social Media Outlets

Breast Cancer remains a hot topic and continues to take hundreds of thousands of lives annually. Now, in preparation for Breast Cancer Awareness month, people from all over are sharing their opinions and advice about Breast Cancer dilemmas and encouraging one another to speak out. The infograph below shows recent Breast Cancer Statistics.

This infographic shows the number of male vs. female breast cancer diagnoses. Infographic created by Leilani Spring Fischbeck.
This infographic shows the number of male vs. female breast cancer diagnoses. Infographic created by Leilani Spring Fischbeck.

Gia Sison is a doctor and breast cancer survivor. She is popular in the social media world for her physician experience and personal battle with Breast Cancer. Sison is striking up a conversation about patient advocacy via Twitter . Her tweet sparks twitter user interests about the reality of pre-diagnoses. She states, “T2 As a doctor & breast cancer survivor the line-“We could’ve caught it early” is something I do not like to hear. I had no symptoms #hcldr”. Sison supports her point by encouraging patient care. She tweets, “Patient engagement should be sustainable beyond the conference, literally #PatientsIncluded #hchlitss” . According to the Newsroom at GE Healthcare, Sison is the latest guest speaker in #BCMTalks sessions, talks involving live feeds for a Breast Cancer community about individual experiences where patients are encouraged to engage in live online conversation. In addition, Dr. Oz, celebrity board certified heart surgeon and television personality, is bringing awareness to the topic. Dr. Oz is an advocate for Breast Cancer, tweeting an encouraging message to his audience to engage them conversation. He asks, .@ProtectThePecs How has breast cancer changed your life and what do you want to tell other men? #drivetheconversation”.

Consequently, a popular professional organization is also making news around the Breast Cancer buzz. Breast Cancer Answers recently posted an interview with the Susan G Komen foundation in relation to coping with Breast Cancer diagnoses. The foundation is a tribute to a woman named Susan G Komen, a woman who died of Breast Cancer when she was 33. Her sister, Nancy Brinker, is the founder of this successful non-profit organization that has contributed nearly $1.5 billion dollars to multiple aspects of breast Cancer research, care, and awareness.

Dr. Sandra Finestone, an advocate for Susan G. Komen, believes that the best way to handle a new diagnosis is to get all of the facts. In a recent video, she says, “Information eliminates fear; the more you know the less you fear.” In addition, Joan Lunden shares her view by expressing her opinion about importance of early breast cancer detection. Lunden is an American journalist who battles breast cancer and shares her experience of the mammogram process. “You should be getting ultrasounds in addition to mammograms,” she says, in regards to her personal experience with dense breast tissue. She says that if she had not gotten an ultra sound in addition to her mammogram, she would never had realized her serious condition. Her passions involve informing other women about check ups and factors that play a role in understanding the disease.

Experts at the Cancer Research Fund, a highly populated program affiliated with Amazon, recently posted about their proposed deadline to End Breast Cancer by 2020. They share a photo at the latest National Breast Cancer Coalition Leadership Summit, and state “National Breast Cancer Coalition Leadership Summit–Californians working for an End to Breast Cancer–Deadline 2020!” In addition, Dr. Tabor, Breast Cancer physician from John Hopkins and active advocate for nutritional based health for Breast Cancer improvement since 2009, provides resources to his viewers and asks individuals to “Please share” about the newest screening discovery in cancer genes.

Involvement does not stop there. Dr. Karen White is a Breast Cancer coach with an Ed.D and M.P.A who is emphasizing the importance of a religious foundation for battling the disease. She recently published her proposition for a new Christian Life coaching concept on LinkedIn’s network, asking her audience “Are you seeking to discover your life purpose?” In addition, Dr. David L. Katz, a certified LinkedIn Influencer and President of American College of Lifestyle Medicine, keeps his audience engaged with the latest discoveries in Breast Cancer treatments. Katz recently published an article about the flawed aspects of biopsies and the dangers of interpretation. The accuracy of Breast Cancer treatment remains controversial.

 

 

 

Health Break: An Inside Look at the Dangers of Addiction

Health Break: An Inside Look on the Dangers of Addiction from Leilani Fischbeck on Vimeo.

Addiction as a whole causes nearly 2.1 million hospital Emergency Department visits, and indirectly affects even more. This video shares the inside story two different individuals and the battles they face with addiction. Paul Schaunfer, now a CEO of a large Bartending school, shares his emotional hardship with how drug overdose affected him and his family. Richard C* (who has requested his last name to be anonymous) is a Business Developer who shares the methods he uses to maintain sobriety.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), (81.1%) of the 43,982 drug overdose deaths in the United States were unintentional, (12.4%) were of suicidal intent, and 2,801 (6.4%) were of undetermined intent (from a report ran in 2013). Richard urges those battling with addiction to seek help and not be afraid to reach out to others. Similarly, Schaunfer advices people to distance themselves as best as possible and to engage in meetings like AA and NA.

 

Quality of Care in OC Hospital Questioned in Court

In July 2014, a court case took place when a hospital employee stated that her workplace fired her for complaining “to defendants about conditions of the facilities that affected the quality of care and services provided” (Shaw v. Superior Court of Los Angeles County et al.) This case file is found at Courtinfo.ca.gov. Former employee Deborah Shaw stated that her workplace, Kindred Hospital, ultimately terminated her for verbally stating that their quality of care was poor.  The lawsuit was for the hospital to establish a set of rules and regulations and for them to compensate Shaw for her losses. At this point in time, Shaw’s request for a jury trial based on the Health and Safety Code section 1278.5 was denied.

A photo depicting a law study room, as seen here. Photo taken by Leilani Spring Fischbeck. L|P Photography
A photo depicting a law study room, as seen here. Photo taken by Leilani Spring Fischbeck. L|P Photography

Health.gov is a government agency that stresses the importance of quality of care and patient safety, and states that their recent project ODPHP helps improve patient safety, reduce infections, and reverse adverse drug situations. They are working to implement this system in healthcare facilities.

Geraldo Legaspi is an assistant coordinator, activity planner, and director for special needs students and adults at a healthcare center in the San Fernando Valley. He has been in the healthcare business for adults with disabilities for over eight years. Legaspi states that healthcare will always have glitches and financial factors typically determine the level of quality of care.

“There is a lack of health care no matter how you see it. Those who have it now have to pay a certain amount until their health care can go through fully thanks to Obama Care. As for those who had it before,” he shares, “they are restricted or have to change their health care, in which may lead to them having to pay more for their health care.”

American Flags can be seen flying over every courthouse in the nation, as seen here in Calabasas, CA. Photo taken by Leilani Spring Fischbeck L|P
American Flags can be seen flying over every courthouse in the nation, as seen here in Calabasas, CA. Photo taken by Leilani Spring Fischbeck L|P

In addition, Legaspi feels that employees who work in a small organization are better heard than those in giant corporations are and that is where the downfall occurs.

“In my experience, institutions that do not have that many employees listen to them more. Those institutions that have more employees, or at least a vast number of them, will not give much care to what they may say.”

Aba Horthy is an international student from Hungary that agrees that employees often go unheard.  In addition, Horthy believes that it is taking a risk to negatively speaking about one’s workplace because it will most likely fall upon deaf ears.

“I think institutions don’t really care about what the employee has to say. First, if there is a problem in an institution and the employee recognizes that problem, he or she would risk their jobs with filing a complaint. If the employee does complain, the institution would most likely ignore it because it would be a loss in money and time and they would like to gain more money not spending it.”

In addition, Horthy believes the employee does not always have the organization’s best interest in mind. Consequently, he feels the reason for termination is frequently accurate and fair.

Photo of a court layout, as seen here. Photo taken by Leilani Spring Fischbeck. L|P Photography.
Photo of a court layout, as seen here. Photo taken by Leilani Spring Fischbeck. L|P Photography.

“If employees care too much about their patients, they might spend extra time on patients without charging them which would lead up to beneficial loss of money for health care systems and that is not accepted. If employees care more about the money than the actual job they should be doing,” he reasons, “they are probably not listening to the patients, which leads up to inappropriate medical treatments, doing wrong lab tests, and other medical errors.”

Consequently, Legaspi agrees that financial issues often cause a huge barrier between employee and employer relationships and this is how issues in the workplace arise, including lack of quality care.

“Some main reasons that employees are terminated are because of financial issues for the company. They don’t want to cover everything because it will cost them to much,” he states, “or they believe that the cost of helping would be to high of a risk for them to take to continue helping employees.”

UCLA Health Physician Stresses The Importance of Annual Follow Ups

 The New York Times recently published an article pertaining to the importance of following up with one’s physician concerning regular appointments. It states that patients frequently miss appointments and this is becoming a severe issue to the health of American citizens. Experts believe that there should to be new implementation for better documentation, which may help patients keep their track of their scheduled appointments.

A standard procedure, blood pressure check, conducted in most check-ups, as seen here. Photo taken by Leilani Spring Fischbeck. L|P Photography.
A standard procedure, blood pressure check, conducted in most check-ups, as seen here. Photo taken by Leilani Spring Fischbeck. L|P Photography.

Dr. Peter Galier, M.D. is an internist affiliated with UCLA Health Internal Medicine. He has 19 years of experience and is board certified in Internal Medicine. Dr. Galier explains that the primary importance of an annual check up is to keep current with the patient, such as observing any new changes in behavior that the patient may demonstrate.

“An annual check up gives the general doctor a chance to see if anything has changed,” he explains, “like family history; or symptoms accompanied with body symptoms. We check on exercise and diet, evaluate for any unhealthy behaviors like tobacco, drug, alcohol use, check blood pressure,” he continues, “and examine the patient.”

A photo depicting a "no nonsense" physician, as seen here. Photo taken by Leilani Spring Fischbeck. L|P Photography.
A photo depicting a “no nonsense” physician, as seen here. Photo taken by Leilani Spring Fischbeck. L|P Photography.

The New York Times Article highlights a recent study that shows 5-55% of patients do not show up for their scheduled appointments. Some ideas about why the appointments are missed range from simply forgetting, to not being reminded, as well as not being able to get an appointment that fits the patient’s schedule, according to Barron Lerner, MD., author  of “When Patients Don’t Follow Up”. Furthermore, Dr. Lerner believes that improving documentation will help to improve the follow up appointment issue the healthcare system currently faces. In addition, the University of Wisconsin has found that making reminder phone calls has helped improve patient follow up statistics.

In addition, Dr. Galier stresses the importance of following up with appointments. He and addresses that it is the primary responsibility of the patient to make sure that they follow up with their scheduled appointment.

“It is the responsibility of the patient, or their support system. We are responsible to explain to them the need, the importance, and arrange a follow up appointment when they are here,” he states, “and many patients don’t make an appointment at that time.”

Consequently, in addition to following up regularly with one’s physician, Dr. Galier encourages his patients to live healthier lives through diet and health maintenance before the problems arise.

A standard exam, checking the ear canal for things such as ear wax buildup, etc. as seen here. Photo taken by Leilani Spring Fischbeck. L|P Photography
A standard exam, checking the ear canal for things such as ear wax buildup, etc. as seen here. Photo taken by Leilani Spring Fischbeck. L|P Photography

“Take responsibility for diet, exercise and health maintenance issues before you get ill. Once you have a disease,” he explains, “pay attention to your doctors advice, and be compliant with treatments.”

Anxiety and Distress Escalate in the United States

Anxiety levels around the world tend to vary, but they are comparatively higher in the United States versus anywhere else in the world. According to the National Institutes of Mental Health, about one in five individuals experience a panic disorder in the United States (Go Stress).  In the United States alone, approximately 4.3 million individuals have been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder, which is just one form of an anxiety-related disease. The info graph (seen below) shows various prevalence rates of psychologically distressed/anxious adults in each region across the United States. This information was obtained thorough the Center for Disease Control, which highlights the most thorough statistics taken from 2007.

Created by: Leilani Spring Fischbeck Info graph site used: easel.ly Information obtained through: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/su6003a1.htm
Created by: Leilani Spring Fischbeck
Info graph site used: easel.ly
Information obtained through: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/su6003a1.htm

As seen above, the state with the highest serious psychological distress is Mississippi, with 6.6% of the population suffering with anxiety related symptoms. Second is Kentucky with 6.5% of the population in serious psychological distress, followed by Louisiana and Oklahoma with 5.3%. The state with the lowest psychological distress is Iowa at 2.3% of their general population.

Data shows that certain regions are affected by anxiety more than others. The latest breaking news has affected stress levels significantly in the United States. The recent world crisis with the Ebola epidemic has increased stress levels significantly, especially due to the most recent case of Ebola in the United States on Oct. 23, 2014. Although statistics for stress data in relation to Ebola in the U.S. is not available at this time, a recent poll shows a significant relationship to concerns about a potential Ebola outbreak in the U.S. and increased stress levels.

Citizens of the United States have their own ideas of why this issue does not seem to be subsidizing. Daniel Wendt, a professional skylight installer, has been a California citizen for 22 years. Wendt believes that the media instills fear into citizens, especially with the Ebola epidemic, and Americans are subjected to it daily.

“In the U.S., three people have been infected with Ebola. There are 250 million people in the US. There are easy ways to prevent getting Ebola,” he says, “ like don’t travel to the countries with Ebola. But realistically, there are worse things going on in the United States; and we’re choosing to freak out about it every day. More people die everyday from drunk driving. We should be more concerned about that.”

In addition, Wendt believes that unnecessary worrying about everyday things is what causes high anxiety levels.

“Everyone gets freaked out about nothing. Personally, when I am at work, and we cut a huge hole in someone’s ceiling, they’re in shock and they’re scared. They know what’s going to happen, but they freak out. They need reassurance,” he states, “and when they get it, everything is fine. It seems like everyone wants reassurance to feel better, and if they don’t have it, that’s when they remain nervous. We do not have enough reassurance at this moment.”

New Patented Technology For Eye Disease Treatment Booms in European Market

The concept of patenting a project or idea is meant to provide protection for your idea under the law, according to uspto.gov. According to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), there are over 6.1 million patents in the United States such as LED lighting, purification, fertilizer coating, and many more. However, restaurant server Christian Cruz believed that patenting your project doesn’t always provide all of the protection and peace of mind that one might expect.

“Your patented protect is safe to a certain extent. Your original ideas stay safe,” Cruz explained, “but there will always be someone trying to copy your product. When they do, you should immediately try and stop them from making the same thing.”

This picture of the GoPro Hero 3 is an example of a patented product where others cannot comply the replica. As seen here.
This picture of the GoPro Hero 3 is an example of a patented product where others cannot comply the replica. As seen here.

A recent news article introduced a new technology and class of eye disease drugs that now exists throughout the upper end of the European market. According to Eye Co, this newly patented technology to treat eye disease differs from others in the way the steroid medicine is created and administered. Several different therapies seen in the news had caused some serious side effects, however this new technology that is now patented creates an improved response from past trials, according to Eye Co chief scientist Philip Penfold.

An example of the Shoei brand, a famous motocycle riding company, currently patented for their products, as seen here.
An example of the Shoei brand, a famous motocycle riding company, currently patented for their products, as seen here.

Accordingly, Cruz viewed the patenting process as a business and doesn’t rely on patents as a decision-making factor towards medication or medical procedure choices.

“I would never use a drug that wasn’t patented because I wouldn’t know what it does. It depends on the drug’s purpose. A lot of drugs are patented; some are good for you and some aren’t. A drug that is patented,” he continued, “versus a drug that isn’t has only one difference: money. If it’s patent, whoever did it gets to make the money. That’s all it’s about.”

Finally, Cruz shared that he would rather rely on word of mouth from people he trusts, rather than the latest patent news.

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An example of the Studio HD headphone technology, which is a patented product as seen here.

“If the doctors refer me to a medicine, I trust it. The patent doesn’t make me want to buy the product more or less. It just depends on physicians review, advice, and basically how well the product works.”

Media Uses FOIA Law to Sue Attorney General For Prescription Drug Case

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a law that provides each state with regulations pertaining to what records individuals are allowed access. If someone would like access to records in the state of California, they must provide an effective statement as to why they want the records, as well as identify the record requested, and fight through potential barriers that come up during their search.

Cabinets containing restricted information that are only accessible to certain parties, as seen here. Photo taken by Leilani Photography.
Cabinets containing restricted information that are only accessible to certain parties, as seen here. Photo taken by Leilani Photography.

Spencer Juarez is entrepreneur and healthcare professional that would utilize FOIA to establish his business and then to protect it when it came to consumers using his recently designed phone application. 

I would use FOIA for screening purposes pertaining to my business. I want to know anything and everything about health history and jobs of my potential employees. For example, I could use FOIA to implement an application for a credit card relating to identification, as well as and for validity in records. It’s very necessary to know the full picture.”

In addition, Juarez believes the recent case against the Charleston Gazette suing Patrick Morrisey should be thrown out.

A recent article by Eric Eyre states that the Charleston Gazette is suing the West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey pertaining to his involvement in Cardinal Health’s drug related distribution case. The lawsuit is stating that Cardinal Health contributed to Southern West Virginia’s prescription’s drug abuse by sending out large amounts of prescription drugs to that area. Interest was sparked because Morrisey’s wife is the lobbyist for this particular drug company, and Morrisey inherited the case after the last Attorney General was ejected. The Charleston Gazette applied the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) law to sue for these records, under which they were granted eight related documents. However, Morrisey is denying the release of any additional records, claiming that he has attorney-client privileges that cannot be violated.

A large quantity of prescription pills, as seen here. Photo taken by Leilani Photography.
A large quantity of prescription pills, as seen here. Photo taken by Leilani Photography.

Juarez thinks this case violates the laws that go along with marriage rights.

“I think everyone has a right to privacy. First”, he says, “Lobbyist are really crooked, and are just trying to make an extra buck. These people make a lot of money. If I were Morrisey, I would pass the case on as fast as possible. The case won’t go anywhere and it will get thrown out based upon the vows they made in their common law marriage. They’re allowed to lie under oath. You don’t have to plea against your spouse, which is a law as well.”

In addition, Juarez feels that FOIA laws should be more specific when it comes to healthcare related issues, such as the recent Ebola outbreak.

“FOIA should only be applied to healthcare issues based on circumstance. If you had Ebola for example,” he says, “you need records for that information; it is detrimental and extremely important. Minor records don’t require the same amount of information, therefore, that many records do not need to be released.”

A simulation of where highly classified files would be kept in court, as seen here. Photo by Leilani Photography.
A simulation of where highly classified files would be kept in court, as seen here. Photo by Leilani Photography.