Lizzie asks…

Could health care reform be as simple as this?

I for one am not an advocate universal Socialist health care. Here would be a good alternative option for low cost health care in the free market.
We have tons of LLC (Limited liability corporations) in America. Why could this not also be a option for doctors, and hospitals?
Have a disclaimer waiver for those who can't afford unnecessary tests, giving them a choice for a lower cost option. Lawsuit waiver protection would give Doctors a option to charge a lower rate for those who chose this route. Medical costs are so high because doctors are covering their behinds at every turn.
Example: I have no insurance, and I had a kidney stone. The dr. knew what was wrong with me over the phone, but to cover himself, he did $3,200 worth of tests(CAT scan, etc.). A simple bottle of pain pills was all I got, and he knew this by my symptoms before he even looked at me. I trusted his opinion, and something like this waiver would have saved me about $3,000! The same waiver idea could apply to meds.
I suppose it all goes back to the Hillary quote "It's not the example of our power we want to convey, but the power of our example."

landscapeliving answers:

You did the test, but you could have refused the test and asked for the pills. You did not state if you tried this.

In most of the world, and before the medical systems, most of the world thrived on simple medicines including herbal medicine. Many perscriptions are extracts of natural remedies. For a kidney stone try:

In Herbs of the Earth by Mary Carse, she lists under stones and gravel in the urinary system pertaining to kidneys and the bladder, that these are rare where apple cider or vinegar are a staple of the diet. (I note that this reference does not state whether the vinegar needs to be apple cider vinegar, but the brands in the health food aisle are less processed.

The woman I work for now, says her daughter passed a kidney stone (identified by a doctor) after taking apple cider vinegar. The Braggs brand found in the health food aisle suggests to take 2 teaspoons in water with honey 3 times daily and there is another organic brand called Spectrum.


In In Apple Cider Vinegar Health System by the Braggs 1985 or 34th printing, it states on p 21:

A large number of kidney stones are of the type that can be dissolved with cider vinegar.

Use cider vinegar freely on salads consisting of cabbage, carrots, celery, beet root, tomatoes, green onions, parsley, cucumbers. Eat prunes, raisins, apples, at the same meal with the cider vinegar on the salad.


Note that neither citation above guarantees that this will work for you, but it may.


Ken asks…

Give me a simple way of making use of this things in my day to day skin care?

Bascially i have a dry skin friends can u please tell me the Simple procedure for doing self facial,manicure & pedicure with the following ingredients, i do have
Aloevera gel,Sandal paste, Multani mati,mud pack(VLCC ready made paste) walnut scrub,cleansing milk. In addition to this i also have steam inhaler,body massager,pumic stone,pedicure & manicure brushes,acetone.
Iam a working lady i spend nearly 8-10 hours near a computer system for which i have got lot of dark circles i just want to get rid of it, i also have some pimples which often comes when i take any medicine. And i also want to know the simple tips to maintain dry hair.

landscapeliving answers:

Hi..i can understand how working womens feel with their day to day skincare problem..what i do is as i have dry skin aswell and dark circles..juice of raw potato ..u just need 1-2 drop..if u put that may be 2-3 times a week or every day if possible ..within a month you r dark circle will become very light...self facial...u can make face mask by just using sandal powder,besan,milk and rose water,apply a thin layer in your face ,leave it for 15 min and then wash slowly..when you dont have time to make this ,somedays you can put a thin layer of aloevera gel but add little water,dont put pure concentrated aloevera can use same for body(not aloevera) but add multani mitti and it really works for body as a good exfoliator....for pedicure and manicure...u can put glycerine and few drops of lemon in the night,it really gives very soft hand feet..and then once a week soak your hands and feet with liquid wash..use brush and pumic stone .take off nail paint first..and always remember to apply body lotion after shower and always use good and rich cream for your hands and feet....i hope it works for you..


Sharon asks…

Diamond engagement ring care?

I love the ring that my fiance gave me three months ago, but I need some cleaning/care advice. It's a 14K white gold ring with an emerald cut stone flanked by two baguettes, and on the undersides of the main stone there's some gunkiness...might be soap scum cuz I wear it when I shower. What's the best way to clean it? I am thinking about getting an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner for it, but at the moment I am considering just using a toothbrush in warm soapy water. I just don't want to damage the setting.'s another ring-related question. I'm very active and my biggest fear is of losing or damaging this ring while I'm out hiking, swimming, gardening, etc. Do you think it would be right to purchase a simple band that I could wear while doing these activities? Do you think that would hurt my fiance's feelings? I just hate my alternatives: 1) Accidentally losing/damaging the really beautiful ring or 2) Not wearing an engagement ring at all. I actually told him a simple ring would be more practical for me, but (bless his heart) he didn't listen.
Wow thanks for all the awesome advice. You've each been helpful!

landscapeliving answers:

As far as cleaning goes, I'd take it to the place where he bought it (especially if he got an insurance plan and such because it'll probably be included as a free of charge cleaning)

And for your activities, a more simple band would be good. Or, have you thought about buying a simple white gold chain to put your ring on while hiking or gardening? You could still have it with you, but just tuck it into your shirt while you're doing whatever it is you wish to do.(I would suggest not having it on you at all while swimming, just in case)

Hope you can find a way to work it out and congratulations on the engagement! :)

Lisa asks…

SURPRISE! President signs health care reform into law: did you see this news item?

Washington, DC - In a Christmas surprise for the nation, President Barack Obama signed sweeping health care reform legislation into law at the stroke of midnight late Christmas Eve.

Lawmakers worked feverishly late into the night to hammer out the differences between the House and Senate version, then they rushed through a vote on the final version in both houses of Congress.

Lawmakers did not have time to read the bill, for the sake of meeting the president's goal of signing the measure into law before Christmas. The generals consensus is they will have time to read it after they return from the holidays after New Year's Day.

But the details that were revealed are that the final law will provide free health care for everybody, with no identity check and no deductibles. Abortions will be fully funded out of a trust, supported by voluntary contributions by those who support abortion. Doctors' offices will be required to make an appointment that is within 24 business hours of the patient calling to make the appointment, and patients will not have to wait more than 30 minutes after their scheduled appointment to see a doctor. More doctors will be hired if the office is unable to meet these requirements.

When dazed and bewildered reporters asked if this new law would increase the deficit, a sleepy but relieved President Obama replied "Maybe just a little."

Did anybody see this news item?


Nope, nothing like this happened, did it.

President Obama has FAILED once again to meet his own goal.

The Senate and House versions are each barely supported in their existing forms, and they are so different that it will be impossible to reach any compromise without losing the vote in either the House or the Senate. Losing the 60 votes in the Senate will mean endless fillibusters, so the Senate version is carved in stone. But House speaker Pelosi can't find enough votes in the House for the Senate version, so there won't be even a simple majority in the House.

Sounds like the president will be dipping deeper into the trillion dollar porkulus slush fund to buy some more votes in the House. At this point, even some Republican votes could be easier to buy than the remaining Democrat votes.

But that's all good, because then they can blame everything on the Republicans if three or more of them vote for it....

How much more time will Congress waste on this exercise in futility? Is Obama tilting at windmills at this point? Hasn't he spent enough time neglecting the other urgent issues facing our nation, such as reforming the financial system WITHOUT a repeat of the 1999 Gramm-Leach-Bliley act (which is what the current reform bill looks like)?
Yes, I'm still looking for that Christmas spirit apology from all those people who said "Bush is Hitler."

Merry Christmas to everybody else, though.

landscapeliving answers:

Yes I saw the news that the reforms America needs has overcome yet another hurdle.

I am always amazed how many Americans seem not to be aware about the real healthcare issues relying instead on FOX and other sources to spread lies about the healthcare system of the USA and those abroad. I mean, if healthcare in nations with universal coverage is so bad, why do they keep it?
Obama wants to make insurance more available to all and change the system so that it gives the American people value for money [1]. He also wants change so that the insurance companies find it harder to get out of paying for treatment. The system he is proposing looks similar to that which works in Taiwan where private companies are involved in providing healthcare [2].
Obama campaigned on reforming the healthcare system. He said he wanted to make insurance more available and he was elected by the American people to do this [3].
FACT - the US has higher death rates for kids both for kids aged under one and those under five than western European countries with universal health coverage [4].
FACT – American insurance companies push up prices and work to stop paying out claims on those they cover [5].
FACT - the USA spends more on healthcare PER PERSON than any other nation on the planet [6].
That means that a dead American four year old would have had a better chance of life if they were born in any western nation with universal health coverage.
If you do not like the policies that Obama was elected to bring in, he can always be voted out of office in 2012. But if you disagree with the facts, please let me know. I am always willing to learn, but please provide proof. None of those who disagree with me have been able to do that so far.

Donald asks…

Will veterans be required to purchase health care insurance under the proposed new bill?

I recently heard on the local news that under the proposed new bill, 96% of Americans will be required to purchase health care insurance or pay a fine. (That's right, the government will FINE you if you don't buy something.) So who is that remaining 4%? I may be wrong, but it seems to me, as a veteran, that there are more than 4% of us out there. Does that 4% include homeless people? The incarcerated? The Amish? Who? And what about those illegal aliens we've been paying for? Are they still going to get a free ride?

Veterans are already dealing with co-pays on their VA health care benefits and reductions in quality of care. What's next?

As an aside, how are the poor and unemployed going to buy this insurance when they're already choosing between mortgage/rent/credit card payments and eating? People are burying their dead relatives in forest preserves because they can't afford a simple funeral. Don't believe it? Ask any cop. You can't get blood from a stone. Maybe if the government eliminated NAFTA, Americans could get their jobs back, so they could afford to buy their own health insurance and have a normal life again.

landscapeliving answers:

The 4% is the Government.

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