Donating to the Victims in Japan

How the ME-P is Helping Out

By Dr. David Edward Marcinko, MBA CMP™

[Publisher and Editor-in-Chief]

Millions of Japanese are struggling in the cold; without electricity or heat. And, rolling blackouts have been implemented as the earth-quake and tsunami devastated country faces a crippled power grid.

And, of course, all medical professionals realize that there is no “safe threshold” for any amount of ionizing radiation. 

Info Link: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42079799/ns/world_news-disaster_in_japan/?gt1=43001

You Can Help

And so, one way you – our ME-P readers and subscribers can help your fellow physicians who are already on the ground in Japan helping to care for the wounded – is to donate to Doctors Without Borders.

Donors can give between $35 to up to $10,000 or more directly on its website.

Thank you.

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Celebrating National “Opt-Out” Day with Video

Wednesday – November 24, 2010

From the Electronic Privacy Information Center

National Opt Out of the Airport Scanners Day

Today is the day that ordinary citizens stand up for their rights, stand up for liberty, and protest the federal government’s desire to virtually strip us naked or submit to an “enhanced pat down” that touches people’s breasts and genitals. You should never have to explain to your children, “Remember that no stranger can touch or see your private area, unless it’s a government employee, then it’s OK.”  

Goals and Objectives

The goal of National Opt-Out Day is to send a message to our lawmakers that we demand change.  No naked body scanners, no government-approved groping. We have a right to privacy and buying a plane ticket should not mean that we’re guilty until proven innocent. This day is needed because many people do not understand what they consent to when choosing to fly.

The Details

Here are the details:

Who?

You, your family and friends traveling by air on Wednesday, November 24th 2010 

What?

National Opt-Out Day.  While the government doesn’t always like to advertise this, you have the ability to opt-out of the naked body scanner machines (AIT, or Advanced Imaging Technology, as the government calls it). All you have to do is say “I opt out” when they tell you to go through one of the machines.  You will then be given a pat down.

Where?

At an air-port near you.  

When?

Wednesday, November 24, 2010.  That’s right: November 24 – one of the busiest travel days of the year! We want families to sit around the dinner table, eating turkey, talking about how a government employee molested them at the airport.  We hope the outrageous experience then propels people to write their Member of Congress and the airlines to demand change.  

Why?

We are sick of “security-theater.”  These naked body scanners do not make us a more secure nation. In fact, the scanners, which use radiation, may not even be safe for our long-term health. The government should not have the ability to virtually strip search anyone it wants. Why should a government employee get to see a naked scan of a passenger, and do who knows what in the back room while viewing that image?   We have already heard stories of TSA officials laughing at small genitals and making certain women go through the machines or taking off extra clothes, reducing them to tears. This is absolutely sick behavior. If you don’t like it and don’t want to be virtually strip searched, then too bad says the government. To try and make everyone comply with the naked body scanners, the government has made the alternative worse! With their enhanced pat downs, TSA now touches the genitals and private areas of men, women and children with the front of the hand! We do not believe the government has a right to see you naked or feel you up just because you bought an airline ticket. There are better, less invasive security measures that can be taken.

How?

By saying “I opt out” when told to go through the bodying imaging machines and submitting to a pat down. Also, be sure to have your pat down by TSA in full public – do not go to the back room when asked.  Every citizen must see for themselves how the government treats law-abiding citizens.

More info:

For more information on these machines and to read stories of what happens when you use the naked body scanners or opt out, please visit:

Assessment

To file an incident report, use the Electronic Privacy Information Center’s site: http://www.optoutday.com/

Editor’s Note: The ME-P staff, and our team of medical and nursing professionals, believe that there is no safe threshold for ionizing radiation; including flat plate medical and dental X-rays, CT scans and AIT, etc. The epidemic of diagnostic radiation pollution must stop!

Conclusion

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Need a New Career in Dentistry – Become a Consultant

Or – Maybe Just a Hobby

By Darrell K. Pruitt; DDS

One might ask how much knowledge of dentistry is required before a person is qualified to call oneself a “dental practice management consultant” – beyond maybe being able to spell HIPAA with only one P, and Hippocrates with two.

Meet Jill Coon, Inc

An anonymous management consultant who works for Jill Coon, Inc of Florida posted this brave suggestion on the company Facebook today:

“Why not take 3 max anterior PA’s and 1 mandibular PA once a year with bitewings to check for caries in front teeth? We actually bill insurance for 3 PA’s not 4. Hygiene production just increased!”

My Translation 

Here is a translation of her question from dental-speak to English:

“Why don’t dentists take routine x-rays of front teeth like they do for back teeth, when doing so increases hygiene production and payments from the insurance companies?”

[Dental team members, please sit on your hands for this one].

Bonus Round 

Bonus question: Can anyone think of any reason why one might not want additional routine x-rays – even if insurance pays for it at 100% (of usual and customary fees)?

Hint: It can be trickier to avoid irradiating the thyroid when taking anterior x-rays than while taking routine bitewing x-rays.

Assessment 

I’ll be back soon with the tricky opinion I will have posted on Jill Coon, Inc Facebook. It will be her first if nobody beats me to it.

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/West-Palm-Beach-FL/Jill-Coon-Inc/125510596754?v=wall&ref=mf

Conclusion

Is there anyone out there with almost no knowledge of dental care who wants to match wits with a sales rep for a consulting company that “specializes in dental insurance billing and treatment planning for dental practices”?

Industry Indignation Index: 47

How about it – HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, JD?

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