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Friday, June 4, 1999

Thank you for your kind introduction. It's my pleasure to have the opportunity to address this distinguished audience of physician colleagues and fellow scientists in Doctors for Disaster Preparedness (DDP). I want to talk about the issue of scientific integrity in public health and firearm research. This is a topic like many others in which you have only heard one side of the story.

The AMA/CDC/NCIPC Propaganda Axis 

In 1991, the American Medical Association (AMA) launched a major campaign against domestic violence, which continues to this day. As a concerned physician, neurosurgeon, and then an active member of organized medicine, I joined in what I considered a worthwhile cause, and it was then, while researching the seemingly interrelated topics of domestic violence and street crime, and attempting to find workable solutions (as supported by the available scientific literature), that I came to the inescapable conclusion and appalling reality that honesty and that the integrity of science and medicine had been violated, and the public interest was not being served by the entrenched medical/public health establishment. When it came...

Saturday, May 1, 1999

Under the present developing system of medical care - i.e., managed care and HMOs (corporate socialized medicine), physicians today (including neurosurgeons) are subject to cost-effective analysis or economic credentialing-the methodology by which hospitals and health care networks (particularly HMOs) use utilization review data about physician medical practices (not to determine quality as claimed, but more accurately, to monitor financial impact). Physicians who have not been cost-effective, that is, they have not been stringent enough in their restrictions (or who treat the sickest and most difficult cases and thereby incur the most costs in their communities), not only may have their bonuses withheld at the end of the year, but could even lose their membership status in hospitals or health care networks when they apply for new, additional, or for renewal of clinical staff privileges.

This is bad enough for doctors, but what patients also need to know and understand is that when their physicians get delisted by these networks, they lose their freedom to choose their physician; when their favorite hospital is not contracted by these networks, they lose their freedom to...

Keyword(s): socialized medicine

Monday, March 8, 1999

Your March 3 editorial "Health Care Industry Wearing Blinders," brings to light much that is transpiring today in health care delivery - from "cowardly" public relations responses at the state legislature to "cynical" radio ads by the managed care industry.

The public outcry you described and the horror story testimonials aired in WMAZ's All About You, managed care series - all support my contention that we are headed in the wrong direction, toward more corporate socialized medicine, to the detriment of patient care.

The rationale for managed care is cost containment and thus, must rely on a collectivist ethic of medical care and assembly line medicine.

These ethics propound that physicians place cost considerations and the interest of third-party payers above that of their individual patients.

On the other hand, the ethics and tradition of Hippocrates place a duty on physicians to put the interest of their individual patients above those of the collective, be it society, the government, or a third-party payer or network (e.g., HMO that employs them).

The solution should be, in the short term, to institute and liberalize the concept of tax...

Keyword(s): health care policy, HMO, MSA

Tuesday, March 2, 1999

People of the decaying Roman Empire enjoyed their peace and prosperity too much to quibble over losing a few liberties in exchange for security, Dr. Miguel A. Faria. Jr. said Monday.

Speaking at the monthly meeting of the Republican Women of Bibb County, Faria said the United States appears headed down the same path. Moral decay runs rampant through society, and people aren't coming forward to express outrage over moral and ethical lapses, such as the ones underscored in the recent accusations against President Clinton.

The federal government is meddling in education and the medical profession, eroding individual freedoms and trying to implement control laws, Faria said. But "many of us are reluctant to stand up and be counted while the country collapses around us," Faria said. "Our bellies are too full, and we don't want to rock the boat."

Faria, a frequent contributor of letters to the editor of The Macon Telegraph, recently gave up his medical practice in Macon to devote his full time to lecturing, speaking and writing He has written two, books --- Vandals at the Gates of Medicine and Medical Warrior. He also serves as editor of the national publication...

Keyword(s): public policy

Thursday, February 18, 1999

The one-worlders are a determined and persistent lot. It's a pity they lack vision. Like lemmings, they are rushing full speed to trade God-given, inalienable rights for those granted at the whim of the world's corrupt politicians.

Their latest brainchild is a purported loophole in the United States Constitution. The text reads:

"... all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding." (Article VI, paragraph two, United States Constitution)

By subscribing to various international treaties, the internationalists have put their faith in governments' goodness, as demonstrated throughout history by such regimes as Stalin, Mao, and Hitler. Treaty proponents hope gradually to erode the individual rights enumerated in the United States Constitution. This will let them do away with such pesky concepts as private property, the use of firearms for self-defense, and parental rights to raise and educate children. Mother Russia knows best.

The elites, who have...

Wednesday, February 3, 1999

The column last Thursday by a trial lawyer about suing gun manufacturers is greatly self-serving.

If Don C. Keenan wants to help America's children, he should immediately direct his foundation to sponsor nationwide gun safety programs in schools, as we have done very successfully in Bibb County, rather than propose yet another way for trial lawyers to enrich themselves in the name of conducting a moral pseudo-crusade for the children.

Marked reductions in firearm accidents have taken place throughout the nation with gun safety strategies (i.e., local police and the NRA's Eddie Eagle program, which has now reached over 9 million youngsters).

As a result, according to the National Safety Council, since 1930 the annual number of fatal accidents has been cut in half, even though there are twice as many people and four times as many firearms today.

Yearly statistics become meaningless unless they are seen within the greater context of trends, and when you are dealing with a relatively small number of fatalities, as is the case of Georgia's children fatality figures, the numbers become statistically insignificant.

Were the courts (and juries) to...

Tuesday, December 1, 1998

Warning! If you have high blood pressure, consult your physician before reading Medical Warrior. Dr. Miguel Faria writes with such fervor and conviction about the looming dangers of a health-care system dominated by big government, big business, and big labor that people with medical problems may wish to read something far less provocative.

In this collection of his published essays, Faria offers us a depressing look at the continuing statist re-invention of our health-care system. Readers are introduced to an impending health-care dictatorship the author describes as "corporate socialism," dominated by federal regulations and financed by billions of taxpayer dollars, but indifferent to the desires and welfare of individual patients. It is a frightful prospect.

Faria, a neurosurgeon who left Cuba as a child, sees events with the clarity that so often comes from having lived under tyranny. He writes that the proposals for health-care "reform" are "as much a threat to the preservation of the sanctity of the doctor-patient relationship, Hippocratic medicine, and patient and physician autonomy, as socialized medicine in the form of a single-payer system. . . . In fact...

Sunday, May 3, 1998

Thomas Jefferson once admonished us that "the natural progression of things is for liberty to yield and for government to gain ground." In this, as in his many other admonitions to posterity, he was immensely correct. Georgia was one of several states like Colorado, Texas, and California to implement a fingerprint requirement for obtaining a driver's license. A recent report in The American Sentinel (issue #613; Editor: Lee Bellinger, P.O. Box 12497, Charlotte, NC 28220-2497 ) reveals that universal fingerprinting has been directed from Washington through the state departments of motor vehicles (DMV).

As happened here in Georgia, implementation of DMV fingerprinting was portrayed as a state issue rather than a federal mandate and an assault on privacy, and it was passed swiftly before the public could be mobilized to oppose it.

Now we learn that buried on page 650 of the national defense bill (H.R. 3610), which passed overwhelmingly by the House of Representatives on September 28, 1996, "each states' department of motor vehicle will require fingerprinting (or other forms of 'biometric' identification) as a condition of obtaining a driver's license, no later than...

Keyword(s): freedom

Monday, March 16, 1998

During President Clinton's first term, a vigorous offensive was launched under the name "Health Security Act of 1993," the goal of which was to deliver into the hands of the federal government the entire health care system of the United States. Fortunately, that undertaking was defeated, thanks to the resistance of the American people who made it clear that they did not want the central government exercising such comprehensive dominion over something so crucial as health care. However, though our adversaries appeared to fall back in defeat, we see in Dr. Faria's Medical Warrior that in actual fact they simply resolved to pursue their final goal by more subtle means.

This volume is a collection of 27 essays, written to expose a major threat to the American health care system every bit as serious as straightforward socialized medicine. Big government, ever eager for limitless power, and monopolistic-minded corporate medicine, athirst for government-sanctioned gain, are now acting in concert to bring about a health care revolution incrementally, by regulatory means, having failed to do it in one huge leap. The system they have devised is called "managed care" or "managed...

Keyword(s): socialized medicine

Sunday, March 1, 1998

Very few American adults now recall the high status once enjoyed by physicians in this land. They did not, of course, accomplish this on their own: their forbears in Europe spent generations at the task. The climb was not easy, for the aristocracy had all the weapons and the power and the prestige and the positions. But the French Revolution began the dislodging of the aristocrats from the heights. The proverbial bad wind, in other words, did blow some good. It dislodged the iron grip of hereditary privilege, and created gaps through which rising talents did climb aloft.

Physicians followed lawyers in creating a professional class with special rights of its own. Their fees were their own to set, their methods were devised within their own ranks, their failures were not, in the main, questioned, and their prestige rose as their links with science expanded. The entry of physicians into the treatment of mental disorders expanded medicine into new therapeutic avenues that combined to expand both law and the courts. By the twenties American physicians seemed to enjoy the best of all worlds, professionally speaking.

All that has amazingly changed. The situation of...

Keyword(s): socialized medicine