Archive for October, 2009

Suzanne Somers is at it again!

October 19, 2009 3 comments

Suzanne Somers is at it again. Now “Dr. Somers” is releasing yet another book called “Knockout” where “she argues against what she sees as the vast and often pointless use of chemotherapy.”

It is egregious that this quackery can be fed to the masses like this. Anyone else who tries to play doctor without a medical license is thrown in jail. But this is worse. While one fake doc might kill one or two people at the most before being found out by the state medical board, her ignorance is capable of killing thousands. I hope one of her reader’s vengeful family members sues her ass for millions.

In the following video she explains today to Ann Curry how her book is one of hope!? I see it as one of doom. She further states that she wishes how this book had been around when she was fighting breast cancer. If this was the case she wouldn’t be sitting here giving us insight into her remarkable stupidity.

Suzanne Somers is a nauseating heinous hag who will prostitute out her soul to make a dollar even if it means prematurely taking the lives of desperate cancer victims. Utterly disgusting!

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Forgive Student Loans

October 17, 2009 4 comments

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Over the past week, you may have noticed that I have devoted several of my daily posts to highlight the emerging student loan crisis. I was prompted to focus in on this issue after hearing of a contest over on SDN to see who would have the highest debt after graduating from med school. Needless to say I was horrified. After awarding Tufts Medical School the prize for having the highest tuition and fees in the nation, a lot of discussion erupted over this. I was contacted by Ms. C. Cryn Johannsen, the Promotional Writer and Director of Marketing for the Forgive Student Loan Debt Movement (founded by Robert Applebaum whose facebook group now has over 232,000 members and climbing as of this writing). I get many emails from colleagues venting their frustration over the state of healthcare who ask how they can help but often feel powerless. Here is one recent particular message, “For one thing, what can any resident do about tuition costs? We paid our tuitions and moved on. We made the decisions, good or bad, to attend expensive med schools over state schools 5 years ago. What good is posting about tuition costs going to do for us NOW? We made our beds already and now have to live with the consequences.” Regarding the student loan issue, I too had similar feelings. However, with the passage of IBR as a part of the College Cost and Reduction Act of 2007 and the introduction of a new president a glimmer of hope appeared. With student loans ballooning out of control more must be done. The massive debt loads are only fueling the fire to the rising cost of healthcare in this country. The president has asked for ideas from the public in how to better control costs in healthcare…Obama are you listening? Your voices are being heard and I strongly believe that change can and will happen. I strongly encourage everyone to show their support of this grassroots movement by chipping in a mere $5 (which is less than your nearly useless AMSA dues but will actually mean something) to buy a bumper sticker. Though I would’ve preferred my bumper sticker to read, “My other house is my student loans”, I eagerly await for mine in the mail. Now at least everyone will understand why a new attending is still driving around in a clunker.

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Dermatologist wins $189 Million PowerBall

October 16, 2009 Leave a comment

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I am sometimes accused of being too negative. So, I’d thought I’d break tradition and share with you the following story. Dr. William A. Steele, a dermatologist, from Orlando, Florida hit it big. And boy did he hit it big- 189 MILLION Dollars from the recent PowerBall Lotto! Just to think that a mere one week’s worth of interest off those winnings would wipe out my six figure student loan debt setting me free to pursue my passion in public service. Dr. Steele states in the article that he would donate some of the winnings to charity. So, if Dr. Steele if you are out there listening…..ah… too dream. Now doesn’t that story just make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside?

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Sallie Mae Loan Sharks Go after Dead Son’s Mom

October 15, 2009 Leave a comment

Watch Sallie Mae hunt down a student loan from this poor mom who just lost her son to myocarditis. This behavior is beyond predatory…it is outright evil. Here is the inside story to this awfully painful situation.

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The Hyenas of American Healthcare

October 14, 2009 Leave a comment

The Hyenas of American Healthcare

“Allied” Health Professionals
Gov’t bureaucrats and eroding reimbursements
Malpractice lawyers and insurers
Student Loan lenders
Institutions of Higher Learning
Walmart minute clinics
Corrupt administrators
Specialty Turf Wars
Medical tourism
USMLE/Licensure/Certification/DEA/Misc. Fees

Why is it so taxing to be a physician nowadays? Having to deal with the hyenas of healthcare…and they are everywhere! Watch this video from start to finish and you will see why practicing as a physician nowadays is so draining and what will be the end result if no stance is taken.

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Calling out Penn Dental

October 13, 2009 2 comments


Someone gave me the heads up to look into the student budget at Penn Dental. Check out the jaw dropping four year budget here. Penn Dental, you rock! Flavor Flav would be so proud!

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Suze Orman and the Student Loan Crisis

October 12, 2009 Leave a comment

Suze Orman and Student Loans

Suze Orman talks about the looming student loan crisis. Congress are you listening? Or are we going to continue to sleep behind the wheel of this sixteen wheeler until it is too late? WAKE UP NOW!

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And The AWARD Goes To…

October 10, 2009 7 comments

TUFTS University for leading the way with the highest tuition amongst all medical schools in the entire United States. A whopping $51968 per year! Congratulations are in order for being the first institution to cross the 50K barrier!  Surely, others will be taking your lead.  Honorable mention goes to Colorado for raping their out of state students for tuition.

 TUFTS Estimated 2009/2010 student budget

As you can see this does not include everything else from room, board, health insurance, books, transportation, loan fees, etc. After your four years you will be staring at over 300K in debt!!! And with the loans locked at 7% interest, your debt will be climbing to the tune of 21 thousand smackeroos a year. Don’t call me an alarmist. The numbers are right there before you in black ink.

Year 1: $73,336

Year 2: $73,625

Year 3: $84,451

Year 4: $82,966


Grand Total: $ 314378 (God forbid you have undergrad loans to add!)

The current bleak student loan issue is nothing compared to what lies right down the road. With the economy in the toilet, why is it that tuitions keep spiraling upwards when everything else has come crashing down? Just when you think practicing medicine couldn’t possibly get any worse. It always….well…….just does. Should be really interesting to see all this unfold-Got popcorn?

You can watch the acceptance speech below-

Way to go Tufts!!! You are so well deserving of this award.

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Reigning in Private Student Loans

October 8, 2009 3 comments

Today I received an email from regarding a hearing in Washington on Sept 23 concerning the toxicity of private student loans. A very thorough and interesting testimony by Lauren Asher, President of the Institute for College Access and Success can be read here

The Obama Administration is pushing for the creation of a new Consumer Financial Protection Agency (CFPA), which would protect consumers from risky financial products and services, including private student loans. A strong CFPA could help protect private loan borrowers from deceptive marketing and unfair loan terms and treatment.

The financial industry is lobbying hard against the CFPA, and consumers need to speak up before it’s too late. Please tell your members of Congress that we need a CFPA with authority over all private student loans to protect borrowers and ensure private loans are only used as a last resort.

Write to Your Elected Officials Here

Please click the link above and write to your elected officials- it took me less than 45 seconds. Hopefully, this will be the first step towards getting private loans put back on the same wavelength as other consumer debts like credit cards. I wasn’t going to take the time to bother but when I read the following excerpt from the above testimony I felt compelled to do something and write-

“Ironically, private loan creditors remain fully eligible for the bankruptcy protection that their borrowers are now denied. Bankruptcy helps failed businesses discharge outstanding debt and make a fresh start regardless of the nature or merits of their product or business model, or the types of debt they carry.

Last year, The Education Resources Institute (TERI) declared bankruptcy with tens of millions of dollars in outstanding debt. TERI guaranteed private student loans for First Marblehead Corporation, which was a major player in the private loan market and a strong advocate for making private loan debt non-dischargeable for borrowers. First Marblehead rode the wave of securitizations that led to the current credit crunch, packaging private student loans from other lenders and selling them as investments. When these loans experienced higher than expected default rates, TERI went bankrupt and First Marblehead’s stock tumbled. Apparently, bankruptcy has enabled TERI to reorganize, and reports of its impending recovery buoyed First Marblehead’s stock last month. Meanwhile, TERI’s website includes this reminder for private loan borrowers:

“The bankruptcy laws provide that, unlike, other commercial debt, a loan guaranteed by TERI can not be discharged or forgiven in a bankruptcy proceeding unless the borrower proves that repayment of the loan will cause him/her undue hardship.”

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Nursing Home Crisis

October 5, 2009 1 comment

Nursing Home Crisis

“A Medicare rate adjustment that cuts an estimated $16 billion in nursing home funding over the next 10 years was enacted at week’s end by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services — on top of state-level cuts or flat-funding that already had the industry reeling.”

“And Congress is debating slashing billions more in Medicare funding as part of health care reform.”

“In Washington, D.C., health care interests are resisting President Barack Obama’s plan to pay for his health care overhaul by slowing Medicaid and Medicare spending. Obama wants to trim $313 billion from the two programs over 10 years.”

“A University of Pittsburgh study earlier this year found nearly 1,800 nursing homes nationwide closed from 1999 to 2005, about 2 percent each year.”

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