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Strong American Women versus Julia PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Elizabeth Lee Vliet, MD.   
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 07:39

The mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers that Americans remember each May are strikingly different from “Julia,” the star of Obama’s political campaign.

We cannot see helpless Julia as Molly Pitcher, stepping up to fire a cannon in the Revolutionary War in place of her fallen husband. We can’t picture Julia taking risks to free slaves in the War Between the States, or doing demanding work nursing dying soldiers in battles, or being willing to endure walking alongside a wagon train to settle the West.

Julia does not work from dawn to dusk to build shelter, plant crops, harvest food to eat, sew clothes, haul water, or clean up waste as our ancestors did. Julia does not stand side by side with her parents, brothers, sisters, and husband to build a community and fight to defend it.

Julia does not seem to have any of those natural relationships most women have—she only has the parasitic “relationship” with the “government” with her from cradle to grave.

Julia doesn’t need the skills our foremothers had…or even the skills of women today who work in fields previously only available to men. Everything is done for Julia through government benefits!  But remember, those benefits come from taxing someone else’s work.

Poor hapless Julia can’t even “focus” on her web design work without free contraceptives provided by the government to “ease her worries” about getting pregnant. When Julia does "decide" to have a child, she then sends the child off on a bus to be raised at a government school.

Our foremothers showed strength, independence, and courage. They had no guarantee of the basics of life, even water, food, or shelter, and endured unbelievable hardship. They persevered through hard times, held their families together, and passed along their culture, their traditions, their standards, and dreams of liberty to the next generation.

American women have helped build the strongest and most prosperous nation in the history of the world.  Through their own hard work, women reached the pinnacle of success in many fields: business, medicine, law, the military, engineering, space exploration, mining, construction, science, and government. They achieve through their effort and initiative and development of skills, a process we call earned success.

Julia, on the other hand, exemplifies learned helplessness and dependency. Her life shows the stark contrast between the vision of our Founders and the vision of modern “progressives.” Instead of having the freedom to choose her own path and to succeed based on one’s work, one’s intellect, one’s right to keep property, and one’s personal values, Julia’s life is subservient to Big Daddy government for protection to help her day to day. Although Julia doesn’t realize it, she could lose her favored “protection” at any time her protectors lose an election.

Government will take care of Julia—after it decides she is one of the chosen. Julia will be allowed to live as long as she is perceived to be an asset to the state. Once she becomes too old, or too sick, she will be “comforted” and “assisted” in dying when the government decides it is her time to go so that “society’s” resources can be spent on someone younger or more politically valuable.

It is a cruel irony that the very progressives who are reducing our women to this pathetic state are accusing others of making “war on women.” This government nanny kills the soul and the creative spirit of strong women, and creates passive, helpless shells of women living a shadow life.

The spirit of America is not embodied in the faceless, passive cartoon character of Julia, holding out her hand for government benefits.

The true spirit of America is embodied in The Lady Liberty, a strong woman who values the law, stands proudly holding her torch high as a beacon to victims of tyranny and oppression throughout the world.

The spirit of women we celebrate each Mother’s Day is embodied in the millions of women who dared to dream, who dared to take risks, who dared to explore the unknown and work alongside men to build a great nation.

I have spent a career in Medicine focused on empowering women, not creating dependency.  Let it not be said that freedom to choose one’s path in life died on our watch while we made passive, parasitic “Julias” out of our young women.


Senate Committee Approves Grassley-Coons Officer Safety Act PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Friday, 18 May 2012 14:25

WASHINGTON – Senators Chuck Grassley and Chris Coons today won unanimous support from the Judiciary Committee for their legislation to clarify when a federal law enforcement agent is acting under the color of his office.

The Officer Safety Act, S.2276, would allow a federal law enforcement agent who stops a violent crime while off-duty and is indicted in a state court for those actions to petition for the state criminal prosecution against him to be removed to federal court.

The senators said the bill is narrowly drawn in order to benefit only those officers who have acted appropriately.

“The existing federal removal statute was created so that the agents would not fear prosecutions for performing their jobs, and their duties include assisting victims even when are technically off duty,” Grassley said.  “As it stands, however, when the officer, say on a weekend, steps in to protect a victim from a crime of violence that is occurring in his presence, he risks state prosecution and damage to his career.  That might lead him to hesitate.  This is contrary to good public policy.”

“Police officers look out for our communities and our families every day, risking their own safety to do so,” Coons said. “ When I was a county executive, I worked closely with our local law enforcement professionals and witnessed firsthand how our brave officers are trained to detect and prevent dangerous situations, whether they are on-the-clock or not. The Officer Safety Act of 2012 will ensure that ‘off duty’ federal officers who intercede to protect the lives of others will be held to the same standards as when they are performing their official duties. I applaud my colleagues’ work today and for coming together during National Police Week to support our nation’s first responders. I hope the bill will be considered by the full Senate soon.”

Grassley serves as ranking member and Coons is a member of the Judiciary Committee.  The proposal adopted during the committee meeting this morning was co-sponsored by Senators Tom Coburn, Jeff Sessions, Dianne Feinstein, Amy Klobuchar, Chuck Schumer, Richard Blumenthal, and Richard Durbin.

It is supported by the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, the Federal Bureau of Investigation Agents Association, and the National Border Patrol Council.



Skin Cancer is Most Common Cancer in US, Yet One of the Most Preventable PDF Print E-mail
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Written by David Bryan   
Friday, 18 May 2012 14:17
EPA, FDA, NPS, National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention Highlight Sun Safety Tips for 'Don’t Fry Day': May 25th

WASHINGTON – As summer quickly approaches, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has joined the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and National Park Service (NPS) to emphasize the dangers of skin cancer and has provided simple steps Americans can take to protect themselves. The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention designated the Friday before Memorial Day “Don’t Fry Day” as a way to highlight sun safety.

“Skin cancer prevention and sun safety are important issues for EPA – our primary mission is to protect people’s health and the environment,” said Gina McCarthy, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. “While the agency has made steady progress protecting the Earth's ozone layer, the SunWise program and Don't Fry Day help teach children and families simple steps to stay safe in the sun and protect themselves from harmful UV rays.”

“The risk of skin cancer is very real. It's therefore important that consumers prevent sunburn and protect themselves from the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging throughout the year,” said FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, M.D. “The FDA strongly recommends that consumers regularly use a Broad Spectrum sunscreen with an SPF value of 15 or higher in combination with other protective measures to more effectively protect themselves and their families whenever they are in the sun.”

“Whether you hike or stroll, paddle a canoe or kayak or just sit in a mountain meadow watching the clouds go by, remember to put on your hat, apply sunscreen and have plenty of water to drink,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “These sun safety tips will protect your skin and I think guarantee that we’ll see you often in your national parks.”

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S. and the most common cancer among 20 to 30 year-olds. It's estimated that one American dies every hour from melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Approximately 76,000 new cases of melanoma will occur this year.

To help protect people's health, EPA’s SunWise program, one of the nation's largest environmental and health education programs, encourages kids and their caregivers to practice safe sun habits and raises awareness about UV sunlight that penetrates the Earth's ozone layer.

Here are some tips to help Americans continue to exercise, get outside and be SunWise this Memorial Day weekend and throughout the summer:

Check the UV Index app: Check the ultraviolet (UV) index anytime by downloading EPA's app ( to help plan outdoor activities in ways that prevent overexposure to the sun. UV rays from the sun (and from artificial light sources such as tanning beds) can lead to skin cancer.

Apply sunscreen and wear protective clothing: Apply a palm-full of sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher that provides broad-spectrum protection from both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays to exposed skin about 15 minutes before heading outdoors. Reapply every two hours. Wearing protective clothing, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses also prevents sun damage.

Seek shade, not sun: The sun’s UV rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., so seek shade during this time.

Although less common in individuals with darker complexions, skin cancer does not discriminate and is more often fatal for individuals with darker skin. Overexposure to the sun also causes immune suppression and up to 90 percent of wrinkles, brown spots, leathering of the skin and sagging.

EPA's SunWise program offers factsheets online that have state-specific information ( According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the states with the highest melanoma death rates include Nebraska, Vermont, Colorado, Kentucky, West Virginia, Oklahoma, and Idaho.

More on SunWise:

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More on NPS Healthy Parks Healthy People:

More on CDC skin cancer prevention efforts:

The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention social media opportunities:

The Affordable Care Act: Real Help for Real Rural People PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Elisha Smith   
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 08:39

Report examines how many rural Americans benefit from provisions of the Affordable Care Act

Lyons, Nebraska -  Today, the Center for Rural Affairs released a new report that documents findings about how many Americans have used or benefited from particular provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

Where possible, this report also estimates how many rural residents and families have used or benefited from Affordable Care Act provisions. These estimates on rural participation are unique to this report, extrapolating rural participation from general public participation data and, thereby, demonstrating the importance of these provisions to America’s rural communities.

The report entitled, The Affordable Care Act: Real Help for Real Rural People, can be viewed and downloaded at:

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was signed into law on March 23, 2010. Since then numerous provisions have gone into effect or been implemented that impact health insurance coverage and provide new health care benefits for millions of Americans.

“As we have documented in a series of reports, many of these provisions are particularly applicable to rural people because of the demographics and unique economic circumstances of rural areas,” said Jon Bailey, Director of Rural Research and Analysis at the Center for Rural Affairs and author of the report. “Of course, rural people and families in large numbers have also benefited from the more general provisions of the Affordable Care Act.”

Key findings in the report include:

Provision People Helped Overall Rural People Helped
Young Adults with Health Insurance 2.5 million 440,000 additional
Medicare “Donut Hole” Beneficiaries 5.1 million seniors 1.1 million seniors
Medicare Annual Wellness Checks 2.3 million 500,000
Medicare Preventive Services 32.5 million seniors 6.8 million seniors
Preventive Services (Insured) 54 million 8.9 million
Lifting Lifetime Limits 105 million 17.3 million
Children with Pre-existing Conditions 17 million 3 million
Unreasonable Rate Increase Protection 76 million 12.5 million
Children’s Preventive Services 40 million 6.6 million








Note: Some individuals will qualify for more than one provision

“On March 23rd the Affordable Care Act entered its third year as the nation’s fundamental public health care policy,” continued Bailey. “We believe it is crucial at this time to reflect on what the Affordable Care Act really does... what it actually has to offer, especially to rural Americans who have faced stern challenges in finding and accessing quality, affordable health care coverage.”

This is the 16th report in a series dealing with how health care reform and the Affordable Care Act is impacting rural America. Visit to review or download earlier Center for Rural Affairs health care reports.


Lt. Gov. Simon urges rural communities to apply for public health grant PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Justin Stofferahn   
Tuesday, 15 May 2012 09:19

Federal funds available through We Choose Health program

CARBONDALE – May 14, 2012. As the only statewide elected official from Southern Illinois and the chair of the Governor’s Rural Affairs Council, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon is urging rural communities to apply for grants from a new public health program before the end of the week.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is making $3.3 million available through the We Choose Health program to communities across the state. Grants will be given to projects that expand access to healthy foods, increase nutrition and physical activity in communities, promote bike- and pedestrian-friendly travel and create smoke-free environments. At least 35 percent of funds must go to applicants in rural communities.

Eligible applicants include local health departments and other government bodies, educational organizations such as colleges and school districts, hospitals and other health care providers, and community-based organizations such as non-profits and volunteer organizations located in rural and suburban counties excluding Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake and Will County. Applicants must submit a letter of intent by May 18 with complete proposals due by June 15.

“I urge rural communities across the state to take advantage of these federal dollars,” said Simon. “A healthier state will help improve the quality of life in rural Illinois and lower healthcare costs.”

Simon, as chair of the Governor’s Rural Affairs Council, has advocated for expanded use of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits at farmers markets as a way to increase access to local foods and promote healthier eating and lifestyles. IDPH is represented on the council.

According to the IDPH, within the counties eligible to receive funding, less than a fifth of high school students report eating five or more servings of fresh fruit and vegetables a day, nearly two-thirds of adults and more than half of adolescents do not meet recommended physical activity guidelines, and 22 percent of adults and 19.2 percent of adolescents smoke.

Applicants must choose to implement at least two of eight We Choose Health strategies, which include coordinated school health, baby-friendly hospitals, worksite wellness, smoke-free multi-unit housing, smoke-free public places, safe routes to school, street planning models that accommodate bicycle and pedestrian traffic, and joint-use agreements.

“Chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes, are leading causes of death, disability and rising health care costs,” said IDPH Acting Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck.  “But this is not something the health department, community organizations or health care can solve on its own.  Similar to the proverb, it takes a village to raise a child, it will take all of us working together to reduce chronic diseases and help people live longer, healthier lives.”

The Community Transformation Grant (CTG), funded from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provides IDPH with $4.8 million a year. As part of its CTG, IDPH developed We Choose Health, a sub-award program to fund organizations and coalitions working on chronic disease prevention at the local level. Organizations can apply for a grant of up to $300,000 per year for a period of a little more than four years. Organizations interested in applying should visit


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