New Research Suggests: Kidney Damage in Lupus Patients Can Be Stem By Exercise

New research implies, regular physical exercise may decrease kidney harm in people who have lupus while stress may have the opposite impact.

Lupus is an autoimmune disease that triggers your body to attack and damage vital organs like the kidneys.

But according to a new research conducted by treadmills review team, which included two mice tests and a just a bit different human trial, offers new strategies that might help other patients with lupus to avoid the same fate.

Within the first trial, only 45 percent of mice with the lupus that did modest exercise (45 minutes of home treadmill walking per day) possessed severe inflammatory damage to the kidneys, compared against 88 percent of those that didn’t exercise.

In another test, mice with lupus that were put through daily stress experienced significant raises in inflammatory kidney destruction compared to the ones that didn’t have stress, according to the Treadmill Review Guru researchers.

“If we observe similar results in human being studies, this could imply that stress decrease and a daily program of physical therapy using an inversion table should be considered as interventional strategies to be utilized alongside current medical treatment,” said research analyst Travis Gafford of Treadmill Guru.

“We’ve shown on the molecular level that both exercise and stress can impact swelling by regulation of the immune system, which may give a unique opportunity to help people suffering from the chronic inflammation associated with autoimmune diseases like lupus,” Travis added.

Why Obamacare is a Mess

The N&O yesterday re-printed an article from the Chicago Tribunewhich nicely highlights several of the problems the Unaffordable Care Act is imposing on citizens.

If you’ve tried to sign up online for health coverage under the problem-plagued Obamacare exchange, our sympathies. Many people have tried to create accounts and shop for insurance under the new law. Few have succeeded. Those who have enrolled have found that the system is prone to mistakes. Some applications have been sent to the wrong insurance company.

Wait. It gets worse. Those who have managed to browse the marketplace have often been hit by sticker shock


The Department of Health and Human Services under chief Obamacare cheerleader Kathleen Sebelius has had three years to develop this system. It has busted deadline after deadline, all the while promising that the system would be ready on Oct. 1. It has overpromised and underdelivered. The excuse? Demand was unexpectedly high, crashing servers. Unexpected? Americans have been bombarded with marketing campaigns and news stories and outreach efforts on behalf of Obamacare. And now Sebelius and Co. are shocked that people are logging in to … buy insurance? Come on, Sebelius.

The article also spotlights stories and evidence from Illinois, issues that are common across the country.
Obamacare horror stories are in no short supply here in North Carolina. As a reminder, Civitas continues to receive and publish the stories from real people sharing how they have been affected by this train wreck.

Major Surgery Can Cure ObamaCare

There is a way to stop ObamaCare.

But like any major surgery, taking out Obamacare will require strong nerves.

At a town hall event in Wilmington, Civitas President Francis De Luca pointed out how it can be done. (He’s on at the 1:30 mark.)

It’s very simple: Our elected representatives just have to slice spending for Obamacare out of the budget. Under the Constitution, they have authority to cut off spending for the program. If they have the guts to do so.

Meanwhile, the bad news keeps coming. Advocates of the health-care law say it was needed because millions of people couldn’t get health insurance. Well, when ObamaCare goes fully into effect … 30 million people will still lack health insurance.


Meanwhile, news reports say “The AFL-CIO is poised to approve a resolution harshly critical of ObamaCare.

When a key part of the Democratic Party’s base is rebelling, you know things are bad.

The worst part, one observer says, is that ObamaCare is already decades out of date. The whole ObamaCare scheme is based on assumptions that have been overturned by new research, even as new technology offers new ways of getting and staying healthy.

We can replace knees and hips and shoulders, and even lungs and hearts. So we can replace Obamacare  — if we and our elected representatives have the courage to seize them.

HB 392 Becomes Law and Measures for Drug Testing and Background Checks for Certain Welfare Programs

The NC General Assembly this morning voted to override two bills that had previously been vetoed by Gov. Pat McCrory. One of the bills Civitas has been reporting on was a bill that would drug test those who receive certain welfare benefits (HB 392). But at 9:17am on September 4, 2013 HB 392 became law with a vote of 34-10 in the North Carolina Senate.  The Senate’s vote follows yesterday’s House vote to override by a 77-39 margin.

Gov. McCrory had issued several statements on his website that says why the veto should stay for HB 392 and Vetoed the bill several weeks ago.

Debate on both bills was sparse, and no one spoke against the overrides and both bills became law before 9:30am.

One measure requires drug testing and criminal background checks for applicants to certain welfare programs. Those applying for federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits, a cash assistance program, would have to undergo both background checks and drug screenings under the bill. Applicants for food stamps would have to undergo only background checks, including fingerprinting.

“We don’t want hard working North Carolinians to be supporting illegal drug use,” Sen. Jim Davis, R-Macon, said.

The other vetoed bill, HB 786, would expand the exemption of seasonal workers of the E-verify program from 90 days to up to 9 months. The House overrode that veto yesterday b 84-32, and this morning the Senate voted 39-5 to override the governor’s veto.

Both bills now become law.

Tort Reform Moves to NC Senate Floor

Senate Judiciary I Committee considered S33, the Medical Liability Reforms Act today.  The latest version would provide limited protection from liability to those required under federal law to provide emergency medical care, authorize the bifurcation of trials on issues of liability and damages, and authorize periodic payments for future economic damages in lieu of a lump-sum payment.

It would also limit noneconomic damages in medical malpractice actions to $500,000 per plaintiff for judgment entered against all defendants.  In addition, judgment entered against any particular defendant for noneconomic damages shall not exceed $500,000 for claims brought by all parties arising from the same cause of action.

Noneconomic damages include damages covering pain, suffering, emotional distress, physical impairment, disfigurement, and any other nonpecuniary compensatory damages.  It does not include punitive damages.

After a brief discussion and a failed amendment offered by Senator Nesbitt, the bill was passed on a motion offered by Senator Apodaca.  According to Senator Brunstetter’s office, it will be reported out of Judiciary I later this afternoon and will be debated on the Senate floor later this week.

CBO Report Shows ObamaCare Will Cause Massive Future Budget Deficit

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its new 10 year baseline, which shows “daunting economic and budgetary challenges” facing the United States.  Without change, the nation could potentially face a Greece-like economic crisis according to Heritage budget expert Brian Riedl.

One such policy driving the deficit is the “doc fix.” Ever year, doctors are scheduled to receive severe pay cuts under Medicare, which threaten seniors’ access to care. As a temporary fix, Congress continually passes a fix to delay the cuts. The CBO warns if the cuts are extended indefinitely, deficits from 2012 through 2021 would average about 6 percent of GDP.

Federal spending on health care is also a prime culprit in the future bankruptcy of our country. According to the CBO:

Spending on the government’s major mandatory health care programs—Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and health insurance subsidies to be provided through insurance exchanges—along with Social Security will increase from roughly 10 percent of GDP in 2011 to about 16 percent over the next 25 years. If revenues stay close to their average share of GDP for the past 40 years, that rise in spending will lead to rapidly growing budget deficits and surging federal debt.

As America continues to face economic instability, ObamaCare seeks to expand our deficit by billions each year.  A federal healthcare law devastating the US economy, further spiraling America into an uncontrollable debt, surely cannot lead to a path of prosperity and “quality” healthcare access for all.

Update: Changes to UNC Health Care

UNC students can now opt out of health care coverage for abortions, an option not possible less than a week ago. After numerous pro-life students and activists spoke out, the UNC system is changing the details of the new coverage plan. Fellow Civitas blogger Jason Sutton covered the divisive issue earlier this week responding to the plan’s information going public.

The N&O reported:

Starting in fall 2010…a new health insurance policy kicks in , mandating that all students at UNC system campuses, about 215,000 people, have health insurance. Students must either prove they have their own, or buy insurance through a new plan designed to leverage the system’s buying power to offer reasonable premiums and better coverage than most campuses do now on their own.

Students for Life of America quickly pointed out that the mandatory plan covered elective abortions, something not agreeable to pro-life students. In response to the nationally publicized issue, the UNC system announced this afternoon that it will allow students to opt out of elective abortion coverage. However, the system has yet to comment on whether students who opt out of abortion coverage will pay less for their total health care plan.

While this may be a relative gain for pro-lifers, what I want to know is why a public university system is mandating that students purchase health care from their pre-approved provider? Aren’t most college students over the age of 18 and therefore, adults? Sounds like Obamacare has a test case in the UNC System.

Obama & Pelosi’s Gift to Health Insurance Industry

Sheldon Richman lays out why the health care “reform” package approved by the U.S. House Sunday night is a big gift-wrapped present to the health insurance industry:

Note that the attention of nearly all the “reformers” is on the insurance industry. What ostensibly started out as “health-care reform” quickly became health-insurance regulation. A common theme of all of the leading proposals is that insurance companies have too few restrictions on them. So under Obamacare, government will issue more commands: preexisting conditions must be covered; policy renewal must be guaranteed; premiums may not reflect the health status or sex of policyholders; the difference between premiums charged young and old must be within government specs; lifetime caps on benefits are prohibited, et cetera.

In return for these new federal rules, insurance companies are to have a guaranteed market through a mandate that will require every person to have insurance. So what looks like onerous new regulations on the insurance companies turns out to be a bargain they are happy to accept. Instead of having to innovatively and competitively attract young healthy people to buy their products, the companies will count on the government to compel them to do so. Playing the populist role, Obama & Co. bash the insurance companies, but in fact the “reform” compels everyone to do business with them.

What about this would the insurance companies dislike? Health insurance is not the most profitable business you can be in; the profit margin is 3-4 cents on the dollar. So a guaranteed clientele is an attractive prospect. The people who will be forced to buy policies are the healthy, who will pay premiums and make few claims. The only thing the companies don’t like is that that penalty for not complying with the mandate is too small. Many young people may choose to pay the penalty rather than buy the insurance because it will be cheaper. But that presents a problem: when the uninsured get sick and apply for coverage, they won’t be turned down because that would be against the law. So look for harsher penalties in the future to prevent this gaming of the system. The insurance companies win again.

Indeed, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina has already proclaimed the House’s approval as a “positive step.” On Wall Street, health insurers and big pharma were big winners on Monday, the only industries to see gains that day. Big Pharma also voiced their approval for the House’s passage of the bill, after dropping millions in advertising in support for the bill.

Over the past year, “progressives” tried to convince the public that the people opposed to Obamacare were somehow in the pocket of health insurance or pharmaceutical companies. But the facts are in, and it is quite obvious that the progressives were flat-out lying.

Healthcare Press Conference…

Maybe this should have been the topic of Mr. Obama’s press conference:

“The last issue I’d like to address is health care the government costs.

Right now, Congress is debating various health care government costreform proposals. This is obviously a complicated issue, but I am very optimistic about the progress that they’re making.

Like energy, this is legislation that must and will be paid for. It will not add to our deficits over the next decade. We will find the money through savings and efficiencies within the health care government system — some of which we’ve already announced.

We will also ensure that the reform we pass brings down the crushing cost of health care government. We simply can’t have a system where we throw good money after bad habits. We need to control the skyrocketing costs that are driving families, businesses, and our government into greater and greater debt.

There’s no doubt that we must preserve what’s best about our health care government system, and that means allowing Americans who like their doctors legislators and their health care tax plans to keep them. But unless we fix what’s broken in our current system, everyone’s health care tax dollars will be in jeopardy. Unless we act, premiums taxes will climb higher, benefits will erode further, and the roles of the uninsured non-taxpayers will swell to include millions more Americans. Unless we act, one three out of every five dollars that we earn will be spent on health care government within a decade. And the amount our government spends on Medicare food and Medicaid entertainment will eventually grow larger than what our government spends on everything else today.

When it comes to health care government, the status quo is unsustainable and unacceptable. So reform is not a luxury, it’s a necessity. And I hope that Congress will continue to make significant progress on this issue in the weeks ahead.”

The transcript in its entirety  can be found here

Homosexual Agenda Trumps Freedom of Conscience

What to know what will happen if North Carolina recognizes homosexuality as a protected class?

In case you missed it, the CA Supreme Court ruled this week that doctors with conscientious objections to homosexuality cannot legally refuse to artificially inseminate lesbian couples.

Robert Tyler, the head attorney for the group that represented the defendants, has pledged to appeal the decision: “This decision cannot stand and we will evaluate our options to seek review from the U.S. Supreme Court.” Tyler also expressed concern that “the Supreme Court’s desire to promote the homosexual lifestyle risks infringing upon the First Amendment right to free exercise of religion.”

Here in North Carolina, the General Assembly came close to passing legislation (HB 1366) that would have recognized sexual orientation as a protected class for the first time in N.C. law. It is very likely this legislation will be reintroduced in 2009. Rep. Paul Luebke (D-Durham) also sponsored a bill (HB 1789) that would have added sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected classes recognized in hiring state and local employees.