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Trump: ‘Disgusting’ press able to write whatever it wants

President Trump on Wednesday said it is “disgusting the press is able to write whatever it wants to write” during remarks from the Oval Office, with Canadian Prime Mininister Justin Trudeu sitting by his side.

Trump was asked about a report from NBC News that claimed he’d sought to dramatically expand the U.S. nuclear arsenal.

Trump called the report “fake news” and said a ten-fold increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal would be “totally unnecessary” and that he merely wants U.S. weapons programs to be in “tip top shape.”

“It is frankly disgusting the press is able to write whatever it wants to write,” Trump said.

Trump’s remarks follow a series of tweets in which he suggested pulling NBC’s broadcasting license.

In recent days Trump has also questioned why the Senate Intelligence Committee is not investigating mainstream news outlets for peddling “fake news.”

The remarks angered the White House press corps. Some conservatives also balked at what appeared to be criticism of the First Amendment.

“This threat alone could intimidate the press and lead to skewed and unfair reporting,” Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.) warned on Wednesday.

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He and other Democrats called on FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to publicly condemn the president’s words.

“Now, the FCC must show that it is loyal to the law, not the president, and make clear that it rejects this kind of interference,” Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii). said in a statement.

Jessica Rosenworcel, a Democratic member of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), noted that the president does not have the power to pull a broadcasting license.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday attacked the very concept of the United States Constitution’s First Amendment during an angry rant directed at reporters in the Oval Office.

“It is frankly disgusting the press is able to write whatever it wants to write,” Trump fumed, per reporter Abby Phillip.

Trump on Wednesday morning ratcheted up his attacks on the American media when he threatened to revoke NBC’s broadcasting license after it reported that he wanted a ten-fold increase in the size of America’s nuclear arsenal.

The freedom of the press to write whatever it wants is enshrined in the Constitution’s First Amendment.

“Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press,” the amendment states.

Despite Trump’s apparent hostility toward the First Amendment, White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders last week described the president as “an incredible advocate of the First Amendment.”

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LYME SCI: Is it fibromyalgia–or Lyme disease?

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When Lady Gaga recently revealed a diagnosis of fibromyalgia—a set of symptoms characterized by widespread pain that is frequently accompanied by fatigue, sleep disturbances, memory issues and mood changes—I thought of another famous singer, Kris Kristofferson.

The Country Music Hall of Famer was also initially told he had fibromyalgia. As his symptoms worsened over the next 12 years, however, Kristofferson was eventually diagnosed with Alzheimer’s—until he was later found to actually have late-stage Lyme disease.

Like others in the Lyme community, I couldn’t help wondering if Lady Gaga actually has Lyme disease. It turns out that Alfred Miller, MD, a retired doctor from San Antonio, Texas, has the exact same suspicion.

Mysterious Illness From The 70s

Dr. Miller practiced internal medicine and rheumatology for 40 years, and taught at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston.

He first learned about Lyme disease at a medical conference in 1977, when he heard Dr. Allan Steere describe an epidemic of arthritis-like symptoms in children near Lyme, Connecticut. Five years later, Dr. Wilhelm Burgdorfer would identify a tick-borne species of Borrelia as the causative agent of what came to be known as “Lyme disease.” (It’s named Borrelia burgdorferi in his honor.)

Years later, Lyme disease would tragically affect a member of Dr. Miller’s own family.

A Missed Diagnosis Of Lyme Disease

Shortly after Dr. Miller retired, his 43-year-old daughter-in-law, living in Boston, came down with a mysterious illness. She was evaluated by top doctors at three prestigious teaching hospitals, and given a terminal diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

But, according to Dr. Miller, something didn’t line up. Although she had all the symptoms of ALS, he thought the lesions in her MRI looked more like multiple sclerosis.

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ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive degenerative nerve disease with no cure. Not willing to accept this diagnosis for his daughter-in-law without being extra-sure, Dr. Miller did some research.

He states, “When I went to the medical literature, the only illness that could present the MRI of the brain of MS and the physical findings of ALS was neuroborreliosis” — late-stage Lyme disease which has spread to the central nervous system.

As a physician trained at the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Miller reached out to his colleagues there and asked that they look at the possibility that she might have Lyme. However, her ELISA test came back negative, as is the case in approximately 50% of patients who actually have Lyme disease.

From there, Dr. Miller did what many physicians experienced in Lyme disease do—he sent her blood to a specialty lab that reports all the bands on the Western blot. Lo and behold, her test came back positive for Lyme.

In this video, Dr. Miller explains how most standard tests for Lyme will miss the diagnosis and why the Western blot must include all bands:

Rheumatologist Turned Lyme Activist

Since his daughter-in-law’s diagnosis, Dr. Miller has made it his mission to educate others about the risks of Lyme disease being mis-diagnosed. He believes all patients who have been given a diagnosis of a neurodegenerative disease—including ALS, MS, lupus, and fibromyalgia—should be evaluated for Lyme disease.

While there are distinct differences in the later stages of these illnesses, they are almost all accompanied by pain, fatigue, sleep issues, cognitive issues, headache, numbness and tingling.

According to a survey of over 4000 patients with Lyme disease, “roughly 20% of those with chronic Lyme disease were initially misdiagnosed with a neurologic disease” including MS, ALS, Parkinson’s and multiple systems atrophy.

When To Suspect Lyme Disease

Unfortunately, fibromyalgia has no cure and a diagnosis may lead to a dead-end when looking for potential causes. Because there is overlap with the symptoms, many patients with Lyme disease are initially diagnosed with fibromyalgia. The good thing is Lyme disease is treatable and for many patients, treatment resolves their pain.

Women are twice as likely to be diagnosed with fibromyalgia, with the average patient going five years before getting a diagnosis. Interestingly, women are also more prone to false-negative testing for Lyme, leading to a delayed diagnosis of more than two years in over 60% of the cases.

Because so many patients with Lyme disease are frequently misdiagnosed, LymeDisease.org has created an easy to use checklist that you can fill out and take to your healthcare provider. Click here to check your symptoms.

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LymeSci is written by Lonnie Marcum, a Licensed Physical Therapist and mother of a daughter with Lyme. Follow her on Twitter: @LonnieRhea  Email her at: lmarcum@lymedisease.org .

I’m a Doctor With Chronic Illness. Here Are 12 Things I Wish People Knew.

By Amy Stenehjem,M.D

I’ve written this article to help educate those who want to learn about chronic illness. It is written from my perspective, that of a doctor who treated patients with chronic illness for many years, and who spent five years of my life homebound due to chronic illness.

I want to spread awareness so that friends, family, employers, coworkers, and health care professionals can better understand chronic illness. My hope is that an increase in awareness will help strengthen relationships, reduce misunderstandings, and improve support systems for those with chronic illness. 

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About Chronic Illness

Chronic illness is a disease, condition, or injury that can last years or a lifetime and is typically not curable, though in some cases it may go into remission. It can vary in its severity, with some people able to work and live active or seemingly “normal” lives; while others are very sick and may even be homebound.

Many people with chronic illness have an invisible chronic illness. The severity of their symptoms is not clearly noticeable, which may lead to a lack of understanding and support from doctors, family, friends, and coworkers.

 

1. Nobody wants to feel sick.

In all my years as a doctor treating patients with chronic illness, I never saw a patient who enjoyed feeling ill. I saw the opposite, patients who were once very active, desperately trying to find answers and treatment for their overwhelming symptoms.

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2. Many doctors don’t understand chronic illness.

For years, doctors were under the misperception that some chronic illnesses were caused by depression or anxiety and the only treatment available for these patients was psychiatric care.

Despite medical evidence disproving this perception, some doctors are “set in their ways” and do not truly understand chronic illness or how to appropriately address it. Therefore, patients often have to spend precious time searching for a doctor who understands their illness and provides appropriate treatment options while their symptoms potentially worsen.

3. Being unable to work is not a vacation.

Those who are not able to work due to chronic illness are not “on vacation.” They are instead, struggling every day to do simple tasks: getting out of bed, getting dressed, making a meal, bathing, etc. They are often homebound, too sick to leave their homes except for doctor appointments.

Have you ever been stuck indoors for a couple of days due to bad weather or a temporary health issue? Remember feeling annoyed with the inability to leave your home and be active? Now imagine not being able to leave your home for weeks or months at a time. Frustrating, right?

4. Chronic illness can trigger many emotions.

Chronic illness itself can change the biochemical makeup of the mood control center in the brain. In addition, frustrations such as the following can affect a person’s mood and lead to depression and/or anxiety:

  • the wait/search for a diagnosis
  • inability to work and feel productive
  • change in family dynamics
  • loss of social interactions and isolation
  • financial stress
  • the struggle to deal with symptoms and perform simple daily tasks

Those with chronic illness often feel a great loss. It is not unusual to experience some or all of the stages of grief (i.e. denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance). They grieve for the life they once lived. They grieve for the life they must endure now. They grieve for the life they dreamed of having.

Many people with chronic illness also feel very isolated. Even though they crave social interactions, their symptoms may make it very difficult and at times impossible to talk on the phone or type an email or Facebook post.

5. The symptoms of chronic illness are very complex.

The symptoms experienced by those with chronic illness vary depending on the illness; however, many people experience some or all of the following symptoms: extreme fatigue, pain, headaches, brain fog, nausea, and/or dizziness.

It is not unusual for the symptoms of chronic illness to wax and wane over time (sometimes even from hour to hour), so planning activities ahead of time can be very difficult. A “good day” for those with chronic illness would likely be considered a sick day for most others.

6. Chronic illness fatigue is much more than being tired.

Fatigue is a common symptom in chronic illness and in many cases it is severe, often debilitating. It can be easily triggered by simple daily activities or by more elaborate events such as holidays. Those with chronic illness will often have to “pay the price” for engaging in an activity and then require days, weeks, or even months of recovery.

Those with chronic illness may need to rest often and may have to cancel events last minute. This does not mean they are lazy or trying to avoid activities. Once fatigue kicks in, there is no other option other than to rest. It’s as if the body “hits a wall” and can’t go further, no matter what. To better understand the fatigue and limited energy of a person with chronic illness, read this helpful article about the spoon theory.

Have you ever been stuck in bed for a few days from a really bad infection, surgery, or hospitalization? Think back to how that felt. You could barely get out of bed and simple tasks were exhausting. Now consider feeling that way every day, all day, for months or years?

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7. Pain is a common symptom in those with chronic illness.

Those with chronic illness often experience severe pain, including headaches, joint pain, muscle pain, nerve pain, back pain, and/or neck pain. 

8. Brain fog is extremely frustrating.

Brain fog is frustrating because it is a difficult symptom to describe so that others understand its impact. Brain fog is a cognitive dysfunction common in chronic illness, which can include issues with word finding, concentration, and recall. Those with brain fog often know what they want to say, but can’t find the thoughts or words to communicate effectively. 

9. There is a greater risk of dangerous infections. 

The immune system in those with chronic illness may be overactive and instead of attacking infections the chronic illness immune system wastes time and energy fighting the body’s own organs, joints, nerves, and/or muscles. Many people with chronic illness are on medicines to suppress their overactive immune systems and consequently, need to avoid being around sick people. A minor cold in a healthy person could progress to a dangerous infection in someone with chronic illness.

10. Certain foods can aggravate symptoms.

Certain foods may aggravate the symptoms of those with chronic illness. Common culprits are gluten, dairy, sugar, soy, yeast, alcohol, and processed foods. These trigger foods increase inflammation which can cause a significant increase in symptoms which may last for hours or days (sometimes weeks).

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Because so many of these trigger foods are in our diet, it is often difficult to pinpoint which foods aggravate symptoms and staying away from favorite foods can be a challenge.

11. Sensitivity to smells is common.

Certain smells including perfumes, colognes, cleaning agents, and smoke can trigger headaches, brain fog, nausea, and other symptoms in those with chronic illness. Also, some of the medicines used to treat chronic illnesses are low-dose versions of chemotherapy drugs. The sensitivity is similar to that seen in those who are pregnant or on chemotherapy and have a sensitivity to smells.

12. It takes a lot of effort to manage chronic illness.

Those with chronic illness have to be very regimented to make sure they get adequate rest, avoid trigger foods, take medications at the correct times, and avoid flares. It is understandable that sometimes they just want to feel “normal” and eat some pizza or stay up late, even if they know they will “pay for it later.”

Despite struggling with grief, isolation, and often debilitating symptoms, those with chronic illness (and their caregivers) warrior on. They fight daily to be able to understand their bodies and to do things others take for granted. They are often surrounded by a society that does not understand their challenges, and therefore, is unable to provide adequate support.

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You can make a big difference in the lives of those with chronic illness by learning more about their symptoms and approaching them with compassion and support. Gaining an understanding of chronic illness will help make these conditions less “invisible.” This is why it is so important you are taking the time to read this article. Thank you!

A big change has just been made to benefits for sick and disabled people, starting today

 

People with “a severe, lifelong disability, illness or health condition” who are unlikely to ever work again are exempted from being reassessed for benefits

Debbie Abrahams speaks on effects of ‘unfair disability assessments’

The government is accused of an “outrageous broken promise” after announcing thousands of life-long sick and disabled people will no longer face cruel re-tests for their benefits.

People with “a severe, lifelong disability, illness or health condition” who are unlikely to ever work again will be exempted from reassessments for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).

The move came into force for all assessments from today, almost a year to the day after it was promised by then-Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green.

But Labour said the move fell short of what the government had promised and was too vague.

Only people deemed unfit for ‘work-related activity’ in ESA, or its equivalent in Universal Credit, can claim the exemption. Those deemed fit for ‘work-related activity’ still have to undergo retests.

Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Debbie Abrahams said: “This is an outrageous broken promise.

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“This is an outrageous broken promise”, said Debbie Abrahams (Image: Daily Mirror)

“Sick and disabled people have been waiting for the Government to announce specific conditions that would be exempt from punitive reassessments, finally providing the certainty many have been waiting for. Instead they have been offered with a vague statement with no specific guarantees at all.

“The Government must publish a full list of the conditions that will automatically be exempted from reassessment immediately.”

Labour MP Neil Coyle, a member of the Commons Work and Pensions Committee, added: “This should have included all disabled people on ESA, including people with earning disabilities in the work-related activity group.

“As usual, the DWP is trying to claim credit for doing less than promised, later than agreed.”

Then-welfare chief Damian Green promised the move almost exactly a year ago (Image: AFP)

Parkinson’s UK spokesman Phil Reynolds said “These new criteria are a big step in the right direction, but it is still not clear how many people with Parkinson’s this will now benefit.

“A problem still remains with the assessors’ very mixed knowledge of Parkinson’s. Around a quarter of people with Parkinson’s have been placed in the ‘back to work’ group for ESA despite the fact that their condition will not improve, which is clearly ludicrous.”

“Until this situation dramatically improves, we fear that many people with Parkinson’s still won’t be protected from the trauma and indignity of pointless ESA assessments.”

Scope spokesman James Taylor said the changes were positive “but for many people they do not address the root of the problem.”

He added: “The Work Capability Assessment remains fundamentally flawed and in need of drastic overhaul. Two thirds of ESA decisions are currently overturned at appeal.

This is republished article. Originally this article was published byhttp://www.mirror.co.uk

KNOCK OUT PUNCH: Dana Loesch Just FINISHED The Left’s Anti-Gun Whining With One TRUTH

Not one of we Patriots are okay with the tragedy that took place in Vegas a week ago. A lunatic, with no apparent motive at all, massacred what was supposed to be a fun event, killing 59 and wounding hundreds with a semi-automatic weapon modified with a bump stock.

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But as usual, the left is using the tragedy to spew untruths about the ease with which Americans can obtain such weaponry. Here’s an example:

Steve Schmidt is MSNBC’s token “Republican.” But, come on, really? Have you ever heard him? He’s about as Republican as John F. Kennedy!

Dana Loesch, in true conservative form, delivered a knock out punch to Schmidt’s ridiculous rambling, when she tweeted back this:

Schmidt even said it’s “harder to buy cough medicine than it is to buy an AK-47 or 50 of them.” Such lies!

Here’s what Dana Loesch said to Judge Judy about this issue:

President Trump and the NRA agree that outlawing bump stocks is a good idea and they’ve said so. In a statement issued by NRA Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre and NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox, they said:

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“The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations.”

While there are valid arguments on both sides about the gun issue in America, the truth is, we should be able to protect ourselves, our families and our property. If you agree, please Share this so the truth is spread, and comment “second amendment.”

Dana Loesch reacted to calls for gun control legislation following last night’s police ambush in Dallas, saying it’s not guns that need to be curbed, but the rhetoric from some anti-gun activists and politicians.

“It’s not the NRA that’s been using violent rhetoric to cut down police officers and to speak of them and denigrate them publicly the way that has been done by a lot of these activists and, dare I say, Black Lives Matter activists.”

Loesch said the country needs to see “real leadership” and “people minding their tongues and not speaking to division.”

“This has nothing to do with gun rights. This has nothing to do with the Second Amendment. This has everything to do with people being sick in the heart, sick in the head, and just wanting to do evil for evil’s sake.”