Never Shy South Dakota resident Doctor Ed. Picardi speaks up. In fact, he’s as loud as ever.
Dr. Picardi was stripped of his license back in 2013 because he was ruffling feathers in Washington over the Hillary Care and ObamaCare disaster.
His was a lone voice in the wilderness as nobody was really prepared to go against the machinery of both administrations. The Clintons and Obama were at the zenith of their popularity when Dr. Picardi decided to take them on.
“I did what nobody in Washington did,” he recounts. “I actually read the entire HillaryCare bill, all 1368 pages. I did the same with ObamaCare.”
After reading through both laws, he quickly realized that they would perpetuate the wrong practices in the healthcare system and end up alienating those who really need medical help.
“Abortion and decreased care for the elderly would result in an enormous number of unnecessary and preventable deaths,” he explains. “I believed it was my Hippocratic Oath and my Christian beliefs which necessitated me to bring out the truth about what was actually written in these bills.”
The drawback was that he became an attractive target by the “powerful politicians.” That got him a rude introduction into the pervasive corruption in government. In fact, a son of the senator filed trumped up charges against him.
He lost his license for three years before he was reinstated by the Nebraska Medical Board in 2016. That kind of trauma would have been enough to silence anybody.
Finding strength in his faith in God and the support of his wife, Sandy, a cancer survivor, Dr. Picardi is at it again.
He says that President Donald Trump has a chance to make sweeping changes in the healthcare system of the country because he is an outsider.
“There are way too many career, life-long politicians in office who are willing to make decisions which help themselves to the detriment of this country,” he says.
Dr. Picardi particularly called out the weaponization of the country’s legal system and the IRS in the effort to silence dissent.
One classic example is that of David Daleiden, the founder of the Center for Medical Progress, who exposed the damning practice of selling aborted baby organs and body parts to medical schools to be studied.
Instead of being celebrated, he was charged with the purchase of human organs and tampering with public documents. His experience parallels that of Dr. Picardi whose only “mistake” was that he called out HillaryCare and ObamaCare as the wrong solutions to the country’s healthcare problem.
With COVID-19 dramatically changing the way people live and work, it is now more important for managers to lead their workforce with compassion and care than ever, said a report from Accenture.
As people find themselves in an unfamiliar, fast moving global environment, “Responsible Leadership” has taken on an even deeper meaning, it said.
The report titled “Human Resilience: What your people need to know” highlights what workers need from leaders in three basic areas: physical, mental and relational.
“These needs apply at all times, but they are magnified in crisis. Leaders who rise to the challenge will help their people develop human resilience — the ability to adapt and engage through difficult times,” said the study.
In terms of physical needs, people require help feeling they are empowered to do what is necessary to keep themselves and their families safe and well.
“Each organisation will have its own nuances. In a company with people mainly in physical locations, concerns might include no-contact service and wearing protective equipment,” said the study.
The insights shared in the report are based on the Accenture workforce research spanning over 15,600 global workers in 10 countries and 15 industries.
“Everyone might be worried about employment and a paycheck during the crisis. Asking early and often what people need or are concerned about will help your leadership team to determine your best actions,” said the report.
In terms of mental health issues, the research pointed out that amid the changing working conditions due to COVID-19, consecutive hours of uninterrupted work may not be feasible as many people deal with disrupted elder care and childcare, difficulties securing essential supplies at home, and potential healthcare issues.
“Managers have to evolve work rules for more flexibility, based on emotional intelligence and people’s individual needs. Educating managers on this sooner rather than later can help empower their teams to adapt,” said the report.
With regard to the relationship needs of workers, leaders should strive to provide them with a sense of connection and of belonging to something bigger than themselves. (IANS)
100 Jumbo circus artistes besides their entire pack of animals are hoping against hope after being stuck since the lockdown began in March, near here.
They had their last show at Kottakal near here on March 11 and when they were packing their bags to leave to Bengaluru, came the lockdown and since then they are holed up in their tents and are at the mercy of the generous who come to their help time and again.
“Things are getting tough as we have camels, dogs, birds which have a different eating pattern. Moreover the artistes are also finding it tough . We are stuck,” said Dineshan, a manager of the circus team to IANS.
“The local authorities did come to our help and provided us with food supplies. They have now helped us to move our things to a more safe place, as the place where our things were kept was a low lying land and with the rains, it could get flooded. We have started shifting to the new place,” added Dineshan.
From historical times, human beings have been surviving, inspite of several types of diseases confronting them. In such conditions, medical science to safeguard human beings from diseases have been developed due to the compelling need for survival of humanity.
Traditional medicines :
In ancient India, there were reports of several medicinal practices and development of several types of drugs for treatment of different types of illness , which were mostly based on natural products and not developed by synthetic process. Traditionally, such Indian medical practices have been termed as Ayurveda, Siddha etc.
In other countries too, such traditional medical practices have prevailed under various names such as homeopathy , Unani etc.
In short, the world have been living with diseases from time immemorial and has been responding to the diseases by developing appropriate medical procedures from time to time.
Development of new diseases :
With the changing life style of people, development of synthetic production processes for cosmetics , chemicals, fertilisers, pesticides, etc. and environmental hazards created by industrial operations and transportation, promotion of new food items etc. newer diseases have also been steadily arising.
Efforts of medical researchers :
The medical researchers have not lagged behind and have been developing new drugs and vaccines to treat the new and emerging diseases.
Some of the synthetic drugs developed for treatment of diseases were also reported to have side effects , which cause more diseases and sickness .
Regulatory authorities have been from, time to time, imposing ban on some of these drugs, due to unacceptable side effects, though the damage due to such banned drugs would have already happened.
COVID 19 latest addition :
COVID 19 is the latest addition to rest of diseases in the world.
Huge international efforts have now been taken up to identify the root cause of COVID 19 and develop appropriate drug / vaccine to treat the disease.
Given the past success ratings of medical researchers in handling other diseases, one can be hopeful that before long, appropriate drug / vaccine would also be developed to treat COVID 19 patients.
Limitations of medical research :
While the medical research have developed phenomenally , the medical research have not been able to prevent the occurrence of the disease , except in a few cases. Of course, in the case of polio attack, vaccines given to the children at the right time have largely eliminated the polio disease in the world.
However, this cannot be said about several of diseases such as cancer, influenza etc. which continue to occur at very high level and are being treated.
Similar situation may prevail in future in the case of COVID 19 too, with medical researchers unable to prevent it but only treat it.
Alarm due to COVID 19 :
In the case of COVID 19, the world has reacted with huge alarm , as if the COVID 19 would wipe out the entire human race.
Several world governments have declared lockdown and brought the global economy nearly to a half , like of which it has never happened before in human history.
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While the panicked world is still viewing COVID 19 with great fear and medical researchers are striving hard to develop treatment procedures, certainly the day will come when the world would reconcile itself to the prevalence of COVID 19 , just as it has reconciled itself to the prevalence of diseases like cancer, flu etc. and would also be prepared to treat the disease with appropriate procedures.
Is there over reaction to COVID 19 crisis ?:
Possibly, after six months or so from now, when COVID 19 crisis would settle down, the world community would look back at the COVID 19 crisis and would wonder whether the world has over reacted to the COVID 19.
The world would calculate the number of people infected by COVID 19, recovered and died. Then, after reading this calculations, the world would inevitably come to the conclusion that it has not been as bad at all as it was feared at one time, as the world community would remain intact after COVID-19 crisis.
It is estimated that around 0.15 million people die in the world every day due to various reasons such as old age, cancer, heart attack, kidney failure, virus attack etc. It translates to around 54 million people die in the world every year.
Till date, around 0.25 million people have died due to COVID-19 over the last four or five months.
Probably, when the COVID-19 crisis would end one day , the number of deaths due to COVID-19 could be just less than 1 million, considering worst scenario.
In future, after the end of present COVID-19 crisis such scale of deaths due to COVID-19 are unlikely, in view of the development of appropriate drugs to treat it.
This projected death figure of just less than one million due to the on going COVID19 crisis, do not add much to the worldwide death of 54 million every year in normal times.
Lives vis a vis livelihood debate :
Of course, death is natural and inevitable. It occurs for people in various age groups and due to natural / disease factors and unnatural factors such as accidents, murders, war etc. Every individual has to reconcile oneself to the inevitable event of death that would happen one day for everybody.
In such circumstances, is it appropriate that the world economy should have been brought down to the level of stagnant or decelerating growth over several months in the year 2020, fearing COVID-19.
Due to such near global lockdown, billions of poor people have been put to hardships , large number of people have lost the jobs, many production centres are facing closure and appears that it would take some time for the world to recover from this losses due to lockdown , fearing COVID 19.