Marti Oakley

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“Attendee’s reported that when they were hospitalized, they were given sedatives (chemical restraint) against their will. Add to this that many talked about the callous treatment they received by hospital staff, including at times (but not often), physical abuse. Virtually all in attendance were concerned that if they were hospitalized, they would never return home.”

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At a recent local meeting here in Minnesota with approximately 60 elderly individuals, 60 and over, several things caught my attention that I found alarming. The recent revelations about the lack of oversight, concern, and ongoing abuse, neglect and exploitation of seniors in nursing homes was paramount, many fearing or believing that at some point they would end up in one of these houses of horror.  Reports of a senior in an assisted living facility, who had died two days prior without anyone noticing, must have terrorized these people even more.

The most relevant comments I heard during this meeting were:

Many were absolutely terrified of their physicians

Several spoke about the verbal assaults levied at them by their physicians for daring to question medications and the actual need for them. These assaults included threats of having them forced into nursing homes or other facilities (hospice?)for lack of compliance with prescribed medications. Many people spoke about the collateral damage caused by medications that had resulted in new medical conditions they had not had previously. Complaints about the medications in question, resulted in their physician openly mocking and deriding them and ended with various threats.

Drugs, drugs and more drugs

A general conversation followed with many expressing their fear of their own physicians and reported feeling threatened or coerced by them. Several reported that they no longer went for medical treatments as a result, unless their health was seriously impaired. Several reported being prescribed 6 or more medications for reasons they did not understand or for conditions that were not present but were prescribed as a “preventative”.

Several of these individuals had turned to the net to find information on the drugs being administered. The sites they visited included the CDC, FDA and manufacturer of the medications websites.

Two of the most infamous drugs prescribed to seniors are Cipro (Bayer), and Levaquin (Johnson & Johnson). From the manufacturer’s websites and included on the circular with these medications are prohibitions on administering these drugs to people 60 and over, or, for urinary tract, sinus and lung infections. Yet people in the meeting reported being routinely prescribed these drugs and that their physician refused to hear or record their reports of adverse events.

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Note: Cipro and Levaquin are chemo-related antibiotics developed to combat the infections caused by chemotherapy as chemo ravages the body killing everything it comes in contact with. When these chemo-based antibiotics were added to chemotherapy individuals began dying at a much faster rate and directly affected the projected profits for these drugs. As a result, manufacturers applied to the FDA to convert the drugs to general use. The FDA allowed and approved the drugs to be offered as a general antibiotic. These drugs, just as chemotherapy does, kills the mitochondria in the red blood cells, and leaves the body unable to make its own vitamin D.

Fluoroquinolones had become the class of antibiotics most commonly prescribed to adults in 2002.[42] Nearly half (42%) of those prescriptions in the U.S. were for conditions not approved by the FDA, such as acute bronchitis, otitis media, and acute upper respiratory tract infection, according to a study supported in part by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.[42] Additionally, they were commonly prescribed for medical conditions that were not even bacterial to begin with, such as viral infections, or those to which no proven benefit existed.

Because of serious side effects associate with fluoroquinolones they should not be used for treating certain infections unless there are no other alternatives, and include:

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They also reported feeling worse after taking the medications than they did before. Again, attempts to report these adverse reactions or sudden medical issues was met with derision by their physicians. Some had been told by their physician to find another to care for them since they did not have trust in the one they had and were questioning them about their treatment.

Attendee’s also reported the ongoing prescribing of statin drugs, known to cause severe health complications.

You may report side affects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088

More terrifying than their physicians, was the possibility of being hospitalized for any condition

Attendee’s reported that when they were hospitalized, they were given sedatives (chemical restraint) against their will. Add to this that many talked about the callous treatment they received by hospital staff, including at times (but not often), physical abuse. Virtually all in attendance were concerned that if they were hospitalized, they would never return home.

After questioning several people about their fears regarding hospital stays, these seemed to be the greatest concerns:

  • Being forced to take drugs they did not want.
  • Fear that they would be sent to a nursing home or Hospice, even though they could arrange home healthcare, or had family willing to care for them.
  • Separation from family and friends due to interference from Adult Protective Services and/or Social Services and the known false charges often  levied against family and friends in order to obtain control of the elder individual which always seemed to end in isolation of the individual.
  • That due to age and/or wealth, they would be guardianized while in the hospital, and never see home or family again while their assets were diverted to their new “guardian” and/or had the SS benefits and other retirement benefits taken by them.

I was surprised to learn that this group of seniors was aware of the epidemic of guardian abuse cases perpetrated by professional guardians who operate for profit at the targeted victims expense. Many had first hand stories of friends or other family members who had been caught up in an involuntary guardianship and never saw home, family or friends again. By the time those friends or family members had passed away, the estate had been liquidated by the predators and the family disinherited.

As one gentleman so eloquently put it:

“I worked my whole life to build up my assets with the intent of leaving it all to my kids for their future. I didn’t do this so some slithering snake could steal it all from them by claiming the kids had or would abuse me.”

In the end:

This is no country to grow old in, weather here in Minnesota or elsewhere in the United States. The elderly and the disabled here in the US are viewed as a waste population. Considered disposable, they none the less, are also the possessors of the largest amount of real wealth and it is wealth that the predators who game the system intend to exploit for personal profit.

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http://www.startribune.com/state-faults-eagan-senior-home-after-resident-found-dead-in-room/478778913/

State faults Eagan senior home after resident found dead in room

In a report issued this week, state investigators determined that June Alice Thompson had died in her room last October, but her body was not found for two days because staff at her assisted-living facility — the Commons on Marice — failed to perform daily wellness checks as promised.

http://www.antimicrobe.org/drugpopup/Ciprofloxacin%20-%20brand%20names.htm

Ciprofloxacin – Brand names and Manufacturer – Antimicrobe.org

Many, many different names this drug is produced under.

https://www.drugwatch.com/2016/01/26/jj-faces-800-m-levaquin-lawsuit/

In the meantime, there are about 350 lawsuits pending in a fluoroquinolone MDL in the U.S. District Court of the District of Minnesota before Chief Judge John R. Tunheim.

https://www.medicinenet.com/ciprofloxacin/article.htm#what_are_the_side_effects_cirpo

https://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm088619.pdf

You may report side affects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088

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