2017-08-02 / Front Page

Internet in Bloom for The Layperson

By Ted J. Bloom

Ted Bloom, MLS., MSEd., CPL.,CKMI., NP has been a published columnist in New York since 1999. A CDCR law librarian and instructor with two graduate degrees, some of his credentials include, creating and running a career preparation computer lab for at-risk youth through the U.S. Department of Labor, as well as being a NYS Notary Public, SUNY Communications Instructor, a YMCA Director and a Certified Krav Maga Instructor.  His first book The Librarian's Guide to Employment in the Information Age is now available on Amazon.com.Ted Bloom, MLS., MSEd., CPL.,CKMI., NP has been a published columnist in New York since 1999. A CDCR law librarian and instructor with two graduate degrees, some of his credentials include, creating and running a career preparation computer lab for at-risk youth through the U.S. Department of Labor, as well as being a NYS Notary Public, SUNY Communications Instructor, a YMCA Director and a Certified Krav Maga Instructor. His first book The Librarian's Guide to Employment in the Information Age is now available on Amazon.com.In the movies and on TV death is rarely depicted realistically.  After multiple heroes or villains get slain the viewer rarely sees the ripple affect causing extreme grief and discomfort among the surviving families and friends.  Legalities, such as wills or the lack thereof and probate court surface.  Organizing and financing wakes, funerals, cremations and burials are arduously required, as well as family often fighting over materials possessions not delegated previously.  The Internet cannot force you to write a living will: a written document that allows a patient to give instructions about medical treatment to be given when the patient is terminally ill or permanently unconscious. 

However, the Net can give us the latest statistics on the causes of death in the US and how we may prevent some of these.  For example, consider the Center for Disease Control (www.CDC.gov) leading causes of death in the US for 2015: 1. Heart disease, 2. Cancer, 3. Chronic respiratory disease, and 4. Accidents.  This analysis seems plausible.  But what about the 2010 study where the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services said that bad hospital care contributed to the deaths of 180,000 patients in Medicare alone in a given year?

Moreover, Nation Public Radio online (www.NPR.org) reported more recently, a study in the current issue of the Journal of Patient Safety that says the numbers are higher — between 210,000 and 440,000 patients each year who go to the hospital for care suffer some type of preventable harm that contributes to their death. That would make medical malpractice the third-leading cause of death in America, behind heart disease, which is the first, and cancer, which is second.

Consequently, if medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death in the United States, the only industrialized nation without nationalized healthcare, would knowing which nefarious, for-profit, medications and treatments to avoid save untold lives and money?  The attorneys at Levin and Papantonio think so.  Visit www.LevinLaw.com to see their easy to navigate website with the latest drop down menus listing drug injuries, medical devices and defective products presently involved in huge lawsuits, many of which are class action in nature.  For example, did you know there are OTC (over the counter) medications that can give you the diseases it claims to cure, if you do not already have them?  Corrupt pharmaceutical companies would rather pay restitution in damages than remove the hazardous products from pharmacies, if they can make a profit.  Often that profit is millions or even billions of dollars.  Guess which industry lobbyists contribute the most money to our politicians in Congress?  Vigilance.

Please feel free to send your Internet resource suggested URLs to me at: AuthorNotary@gmail.com or courtesy of the Queens Gazette and they will forward them.  Thank you.    

 


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