Petition to Indiana General Assembly, Indiana State Senate
Legalize Medicinal Cannabis for Indiana
Currently, under federal guidelines and laws, cannabis is considered a schedule 1 substance. This listing states that cannabis has no medicinal properties and a high potential for abuse ( https://www.dea.gov/druginfo/ds.shtml ). However, it has been proven that cannabis has several medicinal properties; a patent is even held by the U.S. government stating that it has medicinal properties ( https://www.google.com/patents/US6630507 ). There are many individuals living in the Hoosier State that suffer from terminal illness and other severe conditions. There are over 476,000 veterans living in Indiana ( http://www.va.gov/vetdata/veteran_population.asp ), and the current statistics show that between 10 and 30 percent of vets are currently suffering from PTSD, depending on the war they served in ( https://medlineplus.gov/magazine/issues/winter09/articles/winter09pg10-14.html ). That means that between 47,000 and 142,000 veterans living in Indiana suffer from PTSD. PTSD is treatable with cannabis, and the meds that are currently used to treat PTSD have a vast array of negative side effects.This is only one small example of how medicinal cannabis can help residents of the Hoosier state. It treats a wide array of other ailments and illnesses, and can provide much needed tax relief to the citizens of this state. Many states are seeing a positive outcome after legalizing medicinal cannabis. The well-being of our residents is at stake. We need to seriously consider this action as soon as possible. Please sign and share this petition.
Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump
Remove health-care subsidies for Members of Congress and their families
Several years ago, my dad got the news that he had cancer. Sadly, he passed away. My dad had a job at the time, but his employer did not cover him, and without coverage, he avoided going to the doctor until it was too late. As Congress and President Trump try to pass a new healthcare law, I'm reminded of my father and whether he would have made it if he had early access to cost-effective health care. Affordable health care is in decline as premiums and health costs increase at exponential rates. Some politicians cannot relate to the cost burden experienced by families across the nation because they’ve historically received health benefits that most Americans have not. Like millions of people who are panicking about possible changes to their health insurance, I’m concerned the people elected to represent us won’t have to live with the consequences or expenses that the rest of us may have to face soon. I want lawmakers to commit to treating themselves just like those who will be impacted by ACA repeal or replacement. A lot of Members of Congress promote choice as an American value, which is all the more reason for them to have to continue to choose their own health coverage from the free marketplace. If private health care is good for the American citizen, it should also be good for the people that defend it. If Congress is willing to drastically cut healthcare subsidies for most people, are they willing to have the same rules apply to them and their families?
Petition to Food and Drug Administration, ALSA, Brainstorm Cell Therapeutics, Janet Woodcock, M.D., Peter Marks
ALS patient access to Brainstorm's treatment NurOwn
My name is Bobby Forster and I have ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Most people with ALS live 2-5 years after their first signs of disease and our treatment options are limited.Recently, I was a participant in the US trial of a new treatment called NurOwn. After two weeks of treatment I went from barely able to stand for more than ten seconds, to being able to walk with a walker, to being able to walk unassisted. I also saw significant improvements in my forced vital capacity (FVC) and speech. Other participants yielded great results as well.My improvements continued for a month, then my progression plateaued for a month before I began progressing again. This therapy is one that will require multiple treatments every couple months. Unfortunately, the company that makes NurOwn, Brainstorm, is hesitant to pursue accelerated approval of this treatment with the FDA and has opted to conduct a Phase III trial which could delay approval for another 5 years. Without accelerated approval thousands of ALS patients could die over the next several years waiting for the traditional process for approval to be completed. Another challenge Brainstorm faces is raising enough money to conduct an expensive Phase III trial. If the money is not raised then Brainstorm and NurOwn could be dead in the water and the treatment will never make it patients. This treatment has now been in multiple trials both in the US and Israel. It has been shown to be effective and has no significant side effects. It is time for all ALS patients to gain access to this ground breaking treatment. Please sign this petition and ask Brainstorm to pursue accelerated approval of NurOwn with the FDA. I am sick and tired of seeing my friends die while there exists a safe and effective treatment.
Petition to Aramark, Eric Foss
Tell Aramark to Serve Healthier Food!
My name is Jessica, and I’ve spent years studying health and nutrition at the University of Florida. In that time, I’ve tried to eat well and stay healthy, but honestly, it’s been incredibly difficult because of the amount of unhealthy foods served by Aramark in our cafeterias. It’s time Aramark puts the health of its customers first by following the recommendations of leading health organizations and providing more servings of fruits, vegetables, legumes, and grains, and fewer servings of disease-causing meat and egg products. As the nation’s second largest food service provider, Aramark is responsible for serving food in schools, hospitals, offices, and universities like mine. Aramark says their goal is to enrich and nourish the lives of its customers, but they continue to serve too many foods that contribute to disease and chronic illness, which is why I’m passionate about standing up for change and why I'm working with Balanced, a nonprofit organization dedicated to getting healthier foods served at schools like mine, to find solutions to the challenges many people face on campuses across the country. As a student in an Aramark cafeteria, I don’t have a choice about what I am served. Aramark decides what’s on the menu, and more often than not, it’s not in line with the best nutrition evidence. Their menus feature too much unhealthy food like greasy chicken sandwiches, known disease-causing processed meats, foods high in cholesterol like egg products and cheeseburgers, and not enough of the health-promoting foods recommended by organizations like The Mayo Health Clinic, Kaiser Permanente, and The Obesity Action Coalition. Heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes affect millions of Americans - my own family included - and the food we’re being served contributes to this public health crisis. It scares me to know childhood obesity rates have tripled over the past four decades, and 1 in 3 people my age is on track to developing diabetes. The evidence is clear: top nutrition experts consistently emphasize the importance of a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, legumes, and grains and note the disease-causing effects of meat and egg products. Even while other food service companies have adopted policies that put the health of their customers first, Aramark continues to serve too much unhealthy and disease-causing food, putting their profits ahead of our health. Please, sign this petition to tell Aramark to put our health first by replacing 20% of the unhealthy meat and egg products on their menus with more servings of fruits, vegetables, legumes, and grains. It’s time for Aramark to show us they truly care about enriching and nourishing our lives. It's time their menus get balanced now. Jessica MaderaStudent, University of Florida
Petition to Brian C. Cornell, Target
Tell Target You Expect More And Want Them To Waste Less Food
The power of our collective action has convinced Whole Foods Market and Walmart to start selling ugly produce. Let’s now work together to encourage Target to combat food waste and increase fresh produce access by sourcing, selling and marketing ugly produce. Target says it listens to its customers so let’s give a clear message that we want it to do something simple, effective and good for the retailers’ and its customers bottom line. This can have a major impact, given it is one of America’s largest retailers with about 1,800 U.S. stores. Target already offers lower prices on “regular” produce at its stores and we applaud its efforts on fruit and vegetable prescriptions (FVRx) in Los Angeles and beyond. In the U.S. studies show that almost 90% of people are not eating enough fresh fruits and vegetables, the recommended five servings a day. Many American families simply can’t afford enough fresh produce. Yet, we throw away about 25% of all produce before it even reaches the grocery store due mostly to cosmetic standards from large grocers that dictate exactly how fruits and veggies should look. If produce fails to make the grade for size, shape, or color, retailers deem it "ugly" and refuse to sell it in their stores. Billions of pounds of good, healthy produce goes uneaten because it’s not pretty! But this food is perfectly edible. Studies confirm that the “uglies” are equally as nutritious as any produce you get in the store, and, can actually have more taste and nutrition! Stores in Australia, Canada, Europe, have seen success selling many different types of not quite "perfect" produce, offering it at an average of 30% off, and it has increased store traffic and total sales. Giant Eagle in Pennsylvania and Ohio, Hannaford in New York and Whole Foods Market in California have successful “ugly” produce programs, with multiple fruits and vegetables as well. Wouldn’t you buy “ugly” but perfectly delicious and nutritious produce for 30-50% off if you had the chance? So join us and the “ugly fruit & veg revolution” as we ask Target to be part of the solution, not the problem. Tell them to add an ugly produce program to their store aisles so you can save money, fight produce deficiency and help the environment all in one. Culinary Nutritionist Stefanie Sacks and I were successful in petitioning Whole Foods Market to sell ugly produce. And we have received over 150,000 signatures to urge Walmart to sell it as well. We delivered the petition and Walmart started two ugly produce efforts but didn’t commit to anything long-term (Whole Foods did commit). Now we are asking you to call on Target to help stop massive food waste by selling cosmetically “less than perfect” produce. #GetUglyProduce
Petition to Allianz Global Assistance, Terry Campbell, Christine Boyd, Petra Frey, Holger Schaefer, James Stack, Mark Sbaglia
Allianz Global Assistance Stop Acting in Bad Faith and Cover my Claim
I left Southern California for New Zealand in the hopes of finally fulfilling my dream of getting my PhD in Anthropology, but after an unexpected surgery and my health insurance company’s denial of my claim, the whole experience has become a nightmare. On March 30th, I was hospitalized and required emergency surgery for an adhesion (scar tissue) that grew around a section of my small intestine, strangling it shut and depriving the tissue of oxygen. Without the surgery I could have died. Once I was healthy enough, I filed a claim with Allianz Global Assistance, the health insurance carrier for international students, and after seven months of dragging things out, they denied my claim, suggesting that the my adhesion was a preexisting condition. Now, my bills have gone into collections, and Allianz is denying the validity of my hospitalization against my doctor’s insistence. I am asking Allianz to stop acting in bad faith and cover my medical bills, so that I can move on with my education and my life. My doctor has confirmed that my condition was not preexisting, and even wrote to Allianz confirming that fact. The insurance company’s tactics have caused me immeasurable stress, and inhibited my recovery. Now, returning to New Zealand as an international student is much more difficult, as I effectively have no medical coverage, which is required by law. If Allianz doesn't pay my claims, it will seriously jeopardize my dreams of getting my PhD, as I can barely afford my tuition costs and have no funding or financial assistance. The cost of my medical bills is a drop in the bucket for this multibillion dollar company, but would financially destroy me. By denying my claim, Allianz Global Assistance is acting in bad faith. Their unfair business practices are not acceptable, and they should not be allowed to continue to get away with this! Please tell Allianz to stop jeopardizing my future and cover my bills, so I can get on with my academic career and my life. Thank you for your support.
Petition to Bill Sena Jr., Michael Edwards MD, Gregory Rouan MD, Jody Brant, Jim Neil, Virginia Uehlin, Bob Vines, Rick Hoover, RN, Patrick Kirk MD, Linda Ambrose, Peter Singer, Mike Keating, Harold Sosna, Larry Lester, Annie Novak, Anne Saker, Barrett J. Brunsman, Edward Lim MD, Jerome Gabis, Donald Nunlist-Young MD, James Shackson MD, Guy Hild, FreeDrFlege , Bernie Sanders, Richard Blumenthal, Tom Rotz, Roger Smith MD, Sandra Starnes MD, Robert Lukin MD, Robert Casey, Susan Collins, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, Robert Thomas, William Thomas, William Ball MD, David Harris MD, Michael Newton MD, John Heppler, Mike Walters, Queen City Home Care, Rodger Miller, Synergy Home Care, Jennifer Lyon, James Firman, Rob Portman, Department of Veterans Affairs, Commission on Law and Aging, International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, Manish Srivastava MD, Mary Mahoney MD, Queen City Hospice, Daniel Barnes MD, Sandra Lobert, Leonard Randolf MD, Pamela Van Hart, Julie Holt, Elizabeth Johnson, Michael Jennings MD, John Keyes MD, Jason Graff MD, Blake Dickson, Steve Mullin, Stephen Mullin, Nancy Barrett, Jeff Huber, Michael Edwards MD (UCMC - Surgery), Michael Coler, Jay Johannigman, Jane Ripberger, Cheryl Jeffers, Suzanne Bryan, Nancy Cushing RN, Colleen Quigley, David Hill, Malorie Hill, Ohio Medical Board, Beverley Laubert, Andrew Roth MD, Christopher Reimann, Cornerstone Dental Group, Maribeth Rahe, Donna Jackson PhD, Cincinnati Bar Association, William J. Seitz III, Bruce Hobbs
Free Dr. Flege -- STOP ELDER ABUSE
Free Dr. Flege Elder Abuse affects 1/10 Americans over the age of 60. The perpetrators are most often family members. Elder abuse includes: Physical Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Financial Abuse, Isolation and Denying an elderly person amenities he or she can afford. Get the basics here. https://www.ncoa.org/public-policy-action/elder-justice/elder-abuse-facts/ Who is John Blain Flege MD JD (DOB: 05/10/1929)? https://med.uc.edu/docs/default-source/Surgery-Docs/flege-vp.pdf?sfvrsn=2 "'Dr. Flege is one of the best teaching professors in the cardiac world,' says Randall Wolf, MD, a fellow professor of surgery at UC. 'He has mentored many surgeons--including me. Dr. Flege is very highly regarded as one of the finest thinkers and innovators in cardiac surgery.'" "Dr. Flege founded the cardiac surgery program at Christ Hospital in 1969. He continued to raise the level of surgical care in Cincinnati by revamping the cardiac surgery program at Jewish Hospital (1978) and founding the programs at University Hospital (1982) and St. Elizabeth Hospital (1983)--all of which continue to excel today." "Despite the fact he's been practicing and developing innovative cardiac surgery techniques for 50 years, John Flege, MD, remains a startlingly modest guy who [worked] tirelessly every day to put the best interests of his patients first." Harper, A. (2006, March). Cincinnati Cardiac Icon Wins 'Lifetime Hero' Award. Retrieved from http://healthnews.uc.edu/publications/findings/?/1552/1558/ . Dr. Flege is now a victim of ELDER ABUSE. The perpetrators are family members. Dr. Flege has been under the care of countless physicians, many of them at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. He was admitted to Christ Hospital twice in less than a year for hip fractures, both of which occurred at facilities and required hip replacement surgery. Both injuries involved unnecessary drugs known to increase fall risk in the elderly. Since being removed from his home about 5 months ago, Dr. Flege has resided at FIVE facilities including The Kenwood by Senior Star (where he sustained his second hip fracture in less than a year), Marjorie P. Lee (where his other hip was fractured within 24 hours of an earlier admission), Kenwood Terrace Care Center (Premier Health Care Management) and Arden Courts of Kenwood (HCR Manorcare). Facilities have reportedly evicted him, refusing to tolerate abuse of Dr. Flege and their staffs. Additionally, during this time period, he has been under the 24/7 care of numerous caregivers/nursing aides from Synergy Home Care, Queen City Home Care and Bright Star Home Care in Cincinnati. Caregivers have also found themselves targets of abuse. Many have quit or been taken off the job by their employers. Others have been fired for speaking out against Dr. Flege's abuse. Adult Protective Services, The Council on Aging, ProSeniors, The Eldercare Ombudsman, Cincinnati Police Dep't, Ohio Dep't of Health and Medicare/HHS, among others are also aware of Dr. Flege's abuse. Dr. Flege pays lawyers at Katz Teller who are seemingly being used against him. He has repeatedly complained that he is being left out of meetings regarding his financial affairs. Family members claim that it is necessary to exclude him because "he might say something embarrassing". His investment advisors at Fort Washington Investment Advisors are aware of the situation. RED FLAGS are everywhere. But the ABUSE continues. Elder Abuse IS vastly under-reported. Let's call on the doctors, lawyers, facilities and agencies involved in this case to FREE DR FLEGE And let's call on physicians and other healthcare providers, hospitals and nursing homes, legislators and regulators to STOP ELDER ABUSE If you have any tips on this case, advice or comments, please leave a message here or email FreeDrFlege@gmail.com Up to date Information as to Dr. Flege's probable whereabouts is available upon request. Please directly notify law enforcement and relevant authorities where appropriate. IT TAKES A VILLAGE.
Petition to Jeff Flake, John McCain, Donald Trump
Fight For Those Who Fought For You
As federal patients, Veterans are being prescribed extremely addictive pharmaceuticals linked to widespread death across the country. Despite this fact, these pills remain at a lower classification within the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) than cannabis. Cannabis has helped many people suffering from debilitating conditions such as PTSD, cancer, chronic pain, addiction withdrawal and has statistically lowered the suicide rate in states where it is “legal.” Veterans Health Administration (VA) primary care teams should be educated on how to best implement cannabis into a veterans treatment plan. When a patient is a legal medical cannabis card holder as well as a veteran, they should be afforded the freedom to use cannabis within the VA system as a recognized medical alternative to psychiatric drugs without any discrimination or unjust actions against them. Do you agree: Should veterans be able to treat themselves with medical marijuana? If you do, please join us in the fight to provide veterans safe access and compassionate care within the Veterans Health Administration.