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Petition to Representative Singer - Colorado House

Protect Patient Choice - Support the Physical Therapist Practice Act in Colorado

Physical Therapists have provided dry needing for over fifteen years in Colorado, for tens of thousands of patients, with an overall reported benefit of more than 90% and a reduction in medication use by more than 75%. Surveying more than 2000 Colorado patients noted that 96% of recipients reported that they would of not of received the same functional improvement under the treatment of a PT without the inclusion of dry needling. Currently the use of dry needling is authorized under Rule in Colorado for PT's, and has been supported multiple times by the legislature. This is currently under assault by acupuncturist groups and associations with the legal and legislative intent to change the practice of Physical Therapists in Colorado. Since 2011 PT's have undergone formal post-graduate education, at a post-Doctoral level, after over 3500 hours of formal education with a focus to neuromusculoskeletal impairments, to become a PT, to achieve the additional procedures and knowledge to integrate dry needling into their practice. The CO APTA has received reporting on over 25000 patient treatment sessions (from patients), indicating a substantial health benefit, pain reduction and functional gain for over 95%. Physical Therapists utilize dry needling as part of an overall approach to the individual management of patients and clients which is based upon a western medicine framework to primarily address trigger points and impairments in muscles and soft tissues. Efforts to represent dry needling performed by PT's as harmful ignore the data. The infection rate in Colorado for PT's utilizing dry needling is 0.004% per episode, and 0.006% per episode for a puncture to a lung filed. This is very similar to decades of published data on needle/filament insertion by other health care providers, representing a very low risk of serious complication. HB 18-1155 will ensure the ongoing regulation of Physical Therapists in Colorado, this bill will codify into statute the use of dry needling by Physical Therapists, affirming the Rule already in place, along with other key provisions to modernize the regulation of PT Practice in Colorado.  Patient's in Colorado speak clearly as to the benefit of dry needling from PT's: “I think it's the best treatment I've ever had for back pain.” Colorado Resident “I was able to stop using pain relief meds immediately as a result of dry needling. Overall  improvement of my conditions were immediate.” Colorado Resident “I feel that it helped me deal with the pain without having to take some kind of pain medicine or narcotic.” Colorado resident "I have recommended DN to MANY people, telling them of the positive results I have had, when other treatments did not help.” Colorado Resident Please write to Representative Singer, the Sponsor of HB-1155 to express your support: We the signatures of this petition, ask the Colorado Legislature to support the ongoing and unchanged practice of physical therapy in the state of Colorado, to continue providing optimal and pain reducing care for Colorado Constituents. HB 18-1155, as amended to include a codification of dry needling into statute, will protect the public by ensuring optimal access to highly trained health care professionals in Colorado.    

APTA Colorado
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Petition to Scott Gottlieb MD, Jeff Shuren, Sybill Storz, Managing Director, Hal Lawrence, William Maisel MD

Health Alert: Many Women Have Died Unnecessarily Because Dangerous Cancers of the Uterus and Ovaries Are Being Spread using MORCELLATORS. Stop MORCELLATION in Minimally Invasive Gynecological Surgery.

Friends of the Public, Many women have been harmed and have died prematurely or unnecessarily because of a routine but avoidable gynecological practice known as MORCELLATION. This world-wide practice has devastated many families for well over two decades now. More than 600,000 hysterectomies are done in the US every year. By the age of 70, one out of every three American women will have had a hysterectomy. About 90% of these surgeries are done for what is presumed to be a benign condition called fibroids. More and more of these surgeries are done with minimally invasive techniques.  Usually, to get the uterus out of the body using the "minimally invasive" technique, it is cut into small pieces with a machine called a morcellator.  However, a devastating problem happens if in fact the woman did NOT have fibroids – but if she actually had cancer.  Unfortunately, the tests that are done before a hysterectomy do not identify these cancers well.  Many gynecologists don't even bother getting any tests. In fact, morcellating cancer spreads the cancer inside the woman’s body.   This is called ‘up staging’ the cancer.  It is important to understand: 1) The average life span following accidental morcellation of sarcoma is only 24-36 months. 2) Only 15% of woman who have leiomyosarcoma (LMS) that has spread (stage 4) will be alive after 5 years. 3) Women with sarcoma who are morcellated are about 4 times more likely to die from sarcoma than if they had not been morcellated.  This is an avoidable disaster. This problem has been recognized for more than two decades.  A review of the literature, by the Food and Drug Administration, revealed that 1 in 350 women who go for fibroid surgery actually have sarcoma.  This means that everyday 2-5 women in the US – and more around the world are susceptible to having a deadly cancer spread because of morcellation. This catastrophic problem has happened in my family and we are fighting to stop this dangerous activity called morcellation.  A chance of 1 in 350 for such a devastating outcome is much too high to accept.  Women should be told the truth and the practice should stop. Please help us bring an end to spreading cancer with morcellation.  This is a totally AVOIDABLE practice.  People need to understand their options, which include hysterectomy through a mini-lapartomy incision or trans-vaginally – but – up until recently, most women never heard anything about morcellation or about the possibility of cancer upstaging. And, if they do, this risk is down-played by most minimally invasive gynecologists. We can tell you based on our experience, when cancers are spread by morcellation, the outcomes can be devastating - because the cancer is upstaged. We need your help. Please sign our petition so we can get the word out.  We want the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology to change this "standard of care" by ending the needless waste of life caused by spreading cancer with morcellation. For more information and original references see: ) (also see: (also see: The attached video below shows an example of morcellation The following companies manufacture and distribute uterine morcellator devices: 1) ETHICON: Gynecare morcellator 2) Storz: Rotocut Morcellator 3) Richard Wolf Medical Instrumentation Company 4) LiNA: LiNA Xcise Cordless Laparoscopic Morcellator 5) Blue Endo MOREsolution Tissue Morcellator 6) Pneumoliner Power Morcellation System by Olympus Corporation. Intuitive Surgical's Da Vinci Robot deserves special mention, as the frequency of robotic hysterectomies performed by minimally invasive gynecologists is currently on the rise across the United States. Note that Intuitive Surgical builds and markets the DaVinci robot, which is not itself a "morcellator". However, use of the DaVinci robot almost invariably appears to require that the uterus be minced up, or morcellated, into smaller pieces inside the woman's belly cavity in order to extract from the abdomen. A clear example is shown in the following YouTube video of DaVinci being used to perform a robotic hysterectomy and manually morcellating the uterus using the endo-wrist component of the robot (morcellation is being performed at minute 5:30 of the video).  Without morcellation using equipment manufactured by Intuitive Surgical, robotic hysterectomies would, likely, not be possible using the DaVinci Robot. It is noteworthy that the DaVinci robot does not appear to have a readily available warning label advising against its use to morcellate tumors with malignant potential inside the body. The company's Chief Medical Advisor, Dr. Myriam Curet, a surgeon herself, has been informed and advised of this severe hazard in the use of DaVinci for robotic hysterectomy and the absence of a readily available warning label.

Hooman Noorchashm
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Petition to Michael Edwards MD, Bill Sena Jr, 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, Brian Reddick, Chris Mihin, James Hochwalt MD, Bill Sollmonn

Free Dr. Flege -- Stand Against Elder Abuse

Free Dr. Flege -- Stand Against Elder Abuse 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. Who is John Blain Flege MD JD (DOB: 05/10/1929)? "'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 . Dr. Flege is a victim of ELDER ABUSE including Physical Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Sexual Abuse, and Financial Abuse. He has been isolated from from family and friends. He is being denied amenities he can afford. The perpetrators are two 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 has has complained that he is not permitted to see his long time primary care physician without one of the abusers present. He was admitted to Christ Hospital twice in less than a year for hip fractures, both of which occurred at facilities under suspicious circumstances. Both required hip replacement surgery and inpatient rehabilitation. Both injuries involved unnecessary drugs known to increase fall risk in the elderly. The abusers have asked Dr. Flege's surgical colleagues for hospital admissions which have been granted despite the absence of a doctor-patient relationship. Alarming.  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 underpaid, undertrained caregivers/nursing aides/nurses from Synergy Home Care, Queen City Home Care, Bright Star Home Care and Home Instead franchises 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. A family member claims 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. His accountants at Mowry, Marty & Bain are aware of the situation. RED FLAGS are everywhere. But the ABUSE continues. Sadly, Elder Abuse IS vastly under-reported, especially by physicians. A reasonable person with access to the medical record or knowledge of the history of events, in this case, would suspect elder abuse.  WHO MUST REPORT ELDER ABUSE IN OHIO? Any attorney, physician, osteopath, podiatrist,chiropractor, dentist, psychologist, hospital employee, licensednurse, ambulatory health facility employee, home health agencyemployee, adult care facility employee, nursing home employee,residential care facility employee, home for the aging employee,senior service provider, peace officer, coroner, clergyman,community mental health facility employee, and a personengaged in social work or counseling. WHAT IS THE STANDARD OF KNOWLEDGE? Reasonable cause to believe that an adult is being abused, neglected, or exploited, or is in a condition which is the result of abuse, neglect, or exploitation. 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, to REPORT ELDER ABUSE as required under Ohio Law.  If you have any tips on this case, advice or comments, please leave a message here or email 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. WITHOUT PROPER REPORTING OF ELDER ABUSE, THERE IS LITTLE THAT CAN BE DONE TO HELP THESE VULNERABLE CITIZENS. 

Free Dr. Flege
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