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Petition to FDA , NIH , MHRA , World Health Organization, European Medicines Agency

Stop the Damage and Find a Cure for Victims of MRI Contrast Toxicity

Thirty million magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans are performed each year in the US alone, and many more worldwide. One of every three patients undergoing an MRI scan is injected with the contrast agent, gadolinium. This helps “light up” the results more clearly for the radiologists. Gadolinium is a highly-toxic rare metal. It has no place in the human body. When gadolinium was introduced as a contrast agent, it was prepared in such a way that it was thought to leave the body naturally within 3 days of the MRI scan. Scientific research carried out in the past decade has clearly disproved this. Gadolinium is retained in the body for many years, possibly a lifetime, and concentrates specifically in brain and bones. Tens of millions of patients are exposed to this known toxic substance every year, when they undergo an MRI scan. Many of these patients are young children, whose bodies are still developing. The long-term harm of gadolinium accumulation has not yet been quantified. However, there are already many victims of gadolinium poisoning who suffer painful and crippling symptoms. Recent studies show that gadolinium contrast is used far too liberally and is not necessary in many cases.   We must voice our concerns to the FDA, the World Health Organization and the medical community. We ask the FDA, the World Health Organization and health authorities worldwide to: Warn physicians and patients about the risks of gadolinium. Restrict gadolinium use only to cases where the benefits outweigh the risks. Invest in rapid development of safe gadolinium alternatives. Sponsor large studies of gadolinium toxicity in patients who have undergone MRI scans. Promote the development of effective treatments to remove toxic gadolinium from patients affected by it.

MedInsight Research Institute
2,773 supporters
Started 2 days ago

Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Alaska State Senate, Alaska State House, Alaska Governor, Bill Walker, Bill Wielechowski, Berta Gardner, Dan Saddler, Bert Stedman, Click Bishop, Mike Chenault, Paul Seaton

Repeal the GOP Tax Bill

The Washington Post explains that the GOP tax bill, which has been dubbed the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” drops the top tax rate of corporations and big business from 35% to 20%. The big business cut would be permanent, while the rate reductions for real people are set to expire after 2025. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is marketed well under the guise of providing tax cuts and jobs to working class people. While this may prove true for some individuals, this act was not designed to improve the economic vitality of the lower and middle class. In a separate interview with the Washington Post, Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) stated, "Fundamentally, the bill has been mislabeled. From a truth-in-advertising standpoint, it would have been a lot simpler if we just acknowledged reality on this bill, which is it’s fundamentally a corporate tax reduction and restructuring bill...I think they were particularly concerned about innuendo and what that might mean, so it was labeled as a middle-class tax cut.” According to the Tax Policy Center, a nonpartisan think tank, if congressional Republicans end up paying for their proposed $1.4 trillion tax cut by reducing spending or raising taxes later on, most Americans making less than $86,000 would be worse off than if the bill had not been passed.  James Hamblin, a journalist for the Atlantic, explains, "For the first time in U.S. history, the leading association of psychiatrists has condemned a tax bill. They are not alone among doctors. In a joint statement this month, the American Psychiatric Association, American College of Physicians, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and American Academy of Pediatrics, among others, voiced stern opposition to the Republican tax proposal. Their main concern is insurance. The repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate—a provision rolled into the Republican tax bill—means millions more people will be uninsured by 2027, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Individual and small-group marketplaces will be destabilized, and rates of medical bankruptcy will return to pre-Obamacare levels."  In a gallop poll, the Washington Examiner found that 29 percent of Americans favor the tax cut while 56 percent disapprove. What happened to the voice of the people?  The bill also makes provisions for opening the door to drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). In recent interview with The Atlantic, one resident of Gwich’in, an indigenous tribe of roughly 9,000 people that spans north-central Alaska and northern Canada, explained that her tribe has been closely connected with the land and the animals that inhabit it for tens of thousands of years. She told the interviewer, "The porcupine caribou herd and the Gwich’in people are one...we migrated with them for 20,000 years. These caribou have been here for 2 million years.”  It is a breach of human rights for oil companies to devastate the sacred lands of indigenous peoples. Taxable revenue and temporary jobs are not enough. Native communities deserve more from their federal government. ANWR is home to fragile ecosystems, and thousands of species of wildlife. Native communities have been dependent on the land for sustenance for thousands of years, and environmental destruction could be irreversible.  I urge you to contact your local representatives, to explore the implications of this bill, and to sign and share this petition if you feel inclined. The voice of the people will always hold more power than the voice of oppression.

Kai Smith
177 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Philippine Congress, Speaker Panteleon Alvares

KALAYAAN MULA SA KANSER : PASS A NATIONAL INTEGRATED CANCER CONTROL ACT NOW!

Cancer is a growing and serious public health concern. It is inextricably linked with the achievement of the country’s poverty reduction and development goals.   Cancer incidence is increasing and is ranked as one of the leading causes of death among adults and children. In the 2015 Philippine Cancer Facts and Estimates, it reported 109,280 new cancer cases  per year and 66,151 cancer deaths per year.  This is translated to 11 new adult cancer cases every hour, and 7 adult cancer deaths every hour. At least 3,900 children are diagnosed with cancer every year or 11 new cases every day.  It has been noted that there are at least 8 children die of childhood cancer per day. A recent report of the Philippine Statistical Authority (PSA) states that one in every ten registered deaths in the country is attributable to cancer. Since 2004, cancers have been the third leading cause of death following cardiovascular diseases; for child mortality and morbidity, cancer ranked 4th. Experts opine that the actual cancer burden and cancer mortality in the Philippine is in fact very much higher than what is currently being reported. Many more remain uncounted, unrecorded and unreported due to the absence of national cancer registries. Survival rates for the most common adult cancers (i.e. lung, breast, colon, cervical, prostate, liver) are relatively low compared to other countries in Asia and the world. For females, all cancer mortality rate, the Philippines ranks second highest among 15 countries in Asia, with 124 deaths per 100,000 population. Compared to Asian countries, the Philippines has the highest mortality rate for 2 types of cancer: breast (27 per 100,000 population) and prostate cancer (13 per 100,000 population. Lung cancer mortality rates are also high exceeding 40 per 100,000 population. For breast cancer, the Philippines also has the lowest survival (.58 mortality to incidence ratio.  For childhood cancers, which now has an average survival rate of 84% in high income countries and a growing number of middle income countries, average survival rate in the Philippines is at a low 30%.         Cancer is a catastrophic disease which pushes families deeper into poverty. It debilitates not only patients, but also their families and loved ones. The financial burden can be overwhelming, given that financial risk protection mechanisms are limited and patients often need to shell out money from their own pockets to pay for treatment and other costs, such as medical supplies, food, and transportation.  Evidence shows that in a cohort of cancer patients, the mean out-of-pocket expenditure for cancer treatment, far exceeded the mean household income; 117 percent at baseline to 253 percent twelve months after, leading more than 56 percent of households into financial catastrophe.[1] This does not yet factor in the staggering economic and social costs, with productivity losses for both patients and immediate caregivers. This huge out of pocket costs often deter health seeking behavior or leads to discontinuance and abandonment of treatment (i.e. voluntary stoppage of necessary treatment by patient /family) . In some areas and with certain types of cancer, abandonment or discontinuance of treatment can be as high as 75% while average treatment compliance is at a low 21%. These conditions are most observed among the poor. marginalized sectors but occurs even among the so called middle class.      Incidence of cancer is projected to increase by as much as 80%, by 2030, in low resource countries like the Philippines (WHO). This will have a staggering effect on the ability and resiliency of the Philippine health system as well as its overall economy.    THUS, PURSUANT TO THE CONSTITUTIONAL PROVISIONS OF ARTICLE II, SECTION 15 ("The State shall protect and promote the right to health of the people and instill health consciousness among them"), and ARTICLE 13 SECTION 11 ("The State shall adopt an integrated and comprehensive approach to health development which shall endeavor to make essential goods, health and other social services available to all people at affordable cost. There shall be priority for the needs of the underprivileged sick, elderly, disabled, women, and children. The State shall endeavor to provide free medical care to paupers")  WE CALL ON GOVERNMENT TO PASS A LAW WHICH WILL EXPAND EFFORTS TO EFFECTIVELY MANAGE AND CONTROL CANCER, IN ALL ITS FORMS, BY INCREASING INVESTMENTS FOR ITS PREVENTION, EARLY AND ACCURATE DETECTION, OPTIMAL TREATMENT, AND BY ADOPTING AN INTEGRATED, MULTI-DISCIPLINARY, AND PATIENT/FAMILY CENTERED APPROACH. We ask that this law include provisions that will have the following integral elements. 1. Strengthening of Cancer Care Infrastructure and Service Delivery Networks to cover the continuum of care. Public health facilities shall be strengthened to provide services spanning prevention, detection, diagnosis, treatment, palliative and hospice care, survivorship follow up and rehabilitation.  This entails (a) providing investments in health facility renovation or upgrade, (b) providing reliable supply of medicines, biologics, and other supplies, (c) training and enhancing oncology related capacities in pathology, radiotherapy, surgery, nursing care,  (d) establishing clear protocols for patient navigation and palliative care, (e) ensuring proper recording and monitoring of cancer cases , and (f) ensuring that recording and monitoring extends to primary health care units. Regional Cancer Centers shall likewise be designated in strategic areas to improve access to optimal care and reduce patient costs. Robust and cost effective refer all systems among various levels of service delivery shall be institutionalized. 2. Strengthening the capacity of the Human Resources for Health in Cancer Care. A competency-based curriculum for all health care workers providing cancer care treatment and support at all levels of the healthcare service delivery system shall be created. This shall include multi-disciplinary, interdisciplinary approaches to cancer care. This will also include adoption of cost-effective teaching platforms for enhanced knowledge, skills, and attitude and implementation of health worker accreditation and certification mechanisms. 3. Strengthening the FDA to ensure the safety, quality, and efficacy of medicines, biologics, and other health technologies. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) shall strengthen its regulatory capacity to ensure availability of safe, efficacious, quality medicines, biologics, and other health technologies for cancer patients. The FDA shall also develop policies facilitating clinical trials, supporting early access to innovative therapies and health technologies to ensure highest possible fighting chance of survival among people with cancer. 4. Institutionalizing Funding and Social Protection Mechanisms for Cancer Patients, Survivors, Caregivers, and their Families. Given the catastrophic nature of cancer and in order to ensure equitable access to treatment and care, there is a need to provide financial support to cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, and their families in the following forms: Establishment of a Cancer Assistance Fund to reduce out-of-pocket expenditures for diagnosis, treatment, follow through survivorship care and rehabilitation services. This may be sourced from pooled and integrated funds from the Department of Health, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation, among others. PhilHealth Benefit Packages for Cancer. The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Phil Health) shall develop and/or expand its benefit packages to include all forms of cancer including metastatic cancers and high risk cancers in children . Social Protection Mechanisms for cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, and their families. The State, in collaboration with DOH, SSS, GSIS, PCSO, PAGCOR, DOLE, DSWD, DOLE and LGUs shall develop social protection mechanisms to support the needs of the cancer patients, survivors, caregivers and their families to reduce, if not eliminate catastrophic cost and ensure well-being.  Nondiscrimination. Access to healthcare services should be provided without discrimination regarding race, religion, sex, national origin, or disability. Patients should also be free from discrimination based on their disease, with respect to both employment and health insurance accessibility 5. Establishment of a National Cancer Registry and Surveillance System and Evidence Generation. A National cancer registry and surveillance system covering all forms of cancer among adults and children shall be designed and implemented to support program decision-making. All public and private health centers, hospitals and facilities shall also observe notification protocols to alert the DOH of all cancer cases. 6. National and regional research and demonstration projects shall be conducted to generate evidence to improve policies and the implementation of the Integrated Philippine Cancer Control and Management Program (IPCCMP). 7. Strengthening Health Promotion, Information, and Education Programs. Health promotion and education activities shall be strengthened in schools and learning institutions, work places, communities, and among vulnerable, at-risk, and disadvantaged populations. A National Cancer Information Office shall also be developed to develop platforms (e.g. interactive websites) to provide comprehensive cancer information services to cancer patients, their families, the public, and health professionals. The DOH, in coordination with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), KBP (Kapisanan nang Broadcasters nang Pilipinas)  and other related institutions , shall encourage media outlets to launch a media campaign on adoption of healthy lifestyles, early warning signs and symptoms of cancer, cancer prevention and control, treatment and management, using all forms of traditional multimedia and social media. The media campaign shall maximize participation of advertising agencies in developing behavior change communication materials that would promote cancer information and encourage adoption of health lifestyles among the public. 8. Establishing National Cancer Screening Programs. Identifying cancer at the earliest possible stage means that treatment is less costly, cure is most likely, survival rates will increase  and health outcomes will become more positive. We envision that creation and passage of this law will ensure that a diagnosis of cancer will no longer be akin to a a death sentence and that Filipinos will be able to fight and survive cancer just like citizens of other countries in Asia and the world. Increased survivorship and improved health outcomes for Filipinos with cancer will contribute to  our countrys achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 3 (Reduce mortality from cancer by at least 30%) as well as the realization of our countrys health and development priorities.          KALABANIN ANG KANSER TUNGO SA TUNAY NA KALAYAAN!  CANCER COALITION PHILIPPINES  The Cancer Coalition Philippines (CCPh) is a national coalition of cancer patient support organizations, health care providers, cancer advocates and champions engaging and working with government, policy makers, private sector, civil society, and international development partners. This petition is supported by the following: HOSPICE PHILIPPINES I CAN SERVE FOUNDATION CANCER WARRIORS FOUNDATION CAREWELL COMMUNITY FOUNDATION PHARMACEUTICAL AND HEALTHCARE ASSOCIATION OF THE PHILIPPINES PAIN SOCIETY OF THE PHILIPPINES PHILIPPINE BRAIN TUMOR ALLIANCE PHILIPPINE CANCER SOCIETY  PHILIPPINE COLLEGE OF SURGEONS PHILIPPINE OBSTETRICAL AND GYNECOLOGICAL SOCIETY PHILIPPINE SOCIETY OF HEMATOLOGY & BLOOD TRANSFUSION PHILIPPINE SOCIETY OF MEDICAL ONCOLOGY PHILIPPINE SOCIETY OF ONCOLOGISTS PHILIPPINE SOCIETY OF PATHOLOGISTS PHILIPPINE SOCIETY OF PEDIATRIC HEMATOLOGY PHILIPPINE SOCIETY OF PEDIATRIC ONCOLOGY PROJECT: BRAVE KIDS INC. SOROPTIMIST INTERNATION ORTIGAS & ENVIRONS  SURGICAL ONCOLOGY SOCIETY OF THE PHILIPPINES [1] Ngelangel et al (2016). Philippine Costs in Oncology Study.  https://www.facebook.com/CancerCoalitionPH/

CANCER COALITION PHILIPPINES
3,533 supporters
Started 1 week ago

Petition to President of the United States, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

Stand Up For CHIP Healthcare

Delawareans Call for Fully Funding CHIP Dear President Trump: For two decades, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has provided a lifeline to millions of American families, offering security to lower-income families when they are faced with emergency treatment, life-altering diagnoses and everyday health needs like a flu shot or cold medication Due to Congressional inaction, the program has expired and funding is drying up at the state level. Delaware health officials estimate that more than 8,000 children will lose funding for their healthcare within the next two months. This is not a partisan issue. It has broad support. All 14 members of the Delaware House Health Committee have encouraged our Congressional Delegation to continue fighting for a full reauthorization of CHIP, and our Delegation has been unwavering in their efforts for a clean reauthorization of the program. We are adding our voices to our Congressional Delegation and call on you and leaders in Congress to do what’s right: Fully fund CHIP as Congress has done repeatedly for 20 years and protect children’s health throughout our country. CHIP helps prevent families from having to decide whether to pay for groceries or medication. It gives parents a sense of security and peace in knowing that coverage is in place when a need for care arises. It should not be a pawn in the budget and political negotiation process. On behalf of the nearly 10,000 Delaware kids and nearly 9 million lower-income children nationwide who depend on CHIP, we urge you and leaders in Congress to fully fund this vital program so that Delaware children and children throughout our country will have the security and healthcare access they need. Sincerely,

Delaware House Democrats
726 supporters