Sunday, March 11, 2018



Thursday Thoughts


I become confused when I hear the word “Service” used with these Agencies:

·       Internal Revenue “Service”

·       US Postal “Service”

·       Civil “Service”

·       Federal, State, City & public “Service”

·       Military “service”

·       Veterans “Service”

·       US Park “service”

This is not what I thought “Service” meant.

But, today, I heard two farmers talking, and one of them said he had bought a bull to “service” his cows.


It all came into focus.

Now I understand what all those Agencies are doing to us.

*    You are now as enlightened as I am.


From: email

·       Patty “The Whisperer” Burke just announced her retirement...again! I guess the Nursey thing wasn’t really her cup O’tea.

·       Carl Cannata, MD, Urologist:

          He served Veterans at the VA for over 40 years. He asked           for 2 weeks’ vacation and was denied. The reason given  
 guessed it...understaffing. Dr. Connata threatened to retire if his
          vacation request wasn’t granted; he had a large family vacation planned.
          The answer was still, “NO!” He basically said “f@#! you” & put in his 
          retirement papers; effective immediately. This leaves VA with no more full-time Urologists; only part-timers from Stony Brook. And, what a surprise! The $1.2 million Davinci Robot for Urological surgery still sits idle in the
original shipping crate. Thank you, Joan “Of Arc” McInerney - VISN 2.

·       Doug “Dumb-Dumb” Murdock has been “removed” from his job as Administrative Aide to the hospital’s Chief O’Staff, “Chatty” Cathy. “Dumb-Dumb” has been demoted, so Charlene “The Charlatan” and Richie “Big Dick”  Thomesen, “Dumb-Dumb’s” BFFs, won’t have the inside scoop on the antics in the director’s office anymore. Guess Scotty “Lock The Door” got sick of Dumb-Dumb” Doug’s modus operandi of playing the Chief O’Staff against the director. So long slime bag ! 

·       Psychiatry is feeling the pinch after two full-timers announced their unscheduled departure in the next few months. The handful remaining is now doing double and triple duty. Even Charlene “The Charlatan” Thomesen is back seeing Patients (and not liking it one bit!).





I want to focus on Long Island, and, at the same time, show a comparison to New York City, and the rest of the Country.

I have edited the original article to hi-light my argument for Long Island and the VA Medical Center in Northport.



The total estimated is the U.S. is 18,500,000 (circa 2016)

The total estimated in Wyoming is 47,000 (circa 2017)

The total estimated in New York State is 900,000 (circa 2017)

The total estimated in Long Island is 131,091 (circa 2015)

The Department of Veterans Affairs receives a low favorability rating. 

[Article referenced in link, below]

While the public expresses favorable views of many federal agencies, the VA received the lowest rating among 10 agencies and departments in a Pew Research Center survey earlier this year. Roughly, half of U.S. adults (49%) had a favorable view of the VA and 34% expressed an unfavorable view. As with all the agencies and departments in the survey, there were partisan differences. Republicans and Republican-leaning independents expressed lower favorability for the VA (40%) than Democrats and Democratic leaners (60%).

NY's veterans: Where they live, when they served

[reference link, below]

November 10, 2015 By Teri Weaver 

Long Island, Erie County home to most NY vets
More veterans live on Long Island, near Buffalo or in Queens and Brooklyn than anywhere else in New York: 

·        Suffolk, 76,263

·        Erie, 62,999

·        Queens, 55,899

·        Nassau, 54,828

·        Kings, 50,999

Nassau & Suffolk = 131,091

Medical care
The U.S. Veterans Administration spent about $6 million last year on veterans living in New York State.

About half of that, $3 million, went to healthcare costs for about 230,000 vets, according to the comptroller's report.

Here's what the top counties spent:

·        Suffolk, $287,833 on 19,497 patients = about $15.00 per Veteran

·        Kings, $252,500 on 13,344 patients

·        Bronx, $224,399 on 10,800 patients

·        Erie, $217,208 on 18,823 patients

·        Queens, $197,005 on 11,168 patients

·        New York, $159,998 on 8,774 patients

·        Westchester, $147,661 on 8,106 patients

·        Onondaga, $144,284 on 9,638 patients

view the complete article at:

·       The numbers above are from one to three years ago. Since 2015, the population of Veterans on Long Island has risen to an estimated 150,000. Over the same period, the number of Veterans enrolled at the VAMC Northport has declined from about 31,000 to about 28,000.

·       Look at the physical size of the Northport Facility and compare it to the size of any other major local private medical Facility, the conclusion is that the Northport Facility is comparable in physical size to those of the private sector.

·       Now, consider what would happen to a major private medical Facility that dealt with only 28,000 patients a year. They are “for profit” institutions, and they would not be in business very long with that amount of Patient load.

·       When you realize that only about 28,000 Veterans per year use the VA Facility in Northport, you can get some idea why the entire operation lacks sustainability.

·       There are, of course, some major differences in how the financials work for a hospital in the private sector versus a hospital in the public sector. One factor does not change. If you don’t have enough people subscribing to your Facility, the Facility cannot sustain itself. I won’t get into the actual financial structure of a VA hospital here. Concisely, the more people you have registered and using your VA hospital the more funding you receive from 810 Vermont Ave. NW, Washington DC; VA Headquarters. The VA Medical Center Northport is woefully lacking in this category.

·       The only reason that the Northport VA hospital has lasted this long is that taxpayers dollars are available to keep it afloat up to this point in “time”. Just look around you and you will conclude that the “time” has arrived.

v The hospital’s top management is inept and in total disarray. This has been the case for the past 15 years, at least.

v Managers and Department Heads are being fired, forced into retirement, or demoted.

v Doctors are being fired, forced into retirement, or demoted.

v Department Staffs are being fired, forced into retirement, or demoted.

v The employees that aren’t being fired, forced into retirement, or demoted are leaving as fast as rats off a sinking ship.

v Key job positions that become vacant are not being filled.

v The infrastructure is toxic, life-threatening, and crumbling.

v Employee morale is the lowest it’s been in decades.

·       Comments are appearing on job-listing sites, that the VA uses, telling job seekers to stay away from the VA Medical Center in Northport.

·       These conditions are obvious to the Employees. The Veteran Patients, on the other hand, historically stick their heads in the sand and pretend everything just fine.

·       How shrill is their cry going to be when they arrive one day for an appointment and the front gate has a padlock on it?

·       Oh, do you really think anyone will give you a warning that the whole place is “locking the door”? Your Dear Leader, Scotty “Lock The Door” Guermonprez, isn’t going to give you a heads-up; you can bank on that!

·       Let’s see the look on your faces when the VA tells you to go to Brooklyn, Manhattan, or the Bronx.

·       Oh, wait a minute! You can always go on the Veterans Choice Program, right. Oops, wrong! The Choice Program is still bankrupt; it won’t be paying your medical bills for a quite some time.

This is what our “local” media should be reporting on. For some inexplicable reason, our “local” media outlets are still drinking the Kool Aid; even after admitting that the VAMC Northport has lied to them on numerous occasions. One “local” media outlet has also misrepresented and misstated facts and figures on our fight for recognition of the Liver Fluke issue.


Ø QSI (Quality Solutions, Inc., Facilities and Project Management Services Nationwide) and their future in contract administration for the VAMC Northport

Ø The further draw down f hospital personnel

Ø the further deterioration of the physical plant

Ø the non-action from the Federal Government on the VAMC Northport

Ø Who will be assigned to check the streetlights in the parking lots...

Ø how many lawsuits and monetary settlements are pending

Ø disciplinary actions against messy desk owners

And, of course, anything else that you, the reader, may be interested in hearing about!




Tuesday, March 6, 2018


flukey friday

( O. Viverrini )
( C. Schistosoma )

          Two and a half years ago, three Vietnam Veterans from Long Island, New York, started advocating the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Northport, New York, to start testing Veterans for a specific family of parasites that were increasingly causing aggressive cancers in some of their fellow Vietnam Veterans. A number of Veterans, friends of these advocates, on Long Island have subsequently died from the cancers caused by these parasites. 
          These specific parasites have been known to be present in most of Asia for centuries, and have been known to the U.S. Government since 1917. Based on internationally published reports, the liver and blood flukes are highly carcinogenic in both animals and humans.
          Because of the advocacy by these three Veterans, in late 2016 the VA Medical Center Northport sent blood and stool samples of a few selected Veterans out to local testing facilities in the U.S. in an attempt to find evidence of infection by these parasites. The results produced some information on the Blood Fluke (C. Schistosoma), but nothing on the Liver Fluke (O. Viverrini). There are no tests given for the Liver Fluke in the U.S.
          The three Veterans involved in this advocacy, Gerry Wiggins, John Ball, and Hutch Dubosque, then pushed the Infectious Disease Department at the Northport VAMC to conduct further, more in depth, testing. The result was a research study grant that culminated in fifty Vietnam Veterans being tested, with their blood samples sent to a lab in Seoul, South Korea. 
          This lab in South Korea has the most accessible testing protocols for identification of the full spectrum of Asian Fluke parasites. Of the fifty Veteran subjects tested in South Korea, twelve returned positive results for the Liver Fluke, the Blood Fluke, or both.
          Based on this result of an almost twenty-five percent positive return, Wiggins, Ball, and Dubosque are pursuing the U.S. Government, and the
Department of Veterans Affairs in particular, to not only test larger Veteran groups, but also start accepted treatments as a prophylactic measure.
          The information contained, herein, has been accumulated from documents, reports, and research studies published in medical journals and by government agencies. It is all available through searches undertaken on the internet. This is an attempt to accurately depict what is becoming a growing U.S. Public Health problem that needs to be addressed.


          U.S. Military Veterans who served in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War are showing increasing signs of contracting these parasite induced cancers. Many have died, and the root cause of their cancers may have been the fluke parasites.
          Both males and females are susceptible to infection from these parasites. This indicates that not just male Combat Veterans are involved. There are indications that younger generations of Veterans are also contracting and dying from the cancers produced by this family of parasites.

          These flukes are fresh water borne organisms that can culminate in the infection of humans by eating raw or under-cooked fish, ingesting infected fresh water, and eating certain produce grown with infected irrigation water. 
          The symptoms and the ensuing cancers don’t present themselves immediately after the host becomes infected. There can be a dormancy period of thirty to forty years before the cancerous conditions present themselves. In dormancy, and before irreversible damage is done, the parasites can be treated and eliminated by a simple course of the correct use of the anti-biotic praziquantel.

          Our fellow veterans are dying of a preventable disease. This presentation aims to shed light on the cancers caused by parasite known to Southeast Asia (indo-china) and elsewhere, and offer concrete solutions towards treatment and cure. 
          This family of parasites is highly carcinogenic, and is now showing up in the U.S. population as stage-4 bile duct, liver, pancreatic, stomach, bladder, lung, and brain cancers. These cancers are recognized marginally and selectively by the Department of Veterans Affairs, and more widely by the private medical sector where most cases are discovered and treated.

          We need action, now. The cancers produced are so aggressive that the families of Veterans are filing claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs on behave of their deceased loved ones and the vast majority (over seventy-five percent) of these claims are being denied. That means that almost twenty-five percent of claims are accepted. There is an obvious bias and discrepancy in how these claims are processed.
          The Government needs to act now to ensure that our Veterans and their families do not end up in poverty from the loss of their houses, vehicles, businesses, life savings, etc. due to the financial burdens and losses incurred by these diseases. The cancers caused by theses parasites need to be listed as “Service Connected” and, therefore, compensable to both the Veteran and, in post mortem, his/her family.

          Praziquantel  is an antihelmintic agent with activity against a broad spectrum of trematodes and cestodes that is used predominantly in the therapy of Liver and Blood Flukes. This well-known and easily available medication can be obtained in cost-effective bulk amounts and administered through the more than 1,500 VA hospitals and clinics nationwide.

our demands of the Department of Veterans Affairs and secretary Dr. David Shulkin
#1 Immediate treatment for all Veterans who served in the affected areas with Praziquantel at Internationally accepted dosing and medical protocols. 
#2 Immediate acceptance of Service Connectivity for the complete range of these parasites and full acceptance of all existing compensation disability claims.
#3 Immediate waiver and cancellation of the existing 10-year waiting period or the transference of the DIC awards to Widows and Children of those Veterans who die from these Fluke parasite induced cancers.
#4 Immediate commencement of proper testing; Periodic testing for all positives and negatives from affected areas; Immediate commencement of public, open reporting of the running aggregate test results (i.e. positives as a percentage of the total tested).

          PRAZIQUANTEL, 500 mg, as a prophylactic measure - 
                    Preferred Supplier:      Bayer AG, Germany
                                        Cost & Prescribed Dosage - 
                    Cost/Patient:        $5.00/tablet x 6 tablets (2 x day) = $30.00/Patient
                    Est. # of Patients:                    2,000,000
                    Total Medication Cost:                               $60,000,000.00

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Blood fluke  - 
          Schistosomiasis is a chronic disease caused by the blood flukes Mansonia, Japonicum, and Haematobium. The infected larvae enter the body by penetrating the human skin or mucous membranes that come in contact with contaminated water. Symptoms may not develop for years in light infestations but with heavy infestations may develop within a month. The adult flukes may live for 25 years, or more, and they may be asymptomatic for some time. Most cases are diagnosed only when fairly well advanced. The brain and spinal cord may be affected.

Prognosis with treatment is good in early and light to moderate infections, if reinfection does not occur. With heavy infestations, and extensive involvement, the outlook is poor even with treatment.

liver fluke 
          In Southeast Asia, an all-too-common parasite is known to increase the incidence of bile duct cancer in infected individuals. Opisthorchis viverrini, also known as the Southeast Asian or Oriental liver fluke, lives in a certain genus of freshwater snails and in humans, and when it lives in humans, it seems to predispose the humans to Cholangiocarcinoma, which is cancer of the bile ducts.

          Scientists knew that a particular protein of a type known as granulin was produced by the fluke, and it was known that other versions of granulin cause unchecked proliferation of cells. So, they isolated the gene for the fluke version of the granulin, and placed the gene in bacteria which allows the production of sufficient quantities of the protein to use in experiments. This, in turn, allowed them to test the hypothesis that this fluke-produced protein acts like other granulin molecules in causing cancer-like growth of cells.

          It turns out that fluke produced granulin is an effective cancer-causing agent.
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