Optimum Health Report #317
In This Edition:
- Mandatory Flu Shots & Your Rights
- LifeWorks Success
- Dr. Springer on Sinus Conditions
- What is Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy?
- How Does Heavy Metal Toxicity Mimic Other Health Conditions
- LifeWorks Accepts Care Credit
This past year I have met quite a number of health professionals who are being bullied by their hospitals or employers to get the flu vaccine or be terminated from employment. Look at what happened when some of these workers took action…
In 2013 and 2014, Saint Vincent Hospital began firing any staff who refused a flu shot. The refusals were grounded in religious beliefs which prevented the staff from accepting the shots. Following the firings, a religious discrimination lawsuit was filed.
Today, the fruits of that labor are being paid out to those who suffered job losses.
The Erie hospital also will provide about $300,000 in back pay and compensatory damages to the employees as part of an agreement to settle a lawsuit filed on behalf of the workers by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in September. A consent decree that ended the case and detailed the settlement terms was filed in U.S. District Court in Erie.
The commission had claimed Saint Vincent violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when it fired the six workers, who refused to be vaccinated after the hospital implemented a mandatory flu vaccination policy for all employees. The hospital granted medical exemptions to 14 other workers.
“The consent decree filed this week between the EEOC and Saint Vincent Hospital does not constitute any admission of violations by Saint Vincent or a finding on the merits of the case,” Dan Laurent, a spokesman for Allegheny Health Network, Saint Vincent’s parent organization, said in an email. “Although we have vigorously and respectfully disagreed with the EEOC’s position and characterization of how employee claims outlined in this lawsuit were handled by the hospital, we have reached a resolution of the matter in the interest of avoiding the expense, delay and burden of further litigation on all parties.”
This is a wonderful step in the right direction. Many American workers are bullied, intimidated and forced into vaccinations such as flu shots. Declining the shots risk their livelihood. At least these hospital workers received some compensation. Additionally, they got re-hired.
Don't be bullied and stand up for your rights. Flu shots have no scientific efficacy and may have side effects.
Your health rights are your human rights.
Have a great week.
Dr David I Minkoff MD
My Lifeworks Success Story
“October 17, 2016 was my first IV treatment day. All IV techs have been fantastic. My stay here at Lifeworks has been nothing but positive! My body, mind and health have been mended and I feel fantastic and have a different positive mind set moving home.
I thank everyone here. Neionie has been a huge part of my healing with her personality, caring and proficient professionalism. She should be commended for her work and intensive care.
Thank you all!”
Dr. Springer's Condition Corner
In this series of videos LifeWorks' practitioner, Dr. George Springer, talks about a number of different conditions.
This week's question: Is ozone therapy available for sinus conditions?
What is Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy?
PRP Therapy utilizes your body's own platelets which are packed with a variety of growth and healing factors to stimulate the healing process in soft tissue injuries.
One of the body's first responses to soft tissue damage or injury is to summon platelets to the inflamed area to aid in the healing process. Platelets contain growth & healing factors that can help tendons, ligaments and muscle heal. PRP therapy enhances the body's response by re-administering a fresh supply of healing platelets directly into the affected area to further stimulate healing.
How is PRP Therapy Administered
PRP therapy is a non-surgical procedure administered by taking a small blood draw, similar to any routine blood draw. This blood is then placed in a centrifuge, where the platelets are separated out of the blood and concentrated into PRP (platelet rich plasma). The PRP is then injected into the injured area where it can stimulate a healing response in the damaged tissues.
By enhancing the body's natural healing capacity, PRP therapy may lead to a more rapid, more efficient, and more thorough restoration of the tissue to a healthy state.
After several weeks, there will be a routine follow up to re-evaluate the affected area.
How Does Heavy Metal Toxicity Mimic Other Health Conditions?
Watch this short clip of Dr. Minkoff explaining how heavy metal toxicity can mimic other health conditions.
*Disclaimer: Individual patient results may vary based on a patient's medical history and other factors.