As Catholic Hospitals Expand, So Do Limits on Some Procedures

www.nytimes.com/2018/08/10/health/catholic-hospitals-procedures.html

By Katie Hafner

One in six hospital patients in the United States is now treated in a Catholic facility, according to the Catholic Health Association, a membership organization that includes 90 percent of the Catholic hospitals in the United States. In a 2016 report, MergerWatch, a nonprofit group in New York that tracks hospital consolidation, found that in 10 states, 30 percent or more of the acute-care hospital beds were under Catholic ownership, or in a hospital affiliated with a Catholic health care system. In a growing number of rural areas, a Catholic hospital is the sole provider of acute care.

Most facilities provide little or no information up front about procedures they won’t perform. The New York Times analyzed 652 websites of Catholic hospitals in the United States, using a list maintained by the Catholic Health Association. On nearly two-thirds of them, it took more than three clicks from the home page to determine that the hospital was Catholic.

Mind Over Monster: An Overview of the Antisocial Mind and the Antisocial Brain

A unique lens to view people with anti-social personality disorders (ASPD). A reblogged post that peeks into the mind and brain of ASPD.

Diaries of a Psychopath

If you ask someone with ASPD what they struggle with most in life, they would probably struggle to narrow it down to one universal factor. Environmental factors such as upbringing, education, and social lifestyle (and many other things) all play a massive role in shaping the mind of an antisocial. It’s important to distinguish between brain and mind before we continue. Personal views on monism vs dualism are not reflected in this paper, but for the sake of this piece we will see the mind and brain as separate entities.

You see, I have the brain to be dangerous. My genetic coding is what society labels as a personality disorder. What that really means is that my brain has been identified to carry and act on a sequence of consistent traits and patterns of behaviour which we categorise under the DSM-V as a disorder called ASPD.

This brain is not…

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HHS: Trump health office lies to millions with fake reports and data

This following article is about how the  Trump administration used a government agency, HHS,  responsible for the health of Americans to falsify reports that undermine American’s health.   His administration falsified reports on Obamacare in attempts to get it repealed.

Trump administration quashed a report that showed benefit to Americans when refugees pay taxes.

His administration began to lay the foundation to roll back abortion by redefining life as beginning at conception.

Are Americans aware HHS morphed into a propaganda arm of the Trump administration, pushing false information about Obamacare to help Trump strip health care from millions of Americans?

Trump administration officials running a key office within the health department have been caught manipulating studies and reports in an effort to undermine Obamacare, support the administration’s anti-refugee stance, and push an anti-abortion agenda.

According to a new Politico report, staff say “the political pressures to tailor facts to fit Trump’s message have been unprecedented.”

An office that is key to evaluating and implementing U.S. health care policy has repeatedly been pushing out bad information to aid Trump’s attack on Obamacare.

“The office of the assistant secretary for planning and evaluation (ASPE) within the Health and Human Services (HHS) department traditionally works to track the effects of health care programs and to help inform the public on health care issues.

But under Trump administration, the office has repeatedly been caught publishing false data.

In one instance, Trump’s ASPE generated a report alleging that a majority of states saw premiums and costs double under Obamacare in 2017. Politifact rated the claim “false” after a Republican senator cited it in a Facebook post. The fact-checkers took note of serious methodological errors in the analysis and called it “flawed.””

Read on Trump health office lies to millions with fake reports and data

According to Politico, the Trump administration altered a report by McKinsey & Co.  They inserted their labels on the Mckinsey data to help Republicans deceive Congress and Americans to defund Obamacare.

Is this an administration we can trust? One that lies to Americans repeatedly multiple times throughout the day. Does the Trump administration care about America’s health? If Trump did, why not work on improving Obamacare instead of pursuing a vendetta to repeal it with nothing to offer in its place.

In addition, Health and Human Services, one of the largest and most funded agencies, should not be a propaganda arm for Trump administration to publish false information dangerous to American’s health.

Trump is a definite national security risk, don’t you think? Share this information

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Narcissist, Psychopath, or Sociopath: How To Tell The Differences

Narcissist, Psychopath, or Sociopath: How To Tell The Differences

He is a charming, thoughtful man who gives to his community. A charismatic man whose grandiosity and great tales of victory command awe.  He adores himself and needs the continuous validation of his importance. Cadres of loyal subjects do his abusive, selfish, and unethical bidding. Many within his inner circle to avoid cognitive dissonance have reinterpreted his actions that were at odds with their beliefs to ‘facts’ that they need to maintain cognitive harmony.  They live in fear of his displeasure and need to be in his good grace for their self-worth.

The above could be the profile of a narcissist, psychopath or sociopath.

How to tell the difference between a narcissist, psychopath or sociopaths?

The video contributed by my follower and friend Pete does an excellent
job explaining in simple language the differences between a
narcissist, a psychopath, and a sociopath. Overlap in signs and
symptoms occur among these disorders and even in normal people without
these disorders. That leads to confusion and the interchangeable
misuse of the terms. Here is what you need to know to understand the
differences.

Narcissist

According to Dr. Ramani,   a narcissist has a disorder of self-esteem. A narcissist feels entitled, continually seeks validation and focuses on other people’s view of them. When a narcissist harms others, they will usually feel remorse in the form of shame more so than guilt.

Psychology Today stated the hallmark of narcissistic personality disorder is a triad of “grandiosity, a lack of empathy for other people, and a need for admiration.” (Psychology Today )   Fifty-Seventy percent of narcissists are men.  It is also common for adolescents to temporarily display narcissistic traits as part of healthy development. It does not mean they will become narcissists.

Narcissistic Personality Disorder:

A pervasive pattern of grandiosity, need for admiration, and lack of empathy as indicated by 5 or more of the following:

  • Has a grandiose sense of self-importance (exaggerates achievements, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements)
  • Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited power, success, brilliance, beauty or ideal love
  • Believes her or she is “special” and can only be understood by similarly special, high status people
  • Requires excessive admiration
  • Has a sense of entitlement
  • Is interpersonally exploitative
  • Lacks empathy
  • Is envious of others or believes others are envious of him/her
  • Shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes

All psychopaths and sociopaths are narcissists. Unlike narcissists, psychopaths and eventually sociopaths feel no remorse–no guilt or shame– when they harm others. Psychopaths are believed to be the hand of nature while sociopaths are thought to be nurtured. Both constructs fall under the DSM category of Antisocial Personality Disorder.

Antisocial Personality Disorder

A pervasive pattern of disregard for and violation of the rights of others, occurring since age 15, as evidenced by 3 or more of the following:

  • Failure to conform to social norms as evidenced by repeatedly performing acts that are grounds for arrest
  • Deceitfulness
  • Impulsivity
  • Irritability and aggressiveness, as indicated by repeated physical fights or assaults
  • Reckless disregard for the safety of others
  • Consistent irresponsibility, as indicated by repeated failure to sustain consistent work behavior or honor financial commitments
  • Lack of remorse, as being indifferent to or rationalizing having hurt others
  • The individual is at least 18 years of age

Psychopaths

Psychopaths are narcissists who feel no shame or guilt in harming others. They do not think about consequences. Studies suggest their response to negative stress is suppressed. They don’t fear danger or regret bad things as most people do. They may even derive pleasure from other people’s pain.

Many psychopaths are criminals such as serial killers. The diagnosis requires a Psychopathy Checklist.

Many psychologists believe there is no cure or effective treatment for psychopaths.

Sociopaths

Sociopaths are narcissists. They learn from their environment to feel no shame or guilt when they do bad things. They learn not to think about or fear consequences. They are products of their environment or experiences. Prisons have high rates of sociopaths; one study showed as high as 70% in the prison population vs. up 3% in the general population.

Theoretically, in the early stages, a willing sociopath may be treatable with timely and appropriate intervention.

Narcissist, Psychopath, or Sociopath: How To Tell The Differences

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