Major Changes in Hospitals

By Myron Horst

The news media has kept our focus on “ObamaCare” in recent years, and while our attention was diverted, some major changes have occurred in hospitals that are not related to “ObamaCare” or the pharmaceutical industry. Healthcare is the #1 industry in America. As such, it has attracted the attention of investors and others whose primary focus is on the money that can be made in healthcare.

I have been wanting to, and not wanting to, write an article on this subject ever since my mother’s hospital experience and passing this spring. My sisters and I noticed a significant change in how the doctors related to the patients than what it had been in previous stays that our mother had in the hospital. Some of the doctors were rude and had very poor bedside manners. We received a lot of pressure from multiple doctors to make a specific decision that seemed to be motivated more for the hospital’s benefit than for my mother’s health. It was obviously a coordinated effort and not just the decision of one doctor. We were so annoyed by the one doctor that we actually asked for him to be removed from my mother’s care. We also noticed that all the doctors seemed to be employees of the hospital.

About a month later, I read an article written by Virginia Hopkins about her mother going to the hospital with a slight stroke. She described her mother going through similar things that we had experienced. I realized that some major changes were taking place in hospitals. I strongly encourage you to read Virgina Hopkins’ article:
When a Parent Goes to the Emergency Room

A little over a week ago, the New York Times had a large article on our hospitals and how, in the last number of years, hospitals, private equity firms, and insurance companies have been buying up doctors’ practices, and the doctors have become employees of the hospital or the investment group. The parent company then puts pressure on doctors to admit people into the hospital, to request unnecessary tests, and to refer patients to doctors within the company system. The focus is on making money. Because of the monopoly that some of the hospitals have, they are able to charge excessive prices for their services. The hospitals are able to charge higher prices when doctors work for them than when the docters were in private practice.

This article, I believe, is very important for you to read. It explains why our family and Virginia Hopkins had the hospital experiences that we did. Times have changed. Doctors and hospitals are not operating the same as they did only five years ago. It is important that you know what is going on so that you can protect yourself and your loved ones from the healthcare system.

New York Times – A Hospital War Reflects a Tightening Bind for Doctors Nationwide

False Breast Cancer in 1.3 million Cases!
Cancer is big business for doctors and hospitals. We are hearing of more and more women are being diagnosed with breast cancer.  In November 2012, the New England Journal of Medicine released a shocking report stating that in 2008, 31% of the diagnosed breast cancer cases were not cancer at all. They state “We estimated that breast cancer was overdiagnosed (i.e., tumors were detected on screening that would never have led to clinical symptoms) in 1.3 million U.S. women in the past 30 years. We estimated that in 2008, breast cancer was overdiagnosed in more than 70,000 women; this accounted for 31% of all breast cancers diagnosed.”

Natural News has an article going into more detail: Shock Study: Mammograms a medical hoax, over one million American women maimed by unnecessary ‘treatment’ for cancer they never had.

After finding out the information in the New York Times article and the report on breast cancer in the New England Journal of Medicine, I reflected back on my mother’s case. I was with my mother when the oncologist diagnosed her with stage four cancer. We had read the lab report before we met with him. The lab report on the MRI and biopsy showed pneumonia and a very small speck of potential cancer. He was very quick to state confidently that it was stage four cancer and that she should start chemo immediately. We questioned him about his diagnosis and his response was basically that because of his expertise he could tell that it was cancer.

When my mother went to the hospital six months later because she was having difficulty breathing, they were quick to say that it was definitely the cancer in its advanced stages, and they basically gave up on her. The X-ray showed something in the lungs that could have been cancer or pneumonia. The oncologist, a different doctor and in a different hospital, was again quick to state that it was cancer. When I questioned him, he admitted that he had not looked at the X-ray before he came to talk with us. (He was the doctor that we fired). We were shocked recently when my sister read the death certificate and found that it stated that the primary cause of death was pneumonia! The secondary cause was advanced lung cancer. Did she have lung cancer, or was it only pneumonia? We will never know. But knowing what I know now, there is a possibility that she might not have had cancer.

Hospitals and doctors can be hazardous to our health and life. It is important, more now than ever, to do all we can to not need their “services”. It is our goal here at Jehovah-Jireh Farm to help provide good, healthy food to help keep you healthy and out of the doctor’s office and hospital.

Nathan’s Fiddle

Enough of the bad news and health care stuff. Now for something that you only hear about happening in years gone by, to someone you never knew, and maybe only a story that never really happened. This time it is a true story that happened a week and a half ago to our son Nathan. Nathan had been thinking that he should get another fiddle that had a better sound to it.

He went to an auction at the fairgrounds in Frederick and bought this old fiddle. The case is old and dilapidated. The bow did not have any hair on it and the fiddle did not have all of its strings. I (Myron) looked at it and did not think it was worth much. The auctioneer didn’t see much value in it either. Nathan started the bid at $10 and bought it for $40.

This is a picture of the old fiddle.  There is no date inside the fiddle. There is a paper glued inside, hand written in French stating that it was reconstructed by Arthur Vernier, a violin maker – luthier. In researching on the internet and examining the fiddle, we found some interesting things.

A new neck had been added and the old scroll peg box was grafted onto the new neck. In this picture you can see a small diagonal line on the top edge of the left side of the violin where the neck is grafted into the scroll peg box.

In this picture you can see the splice where the new neck was grafted in. The significance of that graft is that it dates the fiddle as most likely being pre-1760, before the US became a nation! In the Baroque period before 1760, the neck of a violin was shorter and the angle of the peg box was different than on violins after the Baroque period. This fiddle was reconstructed with a longer neck.

Both the top and the bottom of the fiddle are domed up higher, and at a steeper angle from the edges than on a modern violin, giving the body of the fiddle more volume. It has a beautiful sound.

The old fiddle looked like it was of little value to the auctioneer and to the crowd of about 200 people that day. It was God’s blessing to Nathan and an object lesson that, just like the old violin a person’s value is more than what their appearance may indicate. It reminded me of the poem and song, “The Touch of the Master’s Hand”. Check out this reciting of the poem. I think you will enjoy it:

Cathy’s Cooking Corner

Fried Turkey Cutlets 

This is by far Myron’s favorite way to eat turkey. It’s delicious, moist, tender, and so quick and easy. It is sure to get compliments from your guests.Cut turkey breast meat into 1/4 inch slices across the meat fibers. Dip in flour and sprinkle both sides of cutlets with salt. Fry in oil or butter just until no longer pink. Do not over fry it or it will get more dried out and tough.

Fajita Chicken and Vegetables on Rice

1 1/2 – 2 lbs. chicken breast
1 large onion, sliced
3 large carrots, peeled and sliced
1 lb whole green beans (can be frozen)
Rice, cooked
Oil for frying

1/4 c. oil
1/4 c. vinegar
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. salt

Cut chicken breast into into strips or bite size pieces. Stir the fajita sauce ingredients together and pour over the chicken. Stir to coat. Let set 1 hour and up to 24 hours. Fry the chicken pieces in a small amount of oil. Spoon into a large oven proof bowl. Set in a 200 degree oven to keep warm. Stir fry the carrots and onions in a little oil till crisp tender. Add to chicken. Stir fry the green beans in the remaining fajita sauce until crisp tender. Add to the chicken and veggies. Mix everything together. Serve over rice. (Note: You can also use leftover roasted chicken that you have taken off the bones.)

Have a blessed Christmas and Holiday Season!
Myron and Cathy Horst and Family

Jehovah-Jireh Farm

Home Chiropractic

I used to be suspicious of chiropractors. I called them quacks that pulled your leg and took your money. I said that because the people I knew that went to a chiropractor would go two or three times a week for months on end. After we got married, I saw some people that were truly helped by chiropractors and my opinion of them changed some. I also went to Dr. Kevin Wyman in Gaithersburg, and he helped Cathy and me several times without repeated visits. He even taught me how to adjust a twisted pelvis with two wedge shaped blocks, and it has helped us on numerous occasions. His main job is working for an insurance company, evaluating chiropractic claims to spot fraud. He only operates his chiropractic office part time and does not have to have all his income from his practice. We highly recommend him.

Several years ago we got a book and DVD on home chiropractic that have been very helpful for our family. It taught us how to evaluate the problem and how to correct it. There have been different times that a vertebra was out of place on one of us, and within a few minutes Cathy or I were able to adjust the spine and make the vertebra pop back into place. Often the pain went away almost immediately. Sometimes the spine has to be adjusted a number of days in a row, because it keeps popping out again due to the weakness of the muscles . My opinion of chiropractic has changed since I have been able to experience first hand how to move the spine and see that it actually relieves the pain and corrects the problem.

“Home Chiropractic” is simple enough that each of you could probably learn how to do the basic adjustments to the spine to relieve pain. It is not a comprehensive chiropractic course, but it is a valuable tool. It gives you a tool to help correct the problem right away before the vertebra gets “set” in its uncomfortable position and becomes difficult to get it to go back to its correct position. It is my opinion that one of the reasons that people have to keep going to the chiropractor for weeks on end is that is how chiropractors make their money. If they corrected the problem in a visit or two, they would not have enough patients to keep them in business. The other reason that people have to go to the chiropractor for repeated visits is that a person tends to wait for a number of weeks, months, or years before going to the chiropractor, hoping that the pain will go away on its own. By that time the vertebra has become “set” in its wrong position or the nerve has been pinched for too long, or other damage has occurred. It then takes longer to correct the problem, and sometimes the problem can’t be corrected by chiropractic methods.

If you go to a medical doctor, his main tools are to give you pain killers, exercises, or surgery. When a vertebra is out of place and causing pain, the pain is not because you have a lack of pain killers in your body. Not all back pain is because a vertebra is out of place, but if it is, and a simple adjustment by your spouse fixed the problem, you have no need to go to a doctor whose solution is to do surgery on your back and leave you with potential lasting pain and restrictions on what you can do. Surgery makes the doctor a lot more money than taking two minutes to pop your spine back into place.

Learning simple chiropractic techniques is a health care tool that I believe is important for each family to have.  The spine contains the central communication network for the body. Because of that, the health of the spine can affect the health of the body. A pinched nerve in the spine can cause a seemingly unrelated problem in another part of the body that is serviced by that nerve.

The Home Chiropractic Handbook and DVD can be ordered from these websites: