SRP employees dispute contract’s health insurance premiums

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Salt River Project could see as many as half its employees walk off the job if the Arizona utility can’t work out a new labor contract for hourly workers.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 266 has turned down two contracts offered by SRP management. IBEW attorney Jim Abdo said the biggest stumbling block is health insurance costs.

The current contract, which expired Nov. 15 and is operating under its second extension, has SRP covering 100 percent of employee health insurance costs, but the new offer calls for workers to pay as much as 25 percent via premiums. Abdo would not go into specifics about how much SRP’s health plan would cost each worker. SRP spokesman Jeff Lane also declined to comment about the clause in the proposed contract.

Abdo said the contract affects about 3,000 workers at SRP, while the company says the number of hourly workers that would be affected is about 2,300.

Abdo said the contract under negotiation would be for three years. Talks will start again in early January, the union and SRP confirmed. The third deadline to reach a deal is Jan. 31.

Abdo said if there is no movement in the January negotiations, union workers could walk out sometime during the first quarter, though he hopes a deal can reached.

“Nobody really wants to strike,” Abdo said.

The labor agreement covers workers who repair and service SRP utility lines as well as meter readers, electricians, machinists, customer service workers and other hourly employees. SRP, which supplies water and power to 930,000 customers in the Valley, has 4,500 workers statewide. The hourly collective bargaining agreement applies to both aspects of SRP’s business.

How a work stoppage would affect SRP is unclear. Not all of the 2,300 workers SRP says are hourly are in the union, and the state’s right-to-work laws do not allow for “closed shops” that require employees to join the union.

“SRP maintains a work force contingency plan to ensure that we can continue to provide reliable water and power and customer service,” Lane said. “We can’t comment on specific actions, however.”

No federal labor laws would bar workers from striking. The National Labor Relations Board has restrictions only for union workers at hospitals where they must give a 10-day notice of an impending strike, as well as workers in the railroad and airline industries, the latter two covered by the National Mediation Board.

Other than that, labor restrictions are left up to the state, said Nancy Cleeland, director of public affairs for the NLRB.

Union workers rejected a second proposal by SRP management on Dec. 18 and also voted to strike, if necessary. After each contract rejection, SRP and union officials agreed to extend the current agreement. While SRP officials wouldn’t comment on its offer or sticking points for the workers, Lane said employees would see a 3 percent pay raise in November, followed by a 1.5 percent pay hike by mid-2011. Raises in the third year would be negotiated.

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Alternative Cancer Treatment – Fucoidan And Breast Cancer

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There are over 1,000 studies currently published on the nutrient Fucoidan, 128 show how it helps with Cancer, and 18 of those are specific for Breast Cancer. Fucoidans are fucose-enriched sulfated polysaccharides found in some brown sea vegetables, brown algea and marine invertibrates. Fucoidan seems to support every organ and cell function in our bodies, and therefore, scientists are studying it for many different ailments. There have been remarkable results from the cancer specific studies, including improving chemo efficacy.

The most recent study available, published October 2013, showed that fucoidan induced G1 phase arrest and even caused apoptosis. In other words, fucoidan stopped the cancer from progressing and triggered the death of the cancer cells. The study showed that ROS productions was increased, which suggested that fucoidan induced oxidative damage in MCF-7 Breast Cancer Cells. (1)

In a study from January 2013, it was shown that fucoidan improved chemo efficacy in destroying breast cancer cells. What’s interesting to me about that, is that we learn we don’t need to choose an entirely holistic treatment regimen OR an entirely traditional treatment route. There are nutrients that help make traditional methods of treatment even more effective. (2)

I’ve sited only 2 of the 18 fucoidan for breast cancer specific studies available on pubmed.gov. I highly recommend reading through the others to see just how effective fucoidan is for cancer treatment. In fact, according to the clinical results from Dr. Akira, MotoKuniribkushu Cancer Center in Japan, 78% of his breast cancer patients experienced a 50-100% reduction in cancer cells from using fucoidan.

In my experience using fucoidan for breast cancer, I was able to reduce the size of my tumor from 8 cm to 7 cm over the course of 2 months. I had a mastectomy at the end of that period so I wasn’t able to continue monitoring the size of the mass. I continue to take fucoidan every day and no new cancer has developed.

My Dad passed away from metastatic melanoma in 2009. The moment I was diagnosed with breast cancer early in 2013 I started feverishly researching supplements I could take to help me win my fight. The more I learn about fucoidan, the more I wish I’d known then, in 2009, what I know now. There are 16 studies published on fucoidan for skin cancer, melanoma specifically. I can not go back in time and help my Dad, but I can help spread the word today, to others looking for holistic cancer treatment.

Studies cited:

1. Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China, Oct. 2013

2. Department of Bioscience and Biotechnology, Graduate School of Bioresource and Bioenvironmental Sciences, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan, January 2013…

Seniors Seek To Minimize Healthcare Costs As Anthem Blue Cross Increases Premiums

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Los Angeles, Calif. (March 3, 2009) – Anthem Blue Cross implemented an across-the-board increase in Medicare supplement insurance plan premiums March 1, 2009, which is causing senior citizens to look for ways to maximize their healthcare dollars and minimize expenses.

This is particularly true in light of today’s recession and as IRAs and 401(k) retirement accounts continue to dwindle in value. As federal bailout and stimulus monies are released, some economists warn of possible increasing inflation rates, a concern for many on fixed incomes.

There is no way to entirely avoid rising insurance rates. AARP and AETNA both increased their Medicare supplement insurance plan premiums on Jan. 1, 2009, and depending on the plan, rates can go up at regular intervals as seniors get older. For seniors who are not affected by the upcoming Anthem Blue Cross rate increase, in the current economy it can be beneficial to shop around, since costs vary from plan to plan and from insurance company to insurance company.

Comparisons can be made by calling the various insurance companies one by one, by seeking out an insurance broker specializing in Medicare supplement insurance plans or even more conveniently by visiting a California-based Medicare supplement insurance plan Web site, such as http://www.medicaresupplementplans.com/. The site provides easy access to information about rates, plans and benefits from several prominent insurance companies.

“I received a notification that my insurance was being increased again. I went on the Internet…and now I’m saving over $100 a month,” said Sharon Davis, 67, of Rancho Palos Verdes.

Why purchase a Medicare supplement insurance plan at all? There is a common misconception that Medicare pays 80 percent of a senior’s healthcare costs. What Medicare actually pays is 80 percent of the amount it has approved for a particular health care service, not 80 percent of what the doctor actually charges. Medicare’s “80 percent” might, for example, cover only 50 percent of the doctor’s bill, often making a Medicare supplement insurance plan, also known as Medigap insurance, essential for senior citizens’ financial well-being.

Larry Peschek, 78, of Thousand Oaks said that his insurance broker “helped my wife and me get a Medigap policy that saved us money, but still had the same benefits.”

Available insurance options and plans can often be bewildering to seniors, leaving them to wonder what the difference in costs and benefits are between various Medicare supplement insurance plans. The information is out there; it’s just a mouse-click away at http://www.medicaresupplementplans.com/

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Waste Management-The Global Issue

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Waste management or appropriate waste disposal is not a country or continent specific problem, now it has emerged as a global concerning issue posing as a threat to global health and environment.

Since the rapid development of information technology, electronic waste has extensively increased but the excess waste had to go to either landfill or incinerators. Insensitive disposal off the e-waste has several dangerous consequences on environment. It is responsible for producing greenhouse gas, making weather warmer and causing various skin and respiratory diseases. Landfills in Latin America, Asia, and Africa generate approximately 40 % of methane emissions annually that is equal to about 37 million metric tons of carbon dioxide. Asian countries such as China, India, Indonesia and the Philippines do not have well-planned  management system for proper e-waste disposal. E-waste in landfill emits cancerous carcinogen in the air and come to us through disease carrier vermin, flies and pests.

Consequences might not be felt immediately but future generation will have to pay the price. A growing number of countries have raised voices against the situation and are demanding for legal amendments for proper e-waste management.

According to the U.S, 60% countries worldwide have shown their concern. Countries like Canada and the US are inspiring people to reduce, reuse and recycle. Several state governments are implementing rules and regulations for effective e-waste management.

According to the experts’ estimation, industrialized countries generate more waste than developing or industrialising countries. In the United States, each American produces .75 tons of trash every year on an average, European countries accumulate almost half a ton of trash every year and in Asia, a person produces mere .2 tons of trash at an average annually. World Bank reveals that every year China contributes about190 million tons of waste, which is not appropriately disposed. Whether it is incineration or through landfill, only a fraction, less than 50%, of total solid e-waste is discarded properly.

Irrespective of countries or boundaries, nations have come together to solve this ever growing environmental issue. European countries have already developed over 60 percent of environmental technologies to help the world. Research agencies are also playing their part by awakening people about the environmental damages caused by them and helping them deal with air, water contamination.

For more information on recycling, visit www.asset-recoveryservices.com…

Advocate for Dogs – Take Care of Your Dog's Health

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Loving and taking care of one's dog means time and effort spent on its health and happiness. There are various things one does for one's dog's health – cleaning the kennel and the house routinely, check ups with the vet, ensuring a constant and good diet; to these one should add flea and heartworm prevention. This treatment is vital to the comfort and health of one's dog. Advocate for Dogs comes as one of the most popular treatments.

Fleas and Heartworms and the inconvenience they can cause to your pet

If your dog has fleas and heartworm left untreated, that certainly means at some physical discomforts and highly likely some serious health problems later on. Fleas left untreated can lead to your dog's needing to scratch and bite its skin raw, leaving patches of skin open to secondary infection. It's no surprise – the itch the fleas cause can get worse, making some dogs wail because of the annoyance, and you may see them rubbing their backs against walls, fence posts, furniture, the ground. It's important to start and maintain a routine cleaning of the house, along with pet grooming. With these pet grooming and house cleaning activities, one should also add the need to select a reliable flea and heartworm treatment solution.

Ingredients in successful flea and heartworm prevention

Fipronil or Imidacloprid are the active ingredients of the most recommended flea preventive treatment in the market today. Some of the more affordable flea treatments contain Pyrethrin, which may be harmful to your pet. Look for flea solutions containing Fipronil or Imidacloprid. This kind of search you can do conveniently online, as there are various dog supply websites that details the ingredients of their flea treatment products. The ingredients are often listed with the product descriptions

You can address these two problems – both heartworms and fleas – with the most recommended heartworm preventives, which also contain ingredients that treat and control fleas. Look for heartworm treatments with Lufeneron and Milbemycin. Since most websites that carry these treatments list their product descriptions, you can often check for these ingredients as well. Another source are pet health magazines.

Flea and heartworm treatments – how to apply them

Flea and heartworm topical treatments often come in vials or tubes that are easy to use. Simply empty the entire contents of the vial or tube on the back of your dog's neck. As for heartworm preventives, most of these are to be taken by mouth and once a month. Some of them can be combined for pet food, some can be fed directly to most dogs owing to a flavored characteristic.

How your dog benefits from Advocate Flea Control for Dogs

Designed not just for effective treatment, Advocate is also an easy to apply topical treatment. It comes in a tube that's easy to apply and removes current parasitic infections – including fleas, heartworm, gastrointestinal worms, ear mites, demodex, and Sarcoptic Mange. Imagine, just one dose lasts a whole month. Since it's topical, …

Affordable Health Care Insurance – Inexpensive Health Care Insurance Plans

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Affordable Health Care Insurance! As the words show themselves that a medical health insurance policy that helps an ordinary person to keep up his leverage of medical checkups and costs. The usual medical costs without an insurance plan have become obsolete nowadays due to mainly the touching sky high medical costs. Due to this reason, many self-employed and other people having no medical insurance offered are looking for an affordable health care insurance which helps them keep up their medical needs in case of emergencies.

Getting an affordable health care insurance may not be as simple. It requires extensive background research to look and find the best possible insurance plan for you. So, to find the best one, use the best searching tool, the internet. With the internet, you can find different insurance policies and compare their quotes.

Contact your State Health Department for better insurance policies. One which not only cost much less but also helped to take care of all your necessary needs. Always go for the policy which does not ask you for much money deductions first before going on with the insurance.

Try and get a few days insurance package from the companies to make sure that the insurance policy suits you. If it does suit you, then go ahead and buy the Health Insurance. Search for the policies that guarantee renewal of your policies and do not return them back. Check for the best policy ratings and even contact different people who have had those insurance policies to get a better idea of ​​what you are going to have to deal with.

Affordable health care insurance may not even be as less expensive too but they certainly lower some fiscal burden from your shoulders. Obviously, it is better to pay less then to pay too high for health care. You know of your situation better, so whatever policies you select, just make sure it is in the best of your interest and that it will have long lasting fruitful effects on your health. …

Advantages and Disadvantages of Alternative Medicine

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There are reasons why people chose alternative medicine and reasons why they avoid it, preferring conventional medicine. Alternative medicine is safer than standard health treatments and usually works. It's true that it can not be used in severe conditions like car accidents or other severe emergencies, but be that as it may, there are enough situations in which alternative medicine is recommended. When it comes to emotional and spiritual needs, non-conventional medicine may come up with the solution. Furthermore, it's better for preventing illnesses than standard medicine. More and more physicians nowadays agree upon the benefits of alternative medicine and also even advise their clients to choose the best natural treatment for them.

One of the advantages of alternative medicine is that it encompasses a broad range of therapies, treatments and products, thus the search for obtaining positive results does not flow on a narrow path at all.
A pretty important disadvantage states the idea that, even though the expenses of using acupuncture or chiropractic are sometimes covered by health insurances, the majority of alternative treatments are not reimbursed.

There are certain risks that come along with the usage of natural remedies. Despite the use of herbs throughout the years and even ancient times, not all of them have been studied regarding their safety and efficiency. There are issues concerning their purity and their possible interaction with other substances related to conventional therapies. The majority of information regarding herbs have been perpetuated throughout history and with the help of tradition. Many people assume that herbal medicines are better than synthetic drugs simply because, well, they are natural and not synthetic, therefore present no risk. But they are not risk free; they can do more harm than good if taken without having the details of their effects over the body.

People might abuse of natural medicines the same way as they do it in the case of synthetic drugs. They have the misconception that if unconventional medicine consists of herbal products which are natural, then there is no harm done if they triple the dosage or more. This is totally wrong and can have serious consequences. Take vitamins for example. They are just vitamins, right? They can not possibly do any damage inside the body. But they do. Vitamin overdosing or vitamin toxicity can lead to unpleasant effects depending on the vitamin that has been taken one too many times. Vitamin A over dosage can cause liver problems, osteoporosis, hair loss and other dangerous effects and Hypervitaminosis D leads to dehydration, vomiting, anorexia and even kidney stones.

An advantage of using herbal remedies concerns the effectiveness related with chronic health issues that do not respond well or even at all to traditional medicines. If long term medication is needed, then herbs are pretty much safer than conventional drugs. The alternative medicine industry takes advantage from this and keeps evolving and developing due to the constant need for natural remedies.

Another advantage is the low cost of herbal products compared to synthetic …

Low Cholesterol Food Chart – Proven Foods That Help Lower Cholesterol

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There is a wonderful trend in America today of turning to natural ways to improve one’s quality of life. When it comes to healthy cholesterol levels, a natural approach is absolutely the best way to go. Many individuals have found that a low cholesterol food chart is an indispensable tool.

If you are really looking for a way to lower your cholesterol levels without having to resort to medication associated side effects that really don’t want to experience, then one of the best things you can do is to become aware of the many foods good for lowering cholesterol that are available to you.

The most effective cholesterol lowering foods can be broken down into basically four categories:

1.) Vegetables-Virtually all vegetables contain very high amounts of fiber and plant sterols, both of which have been shown to lower high lipid levels.

2.) Nuts-These wonderful cholesterol lowering foods have received a bad rap because of their high-fat content. In reality the fats contained in nuts will help balance out your cholesterol readings and are extremely beneficial for individuals who are dieting.

Nuts actually contains some of the highest levels of plant sterols of any of the foods that you eat.

3.) Whole Grains-Grains are wonderful cholesterol lowering foods because of their high fiber content. They contain many nutrients that may be missing from your diet.

4.) Fruit-Although they have a high sugar content, fruit is a wonderful cholesterol lowering food that makes an easy and nutritious snack. Making fruit a regular part of your routine will help support healthy cholesterol levels.

I encourage you to visit my website to see my low cholesterol food chart that lists many foods good for lowering cholesterol. You will find it to be a great resource for learning about the best ways to lower high cholesterol naturally.…

McKesson Horizon Ambulatory Care, a smart electric agenda for any hospital

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McKesson Horizon Ambulatory Care stands for a totally new pattern in terms of hospital organization. It is an electronic device that keeps records of all types of information; from physician schedules to patient health history, as well as medication list, surgeries and appointments, this innovative system is certainly the best choice in terms of hospital discipline.

Moreover, in order to save some precious time and organize things better, this brand new technology is definitely the best solution. McKesson Horizon Ambulatory Care is everything a hospital will want; order, proper functioning, fewer errors and less paper work. Thus, all patients, as well as all medical staff will become more organized, cooperative and productive.

Forget all about hospital mess and consider a more convenient alternative to organize papers and documents. McKesson Horizon Ambulatory Care features an electric agenda of all hospital data. Furthermore, patients will be treated in time, doctors will have well organized schedules and appointments will certainly be well set up.

The system is an excellent administrative technique to make physicians’ jobs more efficient and simple. With this intelligent system all medical data, as well as all financial savings will be properly managed and very well labeled.

Choose McKesson Horizon Ambulatory Care and think about a totally new reboot of a hospital organization and order. The electric device will reassemble the information and categorize patient list, doctors’ schedule and appointments. Thus, everyone will enjoy the benefits of an innovative gadget that highlights the need for a proper discipline.

Within a limited amount of time the brand new record device will offer information about the hospital or clinic in question. Thus, patients will know the facility better while physicians will save time from all the paper work. McKesson Horizon Ambulatory Care offers full registration for future patients, as well as additional information about their funds and bills.

Therefore, all financial data, medical charts and daily programs will be well organized in order to ensure all patients a proper care. Overall, McKesson Horizon Ambulatory Care features a future artificial management of a hospital or clinic in order to facilitate the job of all employees.…

LSI collaborates with United Healthcare to meet the growing demand for spinal procedures

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Laser Spine Institute (LSI), the leader in minimally invasive spinal surgery, is pleased to announce a partnership with United Healthcare and affiliates after an extensive six-month negotiation and clinical review process. Laser Spine Institute is the largest healthcare provider of minimally invasive spinal surgery to ever contract with United Healthcare. Effective immediately, patients with United Healthcare may be covered for qualified neck and back procedures at Laser Spine Institute.

As a top five player in every market, United Healthcare’s broad reach serves more than 25 million Americans and is thus able to integrate and share health information to better coordinate patient care. The company’s national coverage reach and deep experience in merging cutting-edge technology with clinical expertise now allows LSI to be more accessible for patients in an effort to meet the growing demand for minimally invasive spinal procedures.

“Laser Spine Institute continues to evolve toward the vision we set out five years ago, to be the most trusted global leader in spine care services, which becomes more real every day,” says Bill Horne, CEO of LSI. “Through successful growth and expansion, we maintain our commitment to seek new opportunities that will benefit our patients, such as the new in-network contract between LSI and United Healthcare. This new relationship will make the best spine surgical treatment available today more accessible to those suffering from chronic back and neck pain.”

Laser Spine Institute performs more procedures each month than any spinal surgery provider in the world. The team of renowned surgeons is able to treat a variety of back and neck conditions with a drastically reduced recovery time so patients can quickly get back to the activities they love. LSI’s surgical centers in Tampa, Fla. and Scottsdale, Ariz. have received accreditation from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and the newest facility in Philadelphia, Pa. is also on its way to earning this distinguished accreditation. From pre-operative imaging and diagnostic testing, to endoscopic surgery and post-operative physical therapy, patients receive the highest quality care combined with the most advanced treatments at LSI.…