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John Livingston

Organized Medicine — Organized Corruption and Tuskegee Revisited

Organized medicine in all the modern Western Countries over the past 100 years has been at best progressive and in selected instances fascist in its application of moral and ethical standards. For conservatives, the predicate for any policy position or legal edict can be found in Biblical and Natural Law Principles. We look backwards to […]

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John Livingston

Fearless Warriors

A person with a “Warrior Spirit” is one who is willing to do everything within their power to achieve an outcome. A warrior is fearless, a warrior thinks little about “risks and rewards”, especially as they pertain to themselves. A warrior trains, takes responsibility for their actions, and is truthful to themselves and others. A […]

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John Livingston

Experts — Judgement — Wisdom

Over the weekend it was reported on Medscape that Minnesota Republican Gubernatorial candidate Scott Jensen was once again being investigated by the Minnesota State Board of Medicine because of his politically incorrect and contrarian though well supported positions regarding Covid mitigation policy. Dr. Jensen is a family practitioner with many years of experience, certainly many […]

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John Livingston

Accountability and Perspective

The after-action reports and the Monday morning quarterbacking have yet to take place regarding our State’s Covid response. Maybe we are waiting until after the November general elections. Historically in the medical and nursing professions every death and every bad outcome is reviewed at the clinical level giving context to the analysis done at the […]

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Opinions / Op-eds

Governor Little, Please Stop the Torture of our Elderly

Dear Governor Little, I’m speaking on behalf of my elderly mom, age 88 as well as all of the elderly that are suffering the consequences of the Covid-19 responses. We are months beyond “flattening the curve” and now the focus is “positive cases”. The extreme measures taken whenever these “positive” cases are reported are destroying […]

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Heart of Hope Health – Where the Heart Matters

There were meetings locally and throughout our state that were a direct result of the lockdowns and lack of caring for patients and families during the Covid spread. Relatives, pastors and priests could not see those who were sick and dying in the hospital. Churches and schools were prevented from opening and when they did […]

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John Livingston

The Parrot on the Shoulder of Medicine

I was blessed to practice surgery and medicine for 44 years. Almost half of that time was in the Navy, the other half in Boise. Twenty-five years ago, I was asked to help rebuild the trauma center at St. Al’s and I was lucky enough to recruit four outstanding surgeons from three outstanding medical schools. […]

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John Livingston

We Could Have Done Better

In my last article entitled Comorbidities and Unintended Consequences, I reviewed several anecdotal case studies and how type two Covid mitigation techniques may not have been the most efficacious in combating Covid19. I have argued early on that traditional type 3 mitigation—isolating the elderly and those with comorbid conditions could have produced better morbidity and […]

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John Livingston

Comorbidities and Unintended Consequences

As Chris Rock opined tonight “I’m still processing.” I just came back from teaching a military trauma course at Ft. Sam Houston. We had about 60 students from across the USA and several corners of the world. All surgeons or physicians who are currently serving in the military of their countries. The instructors were all […]

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Bob's Words of Wisdom

The New Normal?

As we all try to venture back to a normal life after two years of our government instilling fear into every man, women and child on the planet we should have learned many important lesions. The first lesion is don’t trust anything your government officials tell you until you have proof they are telling the […]

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We learned nothing from the Pandemic

Reprinted with permission of the Idaho Freedom Foundation One lesson from the so-called pandemic that should have been learned is that the government’s involvement in healthcare is not making things better for patients. As I’ve pointed out previously, mismanagement by Idaho’s hospital systems over many decades contributed to lack of staff and hospital beds. In […]

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John Livingston

Refocus

This week marks the beginning of March Madness 2022—The NCAA Division 3 Men’s basketball tournament. I was one of three boys and I raised three boys of my own. Sports were always a big part in the lives of both families. My father like myself saw sports as a “means to an end” and not […]

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