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“Need To Know” – What they don’t want you to Know

In 1977-1978, I was the medical officer on the USS Virginia (CGN-38). She was an awesome ship that was powered by two Nuclear Reactors. The prototype is still at the INEEL and the two reactors from the ship are now “mothballed” at Hannaford on the Columbia River. We had 500 men on the ship and […]

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Those who vote versus The Special Interests

I have lived in Boise for 34 years. During that time, I have had many patients who either were or later entered into politics. Legislators, Mayors, three Governors. Several in that group shared a goose blind together years ago.  Many of us attended daily Mass at St. Alphonsus on the 4th floor at 1200 noon […]

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Where Is Gil Gilbertson

When I left active duty in the Navy in 1988 and came to Boise one of the first people I met was “Gil” Gilbertson who was the CEO of St. Luke’s. Gil was a great man. Unfortunately, he has passed. We could certainly use his wisdom today. At a very difficult time in our community […]

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Politically Motivated Medical Black Mail

Hundreds of millions of federal dollars have flowed into our two major hospitals yet they were unprepared for this crisis and have had to institute a “Crisis Standards of Care Emergency”. We know that these hospitals were letting nurses go during the past year and that there was a shortage so to make matters worse […]

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Who is running the State of Idaho?

This past week Kevin Miller had Dr. Cole on his show to present the real facts about Covid 19 and the emergency use of vaccines. He appears to be the only voice of reason in a sea of confusion when it comes to this virus, vaccines and immunity. After listening to him I certainly would […]

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Vaccination or Termination

This vaccine controversy is going to become even more heated as time goes on but let’s look at what is happening with the number of adverse events that have taken place since December of last year. Every Friday, The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) makes public all vaccine injury reports. Data released July 9, […]

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Does Anyone Know the Real Cost of Health?

We’re spending a lot of time talking about the cost of healthcare these days, so I was a bit shocked yesterday when I received a bill for my wife’s emergency room treatment at St. Luke’s Hospital in Meridian back in November of 2016. This is where much of our problem lies—in the transparency of costs. […]

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St. Luke’s is a bully

St. Luke’s is Idaho’s largest hospital system, and although it operates as a non-profit, it had nearly $1.9 billion in assets as of the September 30, 2013 according to its latest consolidated financial statement. Recently St. Luke’s has been buying up not only private practices and surgical centers but also community hospitals—which it wanted to […]