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Local Doctors Looking For Better Cardiac Care In Central Alberta


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By Sheldon Spackman

Local Doctors are calling on the Province to act on the need for better Cardiac Care in Central Alberta. In September, an open letter was penned to Health Minister Sarah Hoffman asking the government to consider providing emergency coronary angiography and angioplasty which has demonstrated to be a life saving procedure. However, Dr. S.A. van Zyl, President of Central Zone Medical Staff Association says patients living within the Central Zone do not have access to these services and must travel to Edmonton or Calgary for the procedure.

He adds that according to CIHI data, a rural Albertan suffering from a heart attack has about a 30 percent higher chance of death and re-hospitalization compared to patients living in Edmonton or Calgary.

In the letter to the Minister, Dr. van Zyl says it is technically feasible and cost effective to offer coronary angiography and angioplasty services at the Red Deer Regional Hospital, pointing out that opening a cardiac catheterization lab in Red Deer could also decrease overall health care costs by patients having to travel less and wait less time for their treatment.

The Central Zone Medical Staff Association put forward a few recommendations to the Minister for consideration, including supporting development of comprehensive echocardiography, cardiac catheterization and angioplasty services at Red Deer Regional Hospital. The re-allocation of operational funds used to provide angiography and angioplasty services outside the Central Zone and the development of echocardiography, cardiac catheterization and angioplasty services in Red Deer should enhance primary health care in the Central Zone.

A Facebook group called Central Alberta Needs Cardiac Catheterization has now been formed and outlines that they are advocating for the need to be based at the Red Deer Regional Hospital but fully support an integrated delivery of cardiac care in Central Alberta that will benefit all those that live in the area. The group says the bottom line is that the citizens of Central Alberta are being short changed when it comes to the delivery of cardiac care and residents should be able to get better care that is closer to home.

AHS officials say a considerable amount of work needs to be done to make this happen but planning for one is just getting started.

The Facebook group Central Alberta Needs Cardiac Catheterization has shared this Youtube video to outline what Cardiac Catheterization entails:

(Photo and Video Courtesy of Central Alberta Needs Cardiac Catheterization)

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52-year-old grandfather the latest Canadian to choose euthanasia while waiting for cancer treatment

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By Jonathon Van Maren

Dan Quayle’s wife believes that she could still have her husband today if he’d gotten the treatment he needed. In fact, wait times for cancer patients in Canada who are literally dying while waiting for treatment keep getting worse.

On October 7, 2023, Dan Quayle – a British Columbian, not the former vice president of the United States – turned 52. He was hoping to be told that he could begin chemotherapy after being diagnosed with esophageal cancer. It was not to be. “After 10 weeks in hospital, Quayle, a gregarious grandfather who put on his best silly act for his two grandkids, was in so much pain, unable to eat or walk, he opted for a medically assisted death on Nov. 24,” the National Post reported. “This was despite assurances from doctors that chemotherapy had the potential to prolong his life by a year.” 

Throughout the agonizing wait, his family “prayed he would change his mind or get an 11th-hour call that chemo had been scheduled,” but were instead told consistently by the hospital that they were “backlogged.” The family is speaking out now “following the stories of two Vancouver Island women who went public with their decisions to seek treatment in the U.S. to avoid delays in B.C.” – and Dan’s wife believes that she could still have her husband today if he’d gotten the treatment he needed. In fact, wait times for cancer patients who are literally dying while waiting for treatment keep getting worse. 

When Dan Quayle died by lethal injection, he still hadn’t been given a timeline for when he might get chemotherapy. It reminds me of the posthumously published obituary written by a Winnipeg woman who chose to die by assisted suicide after being refused the treatments she needed: “I could have had more time if I had more help.”  

Indeed, one of the reasons Quayle felt that a lethal injection was his only option is because he didn’t have the financial resources to get help that was available elsewhere – but as a price. “If we had more money, we could have gone to the States,” his wife told the National Post sadly. “But we’re just regular people.”   

She is likely referring to the two Vancouver Island women who decided to go public with their own experiences with the BC health care system. Global News published one story with the headline “B.C. woman gets surgery in U.S., says wait times at home could have cost her life” about Allison Ducluzeau, who paid $200,000 for surgery in the United States after she was told by a BC oncologist that she was not a candidate for the treatment that saved her life. After successfully getting treatment in the U.S., she recently got married – and is appalled by how she was treated in BC. In fact, she wasn’t offered life-saving treatment – but she was offered assisted suicide.  

“There’s a lot of promises I’m hearing,” she told Global News. “But, you know, we need boots-on-the-ground action right now. What can you do to shorten these wait times? How can you prioritize cases so that people with aggressive stage four cancer get seen by someone and when they do get seen, they get offered treatment and not MAID like I was the first time?” 

Another woman, 43-year-old Kristin Logan of Campbell River, was diagnosed with Stage 4 ovarian cancer – but faced a three or four month wait for treatment in British Columbia. She went to Washington State for chemotherapy, instead – she could afford it because the treatment was covered due to her dual citizenship and veteran status. When the health minister responded to her case by saying that the system “doesn’t always get it right,” she responded with fury: “To suggest that the system merely ‘doesn’t always get it right’ is a gross understatement, bordering on denial. Our healthcare system isn’t tripping over minor hurdles; it’s plummeting off a cliff. We’re not dealing with ‘occasional misses’; we’re grappling with a chronically diseased system where inefficiency and neglect have become the norm.” 

What does this mean? It means that people are dying on waitlists – and while they suffer, often horribly, they are offered assisted suicide when they are their most vulnerable. And if the Trudeau Liberals get their way, in March of next year the floodgates will open and assisted suicide will also be available to those suffering with mental illness. Waitlists for mental health assistance and psychiatric care are even longer – I know people who have waited for years merely for an appointment. Many Canadians simply do not have access to this care. And so not only will Canadians die on waitlists; many will be offered assisted suicide while they are on waitlists, and many will, out of desperation, say yes.  

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Jonathon Van Maren is a public speaker, writer, and pro-life activist. His commentary has been translated into more than eight languages and published widely online as well as print newspapers such as the Jewish Independent, the National Post, the Hamilton Spectator and others. He has received an award for combating anti-Semitism in print from the Jewish organization B’nai Brith. His commentary has been featured on CTV Primetime, Global News, EWTN, and the CBC as well as dozens of radio stations and news outlets in Canada and the United States.

He speaks on a wide variety of cultural topics across North America at universities, high schools, churches, and other functions. Some of these topics include abortion, pornography, the Sexual Revolution, and euthanasia. Jonathon holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in history from Simon Fraser University, and is the communications director for the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform.

Jonathon’s first book, The Culture War, was released in 2016.

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Mortality in Canada, Trending up…

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And they specifically do not want to know why!

A report came out on Deaths in Canada on November 27th, 2023. You can find the link, if you haven’t already seen this →Here, click link for the full PDF.

The report goes pre-COVID, 2019 through to 2022 and having a gander at this, you can find some pretty disturbing information.

For one, Deaths increased from 2019 from 285,301 to 334,081 – a 17% increase in Deaths. We were in a “Pandemic”, so it’s not a huge reach to believe that there was an increase in deaths…but given all we were told about the Vaccines being safe and effective and following the introduction of Paxlovid, we should have seen a falling off of Deaths in this category, given the nature of the virus being less virulent with each subsequent strain…only, from 2021 to 2022, instead of going down, this number INCREASED from 14,466 to 19,716 – a 36% Increase.

This is somewhat of old news and something I’ve covered extensively…

The explanation provided behind this is weak at best, because they state:

The number of COVID-19 deaths increased from 14,466 in 2021 to 19,716 in 2022, the highest number of such deaths recorded since the beginning of the pandemic. This increase may in part be due to the exposure to new highlytransmissibleCOVID-19 variants and the gradual return to normalcy(e.g., reduced restrictions and masking requirements).

This is rationalizing the use of Lockdown Measures, Travel Restrictions, Masking, Closing Businesses and Schools, Social Distancing as being Effective Measures in keeping the death rates low…but then go on to say:

The proportion of COVID-19 deaths among older Canadians aged 65 years and older rose to 91.4% in 2022, approaching early pandemic levels. This increase was largely felt by seniors aged 80 years and older, who experienced a 78.2% increase in COVID-19 deaths from 2021 to 2022. In contrast, deaths due to COVID-19 decreased to 8.6% for those younger than 65 years in 2022.

Seniors aged 80+ experienced a 78.2% increase in mortality from 2021-2022…and what is important about this is, they were the highest in rate of vaccinations and boosters throughout the country…not to mention, travel the least, don’t work in a public setting nor do they go to school, where the majority are in Long Term Care Communities!

Summarized…the same people who always needed protection never got it and were the highest proportion of COVID associated deaths, approaching early pandemic levels.

But wait…there’s more…and it get’s worse!

From 2019 to 2022, the amount of ill-defined or unspecified causes of mortality more than quadrupled.

This represents a 375% INCREASE in Unknown Caused Death. 16,043 people DIED in 2022, and they have absolutely no idea why…and to make this even worse, in the subsequent links of information you find in this report…you’ll come to realize that they don’t even want to know why.

Check it out:

Total deaths in 2018 – 285,704, of these, subject to autopsy – 18,356.

Total deaths in 2019 – 285,301, of these, subject to autopsy – 18,230.

Total deaths in 2022 – 334,081, of these, subject to autopsy – 18,817.

Despite an increase in mortality by 17% from 2018 to 2022, there was only a 2.5% increase in Autopsies…and that there were 16,043 deaths that they couldn’t identify a cause in…shouldn’t that in itself require A LOT more autopsies?

Only if they wanted to actually KNOW what was causing them, right?

Pretty clear to say that they didn’t want to…

And this is all pretty troubling if this were the only anomaly spotted in the increase in deaths…but it’s NOT!

Leading causes of death, total population, by age group:

Hypertension/Hypertensive Renal Disease – increase of 43%

Appendix – Increase of 60%

Liver Disease – increase of 27%

Gallbladder – Increase of 24%

Kidney – Increase of 27%

Complications of medical and surgical care – Increase 66%

Other Causes – 37%

Nutritional Deficiencies – 28%

These are all WELL ABOVE the 17% rate of increase in deaths from 2018-2022 and there should be somebody, someplace, asking why these causes have increased so dramatically over the rate of increase in mortality.

As for Nutritional Deficiencies…where cost of living has only INCREASED in 2023…what do we expect that number to grow to?

And, Medical Malpractice – labeled as “Complications”…a 66% INCREASE?

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot????

Shocked enough yet?

Hold on to your butts for this next portion…again in the supporting documents, there is a report titled Deaths and age-specific mortality rates, by selected grouped causes…and one of the most troubling things you’ll find tucked into here is this:

A 266% Increase in [R00-R99] Deaths, symptoms, signs and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings, not elsewhere.

What does that mean?

Well…It means a lot of things actually…

  • R00-R09 Symptoms and signs involving the circulatory and respiratory systems
  • R10-R19 Symptoms and signs involving the digestive system and abdomen
  • R20-R23 Symptoms and signs involving the skin and subcutaneous tissue
  • R25-R29 Symptoms and signs involving the nervous and musculoskeletal systems
  • R30-R39 Symptoms and signs involving the genitourinary system
  • R40-R46 Symptoms and signs involving cognition, perception, emotional state and behavior
  • R47-R49 Symptoms and signs involving speech and voice
  • R50-R69 General symptoms and signs
  • R70-R79 Abnormal findings on examination of blood, without diagnosis
  • R80-R82 Abnormal findings on examination of urine, without diagnosis
  • R83-R89 Abnormal findings on examination of other body fluids, substances and tissues, without diagnosis
  • R90-R94 Abnormal findings on diagnostic imaging and in function studies, without diagnosis
  • R97-R97 Abnormal tumor markers
  • R99-R99 Ill-defined and unknown cause of mortality

None of these looking that great…all of them looking like our medical community is ignoring some very troubling findings in a Massive Increase in Mortality for where they have no idea of what is actually going on…and again, with apparently nobody asking any questions or wondering why we are seeing this spike.

If we could only identify some of the factors that had changed from PRE-COVID to now, hey?

If only there were some explanation for why there’d be more COVID deaths during 2022 than any year prior?

What is really causing all of the organ damage?

What is really causing all of these unexplained deaths with tumors, blood clots and died suddenly deaths?

Seems like this will all just remain a mystery, hey?

Complicity got us here. Complacency keeps us here.

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