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#21 by valerie » Sat Nov 21, 2020 19:14

I'm more of a product reviewer and tester.

Understand, I am not knocking anyone that does the low paying surveys.
They do add up if you do enough of them.

I had several appointments to keep this month. Decided to have my last three teeth on
bottom extracted. I was going to go with a partial but one of those teeth was bothering
me.

Then I had an appointment this month for a CT Chest low dose scan. Came back my heart is
normal but shows I have mild emphysema and a large lymph node of unknown etiology. So
I have another appointment in three months for another scan to see if the lymph node is
growing.

There were days my sister and I had to do some major shopping this month. That consumed
several days. In the State of Kentucky the spread is growing. Kind of funny because we went
thru McDonalds today for a coke, and saw a vehicle with New York plates. People are leaving
New York in droves and heading to the States with less covid. Unfortunately, not much safety
any where now.

Next week I have a dental appointment to have my teeth cleaned and one filling replaces.

A rather busy month.

The air fryer I have cooked fries, potato wedges, whole potato, sweet potato, fish of various,
dinner rolls, veggies, and more. I mainly like it for those items I listed, potato and fish.
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#22 by tasman1 » Sun Nov 22, 2020 11:49

Back to original topic

Anybody here works for TP producer as a TP tester ?
If yes what kind of diet you use so that you can work full 8 hours every day ?
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#23 by Darkstar2 » Sun Nov 22, 2020 20:55

valerie wrote: I'm more of a product reviewer and tester.

Understand, I am not knocking anyone that does the low paying surveys.
They do add up if you do enough of them.

Well it adds up to more frustration than anything else and lack of motivation seeing earnings drop month to month. If I had more opportunity I would take them, just like I did when one came my way in the early days, unfortunately it was cut short because of an incompetent, rude and corrupt community leader and new product manager. There is no product testing opportunities and big projects available in Canada like in the US. The only panel I was a member of where I tested products at home was Pinecone, but the amount of surveys was low, at most a few every month, $3 each, and $6 for product testing, but was banned permanently from them even though I had an account in excellent standing and was active for years with them, they banned me because I ignored a few survey invites, imagine the FILTH of a company they are, I was committed to a full time freelance + my regular job, I warned them in advance I would be unable to take part in surveys that month, I ignored only 2 or 3 invites and they ban me. Nowhere in their terms of service does it say anything about that, I tried to plead with them to reinstate me but their support became so RUDE over the year - there is 1 person there which I won't name, who does support, she is arrogant. It's a shame because I liked Pinecone. Imagine if ySense banned members for ignoring survey invites :lol: it makes no damn sense !!! Pinecone was added my shit list, I didn't expect that low blow from that panel to be honest, and what is worse is that nothing was in the terms that I needed to commit to taking ALL their damn surveys, and I even warned them in advance. I could understand if my account was inactive for a lengthy period, but ignoring only a few invites, that's so low and DISGUSTING, from a company that only sent me 2-3 if lucky, surveys a month, what do they expect, for me to stay glued in front of my computer expecting their e-mail ? I was earning 4 figures a month for crying out loud, Pinecone was the last on my list at the time.

So there is no choice for now to deal with the low paid surveys, though there are a few >$1 unfortunately they are mostly off quota. I've caught quite a LOT in July-August_Sept, in fact most were >1 during those months.

I cannot believe how Peanut Labs survey rates has dropped lately, majority now are under 50 cents, I cannot understand how the hell they price their surveys. I managed to take a $10 consumer survey some months ago, another $3 and $6 on consumer topics, short surveys, YET I see 30 minutes surveys for 15 cents, 25 cents, ridiculous, sometimes I think they use random number generators for determining rates - I managed to dig deep and find out that these survey publishers are paying sometimes in excess of $25-$50+ per surveys, and yet we are given CENTS, goes to show how cheap companies are -they demand data quality, but they are unwilling to PAY for quality, they want quality and pay cheaply......Luckily one can find higher paid surveys through Samplicious and YourSurveys (CINT).
PollFish, publishers pay STARTING from $1 per survey published. We get 8 bloody cents. If we had Poll Fish stand alone, we would be getting 25 cents or more. Surveys through offer walls is really REALLY bad.

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Then I had an appointment this month for a CT Chest low dose scan. Came back my heart is
normal

Isn't that an echocardiogram for checking the heart structure ?

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but shows I have mild emphysema and a large lymph node of unknown etiology. So
I have another appointment in three months for another scan to see if the lymph node is
growing.

Are you a smoker ? or were you a smoker ?

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There were days my sister and I had to do some major shopping this month. That consumed
several days. In the State of Kentucky the spread is growing. Kind of funny because we went
thru McDonalds today for a coke, and saw a vehicle with New York plates. People are leaving
New York in droves and heading to the States with less covid. Unfortunately, not much safety
any where now.

This is VERY BAD and concerning - because this will contribute to spreading the virus and causing a surge across all states - this is exactly what the VIRUS wants everyone to do :) Someone needs to order restrictions to lock borders between states, it's NOT a good thing to travel FROM or TO hot zone states, this is so irresponsible and contributing to the spread. What happened in New York ? They were able to contain the spread, I guess the not so brilliant idea to re-open schools and not enforce or continue to enforce measures ...... I think America has crossed the point of no return, they can officially consider the pandemic out of control and no longer controllable - I do not think any vaccine will save the day, too many infections, the large number of cases will further delay this pandemic, even if a vaccine is given, it would have to be given to at least 75% or more Americans for herd immunity (assuming the vaccine even actually works against COVID19. It was not actually tested with actual COVID19. No vaccine trial infected volunteers, all they know is that their vaccine generates our immune response to the engineered spike proteins created by our cells through messenger RNA (mRNA), an unproven method, never before used in vaccines, so just because they got 95% success in trials, does not mean the vaccine actually will specifically protect against COVID19, so yeah, United States of America, all the resources in the world and technology and they were unable to control this g pandemic, it's sad, look at Canada with its lack of proper government, limited resources, it managed well, other than the 2 hot provinces, the number of cases per capita is a fraction of that of the US. Trump saved the economy by re-opening, BUT he should have taken the virus seriously and enforced restrictions to contain spread, just like other countries have, without necessarily shutting down everything, just like Canada did, unfortunately Trump had the silly idea the virus would disappear on its own like magic, poor Trump, so naïve, leave the MAGIC to the Democrat Biden, he is a magician, and only him can make the virus vanish (note sarcasm :D) sadly, I think his crisis management or mismanagement cost him the election.

The ONE good thing our government is going is keeping our borders to the US shut down to non essential travel, what this means concretely is that we don't want travelers from hot zones coming here, because travelers is what started the pandemic in the first place - yes it's hurting our tourism here, and it's hurting American tourism as well because many Canadians flock to the US in the winter as well, but it's a good decision for now.

As far as your lymph node, well, whenever a doctor says the word "unknown" is when you should worry, it means they don't know - Lymph nodes don't just grow like that for no reason, the first thing that goes through your mind is cancer, but there are other reasons too, maybe they did not find one, it's possible that you had a prior infection that has disappeared, sometimes lymph nodes will remain enlarged, as long as they do not continue growing. It's a good thing to follow-up on it though, hopefully it's of benign origin.

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Next week I have a dental appointment to have my teeth cleaned and one filling replaces.

A rather busy month.

You sure are keeping the dentists busy during the pandemic :mrgreen:

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The air fryer I have cooked fries, potato wedges, whole potato, sweet potato, fish of various,
dinner rolls, veggies, and more. I mainly like it for those items I listed, potato and fish.

Interesting of course it does not replace an actual fryer, and the quantity of food you can prepare at once is small.
I should consider that one day, it's a healthier alternative to frying or getting those frozen fries, they are per-cooked and soaked in oil I guess. Have you ever tried doing meatballs in the air fryer, fried meatballs mmmmm :D
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#24 by valerie » Sun Nov 22, 2020 22:31

Yep, PineCone gives you the boot very quickly if you don't go over and do
every survey they send you. If you miss a few in a row, they simply kick
you out. No goodbyes either.

The scan was for lung but it does see the heart too. It's that new lung scan
that rotates the scan imagery. Yes, I am a former smoker.

Lymph nodes are common on the lung but they should be small and not grow.
That is why I will have a scan in 3 months to see if it is growing. If it's grown,
that is bad news. The good news is, early detection is always best.

I think the ONLY thing that is going to save the day is a vaccine.

You'll love this.... My neighbor was telling me his son said people are fearing
the vaccine because they think a tracking chip will be in it.

Yep, dentists are always busy. Tuesday is D day. lol

Air fryer, not small unless you buy a small one. Mine is 8 quart so it holds a lot.
Nope, no meatballs.
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#25 by Darkstar2 » Mon Nov 23, 2020 01:15

valerie wrote: Yep, PineCone gives you the boot very quickly if you don't go over and do
every survey they send you. If you miss a few in a row, they simply kick
you out. No goodbyes either.

That's quite disgusting, I was never told or even warned, what unethical practice, I've been with them for years and di every single one of their surveys, it's not like I am the only one doing surveys, if I skip a few, others will do them, they just pick other people at random, it's not like I skipped 100's, I skipped a few, it's ridiculous. Imagine ySense banning members for not doing ALL the survey invites :P

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The scan was for lung but it does see the heart too. It's that new lung scan
that rotates the scan imagery. Yes, I am a former smoker.

That's it, you probably were a heavy smoker too ....... I consider myself lucky I never smoked once in my life, I tried ONCE in kindergarten or was it in primary school, i begged the teacher to try once, she made me promise never to ever smoke, I kept my promise, I am thankful I tried at least, never smoked. BUT unfortunately I was exposed a lot to second hand smoke, when I was working and there were no laws on smoking yet, people at my workplace were all smoking, it was like being in a chimney :lol: hopefully did it not do too much damage.

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Lymph nodes are common on the lung but they should be small and not grow.
That is why I will have a scan in 3 months to see if it is growing. If it's grown,
that is bad news. The good news is, early detection is always best.

True, maybe you had a prior bacterial infection, condition that caused it, if every person did a full body scan in their life, they would probably be shocked by what they found, many people have benign stuff in their body, some people have benign growths on their lungs, kidneys, liver, etc, though lymph nodes growth is concerning, most of the time it's nothing, but the concerning part is that you've been a smoker, so yeah follow-up is the best policy.

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I think the ONLY thing that is going to save the day is a vaccine.

ahahaha you see this is part of the problem, people are too reliant on vaccines, this is wrong, so do you assume that 75% of Americans will accept the vaccine because that is the MINIMUM it takes to MAYBE get herd immunity......do you think 75% of Americans will be vaccinated in 2021, that is very unrealistic and very unlikely. Vaccination WILL start in 2021, but you won't get herd immunity anytime soon, not in 2021, and this is assuming the vaccine will even work - none of the vaccine trials actually tested against COVID19, and mRNA was never used in a vaccine before, so this is a HUGE gamble, this vaccine was RUSHED, all the trial proved is that the body generated antibodies to the engineered protein spikes, it proves nothing, can it actually protect against the real virus, well.........what about the 10% of people who still got infected, this is concerning, so you would likely need 85%+ vaccination to compensate.

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You'll love this.... My neighbor was telling me his son said people are fearing
the vaccine because they think a tracking chip will be in it.

This is insane and makes no sense, if there were tracking chips they would likely be under the skin, NOT circulating in our blood, unless they somehow manage to create liquid chips, NOT a good idea to use chips in vaccines and why ? They already track people who are vaccinated anyway, and there are COVID19 tracking apps, this is just people listening to the bullshit conspiracy theories and propaganda they read on FB and other places online, the whole Microsoft created chip endorsed by Bill Gates, and all that garbage :mrgreen: If government wanted to track people there is technology for that, they can do so using drones, satellites from above, and besides people are on their smart phones, online, etc, no chips needed, it's insane that people worry more about chips in the vaccine than fearing for its actual safety :lol: say as in "Hey I'm worried taking a vaccine that took only months to create when usually vaccines take 10 years" type of ears, now THAT would be reasonable. Latest polls show only a minority would take the vaccine, NOT enough for herd immunity, so the vaccine will NOT be the solution - even Dr. Faucci said so, and even the WHO, the guy's name I cannot pronounce, said that at this point the vaccine alone will not be enough, you won't get herd immunity overnight, and vaccinating 75-85% of the population will take LOTS of time, keep in mind it is 2 doses, 21 days apart, initially it will be given to health workers and vulnerable - if it can help create immunity in health care facilities and hospitals first (staff that is) that would be great. They must obviously give it to the military, government, it won't take before the 2nd half of 2021 for the actual population to get it, and most people will want to wait to know that it is safe first, could trail on to mid to end 2022........meanwhile if people act like a bunch of idiots that they are, ignoring rules, the virus WILL continue to spread out of control. Creating herd immunity is very long process, people who think the vaccine will wipe the pandemic in 2021, are highly mistaken, and it is DANGEROUS to think so because now people are just going loose on restrictions and just ignoring everything thinking the vaccine as the Second Coming Of Christ :P The only reason companies were rushed to announce good news of a vaccine is conveniently to help boost their stocks (after all the whole think is politics and BIG money interest), so inflate stocks and increase the general market indices, but announcing such news WILL have a negative impact on cases that will rise because people think the vaccine will end the pandemic in January..........NOT good.


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Yep, dentists are always busy. Tuesday is D day. lol

Yeah dentists are busy drilling holes in people's teeth that really don't need fillings, some dentists are quick to take the filling route, when most of the times you can catch decay early on and tell your patients to take care of their brushing in that area, and in time a tooth can actually mineralise and repair itself if the damage is not too deep.......but of course dentists would rather drill holes......often the early decay is small, but when they drill they drill big holes to fit in the fillings. D day as in DRILLING......drill drill drill, i cannot stand dentists, just the noise, even for a standard checkup and cleanup I am nervous, and to think when I was a kid I used to get cold fillings, without anesthesia, I was afraid of the needle, but my threshold of pain was great so much that I did not feel a thing getting teeth filled and drilled into. NOW, no way, even with numbing and I feel it...I changed dentists a while ago, new one is better and does not push fillings like a drug dealer :mrgreen: when there is sign of decay and it is early, it is placed on follow-up, no need for fillings yet, I once had an impacted and ingrown wisdom tooth surgically removed, it was below the gum, so went to a specialist dentist, did not feel a thing, did not even need sedation, just the standard shot and spray, he is a University Professor at a well established University, cost 3 times more but was worth it at the time, sometimes the dentist makes a huge difference, some dentists are so bad it's like you are going in the torture chamber :D


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Air fryer, not small unless you buy a small one. Mine is 8 quart so it holds a lot.
Nope, no meatballs.

I was watching videos on YouTube, this guy making all kinds of stuff in it, ribs, bread, banana bread, crisps, even pizza :D Are these easy to clean ?
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#26 by valerie » Mon Nov 23, 2020 07:15

I smoked about a pack a day for many years.

Why is relying on vaccines wrong? Do you realize the number of diseases and
deaths we would have if it not for vaccines? Polio in the 50's was a biggie and
vaccines eradicated that horrific disease. There is flu shots that no doubt save
many lives not to mention prevent people from getting sick.

Everyone will not get the vaccine on the same day. At least not in the USA. The
first people to get the vaccine will be healthcare workers and after that, nursing
home patients.

Well, I don't know about dentists in Canada but I dentists are very good in the
USA are very good. The dentist I go to does not get paid per tooth. lol

Yes in some air fryers you can cook most anything. Mine even has a 'bake'
setting. They are very easy to clean. Most have a basket and that is where
you place the food. All of them are plastic except for maybe a Ninja that has
a ceramic basket. All you do to clean is pull the basket out and either wash it
by hand or place in dishwasher. They also have air fryers now that look like
toaster ovens and some are toaster ovens with air fryer and some serve as
more than one function like pressure cooker plus air fryer. There's some videos
on YouTube of the 8qt Gourmia (the one I have).

Gourmia 8 Quart Air Fryer Demo and Review - YouTube
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#27 by Darkstar2 » Mon Nov 23, 2020 09:00

valerie wrote: I smoked about a pack a day for many years.

:o I guess that explains it, I must have smoked the equivalent of several cigarette factories in second hand smoke :mrgreen: Some people smoke like chimneys and have no lung problems, go figure......

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Why is relying on vaccines wrong? Do you realize the number of diseases and
deaths we would have if it not for vaccines? Polio in the 50's was a biggie and
vaccines eradicated that horrific disease. There is flu shots that no doubt save
many lives not to mention prevent people from getting sick.

Oh I should have been more specific, I am talking specifically about COVID19. The other vaccines you talk about were proven and effective and the conditions were contained a long time ago. In the case of COVID19 it is a HIGHLY infectious virus that is out of control, with vaccines that have been rushed with unproven methods and smaller trial samples with skipped phases. During a VICIOUS outbreak like the one the world is having, it is dangerous to rely entirely on the NEWS of vaccines, what it means is that people should not let their guards down (those who give a crap about rules), they should continue wearing masks and the population should continue stopping the spread, to bring cases down to a minimum, the danger of these NEW vaccines is people just easing out and figuring the vaccine will save them later, and this opinion is aligned with epidemiologists, CDC, WHO, etc. Yes I am aware that vaccines over the years has saved a lot of lives and ended outbreaks, but in the middle of a pandemic, people should try to stop the spread !!! and not rely strictly on NEWS of vaccines that were not even APPROVED yet and NOT EVEN DISTRIBUTED YET, the process is long, and increasing spread won't help - It's likely that people will have to live this pandemic for a long time to come, reaching herd immunity from the vaccines will take a very long time, meanwhile people should let their guards down - and should the vaccine prove to be safe, there needs to be a massive campaign to convince AT LEAST 75% of the population to get vaccinated, because this is what it will take to tame the pandemic, like the Flu, cases will not drop to 0 that is IMPOSSIBLE, but at least numbers will be so low that it won't be a public risk anymore, and once the vaccine proves effective in the REAL WORLD not just a small sample trial, then more people will get it, so the few cases going around won't be an issue anymore. Meanwhile, the vaccine is just NEWS, nothing more, people are too excited yet the vaccine was not reviewed and approved yet by the FDA. We should not rely entirely on the vaccine YET, it's too early, we should rely on the guidelines in place FIRST, and then once the vaccine is in play, OFFICIALLY, and distributed on a large scale, then it will be another story, I think that is reasonable, and this is NOT telling people not to rely on the vaccine when it is distributed.

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Everyone will not get the vaccine on the same day. At least not in the USA. The
first people to get the vaccine will be healthcare workers and after that, nursing
home patients.

Which is reasonable, hospital and healthcare workers are the most vulnerable along with nursing home patients and elderly, with or without underlying conditions - you will know in time if the vaccine works as you hear less and less cases, this will be encouraging news that hopefully will convince the general population. Of course government, defense, military, they will likely get it next, and of course the rich :D RIGHT NOW recent polls are not encouraging. In Canada polls show that more than half will take it, which is not enough for required immunity in the population. In the USA even worse, less than half of Americans, again, shy of the 75-80% needed. Of course, this is subject to change, eventually people will be so desperate when they see dead bodies all around from this dangerous virus, they will eventually make the right decision - hopefully it doesn't have to come to that, hopefully people won't wait for the Zombie Apocalypse and half of American population taken away by this virus to act...........

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Well, I don't know about dentists in Canada but I dentists are very good in the
USA are very good. The dentist I go to does not get paid per tooth. lol

Well, there are bad doctors too in both US and Canada, it's certainly not better in the US, or in Canada, both have their share of malpractice and big money interests - although here in Canada we have a public health care system funded by a budget, paid for by yours truly, the tax payers, so care is FREE here, and it comes with its downsides, people are waiting 6 month to YEARS to get needed tests, surgeries, treatments! but at least nobody here is footing million $ bills from hospital stay. In the US there is more bias for profitability, hospitals get a ton of money from insurance and from patients, even if they often settle for a reduced bill for patients who cannot afford the entire amount, they make tons of money - they often will run these places like a market, pushing surgeries, treatments, that are often not the best course for patients. There are certain areas here in Canada that are not covered by the public health care system, such as dentists, you must pay your visit, and on average for a checkup and cleaning session it can run you an easy $200 and above, or $260+ if you get xrays, and these sessions are less than 60 minutes! For fillings, it's usually in the $40-$50 per filling. My impact wisdom tooth extraction surgery would have cost me $75 at my regular dentist. It cost me $300 at the specialist, and surgery took 25 minutes and I was back home, only took Tylenol twice and that was it. Here in Canada healthcare is on a very tight budget, so this means doctors have quotas of patients, there are quotas / limits on surgery, etc, so hospitals have no interests to prescribe stay and surgeries, of course we also have PRIVATE clinics that are not funded by the government, and this is the place to go to when patients are in a rush for tests or procedure they would have to wait otherwise months to years for.

Example, if you need an MRI, for instance of your knee, good luck here you would need to wait a year, maybe 2, maybe more. You can go to a private clinic and get an appointment within 1 week, and pay a nice sum of $780 !

There was the story months ago about a person who was infected with COVID19 and was admitted to the hospital, spend a few months there in the US and the bill was around a million $ !!! This is a LIFE changer.

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Yes in some air fryers you can cook most anything. Mine even has a 'bake'
setting. They are very easy to clean. Most have a basket and that is where
you place the food.

With holes at the bottom, I saw in a video (Pro Home Cooks channel) the guy put bacon at the top basket and sliced potatoes at the bottom, imagine, I watched those videos before bed time :mrgreen: Luckily I had my late night snack a few hours ago, apples, cinnamon and walnuts :D

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All of them are plastic except for maybe a Ninja that has
a ceramic basket. All you do to clean is pull the basket out and either wash it

PLASTIC ???? How does that work out, with 400F temps that's a hazard, doesn't the plastic melt, or release toxins ?
I thought the basket was made of steal or the same material as a cooking pan / pot or aluminum but not plastic.

I also saw a video (from Pro Home Cooks) and he was using a pressure cooker air fryer combo, of course it's a much bigger unit, he roasted a whole chicken in one - I was impressed when he made banana bread, it looks delicious :D he also did fried banana chips....... one I liked is the apple pies he made, small, pop-tarts sized apple pies. As to fried Kale chips, I dunno, it's hard to imagine the taste.........
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#28 by valerie » Mon Nov 23, 2020 10:00

I guess the USA has the best health care services in the world, or at least one of the best.
The problem is, it's expensive so people do need to have health care insurance.

Next year my Medicare will kick in. That is presently about $145.00 per month for parts
A and B. That covers primarily hospital and doctor. It's more if you want part D which is
the drug prescription plan. I forget what part C is. I think there is more parts that those. lol

No, I don't have issues breathing. I may in the future at some point, that I don't know.

Here with insurance, we have an online chart. It relays our records and suggested tests
and physicals and vaccines, etc. For example if you are my age and have a past history
or present history of smoking cigarettes, it suggest the low dose ct scan. When it's time
for a flu vaccine, it relays that info. If it's time for a mammogram, it relays that. If I
want to have a face to face online visit with my doctor, I can do that there too. Altho I
never have had the need to, I simply go to the doctor in person. It's very neat to have
that because I can see all my test results, keep up with whatever tests I need to have, etc.

Drug costs are very expensive. Not all, but many are. One drug I take is about $70 a
month. I'm anemic so I also take prescription Ferrous (iron) and it's only $4. I also take
high blood pressure med. All together, I'd say the cost for my prescriptions run about
$300 a month. However, I have insurance so I don't actually pay much out of pocket.

Some people pay an extreme amount because they have a lot of meds and/or health
issues that have very costly meds.

Yeah, everything is plastic plastic plastic. Obviously the way the air fryers are made,
they don't emit fire to melt the plastic. I suppose the plastic that is used, is heat
resistant. When I remove the basket of food, it is hot but not very. The food is hot
but the basket not so much.
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#29 by valerie » Mon Nov 23, 2020 10:10

My sister has a big Ninja that does about everything.

She hates it and rarely uses it. It has a couple of different lids that come with it.
She can pressure cook or air fry in it. She says it's too much trouble to use. I
can see why she would not like it. I don't generally like products in which you
have to switch out parts or read an encyclopedia to use it.

I have an InstaPot and a real pressure cooker. I do use the instapot and I never
use the real pressure cooker.
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#30 by Darkstar2 » Mon Nov 23, 2020 16:01

valerie wrote: I guess the USA has the best health care services in the world, or at least one of the best.
The problem is, it's expensive so people do need to have health care insurance.


Right, and health care insurance is very expensive, especially if you want a very high coverage. You may end up never needing care, but have paid hundreds of thousands in premiums, OR you may end up needing it - as far as USA being the best for health care, it depends, some people end up having specific surgeries in foreign countries, America is not immune from bad doctors and clinics, I guess it depends on the hospital / clinic / doctor. Doctors are often lured by big pharmas and drug companies to push their sales and pressure doctors in prescribing the medication, in exchange for gifts..... not a pair of socks, I mean cars, houses, travel, money, lavish lifestyles, anything they want. Luckily some doctors resist temptation, but some are virtually drug dealers for the pharmas :P

How many doctors are prescribing high blood pressure medication too early, instead of advising patients on changing lifestyle to reverse the condition, which is often possible when you are pre-hypertensive. I was pre-hypertensive for years, in fact there years where most of the time my BP was 135-140 / 90 systolic, with lifestyle changes and more activity I managed to sustain BPs in the optimal range <120/80 which is optimal normal range as per new guidelines, and at times 120-125/80-85 and maintained this for all these years, I did my own program. Doctors are too quick to prescribe anti-depression, diabetes meds, BP meds, etc instead of advising on lifestyle changes. Not saying that these medications have no use, they do, but often if you catch a condition early on, you can reverse it. There are people who have been insulin resistant and border line type 2 - they were able to reverse their condition through exercise and lifestyle changes. Not all doctors in the US are good, some are pure CROOKS and some hospitals are focusing more on their shareholders and board of directors, there has to be a certain number of tests, surgeries, prescriptions, etc, hospitals in America are not publicly funded so they need a minimum stream of income to survive, and teaching patients on prevention and self care won't cut it....... No doubt there are very good doctors and hospitals in the US, but there are very VERY bad ones too, and in Canada, even though our system is publicly funded, we have very very bad hospitals and very very bad doctors too - you are more likely to get better care in a good hospital in America, because they are not limited by a publicly funded budget, but you better cough up the money if you need care, some people have had their lives turned around from a hospital stay, and now they are in debt for their entire life struggling to pay a 6 figure hospital bill.

What a RIP OFF - it's almost organised CRIME over there, I mean hundreds of thousands for a short hospital stay ? Ridiculous, the medical industry is taking advantage and the prices are very unreasonable and abusive, I sometimes wonder how insurance companies put up with this. Ok equipment is expensive, but hospital execs are taking in HUGE salaries and some prices are way too high for the type of procedure. That person who spent a month in a hospital for COVID19, 1 million $ I mean come on, this is ridiculous here.

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Next year my Medicare will kick in. That is presently about $145.00 per month for parts
A and B. That covers primarily hospital and doctor. It's more if you want part D which is
the drug prescription plan. I forget what part C is. I think there is more parts that those. lol

What coverage do you get for $145 a month in terms of hospital / tests / doctor ? is it unlimited or is there a ceiling, i.e. $1 million, etc. like insurance companies have a limit - In Canada health care is funded by the government (the public side anyway) through taxes, so the more you earn the higher your tax bracket, here we have both federal taxes and provincial taxes, and some provinces have a higher tax than others. For instance in one province if you earn past a certain amount, you would be paying 55% of your salary to the government, so for someone earning $50k a year they would pay half of it in taxes, that's way way more than $145 a month :mrgreen: and public health care covers hospitals and doctors, so if you go to the hospital you are covered, if you go to the doctors, clinic or hospital, all covered, of course travel by ambulance is not, you must pay. If you get local anesthesia for local procedures, you must pay the anesthesia. Of course drugs are not covered, you must pay them, though there is a public coverage with a franchise, for some meds which are eligible. So you see, a Canadian living in a specific province earning a good living year after year , could very well have paid over half a million $ worth in taxes in their working years. The good side though is people earning below a certain amount here, are exempt from paying taxes but they would be in the poverty bracket. Here in Canad < $30k a year is poverty :D What about people in America who do not work,
are they covered by something ? what if they cannot afford insurance or the $145 a month plan?

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No, I don't have issues breathing. I may in the future at some point, that I don't know.

Well your condition can't be reversed, you have mild damage, you did the right thing stop smoking, so this can only but slow down progression of the condition, if you start smoking again it WILL get worse and faster, you will not reverse your condition by stopping smoking, but you will prevent further complications, luckily you can still breathe. Some people wait when it is too late and they are at a severe stage and difficulty breathing, they are diagnosed as COPD.

I am so thankful I never smoked in my life, one thing though, when I exercise vigorously I breathe hard and have a hard time catching my breath, I think I may have exercise-induced bronchoconstriction.

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Here with insurance, we have an online chart. It relays our records and suggested tests
and physicals and vaccines, etc. For example if you are my age and have a past history
or present history of smoking cigarettes, it suggest the low dose ct scan. When it's time
for a flu vaccine, it relays that info. If it's time for a mammogram, it relays that. If I
want to have a face to face online visit with my doctor, I can do that there too. Altho I
never have had the need to, I simply go to the doctor in person. It's very neat to have
that because I can see all my test results, keep up with whatever tests I need to have, etc.

We have this system here too, you can look up your test results online, download, print them, etc.

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Drug costs are very expensive. Not all, but many are. One drug I take is about $70 a
month. I'm anemic so I also take prescription Ferrous (iron) and it's only $4. I also take
high blood pressure med. All together, I'd say the cost for my prescriptions run about
$300 a month. However, I have insurance so I don't actually pay much out of pocket.

Yeah drugs are very expensive, companies make a huge profit and markup, when you consider that most are developed abroad.

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Yeah, everything is plastic plastic plastic. Obviously the way the air fryers are made,
they don't emit fire to melt the plastic. I suppose the plastic that is used, is heat
resistant. When I remove the basket of food, it is hot but not very. The food is hot
but the basket not so much.

Hmmm I'm not familiar on how those things work, but hopefully it's not microwaves, because Microwaves are like that, the containers are not hot but the food is hot. I think the air fryers are more on the heat convection, there is likely a heating element somewhere just like an oven and a fan to circulate the air, but still, some of those can go up to 400F, is using plastics even safe ? Doesn't plastic leak toxic byproduct at certain temperature ? You can get a a good aluminum cookies sheet for your oven at the store, they are inexpensive, why didn't they use that. I can't imagine scorching hot food cooking at 400F sitting right on the plastic. I have NEVER used plastic for cooking, when heating or cooking stuff I have those tall cookie sheets made up of hard aluminum, or there are Pyrex trays made of glass.
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#31 by valerie » Mon Nov 23, 2020 19:07

Medicare part A is hospital and Medicare part B is doctor.

As I understand it, there is a co-pay and a deductible. Once the deductible is met, there is a 20%
co-pay at least with Part B. If you went to the doctor and your deductible was met and the office
visit was $100, you would pay $20. I know there is a deductible for part A but it may be a bit more
complicated depending on hospital stay, tests, surgeries. Still, medicare will pay most of it.

Medicare part D is drug plan and I am not sure all that involves yet.

Well Darkstar2, believe it or not, it's not always about life style change. Many people have high
blood pressure and are basically healthy otherwise. In regards to changing a life style, doctors
cannot force people to do anything.

No doubt there are bad doctors. I like my doctor so that is good. I've never known of a hospital
stating they needed to have such and such number of surgeries, etc. They don't do that here.

My husbands doctor, hospital bills, was almost one million dollars. His insurance covered most of
it.

Medicare kicks in when a person turns 65. That is if you have paid into medicare. I guess those
that have not paid into medicare over the years get some sort of aid. Maybe they get medicare too.
I dunno. Not to confuse medicare with various insurance companies. A person on medicare can
also carry supplemental insurance with any insurance company they want.

It depends on the person that does not work and what State they are in. Some States, maybe all,
have medicaid. Medicaid will pay according to that States plan. Also, depends on the location of
hospital regulations, etc. I do see more and more signs now in doctor offices, dental offices, etc
'must pay for services first or present insurance card'....something like that.

Oh, the Medicare $145.00 a month, automatically comes out of my retirement check. It's simply
automatic for everyone that is retired unless they refuse it.

I quit smoking years ago.

Don't get me wrong, air fryers do get hot and so does the basket but not so much like a hot pan
on the stove. The basket also cools off very quickly....probably because it is plastic. :roll:

Some plastics are toxic. That's why cooking utensils of plastic are bp free or some such as that.
Free of toxins.

You can in fact place cookware in the basket. I do. You can also place foil in the basket. I do
that too. When I bake fish in the air fryer, I put the fish on a metal pie pan.
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#32 by Darkstar2 » Mon Nov 23, 2020 21:03

valerie wrote:
Well Darkstar2, believe it or not, it's not always about life style change. Many people have high
blood pressure and are basically healthy otherwise. In regards to changing a life style, doctors
cannot force people to do anything.

They cannot force, but they can inform - patients rely on their doctors, not all patients have the knowledge, doctors should first and foremost serve the best interest of the patient by offering optimal care, once doctors provide the guidelines and advice, then it is up to the patients. You would be surprised Valerie, on how lifestyle can affect health - of course there are conditions which are genetic, though genetic does not mean 100% it means increased risk. There are people who eat little and get fat, there are people who eat healthy and have diabetes, there are people who eat like pigs and drink like alcoholics, and they are healthy, there are even people weighing 800 pounds with normal BP, blood glucose and no cholesterol as shocking as it is. I am talking about the people that do not have existing conditions, a lot of it is lifestyle - if someone has high BP no matter what, then they DO need medication, but it's good to investigate first if the source of the disease is lifestyle or acquired. Doctors often prescribe drugs that fix one problem but create other problems, Statins for example. You would be very surprised on how far you can bring your blood pressure down with a change in food eating habits, it's worth a try first to see if it works, if it doesn't then it's drugs, but prescribing drugs should be the last course of action. Take diabetes type 2 for example, most people develop it due to lifestyle - obesity, insulin resistance, years of neglect, and diabetes can often be detected very early with regular checkups. Doctors often look at the blood glucose level as an indicator, when instead they should be looking at the hemoglobin A1c, which represents the 3 month average of your blood sugar management and is a better indicator - not saying every case is lifestyle, but a lot of them could be prevented and reversed - PREhypertension and PREdiabetes can be reversed. For depression, sleep problems, etc, there are often alternatives to try first, yet doctors are quick to prescribe Ativan and all that shit that messes with your brain and memory, of course, where would drug companies be if doctors are not pushing prescription like the drug dealers that some / most are :mrgreen:

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No doubt there are bad doctors. I like my doctor so that is good. I've never known of a hospital
stating they needed to have such and such number of surgeries, etc. They don't do that here.

Of course not, because your health care system is not funded by government. Our health care is publicly funded, there is a budget allotted to health - doctors have many restrictions - they are not allowed to practice both public and private, they have a quota on patients, of course for emergencies things are different, but the system is very tight otherwise. If you ever head over to the hospital for a non life threatening emergency, you will be triaged and the average wait time will be usually in the 8 to 12 hours, and on really busy / above saturation, you could be lying on a gurney, like an abandoned ANIMAL or sitting in the waiting room for 24-48 hours!!! It's not uncommon for doctors to be fed up and go work in the private sector - nurses are FED UP working 18 hours shifts because the corrupt government who has tons of money for illegal immigrants and immigrants in general, cannot increase the budget and hire more nurses - it's total CHAOS here, so your best hope to get fast care is through a valid emergency through 911 and getting rushed by ambulance Do you know what is the waiting time to register for a family doctor here ? 3 years, yes you read correctly Valerie, 3 damn years (36 months) - A lot of the good doctors and specialists are over quota and cannot take new patients, so people have to go to those walk in clinics and see whatever rent-a-doctor is available on duty :mrgreen: We also have some fine hospitals too with specialists in specific fields, we have some world renown hospitals too, unfortunately the system is plagued with over capacity and doing with little staff. Not uncommon to hear about malpractice either, those nurses who barely sleep and do 16-18 hours shifts are bound to make mistakes and push the wrong doses or get their anger out of patients. Imagine the chaos now with hospitals having to do with COVID19, it might come to a point where hospitals will have to make a choice on who they save and who they just tell to F off and die at home because there is no more room or staff to attend.

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My husbands doctor, hospital bills, was almost one million dollars. His insurance covered most of
it.

That's a lot of money, assuming that any insurance pays 80%, it still would be a lot of money to pay, imagine those without insurance, often hospitals inflate the bill because they know eventually they will scale down and reach a settlement, it's a market place alright, and not uncommon for hospitals to significantly reduce the bill, but $1 million, wow. Imagine people who already have their student loans to pay off, house mortgages, debt, imagine adding 6 figure debts......

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Medicare kicks in when a person turns 65. That is if you have paid into medicare. I guess those
that have not paid into medicare over the years get some sort of aid. Maybe they get medicare too.
I dunno. Not to confuse medicare with various insurance companies. A person on medicare can
also carry supplemental insurance with any insurance company they want.

Maybe they get referred to those free clinics or they get some help or referred to specific hospitals, maybe not with the optimal care they would get in other hospitals, maybe not with the same advanced equipment and specialists. Specialists costs a lot of money - there is a hell of a difference between a walk in clinic doctor and a specialist.

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It depends on the person that does not work and what State they are in. Some States, maybe all,
have medicaid. Medicaid will pay according to that States plan. Also, depends on the location of
hospital regulations, etc. I do see more and more signs now in doctor offices, dental offices, etc
'must pay for services first or present insurance card'....something like that.

So I guess medicaid would be dependent on your personal income / household income and stuff like that right ? What's this thing about Obama care, is it like offering a similar system to Canada, a public health care funded by taxes ?

As far as dental offices requiring advance payment, how can that be, how can they know in advance what you will pay ? The rate is variable depending on the work required and done, some people require more through cleaning, dentists will charge more, some people might require xray, that's more, it's hard to know in advance, and as far as I know dentists don't charge a flat fee, they charge based on the work done, there is a minimum fee + the extras.

Who knows in Canada how long the public health care system will last, there is more and more move to private medicine now as doctors and nurses are fed up. If you need an MRI for your knee, you can get it done within 1 week at a private clinic if you can of course foot the bill, $780 + TAX :D OR you can wait 2.5 years for your turn, that's how bad it is. It's not uncommon to hear stories about Canadians traveling to Cuba or other countries to get specific surgeries they would have to wait otherwise and DIE here waiting. YET our PM has all the money in the world to greet unlimited immigrants, but when it comes time to help the poor in this country there is no money - Canada's deficit is running year after year, the Liberals have run this country into so much debt and deficit, is it normal for hospitals to be at 240%-300% most of the time, something is wrong - is it normal for nurses to do 16+ hours shifts when there should be more working instead of 1 doing all the shifts ? Is it normal for patients to DIE waiting for their important procedures or tests ? Of course in a public system if you go to the hospital you will be usually 4 or more in a room, and smell other people's "CRAP", unless you have insurance if you want a private room. Don't even get me started on senior homes, and how the elderly get treated here, basically like garbage, I'm certainly not looking forward to reaching that age, I rather DIE at home than be subject to the verbal and physical abuse and having someone wipe my arse. Any person sending their loved one in those homes are basically sending them to the slaughter house.

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Oh, the Medicare $145.00 a month, automatically comes out of my retirement check. It's simply
automatic for everyone that is retired unless they refuse it.

Wow $145 for this, $300 for meds, you must have a much higher fixed retirement amount than in Canada. For Canada we have a FIXED amount for Old Age Security from the federal government is $613 per month! then you get the provincial one which is variable based on how much you contributed in your working years - the more you worked and contributed, the more you get, those who did not work or contribute because of low income get nothing, they might be eligible for GIS (Guaranteed Income) but at most you would be getting $17k (gross, before deductions), that's SEVERE poverty in Canada, when you consider that rent in a shit hole can run you $1k a month or more. Not everybody has the luxury of having a company pension on top of the government pension which is usually a big joke. You can't survive here a retirement without savings (401k equivalent) and for a semi decent retirement you would need 35 x your highest salary in savings x 2, to account for inflation and taxes you pay on these earnings when comes time to withdraw. So for instance you earned $50k a year, the formulat would be ($50k x 35) x 2 = $3.5 million, this will add a safety margin for market fluctuations, recession and inflation. How many Canadians or Americans do you think have even close to that saved in their 401k ? Some people are happy they have $100k-$200k, ahahaha that won't cut it unless you want to live miserably, in a cardboard box, with the same clothes, never travel, and eating SPAM sandwiches or do your groceries at the dollarama for food.

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I quit smoking years ago.

Good, hopefully it stays this way.

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Don't get me wrong, air fryers do get hot and so does the basket but not so much like a hot pan
on the stove. The basket also cools off very quickly....probably because it is plastic. :roll:

obviously :P Well I guess heat is evenly distributed, if the basket where metal it would like burn the bottom I dunno must ask the air fryer experts out there, I just cannot imagine cooking something at 400F on plastic I would be uncomfortable - when plastic is heated it leaks potentially dangerous chemicals.

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Some plastics are toxic. That's why cooking utensils of plastic are bp free or some such as that.
Free of toxins.

BPA. Well so they say, is it worth the risk ? ;) MAYBE that's why the temperature limits on air fryers are lower than those of actual ovens......

I wonder about hamburgers in an air fryer, has anybody tried that, would it also work with a frozen burger ?
Costco sells the boxes of Angus Beef burgers quarter pound, seasoned, (my mouth is watering) road house something, they are delicious, they are meant usually for the BBQ in the summer. I wonder how well does an air fryer handle frozen meat ...... So no plastic after taste ??? :lol:


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You can in fact place cookware in the basket. I do. You can also place foil in the basket. I do
that too. When I bake fish in the air fryer, I put the fish on a metal pie pan.

True and you can even use parchment paper for baking bread, cookies, etc, only thing if you do so, you are blocking the holes below, so using foil or sheets are for specific uses I guess baking, of course you won't use those for french fries :P

Good ting I had my midnight snack, apples cinnamon and nuts or I'd be really hungry :)
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#33 by valerie » Mon Nov 23, 2020 21:43

Doctors here do inform their patients of what they need to do for their health.
Don't they do that in Canada?

Why would I be surprised on how life style affects health? :lol:

That's why they came out with ObamaCare Marketplace Plans. They tried to enforce people
to purchase health insurance. They also made it some silly little fine that if you did not have
health insurance you would pay a fine of something like $250 or $500. I don't think anyone
has every paid it and it makes no sense because health insurance cost more than the fine.

No, ObamaCare is nothing like Canada. It's simply a choice of insurance plans and insurance
companies. They threw in some incentives such as pre-existing conditions accepted.

Yes it's important to have medical insurance, for sure. You just never know and it doesn't
matter what age you are, you need to have it here.

The dentists here do have rates and also charge an office visit. So initially they want the office
visit paid up front. If they have your insurance card on file, it's different. They have their
standard fees. Cost per filling a tooth. Cost for cleaning teeth. Cost for extracting a tooth.
Cost for X-rays. Cost of office visit. Cost of partials. Costs of dentures. All that is known.
All one needs to do is ask their dentist or the receptionist. If you need some kind of major
surgery, you'd probably go to a dental surgeon.

I don't pay $300 for meds. I have insurance that covers most of it.

Retirement income is not fixed across the board. It's based on the years worked, income
paid in to social security over the years.

I don't eat hamburgers but yes people put hamburgers and all kinds of food in an air fryer.
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#34 by Darkstar2 » Mon Nov 23, 2020 22:54

Why why why did I watch this in the middle of the night
Air Fried BUBBA BURGERS from FROZEN | Ninja Foodi | Instant Pot Vortex 6 - YouTube
:lol:
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#35 by valerie » Tue Nov 24, 2020 05:40

LOL

They say the 'Vortex' is a good air fryer also. It's the one on the right that he
has called 'InstaPot' by mistake a couple of times.
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#36 by Darkstar2 » Tue Nov 24, 2020 14:52

valerie wrote: LOL

They say the 'Vortex' is a good air fryer also. It's the one on the right that he
has called 'InstaPot' by mistake a couple of times.

InstaPot ? Weird name, sounds like something you would buy out of a drug dealer :lol:

I like the name Vortex, but I find that they are quite expensive considering they use plastic, maybe one day they will invent a kitchen in a box, includes built-in toaster, fryer, air fryer, oven and dishwasher :D
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#37 by valerie » Tue Nov 24, 2020 15:53

The InstaPots are really great to have.
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#38 by Darkstar2 » Wed Nov 25, 2020 20:14

valerie wrote: The InstaPots are really great to have.

If they had a slogan it would be: InstaPot, why grow pot when you can have it in an instant :lol:

Yeah I can see some on Amazon, and stainless steal too, I wonder if they mean the finish or the baskets, some are 11 in 1......
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#39 by valerie » Thu Nov 26, 2020 08:02

The outside of an InstaPot is primarily some sort of hard plastic I suppose.

The inside lid is stainless like a real pressure cooker.

The inside that holds the food, is a removable stainless pot.
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#40 by Darkstar2 » Sat Nov 28, 2020 19:49

valerie wrote: Doctors here do inform their patients of what they need to do for their health.
Don't they do that in Canada?

Basically doctors here say "Go take a tylenol and STFU" :lol: Actually yes some do that, but yeah it depends on what kind of doctors, specialist doctors or clinic doctors, it's rare that doctors will tell you what's best for you, they will usually order tests, make a diagnosis, which can be wrong sometimes, and prescribe drugs, doctors tend to be cautious and avoid liability, because then patients can turn around and say "Hey doc told me to do this and it didn't work it made it worse" so they basically test you and give you meds. If a patient asks questions, doctors answer them. If you were to ask a doctor "Hey doc my blood sugar is border line, I am concerned of having diabetes later on what do I do ?" Doctors will then answer the obvious, but there are many natural ways you can control stuff like that, doctors do not dwell into that realm beyond medical science, they will never admit that if you do certain stuff you can reverse early disease, even though you CAN......here doctors are so busy and frustrated and angry most of the time because of government cuts and limited resources they have, it's not like in the US where doctors can abuse and prescribe unneeded tests and surgeries, if you were to be lucky enough to have a family doctor that practices in a hospital and is a specialist in a field but also does general medicine, you are lucky, you would get very good care, otherwise if you are stuck having to go to clinics and seeing a different doctor each time, you are going to get most of the time generic service.

When I had my impacted ingrown wisdom tooth below the gum, my regular dentist attempted the surgery, as soon as she started cutting the gum I felt the pain, it was REALLY bad, yet she did give me the local anesthetic. So immediately she interrupted the procedure, put some pad to stop bleeding and referred me to her university professor, a specialist and surgeon - it's funny because my dentist was also a dental surgeon, so I went to the specialist, t he one who taught her basically, and what a difference, like day and night, ok 4 times more expensive but i was GREAT, did not feel a damn thing........ Unfortunately not all doctors are equal, you will get better care from specialists. Unfortunately with government cuts and policies, most of the top doctors are full and cannot take new patients.

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That's why they came out with ObamaCare Marketplace Plans. They tried to enforce people
to purchase health insurance. They also made it some silly little fine that if you did not have
health insurance you would pay a fine of something like $250 or $500. I don't think anyone
has every paid it and it makes no sense because health insurance cost more than the fine.

Ahahaha that's not half as bad as Obama charging a big price for his seminars for people to go listen to his drivel and monstrous nonsense ... Fining people for not having health insurance, that is so Obama :D Was the fine PER MONTH or one time ? what a scam !

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Yes it's important to have medical insurance, for sure. You just never know and it doesn't

You also need an income large enough to support this added expense - most Americans are living in debt, but that will change now with Biden, who is going to give everything for FREE, he said no American will ever have to work one day in their life :lol:

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I don't pay $300 for meds. I have insurance that covers most of it.

You are probably paying more for insurance than your meds - this is the thing with insurance, if you have it, you most probably will never need care - if you don't, you get unlucky and wish you had :D Insurance companies are making money from the people who are healthy and don't require hospitals or drugs, and right now I hear more and more companies trying to help the dead tourism industry by offering COVID19 insurance, after companies said they WILL NOT cover this - it's strange how can insurance company offer COVID19 protection in the middle of a pandemic and very high risk - how did they figure it out ? Someone traveled and required 90 days in a hospital and ended up with a million $ bill, usually insurance companies cover low-risk, because if they covered high risk, they would be out of business. I think the whole COVID19 insurance is a scam, most people take insurance and do not read the fine print and understand the AMOUNT of coverage. It's good to be covered for something, but for how much, $500,000 ? $10 million ? $1 million ? There are some cheap insurances that cover you for only under $1 million, that's not enough, most people underestimate the cost of health care in the US :D

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Retirement income is not fixed across the board. It's based on the years worked, income
paid in to social security over the years.

So in the US there is only 1 payment of retirement income ? Here in Canada there 2 from government, 1 is from Federal government which ALL Canadians get and is fixed at $601.xx, it is increased yearly based on inflation (big joke), so no matter if you worked or not, all Canadians will get the federal Old Age Security. Those who worked and contributed will get the respective payment from the provincial government - those who did not work will only get Federal fixed income - and there is also a supplement guarantee for low income earners, so those below a certain yearly income get this supplement. So in the US you have the equivalent of only your state's old age security right ?
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