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  1. Double or nothing for ObamaCare

    Freedom Friday: The high cost of socialism

    ObamaCare isn't just any old socialist lie -- it's an EXPENSIVE socialist lie, and new numbers show just how much is about to be stolen from your pocket to pay for it: $1.76 trillion.

    That's TRILLION with a T, for the next 10 years of ObamaCare costs.

    That's almost double what the president himself claimed in 2009, when he said it would cost "just" $900 billion over 10 years (his remarks on the costs of ObamaCare haven't been erased from the White House website yet).

    Want to know the worst part of this? I'll bet you anything that this new estimate is still on the low side.

    Here's the cold, hard truth about Obama's plot to socialize medicine: they can pass all the laws they want, raise taxes on everyone, force us all to buy insurance, print more dollars, and even borrow billions more from China -- but there's still no way in heck they'll be able to pay for it.

    And when the money runs out, your care won't just be rationed. It'll be cut off when you need it most.

    If you want to see how all this works in real life, just head on over to Jolly Olde England, which ObamaCare backers believe is some kind of medical utopia of controlled costs.

    Sure, they manage to keep a lid on costs over there -- because the powers-that-be refuse expensive treatments for the people who need them most, especially seniors.

    One new look at the numbers there finds that 14,000 seniors with cancer DIE every year because they're refused life-saving treatments that patients routinely get in other nations.

    Those 14,000 deaths add up to 10 percent of all UK cancer deaths and 3 percent of all deaths in the nation from all causes at any age -- and you can blame them all on cost control, not cancer.

    Take a good look at this, America -- because that's what's in your future, too, if ObamaCare is allowed to stand.

  2. Good night & drop dead

    How sleeping pills can kill you

    If Russian roulette isn't risky enough for you, grab a few friends and break out a pack of sleeping pills. You'll all fall asleep, of course. And one of you might not wake up again.

    Isn't that exciting?

    Frightening new numbers show that the sleep meds swallowed by millions every night could be linked to up to 507,000 deaths a year -- a number so outrageously high that it would actually be the number three cause of death in the entire country, right behind heart disease (599,413) and cancer (567,628).

    Overall, data collected on some 35,000 people tracked for 2.5 years finds that heavy users -- people who pop more than 132 pills a year -- are 5.3 times more likely to drop dead than non-users.

    That's actually the "good" news, believe it or not, because some pills actually pack even more of a punch. For the heaviest users Zolpidem (aka Ambien) boosts the risk up to 5.7 times and temazepam (aka Restoril) raises the risk to 6.6 times, according to some bedtime reading in BMJ.

    And for the icing on the cake, heavy sleeping pill users were also shown to be 35 percent more likely to get cancer.

    Don't rest easy if you're not a big-time pill popper. The same study finds that people who took 18 pills or fewer a year more than tripled their death risk... and more than 18 a year more than quadrupled it.

    All that, and I haven't even mentioned the other well-known side effects of sleeping pills -- including the notorious risk of bizarre and dangerous sleepwalking activity.

    In other words, just about anything else is a safer choice when it comes to sleep, including a hammer to the head... but I don't actually recommend that. There are literally hundreds of other safer sleep options out there, starting with warm milk spiked with a little brandy.

    Old-fashioned? Yes. But it works as well today as it did way back when.

    If you're still not falling asleep and an extra shot of brandy in that milk doesn't do the trick, read "No More Restless Nights" by my friend and colleague, Dr. D. Rutledge Taylor.

    It's short, to the point and has an introduction written by yours truly. More importantly, it's all you'll ever need to know about how to get to sleep the right way.

    I like it so much, I'm making it directly available to you. Find out more here.

  3. Deadly vaccine gets massive new push

    Hide your sons and grandsons, folks -- the day I've warned you about is finally here: A federal panel is urging docs to start giving dangerous HPV vaccines to boys.
  4. Wakeup call for ER docs

    Sometimes, I don't know who's in worse shape: hospital patients -- or the residents who treat them!
  5. Death toll rises from antibiotic-resistant bacteria

    According to the CDC, the strain of common staph bacteria called MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is now responsible for more deaths throughout the U.S. than the AIDS virus.
  6. How will you be affected by the latest FDA mix-up?

    The good news is that FDA officials were in China to look into the safety of a Chinese- made drug that's found in heparin, a blood thinner made by Baxter International. The bad news? They actually evaluated the wrong factory.

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