THE STRAW THAT BROKE AETNA'S BACK & QUACKBUSTERS/BUSTED! Oh, HAPPY DAY

Ronnie

Jedi
Big Pharma, Big Insurance, Same Beast.... I love it when this happens!

AETNA Loses Major Dental Case
in Fed Court - Is This Their Demise?...

Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen

Sunday, January 29th, 2006

Late Friday, January 27th, 2006, 10th District Federal Court Judge Marcia Krieger handed struggling Aetna Insurance, perhaps the biggest legal loss in Aetna's history. And, it was over a dental issue. The reverberations will be felt worldwide. This case may be one of the two straws to break this company's back. I'll tell you about the second straw further into this article.

About 3:00PM, Central Standard time, in Denver, Colorado, Aetna attorneys and top management no doubt went into cardiac arrest when a decision in the "Cavitat v. Aetna" Federal case was announced by the Judge, especially since the decision came only one week after Aetna had arrogantly crowed its legal position to its customer base in Business Week Magazine. It is not known whether Business Week plans to retract its story and apologize to those it named.

In August of 2004, a small manufacturer of medical devices, Cavitat Medical Technologies of Denver, Colorado filed suit against Aetna, and named as co-conspirators:

Delicensed MD Stephen Barrett, his dubious website "quackwatch.com," Robert S. Baratz MD, DDS, PhD, the National Council Against Health Fraud (NCAHF), and a big chunk of the organized "quackbuster" conspiracy, in Colorado, for "were and are each employed or associated with an enterprise, and participated and participates in the conduct of the enterprise affairs through a pattern of racketeering activity in violation of 18 USAC1962(c) and C.R.S. 18-17-104(3). Said pattern of activity included and includes, but was and is not limited to, the preparation, publication, dissemination and transmittal of information by US Mail and by wire through internet websites by wire and other media which falsely represented the Plaintiff's product and technology, constituting a violation of 18 USC 1341, 1343, 1347 and 1349, and CRS 18-17-103(5)(a)..."

"(1) Publication of an Injurious Falsehood, (2) Tortious interference with a Prospective Business Advantage, (3) Negligent interference with a Prospective Business Advantage, (4) Interference with contract or prospective Contractual Relation, (5) Federal and State RICO (18USCA 1961 et seq. and C.R.S. 18-17-104).

I have a copy of the lawsuit on my desk (12 pages), and I LOVE the way it reads. I've put a copy on one of my websites. It's a model, as far as I'm concerned, of the way a hundred other lawsuits should be filed against the "quackbuster" conspiracy, all over North America.

Basically, the lawsuit complains that Bob Jones invented a device called CAVITAT which easily finds cavitations in the jawbone long before an x-ray can, got that device properly approved by the FDA, started selling it all over North America, only to have the quackbuster operation bad-mouth it. Aetna Insurance picked up the quackbuster's commentaries and used them to deny claims for its use, and for treatment based upon results of its findings. The quackbusters that wrote the report (Dodes and Schissell) claim to have a dental clinic in Forest Hills, New York. They are the mainstay writers for Barrett's dubious "dentalwatch.com" website. Dodes and Schissell have very questionable credentials.

Scientist Bernard Windham probably explains best why the quackbusters are so eager to kill CAVITAT for their paymasters. Windham says "Cavitations are diseased areas in bone under teeth or extracted teeth usually caused by lack of adequate blood supply to the area. Tests by special equipment (Cavitat) found cavitations in over 90% of areas under root canals or extracted wisdom teeth that have been tested, and toxins such as anerobic bacteria and other toxics which significantly inhibit body enzymatic processes in virtually all cavitations. These toxins have been found to have serious systemic health effects in many cases, and significant health problems to be related such as arthritis, MCS, and CFS. These have been found to be factors along with amalgam in serious chronic conditions such as MS, ALS, Alzheimer's, MCS, CFS, etc.. The problem occurs in extractions that are not cleaned out properly after extraction.

Frankly, the American Dental System, with the American Dental Association (ADA) at the helm, is buried in 100 year old technologies, won't accept anything new, and is fighting a losing battle over their promotion of deadly poisonous mercury amalgam (they call them "silver") fillings, and ultra-dangerous, but highly profitable "Root Canals." The ADA, I hear, has lost a second insurance carrier, because of its endorsement of certain dental products. And, it is being sued by its former insurance carrier for lying to that carrier about the safety of mercury amalgams.

Worse, the ADA, isn't telling its membership about its legal problems. A California dentist found out the hard way that the ADA won't back those dentists that still install mercury amalgams, stating "he should have known how dangerous they were..."

The ADA, isn't telling its membership about its Public Relations problems, either. Mainstream media has picked up on the ADA's plight. The Chicago Tribune, a few weeks ago, ran an article titled "Are your teeth toxic? The mercury in 'silver' fillings would be hazardous waste in a river----yet it's sitting in your mouth..."

Aetna has been in BIG trouble for a while...

Aetna, just a few years ago, according to Baseline magazine, "was losing about $1 million dollars a day..." Then John W. Rowe was brought aboard as CEO. Rowe made big changes to stop the hemorrhaging. The biggest thing was implementation of a new system labeled Executive Management Information System (EMIS) designed to replace an old system that Rowe said was "using stale information to make actuarial assumptions about what was happening in health care."

Again, Baseline says "This performance management system helped Aetna understand where it was losing money and what it would have to change to reverse that trend. Initially, Aetna returned to profitability by raising its rates and deliberately driving away unprofitable customers. But over the past couple of years, it has continued to increase profits by whittling away at overhead expenses and medical costs."

The "Cavitat v. Aetna" case, though, points out Aetna's reality - and the emptiness of their so-called "recovery." The key words to the problems brought up in the Cavitat case were in the statement above "it has continued to increase profits by whittling away at overhead expenses and medical costs."

It's how they accomplished that increase in profits, that becomes the rub - and is the situation that will anger the health industry towards Aetna far more than anything else.


http://www.bolenreport.net/feature_articles/feature_article023.htm
 
"Scientist Bernard Windham probably explains best why the quackbusters are so eager to kill CAVITAT for their paymasters. Windham says "Cavitations are diseased areas in bone under teeth or extracted teeth usually caused by lack of adequate blood supply to the area. Tests by special equipment (Cavitat) found cavitations in over 90% of areas under root canals or extracted wisdom teeth that have been tested, and toxins such as anerobic bacteria and other toxics which significantly inhibit body enzymatic processes in virtually all cavitations. These toxins have been found to have serious systemic health effects in many cases, and significant health problems to be related such as arthritis, MCS, and CFS. These have been found to be factors along with amalgam in serious chronic conditions such as MS, ALS, Alzheimer's, MCS, CFS, etc.. The problem occurs in extractions that are not cleaned out properly after extraction."

Wow! Oh the many things they don't teach in school! Turns out "science" as we have been told it to be isn't very "objective" after all. In other words thousands upon thousands could actually be healed by getting at one of the ROOT :) causes of the problem.
 

Cyre2067

The Living Force
Actually i just explained how Science today is used more to justify opinion (making it not-science) when its original purpose was to prove or disprove a guess based on observations. Again subjective versus objective, and my 13 year old sister understood it all.
 

aurora

Jedi Master
A big applause for CAVITAT. Mercury amalgams, something of the past, are still being used in USA ! Composite Resin Dental Fillings are made of a plastic dental resin combined with porcelain and glass particles. These types of fillings are durable and more natural looking than amalgam fillings. Cavities are sites of infection and because they are closer to your brain, they pose a risk. They can also infect your kidneys or other parts of the body if not taken care of.
 
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