Illinois Prison Murders - An Open Letter to Illinois Leadership

Written by Ed Howes

From Prison Reform Series 15 February 2004

Subject: Prisoner Health Care

Illinois prisoners are being murdered with impunity by means of medical neglect and abuse. The legal liabilitiesrepparttar state has created over twenty years byrepparttar 125481 unsupervised use of private contracting for medical care, is enough to bankrupt fifty states. Yet, your focus is fixed upon costs and cost containment. Until quality of care becomes your focus, your legal liabilities for negligent homicides will skyrocket until a class action lawsuit endsrepparttar 125482 murders and injuries.

Start withrepparttar 125483 examination of individual prisoner lawsuits based on medical complaints, overrepparttar 125484 past twenty years. How many were filed twenty years ago? How many last year? What wasrepparttar 125485 nature of complaints? What wasrepparttar 125486 disposition of these suits? How many plaintiffs died before their suits were settled? How many suits were dismissed due to legal and technical issues? How many of you care aboutrepparttar 125487 answers to these questions?

Your problem is fairly simple to see, define and solve. It begins with definitions. Health Care: The PREVENTION of disease. Medicine: The treatment of symptoms and diseases caused byrepparttar 125488 lack of health care. There is little institutional health care available in America at any price. Only medicine. Medicine which treats, seldom cures and often multiplies illness in ways no one observes, includingrepparttar 125489 patient. Where doesrepparttar 125490 name patient come from? It applies to all citizens awaiting medical help. If you want any help at all, you must be patient.

When cost containment of medical care is your primary objective, you must shift focus from medicine to health care. An ounce of prevention is worth ten to one hundred pounds of cure. Prisoners require pounds of prevention, due to a high stress lifestyle forced upon them 365 days, without a break.

Stress destroys immune function. The more continuous and prolongedrepparttar 125491 stress,repparttar 125492 greaterrepparttar 125493 immune destruction. Every prisoner has depressed immune function within six months of entry into your disease mills. You are creatingrepparttar 125494 problem byrepparttar 125495 nature of imprisonment itself. You have three good solutions to your problem and there may well be more. If you apply them, you can learn more about true health care in two years, thanrepparttar 125496 medical establishment has learned inrepparttar 125497 past century. This can be passed along to your free citizens in inexpensive health care programs. You have a golden opportunity with a captive population to create health care as an alternative torepparttar 125498 medicine no one can afford or really wants. You can quickly create a health care model forrepparttar 125499 world.

1.Feed your prison population better than you feed your family. You haverepparttar 125500 choice not to eat as you should, but as you like. You pay for poor choices in sickness and disease, over time. Prisoners have no option but to eat what is provided. Super nutrition has been shown to substantially boost human immune function. Super nutrition can most simply be defined as doublerepparttar 125501 recommended dietary allowances of fresh fruits, vegetables, and high quality protein, along with access to a wide range of dietary supplements. Supplements such as those commonly found in prison commissaries, but not limited to those.

Dietary supplement costs should be heavily subsidized byrepparttar 125502 state to encourage prisoners to use them. Outlaw all processed foods inrepparttar 125503 dining halls. Cakes, breads, pasta, meats, sugar, etc.. Whole grain products only, preferably organically grown, which will also support a growing segment ofrepparttar 125504 Illinois economy, organic agriculture. Fifty per cent or more ofrepparttar 125505 diet must be fresh and raw. Temperatures above 118 degrees F. destroy life giving enzymes. Dead food creates dead people and live food, vibrant health. Between life and death,repparttar 125506 condition is health or dis ease.

2.The greatest nutrition atrepparttar 125507 lowest cost is obtained from raw, live sprouts. Sprouts are grown indoors, without soil or light. From soak to harvest, crops typically require 1 to 7 days. All nuts, seeds and grains sprout to create a new plant. Almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, are rich sources of protein and dietary oils. Pound for pound, fresh, live sprouts have greater nutritional value thanrepparttar 125508 seed they come from orrepparttar 125509 plants they become. Pure water and a few days of regular rinsing isrepparttar 125510 cost of production, plusrepparttar 125511 vertical cabinets or trays required. Sprouts like temperatures between sixty and eighty degrees. Perfect for indoor production. Four square feet of floor space can produce a half ton of super food in one week.

3. Withrepparttar 125512 assistance of Illinois Master Gardeners, state lands near prisons can be made into organic orchards, gardens and vineyards which produce a wide variety of foods and natural medicines, year round. These slash costs of health care and medicine alike. They require a fair initial investment to begin producing and save more money every year thereafter, as they expand. The initial costs of superior sprouts are much lower andrepparttar 125513 best reason to start there. Inmate labor can produce further cost savings and many would love to learnrepparttar 125514 basic life skill of feeding their selves and others with health producing foods. Sick people often cost more than they can produce.

4.Apply measures to reduce stress inrepparttar 125515 prisons. Ear or headphones for TVs and radios. Ear protectors or plugs to reducerepparttar 125516 constant din of daytime living. Encourage prisoner suggestions for reducing stress. Adoptrepparttar 125517 most reasonable.

5.Employ health and medical professionals who are well versed in alternative, natural and integrative medicine and health care. This will quickly reduce medical costs in conjunction with super nutrition. Pay them well and give bonuses for medical cost reductions each year they produce them for you.

Jimmy's Execution in His Words - Part 3

Written by Jimmy Kinslow as told to Ed Howes


I was sent back to UIC for a follow up on August 26, 2003, in order forrepparttar specialist to review my lab results fromrepparttar 125480 blood drawn July 30, 2003. Dr. Ghosh and Nurse Viscum refused to sendrepparttar 125481 lab results with me torepparttar 125482 consult. Without these resultsrepparttar 125483 specialist would be unable to recommendrepparttar 125484 restarting of my HCV treatments. The specialist ordered new blood tests and that I be returned to have an ultrasound done of my liver forrepparttar 125485 very first time, along with an Upper Endoscopy exam of my stomach and biopsy ofrepparttar 125486 stomach lining.

I was returned to UIC on September 10, 2003. Once againrepparttar 125487 staff from ADDUS Healthcare refused to send my latest lab results again preventingrepparttar 125488 UIC specialist from recommendingrepparttar 125489 restarting of my HCV treatments. They didrepparttar 125490 Ultrasound of my liver andrepparttar 125491 Endoscopy exam to my stomach with a biopsy, and ordered new blood tests.

Blood was drawn on September 16, 2003 onrepparttar 125492 U.I.C. specialist's orders. I was not sent back to UIC until October 14, 2003. Once again Dr. Ghosh, Nurse Viscum andrepparttar 125493 ADDUS Healthcare staff refused to send my lab results with me fromrepparttar 125494 blood tests. Specialist is unable to recommendrepparttar 125495 restarting of my HCV treatments forrepparttar 125496 third time. This despiterepparttar 125497 fact all my blood levels had been back intorepparttar 125498 "safe" range for months. The specialist ordered new blood tests and that I be returned so he could perform a biopsy of my liver forrepparttar 125499 first time in more than three years of treatment. Treatment that was designed to be completed in one year. Rate of success from proper treatment was just sixty per cent. Malpractice had reduced my chances of success dramatically. The liver biopsy was done on October 22, 2003.

November 11, 2003, I was returned to U.I.C. ADDUS Healthcare again refused to send my lab results with me fromrepparttar 125500 blood tests. The specialist was only able to give merepparttar 125501 results fromrepparttar 125502 liver biopsy and schedule me for a Colonoscopy, trying to find what was causing my daily diarrhea and severe intestinal pains. Beginningrepparttar 125503 first week in September,repparttar 125504 prison doctors refused to treat me for this problem.

The results from my liver biopsy were very sobering. Due torepparttar 125505 sabotage ofrepparttar 125506 two previous courses of HCV treatments,repparttar 125507 virus mutated into a more virulent and aggressive form. It came back with a vengeance and almost completely destroyed my liver. Cirrhosis/ fibrosis is now extremely advanced. I am near what they call End Stage Liver Failure. A fancy way of saying I will die soon. Re treatment may not be possible due torepparttar 125508 toxicity ofrepparttar 125509 medications. He wanted to studyrepparttar 125510 biopsy result some more, getrepparttar 125511 Colonoscopy done to rid me ofrepparttar 125512 persistent intestinal infection, then we would sit down and discuss possible treatments, weighing outrepparttar 125513 risks and dangers.

As of this date,repparttar 125514 IDOC, Agency Medical Director, Dr. Willard Elyea, S.C.C, Medical Director Dr. P. Ghosh andrepparttar 125515 corporate officers of ADDUS Healthcare are refusing to return me to U.I.C to getrepparttar 125516 required Colonoscopy done to cure me ofrepparttar 125517 infection and daily diarrhea I have endured since September of last year. Also to get a new treatment plan worked out withrepparttar 125518 U.I.C. specialist which could possibly prevent me dying from liver failure. I am in daily pain. The medical staff at Stateville C.C. will not see me at Sick Call as I have requested daily since November 11, 2003. They are leaving me to rot untreated in this cell, until I die, which they figure will solve this problem. I desperately need help and fast. I have typed this letter to send to anyone and everyone for whom I can find an address. Our form of Government is claimed to be one ofrepparttar 125519 people, that all public officials are directly accountable to "werepparttar 125520 people". Anything they do, they do in our names. The crimes I have documented in this letter, they continue doing IN YOUR NAME. Would you physically torture another human being? Would you stoically watch another human cry out daily in severe pain from a terrible untreated disease, slowly killing him while withholdingrepparttar 125521 needed treatments? Taunting; in his face just out of his reach, until he dies. They are doing this in your name.

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