ECG/EKG and EEG – High-Tech Diagnostic Tools That Can Be Grossly Unreliable

The categorization of disease begins with its diagnosis. Depending on the particular symptom of discomfort or pain a person may be experiencing, a visit to the doctor will most likely result in the diagnosis of a disease, which the physician knows by its name and description. However, before you are given the certainty of diagnosis, you may have to undergo a series of routine examinations. There is the stethoscope, which has become a symbol of the healing profession; a measuring device to take the blood pressure; counting of the heart beat through feeling of the pulse; blood and urine tests; perhaps x-rays, EEG, EKG and more… In total, there are over 1,400 test procedures available that the modern doctor can use today to monitor and measure virtually every bit of your body.

Although in some cases, the use of these methods of diagnosis is justified and can save a person’s life, in the vast majority of cases it is unjustified, misleading and potentially harmful. In theory, high tech diagnostic tools seem to be impartial and yield correct results, but in reality, they are grossly unreliable and can be as dangerous to health as some of the riskiest drugs and surgical procedures. It is therefore important that they are not applied routinely, but much more selectively and, if possible, only during emergency situations.

One of the instruments most frequently used to monitor heart activity is the Electrocardiogram or ECG/EKG. Repeatedly conducted tests have shown that at least 20 percent of diagnoses made by ECG/EKG experts were false. In addition, 20 percent of all ECG/EKG readings turned out to be different when the same person was tested a second time. When ECG/EKG measurements were taken on people who had suffered a heart attack, the machine detected an abnormal heart function in only one-quarter of the patients, no sign of a heart attack in the second quarter, and indecisive results in the remaining half. A sudden ‘abnormal’ curve in the ECG/EKG reading, caused by a jet flying over the hospital, can put a person into the group of those ‘at risk’ for suffering a possible heart attack.

One 1992 report published in the New England Journal of Medicine proved that ECG/EKGs could not be trusted. When these tests were performed on a group of perfectly healthy people, over 50 percent of them showed an extremely abnormal heart condition. In other words, if a healthy child or adult goes through a highly recommended health check-up and is diagnosed by an ECG/EKG expert as having an abnormally behaving heart that requires urgent treatment, the chance that this diagnosis is a false-positive is an astounding 50-50. To avoid being treated unnecessarily with potentially harmful drugs, it is necessary that additional methods of diagnosis be employed to verify the correctness of the ECG/EKG readings. Having a second or third ECG/EKG reading at another hospital is also highly recommended, just to be on the safe side.

The Electroencephalogram (EEG), which is used to measure brain activity and detect brain tumors and epilepsy, often gives highly unreliable diagnostic results, too. 20 percent of people who suffer from epileptic seizures produce normal readings. What is even worse, 15-20 percent of healthy people produce an abnormal EEG. To show how unreliable the EEG machine can be, when it was once connected to the head of a doll, it showed that the doll was alive. In order to avoid costly and potentially risky treatment programs, one should not rely solely on the diagnosis produced by the EEG.

(This is an extract from the book ‘Timeless Secrets of Health & Rejuvenation’ by Andreas Moritz)

Andreas Moritz is a writer and practitioner in the field of Integrative Medicine. He is the author of 13 books on various subjects pertaining to holistic health, including The Amazing Liver and Gallbladder Flush, Timeless Secrets of Health and Rejuvenation and Cancer Is Not a Disease. His most recent book is titled ‘Vaccine-Nation: Poisoning the Population, One Shot at a Time’.

Pros and Cons of Health Insurance for Dogs

Health insurance is a good idea if your dog is of a breed known to have a genetic disorder. Boxers, Grey hounds, and German shepherds are all known to suffer from the genetic disorder hip displacia. Many types of collies suffer from loss of eye sight at older ages, and some small body breeds develop arthritis and joint pains. The cons of dog health insurance are the same as with a regular policy for a person. You have to buy the insurance before any of these symptoms appear. This means that you will have to pay into your premium prior to actually needing it.

Another pro of the option is that annual check ups and shots will cost less. If you keep up to date with your dog’s vaccinations and rabies shots then you can save a substantial amount over the years. The plan will also cover the annual veterinarian check ups. If you do not keep up with annual check ups or shots, then the monthly cost of a three to ten dollars is probably not in your best interest.

Best of all however is the fact that health insurance for dogs cover some pretty amazing and odd events. Chocolate poisoning and accidental poisoning are included in the most basic of plans. Also included is a foreign ingestion policy which will cover surgery for your dog if he devours a plastic children’s toy. Accidental death coverage is included in the basics. The insurance plans are split into price categories, and the basic policy will not cover specialized treatments. Cancer, diabetes, arthritis, heart worm issues, and allergy treatments are typically only covered by the higher price plans. This creates the need to assess your needs as well as your pets.

The main seller of dog health insurance is the consideration of what you, the owner, would do in case of a catastrophe or serious emergency. If you would ask the veterinarians to do everything within their power to save your beloved pet, then you need a pet health insurance plan. Certain diagnostics and operations can cost thousands of dollars, followed by a long list of prescription medication. If you are the type of pet owner that would choose to put your pet to sleep instead, then an insurance policy is most likely not for you.

Health insurance for dogs can save you hundreds if not thousands over the years if you anticipate complicated issues arising from a certain breed. If you plan on keeping them in good health over the years then it is a great option to help combat the price of annual shots, checkups, and accidents. In order to maximize the benefits from it however you will need to opt for a higher monthly premium.