Southern California Medical Museum: Celebrating modern medicine by exploring the history of healing
By Alison Elsner For DMHN Setting aside the uncertainties over the future of health care coverage, there are some constants that we can not only focus on, but also heartily celebrate. Today we are fortunate to live in a period and culture of tremendous sophistication in the field of medicine. Most of these developments, marvels of modern medicine, would have been considered science fiction or at least
impossibilities just a few decades ago. Treatments like 3-D printing to create prosthetic limbs and heart valves, NeuroPace brain sensors to stop seizures in their tracks, proton therapy to fight cancer, a new miracle drug to knock out Hep-C and dozens of others are restoring quality of life as well as survival rates for populations in America and across the globe. With this perspective in mind, it’s clear that the Southern California Medical Museum (SCMM) unravels
a fascinating journey back in time. It presents us with jaw-dropping medical treatments, tools, and accepted practices of yesteryear, many of which were noteworthy, some of which were completely contrary to modern sanitation and successful healing and a few which were outright quackery. Understanding our past helps us appreciate our present, and visiting this Museum is a powerful way to ratchet up our own mindfulness of the world around us. The SCMM houses a treasure trove
of fascinating medical, dental and pharmacy artifacts, wartime surgery kits, impressive medical artwork and photographs, rare and antique bottles used to hold and dispense salves, pills, powders and elixirs, hard to believe quackery devices and numerous special exhibits. There is even a lifelike diorama re-creation of a doctor and dentist’s office as it would have appeared during the 1910 - 1930’s here in the United States. Museum displays and exhibits Continues on page 3 >>
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Social Security Matters: “Ask Rusty”- Raiding the Social Security Trust Fund By AMAC Certified Social Security Advisor Russell Gloor, Association of Mature American Citizens Dear Rusty: I would like to know how much money has been taken out of Social Security by presidents, and was any paid back with or without interest on the withdrawal? Signed: Wants to Know Dear Wants to Know: The idea that any President or Congress has taken money out of the Social Security Trust Fund is simply not an accurate description of how the Social Security system works. I know these accusations abound on the Internet, normally promoted by someone or some organization trying to further a political agenda. But the reality is that the Social Security program has, since its inception in 1935, been a “pay as you go” system where current workers pay Social Security taxes to fund benefits for current beneficiaries. Over the years, when there were many more workers than beneficiaries, considerably more was taken in than was paid out in benefits
and the surplus each year is placed in the Social Security Trust Fund, which as of June 2016 had a value of 2.81 trillion dollars. By law, Social Security is required to invest that surplus in special issue U.S. Treasury securities, not unlike those available to private investors, which are backed by the “full faith and credit of the U.S. Government”, but these special issue securities are redeemable at any time at face value. These securities typically yield interest of about 1.5 - 2.375 percent (2016 rates), and this interest aids in growing the value of the trust fund. Now, yes, investing in those securities is technically loaning money from the Trust Fund to the U.S.Treasury, where the money can be used for any purpose the Government sees fit, just like all other revenues the Government collects from anywhere. But that loan and those securities can be called for payment at any time by the Social Security Administration when it needs money to pay benefits to Social Security recipients. So when you read or hear something about Congress or one or the other President “raiding” the Social Security Trust Fund, it is simple
hyperbole designed to stir emotion and promote an agenda. The reality is that Social Security must, by law, invest surplus funds in interest-bearing special issue Government securities, essentially loaning money to the U.S. Treasury which must be repaid upon demand. It’s worthwhile to note here that there are actually two parts to the “trust fund”; one for Old Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI) benefits and another for Disability Insurance (DI) benefits. Although there is now 2.8 trillion dollars in both of these funds, the current lower ratio of workers to beneficiaries means that both of these funds either already are (as with DI) or soon will (as with OASI) start to be depleted to pay benefits. This is why you are now hearing concerns about Social Security’s financial solvency. Current projections
by the Funds’ Trustees are that the Disability Insurance fund will be depleted by about 2022 and the OASI fund will be depleted about 2034. If Congress does not act before then to reform the program, benefits at that time would be limited to paying out only as much as was received in Social Security revenue, which could mean about a 21% reduction in benefits. However, given the intensity of the spotlight on this issue today, it’s probable that Congressional action will be taken in sufficient time to ensure the program’s solvency for the foreseeable future. The information presented in this article is intended for general information purposes only. The Foundation welcomes questions from readers regarding Social Security issues. To submit a request, contact the Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Southern California Medical Museum: Celebrating modern medicine by exploring the history of healing << Continues from page 1 include a series of invalid feeders designed to provide liquids to patients unable to sit up in bed. Some pieces date back to 1750 and others were still used in the early 1900s, including birthing chairs, bleeding bowls and leeches. Instruments used during times of war, including the Civil War, are also part of the Museum’s collection, with an amputation kit that holds 3040 medical implements in its original travel case made of rosewood. A wide variety of historical periods, geographic locations and medical specialties are represented. SCMM is the only museum in southern California dedicated to the collection and preservation of medical artifacts and history of medicine. The Museum was established in 1982 by Merlin A. Hendrickson, M.D. A project of the San Bernardino County Medical Society (SBCMS), a regional, non-profit organization that provides support to 3,000 physicians and medical groups to strengthen access and quality of patient care, the SCMM is currently housed on the campus of the
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Western University of Health Sciences (WUHS) in charming Old Town Pomona, California. Bert (Hans) Davidson, M.D., Ph.D., a retired OB-GYN, fertility expert and historian in his own right, serves as the Museum’s distinguished director, and he has personally procured many of the Museum’s artifacts in the U.S. and abroad. He is a recognized expert on the Civil War with particular emphasis on the challenges involved in wartime care such as contaminated conditions and commonplace practice of amputation, and he lectures frequently on the topic. Dr. Davidson’s partner, Katherine Marquardt, is the PR whiz that handles much of the Museum’s marketing outreach. Elliot Weinstein, M.D. is the Museum’s masterful curator and is a well-respected practicing pediatrician in the Inland Empire. Museum tours are popular among individuals, senior and school groups, community organizations, corporate gatherings and those studying at trade schools, two-year, four-year and career colleges. Fees are nominal, at $5 for adults, $3 for children and free for mili-
tary personnel (additional docent fee for large groups).There is a strong need for volunteer docents (tour guides) at the Museum for anyone interested in volunteering a few hours a month at scheduled times of their choosing and convenience, with fun and interactive training provided. The great thing about learning and enlightenment is that once it takes hold, there’s no turning back; we are forever transformed in some way. The
Medical Museum will no doubt transform your mind and consciousness. As Dr. Davidson says, “If you don’t know where you are coming from, you don’t know where you are going.” The Southern California Medical Museum is located at: Western University of Health Sciences, Nursing Science Center, 350 S. Garey Ave., Pomona, CA. 91766. Tours are available by appointment by calling 909-273-6000 or emailing Debbie Long at email@example.com.
Chamber Music at the Town of Yucca Valley’s Hi-Desert Nature Museum We are pleased to announce the 4th Chamber Music concert at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. and a Matinee on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. Chamber music is intimate music, suited to the expression of subtle and refined musical ideas, composed for small ensembles, with one musician per part and generally performed without a conductor. Pieces by Bach, Mendelsohn, and Bartok will be featured. The “Encelia Chamber Ensemble” will be joined by the “Encelia Minors”, local string students who study under Viola virtuoso Phyllis Moss.
Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.
Seats are still available for a donation of $20 for standard seating and $25 for preferred seating. A meet-and-greet reception will follow each concert. Tickets are available online at www. hidesertnaturemuseum.org, at the Yucca Valley Community Center, and at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum. All proceeds will benefit the Hi-Desert Nature Museum.
For over 50 years the Hi-Desert Nature Museum has been dedicated to the process of education by exploring the natural, artistic and cultural heritage of the Morongo Basin and High Desert. The Museum seeks to inspire wonder, discovery, understanding and responsibility in its community and visitors through exhibits, programs, and collections in the arts, history, and natural sciences. The Hi-Desert Nature Museum is operated by the Town of Yucca Valley and is located in the Yucca Valley Community Center Complex at 57116 Twentynine Palms Highway. The Museum is open Thursday-Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Admission is free; donations support the educational mission of the Museum. For more information, contact the HiDesert Nature Museum at (760) 369-7212 or visit www.hidesertnaturemuseum.org. The Hi-Desert Nature Museum is also on Facebook.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.
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Helping Seniors is Rewarding Jewish Family Service of the Desert (JFS) always needs volunteers. For nearly 30 years, it has provided social services to the people of the Coachella Valley, regardless of religious affiliation. Here’s how you can help: • Be a “Friendly Visitor.” This program matches volunteers with seniors who are homebound or have limited mobility, to provide companionship and support. Begun in 1982, it is an important asset to Valley seniors. You visit as often as time allows, and that could include simply visiting in his/ her home, or going out, such as for coffee or lunch. • Be the “Lead” at Let’s Do Lunch (LDL), a regularly scheduled program for seniors that provides a chance to socialize and get support in a friendly setting. The 2-hour programs, including lunch, are free. Two sites need a lead/emcee: Park David Apartments (Cathedral City) and the Palm Springs Pointe Apartments. There’s usually a program, such as education, arts, games or speakers. The Lead acts as
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emcee, which could include registration, announcements, introducing speakers and distributing lunches. • Transport seniors to LDL (see above) at Joslyn Center in Palm Desert. Picking up clients and taking them to and from the luncheons. (Drivers are welcome to stay and participate.) • Be a JFS Express Driver. Transporting homebound seniors to and from medical or dental visits. • Provide office assistance, Palm Springs. Act as receptionist, make phone calls to confirm appointments, light data entry, and light filing. Volunteers are assigned a day and time (usually 1-2 hours a week). • Help at special events, such as fundraisers. Tasks include staffing registration, selling raffle tickets, and serving as an usher. JFS sends an email request when volunteers are needed. Call Kraig Johnson, 760-325-4088. www.jfsdesert.org Office: 409 Farrell Drive, Suite C-208, Palm Springs.
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Question: A doctor and a bus driver are both in love with the same woman, an attractive girl named Sarah. The bus driver had to go on a long bustrip that would last a week. Before he left, he gave Sarah seven apples. Why?
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HOROSCOPE: JUNE 1-7 ARIES (March 21-April 19). Clarification is the name of the game this week, Aries. Articulate your wishes and provide all of the instructions necessary to ensure success.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22). Hush, Libra. Some arguments you cannot win, and this is one of them. Travel arrangements must be made in a hurry. Look to a trusted friend to help.
17 It has strings attached
70 Dirty look
71 Small shelters
40 German cathedral
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Of course, you want to, Taurus. Who doesn’t? The question is can you afford to. Review your budget before you commit to the endeavor. Cutbacks may be in order.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21).Your pursuit of knowledge is much to be admired, Scorpio. Keep at it, and you will be rewarded. A look at your calendar reveals the need to shop.
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26 “No problem”
3 “I, Claudius” role
46 Snake movement
30 Elevator directions
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GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Some tales are worth repeating, so when the opportunity presents itself, take it, Gemini. Someone in attendance will appreciate what you have to say.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Keep your eye on the prize, Sagittarius. It is yours for the taking. A presentation points the way to a new you. Baby steps are required.
50 20-20, e.g.
54 When you receive
36 “Flying Down to ___”
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37 Salon jobs
55 “Not to mention ...”
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42 “The Matrix” hero
60 Drawn tight
12 Digestion aid
61 Cutlass, e.g.
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13 Preserve, in a way
63 Automobile sticker
21 Etc. in Polish
51 Solitaire essentials
23 Marienbad, for one
52 Not the entree
24 Sylvester, to Tweety
54 Past the prime
CANCER (June 22-July 22). The evidence mounts against a loved one. Be there for them, Cancer. There is more to the situation than meets the eye. A special occasion draws near. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Spring is in the air, leading to a host of changes in and around the house. Make a to-do list and learn how to delegate, Leo. You won’t get far without either. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Permission is granted, but funding is limited. Proceed with caution, Virgo. A lovelorn friend is teetering on the edge of obsession. Rein them in.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Why so sad, Capricorn? You have a lot to be thankful for. Your health is good, your family is happy, and this week, your bank account will be full due to a windfall of sorts. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Your glass is always half full, and people will appreciate your optimism this week when things get crazy. You will see the good in all, Aquarius, which will comfort many. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Tired of tiptoeing around a friend, Pisces? Stop it. Take a more direct approach. It is the only way you are going to get through to them.
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What would mother think? doing just that in their old age, according to the Association of Mature American Citizens.
Baby boomers, whose parents looked askance at ‘moving in together,’ are
The Pew Research Center reports that more seniors than ever before are cohabitating. In fact, Pew says that the number of unmarried seniors who are living together increased by a whopping 75% between 2007 and 2016. They do it for companionship and, of course, the financial benefits.
Finding new worlds The man some call the smartest man alive, Stephen Hawking, has a dire warning for us Earthlings: Leave the planet before it’s too late, reports the Association of Mature American Citizens. The renowned wheel-chair-bound physicist and cosmologist has concluded that the world will end in 100 years and we need to “evacuate” the Earth and become a “multi-planetary” society if the human race is to survice.
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Pet of the Week “Pet Rescue”
Terrier - Young, Female Hi, my name is Lucy. I’m a female Terrier mix who’s about 6 years old. I was found wandering the streets of Coachella and I was so matted from lack of care. My darkish-gray coat had to be shaved because I was so bad. I keep hearing that I’ll be so pretty again when my fur grows back. That makes me happy, but I’m more happy that I’m safe and well cared for at Pet Rescue. I was so shy and scared when I was first brought in that I cowered in a corner; but because of all the attention and love I’ve been receiving, I broke out of my shell! Don’t I look happy in my picture? And, my tail has started wagging again after being silent for a long time. I’m a very sweet lady and I love giving kisses when I’m petted or cuddled. I
want nothing more than finding that special person who would take me into my forever home and love me forever. I’m a good girl and I’m hoping that will happen soon. Could you be my special person? I sure hope so! Please come visit me and both of us will know. I’m spayed, microchipped, and up-to-date with vaccinations. Can’t wait to meet you! - Xoxo Your Lovable Lucy.
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