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Sara Elaziz’s Sculptery

Sara Elaziz and her company SCULPTERY, is an undisputed must visit to all celebrities

Sara Elaziz and her company SCULPTERY, which launched back in 2017 is now an undisputed must visit to all celebrities; and for good reason!

Elaziz launched her brand after a self-journey, immersing herself into wellness research. During that journey she was re-introduced to lymphatic drainage, revisiting the importance of it as part of anyone’s journey. After much research, she signed up for private training obtaining 15+ certifications from the best in the world. That’s when she knew that she needed to convince the market that lymphatic massages were not only a necessity but could also help transform the body into that hourglass figure we all lust for.

Renting a room in a clinic in Beverly hills, Elaziz went into business on her own. It started slow, but before long, influencers, and celebrities such as Jordyn Sparks, Blac Chyna, Saweetie, Alycia Bella, Raja Kumari, Stassie, Lucy Hale to name a few, soon found her, and the SCULPTERY Business was born. As business continued to boom, and thanks to her long-time celebrity clients singing her praises on all social platforms, the brand began to expand, releasing take home kits for quick at home touch ups and has now even added masterclasses throughout the US. 

Therefore, if you are looking to drain your lymphatic post-surgery, or just want to get snatched – Trust us, SCULPTERY is a must for any wellness regime

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Q×A with Page Kennedy

ACTOR & RAPPER PAGE KENNEDY JOINS 360 MAGAZINE FOR SOME Q&A

By: Heather Skovlund-Reibsamen

Page Kennedy is well known as a rapper and actor within our entertainment industry. Kennedy’s recent acting skills brought him to play “Duck” on Netflix’s “The Upshaws”, one of their newest series to hit streaming platforms starring alongside Kim Fields (Regina Upshaw), Mike Epps (Bennie Upshaw), and Wanda Skyes (Lucretia). He is also known for his roles in “Blue Mountain State”, “Weeds” and his comedic genius skits shared on Instagram and TikTok.

Kennedy’s self-titled album ‘Page’ was released in February 2021 featuring heavyweight rappers Xzibit and Method Man is available now on all streaming platforms – make sure you go check it out!

360 Magazine had the pleasure of interviewing Page Kennedy where we discussed “The Upshaws”, his character ‘Duck’, music, and his fitness journey. We had an amazing conversation about his media roles, the love for Eminem, and also found out that we both favor Cardi B because of the way she represents herself: “Cardi B makes me feel like I know her”, said Kennedy.

Read on to hear about our conversation with Page!

Your Netflix series, “The Upshaws”, came out today- how do you feel about working with it?

PK: I love it, you know I was a part of it, and I still watch the series multiple times. I can’t get tired of it. I can just go to any episode and watch it- it has so many great jokes and the characters are diverse, and they bring their own style, energy and creativity. I think it’s the funniest show on TV.

How is it working with the cast?

PK: Working with the cast is great. You know, you got legends there. You’ve got Kim Fields, the ultimate foremost legend, Mike Epps who is a comic genius, Wanda Skyes- comic genius. They are good people, and everybody is happy to be here, so it makes it fun.

Do you feel that you have any similar traits to your character Duck within yourself?

PK: I’ve been asked that question and, let me see, I look at Duck as a different character than what I typically play. The only similarity that I see between me and Duck is his loyalty. He is loyal to a fault. You know, he spent 7-10 years in jail where he could have gotten less time where he could have ratted out his friend who could have been his co-defendant, but he just took it. I think I have a loyalty like Duck. Other than that, he’s a little different than me.

Let’s talk about your latest album. How did you feel about the creative direction within the videos for “Fear” and “Safe”? How did you work through the process of such a real and raw album?

PK: I wanted to make use of all of my talents to create an art- that was my goal. My goal was to take the amalgamation of talents that I have to coalesce to create art that could be ubiquitous forever. You know, that’s what I feel I accomplished because things are great 20 years from now and it’s still going to be great. You can still listen to Biggie because it’s incredible, it’s timeless and that’s what I wanted to do. I feel like I accomplished that.

Can you tell us about the song “Shine”?

PK: I think that the album needed some respite because it’s very heavy and after you listen to Fear and Safe, it’s so cumbersome that you need some respite. And so that’s what Shine provides. It still takes a look at how difficult 2019 was personally for me and then 2020 was for everyone. The face of darkness, there is light after, and I wanted to show that the Devil will not take that light away. We will shine.

Can you tell us about your album cover?

PK: The cover of the album is confluence of tragic incident of black Americans who have had their lives taken from them at the hands of police brutality. That confluence is to show that they are me. You know, they all make up me; I am the same as them and so I wanted to, through me, show them. Wait until you get to the song “Flowers”, that is my favorite song on the album.

At the end of some of your videos, there is mention of voting- what are you trying to show viewers?

PK: So, creating Fear was so I could galvanize the troops to go vote because we can’t just yell from the rafters “We are being disrespected”, “We are being overlooked”. We have to actually get in the dirt and, you know, do things that cause change. Our biggest voice was our vote. The virality of those videos was to have the embolism of to vote throughout the video. To help people want to get out and vote after they see the deleterious effects of what fear can do on both sides so that’s why you see that throughout the videos.

Let’s talk about your fitness journey. What motivated you to get started?

PK: I got tired of looking at myself in movies and TV fat as hell and I was more attractive in my head than I was externally, so I wanted to match that.

So, there’s a lot of excuses that I think many people use such as “I can’t afford to go to the gym” or “I hurt too much to do this”. How did you push past your own excuses?

PK: I have an additive personality so once I get into something, I’m locked in and I got my mind right and ready. I had help, a tool to help me out with the point of why I was overweight which was my addiction to food. And so, I got gastro sleeve surgery which made my stomach smaller so that I couldn’t overeat. That helped. That was like the catalyst to help me and the working out thing- I already had that down. I had challenges where I would workout 100 straight days and another challenge where I went a straight year of working out without missing any days. My mind was already set to go to the gym, I just needed to get the food stuff right.

Do you still workout consistently?

PK: Yep, I’m still in it. Even when the gyms were closed, I found a way to get the workout in.

What advice would you offer somebody as far as starting out on their journey? If they were with you and undecided about their journey because of lack of motivation.

PK: I would say to make it something that is a part of your daily life that you don’t have a choice of. You don’t have a choice if you need to go to the bathroom or not, you don’t have a choice whether you like eating or not. These are things that must happen regardless of what you want or not. So, if you make the gym or workout a part of that, you take the lack of motivation away. We can have things taken away for us and see how resilient we could be. If you’re in jail or in a weight loss camp or anywhere that caused your free will to be taken away and you are forced to do something, you can do it because you have to. So why have to be in a situation where some other exterior force forces you to when you have a mind and brain that is going to be the thing to make you do it anyway.

Do you have a specific meal plan?

PK: Sometimes, yes. I go in spurts. Some weeks I have no carbs and no sugar. Then some weeks I am a little looser. I just try to be moderate because I could easily go really far one way or really far the other way. It’s not until I’m actually preparing for something that I go super crazy. Other than that, I just try and stay in striking range.

Do you allow yourself to have treats?

PK: Yep, probably more than I should.

What kind of workouts do you do?

PK: Well, when I get off the phone with you, I have a trainer, so I am going to the gym. Wednesday is leg day, which sucks. I work out with a trainer 3-4 days a week and then two other days I have an Oculus virtual reality thing that I do a supernatural workout on or I ride my bike for 20 miles to the beach on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Is there anything else that you’d like to talk about or anything that you’d like to share with our readers?

PK: I just want them to the importance of the album “Page” and how it’s important to everyone in the world right to be aware of everything that happening right now and everything that’s going on. And that if this album was released by a bigger artist, it would be a Grammy-nominated type of album – that’s how important this album is. I just implore everyone to continue to listen to it and check it out because I think it’s necessary. That’s the main thing that I want- and watch “The Upshaws” on Netflix streaming now.

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Women Surgeons Earn NIH Funding

Women are underrepresented in the field of academic surgery, but women surgeons are earning a disproportionate share of research grants from the National Institutes of Health, a new study has found.

Women make up 19% of surgery faculty at academic health systems but held 26.4% of prestigious “R01” grants in place at surgery departments as of October 2018, the researchers found.

“Female surgeon-scientists are underrepresented within academic surgery, but hold a greater than anticipated proportion of NIH funding,” said researcher Shayna L. Showalter, MD, a breast surgical oncologist at UVA Health and the UVA Cancer Center. “This means that female surgeon-scientists are a crucial component of future surgical research.”

Women in Surgery

Showalter and colleagues queried the number of grants from surgery departments throughout the country to determine the percentage of R01 grants held by women. They identified 212 grants held by 159 principal investigators. Of those 159 investigators, 42 were women, holding a total of 49 R01 grants. “Female surgeon scientists are doing impressive work and have been able to succeed in a very competitive research environment,” Showalter said.

Diving deeper, the researchers determined that women were more likely than men to be first-time grant recipients. More than 73% of women were first-time recipients, compared with 54.8% of men. “Within the research community, we are potentially moving away from the tradition of awarding funding to longstanding, proven researchers,” Showalter said. “Females in this study were twice as likely to be first-time grant recipients. I hope that the focus continues to be on awarding funding to a diverse group of surgeon-scientists.”

Women who held R01 grants were more likely to be part of a department with a female chair or that is more than 30 percent female, the researchers determined. They also found that women had fewer research articles published in scientific journals than did their male colleagues. “This finding may be related to the number of first-time grants and is consistent with previous studies that have demonstrated that women in academic surgery have fewer publication in general than men,” Showalter said.

The researchers encouraged surgery departments to nurture and promote female faculty, and to advocate for women in leadership positions. Strong mentorship programs are important, Showalter said.

“Currently, there are a number of accomplished female surgeon-scientists, and I am confident that many more will play crucial roles in the future of surgical research,” she said. “As a community within academia, we need to support and promote a diverse faculty.”

Findings Published

The researchers have published their findings online in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. The research team consisted of Elizabeth D. Krebs, Adishesh K. Narahari, Ian O. Cook-Armstrong, Anirudha S. Chandrabhatla, J. Hunter Mehaffey, Gilbert R. Upchurch Jr. and Showalter.

To keep up with the latest medical research news from UVA, subscribe to the Making of Medicine blog here.

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5 Myths About Varicose Veins and Why You Shouldn’t Believe Them

In case you have been diagnosed with varicose veins, it could be troublesome to distinguish facts and fiction about the condition. Most victims tend to feel that the entire society has an opinion and possible solutions for the situation. Let’s look at a few misconceptions about varicose veins and the reasons why we should not trust them. 

Women are the Only People Affected by Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are prevalent among women, although men can also get affected by the medical condition. Some studies have revealed that both genders are equally affected by the disease. Based on a survey conducted by the American Society for Vascular Surgery, an excess of 15 million Americans are affected by the disease. Varicose veins run in the family; therefore, family history is a significant determinant in the development of varicosities and not gender. It is, however, unfortunate that a majority of men and women go untreated. 

Surgery is Vital for the Removal of Varicose Veins

Back in the day, varicose veins symptoms were managed through weight reduction, leg elevation, dietary salt reduction, daily exercises, and using the compression hose. However, with the advancement in technology and the advancement of the disease, modern treatment involves the control of venous pressure by removing the affected veins. According to the experts at MyVivaa, the procedure could be performed in an outpatient facility using anesthesia. The surgical process could be a stringent procedure; therefore, it would be advisable for anyone seeking a procedure to pick a facility that doesn’t have financial, race, religion, or national origin bias. After a procedure, the patient can return to their routine life.

Besides, the other misconception running in society is that surgery is the only solution for varicose veins. Well, in case one of your relatives suffered from the disease and underwent surgery, probably that was the right treatment for them.

Currently, there are minimally invasive treatment options available for varicose veins patients. Surgery remains to be one of the treatment options, but there are other suitable options that you should enquire from your doctor. Micro phlebectomy is one of the procedures that involve making several incisions on the skin to remove the veins. Sclerotherapy is another solution for the superficial veins, and it consists of mixing a scarring agent with air, then it is injected in the affected veins.

The Condition is Only Cosmetic

There is a cosmetic aspect in varicose veins and most of the time; it can be viewed on the affected person’s legs, making it uncomfortable for them to wear skirts or shorts. Spider veins are a common phenomenon among varicose veins victims, and it is considered to be the smaller version of the condition and that it is purely cosmetic. Varicose veins could have a significant impact on how much you enjoy life and your health status. The condition could cause intense bleeding whenever a victim is injured, increase the chances of a blood clot, cause changes in skin color, or make the skin thicker, cause swellings or cause pain and discomfort.

Varicose Veins Have no Treatment

Lack of treatment is a great myth meant to demoralize varicose veins victims. The fact is that numerous treatment options include slightly invasive non-surgical options and revising someone’s eating habits.

There are other innumerable activities that you could indulge starting now to reduce the varicose veins symptoms such as regular physical activities that would result in muscular movement, thus improving blood flow. In case you are overweight, consider losing some weight that will significantly benefit your legs and your overall health. Besides, try elevating your legs to your heart level four times a day for at least 30 minutes that will reduce pressure on the veins.

Women Should Wait till They are Done with Having Children to Seek Treatment

This is not correct! Even for those women who are in their family planning stage, they can also seek treatment during pregnancy. But it’s also important to discuss with your physician to ensure prescribed drugs are not dangerous to your present or future pregnancy. Some of these drugs can also be excreted via breast milk. 

Having debunked these varicose veins myths, you stand a better chance of dealing with the superficial veins at an early stage, given the numerous treatment options available in your local hospital. In case you suspect that you have varicose veins but haven’t spoken to your physician or you thought that some of these myths applied, its high time you made an appointment. For those who have been diagnosed with the condition and experience pain and they are interested in better means to relieve the pain, ensure you make an appointment with an interventional radiologist who will offer you great solutions for your problem.

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REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL

returns TUESDAY, NOV. 26 at a special time (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT) exclusively on HBO

Excerpts from the Real Sports segment “Sidelined” HERE.

Emily Gervais of Weymouth Mass., is part of a trend -– kids pushing themselves harder and harder in the hyper competitive world of youth sports – picking a single sport at a very young age – then playing it hours a day, virtually every day of the year – until their body simply gives out. 

Dr. Min Kocher at Boston Children’s hospital had seen so many kids just like Emily Gervais (a teenage soccer player now retired after twice tearing the ACL) that he wanted to find out if the same thing was happening in the rest of the country.

So he gathered data from hospitals all over the US … and what he found was remarkable. The number of ACL reconstruction on children and adolescents had spiked nearly five times in just a decade. 

It’s all part of a trend Real Sports has been reporting on for the last three years … the professionalization of youth sports … a $19 billion dollar industry … fueled by kids and their parents pursuing athletic achievement at seemingly any cost.

Less well known are the physical costs as young people determined to keep up with the competition are picking a single sport at a very young age then playing it several hours a day, virtually every day of the year.  Until their body simply gives out.

Dr. Nirav Pandya is a surgeon at the University of California/San Francisco. He says that the number of surgeries he does on child athletes has doubled in just the last five years… but he doesn’t sound happy about all the extra business.

The question is: What will it take to change an American youth sports system that produces so many sad outcomes – major injuries that impact and sideline so many young athletes?

Dr. Neeru Jayanthi at Emory University in Atlanta  says that it’s time for parents and sports administrators to act.  That this is a public health crisis.  And that he’s got the numbers to prove it.

DR. NEERU JAYANTHI: “We have data that’s quite clear that you’re more than twice as likely not only to just get injured, but to get a serious overuse injury if you specialize in sports.”

HBO’s JON FRANKEL: “That seems to be a pretty clear and easy data point to explain to somebody. That if you let your kid specialize in one sport and play season after season, you’re more than twice as likely to get an overuse injury.”

DR. NEERU JAYANTHI : “Yes. Why do we wear seatbelts? Why do we stop smoking? We have data. We now have data on this.”

Dr. Jayanthi presented his research this month at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, stating that the sad truth is that elite-level youth sports is not something that improves your health today.

*Youth Sports Injuries. The professionalization of youth sports pushes more kids than ever before to train year-round in a single sport. And with that pressure has ignited an epidemic across the country – a spike in overuse injuries and orthopedic surgeries performed on children as young as eight. Correspondent Jon Frankel reports on the uptick, such as ACL tears and stress fractures, and how they are hampering children’s future health at an early age.

Producer: Nick Dolin.

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CALIFORNIA AUTHOR WRITES FIRST BOOK OF SIMPLE RECOVERY EXERCISES DESIGNED TO BE PERFORMED IN BED

Available now is Back And Better, a one-of-a-kind guide to 37 easy exercises designed to help the bedridden, as well as other people seeking better muscle tone, improved strength, flexibility and more restful sleep.

Written by California author and life-long athlete Ross F. Hoffman (former UCLA baseball star), the author developed these exercises for himself to perform in bed to speed his recovery after two separate accidents requiring surgery. Ross said his doctors were amazed at his rapid progress after both surgeries.

“I decided to take a completely different direction to be more proactive in my own recovery,” Ross said. “Now I’m sharing these quick fix exercises I developed that helped me get better.”

Back And Better was the number one trending category bestseller on Kindle upon its launch.

Among the compelling testimonials on the website BackNBetter.com is this statement from a training professional: “Ross’ book gives anyone the tools to retain their strength and return to an active life after being bedridden in the shortest possible time,” said Dale Collins, Master of Science, Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Exercise Physiologist.

Ross said: “In addition to the bedridden, these exercises helped me recover from injury, reduce my pain, improve sleep and get stronger. This book illustrates an easy and effective exercise program that helped me recover faster and more completely than the doctor or physical therapist ever expected.”

Sample content can be viewed at BackNBetter.com, where you can buy the book directly from the author or through a link to Amazon.

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Here’s How You Could Restore Your Hairline Without Surgery

Of all the types of hair transplant available today, follicular unit extraction, or “FUE,” is the most popular. Much of FUE’s popularity comes from the fact it promises quality results with minimally invasive surgery. This makes it a great alternative to its predecessor, follicular unit transplantation (FUT). FUT is still available, but requires extensive surgery. Those who don’t want the pain and long recovery time associated with FUT generally opt for the minimally invasive FUE. Of course, if you would rather avoid going the surgical route altogether, there is an alternative to both FUT and FUE. That alternative is platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. We’ll be discussing PRP therapy in this article to help you decide if it’s the best type of hair transplant for you.

What Is PRP Therapy?

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy has applications far beyond the realm of hair restoration. It is often used as a means of combating joint pain and sports injuries without surgery. By flooding an affected area with concentrated platelets, tissue damage may be repaired, inflammation may be reduced, and yes, hair follicles may be stimulated.

How Does It Work?

The PRP therapy process begins with the extraction of blood from the patient. This blood is then separated into three parts, namely red blood cells, platelet-poor plasma, and platelet-rich plasma. The concentrated platelet-rich plasma can contain as much as ten times more platelets than regular blood. Once it has been treated, the blood is injected into the part of the patient’s body which requires attention. In the case of hair loss, the platelet-rich plasma is injected into the patient’s scalp. This may sound a little unpleasant, but it is really quite painless.

How Much Does It Cost?

As well as being a non-surgical alternative to FUE and FUT, PRP therapy boasts the advantage of being one of the most affordable types of hair transplant available. PRP therapy costs begin at about $500 per session in the United States. They can reach as high as $2000 per session, which is still significantly less than FUE treatment in the USA. If you were to travel to Turkey for your hair transplant, as an increasing number of follicly-challenged Americans do, you would be able to secure PRP therapy for even less than it costs in the United States.

But Does It Really Work?

While there are some people who swear by PRP therapy, there is ongoing debate as to its effectiveness, especially when it comes to tackling hair loss. According to this article, there is no clear evidence that PRP therapy can reverse the effects of hair loss. For this reason, you may want to consider resigning yourself to surgery and going with FUE or FUT treatment instead. If the high price of such procedures is a primary factor in your decision to pursue PRP therapy instead, we encourage you to explore the option of traveling to Turkey for your hair transplant. As mentioned above, Turkish hair restoration clinics offer PRP therapy for a fraction of the cost of their Western counterparts. These low prices extend to other methods of hair restoration, including FUE and FUT. In fact, a medical tourist in Turkey can expect to pay up to 50% less than they would have had they undergone FUE in their home country.

Face Transplant Surgery: A New Case Study

A new case study out of New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Developmentfinds that face transplant surgery in patients who have experienced severe facial trauma can improve speech production.

Face transplantation is one of the most extensive facial reconstructive procedures available. The procedure involves the partial or total replacement of nerves, muscles and skeletal structures of the face, head, and neck using donor tissues. With only 41 facial transplant procedures performed worldwide to date, this case study adds to the very limited literature documenting speech production outcomes post-facial transplant. The surgery – which was the first in New York State – was performed by experts at NYU Langone Health’s Face Transplant Program, led by Eduardo Rodriguez, MD, DDS, the Helen L. Kimmel Professor of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and chair of the Hansjörg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery.

“Our findings provide a window into the complex recovery process following major facial reconstruction and serve as an important foundation from which we can begin to understand how facial transplant can improve speech production preoperatively to postoperatively,” said Maria I. Grigos, the study’s lead author and associate professor of communicative sciences and disorders at NYU Steinhardt. “Among the many remarkable patterns observed, we found that the patient displayed more flexible control of facial movement as he adapted to the transplanted structures.”

Research Method

Using optical tracking, a form of motion tracking technology, Grigos and her team were able to examine first-hand how the facial transplant procedure alters movement of the face and contributes to improved speech production. Researchers compared data from the case study patient – a male victim who suffered third- and fourth-degree burns and major soft tissue loss in a fire – against four adult males who had not experienced severe facial trauma.

The patient’s speech production and facial movements were examined once before the procedure and four times in the 13 months following the procedure. Movements of the patient’s lips and jaw, as well as the intelligibility of his speech, were compared pre- to post-tranplant and then tracked across the recovery period.

“The remarkable changes that we captured in this patient reflect the multiple processes involved in the reintegration of neuromuscular control and in the learning of new strategies over the recovery period. Such adaptability is a positive indicator that treatment to improve speech production can be effective post–facial transplant surgery,” continued Grigos.

In addition to Grigos, the study’s co-authors include Eduardo D. Rodriguez, Étoile LeBlanc, J. Rodrigo Diaz-Siso and Natalie Plana of the Hansjörg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery at NYU Langone Health, as well as Christina Hagedorn of the College of Staten Island, City University of New York.

NYU and its affiliated medical center, NYU Langone Health, continue to be pioneers in face transplant surgery and research.

About the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

Located in the heart of New York City’s Greenwich Village, NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development prepares students for careers in the arts, education, health, media and psychology. Since its founding in 1890, the Steinhardt School’s mission has been to expand human capacity through public service, global collaboration, research, scholarship, and practice. To learn more about NYU Steinhardt, visit steinhardt.nyu.edu.

Dallas Stars Acquire Jamie Oleksiak From Penguins

By Reid Urban

The Dallas Stars have decided to bring back a familiar name.

The Stars have reacquired Jamie Oleksiak from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a 2019 fourth-round pick. This news also comes with the latest announcement from the Stars that Marc Methot will undergo season-ending left knee surgery, so Oleksiak is likely to take Methot’s place in the lineup

What’s interesting about this trade is that the fourth-round pick Dallas is sending back was the same one that Pittsburgh sent to Dallas to acquire Oleksiak last season.

It seems certain that Oleksiak will be in the lineup for the Stars on Wednesday when they play the Buffalo Sabres.

END MEDICAL DEBT

RIP Medical Debt (RIPmedicaldebt.org) first gained public attention in 2016 when John Oliver on HBO made television history by announcing forgiveness of $15 million in medical debt by RIP. This news event blossomed into a tremendous outpouring of support for the charity. In the May 2018 issue of Town and Country magazine, RIP Medical Debt was listed as #38 among the top philanthropists in America. RIP Medical Debt most recently announced a single campaign abolishing a quarter-billion dollars ($250 million) of medical debt in all 50 states, including $50 million for abolishing veterans’ medical debt. Overall, by the end of 2018, RIP will have forgiven more than a half-billion dollars of unpayable medical debt since the charity was founded four years ago.

END MEDICAL DEBT by the founders of the charity, RIP Medial Debt, is the first book exposing the widely overlooked reality that Americans struggle with $1 trillion in unpayable medical debt. We hear a lot of talk about healthcare gaps and medical costs, but the media have largely been ignoring how medical debt imposes a devastating burden on people’s lives!

End Medical Debt’ confronts an important, sad truth: no one asks to be sick. It’s hard enough being poor; it’s hard enough being sick. But being poor and sick becomes a death sentence for some, and a life sentence to indentured servitude for others.

The authors — Jerry Ashton, Robert Goff, and Craig Antico — are debt industry insiders who lay bare the inner workings of our healthcare system, how it produces medical bills that people cannot ever pay, including insured middle-class people who think they are covered. Voicing decades of experience in debt collections, debt buying and healthcare management, the authors offer pragmatic yet differing views on such solutions as cost controls, insurance reform and “Medicare-for all.” All three agree on the interim solution of buying and forgiving medical debt.

On Veterans Day, RIP announced the forgiveness of $50 million in unpaid and unpayable medical debt as a part of a major donation by a single donor couple. We compute that this amount of medical debt for veterans will impact close to 29,000 individuals and families.

It may be hard to believe, but veteran medical debt really exists. It is almost a common understanding that medical costs for our armed forces and their families, both during and after enlistment, are paid by the government in return for their service to our country.

Unfortunately, that’s not the case. One visit to the emergency room or treatment for a serious illness outside (and even inside) the VA can devastate a vet’s savings and credit ratings.