It’s no surprise the Manward mailbag is blowing up these days.
Whether it’s the Gillette ad that’s created such a stir… the fake news surrounding the boys in the MAGA hats… the wall… China… or the poisons in our pills… readers are writing to us.
It’s clear that this is the perfect time to be doing what we’re doing.
There’s a lot to cover, and the answers are far too useful to bury, so let’s get right to it…
Andy, I’ve been following your investment advice for years. You’ve made me a lot of money. I love that you’re bringing your investigative skills and ability to uncover the truth to new areas with Manward, especially health. The medical world is probably the only place more messed up than Wall Street.
But my question has to do with money. I’m worried about a crash – especially after Caterpillar’s big miss yesterday. Too much is going on out there. What should I do? Should I sell and sit on the sidelines? – Reader T.B.
We’re happy you’ve been a part of the journey… but it sounds like your bank account is likely even happier. Nice job.
As for what to do with your money, we recommend a two-pronged approach. First, shorten your overall investment horizon. This doesn’t mean if you need to retire in 10 years, plan to clock out in five. It doesn’t work that way.
Instead, with so much risk on the horizon – mainly the nation’s immense debt burden – there’s too much unpredictability. That means you need liquid assets that can provide you with strong short-term gains.
If you’re familiar with our work at The Oxford Club, where we penned a model “strategy diversification” portfolio, then you know this is the time when it’s vital to focus on short-term trading.
There’s a lot of money to be made playing the market’s ups and downs.
Our favorite asset to play right now is gold. It’s cheap… unloved… and about to soar.
For example, I recommended a penny stock gold miner to my Manward Trader subscribers recently. It soared by 20% in three trading days. (For details on the powerful stock-picking strategy I use in Manward Trader, click here.)
With interest rates falling and fears growing of a global slowdown, gold is getting shinier by the day.
The Pain Game
As a physician who rarely prescribes narcotic medications, I get a lot of complaints about my pain management of patients.
They come in demanding every expensive test, X-ray, MRI… then leave expecting narcotics and to be pain-free from their sprains and bruises. I get called all kinds of interesting names because of it. I am lacking in bedside manners and just like to see people suffer.
The true reason is – as you described – the Purdue Pharma situation. Narcotics, on occasion, are important. But they rarely need to be used as we in America use them.
Thank you for the article. I refuse to be one of the docs who helps put more patients in the ground from their drug addictions. – Reader R.M., MD
We’re proud of you, R.M.
Too many folks wouldn’t have the integrity to do what’s right. They’d hold their nose and prescribe the drugs just to keep their patients happy… and the insurance payouts coming in.
But with each passing day and each new study we dive into, we’re more and more convinced that few doctors had the luxury of the sort of Know-How that you did.
We fear that many doctors who were handing out these deadly drugs simply didn’t know better.
It’s a function of our ass-backward healthcare system that puts paperwork and liability protection ahead of patient care.
In other words, docs are too busy learning how not to get sued than to learn the truth about the drugs they’re pushing.
Thanks to the ideas in our essay from Monday, we expect that’s about to change.
Well… When You Put It That Way
The next message in our mailbag proves just how bad things have become with our medical system.
You may be aware that in 2016, Johns Hopkins did a study that indicated more than 250,000 people per year were dying in the United States by medical mistakes.
That makes our medical system the No. 3 killer in annual body count here in the U.S. You and I and everyone who seeks mainstream medical help is more likely to be killed “by mistake” by your doctor or associates than by ISIS, MS 13, mass murders, food poisoning, automobile accidents, thermonuclear war or UFO impact, just to name a few.
As reported by the CDC’s list of the top 10 leading causes of death, you are only more likely to die if you have cancer (#2) or heart disease (#1), both of which you will be immediately expected to participate in modern medical care to manage your ailment.
The question is: What/who will kill you quicker? – Reader J.B.
This is perhaps the scariest topic we’ve ever researched. We’ve written about the Johns Hopkins study before. It’s 100% true… and it’s insane.
The biggest killers in America are heart disease… cancer… and then the medical system.
But what’s crazier is why you haven’t heard of all this before.
As always, it’s all about money.
You see, virtually everything in the healthcare world has a billing code. It’s how docs get paid and money gets made.
But the codes are set up by the insurance industry… not the folks charged with overseeing the industry.
In other words, while there are lots of codes to report problems with our tickers and our tockers… there’s no code that says, “Oops, I missed that tumor.”
If you’ve ever gone to business school, you’ve heard the phrase, “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.”
Because the system had no way of accurately reporting and measuring doc-related deaths, they went largely unnoticed.
That is… until the folks at Johns Hopkins did some ciphering of their own.
One more comment about our piece on the lies behind the opioid crisis…
Think Before You Write
Hmmmm… almost seems like the same thing as holding gun manufacturers responsible for mass shootings. You’re on the edge of a thin line here. – Reader T.S.
Oh boy… There’s always one of them.
T.S., we hope we’re reading your message wrong. If not, what you wrote is a slap in the face of our old pal Know-How.
The two notions could not have a wider gap between them.
On one hand is a company, Perdue Pharma, that lied to doctors, consumers and the entire medical community about the safety of its product. Not only did it create an entire campaign to convince the world that its products were safe… but it smeared the folks who got hurt after taking its addictive drugs.
We dare you, on the other hand, to find us a gun company that’s ever tried to deny or lie about the dangers of its product.
We’re pretty sure the American public is well aware that guns are deadly.
In fact, we’d argue that most folks have no idea how safe guns really are.
Sadly, we’ll never be able to argue the same for the opioids that are ruining the lives of so many folks. That story has been covered up and hidden from the masses… and it’s killing more and more people each day.
We love when you write us (click here to drop us a note)… but please take a moment to think before you press send.
Know-How can’t be faked.