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I remind myself again that these people don’t have our best interests at heart, rather most of them hold us in contempt, knowing we can’t do anything about it. They love passive-aggressively reminding us. https://twitchy.com/brettt-3136/2020/12/21/they-hate-you-coronavirus-stimulus-bill-includes-no-less-than-10-million-for-gender-programs-in-pakistan/ Preview Open

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(Author’s Note: I originally posted this on my blog site, but considering the group writing topic I couldn’t resist re-posting. This story is about 80% true. You can decide for yourself what parts of it are exaggerated.) I’m forty-four now, and I figure that I’ve lived enough to have some interesting personal stories. The go-to’s […]

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What’s Wrong With Public Health?

 

shutterstock_99777395The Ebola infections in Texas have shown a bright light on fundamental flaws in our public health establishment. The Centers for Disease Control tells us that they have been fighting Ebola for 20 years, know what is needed to stop its spread, yet evidently never anticipated the entirely predictable crisis we now face. We are learning that hospital workers in Dallas were ill prepared, poorly trained and badly equipped to protect themselves when caring for a man sick with Ebola. Now a second first responder is threatened with a miserable death.

Public health, as a discipline, traces its roots to the famous London cholera outbreak of 1854 that John Snow interrupted by removing the handle from a community water pump that was the source of the bacteria. Snow was a physician, surgeon, and scientist. He didn’t hold much with the then popular “miasma” theory of disease. He looked for a germ.

Since those early days the scope of public health practice has expanded to the point of being almost unrecognizable. It has become a mind boggling array of — shall we kindly say — “miasmic” activities: funds given by taxpayers to treat AIDS patients are spent on gender empowerment initiative; stigma elimination programs and are channeled through politically controlled planning mechanisms that pit physicians against the “community” ensuring that medical science usually looses; etc.