Month: April 2019
Are Local Governments Failing Us?
So this article appeared today:
Mass Transit mismanagement could hurt entire state’s federal funding – Hawaii Tribune-Herald
Almost $30,000 in uncounted cash and trip records sit in an unlocked safe in the breakroom at the Mass Transit Agency in January, 2018. (Photo courtesy Hawaii County Legislative Auditor
For SIX years they were supposed to be doing YEARLY reports and they didn’t do it. Lots of excuses, but the whole State could lose funding over this failure. Council is asking WHY but aren’t they suppose to oversee what is going on in their government? Will be lots of blame to go around,
Unfortunately, this is not an isolated case and not just in Hawaii.
I focus primarily on what I consider to be Public Health issues and, at first glance, some may say “What does this have to do with Public Health?” My reply is that since governments rely on a defined pot of money, where will cuts be made to alleviate any short falls? As many of us know – Health Departments, Police and Fire Services. These are the front line units of Public Health and they will pay for other agencies mistakes.
I’ve put together a page called “Public Health Issues – U.S. Cities, States and Areas” that shows the issues that have an affect on Public Health in various locations. Not political, but anyone can see certain trends.
View this page at;
Public Health Issues – U.S. Cities, States and Areas
If Enough Bodies Pile Up, Will Anti-Vaccine Individuals Wise Up?
Back on February 9, I posted the following opinion piece from CNN:
Over 109,000 people died from measles in 2017 — needlessly (Opinion) – CNN
I’ve (and many others) hoped that the Anti-vaccine crowd would get the idea that vaccines are safe and beneficial. Unfortunately, this has not happened.
Homeopathy Supplement Peddler’s Despicable Anti-Vaccine Goldmine | American Council on Science and Health – posted 3/23/19
One Doctor Is Responsible for a Third of All Medical Vaccine Exemptions in San Diego – Voice of San Diego – posted 3/23/19
Time to crack down on doctors selling vaccination exemptions | The Sacramento Bee – posted 3/26/19
Bogus medical exemptions sought by anti-vaxxers may get revoked in Calif. – Ars Technica – posted 3/31/19
Randomized controlled trial of homeopathic nosodes finds, not surprisingly, that they are useless – Science-Based Medicine – posted 4/10/19
Anti-vaxxers are refusing to vaccinate their pet DOGS amid claims it can give them autism | Daily Mail Online – posted 4/15/19
(Refusing to vaccinate pets due to fear that they will get autism from the vaccines just kind of stands out as the height of lunacy.)
The Brussels Times – Flemish anti-vaccination doctor will cost lives, says Maggie De Block – posted 4/15/19
The Mumps, measles and rubella vaccine has been proven numerous times NOT to cause autism:
Live Attenuated Varicella Virus Vaccine — Efficacy Trial in Healthy Children | NEJM – 1985 – posted 2/25/19
(Note the 1985 article date above)
Measles, Mumps, Rubella Vaccination and Autism | Annals of Internal Medicine | American College of Physicians – posted 3/12/19
A fact that is often overlooked by the Anti-vaccine crowd is just how many people around the world die from vaccine preventable diseases yearly because of a variety of issues preventing vaccination. If you view the sites of organizations such as Doctors Without Borders and so on, you will find photos of the long lines of people trying to get vaccinated in under-developed countries. They see these preventable diseases still killing and scarring friends and family frequently and WANT the protection offered by vaccines for their families.
Measles epidemic: 80,000 cases, nearly 1,000 deaths in Madagascar – Outbreak News Today – posted 3/13/19
Without vaccine, hundreds of children die in Madagascar measles outbreak | Reuters – posted 3/13/19
In more “developed” countries, we are victims of the success of vaccines. We don’t see the diseases, so they aren’t a problem in our daily lives. Unfortunately, to many people, Public Health is for others and not for them – the “ME” syndrome and not the “WE” of the not so distant past. In fact, many try to use discredited science to benefit themselves financially. I once had a neighbor who swore their kid’s autism was caused by vaccines and they joined the massive lawsuit of the nineties to make money. They abused any number of governmental and private agencies to get things for free and didn’t care what people thought of them. Let’s just say there was a long history of drug, alcohol and spousal abuse there which I feel was more likely to have caused the kid’s autism and not any vaccine he received. This study appeared recently to back up my belief:
Major Study Finds Pregnancy Issue Actually Linked to Autism, And It’s Not Vaccines – posted 3/21/19
My belief is that kid was a victim of very bad parents and not vaccines.
Science has not helped in this as Science (or the people involved in science) is not pure anymore. As with other disciplines, base human desires have frequently perverted science in the desire to achieve “Fame and Fortune”. Even when discredited, the effects of bad science continue to affect daily life.
Public Health is no longer “pure” either. What was for the good of all has become a continuation of what is “Politically Correct” and is used by Politicians to further their own agendas and not what is good for all. Political appointees make sure that their benefactors agendas are followed – regardless of who gets hurt. And when the budget axe falls, Public Health, along with Police and Fire, are the first to be cut back.
the battle between vaccines and those not caring about the Public Health will rage on unabated. It may all change when enough permanent injuries or deaths from vaccine preventable diseases occur that there will be no choice but to forcibly vaccinate everyone – and it already starting to occur:
Israeli flight attendant in coma after getting measles – posted 4/10/19
El Al stewardess, 10 year old child – in coma after contracting measles | The Jerusalem post – posted 4/20/19
Infant dies in 1st whooping cough-related fatality in Orange County since 2007 – Orange County Register – posted 4/20/19
Florida: Martin County hepatitis A, Vermont death – Outbreak News Today – posted 4/15/19
For more information about vaccine preventable diseases follow this link:
VACCINE Preventable Diseases In The News
For more information about the Anti-vaccine threat follow this link:
The Cost of the Anti-Vaccine Movement