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Coronavirus is exposing all of the weaknesses in the US health system
Dylan Scott: High health care costs and low medical capacity made the US uniquely vulnerable to the coronavirus. ... On many measures, the United States has one of the worst health systems among developed economies. A bigger share of the population lacks health insurance. We carry more medical debt. We die more often from preventable causes. The weaknesses in this system, which already puts the US behind its peers on many health outcomes, are exposed in an outbreak. ... And the biggest single problem, the one most unique to the American system, is costs. ... Americans face higher out-of-pocket costs for their medical care than citizens of almost any other country ... America has fewer hospital beds per capita than most other countries in the developed world... Visit Website ]
Mar 16, 2020, 5:17pm

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How soap absolutely annihilates the coronavirus
Brian Resnick: You’re not just washing viruses down the drain. Soap destroys the coronavirus, a chemistry professor explains. ... Soap ... is common phrase for what chemists call “amphiphiles.” These are molecules that have a dual nature. One end of the molecule is attracted to water and repelled by fats and proteins. The other side of the molecule is attracted to fats and is repelled by water. ... One side of the soap molecule (the one that’s attracted to fat and repelled by water) buries its way into the virus’s fat and protein shell. Fortunately, the chemical bonds holding the virus together aren’t very strong, so this intrusion is enough to break the virus’s coat. “You pull the virus apart, you make it soluble in water, and it disintegrates”... Visit Website ]
Mar 11, 2020, 4:39pm

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What must be done to fight the coronavirus pandemic
wsws.org: Accessible and universal testing ... Free high-quality treatment ... Paid sick leave for all workers .... Equality of care ... Protect refugees, prisoners and the homeless ... Stop price gouging ... Safe working conditions ... Support the ill and the quarantined ... For international collaboration: ... All sanctions must immediately be lifted and all restrictions on international medical collaboration ended!... Visit Website ]
Mar 9, 2020, 3:36pm

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Cancer in US Navy Nuclear Powered Ships
Chris Busby: In 2011, the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan was about 100km off the coast of Japan at the time of the Tsunami and the subsequent Fukushima reactor explosions. ... directed by the US government ... to provide assistance to the victims of the floods ... no-one on board was told was that the reactors had exploded and a plume of highly radioactive material was blowing east from the site into the path of the vessel ... 2014 ... A significant number of the Ronald Reagan crew were reporting a wide range of weird illnesses including cancers, all of which they were attributing to their radiation exposures. ... to answer the accusations that the Fukushima radiation was killing those ... A big report was prepared by the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)... The result showed an astonishing 9.2-fold excess of cancer in the sailors on nuclear-powered vessels. (The control group.) ... It shows that all the sailors on nuclear powered Navy ships are dying from cancer... Visit Website ]
Mar 7, 2020, 12:34pm

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With the Looming Coronavirus Pandemic About to Hit the US, It’s Time for Us to Think Outside the Box
Dave LIndorff: Confronted with a looming epidemic, what we should want is for everyone in a society to have ready access to free testing to see if their symptoms indicate that they have the disease, and that if they do, for them to have access to prompt treatment and medication to minimize the risk that they will spread that disease to others or get a serious complication themselves. ... More than a hundred million of the poorest Americans these days, when they have employment, typically work in the service sector, where they perform jobs that put them in close contact, either directly or indirectly, with many people. Think of maids, janitors, hotel workers, theater ushers, hospital orderlies and nurse’s aides, warehouse and delivery drivers, supermarket cashiers and counter workers, restaurant staff, including waiters, busing staff and kitchen staff, etc... Visit Website ]
Mar 7, 2020, 12:01pm

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Take Drugs out of Drug Policy
Tessie Castillo: Examples of sensible drug policy initiatives include universal health care, education, affordable housing, and legally guaranteed living wages. ... “[We] punish people involved with drugs, not only through arrests and incarceration, but also deportations, evictions, loss of child custody, and barriers to jobs and education that keep entire families and communities trapped in a desperate vicious cycle.” ... True drug policy reform means societal change, which includes challenging the racial inequalities that emanate from our criminal justice system. ... “All candidates, regardless of party, should be focusing on decriminalization of personal possession of all drugs” ... The current crisis is the result of decades of inequitable economic policy, racism, and the tendency to blame complex problems on easy scapegoats... Visit Website ]
Mar 5, 2020, 4:59pm

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Our For-Profit Health Care System is Unjust — Only Medicare For All Can Fix It
Dr. Sanjeev K. Sriram: There’s a big difference between what’s unfortunate and what’s unjust, especially in health care. ... It’s unfortunate to be diagnosed with diabetes as a teenager. It’s unjust that many diabetic patients ration insulin while Big Pharma corporations make exorbitant profits off a drug that’s almost a hundred years old. ... Right now, our unjust health care system helps you only after it deems you worthy or deserving of medical services. People’s eligibility for Medicaid or for assistance with purchasing private insurance largely depends on what state they live in and how much they earn. ... These hurdles are not labyrinths of misfortune. They are injustices, particularly cumbersome for low-income families and people of color who unsurprisingly make up 59 percent of the uninsured... Visit Website ]
Mar 4, 2020, 3:53pm

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Keep It Simple and Question: Propaganda, Technology, and Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Edward Curtin: The important point is that the entire system of propaganda works on fear that is promulgated via the electronic media: television, cell phones, and computers. It is pumped out non-stop. ... The fear is the fear of death, the fundamental human fear that the powerful know how to manipulate to control people. ... Death that can come at the hands of fabricated enemies, disease, or state forces that will get you if you step too far out of line. ... Russia, China, Iran, corona virus, Julian Assange, and Chelsey Manning being a few prominent recent examples of what to fear and what will become of you if you resist the fear-mongering and lies, and are brave. ... The game is both obvious and subtle. Even while COVID-19 is hyped, here and there the media throw in exaggerated figures on the regular flu... Visit Website ]
Mar 3, 2020, 2:30pm

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Unpleasant US Food - Going To The UK?
Nick Dearden: It's not just chlorinated chicken: five foods a US trade deal could bring to the UK ... In place of stringent EU food regulations, the US is demanding a ‘science-based’ approach with disturbing consequences ... Nothing symbolises British fears of a standard-slashing US trade deal better than chlorinated chickens: those zombie birds, barely able to move, cluck or feed, stuffed with chemicals that force them to grow to unbelievable sizes, sitting in their own waste, covered in sores rather than feathers. ... (Also) Antibiotic meat ... GM foods ... More pus, more pesticides (Milk)... Unsafe baby food ... All-American Stilton cheese and Cornish pasties (not made to specific standards) ... (And) the US administration “view[s] the introduction of warning labels as harmful rather than as a step to public health” Visit Website ]
Mar 2, 2020, 10:45am

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Globalization and Our Precarious Medical Supply Chains
F. William Engdahl: The grave risks and dangers in the process of worldwide out-sourcing and so-called globalization of the past 30 years or so are becoming starkly clear as the ongoing health emergency across China threatens vital world supply chains from China to the rest of the world. ... 80% of present medicines consumed in the United States are produced in China ... The made in China drugs today include most antibiotics, birth control pills, blood pressure medicines such as valsartan, blood thinners such as heparin, and various cancer drugs. It includes such common medicines as penicillin, ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), and aspirin. ... 97 percent of all antibiotics in the United States came from China ... The Achilles Heel of this globalization and sole dependency for vital medicines on one country now becomes alarmingly clear... Visit Website ]
Feb 27, 2020, 4:08pm

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Coronavirus – China Fights Determinately, while Others Smear!
Andre Vltchek: China has been hit by coronavirus as if by a brick over the head; heavily and mercilessly. Instead of help, Beijing has received criticism, even verbal attacks. ... In spite of doing tremendous job fighting the epidemy, China is getting almost no tributes for its performance. ... “China is now introducing the highest level of emergency. Treatment and prevention are the most important political missions.” ... “Scientists in China have reportedly developed (in just ten days) an express test which can detect the 2019-nCoV novel coronavirus in under fifteen minutes, in a major breakthrough which will hopefully help stem the tide of infection... Visit Website ]
Feb 1, 2020, 2:45pm

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Cuba is Testing Products Against Cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease
Alan Macleod : While demonized in the United States, the Cuban government has built a comprehensive nationalized healthcare system based on preventative medicine, rather than the curative model the U.S. employs... The Caribbean country has become a hotspot for pharmaceutical research, having already developed techniques that eliminate the transmission of HIV and syphilis between mothers and children. It was not revealed which types of cancer government scientists are testing against, but they have already developed a lung cancer vaccine, skin cancer medicine and new, minimally invasive techniques in esophageal cancer surgery. ... In Cuba, medical staff are assigned to communities and it is their job to see and analyze the health of every person, nipping problems in the bud before they develop and need costly surgery... Visit Website ]
Jan 31, 2020, 2:31pm

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Taiwan’s single-payer success story — and its lessons for America
Dylan Scott: “Canada and virtually all European and Asian developed nations have reached, decades ago, a political consensus to treat health care as a social good,” health care economist Uwe Reinhardt wrote in his book Priced Out shortly before his death in 2017. “By contrast, we in the United States have never reached a politically dominant consensus on the issue.” ... Taiwan made its choice in the 1990s and embraced single-payer. It has required sacrifice: by doctors who believe they’re forced to see too many patients every day; by patients with complex and costly conditions who can’t always access the latest treatments; by citizens who have been asked from time to time, and will be asked again, to pay more for their health care than they did before. ... The vast majority of Taiwan’s citizens today approve of their health care system... Visit Website ]
Jan 13, 2020, 3:13pm

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How Big Pharma Twists the Law to Its Will and Leaves Americans Worse Off
Thom Hartmann: Big Pharma spends a small fortune every year buying politicians to make sure we can’t import prescription drugs from Canada, but they’re more than happy to sell us contaminated medications from countries with weak manufacturing controls and exploitable labor that ensure high-profit margins. ... A toxic compound that doesn’t belong anywhere near medicine known as NDMA was first discovered in some blood pressure medications in 2018, and the FDA issued an alert and wrote a complaint letter to the raw materials supplier to Big Pharma companies. ... It turns out the meds follow the very common pattern of being made in India with raw ingredients coming from China. And they are sold by big companies for obscenely high prices to U.S. consumers... Visit Website ]
Jan 11, 2020, 2:40pm

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Fast Food Nations and Global Nutrition
Colin Todhunter: If we grow millets and pulses, we will have more nutrition per capita. But If we grow food by using chemicals, we are growing monocultures, which leads to less nutrition per acre, per capita. Monocultures do not produce more food and nutrition but use more chemicals and are therefore profitable for agrochemical companies. ... Moving from Africa to Mexico, we can see that agri-food concerns have infiltrated the food system there too. They are taking over food distribution channels and replacing local foods with cheap processed commodities. ... In Mexico, the loss of food sovereignty has induced catastrophic changes in the nation’s diet and trade policies have effectively displaced large numbers of smallholder farmers... Visit Website ]
Dec 28, 2019, 11:45am


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