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Beyond COVID-19: the Power Struggle Over Alternatives for Health Care Reform
John P. Geyman: Today we face the COVID-19 pandemic, with its resultant economic downturn and systemic racism—the triple crises that have exposed the serious problems of U. S. health care. It is now obvious to most observers that the system is broken ... We currently have three reform alternatives ... Build on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) - Band Aid ... Medicare for Some; Variants of a Public Option -- Would leave a failing private health insurance industry in place... Medicare for All --- This is the most logical and only alternative that can bring universal coverage to accessible, affordable health care for our population... Visit Website ]
Nov 20, 2020, 3:05pm

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The ethics of deliberately infecting volunteers with Covid-19 to test vaccines
Sigal Samuel: They’re young. They’re healthy. And they want scientists to give them a candidate vaccine and then deliberately expose them to the coronavirus, so we can all find out faster whether the vaccine is effective. ... This is called a human challenge trial ... A challenge trial eliminates the whole wait-and-see period by vaccinating people, exposing them to the virus on the spot, and seeing how well the vaccine protects them. ... A human challenge trial is set to begin in London in January, assuming it gets final ethics and regulatory approval. ... So far, the US has not given the green light to such a trial... Visit Website ]
Nov 17, 2020, 12:32pm

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What’s Not Being Said About Pfizer Coronavirus Vaccine
F. William Engdahl: The Pharma giant Pfizer has now announced what they claim were spectacular results in initial human tests. They use an experimental technology known as gene editing, specifically mRNA gene-editing, something never before used in vaccines. Before we rush to get jabbed in hopes of some immunity, we should know more about the radical experimental technology and its lack of precision. ... Clearly the well-established Precautionary Principle–if in serious doubt, don’t– is being ignored by Fauci, Pfizer/BioNTech and others in rushing to approve the new mRNA vaccine for coronavirus. Messenger RNA technology has yet to produce an approved medicine, let alone a vaccine... Visit Website ]
Nov 13, 2020, 2:53pm

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Nuking Itself… How Russophobia Led the U.S. to Bomb its Own Citizens
Finian Cunningham: Generations of countless Americans have been contaminated and sickened by the first-ever atomic bomb test. The Trinity explosion on July 16, 1945, was carried out in the New Mexico desert. ... The American government conducted the explosion in secret, unbeknownst to the population of New Mexico. ... Incredibly, there has never been a federal investigation into establishing the human health impact from that atomic test explosion. ... It is one of the poorest states in the U.S., with large numbers of native Americans and Latinos. In selecting the test site for the A-bomb, there was a tacit racism among planners in Washington who viewed the area and its population as expendable... Visit Website ]
Oct 26, 2020, 2:46pm

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The U.S. Still Uses Dozens of Hazardous Pesticides Banned in Other Countries
Pramod Acharya: Phorate, for example—the “extremely hazardous” insecticide that is most used in the U.S.—is banned in 38 countries, including China, Brazil and India. ... A total of about 400 dif­fer­ent agri­cul­tur­al pes­ti­cides were used in the Unit­ed States in 2017, the lat­est year data is avail­able. More and more pes­ti­cides have been used because they ​“con­tribute to high­er yields and improved prod­uct qual­i­ty by con­trol­ling weeds, insects, nema­todes, and plant pathogens,” accord­ing to the U.S. Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture. ... How­ev­er, the USDA not­ed, pes­ti­cides pose con­se­quences for people’s health and the environment... Visit Website ]
Oct 19, 2020, 2:31pm

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Speaking to Cuban Doctors Who Heal the World
Vijay Prashad: The United States government has continued attacking Cuban medical internationalism right up to the current pandemic, making wild allegations against the program that disparage the medical workers. ... Dr. Daymarelis Ortega Rodríguez, the chief of the Henry Reeve brigade in Barbados, told me that her work in the brigade gives her “immense pride.” “I enlisted to be part of this brigade by my own will,” she said, “not as a slave or exploited person. I am a fighter for life, for peace, and for human welfare.” ... This year, the Henry Reeve brigade celebrates 15 years of work, although Cuban medical internationalism goes back to 1960... Visit Website ]
Sep 26, 2020, 12:13pm

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What Can We Learn from Cuba? Medicare-for-All Is a Beginning, Not the End Point
Don Fitz: Throughout the expansion of health care, both inside the country and internationally, Cuban doctors used “allopathic” medicine (based largely on drugging and cutting, which is the focus of US medical schools). But they simultaneously incorporated traditional healing and preventive medicine as well as respecting practices of other cultures. ... In contrast, the call for Medicare-for-All by the left in Democratic Party is a demand for Allopathy-for-US-Citizens. It would extend corporate-driven health care, but with no fundamental change towards holistic and community medicine. ... Is the idea of a radical health care transformation even worth talking about ... Health care is not genuine health care if it fails to be health-care-for-the-world... Visit Website ]
Sep 1, 2020, 11:24am

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We Gawk at Nonsense Political Theater While the Real Enemies Go Unnoticed
Lee Camp: Looking beyond the distractions, one can see what really matters, like detecting cancer. They found a way to detect cancer years before symptoms arise, which generally means when it’s exponentially more treatable. Hypothetically this could save millions upon millions of lives. So why is it not plastered all over our nightly news? ... Could it be — hypothetically — that there’s not wall-to-wall reporting on this because there’s too much money in treating cancer? ... We have the proof. The leaked Goldman Sachs memo to top investors telling them not to invest in cures because curing illnesses is bad for business... Visit Website ]
Aug 26, 2020, 2:08pm

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Our Planet Missed Opportunity to Fight side-by-side against the Pandemic!
Andre Vltchek: COVID-19 has been dangerously politicized. ... Dr. Tom Jefferson, senior associate tutor at the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (CEBM), at Oxford and a visiting professor at Newcastle University, argues there is growing evidence that the virus was elsewhere before it emerged in Asia. ... China actually tried to forge a global alliance against COVID-19, and so did Russia. ... This does not look like a good world. ... COVID-19 ruined countless lives. But at least now it is clear, who is who, what is the gangrenous essence of corporatism and imperialism... Visit Website ]
Aug 4, 2020, 2:51pm

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Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine racket
Bryan Dyne: Enter Moderna Inc., a ten-year-old biotechnology firm that is researching one of the 164 different candidates for a coronavirus vaccine. On Tuesday, the Financial Times reported that the company is currently planning to charge the US and other governments $25 to $30 for a dose of its drug ... Moderna’s price point is high even compared to other companies in the vaccine sweepstakes, such as Pfizer, which has reached a deal with the US government for $19.50 per dose of its vaccine, and AstraZeneca, which has signed a deal with the Netherlands, Germany, France and Italy for $3 to $4 a dose if its vaccine is approved. ... Moderna has already received $955 million from the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed program, headed by former Moderna board member Moncef Slaou... Visit Website ]
Jul 31, 2020, 3:45pm

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Calling the cops on someone with mental illness can go terribly wrong. Here’s a better idea.
Sigal Samuel: What if we sent mental health experts instead of police? In Eugene, Oregon, the group handling such calls is called Cahoots (Crisis Assistance Helping Out on the Street). ... Cahoots handles non-criminal crises involving people who are homeless, disoriented, or intoxicated, have a mental illness, or are enmeshed in an escalating dispute. ... “It allows police officers to … deal with crime, but it also allows us to offer a different service that is really needed,”... Cahoots employees dress in black sweatshirts, listen to their police radios via earbuds, and speak in calm tones with inviting body language... Visit Website ]
Jun 15, 2020, 2:21pm

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Why Social Justice Is Central to Treating COVID-19
Rachel R. Hardeman & Ryan Huerto & Zoë Julian:Racism and classism create conditions where people of color, those living in poverty, and other marginalized groups have limited access to resources that affect health ... Social justice is central to public health. This is because research has shown that health disparities are created by social inequities. ... COVID-19 has revealed how looking at differences in health through biology alone is limited. It is not sufficient in addressing this pandemic. ... so many affected by COVID-19 are navigating poverty, food insecurity, lack of housing, child care, and insurance issues... Visit Website ]
Jun 9, 2020, 12:40pm

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Rushing a Vaccine to Market for a Vanishing Virus - When Profits and Politics Drive Science
Ellen Brown: The military is thinking about war, the pharmaceutical companies and investors are thinking about profits, the politicians are thinking about getting the country back to work, and even the regulators are bypassing proper safety tests in the rush to get the entire global population vaccinated before the virus disappears. ... It is left to us, the recipients of these novel untested GMO vaccines, to demand some serious vetting before the military shows up at our doors with their prefilled RFID-chipped syringes some time later this year... Visit Website ]
Jun 5, 2020, 3:20pm

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Police brutality is a public health crisis
Brian Resnick: America’s crises are boiling over, one into another. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, masses of people are taking to the streets to protest police brutality after the death of George Floyd in Minnesota and other victims of racial violence. ... These two stories are linked. They are both public health stories. The link is systemic racism. ... “The same broad-sweeping structural racism that enables police brutality against black Americans is also responsible for higher mortality among black Americans with Covid-19”... Visit Website ]
Jun 1, 2020, 3:37pm

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New research raises more concerns about airborne transmission of COVID-19
Lloyd Alter: Airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2: The world should face the reality. Dr. Moraska notes that handwashing and social distancing are not enough; they do not prevent infection by inhalation of the virus. ... all possible precautions against airborne transmission in indoor scenarios should be taken. Precautions include increased ventilation rate, using natural ventilation, avoiding air recirculation, avoiding staying in another person’s direct air flow, and minimizing the number of people sharing the same environment... Visit Website ]
May 22, 2020, 5:18pm


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