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dorthy manser April 9, 2014 at 02:27 pm
Thank you, Amy. I've also had a very hard time figuring out how to confront this issue. It isRead More difficult when it becomes apparent that it just isn't nonsense anymore, it's dangerous nonsense. People will literally die if the anti-vaxx crowd is successful at convincing people not to vaccinate their kids. Potentially a lot of people. When you combine that with the stupidity, outright lies and paranoia displayed by celebrity spokes-people like Jenny McCarthy it becomes really hard to maintain ones composure (oops, I just lost mine). I suppose it's best to treat everyone as one would treat a good friend who is skeptical of modern medicine and scared for their children. As far as the black helicopter people go, I'm not sure what can be done to convince them, since they invariably believe that any data not conforming to their beliefs must the due to a conspiracy of some kind. I've known a lot of publicly funded scientists over the years, and the idea that they could all somehow be conspiring to harm public health in order to enrich corporations is ludicrous and insulting. Part of the problem is that as a result of reasonable skepticism of expert opinion, many people have decided that there is no such thing. Or, even worse, they pick people who have zero expertise but who are good at manipulating their fears. So now we have a huge population of scientifically illiterate people who no longer trust doctors, but are willing to put all their faith in internet scam artists like the "Health Ranger". This can't end well.
Lisbeth Allen April 9, 2014 at 04:22 pm
Costco makes millions off of supplements. Flip through their monthly magazine. Every other page isRead More some supplement for which people have no need. Not only are we a nation of consumers, we are a nation of gullible consumers.
Edward April 9, 2014 at 09:44 pm
I received my case of measels in 1967 in the ARMY at Fort Sill, Oaklahoma. When they startedRead More offering for my children I chose the imunization for them and now Public Schools Require them in California. Home Schooling by anti-vaxx parents will be the first ones to catch the bugs from "out of state" or "out of country" (Like UC Berkley with 14,000 of them) anti-vaxx or could not get the Vaxx.. TB is on the rise from the "out of county" rich kids at our colleges also. TB was eradicated in the U.S. 30 years ago but now it is back and we no longer give imunizations for it.
Al Nymous March 12, 2014 at 05:19 pm
...and IRS scandal, Benghazi, fast and furious, Obama care, Ukraine, Afghanistan, NSA, TSA, DHSRead More unconstitutional check points, and so on..
Bubba six pack March 12, 2014 at 07:59 pm
Good thing Eric baled out of that race. He would have been representing three hungers and seals.
Bubba six pack March 12, 2014 at 08:11 pm
Tree huggers.
Flu virus. Credit: Patch archive
Anna Gomez January 17, 2014 at 11:07 am
Don't touch your face, wash your hands, watch to see how many ungloved hands are preparing the foodRead More you eat outside of your home. Bank pens, public door handles, gas pump handles along with the steering wheel in your can all have public fecal matter, urine and snot on them...so wash your hands after you touch them. And if the store cashiers lick the frigging plastic bags to sepatate them then do like I do and say " Don't lick the bags! That is my food in the bag and a public health violation!" As you can tell, I don't get sick but I don't have a lot of fans :)
Fort Cronkhite in Sausalito is the only coastal location in the Bay Area chosen as an air toxics monitoring site, representative of ambient levels of toxics compounds transported into the Bay Area. Credit: wikimedia commons
Mark howard January 3, 2014 at 06:35 pm
Finally---someone who makes cogent points about the significant increase in "spare theRead More air" days. I thank the Napa man for speaking up. The air quality board is using some different metrics than last year to make their decisions. There has been a change in the evaluation process. Three years ago I put in a fireplace insert so I could use the fireplace to overcome high PG&E bills during winter. The fireplace insert has insulation within the chimney and a filter at the top of the chimney thereby significantly reducing pollutants. I don't use the fireplace to sit next to an have a cocktail. I use it to save energy costs. Now for the spare the air day-----something has changed with the air quality board decision process and this Board's decisions should be evaluated. Thanks for the article--people need to speak up.