Category Archives: Public Health/Safety

November 28, 2016

Fake News: NYT Blames U.S. for Overweight California Farmworkers

In one of its most inaccurate “fake news” Thanksgiving stories this year, the New York Times blamed America for migrant California farmworkers from Mexico having bad diets.

In an article titled “In a California Valley, Healthy Food Everywhere but on the Table,” Times reported that Mexican farm workers in the Salinas Valley do not have antioxidant healthy items like “tossed salads, broccoli casseroles or steaming bowls of roasted brussels sprouts” on their Thanksgiving dinner table.

The Times did report correctly that Salinas Valley has “more than doubled its output of produce in recent decades and now grows well over half of America’s leaf lettuce.” And it was right that the Mexican migrant workers who harvest “America’s Salad Bowl” prefer sugary drinks and have “cultural preferences for filling but high-calorie foods like tacos and tamales contribute to the obesity of farmworkers and their families.”

But the Times is blatantly wrong in blaming America for Mexican immigrants’ bad eating habits making them obese. The only nation on the planet, based on a “body mass index” (BMI = kg/m2), that has even worse eating habits than the United States is Mexico, according to a recent report from the United Nations.

Mexico has surpassed the U.S. in terms of both obesity and overweight residents. About 32.8 percent of Mexican citizens are obese, versus 31.8 percent of Americans, while 70 percent of Mexican adults are overweight, compared to 69 percent of Americans.


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November 25, 2016

Researchers have found a troubling new cause of death for middle-aged white Americans

The researchers, Justin Pierce and Peter Schott, found evidence that trade with China has resulted in greater rates of suicide and poisonings (including fatal drug overdoses) after 2000, when President Clinton and Republican lawmakers allowed a major increase in imports.

White Americans without a college degree are becoming more likely to die in middle age, reversing decades of progress toward better health.

Researchers first noticed this worrisome trend last year. They pointed to increases in opioid abuse, obesity and suicide among the causes of death, but what caused these increases has remained something of a mystery.

This week, a pair of economists have advanced a new theory. They suggest that, for many workers, a major shift in the structure of the U.S. economy may have been fatal.

The researchers, Justin Pierce and Peter Schott, found evidence that trade with China has resulted in greater rates of suicide and poisonings (including fatal drug overdoses) after 2000, when President Clinton and Republican lawmakers allowed a major increase in imports.

Pierce and Schott suggest that as competition with Chinese manufacturing forced U.S. factories to close, many of the Americans who were laid off never got their lives back together. Instead, they fell into depression or addiction. White adults, in particular, suffered from the change in policy.


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October 2, 2016

Migrants Bringing Rare Diseases Strain Health Service

Incoming migrants are bringing long-eradicated diseases to Germany and are putting the medical system under extreme stress.

As well as bringing a rising tide of crime and attitudes towards women that many consider incompatible with modern European values, the over one and a half million migrants who flowed into Germany last year have also brought unheard-of and rare strains of diseases to the continent. The new arrivals and their illnesses are putting pressure on the German health care system, reports Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

All migrants upon arrival in Germany are required to undergo medical screening. German doctors have been struggling with the high number of post-traumatic stress disorder cases amongst migrants, but are also finding it increasingly difficult to diagnose diseases that have been wiped out in Germany but are still prevalent in the Middle East and Africa.

Gastrointestinal and liver diseases, scabies, and tuberculosis (TB) are common amongst migrants. Henning Mothes from the Jena University Hospital in Hamburg said that German doctors are struggling to diagnose TB as the symptoms that the migrants are displaying are not typical, and the disease often goes undiagnosed. Doctors are now advised that any migrant with abdominal pain now be tested for the disease.


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September 15, 2016

Trump: ‘Now, the Cars are Made in Mexico and You Can’t Drink the Water in Flint’ (Video)

During Donald Trump’s visit to Flint, Michigan on Wednesday, the Republican nominee commented on how the automobile manufacturing industry has moved to Mexico — impacting trade — and how people in Flint can’t drink the water, much like the water in Mexico.

“It used to be cars were made in Flint, and you couldn’t drink the water in Mexico,” Trump stated. “Now, the cars are made in Mexico and you can’t drink the water in Flint.”

“That’s not good,” he added, as people chuckled in response.

Trump visited Flint — a city that has had water trouble since the Spring of 2014 — after the Flint River wasn’t treated with the proper chemicals, which caused lead to get into the drinking water, according to Detroit News.

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September 7, 2016

Unconfirmed Leprosy Diagnosis for 2 Students at Jurupa Valley School Prompts Letter to Parents (Video)

An unconfirmed diagnosis of Hansen’s disease, also known as leprosy, found in two elementary school students in Jurupa Valley prompted school district officials to send a letter home to parents last week.

The letter, dated Sept. 1, was posted to the Jurupa Valley Unified School District’s Facebook page and warned that two students from Indian Hills Elementary School were reported to have leprosy, although the diagnosis had not been confirmed by health department officials.

“In an abundance of caution, administration wanted to share this information with you as soon as possible,” a portion of the letter read.

Hansen’s disease affects the skin, peripheral nerves and upper airway, according to the post, which stated the disease was not highly transmissible and is very treatable with early diagnosis and treatment, according to the post, which cited the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“We are trying to keep things calm. There is no reason to believe anybody coming to the school today will be exposed,” said school district Superintendent Elliiot Duchon.


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July 24, 2016

Sanders Fans Plan DNC ‘Fart-In’ Protest of Clinton Nomination

Using flatulence as a protest tool was, according to the Daily Kos, apparently the brainchild of Saul D. Alinsky, who coincidentally corresponded with Clinton while she was writing her 1969 Wellesley College thesis on his theories of community organizing.

Former Philadelphia health commissioner Dr. Walter H. Tsou can’t help but let out a light-hearted laugh when he talks about flatulence.

But for Tsou, the reason why he and others — including some Democratic delegates who support former candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders — plan to eat beans and pass gas at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia is anything but a laughing matter.

“It’s a whimsical way of raising a protest,” Tsou told NBC News. “There’s a lot of things that stink about this whole democratic primary process.”

Billed as a “fart-in,” the coordinated assault on the olfactory system is scheduled for July 28 both inside the Wells Fargo Center and outside on the street, at the moment presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton accepts the party’s nomination, organizer Cheri Honkala told NBC News.

“For us, this whole thing is a farce, it’s a charade,” said Honkala, who was Green Party candidate Jill Stein’s vice-president pick in 2012. “They’re creating the illusion of democracy in a very important historical location, Philadelphia, and we’re really saddened by that.”


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July 11, 2016

Arizona now has largest measles outbreak in U.S.

“Outbreak apparently began with an illegal migrant, at a facility where employees had refused vaccinations “

Health officials in Arizona attribute the largest current measles outbreak in the United States in part to the refusal of some workers at a federal immigration detention center to get vaccinated.

Authorities have confirmed 22 measles cases in Arizona since late May. All stem from the Eloy Detention Center, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility managed by the private Corrections Corp. of America.

Pinal County health director Thomas Schryer said that the outbreak probably began with a migrant but that detainees have since been vaccinated. Persuading employees to get vaccinated or show proof of immunity has proved more difficult, he said.

“And so they’re actually the ones that are passing along the measles among each other and then going out into the community,” Schryer said.

The facility includes about 350 CCA employees and an unknown number of ICE staffers, although Schryer estimates it’s about 100. ICE doesn’t publicly release staffing levels, nor does it require employees to be immunized. More than 1,200 detainees are being held at the facility.


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June 30, 2016

Rio Visitors Greeted with ‘Welcome to Hell’ Banner & ‘We Don’t Have Hospitals’ Lettering

“How are people going to feel protected in a city without security,” Mayor Francisco Dornelles reportedly asked. ”I’m optimistic about the Games, but I have to show reality.”

Visitors arriving in Rio this week were greeted with a “Welcome to Hell” banner at the airport and “We Don’t Have Hospitals” lettering on the highway.

Police held a large banner at the airport that read, “Police and firefighters don’t get paid, whoever comes to Rio de Janeiro will not be safe.”

Nearly a month before the 2016 Summer Olympics, Rio police have reportedly been saying that the “unavailability of equipment could prove dangerous during” the Games.

Last week, Rio’s largest hospital was reportedly attacked as “more than 20 armed men stormed the hospital” to free a drug kingpin. One person died while two were reportedly injured. In addition, Rio Mayor Francisco Dornelles’s body guard and a 34-year-old doctor were also reportedly killed over the weekend. According to local news outlets, 49 police officers in Rio have been killed this year.

Dornelles has warned that the games could be a “big failure” if “some steps aren’t taken.”


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June 21, 2016

Six Diseases Return To US as Migration Advocates Celebrate ‘World Refugee Day’

Six diseases that were recently near eradication are making a comeback in the United States, as the taxpayer funded refugee resettlement industry launches a propaganda blitz about the so-called World Refugee Day this Monday.

The returning diseases are;

1. Tuberculosis
2. Measles
3. Whooping Cough
4. Mumps
5. Scarlet Fever
6. Bubonic Plague

The near eradication of these diseases in the United States during the twentieth century was a remarkable accomplishment of American civilization. Until recently, most Americans believed these diseases were gone from our shores for good.

But a politicized public health system, and a rise in the subsidized migration into the United States, however, have combined to reverse a century of progress.

The number of foreign-born residents of the country has increased by 31 million in three decades, from 11 million in 1986 to 42 million in 2015. Immigration to the United States during this period has come from Middle Eastern, African, Asian, South American and Central American countries where all these diseases are prevalent. The extra 31 million have arrived in a number of ways: approximately 3 million are refugees, 11 million are illegal immigrants, and the remainder are legal immigrants, asylees, and parolees.


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June 11, 2016

Rat kids of Rio who earn £1 a day sifting through the raw sewage in bay hosting Olympic sailing in just EIGHT WEEKS

Guanabara Bay is known as Rio’s ‘latrine’ – but it has been chosen as the place for the Olympic sailing competitions. Sailors in test events have already fallen sick or collided with floating rubbish in the 17 mile-wide expanse of water. Children reveal to MailOnline how they earn a pound a day sifting through the rubbish to help pay the family bills. What they claim to have found will send a chill down any athletes spine: human waste, syringes and dead bodies.

It’s nicknamed Rio’s ‘latrine’, where six million people’s waste ends up in a stinking, rubbish-laden stagnant mass of water.

But as the South American city prepares to host the Olympic Games, Guanabara Bay, venue for this year’s sailing competitions is under intense scrutiny.

Sailors in test events have already collided with floating debris and many others falling ill with vomiting and rashes as Rio faces calls to clean up the bay, and protect athletes from potentially dangerous hazards.

But it’s not just household rubbish: human waste, blood-filled syringes, and even dead bodies have been discovered amongst the floating mass.

Yet not everyone in Rio wants to see Guanabara free from rubbish.

Along the edges of the 17-mile-wide bay, much of which is bordered by sprawling favela slums, many desperately poor families depend on the murky, trash-ridden waters to eke out a living.


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