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Environment and Green Jobs

My Presidential Platform is a plan to turn that “E” for Health and Wellness from a failing grade into an E for excellence.

  • Effective Health Care – a preventative healthcare, not-for profit single payer system.
  • Economy & more Green Jobs.
  • Environment & more Green Jobs.
  • End the War on Peace.
  • End Citizens United & reform campaign finance and voting transparency laws
  • Education — Repeal or rewrite the No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top policies to create a public education system that promotes helping the child to maximize their own potential – whatever it is. — Require all under graduate education providers to teach evolution and a science based curriculum. — Reduce college tuition loan rates and work towards restoring public education subsidies for in state college tuition.

Our environment supports our health and our economy. Business as usual is based on having a steady supply of natural resources as well as having safe roads and transportation available to get products from their natural state into something available for the consumer’s use. Cleaning up waste created during each stage of production through the final use and discard of the product by the consumer needs to be accepted as a responsibility of all of us and would create jobs. A clean environment supports safer food and a more biodiverse population of wildlife – and biodiversity has been associated with healthier wildlife including the insects – which could help promote health through reduced rates of infection. Protecting our environment protects health through reduced exposure to toxins. Reducing invasive plants and wildlife can help protect property or other financial interests of businesses. Management of invasive species without use of potentially harmful herbicides or pesticides is likely to require significant manual labor – which would benefit more workers in need of manual labor jobs. Green jobs could incorporate education and assistance of younger helpers or college-age interns with projects that connect students and educators with industry tours or invasive plant management (aka weeding).

Individual goals for protecting the environment and managing our use of resources include:

  1. End subsidies to the fossil fuel industry, redirect the money to renewable resources and research and development in areas such as more sustainably sourced biofuel and improved batteries for windpower or for solar powered vehicles. More on this point was included in the Economy and Green Jobs section.
  2. Strengthen the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Clean Water Act and require the fracking industry to follow the Clean Water Act and other environmental standards and to monitor and report what chemicals are being used and created in the fracking process.
  3. Create jobs in soil and hazardous waste remediation throughout urban and rural areas wherever hazardous conditions have been identified. (Urban areas tend to have lead in the soil due to increased amounts of traffic during the years when leaded gasoline was in use.) Clean up the radioactive waste remaining at the Hanford, Wash. location and any other sites where nuclear waste or other nuclear power plant hazards have been identified.
  4. Climate change is already happening. Plan ahead for it when possible and rezone areas that are likely to become increased flood risks to reduce building in the area and/or require more flood resistant types of construction to be built in low lying areas. Support research and development of construction ideas for use flood zones (forget about the mousetrap we need a better houseboat and factory boat and gardening boat).
  5. Support increased construction of bikelanes and bike share programs in urban areas.
  6. Support increased use of reusable diapers or biodegradable diapers by subsidizing the purchase of those types of products and/or by providing those types to low income caregivers or senior citizens. And support the use of reusable menstrual products or more biodegradable menstrual products to low income women and girls and requiring prisons to provide adequate supplies of either type to female prisoners based on their preference. Having adequate menstrual products has been found to improve school attendance by girls in research based in Africa. [citation needed, I think it was mentioned in the book Half the Sky.]
  7. Effective health care based on prevention of chronic illness and use of less screenings and surgical procedures and pharmaceutical based treatments would also likely add up to less waste being added to the environment. Banning several food additives and agribusiness chemicals and crops was also included in the Effective Health Care section. Chemicals that are hazardous to humans are also likely to be increasing sickness in wildlife and farm animals that may then risk spreading to humans. Increasing infertility in humans may suggest that the entire food chain may be experiencing problems with infertility. Malformed genitals and increased homosexuality may also be associated with increased estrogen mimetic pollutants in the environment. A food supply based on less use of chemicals and more use of hand labor would help protect the environment and provide more jobs.
  8. Create jobs in invasive species control that include positions for manual labor and for education positions for training and supervising student volunteers in the manual labor required for invasive species control.

To be con’t.

Disclaimer: Opinions are my own and the information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes.

Economy and Green Jobs

My Presidential Platform is a plan to turn that “E” for Health and Wellness from a failing grade into an E for excellence.

  • Effective Health Care – a preventative healthcare, not-for profit single payer system.
  • Economy & more Green Jobs.
  • Environment & more Green Jobs.
  • End the War on Peace.
  • End Citizens United & reform campaign finance and voting transparency laws
  • Education — Repeal or rewrite the No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top policies to create a public education system that promotes helping the child to maximize their own potential – whatever it is. — Require all under graduate education providers to teach evolution and a science based curriculum. — Reduce college tuition loan rates and work towards restoring public education subsidies for in state college tuition.

Improving the Economy would likely help promote peace and better health through reduced stress. More Green Jobs would help the economy and the environment and would likely also help promote improved health. Improving the economy would help support improved education services which in turn would help promote a more stable economy going into the future.

Individual goals for helping improve the Economy and provide more Green Jobs:

  1. Work towards changing the business and capital gains tax code to support hiring employees more instead of supporting depreciation of the cost of capital expenses.
  2. End subsidies for fossil fuels and redirect the money to subsidize green jobs in wind or solar power and in research and development of more sustainable biofuel sources (such as hemp or vertically grown algae – use of crop roughage and tree chippings is not really sustainable) or batteries for making transportation based on solar energy more feasible.
  3. Support research and development of hemp for use in biofuel and plastic production and other uses in technology (strong but light fiberglass like material for use in vehicles and other industrial uses). Change the status of medical marijuana from Schedule 1 to Schedule 3 and change regulations to support the growth of hemp for use in food products or for technological uses.
  4. Support keeping more jobs of all types in the U.S. and decrease the focus on globalization of all industries. Over the long term as a species, if we hope for a long term or for our species to survive, then we need to reduce all non-essential travel and transport that uses fossil fuels. Ending globalization wouldn’t be the goal but less needs to occur if we hope to reduce our species production of carbon dioxide.
  5. Support research and development of wind and solar powered forms of mass transportation and for transport of products and supplies.
  6. Agribusiness as it has developed is producing a significant amount of carbon dioxide; subsidizing more hand labor jobs for management of weeds and pests would benefit workers who need manual labor jobs and would help the environment.
  7. Increase taxes on capital gains. Strengthen the ability of the IRS to investigate off-shore tax haven accounts and big money tax dodgers.
  8. Work towards having a simpler flat tax rate with fewer exclusions making income tax easier to calculate for everybody whether rich or poor.
  9. Work towards breaking up the big banks and restoring the Glass-Siegel situation to help prevent future income bubbles (not my field – I would need to consult experts on this and really in all areas – many heads ~ more wisdom, roughly).

To be con’t.

Disclaimer: Opinions are my own and the information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes.

Effective Health Care

My Presidential Platform is a plan to turn that “E” for Health and Wellness from a failing grade into an E for excellance.

  • Effective Health Care – a preventative healthcare, not-for profit single payer system.
  • Economy & more Green Jobs.
  • Environment & more Green Jobs.
  • End the War on Peace.
  • End Citizens United & reform campaign finance and voting transparency laws
  • Education — Repeal or rewrite the No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top policies to create a public education system that promotes helping the child to maximize their own potential – whatever it is. — Require all under graduate education providers to teach evolution and a science based curriculum. — Reduce college tuition loan rates and work towards restoring public education subsidies for in state college tuition.

An effective health care system would likely also help improve the economy and the environment and help improve education outcomes because healthier citizens would be likely to produce better output for lower cost in whatever role they filled at any point of the lifespan. A health care system based on preventative health care likely would create jobs because it would require increased numbers of health professionals trained to provide individualized education and lifestyle guidance services and there would be less focus on high cost screenings and treatments based on pharmaceutical maintenance prescriptions or surgical interventions. Cost would be shifted from those areas to support the salary and benefits for the new preventative health education jobs. Effective health care would also likely promote peace because healthier citizens are likely to be happier and more socially oriented. Chronic illness tends to be associated with an increased risk for depression and we may have an instinct to isolate when we are ill which would be helping to protect the group.

Individual goals to work towards to improve the Health and Wellness of U.S. citizens (and anyone else who happens to be affected by U.S. policies):

  1. Change the status of marijuana from Schedule 1 to Schedule 3 which would match the current rating for the synthetic version of THC, the euphoric cannabinoid found in marijuana. Changing the status would better reflect the true medical benefits of the plant; allow more variety of academic research to be performed with marijuana and the cannabinoid receptor system throughout physiology and throughout the plant and animal kingdoms; end Federal prosecution of patients, growers and dispensaries; and allow marijuana businesses to function as normal businesses in regards to the IRS, ability to report expenses on Federal State and Local taxes, and access to banking.
  2. Change the rating of several food additives from GRAS to no longer allowed. Ban potassium bromide from flour products and reinstate the use of potassium iodide as a anti-caking agent in flours.  Ban the artificial sweeteners Neotame, aspartame and sucralose. Any emulsifiers that have been shown to have emulsifying effects within the intestines. Ban glyphosate use as an herbicide or desiccant for food crops, non-food crops or in wild areas for invasive plant control. Ban the Bt GMOs and Round-up Ready GMOs and any others that have been associated with negative health risks since being approved for widespread use.  — or at least work towards creating non-corporate funded research into the longterm health effects of those food additives and agribusiness chemicals and GMO crops.
  3. Work towards a health care system that is based on a not for-profit system whether it is a single payer system or has multiple funding sources (insurance companies) seems less important to me than getting the profit motive out of treating patients. To promote Health and Wellness we need a health care system designed to identify and resolve underlying health problems rather than focusing on longtime symptom management.
  4. Create a stronger adverse reaction board for monitoring the long term and short term risks of vaccinations and other medical treatments. Include the suicide and homocide risks associated with psychiatric or other types of pharmaceuticals and consider the need to ban some of them.

To be con’t.

Disclaimer: Opinions are my own and the information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes.

“Yes, autistic people do have feelings”; a link

According to one writer at least, “Yes, autistic people do have feelings.” Having difficulty understanding emotions can also leave a person with less skill when trying to communicate about their emotions. The linked article explains it better than I can try to re-explain, but it struck a familiar note with me.

Disclaimer: Opinions are my own and the information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes.

20 Science Questions Answered

Shawn Otto, a member of a science oriented organization, sciencedebate.org, has written twenty questions regarding scientific topics that affect our nation’s future  and the organization sent the list to the four main Presidential candidates with the request that the candidates complete the questions as few scientific topics were discussed in the debates so far.

I’ll give it a go:

  1. Remaining at the front of innovation is traditional for American values and essential for meeting the challenges of our changing climate, growing population and limited natural resources. Working towards shifting fossil fuel subsidies to renewable energy would support innovative research while helping reduce our carbon footprint and protect the future’s climate. Reducing college loan interest rates would help more students afford a university education. Funding career guidance programs to help guide students towards careers with more need for employees could also help guide them into fields with rapid innovation. Modifying immigration rules for specialized VISA workers could help promote hiring more U.S. citizens for STEM jobs instead of favoring lower paid H-1B VISA workers. [1]
    • [more education and less poverty has been associated with more individuals working creatively in artistic endeavors, 15]
  2. Research and the investment in long-term research projects is essential for driving innovation. The infrastructure of the future will be built in the next few decades. Developing energy efficient solutions for the needs of the future is a priority for funding in addition to renewable energy development. Research into more sustainable and potentially healthier farming techniques is a priority because it impacts the health of citizens and the environment. Funding research to assess hazards of chemicals suspected to be harming the environment or individual health is also a priority. It is easier to not add toxins to the environment then it is to remove them once they have contaminated an area. Funding research into better hazardous waste containment or processing methods is also a priority. To have a safe future we need to protect the present and start building a safer future now.
  3. Climate change is not only real but has been occurring at more rapid rates than expected. Worse storms and flooding and wild fires have been occurring. The next administration needs to make climate change part of every policy decision because it will impact most areas of life. Zoning and building permits should consider flood and fire risks and make changes based on the climate change predictions. Relocating groups of people from some areas into more weather friendly areas could be done gradually over time, before severe weather events occur, but it would take community support too. It might seem like an odd idea but building underground in hotter climates could provide air conditioned living arrangements for less cost to the environment. The future is going to be hotter, deadly hot in some areas, and having air conditioned living spaces will be required to protect health and life for the more fragile, sick, young, and elderly. Underground it is always about 55 degrees Fahrenheit, maximizing use of geothermal energy where the ground allows also is sensible. Investing in flood friendly housing and business development is a point on my platform. The future will be different so planning and building accordingly will help create jobs now and a safer future for our grandchildren later. Fossil fuel subsidies need to end or be modified so the company can only use the money for changing their company into a new renewable energy focused business and shutting down fossil fuel production and facilities safely or for hazardous waste storage and site clean up. I would need to study the topic of carbon taxing more before having an opinion on the value of that strategy for protecting the climate.
  4. Biodiversity is associated with healthier species in the ecosystem. Healthier wildlife helps reduce risk of human infection from insect or animal borne diseases. Funding research into the long term risks and benefits of the agricultural herbicides and pesticides and other industrial chemicals in use would help identify which are too damaging for long term use and should be banned and/or identify ways to use them in smaller, safer amounts. Funding research into the risk of genetically modified genes spreading to weeds and how to reduce that problem from occurring needs to be done for the safety of the future environment. It is an ethical question, we are designing and patenting new forms of life in ways that are not possible with normal plant hybridization techniques. Funding a jobs program for teams to provide the hands on labor necessary to clear invasive plants and animals manually instead of with applications of harsh chemicals would support the economy in the present and help protect biodiversity into the future.
  5. The security of the internet for individuals and the government is a priority that will only increase in importance as more devices and buildings become connected and therefore at risk for being hacked for information or for control of the device or building system. If a hacker can control a city’s street lights, water purification facilities, or voting machines, or a car’s steering controls then the hacker could feasibly create chaos and harm and possibly affect election results. Investing in continuing research and development in the area of cybersecurity is essential to remain ahead of the innovation curve in the world of hacking. Hiring white hat hackers to test systems for vulnerabilities is also an area worth continued funding into the future. As more medical records and medical equipment sensors are going online, cybersecurity has to be there in place first, and needs to be maintained by experts on a regular basis – which requires regulations to be in place for any businesses, or government agencies, which collect and store personal data.
  6. Mental illness is very personally debilitating and economically also, at approximately $300 billion per year for the American public (per the National Institute of Mental Health’s estimate, information provided in the question). My platform for effective health care suggests a preventative whole health focused approach that would look for the underlying dysfunction and work to teach lifestyle changes to restore function and prevent the dysfunction from returning. Many mental illness symptoms can be related to a variety of nutrient deficiencies or imbalances. Studies or treatments that focus on one nutrient at a time are rarely going to be found helpful if  the problem involves several nutrient deficiencies. Genetic differences that cause metabolic susceptibility for nutrient deficiencies to occur may also be an underlying cause. Some people may need high dose supplements of certain nutrients because their body is genetically unable to produce the needed chemical (nutrients are considered essential when all people need them because humans can’t produce the chemical and other chemicals are considered essential for certain populations such as the elderly when normal production of complex chemicals slows down or stops. Funding residential facilities for younger ages is also a need as more young people with autism or other neurodevelopmental disorders become adults with limited abilities to live on their own. Residential facilities for the elderly are not a good fit for younger residents as activities would be designed for the older residents abilities and interests. Prisons should not be the primary provider for those with mental illness in the U.S, not if we want to consider the nation fair and just. Prescription medications in use for mental illness need to be assessed for suicide and homicide risks in adults, teens, and children, and funding for research into more effective, and safer therapies should be a priority. Children and teens in foster care and on Medicaid need to be protected from the risks of their being forcibly over-medicated with potentially lethal prescriptions that can also cause significant weight gain, diabetes, and other negative health changes, which can sometimes be permanent. Funding research into the prevention of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders prenatally is also a priority. It would be much cheaper in human and economic costs to simply prevent the mental illness from occurring in the first place.
  7. The energy portfolio of the U.S. does have significant impact on the economy and environment and foreign policy. Working towards energy independence is a goal affecting foreign policy, using fracking as the primary method however may be harming the environment. Making renewable wind, solar, and geothermal energy projects a priority and ending or changing fossil fuel subsidies to support a company’s transition into a renewable energy industry would be part of my energy strategy for the nation over the next four to eight years. Funding research into safer ways to store nuclear waste is a need as there is leaking barrels of hazardous waste waiting to be cleaned up, and use of thorium as an alternate nuclear source might be a cleaner source of nuclear energy for the future, but is still in research phases .
  8. The ranking of American students in science and math performance has fallen compared to other nations. My administration would work towards assuring that all students including female and minority students have an equal opportunity to learn STEM topics by promoting a basic curriculum for all public undergraduate schools and charter or private undergraduate schools. All children should have an equal opportunity to learn what is considered to be standard information in science and technology. An equal opportunity however does not mean that all children will do equally well in the same areas of study. Students should be allowed to fail if that is their skill set and they should be guided towards classes that they can pass. And if that is just a basic life skills curriculum then they would at least have gained skills in caring for themselves and might not have also gained a sense of worthlessness and feeling a failure due to being pushed to pass tests and a curriculum they weren’t capable of passing. Other children who could read ahead of the class should be encouraged to do independent studies and advance their learning instead of having to fit in with the standardized testing goals. Homogenizing our students into average test takers has helped bring up the grades of the middle group but may be encouraging students who are struggling to pass to just drop out instead and it may be holding back the more gifted students who have to pretend to pay attention in a class that is paced too slowly for their learning needs.
  9. Maintaining the public health system is just as important as improving it. Funding for preventative health care needs to be protected as mandates possibly rather than having to be put to vote periodically. My effective health care goals include expanding preventative health care education with group and individualized services. Research on the cost efficiency of preventative health care services in the past has found that money spent on preventative health guidance tends to save more money in acute care health care spending than the cost of the preventative care. Research into the effects of glyphosate on soil bacteria is needed as the herbicide was originally patented as an antibiotic and as it is being used in more areas it may be adding to the development of antibiotic resistant pathogens. Funding for research into more environmentally safe sanitizing products and use of pathogen resistant microbiome friendly cleansers is also a priority. Positive microbes cover surfaces in small amounts and can help protect against more dangerous ones. Providing fluoride treatments topically for children might be safer for the health of individuals across the lifespan and for the environment. Water fluoridation is an old policy that needs to be reevaluated. Vaccinations are important but the safety of all of the ingredients needs to be evaluated and an adverse reaction board needs to be in place that is responsive to all patients and others reporting an adverse reaction. Calcium chloride as an adjuvant in place of aluminum adjuvants should be considered as a safer replacement. Vaccinations have caused encephalitis which can then lead to symptoms similar to autism. Individualized nutrition guidance based on genetic structure could help prevent chronic illness and mental illness and help protect infants’ prenatal development and reduce the number of children who develop autism or other neurodevelopmental disorders. Nutrient deficiencies can leave the infant and mother less protected against developing autoimmune disease and less able to detoxify environmental toxins.
  10. Without water there is no life. Ensuring access to safe clean water is a challenge that will continue to become more challenging as climate change increases the risk of uneven rainfall with increased risk of droughts and flooding. Evaluating and copying best practices from successful communities could help ensure  access to safe water for more people. Preserving water with improved farming methods and regulating where farming can occur is already becoming more critical in areas of California as the drought there has continued for more than one growing season. Water intensive crops should not be grown in areas with limited water. Storage tanks for collecting rain water has helped some California growers get through times with less rainfall. Rainfall storage tanks could help communities and other businesses too. Bottled water companies need to be charged a business price for units of water taken from community water supplies as it is not standard residential or business use of the community resource. Funding for research and development of energy efficient water purifiers and desalinization units is also a priority as we look into a warmer future with more people needing to eat, drink, and bathe. In the present rehabilitation of aging water infrastructure could provide a few jobs and boost the current economy and help protect the future from following in the footsteps of Rome (the lead lined water pipes may have added to population wide ill health and the collapse of the civilization).
  11. Nuclear power does not add to greenhouse gases but security of the hazardous waste is important from an environmental and military aspect. Thorium is an alternate fuel for nuclear power that might produce less hazardous waste and less radioactive material capable of being used in a weapon however technical difficulties with the process are still being addressed. The current nuclear power plants and nuclear waste sites already in existence are risks for radiation leaking. Health information from Chernobyl suggests that the risks of radiation poisoning are less of a risk over the long term than originally feared but are a health concern during the acute exposure phase of a nuclear incident. Thyroid cancer is a risk that can be reduced if adequate iodine is available within the body or during the acute phase of the nuclear radiation incident. Being iodine sufficient prior to a nuclear incident provides the most protection to the thyroid from the risks of radioactive iodine collecting in the organ. Ensuring iodine sufficiency for American citizens could help protect them in the unlikely event of a nuclear incident and could also help protect their health on a daily basis from the more common risks of hypothyroidism, obesity, depression, Type II diabetes, [2], breast and prostate cancer, having a child with autism, and other chronic health issues (iodine is really important throughout the body but is found in more quantity in the thyroid, pancreas, mammary and prostate glands, and other endocrine tissue). Advances in computer technology and environmental sensors should make the design of radiation monitoring equipment easy. The sensors would be placed in areas downwind of nuclear sites and readings would be sent to the internet and to a warning light, buzzer, or human whose job would be to monitor the sensor readings for any increase in radiation levels.
  12. Agriculture needs to be returned to the small farmer and having patents on seeds needs to be a luxury that is a choice for a few farmers rather than an industry monopoly. Farmers have saved seeds from last year’s harvest to plant for next year’s crop for thousands of years. It is not traditional to patent seeds and require them to be purchased each growing season. Regulations need to protect individual farmers not just corporations who produce agribusiness products. The agribusiness products need to be evaluated for their long term impact on human and ecosystem health. If the business is in the business of producing food then the food ideally should be nourishment for humans and animals rather than being a substance that is adding to chronic illness risks. Soil health also needs to be monitored and protected and sensors are being developed with internet connections capable of sensing nitrogen levels for more precise application of fertilizers (excess fertilizers can cause more acidic wastes to runoff into the ocean). Agriculture industry workers are the ones most at risk for acute illness due to exposure to industrial chemicals. Should our food be raised in an environment that places it’s workers at acute risk of chemical injury? Or could our food be raised in more labor intensive but environmentally safe ways that create jobs? Farm subsidies need to be stopped or shifted to support more labor intensive vegetables and fruits rather than supporting big business commodity crops. A tax code with incentives for hiring more employees instead of supporting capital investments and depreciation of capital expenses could help the small organic farmer. Interplanting a few types of crops together can help reduce harmful weeds and pests without needing as many chemicals but the method is not possible with large scale planting or harvesting equipment. A mixture of large and small agribusinesses is likely needed for a future with an expanded population. Foraging animals can be raised in areas with soil that can’t support crops.  Studies into viable diets for a larger population suggest that an omnivore diet with less meat than currently is common would be more sustainable than an all vegetarian diet because of the areas that could support foraging animals but not crops. Research and development of algae crops for human and animal consumption  and other alternative protein sources (aka insects and cultured proteins) needs to continue as ocean health and fish industries may be adversely affected by climate change sooner than predicted.
  13. Global threats that can cross international borders such as pandemic disease and climate change effects need to be met cooperatively by working with other nations, large corporations, and international non-profit organizations. Peace is more likely when a nation has enough food and water for its citizens. Rioting and civil war has occurred after drought conditions affected crops negatively. Pandemic disease is also more likely to occur in a population who is under-nourished and where there is inadequate sanitation facilities (running water and bathrooms). Helping nations improve infrastructure that supports sanitation facilities and agriculture may also be helping prevent pandemics and civil disturbances. Helping developing nations build infrastructure that is efficient and based on renewable energy could help reduce the carbon footprint of the developing nation and help prevent more severe climate change from occurring in the future. We only have one planet, if it goes down, it takes the rest of us with it (and vice versa, there’s many of us and our failures might take the planet down with us and a lot of the rest of the planet’s species too).
  14. A government’s role in a society is different then that of a business. A business works to maximize its profits for its shareholders and remain in business for the sake of its customers and employees. A government needs to consider profitability, someone needs to pay the bills, but a government also needs to consider safety of the present and future and act as a steward of the land, a caretaker that is maintaining the present and building for future. Regulations for environmental standards and standards for doing business ideally need to be written in clear language with reasonable requirements that could be realistically implemented. Policies that are too stringent or are factually unrealistic need to be identified and rewritten with realistic achievable objectives. Regulations can only help protect us if they are being followed therefore they need to be well designed for effectiveness and efficiency and then jobs need to be funded for adequate numbers of inspectors to enforce the regulations. Realistic, achievable methods should be incorporated into the regulations rather than writing idealistic requirements that may be difficult or impossible for businesses to follow and which may not guarantee that the desired goal will be achieved.
  15. My administration would support vaccine science by creating a stronger adverse reaction reporting system and funding research into assessing the long term health risks associated with the large number of vaccinations that are being given to American children. Fewer vaccinations given slightly later in life (not during the first six months of life when the infant’s immune system is not well developed) might be safer for children with an underlying susceptibility for autoimmune disease.  Forcing all children to get vaccinations against minor illnesses may provide some herd immunity but it may also be causing encephalitis in a few susceptible children. Children with known allergies or autoimmune problems should be allowed to have their parents decline the full schedule of vaccinations. There are more than four times as many shots given to children now than children received in the 1970’s. Vaccinations are important but having good health in the first place is also important. Adequate sanitation and nutrition can help make a population less at risk to catching an infection during an epidemic. Funding for clean water infrastructure can help prevent a variety of diseases, not just the exotic ones. Funding for evaluating the use of calcium chloride as an adjuvant instead of aluminum is a priority to help protect the children with difficulty detoxifying heavy metals and possibly help prevent some children from developing neuro-developmental disorders. Between January and August of 2016 there have been 52 cases of measles reported. In 2015 there was a total of 189 cases of measles reported. [3] For perspective, not to say causal relationship but just to compare the size of the problems, in 2015 the rate of autism diagnosis was estimated to have reached 1 in 45 children. In 2012 it was 1 in 68, in 2000 it was 1 in 150. [4, 5] The 2015 rate of 1 in 45 children would suggest that roughly 448,919 of the children who were under five years old at the time of the  2010 census may have developed autism by now. [6] It is sad that 52 people had measles in 2016 so far but I find it more sad that 448, 919 children born between the year 2010 to 1996 may have gone on to develop autism spectrum disorder by now. Based on my reading of medical research the problem is related to deficiency of vitamin D or vitamin D enzymes, and deficiency of iodine, zinc, folate, magnesium, and possibly vitamin B 12 and B 6 and an excess of formaldehyde and other toxins (the herbicide glyphosate is known to inhibit vitamin D enzymes) or heavy metals such as aluminum, mercury or lead. Vaccinations are important but so is having a functioning and well nourished immune system. Excessive numbers of vaccinations may be over-activating the allergic portion of the immune system and leaving more children with allergies and more children and adults with autoimmune disorders. [7] Vaccinations are important but their use should be limited to the most dangerous diseases and allow children to get sick and recover naturally from milder illnesses such as chickenpox. The natural immunity derived from getting sick and recovering strengthens both the antigen/antibody portion of the immune system which vaccinations work to enhance and the white blood cells which are actually responsible for identifying and killing infected cells using the antigen/antibody system as a identifying label –> the antibody shows the white blood cell which are infected cells that need to be put to death by apoptosis with a little blast of energy from magnesium.
  16. Space exploration and observation of the Earth from space is a priority for monitoring climate change measurements such as the melting of the glaciers and the healing of the hole in ozone caused by fluorocarbons. Space satellite information can also be helpful for monitoring other social changes and actions of groups of people. Estimates of poverty can be made based on the amount of light being produced by a community during night time hours. [8] Research and development of natural resources that might be able to be mined on the moon may become more of a priority as we move into a future with dwindling supplies of rare metals available on Earth. building communities on the moon or another planet seems unrealistic at this stage of our technological capabilities.
  17. There is an opioid problem in this nation in part because there is an ineffective health care problem in this country and a food supply that may not be providing adequate amounts of specialized nutrients such as phospholipids and trace minerals such as magnesium, iodine, and selenium. Fewer people would have chronic pain if the underlying concern was identified and resolved rather than maintaining the patient on painkillers. Opioids don’t even work effectively for diabetic patients unless magnesium is given at the same time and giving the magnesium alone was also found to be an effective pain killer for diabetic patients. Recognizing that addiction can be based in genetic differences rather than ‘the moral failing of a weak-willed individual’ could also help. Adequate treatment for people with addiction problems is often not available because addiction treatment is often focused on making the patient withdraw without the medical support of a prescription that could reduce withdrawal symptoms. Treating people with addictions as someone with moral failings rather than as a person with genetic differences may not help them recover as well as admitting that the problem is physically based  and is not just a mental choice. Naloxone given quickly within the time of an opioid overdose can save the patient’s life. Opioid overdoses have become more common because street drugs are being produced and sold as real opioid prescriptions but the strength of the street drug can be more potent and cause death rapidly due to overdoses. Opioids have become a gateway drug for heroin abuse. Heroin can be cheaper and easier for individuals to find on the black market than prescription pills, whether real or fake. Prescribing a dose of naloxone along with an opioid prescription has been suggested by medical doctors. [9] That wouldn’t help the people who got the too potent fake drug on the black market. Having the antidote drug, naloxone/Narcan, available in emergency vehicles and police stations has also been discussed. [10] There are genetic differences in the cannabinoid receptor system that are associated with addictions to a variety of substances including opioids and heroin. Changing the Schedule of marijuana from Schedule 1 to 3 or declassifying it altogether as a controlled substance could help reduce opioid deaths and opioid addictions. Early results from states that have approved medical marijuana have shown a reduced use of a variety of medications including prescription painkillers. [11, 12] If someone has a genetic defect that makes them unable to make phospholipids then they would be unable to make cannabinoids and would need an external source and might experience increased cravings for food, alcohol, marijuana, nicotine, or opioids, and possibly cocaine but there is less of association with that substance and genetic differences in the cannanbinoid system then for other commonly abused drugs. Is a genetic difference a sign of ‘moral failing,’ or a sign of a genetic difference and a need for individualized nutrient support? The second answer is my answer.
  18. The health of the planet’s oceans is already threatened. Increased temperatures and ocean acidity is going to greatly impact fish species which are already threatened by overfishing. Scientists estimate that 90% of stocks are already fished at or beyond sustainable limits according to information provided in the question. Decades from now when the air is even warmer and the ocean is even more acidic we need to have already developed algae and other alternative protein sources because replenishing the numbers of over fished species may not be possible in the hotter more acidic ocean. Reducing our cumulative human carbon footprint would help protect the ocean from temperatures and acidity reaching even more elevated levels. Reducing the amount of acidic fertilizers used on farms and other landscapes would also help reduce the amount of acidic wastes washing off into the ocean or groundwater. Reducing the use of hydraulic fracturing methods could help reduce toxins from leaching into the ground water and reduce the amount of methane being allowed to inadvertently escape into the atmosphere. Regulations regarding which species of fish allowed to be caught and how many are necessary to help support the rebound of the species that have been more depleted. The bleaching of coral reefs is temperature related but acidity is also involved so modifying our use of acidic fertilizers might help reduce their impact on coastal regions of the ocean. Limiting activity in coral reef areas has helped some recover. Oil spills and heavy metals and other toxins and destructive fishing practices are all harmful to coral reefs. The ocean is like our life blood and like our kidneys for detoxifying the planet’s air and water supplies, what is harmful to us can be harmful to it. [13] Cleaning up the giant floating island of garbage is a priority — humans caused that, we can’t deny that fact, so we should accept our responsibility for cleaning it up.
  19. The immigration regulations regarding H-1B Visas needs to be modified to reflect more accurate wages. Businesses are able to hire non-citizen university graduates for a $60,000 per year salary when they have a H-1B Visa. Citizens with a similar degree in this decade would expect a far larger starting salary so the H-1B Visa program requirements have not kept up with modern salaries and may be reducing the number of skilled jobs available to U.S. citizens. A minimal change would be to modify the language of the H-1B Visa to reflect standard starting salaries for technological jobs. Restricting immigration and deporting university student immigrants does not help innovation. Immigrant scholars help keep the U.S. at the edge of advances in technology. [14]  A balance needs to be maintained between encouraging academic studies and employment opportunities for both citizens and immigrants.
  20. My administration would help foster a culture of scientific transparency and accountability in government by encouraging and protecting employees who try to report concerns about questionable research or business practices (protect whistle blowers). Strengthening the adverse drug and vaccination reporting system would also help improve accountability of the FDA and pharmaceutical industries. Devising ways to use blockchain technology in clinical drug trials and other research studies could help make the data on which research is based more transparent, and less able to be modified or dropped from a study if the results didn’t match the desired goal of the company who provided funding for the study. Environmental and other business regulations would be based on best practices of the industry that had previously been found to work, in combination with recommendations from environmental scientists regarding unsafe chemicals or other issues needing limits or environmentally safe techniques.

As pop quizzes go, that was an eight hour brain buster of a pop quiz.

Disclaimer: Opinions are my own and the information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes.

References:

  1. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/11/us/large-companies-game-h-1b-visa-program-leaving-smaller-ones-in-the-cold.html?_r=0
  2. http://www.worldhealth.net/forum/thread/99044/low-iodine-found-in-diabetics/?page=1
  3. http://www.cdc.gov/measles/cases-outbreaks.html
  4. http://health.usnews.com/health-news/articles/2015/11/13/cdc-child-autism-rate-now-1-in-45-after-survey-method-changes
  5. http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/data.html
  6. https://www.census.gov/prod/cen2010/briefs/c2010br-03.pdf
  7. Ken Tsumiyama, Yumi Miyazaki, Shunichi Shiozawa,  Self-Organized Criticality Theory of Autoimmunity, (PLoS ONE 4(12): e8382. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0008382, Dec 12, 2009)   http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0008382

  8. Charlotta Mellander, et. al., Night-Time Light Data: A Good Proxy Measure for Economic Activity?, PLoS One. 2015; 10(10): e0139779.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4619681/

  9. Pauline Anderson,  Naloxone Prescribed With Every Opioid? , (March 7, 2016)  Medscape.com, http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/859993
  10. Brad Avery, The Cost of an Overdose,  (May 21, 2016, Metrowest Daily News)  http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/20160521/cost-of-overdose
  11. http://www.newsweek.com/states-medical-marijuana-painkiller-deaths-drop-25-266577
  12. http://www.natural.news/2016-01-27-opioid-related-deaths-decrease-by-25-percent-in-states-with-medical-marijuana-program.html
  13. http://www.un.org/esa/dsd/resources/res_pdfs/ga-66/inputs/vietnam.pdf
  14. Xueying Han, Will They Stay or Will They Go? International Graduate Students and Their Decisions to Stay or Leave the U.S. upon Graduation, PLoS One. 2015; 10(3): e0118183. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4356591/

  15. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/09/05/the-stunning-geographic-divide-in-american-creativity/?hpid=hp_hp-more-top-stories-2_wonkblog-creativity-815pm:homepage/story

20 Science Questions for the Presidential Candidates

Shawn Otto, a member of a science oriented organization, sciencedebate.org, has written twenty questions regarding scientific topics that affect our nation’s future  and the organization sent the list to the four main Presidential candidates with the request that the candidates complete the questions as few scientific topics were discussed in the debates so far.

Answers are due by September 6th so the other candidates have a week yet to respond.

Disclaimer: Opinions are my own and the information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes.

An organic food diet helped reduce pollutants for one family

In a short study a Swedish family who did not typically eat organic foods was monitored for 12 chemical pesticides that have recommended limits. The family of five people ate their typical non-organically grown food based diet for one week and then an organic food based diet for two weeks. Urine was monitored for the presence of the chemicals during the first and third weeks of the study. A video and news article about the study can be viewed here: http://www.mnn.com/food/healthy-eating/blogs/what-happens-when-you-switch-to-only-organic-foods.

The children in particular were found to have a decrease in the presence of pesticides during the organic food phase of the study. The total quantities of individual pesticides was not above recommended limits but with multiple chemicals all being present it is unclear what levels of the total amount of pesticide exposure might truly be safe. The youngest child had the highest level of any of the tested pesticides, chlormequat chloride (CCC) was elevated. The research discussion suggests the child may have had more servings of grains in proportion to the rest of her diet compared to the rest of the family and CCC is used in grain crops.

The results of the survey clearly show that some pesticides are absorbed into the body through diet. By choosing organic products, it is possible by and large to avoid the consumption of these chemicals through food. Compared with the period when the family consumed conventionally grown food, the concentrations of pesticide residues decreased on average by a factor of 6.7 when the family ate organic food. The children in particular had lower concentrations during the period of organic food consumption. Levels of most, but not all tested pesticides fell in the adults.                                                  Read more: https://www.coop.se/Vart–ansvar/Ekoeffekten/The-Organic-Effect/Read-the-report-from-IVL/

During the organic phase of the study the family also was asked to switch to organic household cleaning products and to not wear or buy brand new clothes or household items. The family had already been using environmentally friendly personal hygiene products prior to the study:

Other household products such as personal hygiene products, detergents, and new textiles may have contained the antibacterial agent triclocarban. When triclocarban degrades in the body, the metabolite 3,5-dichloroaniline (3,5-DCA) is formed, which is also a degradation product of pesticides (see Table 1). Consequently, it was important to take this form of exposure into account during the weeks when the family was consuming organic food so as to facilitate the evaluation of this study. Consequently, detergents were changed during the organic weeks. The family was also asked not to wear newly purchased clothing, bedding, or towels during this period. The father of the family uses snus, which was replaced with organic snus during the organic weeks. The family was already using environmentally friendly personal hygiene products such as shampoo, conditioner, and skin care products prior to the study.”                                                                     Read more: https://www.coop.se/Vart–ansvar/Ekoeffekten/The-Organic-Effect/Read-the-report-from-IVL/

Chemicals are throughout our environment but this study suggests that it may indeed be worth the effort to switch to more organic/environmentally friendly products.

The revolution our country needs is one against pollutants in our homes and bodies and in the landscape. A pesticide with chloride would likely to adding to a child’s risk of hypothyroid problems and symptoms such as excess weight gain and depression later in life. Our country’s and other countries’ increased rates of obesity could be related to pesticides that promote hypothyroidism or other metabolic changes that promote insulin resistance and increased risk of diabetes. The sooner we learn more about the health consequences of having a mixture of multiple pesticides and toxins, the sooner we can stop adding them to our environment. Most things are easier to apply than to remove.

Disclaimer: Opinions are my own and the information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes.

End Citizens United and reform campaign finance and voting systems

My Presidential Platform is a plan to turn that “E” for Health and Wellness from a failing grade into an E for excellance.

  • Effective Health Care – a preventative healthcare, not-for profit single payer system.
  • Economy & more Green Jobs.
  • Environment & more Green Jobs.
  • End the War on Peace.
  • End Citizens United & reform campaign finance and voting transparency laws
  • Education — Repeal or rewrite the No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top policies to create a public education system that promotes helping the child to maximize their own potential – whatever it is. — Require all under graduate education providers to teach evolution and a science based curriculum. — Reduce college tuition loan rates and work towards restoring public education subsidies for in state college tuition.

The Supreme Court Decision in the Citizens United case allowed nearly unlimited donations to flood elections throughout the nation without heeding state or local boundaries. Judicial elections have also been affected by increased donations or campaigning by PACs. Ending the Citizens United decision that created corporate personhood and allowed businesses to donate to political organizations would be the right thing to do because corporations aren’t citizens and don’t have the right to vote and therefore shouldn’t be allowed to donate to elections whether they are ‘people’ or not. I also don’t think nine humans should be allowed to create a new class of ‘people’  – but that isn’t up to me, so I’ll stick with the fact that corporations certainly aren’t citizens and they don’t have the right to vote.

Getting big money out of elections might help get more citizens elected who would be invested in helping create a sustainable government that supports a healthier environment and viable economy for current citizens and for the future rather than invested in lobbyist’s goals and prewritten bills. Reducing influence of  money and lobbyinsts could help effective health care by reducing risk of laws being influenced by profit goals rather than health goals.

Voting and election rules also need to be strengthened. Gerrymandered districts should be redrawn and prevented in the future. Voting by absentee ballot rules should be made simpler for working people or a national holiday should be scheduled in support of getting more voters out to vote. Transparency of electronic voting systems should be required in order to reduce the risk of voting machines being able to be hacked or otherwise tampered with.

Providing government and nonpartison funded forums for campaigns and restricting commercial advertising by campaigns could bypass the issue of money in elections by reducing the cost of campaigns. Less expensive campaign costs could allow a wider variety of candidates to run and provide a more fair representation of the voters.

To be con’t.

Disclaimer: Opinions are my own and the information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes.

The U.S. scores on the 2016 Social Progress Index have dropped

Compared to 133 other nations the U.S. ranked fifth for GDP per capita which would make the U.S. one of the richest nations however citizens may not be benefiting from the wealth as much as citizens in some other developed nations.

“Worse, the U.S. joins China, Russia, and Saudi Arabia in a group of countries that significantly underperform on social progress relative to their wealth. The U.S. is the only major industrial nation to significantly underperform in this way. By contrast, countries such as Costa Rica, Nepal, and Malawi have much lower levels of economic and social development than the U.S., but these countries are overperforming. They are doing a good job at turning their GDP into social progress; the U.S. is not.” [“Why Americans are So Angry Despite America’s Strong Economy,” Michael Green, Aug. 2, 2016, hbr.org]

The rankings for the 2016 Social Progress Index are based on the total group of 133 nations so fifth out of 133 for GDP per capita would be equivalent to 3.76 out of 100 or roughly 96% out of 100 which in the U.S. educational system would be graded as an ‘A’.

Other categories, reranked for grades based on percentage of a 100, would place the U.S.:

  • in the ‘A’ group for “Access to advanced education” (ranked 2/133 or 1.5/100) and “Shelter” (7/133 or 5.3/100)
  • and an ‘A-‘ for “Opportunity Total” (13/133 or 9.8/100).

The U.S. might get graded:

  • a ‘B+’ for “Personal Freedom and choice” (16/133 or 12.0/100)
  • and a ‘B’ for “Social Progress Overall” (19/133 or 14.3/100) and for “Access to info/communication” (19/133 or 14.3/100) and for “Basic Human Needs Total” (21/133 or 15.8/100) and for “Tolerance and inclusion” (21/133 or 15.8/100),
  • and a ‘B-‘ for “Personal Rights” (26/133 or 19.5/100).

And the U.S. might get graded:

  • a ‘C+’ for “Water and sanitation” (27/133 or 20.3/100) and for “Personal Safety” (27/133 or 20.3/100),
  • and a ‘C’ for “Foundations of Well-Being Total” (32/133 or 24.1/100),
  • and a ‘C-‘ for “Environmental Quality” (36/133 or 27.1/100) and for “Nutrition and basic medical care” (37/133 or 27.8/100).

And the U.S. might get graded:

  • a ‘D+’ for “Access to basic knowledge” (40/133 or 30.1/100).

And the U.S. might get graded:

  • an ‘E-‘ for “Health and Wellness” (69/133 or 51.9/100).

At some point the U.S.’s failing grade on Health and Wellness will make it difficult for the nation to continue to have enough healthy workers to pay for the care of the sick and disabled citizens let alone provide enough caregivers to continue to be able to take care of all of the people unable to care for themselves. Enforcing the purchase or provision of health insurance doesn’t automatically provide more health care professionals or provide more health care facilities — let alone assure that the care that is being provided is actually effective at resolving the underlying health issues rather than simply managing symptoms with treatments that might be exacerbating the underlying issues.

And what if the problem with the poor showing on “Health and wellness” isn’t just an ineffective or understaffed health care system but is actually a problem with excessive negative chemicals in our food supply and environment? It would be difficult to remain healthy in an environment that provides excessive amounts of toxins and insufficient nutrients to cope with the needs of detoxification adequately.

Or maybe U.S. citizens simply all started eating too much and exercising too little sometime around 1992 and the halving of male fertility is just a fluke (not quite halved – 1.7 children on average in 1992 dropped to 0.9 children on average between 2006-2010) *. Maybe. Coincidences do happen — and more and more often it seems in this modern era. But as I don’t believe in coincidences as much as I believe in evidence based science I’ll continue to avoid the toxins that I’ve become aware of and continue to work on sharing information about the underlying causes of health and wellness (the big secret is that functional bodies are made out of a balanced variety of all of the nutrients, {and a good night’s sleep and regular exercise and clean air and water}, rather than being made out of pharmaceuticals or toxins .)

*Excerpt from the last post:

  • Male fertility in 1992 was estimated to be at a rate of 1710 births per 1000 males on average (or 1.7 children per male aged 15-44) and 1960 births per every 1000 females (or 1.9 children per female aged 15-44). https://www.census.gov/population/documentation/twps0014.pdf
  • However either fertility has decreased or the desire to father children has decreased because the rate of children fathered by men aged 15-44 years in 2002 was at a rate of 1.0 children per male and the rate dropped yet more to 0.9 children per male aged 15-44 years between 2006-2010.  http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhsr/nhsr051.pdf

A different excerpt (that was not included in the last post) suggests that fertility rates for females as well as males born in the U.S. may also have been affected because fertility rates were greater for Hispanic men and women who had moved to the U.S. compared to Hispanic women who were born in the U.S.:

“Looking at nativity, higher percentages of foreign-born Hispanic men and women had a child compared with those born in the United States. For foreign-born Hispanic women, 78% had a biological child compared with 51% of U.S.-born Hispanic women. The percentage of U.S.-born Hispanic women with a biological child is similar to that of white women.”  http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhsr/nhsr051.pdf

The birth rate for Hispanic women and men was greater than for white women and men:

“Hispanic women are more likely to have had a biological child (65%) than non-Hispanic white women (52%), but there were no differences between Hispanic and non-Hispanic black (62%) women. Meanwhile, a higher percentage of Hispanic men had a biological child (54%) compared with both white (41%) and black (49%) men.”   http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhsr/nhsr051.pdf

If tradition is important to a person then it might be a good idea to start asking why our traditions are no longer working as they traditionally used to – maybe foreign born people have greater birth rates because their bodies are less full of toxins and less nutritionally depleted.

The primaries are finally over and I haven’t withdrawn from the 2016 presidential race – yet. I was waiting for the primary process before starting to campaign as an Independent candidate – but that was too long to wait. The current system favors the two main parties by spending so much time on the primaries. The timelines for ballot access are closing soon or have closed already in some states. [Utah] Write-in ballot access can be applied for in some areas within a month or two of the election. For a presidential candidate to apply for ballot access as a write-in candidate they need to file with the state and include a list of registered voters in the state who are willing to act as electoral representatives for the candidate and the name of the Vice Presidential candidate has to be given.

Writing in Bernie Sanders name on a ballot if he hasn’t filed with the state is most likely to get the whole ballot added to the ‘don’t count’ pile. Leaving a section blank and voting on other sections may reduce the risk of a ballot being added to the ‘don’t count’ pile.

My Presidential Platform is a plan to turn that “E” from a failing grade into an E for excellence.

  • Effective Health Care – a preventative healthcare, not-for profit single payer system.
  • Economy & more Green Jobs.
  • Environment & more Green Jobs.
  • End the War on Peace.
  • End Citizens United & reform campaign finance and voting transparency laws
  • Education — Repeal or rewrite the No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top policies to create a public education system that promotes helping the child to maximize their own potential – whatever it is. — Require all under graduate education providers to teach evolution and a science based curriculum. — Reduce college tuition loan rates and work towards restoring public education subsidies for in state college tuition.

Effective health care and more Green Jobs for the Economy and Environment are all goals that reinforce each other — we can’t be healthy or very productive over the long term if our environment and food supply are too toxic to support health for us or our wildlife and farm animals and crops.

I will add links for more information regarding each of the platform categories.

Disclaimer: Opinions are my own and the information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes.

 

 

U.S. ranks 68th on health and wellness compared to 133 developed nations

The U.S. ranked 68th for the category “Health and Wellness” in a comparison of 133 developed nations. That ranks in the lower half of the group. Economically the U.S. ranks within the top few nations and ranks in the top in many of the other categories that were assessed. However the Health and Wellness ranking or the U.S. is low in comparison not only to other nations but also to the U.S. ranking for many of the other 53 categories that were used to assess a nation’s ‘social progress,’ — suggesting that the healthcare strategies that have already been in use or were recently implemented in the U.S. in an effort to improve the health and wellness of U.S. citizens need to be reviewed and redesigned if we hope to achieve better results.

https://hbr.org/2016/08/why-americans-are-so-angry-despite-americas-strong-economy?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=harvardbiz

We may be able to afford ineffective health care over the short term of a few sickly generations but we can’t afford ineffective health care for ever. Somebody has to remain healthy enough to be able to take care of the increasing numbers of chronically ill people.

The globalization of markets has helped some workers while it may have left other groups less well off than they had been. Globally incomes have improved for groups of people in some areas of the world but have held stable or dropped in other areas. https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/07/this-chart-reveals-the-most-dramatic-change-in-incomes-since-the-first-industrial-revolution?utm_content=bufferd61fe&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

In some categories used to assess social progress the U.S. has been dropping in comparison to other developed nations and we are now on par or worse than some third world nations including the area of ‘Health and Wellness.’  http://usuncut.com/class-war/america-third-world-country/

Male fertility in 1992 was estimated to be at a rate of 1710 births per 1000 males on average (or 1.7 children per male aged 15-44) and 1960 births per every 1000 females (or 1.9 children per female aged 15-44). https://www.census.gov/population/documentation/twps0014.pdf

However either fertility has decreased or the desire to father children has decreased because the rate of children fathered by men aged 15-44 years in 2002 was at a rate of 1.0 children per male and the rate dropped yet more to 0.9 children per male aged 15-44 years between 2006-2010.  http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhsr/nhsr051.pdf

So in 1992 the average 15-44 year old male had 1.7 children while in 2002 the average 15-44 year old male in the U.S. had 1.0 children and between 2006-2010 the average male aged 15-44 years old only had 0.9 children.

It might seem like everything is for sale in a capitalist nation but — you can’t buy health and while you might be able to buy fertility treatments and in vitro fertilization it turns out that nature has ways we are only beginning to discover. In vitro fertilization (egg meets sperm in a test tube) may leave the child with DNA from the male’s mitochondria which wouldn’t be as likely to occur during natural fertilization. Few of the male mitochondria enter the egg during normal fertilization and the egg has ways to destroy any male mitochondria that are able to enter. Normally only the maternal mitochondrial DNA is left in a newly fertilized zygote. (The first new life form is a single celled egg/sperm combo called the zygote.) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paternal_mtDNA_transmission

Excess male mitochondria may be involved in some cases of male infertility.  http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.496.2503&rep=rep1&type=pdf

The markers that help an egg identify male mitochondria for destruction may be species specific according to research performed with lab animals. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC41980/pdf/pnas01486-0478.pdf

We don’t know what we don’t know — until we learn it — and we are learning that we can’t really pollute our environment and food supply with estrogen mimetics and other toxic additives, herbicides and pesticides, if we hope to have “Health and Wellness”. As U.S. citizens we are constitutionally supposed to have a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Health and wellness – and the ability to have children naturally – seems like part of the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Should ‘corporate people’ have a right to profit off human citizen’s ability (or inability) to procreate or should ‘corporate people’ have a right to profit off a human citizen’s right to decide how they deliver their baby or how they feed their baby? Would it be fair to the non-corporate people (formerly known as humans) if the government ruled that all infants will be conceived in a test tube; and will be delivered by C-section; and will be fed exclusively with formula; or will be fed exclusively by breast milk whether the mother is able to or not?

Part of “health and wellness” might be the freedom to make individual choices based on individual differences. Some regulations protect the corporate ‘right to access to the consumer’ more than they protect the consumer’s right to access safe products and services. Midwives have been harassed for centuries and even burned as witches while medical schools and medical associations are regulated as safe providers of maternal care. History has shown that men didn’t wash their hands even after being told that it was causing increased maternal deaths due to infections. The pioneering doctor that tried to get other doctors to wash their hands was harassed during his own career for his work — but his name lives on in textbooks though, at least, (Ignaz Semmelweis). Midwives knew about sanitation but it took a male doctor ruining his career to get other male doctors to eventually start washing their hands in between attending pregnant women.

Hand washing helped promote improved “Health and Wellness” in the U.S. and elsewhere but it took a while to catch on. What other health practices are needed? We won’t know if we continue to not listen to pioneering scientists. Currently alternative information frequently is being dismissed as “debunked” or “Quack,” but history revealed that Ignaz Semmelweis was not the quack and likely the midwives who were burned as witches didn’t quack either. (A Monty Python reference is hiding there for Monty Python fans.)

So if we want America to continue to be great than we need to review and redesign our nation’s strategies for promoting individual health and wellness because whatever we’re doing hasn’t been very effective while it has been costing us more than other developed nations — and health and wellness includes the ability to have healthy children.

Disclaimer: Opinions are my own and the information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes.