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Social Distancing – 6 Feet or 3 Feet? Depends If You Follow the CDC or the WHO

hat CaptureIn U.S. we have been told to keep a 6 foot social distancing barrier between anyone we come in contact with. This recommendation comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), while the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends at least one metre (3.2 feet). Read more of this post

COVID-19 & the Problem of Groupthink

viruseven136077-1200x675Groupthink is a psychological phenomenon that occurs within a group of people in which the desire for harmony or conformity in the group results in an irrational or dysfunctional decision-making outcome. Groupthink occurs when pressures to agree are so strong that they stifle critical thinking and common sense. Read more of this post

Climate Change Anxiety

Pre T trau Stress Disorder Mohrtoons cartoonVery interesting article in the latest Rolling Stone on climate change and its impact of young peoples’ mental health. It talks about pre-traumatic stress disorder. “Behind their signs and placards, their anger and frustration are clear. What is harder to see is their anxiety, the psychological burden of those “oh no!” thoughts that threaten to arise, the private moments of panic and fear felt by a generation that cannot remember a time before the planet’s future was imperiled. Read more of this post

The Current Coronavirus Disease May Be a Once-in-a-Century Evidence Fiasco

doors-anymore-its-time-to-tell-you-about-the-year-2020Prof. John Ioannidis of the Stanford University School of Medicine, is professor of medicine and epidemiology and population health. On March 17 in STAT he posed some very intriguing points about the virus that seems to have crippled the world. Here’s an extract: Read more of this post

Coronavirus Update 2/28/2020

corimg_0854“Our major vulnerability is not Iran. It’s the United States,” Canadian epidemiologist Dr. David Fisman, at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health. The U.S. has experienced problems with its testing kits, meaning very few people have been tested for the virus there, in comparison with other countries. Read more of this post

China Coronavirus: Update on 1/29/2020

bottlemage-m-20_15802940354691. The latest clinical report on 2019-nCoV: 99 patients from Wuhan Jinyintan Hospital published in the medical journal Lancet shows a mortality rate of 11%. “That was much higher than expected,” Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding, public health scientist at Harvard. “I’ll be honest – as an epidemiologist, I’m really deeply worried about this new coronavirus outbreak.” Read more of this post

Gene Editing Tech Threatens Nature

hand-holding-globe-900x300We’ve all grown up with the existential threat of nuclear annihilation and more recently the ominous impact of climate change. Now we might be facing a new doomsday scenario: alarmingly unregulated gene-editing technology with the potential to radically and permanently alter the natural world.

“We’re looking at the replacement of nature,” warns Jeffrey Smith, one of the world’s leading environmental activists. “Instead of passing on to future generations what we inherited, the products of billions of year of evolution, we’ll pass on to future generations the products of laboratory experiments that are prone to side effects. And there’s no technology to clean up a gene pool once it is contaminated. That’s a formula for catastrophe.” Read more of this post

Stealing Public Water Sources

sbnf_nestle-signs_fb-600x600The Swiss company Nestlé has been reaping in billions by bottling public water it pays nothing or almost nothing for. It’s dominated the industry by going into economically depressed areas with lax water laws. Read more of this post

We Can’t Trust Cell Phone Manufacturers on Radiation

mobile-phone-cell-smart-towers-dangerousA new study by the Chicago Tribune reveals popular smart phones, including the iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S8 emit more radiation than US regulators have deemed safe. While US regulators set maximums for the amount of radiation the devices can emit, tests found phones exceeding those limits. Read more of this post

The Truth About The Chernobly Nuclear Plant Disaster

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Remember images of the miracle of nature supposedly flourishing around the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Ukraine, many years after the devastating release of radiation? And how supposedly few people died or got sick. Well, not surprisingly, it turns out to be a fabrication. Read more of this post