Health-centric Civil Defense Program

I always try post solutions for the problems I callout in my posts. It just seems to be the right thing to do… if you don’t think something is being done right, suggest another way to go. These ideas often get buried in my posts. This is a repost of an idea I posted in response to what I’d characterize as Obama’s mishandling of the Ebola problem. You can see the original post here. Here’s the idea:

…This is an opportunity to kick-off a health-centric civil defense program, which might even help promote and support Obamacare indirectly.

The primary core message for jump-starting this program would be confronting Ebola head-on with an overwhelming force. It’s not an over-reaction to fear but a calculated asymmetrical assault on the disease that confronts every possible avenue this enemy could take. It’s not a war on Ebola, which would be too cliche, but an strategically overwhelming response that closes all gaps for this disease to spread.

Such a bold move could also earn President Obama serious kudos. Instead of attempting to downplay the risk, which the public sees as weakness and avoidance, he could use the appointment of Ron Klain as the catalyst for this shift in approach.

Immediate actions for a health-centric civil defense program could be:

  1. Encourage people to build-up their immune systems. Make it widely known that eating less gluten, dairy, fast food, manufactured food, etc, weakened the immune system and increases an individuals chance of beating any bug. Strengthened immune systems start with a healthy gut. When your gut is clogged with cheese, gluten, and empty calories they become a breeding ground for bad gut flora, and your health deteriorates.
  2. Develop and distribute a Home Ebola Early Detection Kit along with the necessary personal protective (PPE) gear and information to help people isolate households where Ebola is discovered. This should be as easy to use as a home pregnancy kit and come in easy safe disposal packaging.
  3. Encourage people to wear PPE gear as soon as they feel sick or travel in public – even if Ebola has not reached their area. Gloves and an N95 mask, plus good safe handling measures (avoid touching face, or unnecessarily touching surfaces) can give someone an edge over any contagious disease including the flu.
  4. Be ready to distribute supplies and care information to households where Ebola emerges. This will help folks voluntarily shelter in place for long time periods. At some point hospitals may not have space or adequate numbers of healthcare workers to handle a growing number of Ebola patients. If this happens we will need a back-up plan ready to roll. The most obvious next step would be to empower people to shelter in place and care for themselves.
  5. Provide people with assurances that they will not loose their jobs or income if their household needs to be quarantined. I realize this could get very expensive financially, but giving people the security to isolate themselves should help eliminate the pressure to leave their quarantine.
  6. Build a robust plan to keep public utilities operational like the power grid, water system, teach pickup, and sewer. Work immediately to decentralize the power grid to eliminate key points of failure and improve the overall robustness of the grid.
  7. Immediately ramp-up the manufacture of PAPR (Powered Air Purifying Respirator) forced air breathing units and other necessary PPE gear. While the current message from the WHO and CDC says that Ebola is not airborne, others suggest that it can be under certain situations. So as an informed precaution give healthcare workers and emergency responders the best PPE possible. This will also help keep people on the job longer.
  8. Until the danger has passed, improve control at the borders. Require waiting periods of up to several days to monitor for signs of infection. Use disaster relief housing units at the borders as temporary housing.

Consider making this kind of civil defense program international since the problem can travel everywhere. Then, like the powers-that-be are already suggesting, ramp up the international response in Africa. Heading off the disease at its source should be the top priority.

So just to recap… where I disagree with the White House is in the domestic approach, not the efforts in Africa.

What to Do?

I’m skeptical that our government is capable of implementing anything like this, or inclined to do so, we should consider these kinds of measures for ourselves.  This you can do right now are:

  1. Learn how to improve your own immune system and make those changes now.
  2. Acquire basic PPE gear now (N95 masks, gloves, etc), and learn how to use it in an emergency.
  3. Be ready to shelter in place for an extended time.
  4. Reduce your exposure to all pathogens by limiting travel and unnecessary activities outside the home.
  5. Prepare back-up plans for electricity, water, and sewer.

An Ebola epidemic in America is on the table. We must not give into fear and respond stupidly, but we should not cling to the idea that everything is under control until the American people themselves feel empowered to defend themselves against this enemy.

 

 

Dangers of Fluoride from Dr. Mercola

99% of the fluoride added to U.S. drinking water never touches a tooth. It’s no conspiracy, 98% of Europe doesn’t fluoridate their water. So if they can do it, why are American’s asleep at the wheel and continue to allow this toxic chemical in our water?

Did you know that not all communities in the U.S. fluoridate their water? I live in one of them, Fair Oaks, CA, a suburb of Sacramento, CA. It’s not widely advertised, or easy to find, but can be confirmed in the Fair Oaks Water District Consumer Confidence Report. The only fluoride in our water comes from erosion of natural deposits.  Check your local water district’s website for a similar report to learn if your water has fluoride in it.

Day 10: CDC Director Reports Ebola Possibly Airborne

The Ebola virus becoming airborne is a possible but unlikely outcome in the current epidemic, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC Director Tom Frieden said Tuesday. The outbreak involves Ebola Zaire, a strain that is passed through bodily fluids, not the air. But some experts have expressed fear about viral mutations due to the unprecedented — and rising — number of Ebola cases.” – TheHill

…and in a related story:

Federal health officials said that they had not confirmed whether the sergeant, identified as Michael Monnig, had definite contact with Ebola or definite symptoms of the virus, but that he was being assessed. Officials said it could take about 48 hours before they were certain of his condition. He was not one of the 48 people being monitored for the disease.” – NYTimes.com

In the wake of news that the first Ebola patient in America, Thomas Duncan has died, we now hear more rumblings from the CDC that Ebola going airborne is on the table.

What to do?

I think it’s also prudent to assume that Ebola could be airborne and prepare for that possibility. In other words, if you’re prepared for the possibility that it can be transmitted as easily as the flu (which has not been proven yet) you’ve covered your bases.

Photo of Michael Monnig, via NYTimes.com.

 

Day 9: Ebola Hitting Health Workers Hard World Wide

At least 14 Ebola cases have been treated outside of West Africa in the current outbreak. Most of these involve health and aid workers who contracted Ebola in West Africa and were transported back to their home country for treatment.” – NYTimes.com

The more we hear that Ebola is infecting health workers, the more I wonder at what point will health workers choose to stop showing up for work. We’re no where near that now, and I know that’s harsh, but seriously… would you show up for a tough underpaid job if it meant putting your life on the line?

Forbes Asks… Can Ebola Go Airborne?

It’s already possible that Ebola can spread, in rare cases, through direct contact with respiratory secretions. This might occur, for example, when an infected person coughs or sneezes directly on another, uninfected individual. The Centers for Disease Control specifically recommends “droplet protection” be taken in the hospital setting when healthcare workers are treating patients infected with Ebola. This kind of direct spread is sometimes referred to as “droplet contact,” but it’s distinct from airborne spread.” – Forbes

Forbes asks the question, can Ebola go airborne? The answer sounds like, sort-of – but don’t panic. News like this could really ramp-up the fear Ebola, so don’t panic.

It is the first I’ve seen of the mainstream media mentioning the potential of an airborne Ebola. The alternative media has been yammering on about it for a while. My take… anything is possible, but an Ebola outbreak in the U.S. seems unlikely.