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Re: herbs > antibiotics > health care

No, Jim, can't say I ever did, although my favorite daughter works for
Johnson & Johnson.  Looking at your resume, working at the nursery must be
pure heaven.

on 01/02/2003 5:05 PM, jim singer at jsinger@igc.org wrote:

> show of hands. how many on this list are or have been employed by the
> health care-industrial complex?
> i spent a good bit of time there myself, beginning with the onset of
> medicaid [federal government] in the late 60s to covering the politics of
> health for national journal in the 70s to running migrant-worker clinics in
> the 80s to writing medicare coding manuals in the early 90s. i was never so
> glad to change career fields as i was the day i became editor of corporate
> governance digest in 1992.
> from there to running a landscape nursery data base was easy--although
> there was that 9-month detour when i worked for a circus.
> At 03:34 PM 1/2/03, you wrote:
>> I would recommend to all interested in a cross cultural view of this issue
>> that they find the (likely out of print) book - Medicine and Culture:
>> Varieties of Treatment in the United States, England, West Germany, and
>> France, by Lynn Payer. This book explores the interesting fact that the
>> above countries have equivalent life expectancies, but that medical
>> treatments differ enormously.
>> Cathy
>> On Wednesday, January 1, 2003, at 06:51 PM, Melody wrote:
>>> The absolute worst offenders with antibiotics are consumers and
>>> practitioners who demand and allow treatment for viral illnesses such as
>>> the common cold with antibiotics that are meant only for bacterial
>>> illnesses. What do you suppose we are doing to ourselves with
>>> antibacterial handsoaps, lotions, plastics, sponges, dish detergents,
>>> toys, etc....Exposing every day germs to antibacterial agents such as
>>> these is insane!!! The human body is a host to multitudes of bacterial
>>> strains that are supposed to be there! Killing them off-- this is what
>>> allows supergerms to breed. That and the fact that most people who are
>>> prescribed a ten day course of antibiotics only bother to take it for
>>> half of the prescribed ten days...thus killing off only the body's
>>> normal bacteria while allowing the proliferation of the bad bacteria to
>>> become supergerms that take over and cause superinfections. And if
>>> consumers don't want their meats/milks/vegetables/etc. pumped full of
>>> antibiotics then why aren't more people actively pursuing other avenues,
>>> including lobbying your local/state/federal legislators to outlaw this?
>>> People like to complain alot about this, but don't really want to get
>>> involved personally in stopping it...And as far as nurses are
>>> concerned...good handwashing is the key to preventing most of their
>>> troubles with bacteria but fully 70% of nurse's wedding bands/rings are
>>> infected with strains of germs that could cause serious problems for
>>> thier patients because they fail to do it well enough...And I can't
>>> speak for other nurses, but I always keep my face well away from any IV
>>> bag I'm spiking just on principle!!
>>> Melody, IA (Z 5/4)
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