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Re: herbs > antibiotics > health care


this seems like a good place to say that when i worked for the circus, i worked in the home office, mostly managing the home-base side of the logistics of a road trip. and that the people i worked with were, without doubt, the largest collection of humorless people i have ever had the misfortune to know.


At 02:53 PM 1/3/03, you wrote:
Worked for a circus eh? Hum....now that's interesting! I wonder how many of
us have worked in numerous fields? I sort of look at my medical background
as partly self defense. I learned a few things as a horse breeder  and a few
more things in the hotel industry and art industry. Mostly I think I learned
that none are as easy or quite as glamorous as they seem. I value the
lessons I learned there though.
Nora
----- Original Message -----
From: "jim singer" <jsinger@igc.org>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Thursday, January 02, 2003 2:05 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] herbs > antibiotics > health care


> 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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