49 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 2-8-19

  1. Good morning almost everyone.
    Good night Jo.
    I am busy this morning. I have a stopped up drain. I’ve called the plumber. I need to get Elvera to adult center. (Linda is going to help me there) and I’m supposed to have lunch with my SS class at 11:30.
    You guys have a nice day.

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  2. Good morning and good night all.
    I went to a ladies retreat tonight. not very quiet, so I am glad to be sleeping at home.
    They are having a clothing boutique, so I took a big bundle of clothes to get rid of. Hope that they bless someone else.

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  3. I’m up early as I’m riding in today with a co-worker in advertising and they start really early 🙂 It’s still dark outside. I’ll be the only one in the newsroom for a couple hours.

    I’ll pick up my Jeep sometime today. I may have to walk to the credit union and bank before that to assemble the payment. Bad timing for this kind of expense for me this month, as I said, but what are you going to do. At least we’re in between rain storms.

    I did an article yesterday on a 22-story glass tower a developer wants to build near our quaint old downtown. It’s getting bad local resident reviews and our councilman yesterday announced he’s opposed to it as being “out of character.” I wasn’t able to reach the developer (we’ve emailed in the past) as he’s based in Singapore.

    But he did call me on my cell after I got home last night and talked a blue streak (only thing I could find to take notes on was the water & power bill lying on the table so that’s now got writing up and down and in between all the margins), 2 or 3 pages worth I think. He had a heavy accent so he was hard to understand. It was too late to add anything to the story I’d already filed but today I need to figure out if I can do a follow in order to get some of his quotes in, though he didn’t say anything really earth shattering and some of what I said I just couldn’t “get” due to his accent and the way he formed his English sentences. I got a few things down. I’d just need to find a different hook for yet another story on this subject so that would be my excuse to get a quote of his in.

    Advertising person I rode home with yesterday (and who’s picking me up today) was telling me how tough it’s been on their side, with ever-rising demands to bring in more print and digital ad dollars. She said it’s impossible to reach those goals they’ve set so it’s all very frustrating and stressful. Personal income for them, as for us, is just going down. They’ve been told to expect more layoffs. She’s married so they have a good 2nd income and she’s seriously thinking of walking away soon (after 17 years with the paper) to find something else maybe part-time.

    We keep telling ourselves surely they can’t lay off any more people, we’re a ghost paper as it is. But they always do it anyway. 😦

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  4. Morning! Look at those synchronized swimming mallards up there!! 🦆 very pretty!
    It is going to be downright springlike here today. Last evening we were driving home at 6 and the temp was 20. We turned on the evening news at 10 o’clock and they reported the temp was 31…a warm front moving in!

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  5. Good first morning of February. It seems like it was just Christmas.

    A little later my brother is suppose to take me to the eye doctor for my
    pre op exam/get eye drops/get info to be ready for Tues. This was the only appointment that Art is not taking me to, and this is my brother’s day at our office, so it works out well for him to take me.

    We stopped at Publix on our way home last night so we did not get home until 9 p.m. Then we watched a movie, That Evening Sun, with Hal Holbrook in the leading role. It was a powerful movie. Some of the language was not what I desired to hear, but it was accurately used considering the characters.

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  6. It was a beautiful drive this morning, with the moon rise,followed by the sunrise.

    The weather here has been beautiful. High 40s and low 50s. Not windy. Working outside in shirtsleeves.

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  7. Thankful for a day to rest a little.

    Yesterday, my great uncle, whom I have mentioned several times here, died. He was my maternal grandmother’s younger brother, and the last living member of that generation of the family. My maternal grandparents had always prayed daily for all their descendants, and when they died, my great uncle took up the task, although he also had his own descendants to pray for. His wife died a number of years ago, shortly after my aunt who had cancer, and my uncle, before his own premature death, was a companion for my great uncle as they had a common bond of loss. Only in the past couple of years, had dementia slowly taken my great uncle’s mind and altered his personality, to the point that this past December, he was put into a nursing home as his children could no longer care for him. The place was one he had chosen before for himself, but he did not thrive there and his health rapidly disintegrated. Although we had in a sense already lost him, our sense of loss is still great.

    He attended the same church, in which he served as a lay pastor, as my grandparents and three of my mother’s five siblings had also attended there with their families (my mother and her other two siblings lived too far away). My grandparents were the hub of the family wheel, and my great uncle served as a substitute after we lost them. Between my grandmother had six children (one of whom has passed away), twenty one grandchildren, and at last count fifty-two great grandchildren, while my great uncle had three children, thirteen grandchildren, and I have lost count of the number of his great grandchildren. That is not counting the spouses of the children and grandchildren. My grandmother also had two younger sisters, who have also passed away, whose children were close to their uncle. So, there are hundreds of family members who will mourn his loss.

    My great uncle was not only a lay pastor, he was a skilled machinist, who earned the respect of his colleagues and actively evangelized in the workplace, and after his retirement, he served as regional director in a Christian ministry that trained young men. The church that Second sibling and spouse attended after their marriage was pastored by a man who had been discipled by our great uncle in that ministry. My great uncle was a powerfully built man, and his strength did not give out until the last few weeks of his life, although he struggled against blindness from macular degeneration for a couple of decades. Up until a few years ago, he would take men from the church on camping and Bible study trips, and he ministered to the seniors at the church and was a chaplain at the local hospital for many sick and dying. There are hundreds of others, outside the family, who will mourn his loss. Yet few outside his realm of influence will have ever have heard his name.

    My great uncle was not a world famous evangelist, he never wrote any books, he was never wealthy, and his origins were very humble, as my grandmother’s family were very poor immigrants from the English working class. My great grandmother had been a domestic servant in England, working her way up from nanny to cook, which is the highest someone in her class could get (housekeepers were more genteel). My great grandfather, whose family bore the marks of the dysfunction that I mentioned a few weeks ago as existing in the working class (and which continued in the families of my grandmother’s younger sisters), after running away to fight in WWI and being wounded and becoming a POW in a German camp until the end of the war, had been trained as a watchmaker, which was not an easy profession to make a living by in the relatively new country of Canada, especially through the Great Depression. My great uncle’s teen years were very difficult, as my great grandfather had some kind of breakdown, perhaps due to PTSD from his POW experiences and his own childhood experiences of an abusive father, and beat his younger son, my great uncle, severely, leaving his eldest son, who would become a member of the First Special Services brigade and be killed at Anzio, alone. My great uncle, who was too young to enlist in WWII, began his career as a machinist in the same munitions factory that my grandmother worked before her marriage, and went on, in the post-war era to work on the fabled Avro Arrow, a military plane that was the most advanced of its kind, but was scrapped by the Canadian government after pressure from the U.S. to join NORAD instead. I interviewed my great uncle several years ago, when I was taking that writing course, in his 1950’s era home in a suburb of the city that he had spent all his adult life in, and it impressed on me that it is people like him, unknown except by those whom they affect for good, whose lives are the ones truly well lived.

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  8. Our community is joining the Pride festival LA event lineup for the first time this year; another paper ran this headline about it:

    PORT OF LOS ANGELES
    Queers and allies fight haters and coalesce to create the first Pride event on L.A. waterfront

    (yeah, a little bit of the writer’s opinion seeped into that headline, no? Glad it wasn’t our publication …)

    But we will have to cover it and I’m hoping one of our few feature/entertainment people will handle our coverage (event is on June 15). Otherwise, it’ll likely fall under my purview, at least for the advance stories about it. I may just sign up for a vacation week when the event is occurring, I’m guessing the editors can find a freelancer who would love to cover it.

    So many of these issues are now fraught with an acceptable “opinion” leaning in one direction only that it’s made covering them difficult if you’re taking a down-the-middle newsy approach. I can do it, but would just rather not have to deal with all the angst and drama that’ll surely be associated with it at this point.

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  9. The expectation now with these kinds of stories is that they must have a point of view — that this is a good thing, not just a neutral thing, and coverage will no doubt reflect that enthusiasm.

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  10. Jumping in after only skimming the other comments to reply to Cheryl‘s comment last night.

    Cheryl, I realized in sharing that story that I was risking stirring up the vaccine controversy. 🙂 But what I wrote to YA was simplified to make the point that parents who choose not to vaccinate don’t hate autistic children. I think that many really do not realize just how dangerous and devastating some of those childhood diseases could be. Measles, which can be dangerous and even deadly, is making a comeback in areas where many parents have chosen not to vaccinate.

    One problem with foregoing the major vaccines is that babies who are too young to have been vaccinated, or people with compromised immune systems, are put at risk.

    I agree that today there are way too many vaccinations given. I’ve lost count of how many there are these days, but I think it’s at least twice as many as when my girls were little. Nightingale did research the vaccines, and chose to delay some of them for The Boy, although she needed to bring him up to date on them when he entered school.

    The issue with autism in particular, though, is that the belief that vaccines cause it is based on a now-debunked paper. One theory for why it may look like vaccines cause autism is that it is often diagnosed around the same time as children are getting certain of the vaccines.

    But even while writing this, I realize that some (or many) of you may disagree, and that is okay. My point in what I wrote yesterday was about trying to dissuade YA from the notion that parents who don’t vaccinate “hate autistic children”, not to stir up a debate.

    Although I am not against the major vaccines, I also don’t like the growing idea of pediatricians calling DCF (or whatever a state’s children’s services is called) on parents who don’t vaccinate. Even Nightingale was threatened by The Boy’s former pediatrician for delaying his vaccinations.

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  11. Roscuro – My condolences to you and your family. The little I saw of your tribute looked quite touching, and I look forward to reading it fuller.

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  12. Kizzie, I haven’t personally researched the autism / vaccination link, but I think parents’ linkage has to do with the fact that children who develop autism aren’t simply “diagnosed” at two, but that they do not have autism at all before that! A normal, healthy, communicating child loses abilities. Something actually goes “wrong” with the child’s development, and something causes that. It isn’t present at birth. Vaccinations likely aren’t the cause, but the government saying that they aren’t isn’t proof that they aren’t. (The government hasn’t proven itself trustworthy in this area.)

    And BTW, one of the people I know who is opposed to vaccines has a compromised immune system. Vaccines themselves actually can put such people at risk–because some vaccines use live viruses. It was being told of the need to stay away from his/her own newly vaccinated child for a few days because of the danger to the compromised immune system from that child’s vaccine that made the couple decide no more vaccines, for that child or subsequent ones. (I think they might have been leaning that way already because of the possibility a vaccine caused the compromised immune system in the first place.) But parents don’t think of such things, and don’t warn others at church “My child just got a shot with live vaccine,” so potentially any child might cause a health risk as great as that from a child with the actual disease.

    Anyway, while I am not an “anti-vaccination” person, I am a medical minimalist, and I doubt I’ll ever have any more shots. The risk from the disease would have to be greater than the risk from the shot.

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  13. BTW, this isn’t about shots (or written to anyone in particular), but about scientific “consensus.” I don’t hold a position on global warming, since I have read a lot of texts that simply take it for granted and point out animals that are struggling because of it, but on the other side I read that the global warming proponents take only certain years and show “look how bad it is” but ignore the years that the numbers actually look good. Not having the resources to research it myself, I simply don’t know.

    I do know that evidence is twisted to support one side on several scientific issues, however. One example is evolution. “Everyone” in the scientific community believes it. It generally isn’t even presented as controversial; it is presented as so scientifically obvious, and so well proven, that it has even been declared “child abuse” to teach in school that there is any alternative to this viewpoint.

    Another is cancer treatment. I know that chemotherapy is often helpful, and it can even save lives. I also know that many people die of the chemotherapy itself, but such deaths are attributed to a symptom and not the chemotherapy. For instance, someone I knew 20 years ago died in her 40s or early 50s from “heart disease” after chemotherapy was successful at treating her cancer. Well . . . the heart disease seems to have been caused by the chemotherapy, so it’s quite ambiguous whether you consider the treatment a success, if you’re really being honest with records.

    Likewise, my brother-in-law who died at age 45 of an aortic embolism, the doctor who received him in the hospital had never met him before. (The doctor saw him for the first time when he was in fact already dead–he died en route in an ambulance that didn’t even bother with sirens and lights because a healthy-looking 45-year-old complaining of pain didn’t seem to be in serious medical danger.) So, the doctor put two and two together and noted on his medical records that he was a smoker and that he had previous heart issues, neither of which was in fact true. So my lifelong non-smoker brother-in-law was officially recorded as a smoking-related death because of a doctor’s assumptions. I believe that smoking is an unhealthy habit, and it’s also a smelly one. I’d never do it–but neither do I believe the statistics on smoking-related deaths.

    Another example: the insistence that the only reason anyone voted for Trump, and the only reason anyone would wear a MAGA hat, and the only reason one would like the Confederate flag or believe the South was right in the war they didn’t start, is racism. You can shut down any argument with the word. And you can shut down any discussion of homosexuality as sin, or the rights of a business to choose which customers they work with, by “homophobia.”

    I’m sure we could name many more examples of times when media, science, public education, politicians, etc. have an agenda, and truth gets in the way of that agenda. Any time the public is told that “that other side is stupid and biased,” there is a fairly good possibility that the “smart” side is in fact biased and has an agenda, rather than that it is driven solely by truth. Sometimes the bias is against Christians or religious people. Add the large amounts of money involved for some particular issue, in terms of big business and advertising, and I have lived too long to assume that the “stupid” side is always the one that is wrong.

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  14. It has been a busy day. I haven’t gotten anything done, but it was busy.
    The plumber charged $260 to fix it for the weekend. That is down payment of a job that starts Monday and will eventually cost over $2000. Seems that through the years, people have been putting grease down the drain.
    I an mot a kitchen savvy person. But even I know not to put grease down the drain. But people have been doing it for years.

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  15. $2,000 sounds high, wouldn’t that just require them to clear the line? Unless pipes need to be replaced for some reason …

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  16. $2,000 sounds high, wouldn’t that just require them to clear the line? Unless pipes need to be replaced for some reason

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  17. On vaccines, and other medical treatments, I was raised to be skeptical of the medical establishment, as my mother was very interested in alternative remedies. She nonetheless had us get our childhood vaccines, and we were among the first generation to receive the MMR vaccine, which was introduced in 1975 in Canada. It was studying the immune system in anatomy and physiology class which convinced me of the effectiveness of vaccines. Later, reading firsthand accounts of vaccine preventable diseases from eras before the vaccines were available were further proof. I have relatives who are anti vaxxers, including a certain Youngest in-law (not surprising, given his propensity to question any mainstream view from the Holocaust to the Sandy Hook massacre), so I have taken some time in researching the objections.

    I have not found that any of their arguments stands up to scrutiny. Just as an example, the argument that the thimerosal used as a preservative in the early MMR vaccine used in the U.S. was responsible for triggering autism. The major flaw? The anti-vaccination movement was only looking at the U.S. Canada also had a comparable increase in the cases of autism in the same time period, but thimerosal was never used as a preservative in the MMR vaccine given in Canada. Thus, the upswing in autism diagnoses, when looking at the evidence from places outside the U.S., proves that autism can not be linked to thimerosal in the MMR vaccine.

    The number of needles given to infants and toddlers might seem excessive, but the volume injected is very small and most of it is liquid, as the elements of the vaccine itself are highly diluted for better absorption. The reason for the series of doses is that immunity to a disease develops in stages. The initial vaccine dose given triggers the first stage in the development, while the subsequent doses strengthen the immune response. Also, some diseases being vaccinated against, such as tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis, are bacterial, against which the body uses a different, and less permanent form of immunity than it uses against viruses, hence the reason for needing a tetanus shot every ten years.

    Are vaccines flawless? No, of course they are not, no more than any other well established medical treatment. Acetaminophen and ibuprofen are effective pain relievers and ibuprofen is an excellent anti-inflammatory, but that doesn’t mean that they are not toxic in large doses and some people are allergic to them or find them ineffective. Some vaccines, such as the one against diphtheria, which has been used since the 1920s, are much better established in efficacy and safety than others, such as the one against HPV, which was only recently introduced. But the growing antipathy in the West towards vaccines in general, irrespective of their individual merits, is far in excess of their possible detrimental effects, and is the mark of a population who no longer remembers how terrible the diseases were that the vaccines protect against. Elsewhere, as I saw in West Africa, many of the diseases still leave their mark and the public is far more accepting of a remedy against them.

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  18. Roscuro,

    Do you have any opinion on this short video? I am not at all saying “Ooh, she has convinced me,” just that it happens to be the first I have seen opposed to vaccines, she’s a doctor (but I’m not, and can’t critique her expertise), and her case that not all the evidence is being discussed would seem to have at least some merit. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpC0Tbb3diI

    I know a few “conspiracy theorists,” and I’m not one, and tend to steer away from such discussions. But I don’t like the “settled science, and thus not up for discussion” side, either.

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  19. They have to go under the house and replace pipes. He drilled out the pipe today, but he said that it would likely build up again. Maybe a couple of weeks, maybe never. But the grease is still in the pipes. He just bored through (That’s not what he said, but what I heard him saying. He said lots of words.)

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  20. Cheryl, I do not have time to watch through all the video, but the few minutes I did watch set off my alarms, as she zigzagged in her answers and seemed to be cherry picking her data. This article is somewhat technical, but it is written by someone who went to the trouble to search down the studies that the doctor in your link cited and found that the doctor was not quite honest about the studies’ content: https://medium.com/@visualvaccines/why-dr-suzanne-humphries-an-anti-vaccine-activist-is-lying-to-you-about-measles-ce446d0a7e0f

    By the way, you asked where I heard what I said about Piper the other day. I cannot remember exactly where I heard it, although I was certain I had heard it from a credible source. But I could be mistaken. There is, however, a definite hardcore group that does condemn even the removal of an ectopic pregnancy, as I came across them when I was looking for the source of the Piper comment.

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  21. I’m kind of middle-of-the-road on vaccines. For the dread childhood diseases of the 20th century I think it makes a lot of sense. The vaccines vastly reduced the incidence of those diseases, which could be devastating. My aunt died of whooping cough as a baby in the 1930s. That probably would not have happened had there been a vaccination then.

    On the other hand, I have to wonder why there are so many stories of babies whose developmental trajectory suddenly changed in the immediate wake of a vaccine, even if the medical profession generally discounts any link. This happened to the first child of some friends of mine 35 years ago. They were concerned with their baby son’s extreme distress following his first shot (I don’t remember which vaccine it was). They resisted the second shot, but finally gave in to “he’s the doctor and must know what he was doing.” The boy got very ill right after that shot, his development went backward, and he has had a very difficult autistic life.

    Statistically, for society as a whole, I believe the benefit outweighs the risk. But that’s no help to the few who are harmed.

    I get a flu shot every year. I don’t have an opinion on what other people should do, but influenza could be particularly devastating given the rest of my medical history, and I’ve been advised to get the flu shot since long before it was recommended for everybody. I realize the protection is far from perfect, but for me it outweighs the risk.

    I’m not in favor of most of the newer vaccines. While chicken pox can have complications, it’s not the dread disease that polio or whooping cough is. Nonetheless we relented on most of them when urged to do so by our children’s pediatrician.

    I resisted the HPV vaccine for my daughter 10 years ago. HPV is almost completely preventable by making good life choices (I say “almost” allowing for the possibility of rape), and the vaccine hardly had any track record. But I didn’t speak loudly enough about it and my wife and daughter consented to the vaccine when I wasn’t there. KJ’s chronic medical issues started around that time. I know correlation is not causation, but I’ve read similar stories from other parents and I have to wonder.

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  22. Thanks, Roscuro. I read it, and it’s helpful. I’d never heard of her, just happened across the video a couple weeks ago, don’t even remember how I came across it. Today I looked in my Youtube history to find it.

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  23. Our 3 oldest were vaccinated, but before #4 was born, Mrs L read about the possible side effects of vaccines, so the youngest was not vaccinated until she started at the community college last year.

    I have never gotten the flu shot, and rarely, if ever, do I get sick. I guess I have a strong immune system, as I have been around the flu a lot in my job.

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  24. Kevin, it is possible that a vaccine might produce a damaging reaction in some children. But, correlation does not equal causation. The symptoms of Reye’s syndrome, a congenital disease which is almost identical in symptoms to autism spectrum disorders, appears around age two, with the child regressing from previous development. That is also the age around which the MMR vaccine is administered. But it is now known that Reye’s is caused by a genetic abnormality, so any correlation between the start of symptoms and having the vaccine is meaningless.

    But, say for arguments’ sake, that some children have a reaction to a vaccine because the child was somehow genetically vulnerable to such a reaction when exposed to the fragments of inactive virus in the vaccine – if that is the case, then if the child had been infected by the virus itself, their reaction would probably have been the same or far worse. Take the flu vaccine, which is actually not one of the scheduled childhood vaccines, although children can take it. There have been a few rare cases of Guillain Barre syndrome (an autoimmune condition which causes paralysis – people generally recover but may need ventilator support temporarily) after getting the influenza vaccine, but Guillain Barre* is also a rare complication of influenza infection. Were those who got Guillain Barre after having the vaccine already people with a genetic vulnerability who would have got the condition if they were infected with influenza?

    We do not know, but we do know that viruses, when they infect humans, can and do cause long term disease. Measles, for example, can cause, years after the initial infection, a degenerative condition called subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE) in about 4 in every 100,000 people who were infected with measles – it is the least common complication of measles, as pneumonia, blindness, deafness, and encephalitis are the more common complications, but SSPE is always fatal. Even chicken pox can cause shingles many years later, which is the reason for the vaccine, as anyone who gets as a infection with chicken pox has the potential to develop shingles – true, most people just find shingles to be very painful and debilitating for a couple of weeks, but I know someone who could go blind if they ever get shingles again because of the nerve which is affected by the shingles (this is not necessarily an endorsement of the chicken pox vaccine, just an explanation).

    There is a tendency, among those skeptical of vaccines, to regard getting a virus as a once in a lifetime event, since permanent immunity is usually attained, but they is also a tend to forget that the virus itself is capable of producing permanent damage in that short encounter. The permanent immunity to viruses is not a hard and fast rule, as some viruses are capable of mutating quickly, such as influenza, into forms the immune system can’t recognize; while others are latent viruses which go dormant in the body, such as chicken pox – shingles is the chicken pox virus reactivated. Furthermore, both bacteria and viral infections can trigger autoimmune conditions, for example:
    – Streptococci bacterial infections, such as scarlet fever and strep throat can cause rheumatic fever, in which the immune system attacks the joints and the heart valves
    – I have a cousin who had a severe case of influenza two years ago, and a few weeks later, he developed an autoimmune condition in which his immune system attacked his platelets, which help with blood clotting – he didn’t know he had the condition until he began bleeding from his eyes and mouth – which the physicians concluded was probably triggered by the influenza

    *N.B. The reason Guillain Barre is not more of a public health concern is that it is a potential but rare complication in quite a few different infections, not just influenza. As an autoimmune condition, it is what the medical community calls idiopathic, which means that there is no clear reason for why some people get it while most do not. Many autoimmune conditions are like that – they seem to have many different possible triggers, making it very hard to trace them back to the correct source.

    Virus and bacterial infections may be more natural than a vaccine, but nature is not benign, not since the earth was cursed.

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  25. I am all set for surgery. I have eye drops to use for three day. They cost $95 which I was told as of 2019 they are not covered by Medicare. They were covered in 2018 FYI. I will still send in a claim to Aetna on that because the Advantage plan I am on covers more than basic Medicare. It won’t hurt to try.

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  26. Cheryl, I missed your mention of the Babylon Bee yesterday. I am well aware it is satirical. I was referring to Chas saying that 54 degrees is too cold for children to play outside. I know they would have to be dressed appropriately, but have no idea why they could not play outside in that temperature.

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  27. Aha. Yeah, 54 is safe weather for outside play, or even outside sitting and not moving, like reading a book, even if one is wearing shorts and a tank top and sitting barefoot. It might not be comfortable, but is plenty safe.

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  28. Roscuro, is your link in 5:26 by a doctor? I see she doesn’t use her last name, and several in the comments say that the doctor has written about this article and refuted it–I haven’t followed the link yet to read the refutation (if it is one).

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  29. I have seldom gotten the flu shot as I’ve hardly ever gotten the flu.

    But I have come down with it a few times in the past 5-7 years which makes me think my immunity isn’t what it used to be (I got through childhood without ever catching mumps, measles, chickenpox — but then got the chickenpox in my late 40s).

    My RN friend from down the street who died recently picked up a very mild case of polio, she said from the vaccination. It left her with a lifelong limp and a distinct wariness of all vaccines.
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    Picked up the Jeep for $860 — ouch-ouch-ouch. But they did give it a very nice hand wash, it looks amazing. I took an Uber over there from the office late today, the driver, a young kid who was from the Philippines but came to San Diego and now lives in LA with a boyfriend, said he really wasn’t taking to LA all that well (and the relationship wasn’t so good, either, he said). “What do you think I should do?” he asked me after 5 minutes in his Toyota Corolla.

    Rain should be arriving in a few hours and lasting pretty much for 4 days. I put my hanging flower baskets out on the front steps again so they could be “naturally” watered.

    I’m craving pot roast.

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  30. The flu can be scary. I did get the shot this season, though not until late November/early December? so the pharmacist chastised me for not coming in sooner. Oh well. But so far so good. No flu yet.

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  31. On plumbing.

    When I moved in here, copper piping was the gold standard, so to speak (as opposed to the old galvanized pipes).

    But since then, it’s been determined that copper develops pinhole leaks — a very bad thing.

    Now plastic pipes are the gold standard (and that’s what my clay sewer line under the driveway was replaced with along with my bathroom pipes).

    Let’s hope they continue to be the best of the best.

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  32. What Type of Plumbing Pipe is Best? Copper Pipes (Metal) Galvanized Steel (Metal) Polyvinyl Chloride Pipes or PVC Pipes (Plastic) Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride Pipes or CPVC Pipes (Plastic) Cross-Linked Polyethylene or PEX Pipes (Plastic)

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  33. The link in 11:25 (well worth reading for anyone who cares about the immunization question) is more than 20,000 words with a lot of documentation, showing that the short piece by Isabella B. twists or ignores evidence. They finish with this addendum about the authorship of the critical piece (the link in 5:26):

    Addendum: Authors’ analysis of “Isabella B’s” blog.

    “Isabella B” claims to have started researching in 2014, and had enough of an interest in homeopathy to get Dissolving Illusions from a homeopath.

    What mother who has just had a baby, reads a book, researches the whole book, then puts out three complex blogs, including the critique of Dissolving Illusions, in the space of three days? Then publishes another three blogs and drops the ball and runs?

    It is doubtful whether this truly is a “crunchy” mother at all. Her “crunchy background” is posited as qualifying her ability to think, whereas Dr Humphries’ medical education counts for nothing. Having a crunchy background more accurately appears to simply appeal to the desired audience.

    We welcome a second chance to educate readers as to the published facts of the matter, and trust that anyone who reads such a blog in the future will take close note of the weight of the arguments and the professionalism on either side.

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