Obamacare Architect Statements Raises Eyebrows, Offensive

Last week, esteemed doctor and one of our ObamaCare Architect Overlords penned a column for the Atlantic that should win a Pulitzer Prize for passive-aggressive shaming. Although Emanuel claims that *he* doesn’t want to live past the age of 75, the article itself could have been a listicle titled, “Top 15 Reasons No One Over 75 Should Receive Healthcare.” click here

Google spokesperson deceived on “climate change”

Mr. Schmidt is blinded by politics. Yes, Mr. Schmidt the climate is changing every day, week, month, year, decade, century. But this has no relationship whatsoever to climate models and speculations of the IPCC. On what basis do you make the claim that I am lying. Please tell me.

“Everyone understands climate change is occurring. And the people who oppose it are really hurting our children and our grandchildren and making the world a much worse place. And so we should not be aligned with such people. They’re just literally lying.” click here

Mr. Obama, the Democrat “War on Poverty” Strategy is Not Working

“The annual report by the Census Bureau on poverty was released this past week, and this year marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. It should come as no surprise that the War on Poverty has not been a success by any stretch of the imagination. In 50 years, American taxpayers have spent an unimaginable $22 trillion on this so-called war.” click here

Drinking Water Arsenic Exposure in Peru

Christine Marie George, Laura Sima, M Helena Jahuira Arias, Jana Mihalic, Lilia Z Cabrera, David Danz, William Checkleya & Robert H Gilmana. Arsenic exposure in drinking water: an unrecognized health threat in Peru. Bull World Health Organ 2014;92:565–572 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.2471/BLT.13.128496

Objective: To assess the extent of arsenic contamination of groundwater and surface water in Peru and, to evaluate the accuracy of the Arsenic Econo-Quick™ (EQ) kit for measuring water arsenic concentrations in the field.

Methods: Water samples were collected from 151 water sources in 12 districts of Peru, and arsenic concentrations were measured in the laboratory using inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry. The EQ field kit was validated by comparing a subset of 139 water samples analysed by laboratory measurements and the EQ kit.

Findings: In 86% (96/111) of the groundwater samples, arsenic exceeded the 10 µg/l arsenic concentration guideline given by the World Health Organization (WHO) for drinking water. In 56% (62/111) of the samples, it exceeded the Bangladeshi threshold of 50 µg/l; the mean concentration being 54.5 µg/l (range: 0.1–93.1). In the Juliaca and Caracoto districts, in 96% (27/28) of groundwater samples arsenic was above the WHO guideline; and in water samples collected from the section of the Rímac river running through Lima, all had arsenic concentrations exceeding the WHO limit. When validated against laboratory values, the EQ kit correctly identified arsenic contamination relative to the guideline in 95% (106/111) of groundwater and in 68% (19/28) of surface water samples.

Conclusion: In several districts of Peru, drinking water shows widespread arsenic contamination, exceeding the WHO arsenic guideline. This poses a public health threat requiring further investigation and action. For groundwater samples, the EQ kit performed well relative to the WHO arsenic limit and therefore could provide a vital tool for water arsenic surveillance.

California to buy drinking water for drought-stricken residents

“The executive order provides money to buy drinking water for residents, while also directing officials to work with counties and local agencies to find solutions for the shortages. California is in the grips of its third dry year. In January, the governor declared a drought emergency.” click here

Obama Administration Says Obamacare Enrollment Number Inflated

“During testimony before the House Oversight Committee Thursday, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services administrator Marilyn Tavenner admitted that the White House’s original number of eight million Obamacare enrollments was inflated.” click here

Old Story Line Used to Alarm the Public on Pharmaceuticals, Personal Care Products

“Although the chemicals — the diabetic drug metformin, the acid reflux drug ranitidine, and the diuretic hydrochlorothiazide — ​are measured in nanograms per litre, and are extremely low, the levels detected have never been found before in North America.” click here for the full article

There are several statements in this article and implications that are simply incorrect. Perhaps the issue is new to these particular writers and researchers, an emerging concern in their own minds. Others are already way ahead of them working on this….

The subject of pharmaceuticals and personal care products in the environment and in drinking water has been the subject of research studies for many decades. Detection is not risk. The fact that something has been detected for the first time means nothing with regard to human health risk. Fish are not people, though some people are rather fishy.  Let’s just assume all PPCPs are there at some micro-level. This was known even before the 1970s and the current US environmental laws.

There have been many dozens of PPCPs detected in the environment. Beyond the three particular compounds mentioned, there is simply nothing new in the work reported in this article. It’s an old story line spun to cause alarm and grab attention and generate research funding. And the public has heard this before, many times. In true form, a Canadian study is used to scare American citizens.

Research is certainly needed. But all research questions need not be answered in order to develop and implement sound management practices. A lot has already happened in several areas. Public awareness of PPCPs emerged long ago….and is actually of no surprise except to people are new to the topic.

Where else would you expect PPCPs people use to go? And whether they have been detected or not many have been used for decades and have already been in the environment for quite some time.