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Re: “Drink it raw

In my blog comments I clarified that I do not favor the consumption of any raw animal proteins. so in my comments at least, I have been consistent on that point. Many raw animal proteins are sold, but I would not consume any of them raw. For my part, I don't eat raw seafood, I thoroughly cook all meats, I use pasteurized eggs or fully cook them. There are many educational campaigns out there warning of the risks of consuming raw animal proteins of all kinds.

Posted by apexdbs on 06/29/2007 at 9:23 AM

Re: “Drink it raw

From my most recent post on this issue. Sorry this is so long, but I want to put my perspective in context. The public health services of the United States were extremely limited for the first 150 years or so of our country's history. There wasn't even a list of nationally reportable diseases until Congress passed the first disease reporting law in 1878, which made Yellow Fever reportable. In subsequent years more diseases were made reportable, notably malaria, cholera, tuberculosis, polio, smallpox, measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, pertussis, and others. But many of the diseases we track today were not reportable until after the CDC was officially created in 1948, growing out of the Malaria Control Office Congress had previously established in Atlanta, Georgia. What you may notice is that the list of diseases that were first made reportable are largely diseases that are under control today. But it was not always so. From the National Center for Health Statistics, we have records documenting life expectancy at birth dating back to 1850. In 1850, the average U.S. life expectancy at birth was only 39 years. By 1890, the average life expectancy at birth had risen to 43 years. In 1911, that number was still between 43-44 years. But today life expectancy at birth in the U.S. is 78 years. How did we add more than 30 years to average life expectancy at birth in less than 100 years time? In 1900, the three leading causes of death in the United States were pneumonia & influenza (they were combined for reporting purposes back then), tuberculosis, and diarrhea. Today, our top three causes of mortality are heart disease, stroke and lung cancer. Researchers attribute 5 years of the added life expectancy since 1911 to advances in medicine. The remaining 25+ years of additional life expectancy that have been achieved are attributed to key public health interventions in three areas. The majority of life expectancy added since 1911 in the U.S. is attributed to measures designed to prevent diarrheal diseases, particularly cholera and foodborne diseases; vaccination for childhood viral illnesses; and additives mandated to the U.S. food and water supply, notably fluoride in water, niacin in flour, and iodine to salt. Among the antidiarrheal interventions, the most important developments were sewage treatment plants, chlorination and chloramination of drinking water, and pasteurization of dairy products. These measures taken together were responsible for adding 25+ years to the average U.S. life expectancy at birth. This was accomplished by keeping children alive past age 5 years old, largely by preventing severe dehydration from diarrhea, and then to adulthood through vaccination. The key to the most effective public health interventions devised to date is that they are designed to operate universally. The interventions are designed to affect everyone, and in so doing, improve the health of the entire population. And these interventions have proven wildly successful. The reason public health professionals worry about letting people opt out of the interventions is we risk returning to higher rates of disease in the very young, with increased mortality that we have learned how to prevent. None of us want to see the life expectancy gains we have worked so hard to achieve eroded.

Posted by apexdbs on 06/25/2007 at 11:30 PM

Re: “Manning's mess

Bob Actually, from reading the ruling Manning does not have to have a preference for one calendar over another to reach his conclusions. He is just interpreting the laws of NC, specifically the Uniform Academic Calendar set forth by NC General Statute 115C-84.2 and S.L. 2004-180. The law says that schools in NC will not operate between June 10 and August 24. Deviations from this calendar are only permitted for two reasons: a school board gets specific permission from the General Assembly to do so, or parents voluntarily allow their kids to attend a year round school. No statute has ever been passed that lets a school board decide to just ignore the Uniform Calendar, which is what WCPSS tried to do with this plan. Whether Manning agrees or disagrees with YR or Traditional calendar schools really isn't the point.

Posted by apexdbs on 05/24/2007 at 11:19 AM

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