Opinion – ‘We made mistakes,’ Dallas hospital chief says of Ebola crisis – LA Times – John Gelmini


Like Dr Alf, I feel no sense of Schadenfreude or “Zingzailehuo”(Happy in calamity joyous in disaster”) as the Chinese call it, when reading this story.

The US medical system is high-tech and expensive, due to the activities of ambulance chasing lawyers creating a risk averse culture of unnecessary tests, and the American Medical Association which deliberately limits the number of medical students going to medical school and thus the number of doctors.

The UK’s NHS is dysfunctional, has antiquated purchasing practices and has far too many managers.

It allegedly kills 120,000 people a year through botched operations, another 70,000 people a year through GP mistakes and misdiagnosis, and hastens the deaths of 450,000 a year by fast tracking patients with a poor prognosis for survival.

The NHS has the worst cancer treatment and longevity outcomes in Western Europe and presides over a population of people including the fattest woman in Western Europe and the 4th fattest men.

Diabetes, Dementia, Alzheimer’s and morbid obesity are at epidemic proportions, yet to listen to Jeremy Hunt, the Health Minister, on Question Time last night (16th October), you would imagine that all was well with the NHS and that his Department was doing a great job.

Ebola, allegedly created in a bacteriological warfare establishment(probably Porton Down), has been brought under control in Nigeria and Senegal and provided it does not mutate into something that is transmissible by air, it can be brought under control everywhere else.

That presupposes that whoever develops the strategy for containment and eradication of the affliction is not someone like President Obama but IS someone competent that actually knows what they are doing.

As long as Obama is in post for the 24 months he has left in office, one can expect meddling, muddle and incompetence of the worst kind.

Here in the UK, I fear the worst, and expect no better from Messrs. Cameron, Hunt and Mrs May, the Home Secretary. She lacks the means to properly control our borders and prevent ingress of West Africans and others from Ebola affected regions of the world.

We, in the UK, need to be most worried and extremely vigilant.

John Gelmini

Opinion – Japan’s take on the humble burger | The Japan Times – John Gelmini

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Junk food copy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Japanese, and people everywhere, need to avoid junk foods, and all sensibly run countries should have variable taxes on foods to penalize the consumption of sugar, salt, e-numbers and dangerous chemicals in food, devoid of nutritional value.

Consuming these junk foods may seem trendy but they will send you to an early grave, just as surely as a .38 calibre bullet.

Dr Alf will know that the people with the greatest longevity in the developed world are Japanese woman, with devout Mormons coming a close second.

The people who live longest in the world as a whole are the Hunzas, an agrarian people living in what used to be Soviet Central Asia, who exist on a natural diet rich in Apricots and thus Vitamin B17 which is no longer part of the Western diet.

Living to be aged 140, in a Hunza community is not uncommon, whilst people in Lake Limone in Northern Italy live longer than almost everyone in Western Europe.

The lesson from all of this is for all of us to emulate the best dietary and nutritional practices of those people who live longest, not Americans who have even shorter average lifespans than Britons, who have the worst longevity in Western Europe other than perhaps Greece.

John Gelmini