What are the odds that of the 5 types of meningitis there would be outbreaks of 3 of them in one fairly small area within the same general time frame?
13 cases with 2 deaths from rare fungal meningitis have been reported in Nashville in patients getting lumbar epidural steroid injections at the Saint Thomas Outpatient Neurosurgery Center to relieve pain.The center has been shut down and 3 lots of the injections have been recalled by the manufacturer. Reports are coming in that there could be hundreds more in danger as these injections and maybe the same lots have been used in other locations. Can we say contamination? Yes we can. The CDC is on the scene which means they will get to bottom of this or protect the drug manufacturers. It's hard to say which. Lawyers must be lining up...smelling blood in the water. Update 10-3-12.....Update 10-4-12
In Franklin, Tennessee four families of students who attend Oak View Elementary School reported to the Williamson County school system that their children contracted viral meningitis last month. School leaders said since doctors are not required to report viral meningitis to the health department, the school system does not have a confirmed number of cases. Extra cleaning crews were brought to the school over the weekend to help prevent it from spreading. Buses that service the school have also been cleaned.
The more common bacterial meningitis killed two local students last month, an 18 year old student at Middle Tennessee State University and a 9 year old elementary school boy in Mt. Juliet. These deaths provided an opportunity to promote the meningitis vaccine.
Cases of meningitis come up every year but I seem to remember a time in the past when this disease was so rare that hardly anyone even knew what it was. It begs the question why so many now and especially how could a steroid drug become a carrier of the fungal type?
The CDC is right on top of the peanut and nut butter recalls though. They say New Mexico-based Sunland Inc.is the culprit. This company makes what can be considered higher quality products than the giant corporate suppliers do and I'm pretty sure I ate a few jars of the suspect peanut butter. It was odd that on a national news show I heard them say that "choosy mothers who chose Jif or Skippy are safe." Maybe not so odd after all as major corporations try to stick together. No mention that most of the Jif's and Skippy's contain GMO high fructose corn syrup.
The alleged salmonella illnesses are reported to have been in 19 states but I can't find a list of those states or even one interview with a victim. Does it seem like more of the recalls here lately have been for quality 'good for you' food than for junk and fast food scrap? Organic seems to get implicated too. It's hard to know what to believe but to suspect an agenda is in progress seems about right to me.
One of the big questions is "Will Prop 37, the mandatory GMO labeling law, pass in California this Nov. 6?" Billions are at stake for Monsanto and their ilk. Millions are being spent to defeat the proposition. Media is being bought to try and convince voters to 'just say no.'
Polls are showing support for 37 and that it will pass unless voters are convinced that prices will increase more than they are willing to pay. The TV screens and radio speakers are soon to be inundated with opposition ads over the next month and who knows how they will
The wild card is the potential for electronic voting machine fraud. With so much money on the line it's not out of the question. If the proposition passes expect lawsuits against it to quickly flow into the system. It could even go all the way to the Supreme Court and if the Supremes can rule positively for Citizens United don't bet that they will side with the people on the simple issue of truth in labeling. I also won't bet that this issue will come up in the presidential debates.
With the studies and questions of GMO's causing cancer and other health issues as well as environmental damage you would think this would be a no-brainer for voters. Just plain common sense. The right to know. Monsanto is worried and is pulling out all the stops. To beat them on this would be significant.
For the sake of the rest of the country, we are pulling for Californians to drive a stake into the heart of corporate food criminals.
If not...well...it's enough to make the babies cry.