Like many of us who are “sheltering in place,” I spend too much time in front of a computer screen these days, much of it, when not in correspondence with people I can’t see face to face, digging around for information that can help us make sense of the current pandemic, understand whether present responses are more helpful or more harmful on balance, and try to see a way forward as we hopefully emerge from the most acute phase medically (although the most acute phase economically may take longer to emerge from). In earlier weeks, I shared the thought that we are faced with a choice of either returning to right relations with our fellow animals or watching our health and civil liberties be constantly threatened–that not only the trafficking in wildlife and “wet markets” (pursued mostly in other countries), but confined animal facilities (extremely common in the US–subsidized by US taxpayers in every farm bill) need to be stopped, internationally and enforceably outlawed. We can have health, prosperity, and liberty, or we can have cheap meat. We can’t have both. I don’t remember if I referenced specific studies when I wrote that particular message, because I have had a hard time finding recent ones that cover the global picture, but here are some “oldies but goodies” that can buttress these arguments: from Public Health Reports, May-June, 2008: “The Animal-Human Interface and Infectious Disease in Industrial Food Animal Production: Rethinking Biosecurity and Biocontainment” by a number of authors. Some of the same authors and an assortment of others wrote, in Ecohealth, May 13th, 2009, the paper: “Industrial Food Animal Production and Global Health Risks: Exploring the Ecosystems and Economics of Avian Influenzal.” A little more recent, and more focused on the wildlife trade than on confined animal facilities, although it implicates the latter as well: in The Lancet, December 1st, 2012: “Prediction and Prevention of the Next Pandemic Zoonosis.”
I think I also shared information correlating air quality with severity of response to the Covid-19 virus, and urged that caucusites join me in urging Dr. Borenstein and the Supervisors to close the La Grande Tract to vehicles as an emergency response to a potentially deadly disease whose degree of lethality correlates with exposure to air pollution, including fine particulates. I think I referenced the study from Harvard, from its Department of Biostatistics and its T.H. Chan School of Public Health: “Exposure to Air Pollution and Covid-19 Mortality in the United States.”
All right, I’m almost done with this posting, but here is one more eye-opener. Look up Stephanie Seneff, Ph.D. and, in particular, her piece in “Cutting-Edge Science” called “Connecting the Dots: Glyphosate and Covid-19.” (https://www.amazon.com/s?i=digital-text&rh=p_27%3AStephanie+Seneff+PhD&s=relevancerank&text=Stephanie+Seneff+PhD&ref=dp_byline_sr_ebooks_1) and (https://www.organicconsumers.org/news/connecting-dots-glyphosate-covid-19)
She presents evidence that it is exposure to pollutants in general, and this pollutant in particular, that correlates with the deaths and grave symptoms experienced by some. In other words, the base experience of a person with a minimal pollutant load (alas, in 2020, there is no-one who escapes carrying SOME burden of pollution) is of an ordinary inconvenience not that different from a garden variety flu or cold. Without the synergistic effect of the pollutant burden, this virus would not justify locking people down, closing vast numbers of family businesses, and torpedoing the economy. Rather than become accustomed to the lockdown mentality, a crashing economy, vanished constitutional rights, the overwhelming of our medical system, and constant terror of a lethal disease, perhaps we need to halt the routine use of the poisons that have made us so vulnerable. Cheap meat and routine spraying may have to go if we want to recover health, prosperity liberty, conviviality, and culture, but aren’t they a price worth paying? Before we allow ourselves to be force-marched into a surveillance state in which “certificates of immunity” are necessary to gain access to public places and private businesses, in which jobs not connected with a dystopian definition of “essential” vanish and those who held them become dependent on grudgingly yielded crumbs from an emptying table, in which gatherings are lastingly prohibited and the right of the people to peaceably assemble is as fading a constitutional relic as its “well-regulated militia,” and in which people can be herded into “shelter in place” orders at a moment’s notice for unpredictable durations: before we allow that to become the “new normal,” maybe we should ask ourselves if there are other habits we could give up in order to recover a society worth living in!!
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Connecting the Dots: Glyphosate and COVID-19
By Stephanie Seneff, Ph.D.
can also be viewed HERE