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February 27, 2019

Texas lawmaker says he’s not worried about measles outbreak because of ‘antibiotics’

Filed under: Asshole / Jerk, Children, Drugs, Harm, Health, News, Political, Questions, Science — Scottie @ 20:29

Again people with no understanding of the medical science passing laws that undermine public safety and harming people.   I live in Florida.  The state legislature has made it nearly impossible for me to get the medications I need.  My doctors have to jump through so many unnecessary hurdles imposed by lawmakers trying to look tough on the opioid crisis.  However the lawmakers lumped non-opioid drugs in with whole categories of drugs that doctors that specialize in treating long term intense pain can not prescribe the needed medications.   The law makes no sense as my primary care doctor can prescribe the medication that works best for me yet has no training in long term pain care, and the ones specially trained in it are forbidden to prescribe it.   So to get me the relief I need my pain specialist doctor just had to put me on a medication that doesn’t work as well and makes you very ill for weeks until your body adjusts to it.    Thanks Florida republican lawmakers.    Hugs

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2019/02/27/measles-outbreak-anti-vaxx-texas-zedler-wrongly-cites-antibiotics/3001496002/

There is no treatment for measles, a highly contagious virus that can be fatal. Antibiotics treat bacterial infections and can’t kill viruses.

Right now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tracking six measles outbreaks across the nation, including one in Texas.

Before the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine was available in America, about 450 to 500 people died from measles each year. The CDC reports there has been at least one case of a measles death within the past five years. National and world health officials worry that an anti-vaccination movement could increase that number.

Some parents opt not to vaccinate because of the discredited belief that vaccines are linked to autism. The CDC has said that there is no link and that there are no ingredients in vaccines that could cause autism.

15 Comments »

  1. Anti-vaccination hysteria is a direct result of internet propaganda. Naturopaths call themselves doctor, holistic medicine practitioners hang a shingle and profess to understand complex medical immunology. It’s beyond absurd! Moronic politicians jump aboard trains of trending millennial fluff for the sake of a vote or two. Smallpox, Polio, Measles – annihilated, crippled and impacted the lives of countless people. How can so many be so ignorant?

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    Comment by Notes To Ponder — February 27, 2019 @ 23:27

    • Hello Notes. I agree. The study linking autism and vaccines has long been debunked. Yet these anti-vaccine people keep using it like a zombie that won’t die. Hugs

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      Comment by Scottie — February 28, 2019 @ 06:20

      • Anti-vaccine zombies missed the memo that none of their family members were crippled by polio because vaccines eradicated the disease. Did they skip history lessons on smallpox? WTF!!!!

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        Comment by Notes To Ponder — March 1, 2019 @ 06:11

  2. Mind numblingly scary stuff.

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    Comment by Jo — February 28, 2019 @ 02:21

    • Hello Jo. Yes , it is hard to believe we live in 2019 and have all these prior years of medical science to draw on. Hugs

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      Comment by Scottie — February 28, 2019 @ 06:29

      • There is all this evidence to suggest the world is becoming a better (more enlightened place) it never quite feels like it at the coal face though. You just keep bumping into the same stupid stuff over and over again.

        thinks whats the proper reciprocation for hug?

        Counter hug.

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        Comment by Jo — February 28, 2019 @ 06:47

  3. We have incredibly powerful tools for fighting pain and disease, yet thanks to our culture’s militant anti-intellectualism, the laws regulating those tools are being made by ignoramuses who don’t know the difference between a bacterium and a virus. (There are more fundamental biological differences between a bacterium and a virus than between a bacterium and a human.)

    We’re in the midst of a full-blown Reefer Madness hysteria over opioids. I’ve heard that some doctors have started keeping lists of patients who committed suicide because they could no longer get effective pain medications and couldn’t endure it any more. And of course that asshole Jeff Sessions said people “just have to tough it out”.

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    Comment by Infidel753 — February 28, 2019 @ 07:43

    • Hello Infidel. You are correct. My own pain doctors are frustrated to the point where many are simply either leaving the state or getting out of the pain part of medical care. I love how these people without long term pain caused by medical conditions think no one is in pain because they are not. Or even worse is the Rush Limbaugh model of screaming of how bad people using drugs are while having a massive drug habit himself. Like those who are virulent anti-LGBTQ and turns out they are LGBTQ and hiding it. Hugs

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      Comment by Scottie — February 28, 2019 @ 08:02

  4. Hi Scotty. I can definitely relate. I’ve been using opioid pain relievers responsibly for over 20 years now, and here in CA the situation is almost the exact opposite of what you have to endure. My Primary Care Dr. grew reluctant to continue prescribing them for me, so he turned that portion of my care over to a Pain Specialist, and I am fortunate enough to have the DIRECTOR of this massive organisation as my advocate. She’s gritty, and more than willing to do battle with the DEA over this nonsense, but she still has to “play by their rules.”
    Which means that we have to make a valid attempt to find a non-opioid medication that at the very least offers me SOME reduction in pain levels, which we have been doing for almost a year now, with no success. The latest attempt has been Gabapentin, and when I see her again next week, I’m going to have to give the news that IT doesn’t work either. At dosage levels high enough to have a significant affect on the pain, it leaves me so confused, dizzy and forgetful that I simply cannot function – which the opioids NEVER did, even at high doses.
    So we are running out of options, and I read just the other day that the FDA has ordered ANOTHER round of studies to try to prove that they don’t work for long-term pain, and should be discontinued for such usage – for everyone. I will also ask her if I can somehow be used as a case study for this, because for me, they work. And the main reason for the FDA’s latest request is of course, The War On Opioids, and the fact that most people need higher and higher doses to combat their pain. I have had to resign myself to the fact that that ain’t gonna happen, no way, no how, so I’m using other techniques, such as meditation, PT, and mild exercise – Aqua Aerobics for Senior Citizens. And NSAIDs, sometimes dangerously high doses of them, which are usually contraindicated for people like me with heart conditions.
    I fear it’s a losing battle, and one we shouldn’t have to fight. It should be strictly a matter between patient & Dr., just like abortions, and other medical procedures.

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    Comment by Dennis Cole — February 28, 2019 @ 13:10

    • Hello Dennis. I agree. My pain doctors are like yours. They fight hard. I go on and off morphine as needed. I am on tramadol which they now classify as an opioid which it is not, 800 MG tabs of Ibuprofen, and Baclofen for pain. I am going to have to go back on morphine. The problem I have is I use to take soma, did for years. It worked great and caused me no problem. Yet Florida lawmakers have passed a law that if a PT is prescribed soma by a pain clinic and dies, the pain doctor is held responsible personally. But not primary care doctors, they are not held personally responsible. So I can not get the soma. As for gabapentin I can not use it. It causes me to jerk and spasm. I can’t control my arms and hands.
      I hope everything works out for you. Hugs

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      Comment by Scottie — February 28, 2019 @ 14:10

  5. “Laws are maintained in credit, not because they are essentially just, but because they are laws. It is the mystical foundation of their authority; they have none other.” ~ Michel de Montaigne

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    Comment by Ed — March 2, 2019 @ 09:34

    • Hello Ed. Not sure I totally understand, but thanks for commenting. Hugs

      Like

      Comment by Scottie — March 2, 2019 @ 10:07

  6. I’m a social worker. There’s nothing like doctors suddenly deciding that they will no longer treat a person’s pain with opioids after twenty years of successfully doing so. Really, really constructive and intelligent.

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    Comment by Wesley Sandel — March 2, 2019 @ 11:31

    • Hello Wesley. In my state the doctors want to continue treatments and use the medications that work, however the state won’t let them. The state lawmakers feel they know better than trained physicians. The republican politicians are making medical decisions based on political tactics rather than medical science just as they do for abortion. It puts people like me in a no win situation. I need the pain medications. I am on disability so not flush with lots of money, yet my care keeps costing more because of requirements placed on my doctors by the state which again have no medical reason. Hugs

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      Comment by Scottie — March 2, 2019 @ 11:46

      • For what it is worth, and in case you haven’t already heard of it, here is a Trae Crowder plea concerning kratom. He touts it as help for people with opiod additions, but if the opiod receptors fit… Anyway, this concerns a petition from the days of Obama, those halcyon times, but does contain a bit of info.

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        Comment by MDavis — March 7, 2019 @ 02:32


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