Hyped Health Threats

Express:

Storm Jorge now classed as WEATHER BOMB bringing heavy snow – ‘severe’ weather warning

We never used to have named storms. Why give them names? Giving something a name suggests that it has a personality and a will of its own.

And now “weather bomb” as well. Have storms become explosive?

Everything is being hyped. Weather is being hyped.

Rose has turned up this Express piece:

Britons FURIOUS as coal and wood fires to be banned – ‘What a load of rubbish!’

FURIOUS BRITONS have condemned the Government for its latest environmental initiative that will see homeowners banned from using the most pollutant fuels on their open fires, wood burners and stoves.

Angry comments beneath:

“one of gods first gift to man was the gift of fire, what right have the gov to take this away from us ?? can we claim religous discrimination ? can we claim on human rights ? enough is enough, we need to make a stand on this !”

“Enough is enough” was written on my Stony Stratford protest placard.

“That’s a very misleading headline. It’s only wet wood and house coal that will be phased out from 2021 to 2023. This will give householders and suppliers time to move to cleaner alternatives such as dry wood and manufactured solid fuels”

Wet wood will be newly felled timber, I suppose.

“I find it difficult to relate to the government quoted 37000 thousand deaths a year caused particulates from wood fires. Do you know any one who has died of wood particulate inhalation? Nor do I. In fact I bet the government would not be able to produce one authentic death caused by particulate inhalation from a wood burner or an open fire.”

Just like Environmental Tobacco Smoke. The 37,000 deaths will be a  figure plucked from the air.

“I am commenting as a neighbour to a person who has a log fire. It stinks. Leaves a film on my doors and window frames and the cat’s fur smells of smoke. Wake up. We have clean fuels now why go back to the middle ages? They have their place in remote communities or boats but not in dense housing areas.”

It always stinks, doesn’t it.

What are they going to ban next, bonfire night? More smoke released in one night than these fires release all year round.

Yes, they’ll ban that too.

And they’ll ban candles and incense.

Breitbart:

An editorial published Friday in the New England Journal of Medicine speculated that the coronavirus currently causing panic in world markets could turn out no worse than “a severe seasonal influenza” in terms of mortality.

Citing an analysis of the available data from the outbreak in China, the authors note that there have been zero cases among children younger than 15; and that the fatality rate is 2% at most, and could be “considerably less than 1%.”

Those who have died have been elderly or were already suffering from another illness — as with ordinary flu. The underlying data suggest that the symptoms varies, and fewer than one in six of the cases reported were “severe.”

The authors note that coronavirus looks to be much less severe than other recent outbreaks of respiratory illnesses

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24 Responses to Hyped Health Threats

  1. Elizabeth says:

    I wouldn’t believe the Covid-9 quote. There is something distinctly odd about the whole situation. Could I say “Something Smells”?

  2. RdM says:

    I quoted earlier.

    http://woodsmoke.3sc.net/wood-vs-cigarette-smoke

    “Burning 15 kg of wood (an evening’s heat) creates more health-hazardous PAH than in 240,000 cigarettes. Burning Armidale’s average of 4 tonnes per year produces more hazardous PAH than 64 million cigarettes.
    Burning 15 kg wood also produces as much PM2.5 as 7,500 cigarettes.”

    They’ll keep on attempting to ban tobacco, while there’s money in nicotine…

    Pure pharma nicotine…

  3. Rose says:

    I did enjoy Roger Knight’s post and Brigitte’s reply

    “Below is a link to a video by Public Health England comparing what goes into your lungs from smoking vs. vaping for a month. An air pump in conjunction with two big jars inhaled smoke from cigarettes into one and vapors from a comparably nicotinized e-cigarette into the other. The cotton balls in the cigarette-targeted jar became very dirty; those in the e-cigarette jar turned out very clean. Such dirty tars are what coat and irritate the lungs, causing cancer and other unhealthy impacts.”
    on
    https://cfrankdavis.wordpress.com/2020/02/11/how-to-prevent-coronavirus-start-smoking/#comment-194566

    Drawing the smoke deep into your lungs is the mistake of a neversmoker, I remember vividly doing it myself when I first asked to see what smoking was like. It’s not a mistake I ever made again.

    But it’s a statement that no one ever quesstions, but based on experience and research, I will.

    There is no purpose in drawing smoke deep into the lungs, which is why there are so many statements that you can’t tell the difference between a smoker’s lung and a nonsmokers.
    Thoroughly debated here.
    https://cfrankdavis.wordpress.com/2012/08/06/the-black-lung-lie/#comment-163810

    I will hazard a guess that cigarette smokers draw smoke into the mouth just like cigar smokers do and if they did by accident the coating would be briefly orangey brown before the lungs clean themselves as they are programmed to do with a mighty bout of coughing.

    I did enjoy Roger Knight’s post and Brigitte’s reply

    “Below is a link to a video by Public Health England comparing what goes into your lungs from smoking vs. vaping for a month. An air pump in conjunction with two big jars inhaled smoke from cigarettes into one and vapors from a comparably nicotinized e-cigarette into the other. The cotton balls in the cigarette-targeted jar became very dirty; those in the e-cigarette jar turned out very clean. Such dirty tars are what coat and irritate the lungs, causing cancer and other unhealthy impacts.”
    on
    https://cfrankdavis.wordpress.com/2020/02/11/how-to-prevent-coronavirus-start-smoking/#comment-194566

    Drawing the smoke deep into your lungs is the mistake of a neversmoker, I remember vividly doing it myself when I first asked to see what smoking was like. It’s not a mistake I ever made again.

    But it’s a statement that no one ever seems to quesstion, but based on personal experience and research, I will.

    There is no purpose in drawing smoke deep into the lungs, which is why there are so many statements that you can’t tell the difference between a smoker’s lung and a nonsmokers.
    Thoroughly debated here.
    https://cfrankdavis.wordpress.com/2012/08/06/the-black-lung-lie/#comment-163810

    I will hazard a guess that cigarette smokers draw smoke into the mouth just like cigar smokers do and if they did it by accident any residue would be briefly orangey brown before the lungs clean themselves as they are programmed to do with a mighty bout of coughing.

    Black lungs were invented by James 1st and time has moved on.

    Physiology of Taste
    Taste Receptor Cells, Taste Buds and Taste Nerves

    “The sense of taste is mediated by taste receptor cells which are bundled in clusters called taste buds. Taste receptor cells sample oral concentrations of a large number of small molecules and report a sensation of taste to centers in the brainstem. ”

    “Taste buds are composed of groups of between 50 and 150 columnar taste receptor cells bundled together like a cluster of bananas. The taste receptor cells within a bud are arranged such that their tips form a small taste pore, and through this pore extend microvilli from the taste cells. The microvilli of the taste cells bear taste receptors.

    Interwoven among the taste cells in a taste bud is a network of dendrites of sensory nerves called “taste nerves”. When taste cells are stimulated by binding of chemicals to their receptors, they depolarize and this depolarization is transmitted to the taste nerve fibers resulting in an action potential that is ultimately transmitted to the brain. One interesting aspect of this nerve transmission is that it rapidly adapts – after the initial stimulus, a strong discharge is seen in the taste nerve fibers but within a few seconds, that response diminishes to a steady-state level of much lower amplitude.

    Once taste signals are transmitted to the brain, several efferent neural pathways are activated that are important to digestive function. For example, tasting food is followed rapidly by increased salivation and by low level secretory activity in the stomach.”
    http: //www.vivo.colostate.edu/hbooks/pathphys/digestion/pregastric/taste.html

    Useful in medicine too
    Sublingual and Buccal Medication Administration

    “Sublingual or buccal forms of drugs have their advantages. Because the medication absorbs quickly, these types of administration can be important during emergencies when you need the drug to work right away,”
    https ://www.healthline.com/health/sublingual-and-buccal-medication-administration

    So what would be the point?

  4. Rose says:

    Try again

    I did enjoy Roger Knight’s post and Brigitte’s reply

    “Below is a link to a video by Public Health England comparing what goes into your lungs from smoking vs. vaping for a month. An air pump in conjunction with two big jars inhaled smoke from cigarettes into one and vapors from a comparably nicotinized e-cigarette into the other. The cotton balls in the cigarette-targeted jar became very dirty; those in the e-cigarette jar turned out very clean. Such dirty tars are what coat and irritate the lungs, causing cancer and other unhealthy impacts.”
    on
    https://cfrankdavis.wordpress.com/2020/02/11/how-to-prevent-coronavirus-start-smoking/#comment-194566

    Drawing the smoke deep into your lungs is the mistake of a neversmoker, I remember vividly doing it myself when I first asked to see what smoking was like. It’s not a mistake I ever made again.

    But it’s a statement that no one ever seems to question, but based on personal experience and research, I will.

    There is no purpose in drawing smoke deep into the lungs, which is why there are so many statements that you can’t tell the difference between a smoker’s lung and a nonsmokers.
    Thoroughly debated here.
    https://cfrankdavis.wordpress.com/2012/08/06/the-black-lung-lie/#comment-163810

    I will hazard a guess that cigarette smokers draw smoke into the mouth just like cigar smokers do and if they did it by accident any residue would be briefly orangey brown before the lungs clean themselves as they are programmed to do with a mighty bout of coughing.

    Black lungs were invented by James 1st and time has moved on.

    Physiology of Taste
    Taste Receptor Cells, Taste Buds and Taste Nerves

    “The sense of taste is mediated by taste receptor cells which are bundled in clusters called taste buds. Taste receptor cells sample oral concentrations of a large number of small molecules and report a sensation of taste to centers in the brainstem. ”

    “Taste buds are composed of groups of between 50 and 150 columnar taste receptor cells bundled together like a cluster of bananas. The taste receptor cells within a bud are arranged such that their tips form a small taste pore, and through this pore extend microvilli from the taste cells. The microvilli of the taste cells bear taste receptors.

    Interwoven among the taste cells in a taste bud is a network of dendrites of sensory nerves called “taste nerves”. When taste cells are stimulated by binding of chemicals to their receptors, they depolarize and this depolarization is transmitted to the taste nerve fibers resulting in an action potential that is ultimately transmitted to the brain. One interesting aspect of this nerve transmission is that it rapidly adapts – after the initial stimulus, a strong discharge is seen in the taste nerve fibers but within a few seconds, that response diminishes to a steady-state level of much lower amplitude.

    Once taste signals are transmitted to the brain, several efferent neural pathways are activated that are important to digestive function. For example, tasting food is followed rapidly by increased salivation and by low level secretory activity in the stomach.”
    http: //www.vivo.colostate.edu/hbooks/pathphys/digestion/pregastric/taste.html

    Useful in medicine too
    Sublingual and Buccal Medication Administration

    “Sublingual or buccal forms of drugs have their advantages. Because the medication absorbs quickly, these types of administration can be important during emergencies when you need the drug to work right away,”
    https ://www.healthline.com/health/sublingual-and-buccal-medication-administration

    So what would be the point?

  5. slugbop007 says:

    Hubris. A suggestion for an eventual post.

    slugbop007

  6. beobrigitte says:

    An editorial published Friday in the New England Journal of Medicine speculated that the coronavirus currently causing panic in world markets could turn out no worse than “a severe seasonal influenza” in terms of mortality.
    I’m afraid I cannot share this view. Igrowmyown, you have spotted something I have been following for a couple of weeks closely: the miraculous recovery rate of some people. (?diagnostic error) The total recovery rate (please disregard Iran – a pilgrimage to Qom will not heal, btw) does not support this and I am glad about it for now. 2 words: Black Swan.

    Elizabeth, I agree with I wouldn’t believe the Covid-9 quote.
    The testing guidelines are open for interpretation and Italy no longer reports the asymptomatic cases as it stopped testing these. (Testing isn’t that cheap!)

    66 cases in the US is only possible if very few people are tested and then the result report delayed by having to send these few tests back to the CDC to confirm them.
    *I applaud*
    The true number of infected people in the US is anyone’s guess.
    But starting off with the transport of 14 infected people behind a plastic sheet and duct tape “isolation” ward on a plane may be a good start.

    Next runaway country is Germany, as it was rather blase about the last 20 passengers arriving last Sunday. The increase came a few days quicker than I had estimated, I expected the numbers of infected people to begin to increase this weekend.

    France and Spain are closely behind.

    • Elizabeth says:

      The other problem with numbers is all the people who are sick, who simply won’t report it because they don’t want to be “imprisoned” in isolation or quarantined losing their livings this way. I think we don’t know the half of it. Is this “flu” or is it something not actually flu, but something manufactured in a lab whose outcome is unknown? Hence the panic?

      • beobrigitte says:

        It’s current imperfection speaks for mother nature.

        Has anyone noticed that the WHO tweets have disappeared?
        What a pity!!! The replies were always entertaining.

        • beobrigitte says:

          Italy clocked in with numbers that did exceed my expectation, considering they announced 3 days ago that have narrowed their testing criteria.
          https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/
          Note the number of critical patients vs number of recovered patients.

          France seems to have taken notice of what is happening in Italy.

          Germany seems to be asleep on the job????

          The UK is still doing a brilliant job – so far over over 10 000 people were tested and only 23 were positive, none of them in critical condition.

          Equador and San Marino both clocked in with their first cases. Both in critical condition. That is a give-away.

          The USA announced it first death. Cynically I add that this will probably be the only one. Altering the cause of death to “Idiopathic Pneumonia” , continue on this path of action:
          https://komonews.com/news/local/1-dead-from-coronavirus-in-king-county-health-officials-confirm
          The Department of Health announced Friday evening two presumably new cases of coronavirus, including a school-aged student in Snohomish County.

          The department said the results from the individuals’ tests came back “preemptively positive,” but are pending official confirmation from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. (bold my emphass)
          and all is well again?

        • Joe L. says:

          It’s current imperfection speaks for mother nature.

          Not necessarily. It’s still possible that COVID-19 was a coronavirus strain which was being developed in a laboratory, and leaked out. Maybe it hadn’t yet been “perfected”. Even if it was developed/weaponized to “perfection,” it is still a virus, which means that once in the wild, Mother Nature will still play a role in its development. Mutations will be constantly occurring; some which make make the strain more virulent, some which make it less. We cannot say for certain whether COVID-19 was of synthetic or natural origin, and we may never know (or be allowed to know) the truth.

        • beobrigitte says:

          Not necessarily. It’s still possible that COVID-19 was a coronavirus strain which was being developed in a laboratory, and leaked out. Maybe it hadn’t yet been “perfected”.
          I’ve given up telling people that “Contagion” et al is a movie. I have come across wonderful pictures of locations with arrows and “looklooklooklook how close this is and therefore that is what happened” but no real data included.
          Reality is incredibly boring.
          However, for fun I have made a list of conspiracy theories I have found and when this is over I will try and chase them up, too.

  7. slugbop007 says:

    Cigarettes needed to emit same as burning 1 kg wood: My favourite was 6.5 million cigarettes for carbon monoxide. How about baking/cooking anything in a wood burning oven or stove? How much CO is created in a typical forest fire?

    slugbop007

  8. slugbop007 says:

    There is a product on the market in Canada called Nic-Hit that is regularly featured along the boards of National Hockey League rinks and sometimes behind the goaltender’s cage. I would like to change the name to Nic-$hit. I thought about taking a photo of the product in my local drugstore and replacing the S with a $ and sending it to their head office.

    slugbop007

  9. slugbop007 says:

    I found this article on The Weather Network about the biggest recorded intergalactic explosion ever detected:

    https://www.theweathernetwork.com/ca/news/article/astronomers-find-the-biggest-explosion-in-the-universe

    slugbop007

  10. beobrigitte says:

    This morning there had been no updates so far. All I could find so far is: Spain 73 cases, Germany 117, USA 71 (sorry, I still have problems with this low number but it is what it is), France I haven’t found out yet and Italy will update tonight.

    Respect to Boris. He really is planning well ahead!

  11. beobrigitte says:

    Italy’s new cases/day have doubled yet again. It’s in the exponential increase phase. 140 serious cases though. That is quite a lot!

    France (130 cases now ; +30 today) is on par with Germany (129 cases now; +50 today ).
    The cases in Germany have doubled for the second day. If Germany tomorrow clocks more than 100 new cases it definitely has entered the exponential increase phase, too.
    The same applies to France.

    At least The Guardian report France updates. Germany doesn’t exist for it (nor any other British Paper) anymore.

    The next country to keep an eye on is Spain. It looks like it is only 1 day behind France and Germany.

    Although the UK reported 12 new cases today bringing the total to 35 cases it is still possible to get a grip of it as the UK tests extensively.
    If Nigel shuts up for the moment and Boris picks up the phone and talks to any (?all) of the above countries the UK can get ahead of the virus. The Brexit squabble can continue at a later date.

    This:
    https://www.dw.com/en/coronavirus-latest-germanys-covid-19-cases-almost-double/a-52593500
    gives a good timeline of today for every country.

    This morning the WHO chimed in:
    08:30 A reminder that the World Health Organization has warned against fake coronavirus information on the web.
    Priorities……

  12. beobrigitte says:

    Apologies again for multiple comments

    This isn’t anything good and I have read today that there are more “preliminary positive” tests to be verified by the CDC before the results will be released.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2020/03/01/coronavirus-live-updates/
    The novel coronavirus has probably been spreading undetected for about six weeks in Washington state, where the first U.S. death was reported this weekend. A genetic analysis suggests that the cases are linked through community transmission and that this has been going on for weeks, with hundreds of infections likely in the state.
    No link to that study (which makes me think that it’s just a story by the news paper), so:
    I am looking for this study – and details of the genetic analysis. No luck so far. If anyone by chance comes across it, please let me know. *Thank you*.

    • Frank Davis says:

      https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/coronavirus-news-live-uk-symptoms-death-toll-trump-us-case-outbreak-cdc-a9366921.html?page=2

      Confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany nearly double in one day

      The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany has jumped from 66 to 117, the Robert Koch Institute for disease control has said.

      A German government crisis committee has widened cross-border travel guidelines and cancelled major international events, while the health minister has advised people with cold symptoms to avoid mass events.

      Horst Seehofer, Germany’s interior minister, told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper that he expected a vaccine for the virus to be available by the end of the year.

      When asked about the possibility of locking down cities and regions to control the outbreak, Mr Seehofer said: “This would be the last resort.”

      Olaf Scholz, the finance minister, has said Germany is prepared to introduce fiscal stimulus measures should coronavirus cause a global economic crisis

  13. beobrigitte says:

    A German government crisis committee has widened cross-border travel guidelines and cancelled major international events, while the health minister has advised people with cold symptoms to avoid mass events.
    ADVICED…..

    Horst Seehofer, Germany’s interior minister, told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper that he expected a vaccine for the virus to be available by the end of the year.
    Optimism? If that is the case I’d need to see the results of all clinical trials before I’d have it.

    When asked about the possibility of locking down cities and regions to control the outbreak, Mr Seehofer said: “This would be the last resort.”

    The Italiens went on lockdown pretty quickly….

    Olaf Scholz, the finance minister, has said Germany is prepared to introduce fiscal stimulus measures should coronavirus cause a global economic crisis
    Have I got this right – the government would artificially stimulate economic growth and the tax payers are paying for it? I’m no economist…. But it does sound expensive to me.

    ———————————
    Spain just clocked in another 26 cases (84 in total now)
    ———————————
    Just came across this one:
    https://saude.estadao.com.br/noticias/geral,brasil-ja-tem-252-casos-suspeitos-de-coronavirus,70003216077
    ——————————–
    https ://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/mar/01/coronavirus-latest-updates-coronavirus-live-updates-latest-news-china-wuhan-stock-markets-update-china-iran-us-australia-south-korea-japan

    – The 13th case for the UK today is in Scotland. Tayside.

    Going to watch a film now. Hiob can deliver his messages tomorrow.

  14. beobrigitte says:

    Frank…. I’ve done it again. Black hole…

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