http://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/oct/17/fauci-interview-long-covid-risk-emergency-response-coronavirus The cold fact that Covid-19 still kills 400 people a day in the US catches public attention more acutely than estimates of the millions suffering from long Covid, Fauci added. “People say, well, what does that mean? It’s not very concrete. And yet for the individual patient, it could be debilitating.” The World Health … More TheVoiceOfJoyce Actually, based on my personal observations and my community, no one seems to care that 400 people a day are still dying from Covid. Unvaccinated Republicans, who are older, are 70% more likely to die of Covid. That’s someone’s grandma or grandpa! In addition, between 7.5 to 23 million Americans may have long Covid, suffering with fatigue, breathlessness, or cognitive dysfunction. More than 1 million are thought to be out of the workplace, losing $50 billion in wages. We may be through with Covid, Covid is not through with us. Ask the Europeans, Covid variants are on the rise. They come here later this season. Get your booster for the Ba 4 &5 variants, only 5% of the population has gotten their jab. Make a plan and get Vaccinated.
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/oct/18/pfas-forever-chemicals-80-percent-us-waterways-contaminated PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are a class of about 12,000 chemicals often used to make products resist water, stain and heat. They are called “forever chemicals” because they don’t naturally break down, and are linked to cancer, liver problems, thyroid issues, birth defects, kidney disease, decreased immunity and other serious health problems. … More TheVoiceOfJoyce With 80% of our water contaminated with forever chemicals, EPA is strengthening monitoring and minimal enforcement. Why should the American taxpayer be on the hook , once again, for industrial clean up. 200 million people are exposed to toxic water , along with private and municipal wells. No wonder the US has decreased our lifespan, we don’t hold Corporations accountable. Where are Laws to enforce proper disposal of toxic chemicals? Clean water is a shrinking resource. Why concentrate toxins?
http://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/23/technology/midterm-elections-misinformation.html Voter fraud is rare, but that falsehood about the 2020 election has become a central campaign issue for dozens of candidates around the country, causing misinformation and toxic content about the issue to spread widely online. “Stolen election” was mentioned 325,589 times on Twitter from June 19 to July 19, a number that has … More TheVoiceOfJoyce No need to fear going to the Polls and checking your ballot. Go with friends and vote. Know your polling place in advance. Make sure you’re registered to vote, take ID, water and snacks. Be prepared, in some states, to be watched. Don’t be intimidated. This year’s midterm is very important. Who is elected, determines, if the lies of Donald Trump are perpetuated and repressive State Laws prevail. There’s lots of money at stake. Millions are being made on Social Media Platforms perpetuating lies. Millions are made in State government’s, by concentrating power in the hands of a few, who don’t want to change their way of life. Why else would Governors, like Ron deSantis surround himself with 40 Billionaires, dedicated to curtailing the Rights of We, the People. Social Media Platforms reward lies and misinformation, read reliable newspapers, look around you, see for yourself, can your life and the lives of your children be better? If the answer is , yes, VoteRon DeSantis and , others like him ,out of office. Get rid of their grip on your onceFree society and vote for change. Why do you think they’re invested in misinformation and lies about the 2020 election and so much more? The truth, they get the money to control your way of life, what you learn and how much you earn, your education, your healthcare, your housing and so much more! Do you want DeSantis making these decisions for you and your family, or do you want a say, in how you live. If you want input into Government and your way of life, vote for change and remain active in Politics. #Politics effects US!
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/sep/26/us-abortion-bans-restrict-access-essential-medications Complicating matters: methotrexate is not the only essential medication that many are now struggling to access, despite the US health and human services department’s guidance on laws prohibiting pharmacies from rejecting patients with prescriptions for medications that may end a pregnancy. People on misoprostol – which prevents stomach ulcers for those who take aspirin, … More AmericaSpeaks TheVoiceOfJoyce The far reaching abortion ban in Republican States, is effecting more then women’s reproductive health. Women taking methotrexate for Rheumatoid Arthritis and other autoimmune diseases hav been denied access to this drug. It’s been deemed to be of use in a rare pregnancy, ectopic pregnancy and can be used as part of treatment to dislodge the fetus. Who knew? The pharmacies and insurance co are denying access to this vital therapeutic drug. Now , if some one wants to purchase it, it may cost $14,000 a month for Humira. This makes no sense. Other drugs are no longer available to women , that help alleviate ulcers are disallowed. GOP States are now interfering in Women’s Health. Who gives them the right to determine what drugs women take for pain or arthritis? Are these GOP Congressmen & women, replacing a women’s physician’s, too! I guess, in Republican States, we’re replacing Physicians, with your local Senator, are they now practicing medicine, without a license?
http://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2022/09/22/health-apps-privacy/ We click through quickly and accept ‘agree’ without really contemplating the downstream potential trade-offs,” he said. Those trade-offs could take a few forms, like our information landing in the hands of data sellers, employers, insurers, real estate agents, credit granters or law enforcement, privacy experts say. Even small bits of information can be combined … More TheVoiceOfJoyce Our health Data searches and concerns are no longer private on the Internet. They never were. Android phones have ad privacy that must be used constantly, otherwise, those browsers, like WebMD, Drugs.com and key words like depression or anxiety are passed on to 3 rd party advertisers targeting you. HIPPA Laws don’t apply to the Internet. Our behavior is tracked by Facebook and Google, every time we search. Our searches, identify us , the information is sold to 3 rd Parties and they can use it , as they wish. Our employers can see our searches and data, insurers, credit card grantors or law enforcement. Apple products are less invasive, we can click the “ do not track “ option. However, our internet providers are using the same business model as Social Media Platforms and they , too, are harvesting information on us and selling it for profit. The Solution, redefining Section 230 of the FTC Law granting Internet Companies absolute control over our data. Write new Laws and amend Section 230, to protect our Medical Privacy and all other personal information, we don’t want shared. All our data should belong to us, it’s not for sale to be potentially used against us. HIPPA privacy, I want it! Do you?
Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook to blame for depression among students? https://www.jpost.com/health-and-wellness/mind-and-spirit/article-717454?utm_source=jpost.app.apple&utm_medium=share “Lastly, we find that, after the introduction of Facebook, students were more likely to report experiencing impairments to academic performance resulting from poor mental health. Additional evidence on mechanisms suggests that the results are due to Facebook fostering unfavorable social comparisons.” THE STUDY combined … More AmericaSpeaks TheVoiceOfJoyce In a rare experiment Israeli researchers at Tel Aviv University, work with MIT School of Business & Bocconi Institute in Milan, Italy to determine the effect of Facebook on College Students mental health. The study focused on the first two years of Facebook, (2004-2006), allowing them to have a scientific methodology. Some Universities didn’t have Facebook on their campuses. It was determined that in those Universities where Facebook was allowed, students suffered from anxiety and depression. They compared themselves to peers and had a negative impression of others behavior. Over the past 15yrs, the mental health of adolescents and teens have worsened. Through scientific analysis, it was determined there is a direct correlation between using Facebook and increased anxiety, depression and poor performance. Facebook fosters unfavorable social comparisons between peers. That was there conclusion. Knowing this and knowing that Facebook and other Social Media Platforms favor extremes, behavior, should there be regulation of Social Media content?
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/sep/12/us-west-megadrought-climate-disaster the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) detailed how wildfires ravaging the south-west’s ponderosa pine forests are fueling a dangerous “positive feedback cycle”. Instead of acting as a “carbon sink” that absorbs CO2, explains Camille Parmesan, an ecologist who contributed to the report, some forests can actually become generators of greenhouses gases … More AmericaSpeaks TheVoiceOfJoyce In a first special report on our climate, the Guardian sites scientists concerns and historical archeological data. The Indigenous people have seen and lived with droughts before. They know what creates harmony with the land and people and culture wars create a society of violence. Scientists have been warning our Congressional leaders since the late 70’s , that we are altering our climate, limiting our water resources and creating pollution too dire to exist. From California to the Colorado our way of life must change. If we choose to cooperate, conserve Water and act responsibly to decrease our dependence on Fossil Fuels, we will live to rebuild. The choice is ours. Voting starts in North Carolina in a week, don’t choose regressive culture war instigators for election, choose new faces and power our World. You might want to tune into Apple TV and watch Finch, with Tom Hank’s, about survival in a World hostile to human habitation. Many are dying now. What happens when we have no water and no cover from the heat? Can you survive in temperatures exceeding 110? Can you survive year round fires? Pollution? Can we stop the Climate Change deniability and live in the real World.?Social Media is no longer fun, if we’re living in fantasy and not looking and seeing our World.
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/sep/11/tourism-utah-drought-zion-economy “We are so disconnected from the land or the water that we don’t even think about it,” Andrechak says, adding that the answer doesn’t lie in new inventions or dramatic new water supply diversions, but in becoming more water-wise. “We can save ourselves by ourselves. I believe that analytically as an engineer and I … More AmericaSpeaks TheVoiceOfJoyce The citizens and policies of Utah, make the level in expansion unsustainable. People in Utah consume 285 gallons of Water a year. In Utah’s campaign to be a destination state, they’re using too much water without conservation. It’s not to late to prevent severe water loss or death from Flash flooding. Educate your tourists before they enter the Park. Remove lawns and those wheel sprinklers and use arid planting and drip irrigation. The key to survival in the 21 st Century is recognizing water is a limiting factor in growth, tourism and population density. The larger towns will purchase water, maybe. The poorer towns and their people will have no water to survive. Do you care that you’re drinking water, while other citizens of Utah die from heat and a lack of water?