Bioterrorism in Our Own Backyard (Winter 2001)



Author: Agustín Blázquez
Article Type: Feature Article
Issue: Winter 2001
Volume Number: 6
Issue Number: 4


There are many academic studies, articles and books in public records exposing Castro's long term involvement with bacteriological and chemical weapons. The information has been presented in public forums. The U.S. media has been invited but they systematically choose to be absent. Perhaps so that by being absent they can claim, "but I didn't know." This information will also clash with the heavily orchestrated campaign to present Castro as non-threatening in order to normalize relations with Cuba. This collaboration of the U.S. media with the Castro regime is reprehensible. I first learned pertinent details about Cuban dictator Fidel Castro and his bacteriological warfare after attending a discussion on Capitol Hill on October 28, 1997. As usual, the U.S. media did not show up. I also...




Author: Ernesto F. Betancourt
Article Type: Feature Article
Issue: Winter 2001
Volume Number: 6
Issue Number: 4


When the West Nile virus first emerged in the U.S as the cause of the encephalitis outbreak in New York, it was considered an epidemiological mystery. The discovery made by an alert veterinarian in the Bronx Zoo, Tracey McNamara, baffled the CDC because that virus had never been present in the Western Hemisphere. There was an initial search for explanations and one writer, Robert Preston, published a story in the October 18-25, 2000 issue of The New Yorker, that this was being investigated under the hypothesis that it could be the work of Saddam Hussein. In that story, Saddam is quoted as referring to "his final weapon, developed in laboratories outside Iraq...Free of UN inspection, the laboratories will develop strain SV1417 of the West Nile virus." Needless to say that in the...




Author: Lester C. Caudle, III, MD
Article Type: Feature Article
Issue: Winter 2001
Volume Number: 6
Issue Number: 4


Despite the end of the Cold War, the United States still faces a range of serious national security issues. One at the forefront is the issue of the proliferation of biological weapons, and the accelerated development of the capabilities to design and produce biological weapons on the part of many Third World nations.(1) The Committee on Armed Services of the U.S. House of Representatives, in their Special Inquiry Into the Chemical and Biological Threat, concluded that despite the demise of the Soviet Union, with its sizable chemical and biological arsenal, the threat has increased in terms of widespread proliferation, technological diversity, and the probability of use.(2) Of the nations currently believed to have an offensive biological warfare program, only a few are candidates for a...




Author: Arthur M. Friedlander, MD
Article Type: Feature Article
Issue: Winter 2001
Volume Number: 6
Issue Number: 4


Inhalational Anthrax Inhalational anthrax begins after an incubation period of 1 to 6 days with nonspecific symptoms of malaise, fatigue, myalgia, and fever. There maybe an associated nonproductive cough and mild chest discomfort. These symptoms usually persist for 2 or 3 days, and in some cases there may be a short period of improvement. This is followed by the sudden onset of increasing respiratory distress with dyspnea, stridor, cyanosis, increased chest pain, and diaphoresis. There may be associated edema of the chest and neck. Chest X-ray examination usually shows the characteristic widening of the mediastinum and, often, pleural effusions). Pneumonia has not been a consistent finding but can occur in some patients.(1) While cases of inhalational anthrax have been rare in this...




Author: David J. McClain, MD
Article Type: Feature Article
Issue: Winter 2001
Volume Number: 6
Issue Number: 4


The concept of using variola virus in warfare is an old one. British colonial commanders considered distributing blankets from smallpox victims among Native Americans as a biological weapon.(1-3) During the American Civil War, allegations were made about the use of smallpox as a biological weapon, although there subsequently proved to be no definite evidence for such.(4,5) In the years leading up to and during World War II, the Japanese military explored weaponization of smallpox during the operations of Unit 731 in Mongolia and China.(6,7) Nevertheless, the actual potential of variola virus as a biological weapon remains controversial. Given the ease of administration and the availability of the vaccinia virus as a vaccine against smallpox,(8) some have argued that smallpox would have...




Author: Joseph D. Douglass, Jr., PhD
Article Type: Feature Article
Issue: Winter 2001
Volume Number: 6
Issue Number: 4


In the early 1950s, U.S. intelligence concluded that the KGB, Soviet intelligence, was working hard to develop "mind control" and behavior modification drugs. Supporting evidence included the public "confessions" of numerous high-ranking communist officials, the high-profile trial in Hungary of Josef Cardinal Mindszenty, who appeared to have been drugged as he confessed to treasonous crimes, and the unusual behavior of American POWs during the Korean War. The filmed testimony of American POWs telling the world that America was evil and that communism was a far superior form of government was an especially compelling example. On April 10, 1953, Allen W. Dulles, newly confirmed CIA director, alerted a gathering of Princeton alumni to the problem. A "sinister battle for men's minds" was...




Author: Russell L. Blaylock, MD
Article Type: Feature Article
Issue: Winter 2001
Volume Number: 6
Issue Number: 4


It has been known for centuries that a certain number of people survive epidemics unscathed. This was true for the waves of Black Death that eventually killed forty million people in Europe in the fourteenth century and for the numerous smallpox plagues that have swept through the world since it was first recorded in history, which killed over 500 million people. It has been observed over a century ago that survivors appear to be those who were the healthiest before an epidemic struck. Millions were killed by epidemics of typhus during World War I. Several observers noted that soldiers who carried garlic cloves with them for snacking were often spared the disease. Later it was learned that garlic contained factors that acted as a powerful antibiotic. Since this early observation, numerous...




Author: A.W. Orlandella, MD
Article Type: Correspondence
Issue: Winter 2001
Volume Number: 6
Issue Number: 4


Dear Editor, What bothers me in Drs. Cihak and Glueck's August 14, 2001 article on WorldNetDaily is the implication CPT codes should be free to the doctors. This seems to say we approve of coding. I certainly do not. They are the bane of our existence forcing us to waste hours searching for numbers and letters and modifications to fit some idiotic aspect of a disease. Have you noticed how often disease fails to comply with our observation forcing us to bend numbers in order to justify some insurance eyes looking at us? We need to do away with CPT coding entirely. It is unscientific. It skews rather than improves precision in defining disease. It subjects us to arrest and confinement. A mistake in coding is fraud. We do not need that. The Gestapo should have died with Hitler and his gang...


AMA


Author: Richard J. Lewis, DO, FACOG
Article Type: Correspondence
Issue: Winter 2001
Volume Number: 6
Issue Number: 4


Dear Senator Lott, I applaud your efforts on behalf of physicians and health care consumers throughout the nation regarding the AMA's monopoly on CPT codes. I urge you to remain courageous and stalwart in your efforts. There is no question the AMA has not acted in anyone's best interest but their own in order to increase profits. The codes should be free to all as any government required form is --- i.e., IRS forms. We physicians need to be freed from bureaucratic constraints so we can efficiently deliver the best health care in the world. Your help in the dissolution of this AMA-government cartel will do more for the future improvement of the health care system in this country than any Patients' Bill of Rights. It may even be the catalyst for the kind of revolutionary change the system...


AMA


Author: Kenneth D. Christman, MD
Article Type: Correspondence
Issue: Winter 2001
Volume Number: 6
Issue Number: 4


Dear Editor, The Boy Scouts of America take their mission seriously. They believe that boys should be given positive role models in the adult community and that they should engage in numerous positive, civic and philanthropic activities. According to their mission and as part of their effort in providing positive, wholesome activities, the Boy Scouts banned homosexuals, particularly scoutmasters from their organization. Amazingly, this action was fought all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court. In a June 28, 2000 decision, the court ruled that Boy Scouts had a constitutionally protected right to "expressive associations" and that as a private organization it could not be forced to accept homosexuals in their ranks. The AMA now has decided to jump into the fray and pressure the Boy Scouts...




Author: Timothy R. Bonine, MD
Article Type: Correspondence
Issue: Winter 2001
Volume Number: 6
Issue Number: 4


Dear Dr. Faria, I read with great interest, excerpts from your article (appearing today on the Medscape web page) about physicians asking patients about ownership of firearms. I could not agree more with your position. Far too often, members of our profession step beyond the bounds of medicine and wellness to promulgate their own social and/or political agendas, eroding our credibility when addressing legitimate medical issues. As you know, more children lose their lives in backyard pools than from firearm accidents, yet no cries are heard to ban wading pools. The demagoguery with which some of our colleagues cite tragically flawed "studies" that include "children" up to twenty years of age is infuriating. I applaud you for having the courage to take a stand on an issue that often draws...




Author: Compiled by Medical Sentinel Editors
Article Type: Correspondence
Issue: Winter 2001
Volume Number: 6
Issue Number: 4


Doctors Expose AMA's Secret Pact with the Federal Government "Kathryn Serkes, public relations counsel for the AAPS, issued the following statement in response to a letter sent by Sen. Trent Lott to HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson calling for an end to the American Medical Association's monopoly on CPT codes that doctors are required to use to bill Medicare and Medicaid: " 'Sen. Lott deserves everyone's support in his effort to pull the rug out from under the AMA's secret monopoly on these codes. While it is a very complex issue, any doctor will tell you that the AMA's stranglehold on government billing has been a major cause of the fear and intimidation in which doctors are now forced to practice medicine. " 'Elimination of this AMA cartel will do more to protect patients than any Patients...




Author: Robert J. Cihak, MD, and Merrill Matthews, Jr., PhD
Article Type: President's Page
Issue: Winter 2001
Volume Number: 6
Issue Number: 4


n recent years some have been promoting a government-managed, single-payer health care system at state and national levels. What would a state-run system mean to the quality of the U.S. medical services? But first, what does "quality" in medical care really means? Is it an issue of access? Or is it related to "outcomes?" Does it mean the best care available? Or do convenience and cost play a role? In a normal market, people make quality tradeoffs, sometimes substituting less quality for lower costs or greater convenience. However, when people are insulated from the cost of health care because the government is paying the bill, the role of value declines. Patients want quality at any price --- because someone else is paying that price. Ironically, when someone else is paying the bill, the...




Author: Miguel A. Faria, Jr., MD
Article Type: Editor's Corner
Issue: Winter 2001
Volume Number: 6
Issue Number: 4


In view of the devastating aerial terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon by Islamic fanatic followers of Osama bin Laden on September 11, 2001, we have put together a special issue of the Medical Sentinel on the threat of bioterrorism in our own backyard. I am referring to communist Cuba under tyrant Fidel Castro only ninety miles from our shores. Osama bin Laden and Fidel Castro come from different cultures and have different ideologies --- one is a millionaire, Islamic zealot and the other an atheist, communist dictator. Yet, they have one thing in common: their deep hatred for the United States, capitalism, and our veneration for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Afghanistan, which is ruled by the Taliban Islamic zealots, protectors of Osama bin Laden,...




Author: Curtis W. Caine, MD
Article Type: The Constitution - Plain and Simple
Issue: Winter 2001
Volume Number: 6
Issue Number: 4


In each of the previous twenty-eight issues of the Medical Sentinel, I have striven to plainly and simply elucidate the history, content, intent, precepts, integration, restrictions, precedents, proscriptions, violations, discipline, penalties, and duties of the provisions of the Constitution of these United States, on their textual face. On August 4, 2001, Howard Phillips, in a few short paragraphs, brilliantly condensed and expanded much of my feeble, labored attempt. Please be alert and contemplative when you read his remarks that follow. Let us each resolve to expend ourselves to the reestablishment of our Republic to its Constitutional limitations and Biblical undergirding presuppositions. Dr. Jim McClellan is one of America's great Constitutional historians, having begun, inter...



It is now legend the AAPS legally lanced the secret task force and pulled its secrets...into the sunshine. It destoyed the Health Security Act.


The Oath of Hippocrates
and the Transformation of Medical Ethics Through Time


Patients within a managed care system have the illusion there exists a doctor-patient relationship...But in reality, it is the managers who decide how medical care will be given.


Judicial activism...the capricious rule of man rather than the just rule of law.


The largest single problem facing American medicine today is the actions of government...


The lessons of history sagaciously reveal wherever governments have sought to control medical care and medical practice...the results have been as perverse as they have been disastrous.


Children are the centerpiece of the family, the treasure (and renewal) of countless civilizations, but they should not be used flagrantly to advance political agendas...


Prejudice against gun ownership by ordinary citizens is pervasive in the public health community, even when they profess objectivity and integrity in their scientific research.


The infusion of tax free money into the MSA of the working poor give this population tax equity with wealthier persons...


It was when Congress started dabbling in constitutionally forbidden activities that deficit spending produced a national debt!


Does the AMA have a secret pact with HCFA?


The lure of socialism is that it tells the people there is nothing they cannot have and that all social evils will be redressed by the state.


Canada's fatal error — Health Care as a Right!


The Cancer Risk from Low Level Radiation: A Review of Recent Evidence...


...Moreover, the gun control researchers failed to consider and underestimated the protective benefits of firearms.


Vandals at the Gates of Medicine — Have They Been Repulsed or Are They Over the Top?