BS in Paradise

Response by Eric Booth to “Development has put Gulf Islands in death spiral” by Frants Attorp in the Victoria Times Colonist, August 1, 2020 edition.

(Mr. Attorp’s original comments are in black italics, and Mr. Booth’s comments are in blue.)

One of the world’s natural wonders is being lost to development.

This is an unmitigated lie, commonly known in rural areas as bullshit (BS). And, while that may perhaps at first blanch sound a little harsh, the rest of his article is wrought with more BS. Development on Salt Spring, where Mr. Attorp resides, has seen less than a 1% per annum growth rate for over 10 years…it is hardly being “lost to development.”

 The most recent trouble in paradise comes in the form of a housing crisis which, tragically, is perceived by many as an isolated incident with a simple solution — create more densities.

The “housing crisis” has been going on for over 25 years, with as many studies and reports on the issue in the same time frame. It is certainly not “recent.”

In fact, the Gulf Islands are caught in a complex humans-first syndrome that, unless broken, will result in crisis after crisis and the inexorable urbanization of a rural area protected by law.

The history of the Islands Trust government tasked with protecting the fragile ecosystems is important: In 1972 an all-party special committee of the legislature was established to investigate the unique problems facing the Trust Area. The committee concluded that pressures arising from the area’s proximity to major urban centres were damaging the very features that made the Trust Area so attractive to residents and visitors.

In response to these findings, the provincial government enacted the Islands Trust Act in 1974. While each island has its own story, the general trend throughout the archipelago is from low to higher density.
More BS. The last census showed that, within the Islands Trust Area as a whole, ONE new person was added to the area every 6 months. In other words, while some areas, like Salt Spring are experiencing minimal growth in population, the trend on other islands is actually depopulation.
This progression, which mirrors events around the world, is viewed by many as normal, inevitable, and even desirable. It also flies in the face of the Trust’s “preserve and protect” mandate.

More BS. Each island has developed its own Official Community Plan (OCP), the development of which was done in careful consultation with the islands’ residents. The policies established by the “Islands Trust Council” establish the parameters which OCP’s and local bylaws are required to meet, including strict environmental protections.

Islands Trust documents contain many references to limiting growth, but are sadly lacking in detail. The words “rural” and “unique amenities,” for example, are left open to interpretation. Is “rural” one or five acres? Are shops a “unique amenity”? And why say “we accept there are limits to the ability of our environment to absorb continued development” without defining what those limits are?

Mr. Attorp has no understanding of the ability of our environment to absorb the little growth that is still allowed for under our OCP’s. The Trust has effectively locked the door after developing the OCP’s which provide the guidance for the future development of the community. Anyone knowledgeable of the Provincial Local Government Act Section 473 (see extract below), which Mr. Attorp arguably has no knowledge of, knows that it mandates local governments to review their OCP’s on a regular basis (e.g. every 5+ years) to ensure there the community’s needs with respect to housing, schools, commercial, and industrial properties, etc. are met. Without necessary changes, community can, and will, wither and die.

473   (1) An official community plan must include statements and map designations for the area covered by the plan respecting the following:

(a) the approximate location, amount, type and density of residential development required to meet anticipated housing needs over a period of at least 5 years;

(b) the approximate location, amount and type of present and proposed commercial, industrial, institutional, agricultural, recreational and public utility land uses;

(c) the approximate location and area of sand and gravel deposits that are suitable for future sand and gravel extraction;

(d) restrictions on the use of land that is subject to hazardous conditions or that is environmentally sensitive to development;

(e) the approximate location and phasing of any major road, sewer and water systems;

(f) the approximate location and type of present and proposed public facilities, including schools, parks and waste treatment and disposal sites;

(g) other matters that may, in respect of any plan, be required or authorized by the minister.

(2) An official community plan must include housing policies of the local government respecting affordable housing, rental housing and special needs housing.

The Islands Trust was unquestionably established to put the brakes on development, but in 2003 it shifted its focus from environmental to social goals.

This was reflected in Trust correspondence which, for 30 years, contained the tagline “To Preserve and Protect,” but suddenly and without explanation, changed to “Preserving Island Communities, Culture and Environment”.

The acknowledgement that the Trust Act was meant to address all three legs of a healthy community stool – environmental, social and economic – was the reason for the “change,” which wasn’t a change…it was, as stated, an acknowledgment.

Salt Spring, the largest and most populous of the islands, is the epicentre of the current malaise. There are countless illegal dwellings across the island, many of them unfit for human habitation.

The reason illegal dwellings exist is a direct result of mismanagement and poor planning of the Trust itself. The basic real estate economics of supply and demand were never taken into consideration. When you limit supply (which the Trust Act did), in an area of high demand (which is the entire Trust Area), the result is an increase in property values, which leads to a situation where typical investment rental properties are no longer viable, leading to the steady decline in rental availability with the associated increase in rental cost. We have a less than zero vacancy rate with rents rising virtually by the month as long term rental properties come onto the market and are sold to people moving to the island to escape urban environments.

The Trust has conceded the problem, fuelled by islanders seeking extra income, is widespread and that “most are flying under the radar.” Concurrently, there is a housing shortage that has forced many into substandard premises and turned bylaw enforcement into a nightmare.

The housing shortage Salt Spring is experiencing is similar to what Whistler went through – a shortage of affordable, employee housing as a result of rising real estate values in an area of high demand. The median house price on Salt Spring is now $850,0000 while the average house price is over $1,000,000. And yet, the Local Islands Trust has taken no proactive measures to address the situation. It has now been 12 years since an OCP review.

At a recent public meeting, Trustee Laura Patrick discussed the endless battle of trying to enforce the island’s ban on short- term vacation rentals (STVRs). She indicated that, for every one that is closed, more pop up.

The oft bandied about rental boogeyman – illegal STVR’s – is a proverbial drop in the bucket and has no significant effect on rentals on the island. This is perhaps best quantified in the fact there are currently only 21 bylaw investigation files open on STVR’s on Salt Spring in spite of the fact bylaw enforcement have PROACTIVELY been seeking them out for 2 years.

The rules-be-damned culture runs deep on the islands, but there are consequences: lawlessness makes a mockery of planning and, in the case of STVRs on Salt Spring, reduces the housing stock for full-time residents, thereby forcing elected trustees to consider ever higher densities.

“Reduces” by less than 21, since, if the illegal STVR’s were forced out of business, the vast majority would either not be let for long term rentals, or, would be put onto the open market for sale where they would be bought by new fulltime residents, not rented to low to middle income renters.

The lack of accommodation for local employees is of particular concern as it affects essential services. Since the Trust has no tools to designate new densities for employees only, it uses a housing shotgun to blast target areas in the hope that some of the shot hits home for local workers. Unfortunately, it also blows holes in the 17,000 population cap specified in Salt Spring’s Official Community Plan.

More bullshit. (a) The Local Trust Committee could actively work with not-for-profit societies to rezone land and place upon the land covenants to restrict the property to employee housing, similar to Whistler’s model. (b) There is no quantified 17,000 population cap in the OCP. The only cap on population is relative the number of potential properties which can be created by subdivision times the average number of residents per property, which currently, according to the last census was 2.1, below the provincial average of 2.5.

Meanwhile, housing groups have formed and are putting intense pressure on trustees. A key organizer has written about the need for “many thousands” of new affordable housing units, an incredible number for a protected island that has a population of only 12,000 and where water is so scarce the local water utility has placed a moratorium on new hook-ups.

The only “key organizer” I am aware of who “has written about the need for “many thousands” of new affordable housing units” is ME. Currently the population isn’t 12,000, its only 10,500+, and, water is not scarce. Water consumption data clearly shows there is an abundant supply of water in the majority of areas of the island. The scarcity myth that we are running short is exactly that – a myth. The current moratorium is in spite of the fact there is over 50,000,000 gallons a year available BELOW the conservative limitation placed on the licensed amount (72%) which was recommended to account for future, potential climate change.  

Housing advocates oppose gentrification, but seem less concerned about the environmental impact of changing the demographics of the island.

This statement is incredibly insulting to every housing advocate on the island. I am not aware of one advocate for community housing who is “less concerned about environmental impact” than providing housing for those who need it.

The debate raises the question of whether the Gulf Islands can be a regional go-to spot for people seeking affordable housing, while still meeting the goals of the Islands Trust.

Housing for the service industries on the islands (hospitals, schools, ferries, grocery stores, RCMP, construction trades, etc.) is a critical factor in providing for a healthy community.

The Gulf Islands are in crisis, and it must be remembered that their protection is not just for the benefit of those who live there, but also British Columbia generally.

The province must intervene to help with issues such as enforcement, water shortages and clearcut logging on private land. Above all, those in charge must work co-operatively to create a long-term plan to limit growth.

There is already a “long-term plan to limit growth.” Its called the Islands Trust Act. The long-term plan that is lacking is HOW to provide for a sustainable community….one that has affordable housing for its service industries.

I agree the Province should step in, however, not for the reasons Mr. Attorp outlines. The Trust bureaucracy is out of control, and, the Trustees are, to the peril of the health of the community, ignoring the challenges of crisis.

Failure to do so will see the islands lose their natural splendour and fade into something bland, ordinary and uninspiring.

Without community housing growth, like the kind that Whistler implemented through its Housing Authority, Islands Trust Area communities, including Salt Spring, will continue to wither and die as market forces, created unconsciously by the Islands Trust’s failure to address supply/demand dynamics, continue to erode the affordability of the population which serves.

Frants Attorp is a Salt Spring writer who has worked for several Gulf Islands publications.

Eric Booth is a born and raised Salt Spring Islander who has been an Islands Trustee (2002-2005), realtor, developer, local talk radio host, political activist, Salt Spring Dollar co-creator, Salt Spring Flag co-creator, and outspoken active community member.

Ganges Alley Saturday Market

More Sweet News About Hydroxycholorquine

From the Journal of Diabetes Research, this systematic review study was submitted in August 2019 and recently published this February.

It shows a positive effect from the use of hydroxychloroquine on insulin and thereby, the reduction of hyperglycemia in diabetics, which has now been linked (at least preliminarily) to Covid19 severity of symptoms.

“Among the included clinical studies (six randomized control trials, five observational studies, and four cohort studies), about 55,776 study participants were involved. Most of these studies showed significant improvement of lipid profile and insulin levels and substantial diminution of hemoglobin A1c, fasting plasma glucose, and postprandial blood glucose levels. “

This paper describes the possible mechanism of HCQ.

This is likely the mechanism which is why HCQ is now being touted as the drug of choice in the treatment of Covid19.

 

Is Sweet 5G a Deadly Connection?

5g

There is a lot of speculation out there right now about 5G and Covid19.

When I asked myself what could the connection be between the two I was stumped…why would only certain people get sick with Covid19, while others with the virus be symptom free within a 5G range?

A few days ago I watched an interview with Dr. Stephen Smith who has shown a rather disturbing connection between those who are either pre-diabetic, diabetic or obese, and the severity of Covid19.

This morning, over coffee with friends (at a safe distance), the question arose – could there be a connection between 5G and diabetes?

So, I went down that rabbit hole, and found there is hard, scientific evidence that wireless radiation elevates blood glucose in rats and humans.

The following 6 studies are by no means a comprehensive list of studies linking blood sugar increases to EMF.

 

Is this a possible connection to 5G rollout?

I don’t know…but, there is an apparent cause and effect here between EMF and elevated blood sugar, and also blood sugar and Covid19.

From – April 2, 2020 – https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/covid-19-and-diabetes

Diabetes is a chronic metabolic condition that causes high blood sugar levels. In general, infectious diseases such as COVID-19 are more serious in people with diabetes.

One reason for this is that the immune system does not work as well in people with diabetes, which makes it harder for their body to fight the virus. Also, the novel coronavirus “may thrive in an environment of elevated blood glucose.”

Diabetes also keeps the body in a low-level state of inflammation, which makes its healing response to any infection slower.

High blood sugar levels combined with a persistent state of inflammation makes it much more difficult for people with diabetes to recover from illnesses such as COVID-19.

Anyone with diabetes who notices symptoms of COVID-19 should speak to their doctor as soon as possible.”

Out of the Trenches…Hopefully Soon…

Canada out of trenches

April 9th, 2017 the Canadian Corps was ordered to seize Vimy Ridge.

“To capture this difficult position, the Canadians would carefully plan and rehearse their attack. To provide greater flexibility and firepower in battle, the infantry were given specialist roles as machine-gunners, rifle-men and grenade-throwers. These same soldiers underwent weeks of training behind the lines using models to represent the battlefield, and new maps crafted from aerial photographs to guide their way. To bring men forward safely for the assault, engineers dug deep tunnels from the rear to the front. Despite this training and preparation, the key to victory would be a devastating artillery barrage that would not only isolate enemy trenches, but provide a moving wall of high explosives and shrapnel to force the Germans to stay in their deep dugouts and away from their machine-guns. 

The Canadian operation was an important success, but it was victory at a heavy cost: 3,598 Canadians were killed and another 7,000 wounded.

In recently musing over the latest information available worldwide regarding the fight against Covid19, the Battle of Vimy Ridge came to mind, as it is perhaps a fitting analogy to how I believe the fight against the virus must be conducted.

It is becoming clearer, day by day, that treatments for the virus are now coming online and undergoing clinical trials with great preliminary results – Hydroxychlororquine, Zypak, zinc,    Avigan, etc.

In addition, it is also appearing that pre-existing conditions of obesity, pre-diabetes, diabetes are distant early warning signs of risk. Viruses love sugar, and high blood sugar.

So, here is what I would do if I was Trudeau.

Once I was given adequate proof that anti-viral treatments are in hand, I would put it to the populace that it is time to get out of the trenches and begin establishing herd immunity – the best defense and offense against the virus.

Those “wounded” in the assault would be treated with the anti-virals. Those who are “unfit for service” (e.g. diabetic, lung cancer, etc.) would be isolated until the battle is won. People would be given preventative advice on how to reduce their chances of being wounded.

To the date of this writing, 291 Canadians have died in this battle, 13,901 have been wounded, and 2,595 have recovered.

If we had stayed in the trenches in 1917, we would have eventually been overrun, not only by the enemy’s guns, but, ironically, one year later with influenza. We may have ended up in a substantially different world.

We should keep in mind that every year somewhere between 1500 and 3500 Canadians die of seasonal flu. Life can be cruel, and eventual death is certain.

An informed political decision to send people into the fray will need to be made, and, the sooner the better.

While it has arguably made sense to “stay in the trenches” while treatments were being found, it is getting close to the time where we must muster the courage to go over the hill and get back to the life, which our fellow Canadians died for 103 years ago, and, which we knew and enjoyed just a short month ago.

 

 

 

 

Sweet Deaths?

virus sweet

Obesity…Body Mass Index…Diabetes…Coronavirus…Flu Vaccination.

Dots to connect…

It now appears there are connections between Covid19, diabetes, obesity/BMI and flu shots.

DOT 1 – A report, by Doctor Stephen Smith indicates a connection between pre-diabetes, diabetes and obesity (BMI >30) and Covid19 outcomes. 

DOT 2 – Fatter = Longer. A 2018 study indicates that obese people shed viruses 1.5 times longer than non-obese people, thus increasing by 50% the time of transmission of a virus.  https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180813flu-obesity.html

DOT 3 – “People with diabetes are considered to be at high risk for morbidity and mortality from influenza and pneumococcal disease, and are recommended to get a flu shot.

DOT 4 – Scientists have come to realize that flu vaccines are less effective for people who are overweight or obese. Considering that excess weight affects more than two-thirds of the U.S. adult population, that’s a significant shortcoming.

DOT 5 – A recent study has shown flu vaccine INCREASES risk of Covid19 by 36% in healthy people between the ages of 18 and 62. It is likely that number would be higher in unhealthy individuals.

DOT 6 – Hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) reduces immune system response to viruses.

DOT 7 – Bacteria and viruses have a sweet tooth! … The great majority, around 80%, of these bacteria and viruses seek out the sugars on the surface of our cells. They then settle and start to attack the cell.

Conclusions:

  1. Those who are pre-diabetic, diabetic or obese have a huge risk from Covid19, and, may make up the vast majority of severe cases.
  2. Those who are obese and contract Covid19 may be infectious for 1.5 times longer.
  3.  Diabetics or obese people who had a flu vaccine this year may have a 150% or greater chance of getting a serious case of Covid19.
  4. 2/3’s of the US population may prolong Covid19 due to their excess weight.
  5.  Those with high sugar consumption appear to be more susceptible to viruses.

That’s the bad news.

The good news is contained in Dr. Smith’s interview.

Crystal Balling CV

Crystal 2

I heard a saying once – “If you’re going to predict, predict often.”

Truer words were never spoken as evidenced over this past week with epidemiologist Neil Ferguson going from projecting 500,000 deaths in the UK, to 20,000, to something around 5,000.

I love math, so, I’m doing a little predicting myself, and will see if I have a better track record.

I approached my projections by subtracting 88% of Italy and Spain’s death rates (due to their admitted over-reporting) and 1/3 of the UK’s rates for similar reasons, from the total world death rates as reported on March 18th.

I then took the average increase of deaths worldwide over the following 10 days = 1.109397 increase daily.

Starting on March 28th, I have done the projections below (Note – I will be updating from time to time…it appears the numbers fluctuate somewhat, going up or down during a particular day. I am using the “Yesterday” figures from Worldometers.info as final):

Date Projected Deaths Actual Deaths Multiplier
28 30,861 Increase Rate
29 34,237 34,065 1.1093
30 37,983 37,774 1.1093
31 42,138 42,309 1.1093
1 46,747 47,198 1.1093
2 51,861 53,167 1.1093
3 57,535 58,809 1.1093
4 63,829 64,688 1.1093
5 70,812 69,425 1.1093
6 78,558 74,654 1.1093
7 87,153 82,034 1.1093
8 96,687 88,460 1.1093
9 107,264 95,692 1.1093
10 118,998 102,687 1.1093
11 132,016 108,780 1.1093
12 146,459 114,197 1.1093
13 162,481 119,618 1.1093
14 180,256 126,601 1.1093
15 199,975 134,560 1.1093
16 221,852 1.1093
17 246,122 1.1093
18 273,047 1.1093
19 302,917 1.1093
20 336,055 1.1093
21 372,819 1.1093
22 413,604 1.1093
23 458,851 1.1093
24 509,048 1.1093
25 564,736 1.1093
26 626,517 1.1093
27 695,056 1.1093
28 771,093 1.1093
29 855,448 1.1093
30 949,031 1.1093
1 1,052,853 1.1093
2 1,168,031 1.1093
3 1,295,811 1.1093
4 1,437,568 1.1093
5 1,594,834 1.1093
6 1,769,304 1.1093
7 1,962,861 1.1093
8 2,177,592 1.1093
9 2,415,814 1.1093
10 2,680,097 1.1093

 

I have absolutely no idea how this prediction will stand up, but, I’ll update it as we go along.

There will be a turning point and it will be interesting to see how it will turn out.

Data from: www.worldometers.info

Post Script – April 2nd….had a thought…if the 1.1093 is at all accurate, and numbers don’t move up dramatically, are we just witnessing the natural course of end of life being played out and reported?

Take a look at this from April 1st….only 14 did not have underlying conditions.

NY April 1

April 2nd Report  18 – 1397

Morte inflatius?

colleseum

Dateline – March 28, 2020

Here’s the most commonly asked question these days – What the hell is actually going on in Italy?

WTF is the alternative question when it comes to sorting out good news from bad news, real news from fake news, and truth from fear.

Italy has set itself up as the #1 hotspot for Covid19. When I say “set itself up” I actually mean that.

To listen to MSM reports it sounds like everyone in Italy is going to eventually die.

As of today, 10,779 have reportedly died of Coronvirus there.

HOLD THE PRESSES!!

Italian, Walter Ricciardi, who is the scientific adviser to Roberto Speranza, Italy’s minister of health, says the country’s mortality rate is far higher due to demographics – the nation has the second-oldest population worldwide after Japan – and the manner in which hospitals record deaths.

“The age of our patients in hospitals is substantially older – the median is 67, while in China it was 46,” Prof Ricciardi says.

“On re-evaluation by the National Institute of Health, only 12 per cent of death certificates have shown a direct causality from coronavirus, while 88 per cent of patients who have died have at least one pre-morbidity – many had two or three,” he says. Source

Okay, let’s readjust the math – 10,779 X .12 = 1,294 direct causality (33/day over 40 days). Out of the 92,472 cases reported in Italy, that gives a Case Fatality Rate of 1.3%…which is more in line with other countries.

BUT, since we know the virus kills more older people, lets take into consideration that Italians, on average, live an extra 3 years longer. There are about 1300 Italians that die each day, on a regular day. If we assume mathematically that 650 of them are thus over the average age, then the question becomes how many of the 33 per day would have likely died anyways? Half? More?

The real number is clearly unclear…

However, what is clear is that the constant over-exaggeration of the deaths in Italy has cause unnecessary fear worldwide. That fear has led to such social media postings as this one on March 28th:

In a matter of days with extensive testing, the US has reached 116k infected. They are on pace for 20k new cases today. Maybe more.

Almost 10,000 dead Italy so far and they are still adding roughly 10k cases per day.

51 of the frontline doctors in Italy are dead. Imagine removing 51 doctors from the populace? That would effect communities everywhere. Doctors aren’t old people with pre existing conditions for the most part either, are they?

Still got some doubters out there?

It boggles the mind that this is even happening, let alone that people deny it is.

Sorry for the gloomy post, but I hope you doubters can start to see…

 

Dissecting this post, piece by piece we find:

1. In a matter of days with extensive testing, the US has reached 116k infected. They are on pace for 20k new cases today. Maybe more.

True, BUT, today there are only 15,639 new cases, or about 25% less than the poster’s projections. AND, there is a significant reduction in the increased numbers of deaths. Those increased cases are the result of 50-80,000 tests a day over the past week, with less than 10% being tested as positive.

2. Almost 10,000 dead Italy so far and they are still adding roughly 10k cases per day.

True, BUT, there are only 5, 217 new cases today, about 50% less than the poster’s projection. The increased number of newly reported dead to dead, is dropping significantly in Italy and around the world.

3. 51 of the frontline doctors in Italy are dead. Imagine removing 51 doctors from the populace? That would effect communities everywhere.

True, 51 doctors were reported to have died in Italy, BUT, in examining the list, there are a number of unknown factors in play, not the least of which the average age of the doctors who died was nearly 70 (see data at bottom of this article).

Forty of the fifty dead doctors were 65 or older…the oldest was 94… The reporting agency did not make it clear how they had died, whether they were patients (not acting physicians) in hospital dying from something, or whether they were retired. In other words we don’t know whether the list was just a memorial list of some of the doctors who have died since the beginning of February.

Statistically, about 20 of the 1300 people who die each day are aging doctors/dentists/psychiatrists/etc.

There is only ONE of the doctors (a general practioner) listed as having come out of retirement to assist.

4. Doctors aren’t old people with pre existing conditions for the most part either, are they?

Well, according to the report, evidently they are.

One-half of all Italian doctors smoke. Smoking has been linked by WHO to a higher incidence of complications from Covid19. Italy has high rates of COPD, linked to smoking.

5. Still got some doubters out there? It boggles the mind that this is even happening, let alone that people deny it is. Sorry for the gloomy post, but I hope you doubters can start to see…

Well, if actually looking at, researching and digging out statistics and truths make me a “doubter,” that things aren’t as “gloomy” as they seem, then colour me a “doubter.” That is a different colour than a cynic.

However, I believe that to expose the fact a virus is nowhere near as deadly as it is made out to be is doing a service, not a disservice.

Doing a disservice is not only echoing false reports, but, shaming people who question those false reports by reporting facts.

For a detailed interview on the Italian issue, click here.

The 50 Italian doctors’ ages at death:

Born Age
1971 49
1965 55
1963 57
1960 60
1958 62
1957 63
1957 63
1957 63
1956 64
1956 64
1955 65
1955 65
1955 65
1954 66
1954 66
1954 66
1954 66
1954 66
1953 67
1953 67
1953 67
1952 68
1951 69
1951 69
1951 69
1951 69
1951 69
1950 70
1950 70
1950 70
1949 71
1949 71
1949 71
1949 71
1947 73
1947 73
1946 74
1946 74
1946 74
1946 74
1946 74
1945 75
1945 75
1944 76
1940 80
1940 80
1938 82
1933 87
1930 90
1926 94

Average 69.76

Roberto Stella 22 07 1952 † 11 03 2020
President of the Varese Medical Association, Head of Strategic Training Area FNOMCeO, National President of SNAMID – Varese
Giuseppe Lanati 24 08 1946 † 12 03 2020
Pulmonologist – Como
Giuseppe Borghi 19 01 1956 † 13 03 2020
General Practitioner – Lodi
Raffaele Jura 23 10 1940 † 13 03 2020
Former head of the Pneumology department – Como
Carlo Zavaritt 23 02 1940 † 13 03 2020
Pediatrician and child neuropsychiatrist – Bergamo
Gino Fasoli 09 12 1946 † 14 03 2020
General practitioner already retired called for the Covid-19 emergency – Brescia
Luigi Frusciante 13 02 1949 † 15 03 2020
General Practitioner – Como
Mario Giovita 27 04 1954 † 16 03 2020
General Practitioner – Bergamo
Luigi Ablondi 05 02 1954 † 16 03 2020
Epidemiologist, former general manager of the Crema – Cremona Hospital
Franco Galli 28 03 1954 † 17 03 2020
General Practitioner – Mantua
Ivano Vezzulli 27 12 1958 † 17 03 2020
General Practitioner and Sports Physician – Lodi
Massimo Borghese 12 03 1957 † 18 03 2020
Specialist in Otolaryngology and Phoniatrics – Naples
Marcello Natali 13 09 1963 † 18 03 2020
General practitioner, secretary of the Federation of general practitioners of Lodi – Lodi
Antonino Buttafuoco 14 06 1953 † 18 03 2020
General Practitioner – Bergamo
Giuseppe Finzi 21 04 1957 † 19 03 2020
Hematologist and contract professor of vascular diseases at the University of Parma – Parma
Francesco Foltrani 08 02 1953 † 19 03 2020
General Practitioner – Macerata
Andrea Carli 02 05 1950 † 19 03 2020
General Practitioner – Lodi
Bruna Galavotti 03 04 1933 † 19 03 2020 (reporting date)
Psychiatrist, Dean of the Bergamo Women’s Medical Association – Bergamo
Piero Lucarelli 14 01 1946 † 19 03 2020 (reporting date)
Anesthesiologist – Bergamo
Vincenzo Leone 23 01 1955 † 21 03 2020
General practitioner, vice president of SNAMI – Bergamo
Antonio Buonomo 14 01 1955 † 21 03 2020
Forensic doctor – Naples
Leonardo Marchi 01 01 1956 † 21 03 2020
Infectious doctor, medical director of the San Camillo Nursing Home – Cremona
Manfredo Squeri 06 01 1944 † 23 03 2020
Former hospital doctor, currently head of the department of Medicine in the Nursing Home Piccole Figlie di Parma affiliated with SSN – Parma
Rosario Lupo 02 10 1955 † 23 03 2020
Forensic doctor – Bergamo
Domenico De Gilio 09 11 1953 † 19 03 2020
General practitioner – Lecco
Calogero Giabbarrasi 28 09 1951 † 24 03 2020
General practitioner – Caltanissetta
Renzo Granata 28 09 1951 † 23 03 2020
General practitioner – Alessandria
Ivano Garzena 07 10 1971 † 23 03 2020
Dentist – Turin
Ivan Mauri 30 09 1950 † 24 03 2020
General practitioner – Lecco
Gaetano Author 12 12 1951 † 25 03 2020
General practitioner – Naples
Vincenza Amato 22 05 1954 † 24 03 2020
Chief Medical Officer U.O.S. Public Health Hygiene of the Department of Hygiene and Health Prevention – Bergamo
Gabriele Lombardi 20 08 1951 † 18 03 2020
Dentist – Brescia
Mario Calonghi 14 03 1965 † 22 03 2020
Dentist – Brescia
Marino Chiodi 30 05 1949 † 22 03 2020
Ophthalmologist – Bergamo
Carlo Alberto Passera 20 05 1957 † 25 03 2020
General practitioner – Bergamo
Francesco De Francesco 09 03 1938 † 23 03 2020
Retired, former hospital doctor, sculptor and painter – Bergamo
Antonio Maghernino 14 09 1960 † 25 03 2020
Continuity care doctor – Foggia
Flavio Roncoli 08 05 1930 † 03 2020
Pensioner – Bergamo
Marco Lera 30 10 1951 † 20 03 2020
Dentist – Lucca
Giulio Titta 23 02 1947 † 26 03 2020
General practitioner, ex-secretary of FIMMG – Turin
Benedetto Comotti, 06 05 1945 † 26 03 2020
Hematologist – Bergamo
Anna Maria Focarete 22 06 1950 † 27 03 2020
Provincial Councilor FIMMG, President of SIMG and former councilor of the Order Prov. of the Medici – Lecco
Dino Pesce 16 01 1946 † 26 03 2020
Internist physician, for 20 years primary physician of the general medicine finding of the Villa Scassi hospital in Sampierdarena – Genoa
Giulio Calvi 19 10 1947 † 26 03 2020
General practitioner – Bergamo
Marcello Ugolini 01 05 1949 † 27 03 2020
Pulmonologist, councilor of the Medical Association – Pesaro Urbino
Abdel Sattar Airoud 23 06 1945 † 16 03 2020
General practitioner – Piacenza
Giuseppe Maini 24 01 1946 † 12 03 2020
General practitioner – Piacenza
Luigi Rocca 24 12 1926 † 26 03 2020
Pediatrician – Piacenza
Maurizio Galderisi 31 08 1954 † 27 03 2020
Cardiologist and professor of Internal Medicine at the Federico II University of Naples – Naples
Leone Marco Wischkin 23 03 1949 † 27 03 2020 (reporting date)
Internist Doctor – Pesaro Urbino

 

 

Is It About the Hedge?

Hedge

Nobody really wants to die. Everyone wants to dream of yet another day when they close their eyes and go to sleep.

And yet, every day, almost everyone does something that reduces their chance of maximizing their lives….cigarettes, alcohol, trans fats, sugar, stepping in front of a speeding bus while texting…

We are, overall, pretty stupid when it comes to our day to day habits which impact our health…just take a look in the center aisles of any large grocery store.

We are often not aware of our stupidity until, if we are lucky, we get a rude wakeup call from our doctor, or Nature – “Your blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, weight, etc. is out of control…you should do something about that….just sayin’ if you don’t, you may not live as long as you would like.”

Do we listen? Most of us for maybe a short while, until that next heavenly pork roast comes out of the oven…mmmmm, nothing like pork crackling….

And so it comes to pass that one day we find ourselves in the hospital, usually stricken with one of the big diseases which has caught up to us…

Statistically, in order, they are heart disease, lower respiratory disease, cancer, diabetes,  etc.….(speeding bus is somewhere down on the list, but is on the rise.)

As we lie there in the hospital bed, reflecting on the ton of chocolate we’ve consumed (2,000 pounds divided by 75 years = 1.16 oz a day,) or the thousands of cigarettes and cigars we smoked, or the kegs of beer or gallons of whiskey we drank, or the truckloads of animals of varied shapes and sizes we have eaten, we hope to maybe bargain our way back home.

I promise not to eat bacon anymore…just get me out of here.

And then this little bitsy, eeensy teensy, thing comes along and says, “Nope”…and puts an end to us…

No reprieve this time it says. I’m taking out one, or two, of a hundred of you whose immune systems can’t kick me out of the room, in spite of you having been the proud product of millions of years of unbroken evolutionary life…That life ends here…exit stage left.

Personally, if I was called in front of a judge and asked under oath how would I rank my treatment of the vehicle that has carried my mind and soul around since the day I was conceived, I’d give myself about a 7 (maybe 8) out of 10.

In my late teens and twenties, I smoked up to two packs of Player’s Plain for about 10 years, I drank crappy beer for about the same amount of time, I seldom cut fat off of prime rib, I have a sweet tooth, I don’t exercise every day, and have come close to accidently killing myself a few times…each time muttering to myself “That was fucking stupid Eric, don’t do that again.”

However, on the plus side, I trained for and ran a marathon when I was 47 (which changed my lung capacity significantly), I still rollerblade in the skate park and hacksack at Centennial Park with kids 1/4 my age, I can jump and click my heels together (without falling), I have all of my mental (some may dispute that) faculties working well, last time I remember my memory was working just fine, I have been supplementing my nutritional needs for 25 years, I laugh and joke every day, I offer smiles to virtually anyone, I wake up happy, I rarely get a cold, haven’t taken anti-biotics for decades, and have had something resembling the flu once in as many decades.

I have been saying for over 20 years now that I’ve been on what I consider “bonus time.” If I died today I would have no regrets on how long I’ve lived. Doesn’t mean I don’t want to see tomorrow’s sunrise, or live forever, it just means I’ve already accepted that I can’t argue with Death, when it comes for me, that I don’t “deserve” to die. Not that I would win an argument with Death (ala Monty Python’s Meaning of Life), but, the point is we all make daily choices as to how we live our life, and, those choices do form the basis for how and when we leave this life.

A doctor friend of mine once said, “No one has ever died of a disease called ‘old age.’ We die of one or two or more of an exceedingly long list of causes. Those causes are almost always a direct reflection of the lifestyles we’ve led, our environment and/or the food we have eaten.”

And we are all likely going to be coming more aware of this reality over the next few months as it becomes clearer that pre-existing conditions are a precursor to earlier death by viral infection. Italy is reporting 99% of deaths related to CV have underlying preconditions.

Viruses are not a new phenomenon, but, perhaps a healthy awareness of them will be, and maybe, just maybe, as a result, more people will take care of themselves, live longer as a consequence and reduce the burden on our healthcare/medical system… win/win/win.

Harsh lessons are usually the ones that teach us the most.

Will bacon and cigarette sales go down as a result? Or will it be business as usual?

That’s anyone’s guess….and choice.

I’ll leave you with this link. 😉  and please, do watch out for the salmon mousse.

Italy, Spain and Wuhan – PTA Connection

Planes

It is now a relatively well known fact that about 100,000 Chinese workers (primarily from Wuhan) have been working in Northern Italy for awhile.

Direct flights from Wuhan to Italy were just part of the regular air traffic.

The Wuhan outbreak of Covid19 likely began in early December (if not before).

The first reported cases in Italy were in early February.

This is all highly suggestive of why Italy has been hit so hard…the virus went undetected for about 2 months as it was transferred, plane load by plane load, from Wuhan to Italy.

Spain has the 2nd highest incidence of death attributed to Covid19, and the 3rd highest in the world.

Here is a potential connection – Spain’s growing popularity with Chinese tourists…up 128% over the past few years.

Its a hop skip and jump from Italy to Spain, by planes, trains or automobiles – 58 Euros will get you there. 

Thus, it appears Spain may be now be suffering from its popularity, and, China’s inaction in alerting the rest of the world to Wuhan’s woes.

The good news for us is that both Italy and Spain are, as a result, likely data outliers.

That is supported by Germany data, another short distance away, which has just a 0.39% Death to Case ratio, compared to Italy’s 9.01% (23 times) and Spain’s 6.14% (16 times).

And, out of those three countries whose data would you believe the most?

Stay safe out there, and auf wiedersehen for now!