Don’t automatically trust the government

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

It is interesting that I read about the pesticide in the water in Pernambuco, Bahia and Paraiba, Brazil, when reporting a dramatic increase of microcephaly in babies in those areas.

After the mainstream reports started to come in, many people I talked to didn’t want to believe me when I told them about the possible pesticide connection.  As most people do, they believe anything said by organizations like the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, and that is the final answer.  I even had people call me a conspiracy theorist because I wasn’t buying into what mainstream news was saying about the zika virus and microcephaly.

I am glad, finally an independent well-respected medical organization, looked at where microcephaly was happening and it wasn’t where the zika virus was occurring in several other Latin American countries.  This is just another episode for people to wake up and realize that big government organizations like the Centers for Disease Control have jumped to false conclusions now and in the past.

It sometimes makes me wonder if they have an agenda that will create new money making treatments or vaccines to help the big pharmaceutical industry or some way for the health industry to make more money from some of these assumptions they feed to the public.   In May, Congress voted to fund $1.1 billion to fight the zika virus.  Who was going to get that money?   Money could be better spent on dealing with more dangerous diseases.  The majority of the people infected with the zika virus, as many as 80 percent of them, don’t know they were infected because in them the infection is asymptomatic.

When the Centers for Disease Control speaks, people take it as gospel.  As the article quoted the Centers, “In April the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other agencies said that the medical consensus was that zika caused microcephaly.”  Don’t always be willing to believe what we are told by these organizations that act like they are the final word in regards to health issues.

Henry Kantrowitz
Punta Leona
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