nos-trum. pronunciation: \nos'-trum\. noun. Etymology: Latin, neuter of noster our, ours.
1. a medicine of secret composition recommended by its preparer but usually without scientific proof of its effectiveness.
2. a usually questionable remedy or scheme.
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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

We Are All Doomed To Infection Due To Climate Change

Hypothesis:  Every event on the planet is due to climate change.

An opinion piece appeared in the highly respected New England Journal of Medicine on "Global Climate Change and Infectious Diseases." (Mar 25).

The article describes how higher heat and moisture can increase the activity of insect vectors of human disease, how flooding can cause outbreaks, how drought can (under conditions of poor sanitation) lead to cholera epidemics.  In fact, any change can increase infectious disease.

It's a laundry list of environmental impacts on infectious disease.

None of which is new.

The link to climate change comes from accepting verbatim the conclusions of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, whose report has come under severe criticism for overstating models and accepting uncritically the claims of advocacy groups.

Over the last winter and into the spring we have seen ridiculous claims for or against the influence of climate change:  too much rain--climate change; too much snow--climate change; coldest winter in a decade--climate change; too little snow--climate change.  The ice pack is melting, the ice pack is growing.  No, it's melting here, but growing there.  ET CETERA.

All of which has to do with weather, and not climate.

The author of the New England Journal piece accepts uncrticially that droughts, floods, heat, and cold are due to climate change, rather than changing patterns of weather.  All of these effects on infectious disease have been with us for millenia.

To top it off, I heard a news story yesterday that some scientists believe that the Biblical plagues were due to climate changeGreat.

I propose that climate change causes warts, increases toe jam, and promotes the heartbreak of psoriasis.

Send me your personal testimony about how climate change has altered your medical status.  I'm collecting them for my Fads and Fallacies book.

There.  I got it off my chest.  I promise my next post will be on something important.


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