The Oregon state Senate has passed a bill that would make it harder for parents to forgo their children's vaccinations for a non-medical reason. Like m
This is a re-scoop of something I posted more than a year ago.
the recent outbreak of measles in California is an undeniable warning of what could happen in up and coming years. [see http://pediatrics.about.com/od/measles/a/measles-outbreaks.htm ]
The Pacific Northwest is one of two epicenters for vaccination refusals in this country. The other is just down the road from me in Westchester County-Bronx-Yonkers area just outside of New York City.
The fascination with "Natural Health" is the reason for these refusals. These two parts of the country are peak areas with natural health philosophy, where some of the larger programs and meeting places devoted to this philosophy exist. (Richard Geer and many celebrities come to this region to learn and experience Yoga, learn about Chi and experiment with new healing "faiths".
Few people know, but the Hudson Valley is actually the birthplace of most alternative healing in this country, with a history that extends back to its first European settlers--when christian alchemy as taught by Harvard chemist Charles Starkey became a century long practice faith. The earliest psychology, spiritism and metaphysical preaching from what was later Greenwich Village were practiced between New York and the Hudson Valley due to the Fowler Institute of Phrenology that preached throughout this region (ca. 1834-1890, ca. 1850s, the Fowler Institute promoted pastoralism, seancing and being one with nature at its octagon house at the Wappingers-Fishkill border). Early native American herbalism, "Indian doctoring", Water Cure, Graham's Diet, Feminism (women in charge of their own health movement), vegetarianism, Naturopathy/Natural Therapy, Sufiism, all began here, where their leaders developed schools, educational programs and camps in this region, long before the bacteria theory ever came to be.
With Medical GIS, we can map anything and everything if the goal is to better understand a region and its communities. That is exactly what I did twenty years ago to determine why the Hudson Valley is the heart of alternative medicine in this country. Medical GIS can be used to map out more than just physical disease patterns. I used it as well for better understanding social, cultural, economic/poverty related human behavioral and psychiatric/psychological diagnoses, and to understand such social problems as abuse, bullying, religious fanatacism, terrorist activities, pyromancy, culturally bound syndromes.