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My ’70s Health-Nut Parents Didn’t Vaccinate Me. This Is What My Childhood Was Like.

My ’70s Health-Nut Parents Didn’t Vaccinate Me. This Is What My Childhood Was Like. | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
I am the ’70s child of a health nut. I wasn’t vaccinated. I was brought up on an incredibly healthy diet: no sugar till I was 1, breastfed for over a year, organic homegrown vegetables, raw milk, no MSG, no additives, no aspartame.
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The vaccionation scare has been making victim of its own.


"I find myself wondering about the claim that complications from childhood illnesses are extremely rare but that “vaccine injuries” are rampant. If this is the case, I struggle to understand why I know far more people who have experienced complications from preventable childhood illnesses than I have ever met with complications from vaccines. I have friends who became deaf from measles. I have a partially sighted friend who contracted rubella in the womb. My ex got pneumonia from chickenpox. A friend’s brother died from meningitis."

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Could fixing healthcare be as simple as a checklist?

Could fixing healthcare be as simple as a checklist? | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
We tend to believe that when it comes to medicine, specialization, individual brilliance, and high tech solutions are the way forward.

"Having made the argument that the lack of coordination was (in some cases literally) killing us, Gawande suggested that the way forward will be to truly systematize care. To do that, we need to abandon the cowboy model of medicine, collectively discover where our failures are, devise solutions, and get them implemented.

This isn't glamorous work, but it is essential. Sometimes the solutions can be as simple as a checklist. A preflight checklist, for instance, doesn't tell the pilot how to fly, but it aides the pilot in avoiding common mistakes. And we already know these work for medicine, too; in some countries, checklists before surgery improved survival rates far greater than any single drug could."

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