“A Plague on your Houses”

"A PLAGUE ON YOUR HOUSES"  That was William Shakespeare in his play, "Romeo and Juliet," written in 1592.  [Act 3, Scene 1].   Appropriate at this time of our pandemic. For Europe had, by Shakespeare's writing, already suffered two hundred years of the Black Death!  Let's investigate. The "Plague" is caused by a lowly bacterium, one [...]

Yellow Fever! What the hell is it?

YELLOW FEVER!  WHAT THE HELL IS IT? It ain't chicken if you define things against Captain Courageous! And it don't care 'bout you, just about your tissues.  So stop saying such foolish things.  You know better, and it's bigger than you, anyhoo!  It was also called, "Bronze John," "Yellow Jack," "Malignant Fever," and "Black Vomit!" [...]

Typhoid is not Typhus!

TYPHOID IS NOT TYPHUS! And neither is it a person, so stop saying that! Typhoid is bacteria and, thankfully, not a virus.  And that is a good thing, for we can kill bacteria [sometimes] with antibiotics [think about the meaning of that word] and soap can attack their cellular membranes and tear them apart.  Good [...]

Vaccination Presentation

 VACCINATION.  The word stirs hope in some, and strikes fear in others. How can that be?  Both views can be reasonable, based upon the data and your point of view.  Depending on what you believe, and what sources of information you believe are telling you the truth.  And, perhaps, that has never been so important [...]

Polio: Have you been Vaccinated?

  POLIO: HAVE YOU BEEN VACCINATED?  Poliomyelitis. It is a virus, and you mostly likely were vaccinated.  And as a result, the Americas were declared free of this pestilence in 1994, Europe in 2002.  Remember the "March of Dimes?"  2,680,000 of those little metal chimes were mailed to President Franklin D. Roosevelt when he started [...]