reply to post by TiredofControlFreaks
I like to look at history to predict what will happen today.
Prior to the invention of anti-biotics, thousands upon thousands of people died from infectious diseases (Typhoid, smallpox, measles, influenza,
pneumonia, bronchitus). This was also a time when society lived in a very dirty state with no control of the disposal of sewage, no proper
disinfection of drinking water, no pasturization of milk, no control of food handling.
In these conditions, public health was created to protect public health. Please note that there is a strong distinction between public health and
personal health here. Public health was created to prevent the spread of infectious diseases - not to enforce regulations concerning personal
behavior to promote personal health.
I was looking at the story of Thyphoid Mary. Mary was a cook who also happened to be healthy carrier of the Thyphoid Bacillus. Please note that
there thousands and thousands of healthy carriers who may also have worked in the food handling and cooking professions during the same time
Please see the first two minutes of this video
Note the announcement that public health triumphs any civil rights.
At the request of the public health - Mary was incarcerated for 28 years, until the end of her life. Even though there were thousands of other
healthy carriers in the population. Mary is said to have caused 25 cases of thyphoid of which only 3 died. There is no proof that there were no other
healthy carriers around or that the Thyphoid was from another source altogether.
Now that we have essentially conquored infectious diseases, the role of public health units have greatly diminished. but with the advent of the
anti-smoking campaign, public health once again reins supreme, wielding their power to override the civil and property rights of the private
Once public health decides that it is in the best interests of the government to have a "healthy" populations, there is no end of interferences with
civil and private property rights that public health may pursue.
Our diets, our personal habits, our hobbies and activities - its all up in for grabs now. And with each grab, public health grows more and more
Will there come a day when public health decides that one religion is more "healthy" than another, that potential marriage partners and parents must
be "screened" by public health.
We are not as far from that day as people think.
Tired of Control Freaks