I Am Pregnant; Is It Safe To Get The Covid-19 Vaccine?

As America continues to roll out vaccines across the country many questions are coming up. With the limited experience with our current vaccines some of these questions do not have easy answers. One such question is; “Is Covid-19 vaccine safe for pregnant women?” Answers to questions like this are usually answered by having trials that focus on answering them. In the area of pregnancy though, this has never been a simple matter. Concerns for adverse fetal outcomes unfortunately makes it diffRead More…

Holding on to The Dream of Martin Luther King Jr.

On April 4th, 1968, 52 years ago Martin Luther King Jr., was shot on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis TN. The official record has James Earl Ray as the shooter. Ray was a segregationist supporter of George Wallace, an Alabama governor, who was an ardent white supremacist. Asa Carter a Ku Klux Khan leader wrote Wallace’s inaugural speech. The speech read; “In the name of the greatest people that have ever trod this earth, I draw the line in the dust and toss the gauntlet before the Read More…

What Are Our Covid-19 Vaccine Pioneers Saying?

As at January 10th, 2021 the death toll from Covid-19 was about 1.9 million globally and 372,522 in the United States. This is almost as many Americans as died in World War II. In the past week we have hit record numbers of Covid-19 deaths. Total deaths on January 7th was 4.033, more deaths than in any other day since the pandemic hit. Hospitalizations are at an all time high. This is no surprise to anyone who has been keeping track of this pandemic. Even with good vaccine implementation this cRead More…

Long Term Safety of The SARS-CoV-2 mRNA Vaccines; How Worried Should You be?

US Response To Vaccine Implementation As public health authorities in the US roll out the Covid-19 vaccination program many issues beyond immunization logistics are beginning to surface. A recent survey of certified nursing assistants (CNAs) by the National Association of Health Care Assistants had concerning results. In this survey 72% of CNAs surveyed did not want to take the vaccine. One CNA interviewed said she did not want to be a guinea pig! Since the vaccines were approved, I haveRead More…

The Elusive RN From Nashville With Bell’s Palsy From Covid-19 Vaccine

There is an anti-COVID vaccine video making the rounds on SM. It stars a black lady called Khalilah Mitchell who claims she works as a registered nurse in Nashvillee, TN. According to her heart wrenching account, she got a shot of a COVID vaccine and developed Bell’s Palsy or one-sided facial paralysis 3 days later. She goes on to blame the vaccine for the paralysis and exhorts all not to take it. Though the video has been banned by the big boys, it is still making the rounds on Whatsapp. Read More…

SARS-CoV-2 Variants: What Are The Implications for Pandemic Control

Covid-19 What’s going on in the World: 81,126,416 cases worldwide since the start of the epidemic, with 1,771,407 deaths. It is likely we will, despite starting vaccinations, see another increase after Christmas get-togethers, and likely a spike after New Years as well. US: 19,126,416 cases. 341,138 deaths. The new SARS-CoV-2 variant which was initially identified in England, and is now called the 2020 Kent variant. Now detected in Canada, Belgium, Netherlands, South Africa, Sweden,Read More…

Were The Covid-19 mRNA Vaccines Developed Too Quickly, & Can They Change our Genetic Code?

Brief History of mRNA Vaccines The first published human trial of an mRNA vaccines was of a rabies vaccine. CureVac a Dutch Company specializing in mRNA vaccines and scientists at the University of Tübingen developed this vaccine. The human trials followed many pre-clinical studies in lab animals. The scientists were trying to develop a vaccine platform which will enable cheap and rapid vaccine development. The mRNA vaccine field was developed to address novel viral pandemic like what we aRead More…

Attitudes Towards The Covid-19 Vaccine, Is This The End or A New Beginning?

About a year ago our world was upended when it became clear the respiratory virus spreading through China was not going to be contained locally. China dragged its feet trying to figure out how to handle the messaging around the growing epidemic. By the time China reported this to the WHO the virus had already left its shores. By February there were cases in many countries in Europe and the US. The first reported US case was a 35 year old Washington State resident who presented at an urgent Read More…

Facts About Immunization You Did Not Learn From Medical School Immunology

The Boston Smallpox Epidemic For many centuries’ smallpox was the scourge of humanity. It decimated human populations and in the New World wreaked havoc among Native Americans with the influx of European settlers. Without prior exposure to the virus Native Americans were especially vulnerable to this virus. In 1721 smallpox was sweeping through the city of Boston. Those with any memory of previous epidemics, would tell you this was the worst epidemic in their lifetime. A man named OnesRead More…

How is America Going to Respond To A SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine?

After almost 10 months of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic there appears to be some light at the end of the tunnel. There are several SARS-CoV-2 vaccines on the horizon, with two approaching FDA approval. As at today December 6th 2020 there are 66,685,047 cases confirmed globally and 1.5 million deaths. In the US total cases count stands at 14,590,894 with 281,212 deaths. To put this in better perspective the current US death toll is at par with the whole city of Newark, NJ (population estimate 284,242Read More…

He Got 70 Million Votes

So what drove the ascent of Donald J. Trump? I have teased out six main reasons why some 63 million Americans voted for him in 2016. Approximately 70 million did this time around. Despite every failing, he got 70 million votes! Diana C. Mutz, in her 2018 paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, pointed out the most crucial reason – cultural anxiety. Daniel Cox and his group came to the same conclusion in their Public Religion Research Institute survey of more than 3,000 Read More…

Individual Freedom & Negrophobia In The Land of The Free and Home of the Brave

My five year old son has a mortal fear of spiders and has elected me as the spider assassin-in-chief. I have however failed terribly in this assigned duty. Our conversation on this problem usually goes like this. “Daddy, there is a spider in my room!” I will go into his room. There is usually a small spider in some corner that he wants me to kill. “Well, what do you want me to do?” “I want you to kill it!” He usually has this incredulous look on his face as if wondering why that question was Read More…

Maceo Snipes he voted for freedom and posterity

A Vote For Maceo Snipes, A Vote For Posterity!

Have you ever wondered why there are so many Civil Rights Acts in the United States? There is the Civil Rights Act of 1866 (CRA) then there is CRA 1870 and 1871! Subsequent acts were passed in 1875, 1957, 1960 and in the 1960s came the big ones CRA 1964 and 1968! In 1965 they had to pass the Voting Rights Act which was not made permanent but had to be renewed ever so often! Our vote cannot be taken for granted, vote for freedom and posterity It’s like members of the privileged Caste see frRead More…

“I am the Only one Who Can Fix it”: Did he Really Fix it?

As we get closer to November 3rd I keep looking at the steady approval of Trump’s handling of the economy. Over the course of his first year Trumps approval for his handling of the US economy has never gone below 40%. His overall approval when compared to his most recent predecessor does suggest that his approval ratings trailed Obama’s. He is however not very far below in approvals when we compare them towards the end of their first terms. Approval ratings though do not always tell the cRead More…

Make Coroners Great Again! A Campaign Speech

Despite its faults, the United States remains by far the greatest and most powerful democracy the world has ever known! That I a mere Shithole has the opportunity to stand for county coroner on the Republican ticket is a testament to America’s greatness! I stand on the Republican ticket because I am a true “American patriot.” My opponent on the other hand is a democrat, a communist who will play into the hands of communist China and make the very paper that we print our death certificaRead More…

Did Columbus Really Discover the New World?

Columbus was definitely a man of vision and courage. He sought to prove Galileo’s theory of a round earth by sailing west to get to the Far East. This venture led to his most memorable life achievement. Today I ask the question “did Columbus really discover the New World?” This is a question that has become relevant today as many raise questions around the legacy of Christopher Columbus. Very little is known about Columbus’ background, he is believed to have been born in Genoa, Italy in 1451Read More…

Saving America From The Liberal Agenda one Justice at a Time

Since the Obama presidency US conservatives have become more concerned about the country’s demographic trends. Many of these individuals have a nolstagic attachment to a way of life which albeit a fantasy appears to be quickly slipping away. To gain more control conservatives are working to drive our courts towards a more right wing conservative bent. The purpose of these efforts are mostly to push back cultural ideals that they believe are trending more liberal. Some of these changes includRead More…

Learning To Enjoy The Waves and Ripples of Our Time

Many of us consider the United States as a fairly advanced country with a stable legislative system. The truth however falls very far from that accepted belief. A legislature with a 244 year history is still very young in the grand scheme of things and still developing. The nation would thus benefit and increase in stability and strength with the recognition of this fact by our senators, congressmen and women. It is the duty of the legislative branch of government to use opportunities and eventRead More…

Synopsis of the Stanford SARS-CoV-2 Seroprevalence in Dialysis Patients Study

Dialysis patients are a group with several risk factors ( advanced age, non-white race, poverty, and diabetes) for contracting SARS-CoV-2 and developing sever COVID-19. Therefore, they form a good group for studying the spread of the disease in the country and thus of seroprevalence. Seroprevalence is the percentage of people who have been infected with a pathogen and have developed antibodies to that pathogen. A group at Stanford did just that and published their results in the Lancet recenRead More…

Annual West Coast Fires; Will It Ever End?

Last November the state of California and a coalition of 22 other states and cities including Washington DC challenged the Trump administration’s move to take away their ability to set stricter emissions standards. Antecedent to that; the state challenged the administration’s threats to revoke California’s waiver. This waiver had allowed the state to set tougher vehicle emissions standards. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) granted CA this waiver in July 2009. Since California got tRead More…

Rest In Peace; Notorious RBG

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg!What a life! What a woman! What a lawyer and judge! What a legacy! In 1996, she wrote the majority opinion in “United States v. Virginia”. The all-male admissions policy at the Virginia Military Institute was being challenged. This sentence in the opinion encapsulates most of her beliefs and work: “As earlier stated, see supra, at 24, generalizations about “the way women are,” estimates of what is appropriate for most women, no longer justify denying oppoRead More…

What if I were the President?

My father died in 2014. Without a will! That was a remarkable thing for a well-educated man who always threatened us in childhood that for playing the fool, he was going to take us out of his will! To this day I continue to blame myself because as a medical doctor I knew his diagnosis of pancreatic cancer was a death sentence! The culture in Ghana forbade such discussion with a sick patient, so as I watched him on his deathbed, I had an ongoing battle in me as to how to avoid the advice of the Read More…

Effective Covid-19 Vaccine: What is the Way Forward?

The Covid-19 pandemic has taken the US through a wringer. Many believe without a vaccine the US would not achieve pandemic control. This is surprising for a nation with world renowned public health institutions such as the CDC and USAID. In many nations though, simple public health policies have been used with varying degrees of success. The poor pandemic control has been attributed to many problems in the US. One that comes quickly to mind is the American love for individual freedom above Read More…

The S Word; Suicide Say it

The “S” Word: Say it❗ Say it aloud to yourself, “SUICIDE”! Don’t whisper it. If you are embarrassed to say it, you won’t be able to speak about it. If you are embarrassed to say it, you won’t be able to discuss it with your family, your children, or peers. Do you still believe “attempters” “committed” a crime? Do you believe they are “weak”? The highest risk for suicide is a previous attempt The No.1 cause of Suicide attempt is a (Clinical) Depressive Episode Would Read More…

Exercising Freedom in the Land of the Free

All human societies develop and advance through different experiences and upheavals. Over four centuries American society has evolved from chattel slavery to systemic racism. The underlying reason for this system has always been about economics and power. Over the centuries many have accepted this system as sacrosanct. There are those who have actually built a religion around this system and would die protecting it. At this time all Americans black or otherwise who want to address issues of rRead More…