Thursday, 17 March 2011

The Clown US Surgeon General And Her Tinfoil Hat

Do you remember Regina Benjamin? You know, the US Surgeon General who, in December, declared from a position of certainty that just one wisp of smoke from someone else's cigarette could kill you? Well, it would seem that her love of quite ludicrous health scares has landed her in another spot of bother.

While the media froth at the mouth in hopeful anticipation of a nuclear disaster, many have been pointing out that there has been something of an over-reaction going on.

So the jury is definitely out as to whether Japanese people local to the Fukushima plant might suffer some radiation problem but, some 12,000km away in San Francisco, poor Regina - aww, bless - has come under fire for describing panic buying of radiation pills by west coast Americans as not extreme and downright stupid, but "a precaution, yeah".

Hmm, well kinda. Except that there is nothing much to be precautionary about.

The interim director of the California Department of Public Health, Dr. Howard Backer, and the acting secretary of the California Emergency Management Agency, Mike Dayton, issued a joint statement about the pills:
We urge Californians to not take potassium iodide as a precautionary measure. It is not necessary given the current circumstances in Japan, it can present a danger to people with allergies to iodine, shellfish or who have thyroid problems, and taken inappropriately it can have serious side effects including abnormal heart rhythms, nausea, vomiting, electrolyte abnormalities and bleeding.
So it would appear that Regina's tinfoil hattery has had the opposite effect ... she may be risking the public's health by being such a panic-stricken loon.

"The amount of radiation, if any, that ever reaches the U.S. is going to be so small that it's probably going to be less than the radiation one could get in flying from Los Angeles to New York," says Dr. Glenn Braunstein, chairman of the Department of Medicine at L.A.'s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Perhaps prompted by the guffaws at Regina's woeful incompetence, her office has issued a 'clarification' of her comments.

"She commented that it is always important to be prepared however she wouldn’t recommend that anyone go out and purchase KI for themselves at this time. She further commented that it’s important for residents who have concerns to listen to state and local health authorities"
Which bears no resemblance to what she said as she was bumbling her inept way through the televised interview.

Seeing as it's Comic Relief tomorrow, perhaps Lenny Henry could pop a big squidgy red nose in the post to Regina so she can be more easily recognisable as she goes about her daily duties.


Smoking Hot said...

What has 'it' to say on obesity?

Dick Puddlecote said...

I think she will only answer that question on payment of a pie, SH. ;)

Ian R Thorpe said...

Oh gawd, is that a picture of Regina? She looks like the secret love child of Jade Goody and Ereic Pickles

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

US Surgeon General, obese.

US First Lady, obese.

But they both know how to banter on about everyone's food choices and both have had plenty of hateful things to say against "the smokers".

These US officials don't even know what they're saying anymore. They're like wind-up dolls where you pull the string and pre-programmed nonsense pours out of their mouth. They serve not the citizens' freedoms but the big pharma overlords who rule the US and its anti-smoking main number one US industry these days.

Imagine a world where the underlying main number one theme is anti-smoking, and that's what drives the economy and political scene. Then one sees how we're in the state we are in.

I'm surprised SF's Stanton Glantz hasn't been on the horn already declaring the coming minute if any trace of radioactivity is nothing compared to the dearth of SHS coming from one smoker who is smoking 25 feet beyond the city limits of SF and it's precious smoke-"free" air and clueless brainless population.

Mitch Katz, SF Health Director, along with Nancy Pelosi, wicked witch of the west, once stood in front of the cameras and declared asbestos in the air from improper shipyard clean-up was nothing to worry about, while extending the outdoor smoking bans by influencing City Hall dictates, hypocrites that those two are, like the rest running this country.

Take Regina and stick another pie on her finga', pompous arrogant cruel hateful hypocritical smoke hater that she is.

smokervoter said...

Frankly it surprises me that the California Department of Public Health's Dr. Howard Backer is capable of any reaction other than that the sky is falling. They are the official Tobacco Gestapo of California.

Question: why all the endless reference to just the west coast, the west coast, the west coast. If the radiation allegedly can drift all the way across the Pacific Ocean, is it going to abruptly stop there?

Knowing what I know about this Department, it didn't take more than two milliseconds to find that Dr. Backer is a Chicken Little par excellence when it comes to smoking.

Significantly higher smoking rates for the active military stationed in California, Korean men and those identified as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender compared to the general California adult population

Can't make this stuff up.

Angry Exile said...

Has she eaten a $200 hamburger?

WV: igoebai - lolcat farewell?

Anonymous said...

California thinks their anti-smoking culture is the future of the world. I hope and I pray that outside of California, everywhere else, there's open rebellion one day, on the streets, in the bars and in the workplaces to bring back smoking rooms and give the two finger salute to California, Stanton Glantz, California government and it's ridiculous hateful obsession with anti-smoking. No, you can't make it up, it's too moronic to be believable anymore, but in California what's not sane has somehow become normalized and the whole economy now depends on anti-smoking in order to survive. And one can see what a mess they've made.

JuliaM said...

" can present a danger to people with allergies to iodine, shellfish or who have thyroid problems..."

Across the US, a thousand personal injury lawyers awoke and cried 'Jackpot!!!'

JuliaM said...

"She looks like the secret love child of Jade Goody and Ereic Pickles"


Anonymous said...

The porkers telling porkies !

Anonymous said...

Why the fecking uniform? Is she part of the military?

SadButMadLad said...

The direct distance as the crow flies is just over 8,000km. The 12,000km is if you follow Google's directions.

Anonymous said...

Is Surgeon General an elected position? This woman appears to have absolutely no scientific education. Quite frightening. We thoght Donaldson was bad.

Anonymous said...

anon 21.39, benjamin is obese but Clinton is one of the few people for which the description "big-boned" is accurate. Check out those ankles.

Anonymous said...

Beware ofthe blob !
Great film .

Beware of the blob, it creeps
And leaps and glides and slides
Across the floor
Right through the door
And all around the wall
A splotch, a blotch
Be careful of the blob