Toxic Dust Spreads Disease in the American Southwest

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Every year, there are about 150,000 cases of Valley Fever, caused by the toxic soil-dwelling fungus Coccidioides immitis, which exists in the southwestern United States.  New Yorker staff writer Dana Goodyear talks about the fungus-caused illness and why there's been a remarkable increase in infections. Her article “Death Dust: The Valley-Fever Menace” appears in the January 20 issue of The New Yorker.


Dana Goodyear

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The captured regulator (The FDA) has killed the inexpensive and effective test for this fungus. It's similar to your later story:
Here is one solution to one captured regulator:
You should control what medicines you use, not the FDA. The FDA should make advisory recommendations only. It should NOT have the power to mandate which drugs you can buy, and which you cannot.

Jan. 22 2014 01:42 PM

To protect against brain swelling, this government-owned patent suggests Marijuana: United States Patent 6,630,507 Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants
Hampson , et al. October 7, 2003
claims benefit of No. 60/082,589 filed Apr. 21, 1998

Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, unrelated to NMDA receptor antagonism. This new found property makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and HIV dementia. Nonpsychoactive cannabinoids, such as cannabidoil, are particularly advantageous to use because they avoid toxicity that is encountered with psychoactive cannabinoids at high doses useful in the method of the present invention. A particular disclosed class of cannabinoids useful as neuroprotective antioxidants is formula (I) wherein the R group is independently selected from the group consisting of H, CH.sub.3, and COCH.sub.3. ##STR1##

Jan. 22 2014 01:02 PM

Is this fungus in other parts of the world, outside of the Southwest, Mexico and South America?

Jan. 22 2014 12:35 PM
Human from Manhattan

Would wearing a mask over the nose help to avoid these spores?

Jan. 22 2014 12:33 PM
Ed from Larchmont

"And the sun was botted out..."

Jan. 22 2014 12:10 PM

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