Could you imagine dying from something as base as a tooth infection? Could you imagine living in 1927?
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This Is All Kinds Of Wrong of the Day: Kyle Willis, a 24-year-old unemployed father of one from Cincinnati, passed away last week from an easily treatable tooth infection because he didn’t have health insurance and couldn’t afford a simple tooth extraction.
Willis began experiencing a wisdom tooth ache two weeks ago, and was told by dentists he would need to have it pulled. He didn’t have insurance to cover the procedure and couldn’t pay for it out of pocket, so he decided to skip treatment altogether.
After his face began to swell, Willis went to the emergency room, where he was prescribed antibiotics, which, again, he couldn’t afford. He decided to stick with pain medicine. The infection eventually spread to his brain causing it to swell.
He died last Tuesday.
American Academy of Family Physicians president-elect Dr. Glenn Stream says that, even if Willis had access to a free dental clinic, “the wait is often months…and this young man died within two weeks of his problem.”
“[Willis] might as well have been living in 1927,” Dr. Jim Jirjis, director of general internal medicine at Vanderbilt University, told ABC News. “All of the advances we’ve made in medicine today and are proud of, for people who don’t have coverage, you might as well never have developed those.”
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I just finished watching the first half of this documentary about the effects of radiation on the residents who live close to nuclear testing sites in Kazakhstan. I didn’t intend on watching so much, but it sucked me in. It’s great storytelling, but it will break your heart and piss you off.
I recommend it.
About the video:
The story of the people of Semipalatinsk in Kazakhstan where nuclear weapons tests during the Soviet era are thought to have caused genetic defects in a new generation. Local medical records now indicate one in 20 of the area’s children is born with genetic defects, and the program highlights the work of a maternity doctor piloting a genetic passport scheme aiming to reduce the chances of women with damaged genes getting pregnant.
Via I have seen the whole of the Internet
I keep an eye on the atheist forum at Reddit. It’s a challenge for me, because there are a lot of ideas I swing my cane at and say in a cracky, curmudgeon voice, “Atheist kids are so stupid.”
I imagine there are several people who stop by this blog, and they think, “That atheist guy is sooo ______________.”
I don’t feel like being self deprecating, but I would insert several profane words. We shot a wedding last night, and I’m almost too exhausted to blink.
So I decided that I will start a series called, “What the kids are posting.” It’ll be collections of images, graphics and illustrations that aren’t necessarily things I agree with, but they seem to spark some sort of, “Hmm” in me.
Instead of posting one at a time, I like the idea of having multiple images in one post.
Here’s the first one. Click the images to embiggen.
Image of Pope in Pope mobile says, “FAith, not quite as effective as two inches of bullet-proof glass.
Brainwash summer camp ’05. Six lies that most teenagers believe. The bible is not valuable. I am basically a good person. Something has to be cool for me to be a part of it. A little sin never hurt anyone. I am entitled to a happy life. The world is too big for me to make a difference. Romans 12:2.
A Brief History of religion. One caveman kills the other for blasphemy
What would republican Jesus Do?