Do any of you have Netflix? I only ask because they carry 9 seasons of arguably the best PBS program ever created: Call the Midwives. If you are not familiar with this program, it is one that begins in the mid-1950s into the 1960s and chronicles the changes that took place in a relatively depressed area of East London, healing from the blitz, through the experiences of nurse midwives. It is a program of great intelligence, compassion and most importantly, completely without judgement—just a snapshot—a multicultural one at that, of what had occurred during that time.
As I again begin watching season 4, an important historical event is portrayed. For those of you who are too young to know, there was a major scandal—a horrific example of a medical disaster. The sedative drug distaval was offered to pregnant women to counter a form of morning sickness characterized by unremitting vomiting. The wonder drug, also known as thalidomide, was an obvious example of extreme medical incompetence in drug safety. Obvious because of the resultant birth defects of limbless babies or babies with hands attached at the shoulders or feet at the hips.
The question is: are we experiencing a similar, albeit less obvious example of incredible medical incompetence? One that so many are loathed to admit? In fact, this article from the Children’s Health Defense,
describes a 15,600% increase in the incidence of heart disease in young people under the age of 30.