Thursday, March 10, 2005

Malarial Nightmare - For PC Sake

[Ed. Note: Look at that - two straight titles using the word "Nightmare". Not a usual thing]

When's the last time you heard of someone in the States dying of Malaria? Probably never, right? We used DDT to control mosquitos and therefore have made malaria a rare occurrence. Why then is it killing a couple of million people a year in Africa? DDT has been demonized and outlawed in many countries that need it desperately. It works and yes, it is very safe. Here's a little perspective on the new numbers of deaths that came out today:
Previous figures put annual deaths from malaria at between a million and 2.7 million. But the new study says malaria's higher prevalence could put the toll far higher than the 3 million killed every year by AIDS.

The new study found 2.2 billion people or more than a third of the world's population are at risk of contracting malaria. The results are published in Thursday's edition of journal Nature.

More than 3 million deaths a year. Think about it many died in the recent Tsunami that brought the entire world to dig deep in their pockets? The Tsunami can't even compete with malaria.

If you want to learn the entire history of DDT and how the enviro-PC crowd has demonized and, ultimately, has restricted it to a large portion of the world, go to Junk Science. The link is referenced and extremely informative. Read it to learn all you need to know about the discovery and demonization of DDT. Here's one shocking quote:
Population control advocates blamed DDT for increasing third world population. In the 1960s, World Health Organization authorities believed there was no alternative to the overpopulation problem but to assure than up to 40 percent of the children in poor nations would die of malaria. As an official of the Agency for International Development stated, "Rather dead than alive and riotously reproducing."

[Desowitz, RS. 1992. Malaria Capers, W.W. Norton & Company]
That's right boys and girls - Population control. Disgusting.

Don't miss this Malaria Clock.

And here's a link that details how Nixon is guilty in this tragedy.