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Great post. Very accurate and true. I share your mindset, enjoyed your article and exercised my creative license in 'borrowing' from your article in developing my own version.

Hope you don't mind.


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The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's (DOHMH), Thomas R. Frieden, is IMHO, a power-hungry zealot who thinks nothing of violating personal liberties to make a name for himself and get his own picture in the paper or on television, but we should question the sincerity of his motives. In 2005, when I testified at the DOHMH's public hearing on the mandatory hemoglobin A1c registry (I was one of only 2 people with diabetes who even made it to a hearing which was disproportionately stacked with people representing the companies that serve as vendors in the name of public health) and I dared ask what the DOHMH was doing about the cause of the problem. At the time, they politely responded that the hearing was a place for me to give my comments on the proposal itself, not a place to ask questions. The roots of the problem must be addressed before public health officials can hope to do anything about the problem. At least they are now looking into the cause, but in the interim, they are seizing personal health records without disclosure, and they offer no means to "opt out" of being included in the registry (patients can only opt out of receiving public health "interventions" not opt out of being included in the registry itself). In the meantime, some areas of the city continue to have a choice of McDonalds and Burger King, but have little access to fresh produce. The public health response to the problem seems a bit like putting the cart before the horse, but at least they are finally starting to do something about the cause, something they should have been investigating 2+ years ago.

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