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- Print Length: 214 pages
- Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc. (January 31, 2011)
- Publication Date: January 31, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005FX0IAY
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Dancing Cats, Silent Canaries: A Traditional Medical Doctor takes a closer look at unsolved epidemics of Autism & SIDS and proposes a solution Kindle Edition
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Davis cut his teeth during the turbulent 60's, and served his country in the Navy as a physician. After serving in the Navy Dr. Davis M.D. realized the need for creating a specialty in emergency medicine which before this was somewhat disorganized with patients being driven in to hospitals and physicians. Ambulances were not frequentley used during this era, and many improvements could be made if emergency medicine became a specialty. Eventually the AMA allowed the specialty with great benefit to the patients who were now seeing better organized emergency centers with doctors highly trained in the specialty.
One Dramatic story in the book which influenced the doctors thinking was a child that came into him suffering with seizures. Davis orders a lead level on spinal fluid which ends up being off the chart for lead. In the beginning of the book Davis covers much of the history of toxins and illness including the toxic Paris Green Wallpaper which gave off a lethal gas when mildewed because when the arsenic in the wall paper mixed with the fungus from the mildex a toxic gas is created. Dr. Davis tells the various stories of scientist who carried out the experiments that show that when fungus from mildew mixes with arsenic, and antimony that it can cause toxic gases to form. These ideas are important for his later expounding on the idea that this deadly mixture can make PVC mattresses a possible death trap for small infants. The simple solution he proposes would be in addition to getting rid of PVC mattresses simply place a special sheet or blanket that is non toxic over the PVC mattress. Davis spends much of the book telling of the two scientist who strongly believed SIDS was caused by PVC matresses.
The book moves on to the dramatic story of Minamata Bay where a whole towns people were poisoned from mercury toxicity due to an industrial concern named Chisso Corporation. Chisso in Japanese means nitrogen which is fitting because the company originally manufactured fertilizer. Chisso then made a change that would be fatal to the cats, and people of Minimata Bay. They switched to manufacturing petro chemicals and PVC which created as a left over byproduct mercury which was later emmited into the bay. Dr. Davis describes the horrible aftermath to the health of the people of Minamata Bay, and how the cats strange behavior mesmerized onlookers who wondered what was causing it. The resulting cover up by Chisso is discussed, and how scientist finally proved beyond a doubt that these illnesses were caused by people eating the fish that were poisoned that came from the toxic bay.
The last section of the book discusses todays vaccine controversy, and what evidence exists that vaccines if not carefully made and used may cause problems. Dr. Davis in jest imagines a Michael Palmer thriller novel where Brian Deer on a foggy London Night goes to an ATM to make a withdrawl. In the shadows a man patientley awaits his prey. The next morning two bodies are found on the London Street. After this entertaining drama Davis gets back to business and discusses his solutions to the current Autism, and Sids crisis. He thoughtfully proposes that something like 1 million parents participate in a voluntary study in which parents would report any non events or events(reactions) to vaccines to an independent clearinghouse so that a non biased source could find out the true number of vaccine reactions that are going undetected. The doctor also thoughtfully reccomends that emergency doctors are on the first line of defense, and that they should do a better job finding out if infants or children who come to the emergency room are having reactions to vaccines they may have recentley received. Davis in a soul searching moment in the book realizes his own inadequacy as an emergency physician in documenting adverse reactions from vaccines, and admits this was never empahasized to emergency docs, and it simply did not cross his mind how important this was until later in his life.
The book is an enjoyable read and Davis does a good job paralleling the events of his life in the story with his realizations about toxins affecting children. The story is pretty much told chronologically which makes it like reading a biography in some ways with the intersting scientific insights thrown in as a great bonus.
Parents of Children with Autism, Physicians, families who have been victimized by SIDS, those in the media, students of history, and the general public should make it their responsibility to read this book to understand the current crisis in this country of SIDS and Autism. This is a book for our times just as Uncle Tom's Cabin, Roots televised, and Obama's election change how americans thought about race and discrimination in this country this book will change the discussion in how we treat our most precious, innocent and treasured beings our children.