October 25, 2014

Truth without humility is blind.

Ilias the Presbyter

The Philokalia


October 25, 2014

Hospital staff expected to tend to Ebola patient Dr Craig Spencer in a New York hospital without proper training or protective gear have walked off. Large numbers of them have reported sick, according to  Fox news, in a welcome step that will do much to limit Ebola infections.

My sympathy is with them. Did these people struggle to get their medical qualifications, spend years showing up for work day in, day out, treat sick patients in difficult conditions, just to have their health and lives, the lives of their families, colleagues, patients and community, put at risk because of the criminally irresponsible behaviour of the CDC and Obama administration which has failed to give them proper training or equipment for treating such a lethal disease?

Should they risk infection, sickness and even death because of the reckless selfishness of some MSF doctor who should have done his quarantine in Liberia where the Ugandan and local doctors are excellent? Should not only they, but their children, spouses and parents risk getting Ebola because Dr Craig Spencer, who was ready to expose virtually half of New York to Ebola during his so called self monitoring, did not do the right thing and quarantine in west Africa?

Spencer even has the gall to lecture the medical staff in New York on proper treatment after showing a total disregard for just that, media report, and he has also been calling the nurses station all day long, increasing their risk.  Contrast this selfish behaviour with Spanish nurse Teresa Romero who, even when she was critically ill, did as much as she could for herself, such as picking up her pillow and putting in tubes – and expressly to stop her colleagues from having to do it because she knew they were at risk of getting Ebola every time they went into her room.

Why has Spencer not been sent to a special biosecurity level 4 facility where medical staff are trained for Ebola? There are plenty of empty spaces in these ultra expensive facilities.  If more beds are needed, add them. And send the bill to MSF and Spencer. MSF staff will soon see the advantages of quarantining in west Africa if they have to foot the multi million dollar costs of necessary quarantines and not US tax payers.

From Fox News:

“New York City’s first Ebola patient is prompting frightened staffers tasked with his treatment at the city-run hospital in Manhattan to call in sick, according to a published report.

The New York Post reported Saturday that an “extraordinary number” of Bellevue Hospital staffers took a sick day Friday rather than treat Dr. Craig Spencer. And those who reported for work were petrified at having to enter his isolation ward, the paper added, citing sources.

“The nurses on the floor are miserable with a ‘why me?’ attitude, scared to death and overworked because all their co-workers called out sick,” one source told the Post. “One nurse even went as far as to pretend she was having a stroke to get out of working there, but once they cleared her in the ER they sent her back,” the source also told the paper.”

Top Australian doctor slams plan for 16 health workers to do “dangerous work” with Ebola patients when may not be trained or equipped

October 25, 2014

From The Guardian:

“Australia’s response to Ebola has been a shambles, says the head of the country’s medical association who’s calling on the government to develop and announce a plan to help deal with the crisis.

Apparently 16 health care workers have been trained to go to west Africa and do “dangerous work” with Ebola patients, Australian Medical Association president Brian Owler said.

But neither the AMA nor the chief medical officer know who the people are, what sort of training they’ve had and whether they’re properly prepared.

It’s not the Ausmat [Australian Medical Assistance] teams that you would expect would be trained to do this work,” Owler told reporters in Sydney.

“Who are these people? If anything is going to be irresponsible it would be a last minute announcement about people who are ill-equipped or ill-trained to go and do this dangerous work”.

He’s called on the government to announce what it is going to do to help tackle the “humanitarian crisis” overseas and what the plans are if a potentially infected person arrives in Australian.

And Owler has “big questions” about mandatory quarantines at airports for people returning from affected areas, like those to be set up in the US.

He said the nurse in Cairns, who had quarantined herself after showing signs of fever, had followed the right procedures by avoiding contact with others and alerting authorities.”

The struggle

October 25, 2014

“For, as I read in St Gregory Palamas, the vision of the uncreated Light is the Kingdom of Heaven. Where then does the struggle lie?”

A Night in the Desert of the Holy Mountain: Discussion with a Hermit on the Jesus Prayer

Metropolitan of Nafpaktos Hierotheos Vlachos


October 25, 2014






October 25, 2014

The governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have ordered  people who have been exposed to Ebola patients to go into mandatory quarantine upon entering the US, decoupling local precautions on Ebola from lax CDC and Federal guidelines.

The quarantine order comes after a doctor working for Doctors Without Border (MSF) in west Africa  tested positive for the Ebola virus in New York creating a scare. The quarantine order also comes just two weeks before a major pandemic emergency exercise centered around the New York area has been scheduled.

The activities of MSF doctor Craig Spencer before he reported Ebola symptoms and went to hospital have highlighted once more how lax protocols on self monitoring are putting the public in jeopardy.

Spencer’s refusal to  take actions to protect others from infection and adhere to common sense rules on self quarantining after a high exposure to Ebola raise questions about his professional standards and medical ethics. Consideration must surely now be given to striking medical personnel who willfully  act so as to increase the likelihood of spreading Ebola in their home countries off the register because for other medical personnel returning from west Africa to repeat his conduct is unacceptable.

In a welcome sign of cross party cooperation, Republican Governor Chris Christie and Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo took the step because they said the CDC and federal guidelines — which require only voluntary self monitoring — were too lax.

Cuomo said the quarantine rules would apply to those entering the US through John F Kennedy airport.

“Mr Christie, a Republican, said he and Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, had decided to take action because the federal guidelines were not strict enough. “We are no longer relying on C.D.C. standards,” he said, referring to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The C.D.C., in a terse statement, said that it would make its decisions based on the best available science but that the states were within their legal rights to institute the measures

Officials from New York and New Jersey said they were still working out many details, including where people would be quarantined, how the quarantine would be enforced and how they would handle travelers who do not live in either of those states.

The mandatory quarantine for nonsymptomatic travelers will last 21 days, the longest documented period it has taken for an infected person to show symptoms of the disease.”

The Obama administration and CDC have endangered the entire US population by their failure to adhere to biosecurity level 4 rules in handling Ebola cases.

They have also refused to institute a travel ban from Ebola nations.

Given the real threat that Ebola will be allowed to enter and spread throughout the USA, the decision by the governors of New York and New Jersey to introduce mandatory quarantine independently of the CDC and the Federal Government is to be cautiously welcomed.

Steps to stop the spread of Ebola before it triggers martial law, FEMA camps and vaccination are needed.

A mandatory “quarantine” was needed in Nigeria to stop Ebola spreading in its early stages. Nigeria is now Ebola free.

That said, we saw how Texas Governor Rick Perry formed an Ebola Task Force amid media hype, which, however, took no concrete steps to stop the spread of Ebola or correct flawed CDC protocols.

People who had a high exposure to Ebola were allowed by the CDC and Texas Ebola Task Force to travel on planes and cruise ships. Nurses and relatives apparently had to ask Dallas county for places to self quarantine and were offered, it seems, only lodgings in private apartment blocs if anything.

After the Ebola fiasco in Texas, there can be no doubt that Perry is a Bilderberger, a showman and a Globalist like both George Bush Senior and Junior.

We have to hope Governors Cuomo and Christie really do want to stop the spread of Ebola early on and really do not want to see the USA turned into one giant FEMA camp with smoking crematorium chimneys.

More than just hope, it is imperative for citizens to be vigilant, question their elected representatives and make them accountable. A quarantine represents a significant threat to our civil liberties and can only be applied in absolutely necessary cases under constant public scrutiny to avoid abuse.


ECDC Ebola protocols can likely detect Ebola patients, but fail to treat them effectively

October 25, 2014

The ECDC protocol for detecting Ebola patients asks most of the right questions to detect a potential Ebola patient, even if it doesn’t recommend all the right measures, such as mandatory quarantine.

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“Definition of contact persons
A contact person of an EVD case is a person not currently presenting symptoms, who has or may have been in contact with an EVD case, with bodily fluids of a case, or with a soiled environment. The associated risk of infection depends on the level of exposure, which will in turn determine the type of monitoring.”


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