Hurricane Relief with Heart

Dr. Dave Campbell investigates how the Florida Panhandle is working to recover from Hurricane Michael

Click HERE to view the MSNBC Morning Joe show segment.

 

The devastation left in the wake of Hurricane Michael was almost unequivocal to any other storm in the area in past decades. Not since Hurricane Andrew have particular Florida communities experienced such ravishing. Especially hit hard were several communities in the state’s panhandle.

Dr. Dave Campbell and Louis Burgdorf traveled to the Florida Panhandle to explore the damage, but more importantly, to report on the recovery efforts. What they found was uplifting, unbelievable, and proved to be an amazing testament to the human spirit.

 

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Driving along Highway 98, Mexico Beach, Tyndall Airforce Base, Panama City, and the small city of Marianna—it all looked like a nuclear bomb had struck. Homes were destroyed beyond recognition and people had been trapped from the debris in the path of their rescue. Surprisingly, what the visitors found were people everywhere—all helping one another. There was a deep sense of gratitude on everyone’s part that they (and their loved ones) were still alive. Materials could be replaced, but not human lives.

Humanitarian efforts opened a clinic offering free medication and healthcare to those who lost absolutely everything, including their daily meds. Free hot meals were being prepared, cooked out of wheelbarrows; people were bringing food from their freezers in droves, to be cooked and shared with the community. There was no separation of religion, skin-color, age, or financial status. As a professor from Princeton University remarked, “(We witnessed) the power of community in a time of crisis. It’s just a kernel of what the country CAN be.” A volunteer from one of the local church-based groups noted, “We just want to be a blessing others.”

Indeed, they were. And continue to be…

Click HERE to view the MSNBC Morning Joe show segment.

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Dr. Dave Campbell Weighs-In On the Superbug

On Friday, May 27, Thrive Founder, Dr. Dave Campbell, was invited to MSNBC’s Morning Joe Show to speak on the topic of the new superbug that has been found in the United States. A strain of the superbug was detected in the urine of a 49-year-old woman from Pennsylvania in April. It was determined that she possessed a strain of E. coli which is resistant to the antibiotic colistin – often used to treat the condition.

In response to this report, show host Joe Scarborough asked Dr. Campbell for his perspective.

It’s not just us….this is a worldwide issue that the world has to approach as a big, large organization and community,” said Dr. Campbell.

There are new health issues all the time, right? So why does this particular health concern have medical professionals from across the globe taking notice? Simply put, there is no current antidote to the superbug. According to a Washington Post article, “colistin is the antibiotic of last resort for particularly dangerous types of superbugs, including a family of bacteria known as CRE, which health officials have dubbed ‘nightmare bacteria.’”

The report goes on to state that up to 50% of those infected with superbugs like this die. It should come as no surprise that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has classified CRE as one of the most urgent public health threats today.

Until now, no instances of CRE had been identified in the United States. Medical professionals worry that the effectiveness of antibiotics could become less powerful in days to come. The greatest concern is how any potential spread could impact the population at-large. Without a proven way to medically combat CRE, lesser illnesses could blossom into something more potent, and possibly life-threatening.

Since bacteria begin mutating over time in an effort to withstand antibiotics, our ability to keep up with new treatments is key. The medical community attempts to remain one step ahead, but as you can see, in unique situations like this, that is not always possible.

So, what can you do? Maintaining a common sense approach to your health and well-being is always the right place to start. Watch what you eat. Remain physically active. Wash your hands regularly. Limit travel to undeveloped parts of the world, and take every recommended precaution when you must visit these places.

Remember: a single case of a superbug is not cause for panic. There is no pending outbreak on the horizon. It is important to stay abreast of what’s going on, and how the area you live in may or may not be affected.

And finally, keep up with Thrive. We stay up-to-date with the topics impacting our world today so that we can keep you informed on a regular basis.