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Mande: What’s Behind FITS’ Ebola Obsession?




mande wilkesBy MANDE WILKES   ||  Just a day after I published my “annual eye-roll” over breast-cancer “awareness” idiocy, I see that this very web site has taken to the same kind of spurious and lazy handwringing – in this instance about Ebola.

I can only imagine it’s because the topic has been inexplicably politicized.

You know … “Ebola is coming for us all … thanks, Obama!”  That’s what we’re hearing from the right, at least.  From the left, it’s the flip-side of that same partisan coin: Declarative headlines indicating the issue is a sort of political hoax.

The whole thing is at this point is little more than an extension of all those campaign commercials, albeit thematically it’s more “Gray’s Anatomy” than “Scandal.”

Alarmism and concern-trolling top my personal list of grievances, to be sure – especially when there’s absolutely zero reason to believe that Ebola will affect the nation, much less the neighborhood.

Seriously, a quick consultation with Google elicits a torrent of epidemiological reasons why we’re neither on the brink of an epidemic nor totally out of the clear.  Basically?  Scientists and biologists don’t know, yet, just how seriously – if at all – Ebola incidences will escalate in America.

Which is to say that both the worrywarts and the worry-nots are plainly wrong, and also way above their pay grades.

In the meantime, for those of you interested in blaming Obama for our national health woes, may I suggest starting with the federal government’s complicity with the food industry … which yields (and subsidizes!) – demonstrably toxic products like sodium benzoate, high fructose corn syrup, phthalates, and GMOs.

Mande Wilkes is a wife, mother, businesswoman, author, etc. residing on the South Carolina coast with her family.