Published On: Fri, Nov 25th, 2011

Rise in medical waste – an increasing global crisis

rise in medical waste

Nathan Batalion, Global Health Activist, Healingtalks Editor

(Healthing Talks) As discussed in other blog posts, our “healthcare” system is more a disease-care or management system for profit, using not natural approaches but chemical one with “side-effects” that are toxic.

What chemical medical waste represents

When instead of testing a drug in isolation, as FDA mandated, and only on precision-isolated symptoms without considering multiple-drug interactions – suppose we do something entirely opposite, more holistic. What if we take a large and random mix of chemicals and, without any precision or artificial isolation, throw them into a compost heap to test the overall logic of the whole underlying order of chemistry (and whether to develop a system of medicine that puts chemical drugs into our body to begin with). What we then find is that these chemicals will destroys ALL of life in the heap. A heap is where all plants decay to form to the building materials for all other plants in a near universal circle of unity. This is symbolic of the  true order of oneness of nature. But throw in the large random mix of synthetic or unnatural chemicals, and this forms a  dangerous supertoxic waste site.

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Deep issues involved

Also discussed in other blog posts is that at the core of life is consciousness, and that this consciousness forms a primordial universal relationship of connection in nature – the principle of connection itself. What is the underlying order of chemistry? It is the 17th century ideology that all of nature should be math-organized from which came the whole science of chemistry. Mathematics abstracts how to separate all elements of consciousness, which is why it becomes illogical for that system of understanding to succeed in practice – especially in the healing and environmental arts. Why?

This is because “to heal” is to connect and reconnect ourselves to wholeness.

Thus Big Pharma tries to convince us to imbibe modern synthetic chemicals, representing an order that has proven to fail. How are we convinced?  By our education system, media ads and with the help of allopathic doctors trained to be drug-prescribing physicians. Naturopaths, by contrast, advocate the opposite or living an organic lifestyle that avoids this unnatural approach. But allopathic doctors are the dominant healthcare practitioners of our time. They have a casual attitude toward chemicals in the processed foods we eat and surrounding environment. Thus cancer is not treated via detoxification but ingesting yet more chemicals. We are told we should take these deep into our bodies, orally or intravenously  and as deep as possible within – as the prescriptive of “good science.” But actually, if we follow the compost heap test’s implications, chemical drugs and the restructuring of our interiors chemically, represents an affront. This why modern medicine has not stop the rising epidemics of chronic illnesses worldwide – cancer, diabetes, arthritis, asthma, and the life. This is why patients in nursing homes given multiple drugs walk the halls like unconscious zombies.

This same harm created to our interiors will extend logically to our exteriors – to all of our  surrounding environment globally.

Amount and nature of hazardous medical waste

In the US alone there are millions of tons of medical waste produced each year. It is jeopardizing the health of staff, patients, plus disposal workers and almost anyone coming into contact with hazardous materials discarded by health-care sites, a United Nations human rights expert said today.

Calin Georgescu, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and toxic waste, issued a report in which he warned that the world is not paying sufficient attention to medical waste problems.

“Some 20 to 25 per cent of the total waste generated by health-care establishments is regarded as hazardous and may create a variety of health and environmental risks if not managed and disposed of in an appropriate manner,” he said.

Medical waste can include a wide range of hazardous materials, such as infectious waste, anatomical and pathological waste, obsolete or expired chemical products and drugs, radioactive materials and lastly “sharps” – medical instruments or devices that are discarded.

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Rising medical waste problem

The problem is rising quickly in developing countries, where medical waste being  is accumulating rapidly as health-care services are expanded, and the oversight to ensure the waste is well-managed may not exist.

“In health-care establishments where hazardous medical waste is incinerated, open burning and widespread deficiencies in the operation and management of small-scale medical waste incinerators result in incomplete waste destruction, inappropriate ash disposal and dioxins emissions, which can be even 40,000 times higher than emission limits set forth in international conventions,” Mr. Georgescu said.

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Contaminated sharps attract attention

The Special Rapporteur stated that contaminated sharps attract the most attention. Needle-stick injuries exposed people to blood-borne pathogens such as the hepatitis B and C viruses and the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

“However, each type of hazardous medical waste presents hazards that jeopardize the enjoyment of human rights.”

Solutions to medical waste problems

Mr. Georgescu made recommendations to reduce the threat posed by medical waste, including the following:

  • An international regulatory structure to oversee those who manage and dispose of such waste
  • Replacing incineration as a primary disposal method with more environmentally-friendly approaches

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Resources

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