Health
Thursday, March 06, 2014
 
Floridas new law inviting trouble

By Dr. Anthony Policastro

In 1974, Charles Bronson made a movie called Death Wish. The premise of the movie was simple. His wife was killed by robbers and his daughter was raped by them. He got a gun and he went out on the streets of New York City. He waited to be attacked by robbers and when he was, he shot and killed them. Recently, the State of Florida has had its own version of Death Wish. They passed a stand your ground law. The result has been individuals going out with their guns. They wait for someone to start a fight and then they kill that person. It might be a Zimmerman-Martin confrontation or it might be related to texting in a movie theater. It might also be related to loud music from an SUV. The story is pretty much the same. I have my gun. Please provoke me. Florida has passed more than one gun related law. I wrote an article a few years ago about the law against educating parents on gun safety. The gun owners got the legislators to pass a law that said that physicians could not educate parents about gun safety as part of well child visits. It was deemed discriminatory against gun owners. Physicians could be fined for disobeying the law. They could lose their medical license for disobeying the law and they could go to prison. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians and American Physicians Society filed a lawsuit about the law which went to Federal Appeals Court. The judge ruled that the law was unconstitutional and it deprived physicians of their right to free speech under the Bill of Rights. One would have thought that the legislators would go back to the gun owners and tell them that they had done their best. It could end there. However, the State decided to appeal the verdict to a higher court. As of November 2013, they had spent about $100,000 of taxpayer money on legal costs for the appeal. Their argument in the appeal was that they were not depriving physicians of free speech. Yes, they passed the law. However, it was meant to be a recommendation. It was not binding and it was a different law than other laws. Perhaps Florida legislators should pass some additional laws. They could pass a law that made state legislators doctors. Then they could go on and practice medicine full-time instead of part-time. They could also pass a law that arranged for an OK Corral to be built in each town so that gun owners could meet on Saturday nights and threaten each other.

Trinity Logistics fundraiser Trinity Logistics will host its first Big Pink Volleyball Tournament from 8:30 am.. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 15, at Sussex Tech High School in Georgetown. This event, which is expected to be held annually, is made possible by the Trinity Foundation and aims to raise funds for breast cancer charities. The 2014 proceeds will be donated to the Nanticoke Cancer Care Center in Seaford. Fifteen teams will compete to call themselves the champions of the Big Pink Volleyball tournament. Supporters and fans of all ages are encouraged to come and cheer on the teams as well as gain valuable knowledge about this prevalent disease. Nanticoke Cancer Center in addition to other organizations will be hosting education tables for all who are interested to learn more about breast cancer awareness, early detection, and what you can do to help. Sharp Energy of Georgetown will be in attendance as well with their pink propane truck which supports the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition. Sharp Energy has also donated a pink beachcomber bicycle to be raffled off during the event to one lucky winner. There will be concessions and activities for fans and spectators to participate in during the tournament. Trinity Logistics is selling breast cancer awareness sweatshirts from which proceeds will also benefit the Nanticoke Cancer Care Center. To purchase a sweatshirt or inquire about making donations, contact Ethan Malone at 800-846-3400, ext.3810.

Breast Health Forum returns The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC) announces the next ¡VIDA!" Multicultural Breast Health Forum will take place at the Multicultural Church and Community Center in Milford on Saturday, March 29 from noon to 4 p.m. The forum will feature free health screenings, information about breast health, and vendors from various nonprofit, health, business, and media organizations. A kids corner will be available for children of all ages. Pre-registration for the event is not required but you must call 1-888-672-9647 to register for a mammogram. For more information, contact Cheryl Doucette at 302-672-6435.

Tobacco Cessation Program offered Bayhealth offers a free seven-week program that offers support and guidance to help individuals ages 18 and up quit using tobacco products. The next class series will meet each Tuesday from April 8 to May 20 from 5 to 6:30 p.m., in the Rehab Conference Room at Bayhealth Milford Memorial. Call 1-877-453-7107 or 744-7135 to register. For questions and more information, contact Terry Towne, MSN, RN-BC, NE-BC, 302-744-6724.

2014 Walk MS dates The Delaware Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society has announced the 2014 Walk MS dates and invites all Delawareans to join the movement. Twilight at Heritage Shores will be held on Friday, May 30. Registration starts at 5 p.m. and the walk kicks-off at 6. Each year, thousands of participants come out to celebrate hope and the accomplishments made in the MS Movement, said Linda Risk, development director. Our dedicated walkers raised almost $300,000 last year. To register for any of the walks, visit www.delawarewalk.org or call 302-655-5610. For more information about MS in Delaware, visit www.MSdelaware.org.

Roos Food recall expands Roos Foods is expected to expand its voluntary recall of cheese products, issued Feb. 23, to include sour cream products under the name Crema Pura Mexicana Cultured Sour Cream, produced at its Kenton location. Customers and food outlets should destroy these products immediately.  The cheese products have been linked to an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes, in other states, including Virginia, Maryland and California, including one fatality. No illnesses or deaths have been reported in Delaware. While none of the Roos cheese being recalled was found on Delaware shelves, the sour cream expected to be recalled was shipped to in-state locations. The sour cream products have not been found to contain Listeria in laboratory tests, but recent test results demonstrating bacteria within the factory has led to an expected voluntary recall of the sour cream. Roos has ceased the production and distribution of the products as the FDA and the company continue their investigation as to what caused the contamination problem.  For more information, visit www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm387210.htm.

Walkable Bikeable Delaware Summit The American Heart Association, Bike Delaware, the Delaware Department of Transportation, Delaware Greenways and Sussex Outdoors will host the 2014 Walkable Bikeable Delaware Summit in Dover on May 1. At the summit, Robert Burchfield, Portland (Ore.) Bureau of Transportation, and Tracy Winfree, City of Boulder, Colo., will explain the steps their communities took to make cycling a mainstream and family-friendly part of the transportation systems of Portland and Boulder. Ranked as the 5th most bicycle-friendly state in America last year, Delaware has used a combination of state and federal funds to invest in projects such as the Wilmington-New Castle Greenway and the Georgetown-Lewes Trail. A concept for a bikeway connecting Wilmington and Newark has also made progress.