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Joe Piscopo, 66, who served a single term in the U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey, has a serious health concern. He is the only person to have registered positive blood tests for Influenza A in the past two years, making him the only person who might have contracted this illness in U.S. leadership.
But before you go in to say “Do they have this test available to him in Saudi Arabia?” please know that experts have been warning about the reliability of that kind of diagnostic test. One in five of them say it is prone to throwing up results.
Piscopo is a specialist in agricultural chemistry, and he explained why he and other reporters have discovered this troubling anomaly. In 2010, he was invited to attend and report on an OPEC meeting. He normally spends his time on topics like fertilizer and insecticides.
“In order to try to study the actual producing world, I felt that I would need to see the top 10 oil companies on their soil,” he said.
When he visited Saudi Arabia, for the second time, and saw some of the biggest oil companies on the planet. The problem was, none of the executives appeared to be from any of those companies.
His discovery: The southern countries where production is the largest, and where we have the biggest oil deposits, have the highest concentration of 30-to-40-year-old men. And the ten lowest-ranking countries have populations that are generally very young.
Saskia Mooslin, a Public Health specialist with Doctors Without Borders in Montreal, says there is still a lot of debate about just what a normal body of people actually looks like.
“Because if your sample pool is only aged people in Saudi Arabia, and you only have one 15-year-old going in, what are we talking about?” she said.
Here are some facts you should know: 1- In the U.S., from 1979-2011, there have been 33 health-related catastrophes related to the elderly — emergencies such as heart attacks and stroke — that caused 6 million deaths.
2- Of those, 64 percent were due to an underlying medical condition, 30 percent were attributable to negligence, and 10 percent were due to neglect.
3- Doctors have recorded more than 26,000 cases of pneumonia that are all mistakenly attributed to older people.
And there is an important difference between groups of people — ages 15-35 years, and over 65 years. Those in the latter age range are more likely to be worried about losing their homes and being laid off because of high unemployment rates. And their life expectancy is higher, so they may be exposed to viruses earlier. In an interview last month, President Obama said his allergies begin to show at his age.
“Anybody who is healthy should tell you that life isn’t perfect; one thing we should not do is declare that people are lying when they say they are healthy when they are not,” Piscopo said.