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Immunization (Vaccinations) Can Prevent the Need for a Transplant.


By Bob Aronson

We could significantly cut the demand for transplantable organs if we took better care of our bodies.  The supply/demand concept is as applicable to human organs as it is to the sale of cars.  But, with cars we can meet increased demand by building more cars.  Unfortunately we can’t build more organs and we can’t seem to persuade the 60% of the population that are not organ donors to sign up so the answer is …. reduce the demand.   That goal, though, is much easier said than done.   To accomplish it will take a major change in attitude and behavior.heart full of love

According to a health study published in The Atlantic  in January of this year the U.S. is dead last among 17 “advanced” nations {http://tinyurl.com/agglg8s}.   The results surprised even the researchers. To their alarm, they said, they found a “strikingly consistent and pervasive” pattern of poorer health at all stages of (American) life, from infancy to childhood to adolescence to young adulthood to middle and old age. Compared to people in other developed nations, Americans die far more often from injuries and homicides. We suffer more deaths from alcohol and other drugs, and endure some of the worst rates of heart disease, lung disease, obesity, and diabetes.

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The study goes on to say, “Among the most striking of the report’s findings are that, among the countries studied, the U.S. has:

The report does reveal bright spots: Americans are more likely to survive cancer or stroke, and if we live to age 75 we’re likely to keep on living longer than others. But these advances are dwarfed by the grave shortcomings.”

Most of our ills are brought on by a lifestyle in which we eat wrong, don’t exercise,  and abuse our bodies in a million other ways, like smoking and drinking too much.   We can prevent many of the ills that kill us but as a nation we sure don’t try very hard.  One of the simple, readily available precautions is immunization.  But, because of rumors, distortions and outright lies many have become suspicious of vaccinations and not only refuse to get them but also refuse deny their children what could be life saving measures.

Here are just a couple of the myths surrounding vaccinations.

Myth 1: Better hygiene and sanitation will make diseases disappear – vaccines are not necessary. FALSE

Myth 2: Vaccines have several damaging and long-term side-effects that are yet unknown. Vaccination can even be fatal. FALSE

Myth 3: The combined vaccine against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough) and the vaccine against poliomyelitis cause sudden infant death syndrome. FALSE

We’ll address those myths and seven others shortly but first…here’s what the U.S Centers  for Disease Control (CDC) says about the issue.

centers for disease controlDiseases are becoming rare due to vaccinations.

It’s true, some diseases (like polio and diphtheria) are becoming very rare in the U.S. Of course, they are becoming rare largely because we have been vaccinating against them. But it is still reasonable to ask whether it’s really worthwhile to keep vaccinating.

It’s much like bailing out a boat with a slow leak. When we started bailing, the boat was filled with water. But we have been bailing fast and hard, and now it is almost dry. We could say, “Good. The boat is dry now, so we can throw away the bucket and relax.” But the leak hasn’t stopped. Before long we’d notice a little water seeping in, and soon it might be back up to the same level as when we started.

Keep immunizing until disease is eliminated.

Unless we can “stop the leak” (eliminate the disease), it is important to keep immunizing. Even if there are only a few cases of disease today, if we take away the protection given by vaccination, more and more people will be infected and will spread disease to others. Soon we will undo the progress we have made over the years.

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Japan reduced pertussis vaccinations, and an epidemic occurred.

In 1974, Japan had a successful pertussis (whooping cough) vaccination program, with nearly 80% of Japanese children vaccinated. That year only 393 cases of pertussis were reported in the entire country, and there were no deaths from pertussis. But then rumors began to spread that pertussis vaccination was no longer needed and that the vaccine was not safe, and by 1976 only 10% of infants were getting vaccinated. In 1979 Japan suffered a major pertussis epidemic, with more than 13,000 cases of whooping cough and 41 deaths. In 1981 the government began vaccinating with acellular pertussis vaccine, and the number of pertussis cases dropped again.

What if we stopped vaccinating?

So what would happen if we stopped vaccinating here? Diseases that are almost unknown would stage a comeback. Before long we would see epidemics of diseases that are nearly under control today. More children would get sick and more would die. Many if not all of these diseases can lead to organ failure or the need for tissue.  This is a partial list of diseases that can be prevented by vaccines:

Why are vaccines under fire? Some experts say it’s due to their success. “It’s the natural evolution of a vaccine program,” says Paul Offit, M.D., chief of infectious diseases and director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “As you eliminate the diseases, people are not as compelled to get vaccines.” Adds Kathryn Edwards, M.D., spokesperson for the National Network for Immunization Information, “Many diseases are out of sight and then out of mind. So people don’t see the value of vaccines.”

Yet high immunization rates are necessary to keep diseases like measles and even polio from making a comeback.

Here are the ten myths/truths about vaccines from the World Health Organization.  This list is supported and disseminated by nearly every nation and medical association in the world including the United States http://www.who.int/features/qa/84/en/

Q: What are some of the myths – and facts – about vaccination?

A: Myth 1: Better hygiene and sanitation will make diseases disappear – vaccines are not necessary. FALSE

Fact 1: The diseases we can vaccinate against will return if we stop vaccination programmes. While better hygiene, hand washing and clean water help protect people from infectious diseases, many infections can spread regardless of how clean we are. If people are not vaccinated, diseases that have become uncommon, such as polio and measles, will quickly reappear.

Myth 2: Vaccines have several damaging and long-term side-effects that are yet unknown. Vaccination can even be fatal. FALSE

Fact 2: Vaccines are very safe. Most vaccine reactions are usually minor and temporary, such as a sore arm or mild fever. Very serious health events are extremely rare and are carefully monitored and investigated. You are far more likely to be seriously injured by a vaccine-preventable disease than by a vaccine. For example, in the case of polio, the disease can cause paralysis, measles can cause encephalitis and blindness, and some vaccine-preventable diseases can even result in death. While any serious injury or death caused by vaccines is one too many, the benefits of vaccination greatly outweigh the risk, and many, many more injuries and deaths would occur without vaccines.

Myth 3: The combined vaccine against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough) and the vaccine against poliomyelitis cause sudden infant death syndrome. FALSE

Fact 3: There is no causal link between the administering of the vaccines and sudden infant death, however, these vaccines are administered at a time when babies can suffer sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).,. In other words, the SIDS deaths are co-incidental to vaccination and would have occurred even if no vaccinations had been given. It is important to remember that these four diseases are life-threatening and babies who are not vaccinated against them are at serious risk of death or serious disability.

Myth 4: Vaccine-preventable diseases are almost eradicated in my country, so there is no reason to be vaccinated. FALSE

Fact 4: Although vaccine preventable diseases have become uncommon in many countries, the infectious agents that cause them continue to circulate in some parts of the world. In a highly inter-connected world, these agents can cross geographical borders and infect anyone who is not protected. In western Europe, for example, measles outbreaks have occurred in unvaccinated populations in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom since 2005. So two key reasons to get vaccinated are to protect ourselves and to protect those around us. Successful vaccination programmes, like successful societies, depend on the cooperation of every individual to ensure the good of all. We should not rely on people around us to stop the spread of disease; we, too, must do what we can.

Myth 5: Vaccine-preventable childhood illnesses are just an unfortunate fact of life. FALSE

Fact 5: Vaccine preventable diseases do not have to be ‘facts of life’. Illnesses such as measles, mumps and rubella are serious and can lead to severe complications in both children and adults, including pneumonia, encephalitis, blindness, diarrhoea, ear infections, congenital rubella syndrome (if a woman becomes infected with rubella in early pregnancy), and death. All these diseases and suffering can be prevented with vaccines. Failure to vaccinate against these diseases leaves children unnecessarily vulnerable.

Myth 6: Giving a child more than one vaccine at a time can increase the risk of harmful side-effects, which can overload the child’s immune system. FALSE

Fact 6: Scientific evidence shows that giving several vaccines at the same time has no adverse effect on a child’s immune system. Children are exposed to several hundred foreign substances that trigger an immune response every day. The simple act of eating food introduces new antigens into the body, and numerous bacteria live in the mouth and nose. A child is exposed to far more antigens from a common cold or sore throat than they are from vaccines. Key advantages of having several vaccines at once is fewer clinic visits, which saves time and money, and children are more likely to complete the recommended vaccinations on schedule. Also, when it is possible to have a combined vaccination, e.g. for measles, mumps and rubella, that means fewer injections.

Myth 7: Influenza is just a nuisance, and the vaccine isn’t very effective. FALSE

Fact 7: Influenza is much more than a nuisance. It is a serious disease that kills 300 000-500 000 people worldwide every year. Pregnant women, small children, elderly people with poor health and anyone with a chronic condition, like asthma or heart disease, are at higher risk for severe infection and death. Vaccinating pregnant women has the added benefit of protecting their newborns (there is currently no vaccine for babies under six months). Vaccination offers immunity to the three most prevalent strains circulating in any given season. It is the best way to reduce your chances of severe flu and of spreading it to others. Avoiding the flu means avoiding extra medical care costs and lost income from missing days of work or school.

Myth 8: It is better to be immunized through disease than through vaccines. FALSE

Fact 8: Vaccines interact with the immune system to produce an immune response similar to that produced by the natural infection, but they do not cause the disease or put the immunized person at risk of its potential complications. In contrast, the price paid for getting immunity through natural infection might be mental retardation from Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), birth defects from rubella, liver cancer from hepatitis B virus, or death from measles.

Myth 9: Vaccines contain mercury which is dangerous. FALSE

Fact 9: Thiomersal is an organic, mercury-containing compound added to some vaccines as a preservative. It is the most widely-used preservative for vaccines that are provided in multi-dose vials. There is no evidence to suggest that the amount of thiomersal used in vaccines poses a health risk.

Myth 10: Vaccines cause autism FALSE

Fact 10: The 1998 study which raised concerns about a possible link between measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism was later found to be seriously flawed, and the paper has been retracted by the journal that published it. Unfortunately, its publication set off a panic that led to dropping immunization rates, and subsequent outbreaks of these diseases. There is no evidence of a link between MMR vaccine and autism or autistic disorders.

The steps listed here are legitimate and proven.  Also legitimate and proven is the fact that organ and tissue transplants save lives.  A new heart saved mine.  If you  do nothing else help increase the supply of organs by being an advocate.  Talk to family and friends about organ donation.  The process is simple and fast…it only takes minutes.  You can do it by adding “Organ Donor” to your drivers license or by going to www.donatelife.net.  Sign up and then tell your family.  That’s all there is to it.  One organ/tissue donor can save or positively affect up to 60 lives.

Bob Aronson of Bob’s Newheart is a 2007 heart transplant recipient, the founder of Facebook’s nearly 3,000 member Organ Transplant Initiative and the author of most of these donation/transplantation blogs.

You may comment in the space provided or email your thoughts to me at bob@baronson.org. And – please spread the word about the immediate need for more organ donors. There is nothing you can do that is of greater importance. If you convince one person to be an organ and tissue donor you may save or positively affect over 60 lives. Some of those lives may be people you know and love.

Please view our new music video “Dawn Anita The Gift of Life” on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYFFJoHJwHs.  This video is free to anyone who wants to use it and no permission is needed.

If you want to spread the word personally about organ donation, we have another PowerPoint slide show for your use free and without permission. Just go to http://www.organti.org and click on “Life Pass It On” on the left side of the screen and then just follow the directions. This is NOT a stand-alone show; it needs a presenter but is professionally produced and factually sound. If you decide to use the show I will send you a free copy of my e-book, “How to Get a Standing “O” that will help you with presentation skills. Just write to bob@baronson.org and usually you will get a copy the same day.

Also…there is more information on this blog site about other donation/transplantation issues. Additionally we would love to have you join our Facebook group, Organ Transplant Initiative The more members we get the greater our clout with decision makers.

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Puede comentar en el espacio proporcionado o por correo electrónico sus pensamientos a mí en bob@baronson.org. Y – por favor, difundir la palabra acerca de la necesidad inmediata de más donantes de órganos. No hay nada que puedas hacer lo que es de mayor importancia. Si usted convence a una persona de ser donante de órganos y tejidos puede salvar o afectar positivamente a más de 60 vidas. Algunas de esas vidas pueden ser personas que conoces y amas.

Por favor, consulte nuestro nuevo video musical “Dawn Anita The Gift of Life” en https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYFFJoHJwHs YouTube. Este video es libre para cualquier persona que quiera usarlo y no se necesita permiso.

Si quieres correr la voz acerca de la donación de órganos personalmente, tenemos otra presentación de PowerPoint para su uso libre y sin permiso. Sólo tienes que ir a http://www.organti.org y haga clic en “Life Pass It On” en el lado izquierdo de la pantalla y luego sólo tienes que seguir las instrucciones. Esto no es un espectáculo independiente, sino que necesita un presentador pero es profesionalmente producida y sonido hechos. Si usted decide usar el programa le enviaré una copia gratuita de mi libro electrónico, “Cómo obtener un pie” O “que le ayudará con habilidades de presentación. Sólo tiene que escribir a bob@baronson.org y por lo general usted recibirá una copia del mismo día.

Además … hay más información sobre este sitio de blogs sobre otros donación / trasplante temas. Además nos encantaría que te unas a nuestro grupo de Facebook, la Iniciativa de Trasplante de Órganos Cuantos más miembros que obtenemos mayor será nuestra influencia con los tomadores de decisiones.

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Is Childhood Obesity Increasing the Organ Shortage?


One could argue, “Yes,” quite convincingly because the statistics are staggering.  (The Author, Bob Aronson, received a heart transplant August 21, 2007 in Jacksonville, Florida)

According to First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” organization that focuses on the issue, “Obesity threatens the healthy future of one third of all American children. Obesity rates have tripled in the past 30 years.  We spend $150 billion every year to treat obesity-related conditions, and that number is growing. For the first time in American history, our children’s life expectancy may be shorter than their parents.’

So what has this got to do with an organ shortage?  Simply put by allowing our children to get too heavy we are growing people who may someday need an organ transplant.  Adding insult to injury is the fact that if they need a transplant they may not be appropriate organ donors themselves.  It’s a double edged sword.  On one side the demand for organs may be increased and on the other the number of organs available for transplant may decrease.  All because of too many unhealthy eating and living choices, too much mac and cheese, too many Snickers bars and Coke, too many video games and not enough exercise.

“So,” you may ask, “What’s childhood obesity got to do with organ damage?”  The question is germane because the most effective way to reduce the organ shortage is to reduce the demand.  Here are the facts on childhood obesity according to Erica Lesperance, RD, LD a registered dietitian specially trained in pediatric nutrition and the nutritional treatment of inborn errors of metabolism.  http://www.thedietchannel.com/Childhood-Obesity-Why-Childhood-Obesity-Is-So-Dangerous.htm

Childhood obesity is on the rise. Worse, it has become the most prevalent pediatric problem in the United States, affecting as many as 15-30% of grade school children and adolescents. Obese children are very likely to become obese adults who will have a significantly higher risk of developing medical problems. Moreover, they are more likely to have their lives cut short by disease.

As the problem reaches epidemic proportions, we can no longer narrowly focus on the medical problems obese children will have as adults. They are suffering from a multitude of obesity-related problems right now. This issue must be addressed. Let’s take a look at how obesity affects the bodies of our young children.

Heart disease is no longer a health problem reserved for older men and women. Children who are overweight with a BMI above the 95th percentile are at-risk for having high “bad” cholesterol, low “good” cholesterol, high triglyceride levels, and high blood pressure. These are all risk factors for heart disease.

Effect of obesity on your lungs

Obesity affects a child’s lung capacity, increasing the risk for asthma. Asthma in turn makes it difficult to be physically active. In addition, overweight children are more likely to have sleep apnea, or episodes of airway blockage that interrupt breathing during sleep. The risks of undiagnosed sleep apnea in children include learning problems, developmental problems, behavior problems and in some cases, failure to grow, heart problems and high blood pressure.

Endocrine system problems caused by obesity

Although we rarely think about them, the glands of the endocrine system and the hormones they release influence almost every cell, organ, and function of our bodies. The endocrine system is instrumental in regulating mood, growth and development, tissue function and metabolism. Obesity affects the glands of the endocrine system, frequently causing menstrual irregularities in young women. Also affected is the pancreas, the organ that produces insulin, causing insulin resistance. Overweight children who have insulin resistance have an increased incidence of developing type 2 diabetes (see Juvenile Diabetes).

A story in USA Today describes the problem in grim detail.  http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/weightloss/2008-01-13-childhood-obesity_N.htm

  •  “Childhood obesity could decrease life expectancy by two to five years if something isn’t done about the epidemic, according to provocative research by pediatric endocrinologist David Ludwig, an associate professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.
  •  One in three obese children have excess fat in their liver, which could lead to hepatitis, cirrhosis or liver failure, Ludwig says.
  •  “Obesity affects every organ system in a child’s body, and it can do so in a much more profound way than in adults because children are still growing and developing,” Ludwig says.

After all this the question remains, “What do you do about a child who is becoming too heavy?”  It all boils down to two issues; eating right and getting sufficient exercise.  The United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta Georgia offers excellent specific advice on how you can have a positive effect on your children.  http://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/children/  This site also goes into greater detail on how added weight can harm our children.

Please comment in the space provided or email your thoughts to me at bob@baronson.org.  And – spread the word about the immediate need for more organ donors.  On-line registration can be done at http://www.donatelife.net/index.php  Whenever you can, help people formally register.  There is nothing you can do that is of greater importance.  If you convince one person to be a donor you may save or positively affect over 50 lives.  Some of those lives may be people you know and love.  

You are also invited to join Organ Transplantation Initiative (OTI) http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=152655364765710 a group dedicated to providing help and information to donors, donor families, transplant patients and families, caregivers and all other interested parties.  Your participation is important if we are to influence decision makers to support efforts to increase organ donation and support organ regeneration, replacement and research efforts. 

Obesity, Diabetes and Organ Failure


Each year thousands of people die because of a lack of organs for transplantation.  Current efforts to increase the supply of organs are woefully inadequate.  The altruistic method (becoming a donor out of the goodness of ones heart) simply doesn’t work well enough.  Fewer than fifty percent of Americans are organ donors.  It does not look like the altruistic approach is going to change any time soon so we must explore every possibility. 

 

One way of increasing the supply of organs for transplant is to reduce the demand and that can be done in part by changing lifestyles.  Some of the causes of organ failure are preventable.  This blog will focus on two contributors to the rising need for organs; obesity and diabetes.  Both could be far better controlled than they are currently simply by eating properly and exercising regularly.

 

Let’s talk obesity, the second leading cause of unnecessary death in America.   According to the American Obesity Association (AOA).  http://obesity1.tempdomainname.com/subs/fastfacts/obesity_what2.shtml   Approximately 127 million adults in the U.S. are overweight, 60 million obese, and 9 million severely obese   Obesity is a disease that affects nearly one-third of the adult American population (approximately 60 million). The number of overweight and obese Americans has continued to increase since 1960, a trend that is not slowing down. Today, 64.5 percent of adult Americans (about 127 million) are categorized as being overweight or obese. Each year, obesity causes at least 300,000 excess deaths in the U.S., and healthcare costs of American adults with obesity amount to approximately $100 billion.  

 

Fox news quoted a Web MD report  http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,215604,00.html that says nine out of ten obese people develop type 2 diabetes and while obesity does not cause diabetes, research shows the two are closely related.                      

Net Wellness (http://www.netwellness.org/healthtopics/diabetes/faq3.cfm) defines diabetes as the inability of glucose to enter the cells. The result is that the bloodstream has a high amount of glucose and cells are not able to produce energy for the body. When diabetes is not carefully managed by keeping the amount of sugar in the blood at the right level, the resulting high glucose amounts wreak havoc on nearly every organ system in the body.  The report goes on to say that as many as 65% of people diagnosed with diabetes will eventually die of a heart attack or a stroke and nearly 1 in 3 diabetics will experience kidney failure. For more information on diabetes visit the National Diabetes Education Program Website at: http://www.diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/type1and2/what.htm

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) offers comprehensive information on diabetes prevention and the value of proper nutrition and exercise along with symptoms of disease http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-prevention/how-to-prevent-diabetes.jsp

While I will continue to work to develop other methods of increasing the supply of transplantable organs, all of us should take every measure to prevent diseases that can affect our organs.  As in most cases prevention is the best cure for organ failure. 

Please comment in the space provided or email your thoughts to me at bob@baronson.org.  And – spread the word about the immediate need for more organ donors.  On-line registration can be done at http://www.donatelife.net/index.php  Whenever you can, help people formally register.  There is nothing you can do that is of greater importance.  If you convince one person to be a donor you may save or positively affect over 50 lives.  Some of those lives may be people you know and love.  

You are also invited to join Organ Transplantation Initiative (OTI) http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=152655364765710 a group dedicated to providing help and information to donors, donor families, transplant patients and families, caregivers and all other interested parties.  Your participation is important if we are to influence decision makers to support efforts to increase organ donation and support organ regeneration, replacement and research efforts.   

Eating Disorders Destroy Multiple Organs


The best way to increase the number of transplantable organs is two-fold; 1) increase the number of organ donors and 2) diminish the need for organs.  Only by combining the two will we be able to end the disgraceful upward spiral of people who die while waiting for transplants.  

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Eating disorders number among the top organ destroyers of all diseases because Anorexia and Bulimia can destroy virtually all of the organs — making transplants next to impossible.  Which organ do you transplant and does it make sense to do so if the patient still suffers from the disease?

 

Too many people fail to recognize just how dangerous eating disorders can be, and if we are to diminish the need for organs we must address these terrible diseases as early in the process as possible.  They are treatable but become less so as the disorders age.

 

The question is often asked, “Which organs do anorexia and bulimia destroy?”  The answer according to wiki answers.com (http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_organs_does_anorexia_destroy_in_your_body_and_what_are_the_long_term_affects_of_anorexia) is, “Nearly all of them, because of the lack of nourishment.”  Wiki adds that the damage goes well beyond what one might expect, “The effects of anorexia and bulimia that can persist throughout the victim’s lifetime are a higher risk of developing osteoporosis later due to the deprivation of calcium, infertility or difficulty conceiving, anemia, stunted growth (in adolescent victims), psycho-neurological problems, ex. depression and anxiety, and neurological problems, ex. seizures, peripheral neuropathy which is a tingling and numbness in the limbs. Diabetics who had anorexia risk a likely chance of developing retinopathy, an eye condition that often causes blindness. Some such as infertility and neurological complications are often permanent.”

Still another source (http://ezinearticles.com/?Long-Term-Effects-of-Bulimia-Nervosa&id=1014462)says, “The heart gets damaged from the constant electrolyte imbalances caused by continuous purging and becomes weaker the longer the disorder continues. Some people even can die from this complication when a weak heart goes into a “heart block”. This is when the heart suddenly stops beating due to extremely low potassium or other mineral deficiency induced by vomiting and laxatives abuse.

Kidney damage is very common.  The kidneys are organs that normally correct mineral abnormalities in the body. But when a person’s mineral balance is constantly disturbed, they get damaged.

The brain suffers also from the moment bulimia starts.

The digestive system also gets affected badly. The stomach experience delays in empting its food content and people suffer from pains in the abdominal area, bloating, acid reflux, stomach ulcers and esophageal problems.

The bones become weak due to the development of low bones density and the bones can break from even minimal strain or pressure.

Skinlooses its youthful look even at a relatively young age. Hair loss due to mineral and protein depletion is inevitable in the long term.

The endocrine glands eventually stop working properly and produce fewer hormones than the body needs: this makes a person age quickly and loose muscle tone.”

The list of problems caused by eating disorders is endless but the solutions are not simple.  Eating disorders like chemical dependency and depression are not easy to treat and some people don’t respond at all.  If we are to address diminishing the demand for organ transplants, though, we must take these diseases much more seriously.  For more information on eating disorders click on the above links or the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)  http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/

Please comment in the space provided or email your thoughts to me at bob@baronson.org.  And – please spread the word about the need for more organ donors.  There is nothing you can do that is of greater importance.  If you convince one person to be a donor you may have saved or affected 50 lives.

Bob Aronson of Bob’s Newheart is a 2007 heart transplant recipient, the founder of Facebook’s nearly 2,500 member Organ Transplant Initiative and the author of most of these donation/transplantation blogs.

You may comment in the space provided or email your thoughts to me at bob@baronson.org. And – please spread the word about the immediate need for more organ donors. There is nothing you can do that is of greater importance. If you convince one person to be an organ and tissue donor you may save or positively affect over 60 lives. Some of those lives may be people you know and love.

Please view our video “Thank You From the Bottom of my Donor’s heart” on http://www.organti.org This video was produced to promote organ donation so it is free and no permission is needed for its use.

If you want to spread the word personally about organ donation, we have another PowerPoint slide show for your use free and without permission. Just go to http://www.organti.org and click on “Life Pass It On” on the left side of the screen and then just follow the directions. This is NOT a stand-alone show; it needs a presenter but is professionally produced and factually sound. If you decide to use the show I will send you a free copy of my e-book, “How to Get a Standing “O” that will help you with presentation skills. Just write to bob@baronson.org and usually you will get a copy the same day.

Also…there is more information on this blog site about other donation/transplantation issues. Additionally we would love to have you join our Facebook group, Organ Transplant Initiative The more members we get the greater our clout with decision makers.

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