Monday, October 18, 2004

Search String Peculiarities
Stem Cells and Breastfeeding Share Spotlight
Deceit is Revealed

Every once in a while, it is interesting to look at the search strings that people use to find your blog.  Today I got a hit on:

"don reed" and otitis media

That string leads to exactly one hit on Google.  It surprised me, because I did not recall writing about either Don Reed or otitis media.  It turns out that Don Reed was mentioned in one of my posts, and otitis media in the next.  It looks as though there is only one place on the entire Internet that those two expression occur on the same page.

Don Reed is a professional scuba diver.  He probably has had something to say about otitis media (infection of the middle ear), because otitis or any sort is a real problem for a scuba diver.  He also is an author, working on a book about stem cell research (Take
A Stand: Roman Reed and the Secret Stem Cell Wars
).  The article I wrote quotes from one of his essays on the subject.  Why is a scuba diver interested in stem cell research?  His son, Roman Reed, was paralyzed in a football accident. 

OK, that explains one part of it.  As it happens, I wrote about breastfeeding the following day.  That post was an exposé.  Not an exposé as in wardrobe malfunction; rather, it was an exposé of a political malfunction.  You see, one of the political parties had caved in to big business, and watered down an ad campaign.  The ad campaign was developed by the Department of Health and Human Services, to promote breastfeeding.  Why would they be interested?  Because breastfeeding can bring substantial economic benefits to the country, as well as saving lives and lowering health care costs.  For a pro-economic growth, pro-life administration, breastfeeding is a perfect issue.  Who, except Starbucks, could possibly be against it?  Apparently, the infant formula industry is  against it, and they pressured the Bush Administration into canning several ads that would have promoted breastfeeding.  Breastfeeding lowers the incidence of otitis media in infants.  It also could save the country about $3.6 billion dollars. 

They say they are pro-life, but they start an unnecessary war that kills thousands of civilians in a country that did not attack us, fail to promote breastfeeding, and allow life-threatening pollution; they say they are for economic prosperity, yet pursue a policy that has plunged millions into poverty, led to the highest rate of homelessness in recent decades, and increased the gap between rich and poor, and failed to promote a simple, inexpensive practice that could save billions of dollars; they say they are for "sound science," but when that science leads to an objection by a minor industry, they side with the industry, not the science.