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The success or failure of any government in the final analysis must be measured by the well-being of its citizens. Nothing can be more important to a state than its public health; the state’s paramount concern should be the health of its people - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Public Health

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Public health experts have their hands full when it comes to dealing with issues like vaccinations, pollution, climate change, health reform and organ donation...never mind crisis like disasters, food or product recalls, epidemics and even nuclear fallout.

But, despite annual vaccinations in most developed countries, flu continues to affect tens of millions of people each year and causes 250,000 to 500,000 deaths worldwide. So, what's wrong? Is the flu virus smarter than us? Are we going about it the wrong way?

And what's the deal about tap water fluoridation? Is it more harmful than beneficial?

For many of us, water fluoridation is a matter of everyday experience, and we generally take its presence in our drinking water and its value in cavity prevention for granted. In fact, water fluoridation has been around for over 65 years, has spread thruout most of the developed world and is considered one of the ten greatest public health interventions of the twentieth century.

However, some think that water fluoridation should not be a fact of life, and that it represents both a trampling of civil liberties and an unrecognized threat to health. In fact, several countries have banned fluoridation including Sweden.

Aside from worldwide issues, individual countries have their own problems. For instance, in the U.S. alcohol abuse in colleges and universities continues to be a major problem, yet the U.S has one of the highest legal drinking age limits (21) in the world. Should the legal drinking age be lowered? Some college presidents think so.

And what about those 50 million Americans who remain uninsured or is it 80 million? Is Obamacare with its 21,000 pages of law and regulations the answer? Why can't the United States insure all its citizens like the rest of the industrialized world. Could the solution be above the 49th? Tommy Douglas, founder of Canada’s national health plan and one of Canada's most recognized heroes got his idea from guess who? someone next door - the United States.