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Petitioning Donald Trump, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Barack Obama, United States Department of Health and Human Services, United Nations Environment Program

Stop Aerosol Spraying Immediately and Disclose its Purposes

For more than twenty years Americans as well as people from all over the world have been subjected to continuous spraying of "chemtrails." This aerosol spray contains aluminum, barium, fungus, bacteria, nanoparticles, and a myriad of other pathogens that are destroying our water, our earth, and our health. Millions of people believe that this is a program of depopulation and artificial intelligence posing as a a component of a geoengineering solution to alleged "global warming science." If we do not stop aerosol spraying our planet is at stake, and our future as human beings is in jeopardy.

Philip Melnick
17,491 supporters
Petitioning U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Federal Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, President of the United States

Make Chronic Pain Patients exempt from CDC Guidelines

The CDC guidelines are causing doctors to leave pain management practice all over the US, for fear of DEA malicious prosecution if they exceed an arbitrary and unscientific “one size fits all” policy while trying to treat their patients effectively and as individuals. Patients are being deserted by their doctors, in some cases without assistance in drug withdrawal,  after they have used opioids as directed, safely and effectively for years to maintain the quality of their lives. Almost certainly some patients have already died and more will commit suicide as a result. Our government is aware of this problem, but chooses to do nothing. The guidelines are also being embedded in State laws that reinforce restrictions on opioids. Major areas of several US States are now without pain management centers, and remaining specialists are seeing ever-heavier patient loads and higher risk of prosecution. The best predictors for people falling into addiction are their age (teens are particularly vulnerable), and their status as unemployed or poor. Restriction of opioid medications to pain patients won’t solve these problems. If anything, we should anticipate increases in deaths due to street drugs, as desperate people are forced to seek them out against their own wishes, just to maintain a marginal quality of life. The CDC needs to withdraw its unscientific and damaging opioid guidelines. Revisions should acknowledge that at the present state of medical knowledge, opioids are an indispensable part of managing agonizing pain, and trained doctors are the best decision makers on how much is needed to relieve pain in each individual patient. Standards of practice and doctor training are needed. But the present CDC guidelines are a poor basis for such standards. Re-writing should be accomplished by professionals who actually understand chronic pain and its management, and not by addiction specialists who have a financial self-interest in diverting limited government resources away from proven pain treatments. For the longer term, the US National Institutes for Health needs to allocate far more research and resources to the study and treatment of chronic pain. At present, less than 1% of NIH research funds are directed to chronic pain – for one quarter of the US population. The percentage of chronic pain patients who abuse their medication is less than 1%. There are well over 100 million people in the US suffering from some for of chronic pain. The only "epidemic" in this country is heroin and illicit fentanyl coming in from China and Mexico. Addicts are being catered to while the chronic pain community is suffering, turning to illicit drugs or committing suicide. It is time to STOP THE WAR AGAINST PAIN PATIENTS! We have rights too!

Erika Meshbesher
1,978 supporters
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Petitioning Alabama State House, Alaska State House, Arizona State House, Arkansas State House, California State House, Colorado State House, Hawaii State House, Idaho State House, Illinois State House, Indian...

Save Lives: Require Spinal Muscular Atrophy Newborn Screening!

This petition is part of the Kick Away SMA Challenge created by Hunter's Hope to help end the deadly effects of SMA. We are proud The FAST Movement partnered with us for the Kick Away SMA Challenge, including the petition for newborn screening for SMA. Please join us in our efforts to require SMA newborn screening. SMA is the number one genetic killer of babies and children under the age of two. SMA robs the ability to move, swallow, and eventually breathe. However, the SMA community knows this will soon change. The SMA community watched in amazement as Type 1 SMA babies treated with Nusinersen didn't lose their ability to move, swallow, and breathe, but instead gained strength. Some even crawled and took steps — steps away from the deadly effects of SMA. Although there is no cure for SMA, each day a treatment comes closer to FDA approval. American companies Biogen, Inc. and Ionis Pharmaceuticals recently announced plans to file for FDA approval of Nusinersen. Biogen will also offer a global expanded access program (EAP) for SMA Type 1 patients who meet the EAP criteria.  About SMA: •  SMA is the leading genetic killer of babies and children under the age of two.•  SMA is a motor neuron disease like ALS.•  SMA robs the ability to move, swallow, and eventually breathe. •  One in 40 unknowingly carries the gene responsible for SMA.•  When two carriers have a baby, there is a 25% chance the baby will be unaffected, a 50% chance the baby will be a carrier, and a 25% chance the baby will have SMA.•  One in 10,000 babies is born with SMA.  Hunter's Story: Doctors diagnosed our son, Hunter Davis, with SMA Type 1 when he was just eight weeks old. They told us Hunter would lose the ability to move, eat, swallow, and eventually breathe. Doctors told us there was no cure, no treatment, and no hope. They said he would likely survive between three and five months. We were devastated beyond belief.  The doctors were wrong. Hunter received his first life-saving treatment outside the US when he was sixteen weeks old. We travel to Mexico with Hunter every six weeks for his treatments. He is now five years old and has received forty-four treatments. The hardest part has been watching other babies and children with SMA continue to deteriorate or, worse, lose their battles with SMA. We wish newborn screening had been in place when Hunter was born. He would have benefited more from receiving his life-saving treatments sooner. Heidi's Story: Doctors diagnosed Heidi Hall with Type 1 Spinal Muscular Atrophy when she was three months old. Heidi could only move a little bit at her elbows at that time. Her body was as hypotonic as a little ragdoll’s, and she was unable to support her head whatsoever. Doctors told her family she would lose all ability to move, then the abilities to swallow and breathe, and ultimately suffocate on her own secretions or die of pneumonia. This was expected to happen within one year of her diagnosis. None of that happened. Heidi was accepted into a clinical trial for a possible treatment for SMA, a disease that has been viewed as hopeless, particularly the severe Type 1. It is not hopeless. The drug Nusinersen has reversed the course of Heidi’s disease. Rather than deteriorating, she has slowly gained strength and abilities. She is able to breathe on her own, swallow, and sit with support. She is now even able to propel herself in a small, manual wheelchair. Heidi began to receive the trial drug at five months and would have benefited even more from a diagnosis at birth that would have resulted in earlier intervention. Ella's Story:  Ella Hunt was born beautiful and seemingly healthy. This changed at 4 months, when doctors diagnosed her with the fatal disease SMA Type 1. Doctors told Ella's parents she would soon die and sent them home, where they began the process of planning her funeral. Ella's parents quickly shifted gears and turned to the SMA community to help save her. Thanks to that help, Ella just turned five, and although SMA has weakened her body, her fighting spirit remains strong. Unlike Hunter and Heidi, Ella hasn't received treatments for her SMA. She lost the ability to move and swallow. However, with daily therapies and diet protocol at the helm, she and her family wait for the hope of treatments and ultimately a cure. Ella's family wishes more than anything that newborn screening and the Nusinersen treatment had been in place when she was born. SMA Trials Nearing FDA Approval: Although there is currently no FDA-approved treatment or cure for SMA, two clinical trials come closer to FDA approval each day.  These treatments are Ionis's Nusinersen and AveXis's AVXS-101. They have the potential to make SMA a manageable disease. To be most effective, it is imperative treatments are administered as soon after birth as possible. Act Now: We believe the FDA will soon approve Nusinersen. The time to act is now. We can help end the deadly effects of SMA. Newborn screening must be in place when SMA treatments receive FDA approval. Every baby born with SMA should be afforded life-saving treatment. Please sign our petition asking states to enact legislation requiring SMA screening for newborns. Support our efforts by following us on Facebook: Kick Away SMA & Hunter's Hope.  

Khrystal K. Davis
1,555 supporters
Petitioning center, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Don't Allow the CDC to Forcibly Detain & Force Vaccinations

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has proposed a "rule" giving them the power to apprehend and detain anyone, anywhere, at any time, without Due Process or any right of appeal, and to hold that person in quarantine for as long as the CDC wants -- and no one can refuse them.  The CDC's claimed power follows these Stages: You (or your city) are declared "precommunicable" Apprehension and Detention [A&D]Order of Isolation, Quarantine, or Conditional Release Sources- http://www.redflagnews.com/headlines-2016/cdc-proposes-rule-to-apprehend-and-detain-anyone-anywhere-at-any-time-for-any-duration-without-due-process-or-right-of-appeal-and-administer-forced-vaccinations  https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/08/15/2016-18103/control-of-communicable-diseases#h-32  

Sara Buckner
851 supporters
Petitioning American Red Cross, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration, Donald Trump

CONTAMINATED BLOOD SUPPLY!!!!!

Lyme Disease is a devastating disease that wreaks havoc on nearly every internal body system. It's often mis-diagnosed leaving many people without knowledge of these organisms living in their bodies. These people may so kindly donate blood because they are unaware of any such disease. The blood collection centers do test for certain diseases like, Hepatitis B, C, West Nile and AIDS. However there are no protocols in place to test the blood donations for the presence of Borrelia Burgdorferi or the 300+ co-infections. According to studies by NIH and the CDC, it is confirmed that Borrelia Burgdorferi can survive being stored in a blood bag. It has also been proven in a laboratory using mice that the Lyme bacteria can successfully be transmitted via transfusion. This is a HUGE PROBLEM!!!!!! Please sign this petition to protect our recipients of blood donations and STOP the spread of Lyme Disease. With this petition we ask three things: 1. Check the entire Nations current blood supply for contamination and dispose of any unsafe supply.  2. Add Lyme testing to the protocol when receiving donated blood.   3. Investigate the CDC, as their Lyme guidelines are seriously outdated.  Borrelia Burdorferi and it's co-infections are blood borne infectious diseases!  This needs immediate attention before one more person becomes infected. There have already been documented cases of Babesia transmission via transfusion back in 2012, however the CDC, nor any other agencies turned their so called concern into change.    Lyme Disease is a world wide Pandemic.  

Kristie Penn
799 supporters
Petitioning Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Donald Trump, Food and Drug Administration, Mike Pence, Governor Eric Holcomb

Exclude Chronic Pain Patients From The Stronghold Of The CDC Guidelines

Everyone knows about the opioid crisis that currently exists in the United States.  It is no secret that the government is cracking down on doctors who write prescriptions for pain medication for their patients if they do so without good cause.  I don’t think that there is one single citizen who would disagree with the decision to tighten the guidelines for doctors who carelessly write prescriptions for pain medications that aren’t warranted.  But when it comes down to a patient being diagnosed with a chronic illness, such as CRPS, Sarcoidosis, Osteoarthritis, Arachnoiditis, Lupus, or Fibromyalgia (just to name a few), I think it is reasonable to say that a doctor should be able to use their judgment, evaluate a patient for symptoms related to their illness, and prescribe medications accordingly, even if those medications are narcotics. We now live in a society where a drug addict can walk into a police station or hospital, say that they are an addict and that they want help, and they are given what? METHADONE!  What is methadone??  It’s another drug!  And after countless hours of research, I can’t find ANY evidence of how this has improved the opioid situation on the streets.  However, you have people that hold jobs, pay bills, have been diagnosed with legitimate illnesses, and they can’t get the medications they need to control their pain because of the guidelines set forth by the CDC.  There are so many possible solutions that may lead to progress on both ends of the spectrum, but nobody is putting forth any effort for the pain patients – they’re only looking at the death rate of the abusers who either use illegal drugs, or use synthetic or stolen medications to satisfy their habits. I suffer from two autoimmune diseases (and have to be tested for a third).  The two confirmed diseases are tag teaming my joints, and making it very painful for me to function with any type of normality.  It’s gotten to the point where I am in pain 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Where is my assistance?  How am I supposed to pick myself up off the floor when my husband isn’t there to help me, because he works to support his family?  Who is going to pay my bills when I have to miss work because I’m in such an incredible amount of pain that I can’t get out of my bed?  What will happen when I reach a level where I will have to depend on medications to quell my pain?  I’ll tell you exactly what is going to happen – I will not be able to get my medication because of irresponsible individuals who made the decision to pick up a needle and spoon, a straw, a joint, a pill, a handful of pills, or whatever their poison of CHOICE was.  Where is this okay?  Two words – it’s not. Where is it okay for insurance companies to deny testing for people that have obvious signs of illness?  Where is it okay for a cancer patient to be denied his chemotherapy…or for a patient complaining of pain to be denied a simple MRI?  And when they have to fight like hell to get the tests they so deserve to determine that they DO have an illness, where is it okay for them to be denied the medications they need to ease their pain?  Where is it okay that our Veterans are being put in the same situation, after they incur injury or illness after they gave of themselves to protect our country and our freedom?  Another two words – it’s not. Please – eliminate legitimately ill patients from the CDC guidelines – find a way to identify them as chronically ill patients, and start enforcing the laws for people who illegally abuse any type of drug, no matter the drug.  To make people suffer for no other reason than another person’s irresponsible choices is just cruel and inhumane!  There is a distinct difference between abuse, addiction, and dependency.  And people who are truly ill DEPEND on their medications to live and function!  For once in your lives, do the right thing and come up with a solution that will benefit everyone!

Tracy Kimmel
633 supporters
Petitioning Drug Enforcement, United States Drug Enforcement, united states drug enforcement administration, Food and Drug Administration, Barack Obama, President of the United States, Centers for Disease Cont...

Stop the Reduction of Opioid Supply in 2017

I am 27 and I am a chronic pain sufferer, I know chronic pain sufferers of all ages. We all depend on our opioid medications to function. We are not addicts, however addicts also suffer from lack of compassion and resources to HELP with their illness. It seems that chronic pain whatever the cause is being overlooked and under-treated. At the rate prescribed our medications are barely treating the pain we have but we have taken what we could get without complaint. Why? Because the moment we complain that our dosage is too low we are black labeled by the media, the DEA, CDC and sometimes, saddest of all, our doctors. The doctors who are being pressured to lower or even cut off our medication supply by the DEA. Pain Management doctors who are supposed treat and manage pain, yet they can't do their job when being bullied by people in administrative positions, who don't have the training needed to understand Chronic Pain or the many illnesses that go along with it. You wouldn't deny insulin to a diabetic, or chemo to a cancer patient. This is life or death for millions of Chronic Pain sufferers. Without these medications we cannot, spend time with family, eat meals, shower, have sex, have any hope of getting out of bed at all. Instead we are confined to our beds day in and day out with the pain so loud nothing can penetrate it. We lose relationships, we lose hope, we stop wishing for cures, we stop wishing for tomorrow and unfortunately without these medications some do stop tomorrow from coming.   Please stand with the 100 Million Chronic Pain sufferers in the US alone and tell the DEA and the CDC that this is NOT OKAY! We must not let them take Millions of lives by restricting and/or taking away our medication!   #ReducePainNotMedication   DEA Cutting Opioid Supply in 2017 October 04, 2016By Pat Anson, Editor It’s going to get even harder for chronic pain patients in the United States to get prescriptions refilled for hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine and other opioids classified as Schedule II controlled substances. The Drug Enforcement Administration has announced plans to reduce the amount of almost every Schedule II opioid pain medication manufactured in the U.S. by 25 percent or more. The 2017 quota for hydrocodone, which is sold under brand names like Vicodin, Lortab and Lorcet, is being reduced by a third. The DEA’s order, which is being published in the Federal Register, comes just seven months after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released guidelines that discourage primary care physicians from prescribing opioids from chronic pain. The guidelines have had a chilling effect on many patients and their doctors, who have reduced opioid doses or stopped prescribing them altogether.Opioid prescribing was falling years before the CDC and DEA acted. According to IMS Health, hydrocodone prescriptions in the U.S. plunged by 22 percent from nearly 120 million in 2014 to 93.5 million in 2015. The “established quota” for hydrocodone in 2017 is being reduced to 58.4 million prescriptions under the DEA order. “The purpose of quotas are to provide for the adequate and uninterrupted supply for legitimate medical need of the types of schedule I and II controlled substances that have a potential for abuse, while limiting the amounts available to prevent diversion,” the DEA said in a press release. “Once the aggregate quota is set, DEA allocates individual manufacturing and procurement quotas to those companies that apply for it.  DEA may revise a company’s quota at any time during the year if change is warranted due to increased sales or exports; new manufacturers entering the market; new product development; or product recalls.” The DEA has been under growing political pressure to reduce the supply of opioids. A group of U.S. senators sent a letter to the agency this summer demanding that opioid quotas be reduced. “We urge DEA to utilize its existing quota setting authority, to the fullest extent possible, to combat this epidemic,” said the letter from Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Edward Markey (D-MA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Angus King (I-ME), and Joe Manchin (D-WV). “Fourteen billion opioid pills are now dispensed annually in the United States – enough for every adult American to have a bottle of pills. Certainly, the pharmaceutical industry is at fault for decades of misleading information about their products and the medical community bears responsibility for its role in over-prescribing these dangerous and addictive drugs, but we remain deeply troubled by the sheer volume of opioids available – volumes that are approved by DEA.” Although opioid pain medication is routinely blamed by politicians, federal agencies and the media for the nation’s so-called opioid epidemic, recent studies in several states have found that most drug overdoses are actually caused by illegal opioids such as heroin and bootleg fentanyl. There are also increasing signs that pain patients unable to get opioids legally are turning to pain medication sold on the streets, some of it counterfeit and laced with fentanyl. Efforts to restrict the supply of opioids may only be making things worse. Law enforcement agencies in West Virginia recently said a federal crackdown on opioids – dubbed the Bluefield Pill Initiative -- may have contributed to a recent spike in heroin cases, according to the Bluefield Daily Telegraph. “We are seeing an increase in heroin because pills are in fewer quantity,” said Sgt. J.S. McCarty, who heads a local crime task force. “Without pills an opioid addict’s only choice is heroin.”  

Chronic Pain Sufferers for Relief
489 supporters
Petitioning Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Janet Woodcock, M.D., Cory Booker, Mark Zuckerberg, Elizabeth Warren, Tammy Duckworth, Rand Paul, Jack Dorsey, Justin Trudeau, Pennsylvania Governor, Kir...

Herpes - A Medical Condition Like Any Other With A Stigma Unlike Almost Any Other

I get it. Herpes is a punchline. For a majority of people herpes is manageable. They may never have symptoms or they get outbreaks 1x a year. They may never have a recurrence after their first outbreak. However, this is not the case for everyone. Psychological Burden To be sure, there is no question that there are objectively worse diseases (HIV, MS, ALS, cancer, etc). I fully support research that will readily cure and treat those illnesses. The advent of PREP has made the risk of acquiring HIV almost minuscule. It has been so successful that many people with herpes wish they (or their partner) could be offered a similarly effective treatment (medication or vaccine) that could make transmission similarly negligible. Some individuals have frequent painful outbreaks which can make sex painful, particularly for women. There are worse diseases, but there are few incurable ones that can be still be transferred between partners despite the best medical treatment has to offer. Many people fear the stigma of the disease much more than the disease itself, which drives the anxiety around the topic of transmission. The result for some individuals with herpes is that it can impact  their mental health. Some people feel sad, angry and fearful because of their diagnosis. The high burden of the stigma can bring about significant guilt, shame, and blame. People are concerned about transmission, dating, disclosing, and sex. The slightest physical symptoms can feed these psychological issues. Please consider viewing https://honeycomb.click/ (an anonymous online support group for individuals with herpes with currently 61,000 members) or following the #herpblr community on tumblr as people discuss what it's like living with herpes. You'll see a common thread that some individuals are far and away more concerned with the psychological side of herpes (stigma, risk of transmission, negative perceptions) than anything else. Sometimes We Can’t See it, but It’s There For hundreds of millions, this disease is not an issue. People will have it, and not even know it. However, for a smaller percentage, particularly those with HSV-2 and to a lesser extent HSV-1, outbreaks can be more common. It has been estimated that in people with genital HSV-2, for those individuals who have a history of genital ulcers, they shed the virus on approximately 20.1% of the days and have lesions approximately 12.2% of the days. In individuals who tested positive for HSV-2 by blood test, but never noticed an ulcer, it was determined that they shed the virus on average approximately 10.2% of the time, and with the help of a professional, it was determined they were having lesions (they had not noticed) approximately 3.1% of days. Antiviral suppression like valtrex do decrease shedding significantly, but it is not predictable when or if someone will shed. Reference: (http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/896698 Unfortunately, this is not common knowledge. Many individuals (even health professionals) do not know that the virus can be transferred even without any visible symptoms. It can be this uncertainty of not knowing when and how much one is shedding that can drive someone with herpes mad while they try to protect their partners and loved ones. Condoms can decrease transmission by 30% (much higher for other STIs), and antivirals are 50% effective in decreasing transmission. They help, but they are far from ideal. The Stigma of Herpes and Funding of Research Paradoxically, the disease is considered by many (those with and without it) to be “benign” as many have no symptoms or rarely get outbreaks, and somehow is extremely heavily  stigmatized. In the USA, above the waist it is considered a "cold sore" and not a big deal. Below the waist it is considered "herpes" and viewed as a scarlet letter. The stigma can be so great that a budding romantic relationship can be met with rejection once a partner discloses their condition. Unfortunately, some are so fearful of rejection, they do not disclose their condition to their partners (who are more likely to get the disease as a result). With better education, people could view herpes with a more realistic lens which would significantly help the psychological burden as well so individuals could openly disclose their condition and not be rejected because the condition is so heavily stigmatized.  However, due to the social climate around this disease, individuals with herpes (particularly genital herpes), do not feel comfortable asking for help from family, friends, researchers, or health professionals. People are fearful of being looked as "dirty", "dishonest", "nasty", and numerous other adjectives or descriptions that have been used to describe people with herpes. People often contract with herpes from a partner that did not know they even had the condition due to asymptomatic viral shedding (see above) or by partners that did not disclose their condition and may not have taken the appropriate precautions to decrease the risk for transmission. Some people contract the virus even when they used protection. The end result is a lonely place where some individuals with the disease can feel very isolated, grow depressed because of the stigma of the condition, but not because of the condition itself. A larger consequence is that people do not speak out and advocate for themselves, so there is a lack of funding regarding awareness, vaccines, or research.  A Link Between HSV-2 and HIV The WHO estimates that 417 million people have HSV-2 (primarily genital) worldwide. HSV-2 increases the risk of acquiring HIV by 2-3x. According to the UNAIDS, in 2015, 2.1 million people were diagnosed with HIV worldwide. An efficacious prophylactic vaccine against herpes, would help prevent the spread of both herpes and HIV. This is particularly relevant in Sub-Saharan Africa, where the high prevalence of HSV-2 is considered to be an extremely strong driver of HIV transmission. References: 1. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs400/en  2. http://www.unaids.org/en/resources/fact-sheet 3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3563330/ While the following consequences of herpes are certainly rare, I would be remiss if they were not mentioned Herpes Keratitis: While it is rare, every year estimated 1.5 million new cases of herpes keratitis are diagnosed with 40,000 cases leading to severe keratitis or blindness. Reference: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3652623/ Neonatal Herpes: The risk of neonatal herpes has been significantly decreased with the implementation of cesarean sections and antivirals. However, it can happen and tends to be a bigger issue in resource-stricken areas. WHO Medical Offier Sami Gottlieb , who studies neonatal herpes globally, recently remarked “ A vaccine that could reduce the spread of herpes would result in many positive outcomes – including preventing infants from dying of neonatal herpes”   Reference: http://www.who.int/reproductivehealth/topics/maternal_perinatal/estimates-neonatal-herpes-cases/en/ Herpes Encephalitis: While it is certainly a rare occurrence, herpes encephalitis can be a devastating diagnosis for a patient.  Even with treatment, it can be fatal. However, a significant number of individuals who do recover do not regain their neurological function back and have permanent deficits. Reference: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK47447/   So What Hope Is Out There? Well, I researched possible treatments(not yet available on the market) in hope to find which medications would decrease breakouts and prevent transmission. I did have some hope when I read about pritelivir, brincidofivir, and amenamevir (see references for results below). 1. Pritelivir (AiCuris):https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27997653  2. Brincidofvir (Chimerix): https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27582067   3. ASP2151 (Maruho): https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22351940   However, none of these medications appear to ever be coming to the market with any widespread use. If they do get approved, it will be at least 5+ years from now.  There are companies working on therapeutic vaccines for herpes such as: Genocea's GEN-003's is one of the most promising therapeutic vaccines which has shown to decrease genital shedding and lesion rates. However due to the FDA's clinical trials process this will not be released to the public until 2021 or later if it is approved. The Future of Herpes Treatments So here I am asking for help on behalf of millions of people with herpes. You don't need to have herpes to sign this petition. I promise if you do though, you are helping everyone (with or without the disease). People don't always feel comfortable talking about it openly, but you most likely have a family member or friend with the disease (it is more common than asthma or diabetes). You can help them too. Because research and funding is so limited, it may take years upon years for individuals with herpes to have access to treatments  with no guarantee for anything new to hit the market. So what am I requesting? 1. Ask the CDC to educate the public and health professionals about the disease. 2. Ask the FDA to consider moving along trials (keeping safety in mind) for treatments that can help decrease transmission and outbreaks 3. Ask the NIH to help fund researchers, scientists, and health professionals to explore better treatments for herpes. Gene editing methods involving CRISPR and vaccines (prophylactic or therapeutic) could provide great relief by giving people with herpes the relief that they (and their partners and loved ones) need not to worry about transmission So... Sign this petition if the information above has changed your outlook on the disease Sign this petition if you have herpes and it’s no big deal to you (physically or psychologically) Sign this petition if you have herpes and it is a big deal to you (physically or psychologically) Sign this petition if you have ever been rejected, felt isolated, or judged negatively because of a medical condition Sign this petition if think the stigma doesn't fit the disease and you think there should be more accurate education about the condition Sign this petition if you have herpes and feel like your life would be better if people looked at it for what it is, a medical condition like any other, with mostly mild cases with few or no symptoms Sign this petition so that individuals who currently have many outbreaks can have access to better treatments so they can have rare outbreaks and shedding, so they can have romantic relations without having to worry about transmitting the virus Sign this petition so you can disclose to a partner (or a partner can disclose to you) and say “There is a vaccine available to protect you and I rarely shed with my new treatment(s) so the risk of transmission is almost negligible" Sign this petition for better research, better testing, more awareness, more funding, more treatments, better public education, and less stigma Sign this petition for everyone with and without herpes Sign this petition to change this world Isn't it time for us to take better care of people with herpes? Isn’t it time we stopped looking upon them with shame? It is a medical condition like any other. 

Supermans Justice
313 supporters
Petitioning Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

GBS testing for babies born to GBS positive Mothers

I am Sharing my story for all expectant mothers who have tested positive for GBS. Group B Strep is a bacteria naturally found in the urinary bladder, rectum, or vagina. Women in Canada are routinely tested to determine whether or not they are GBS Positive.  When a mother tests positive for GBS not enough information is provided by health care practitioners about the signs/symptoms, and possible effects on the baby.  IV antibiotics is the recommended treatment for Early onset GBS which occurs within one week after birth.  Late Onset can occur within three months after birth.  Here is my son's experience with GBS. When i found out I had GBS I was told by our hospital that it was normal and 4 hours of antibiotics would keep my baby safe. I trusted what the doctor had said and this is my story. I gave birth October 5th to a beautiful 9 pound 4 ounce baby boy. I was told during my pregnancy that I had group B Strep and that while I went into labour I would have to take antibiotics in order to not pass the infection onto my baby. I did just that I waited four hours of having antibiotics before I pushed and delivered. Three weeks later, with no signs or symptoms that my baby boy was sick; he fell so incredibly ill. At 6 p.m. on Tuesday night we were feeding him his bottle and noticed he was cranky. As most parents would think it was gas pains. We then gave my little one a bath to try to alleviate his gas and noticed he was pale. He then began having breathing problems. This all happened between 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. when I called the ambulance because his breathing was so scary. An hour later of being in the emergency department he began having seizures and stopped breathing on his own. He was put on life support. The next day after a spinal tap and blood work was done we found out that our son had Group B Strep Meningitis. He was airlifted to the IWK and he was treated with antibiotics and many pain medications to keep him comfortable. The infection made it to his blood and the outside of his brain. While we prayed for good results over the next 3 days the antibiotics finally stopped the growth of the infection. We were told from day one that my son only had a 50/50 chance and that he may come out of it with brain damage nothing was ever certain.... After 4 long days we found out the effects of GBS meningitis. It caused so much brain damage my son would have never been able to eat on his own, feed himself, breathe for himself, walk, talk, remember, or learn. He died from this horrible infection. At three weeks old I had to bury my son. GBS can be fatal and lead to devestating life-long disabilities.  The symptoms are extremely hard to recognize and they hit hard and fast. I wish the hospitals could have done a blood test or monitored my son more to watch for signs of GBS instead of thinking everything was OK because I received antibiotics during labor. Please fight to have your child tested after birth regardless of the fact you had antibiotics before delivery.

Angielee Snodgrass
277 supporters
Petitioning Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Tell the FDA to Investigate WALMART for Puffer Fish's DEADLY NEUROTOXIN in Pet Department

The home marine aquarium community is outraged by the presence of Green Spotted Puffer Fish in Walmart stores. Not only is Walmart unequipped to sustain this brackish water fish, but this fish is being kept in a constant state of starvation by the supplier, who has instructed Walmart to feed them fish flakes. Puffer Fish DO NOT EAT FISH FLAKES. This willful and knowing cruelty is resulting in all other fish sharing the display tank filter system to sicken and die from TETRODOTOXIN POISONING. Walmart is selling a potentially poisonous animal to their customers without proper care and handling instructions, and putting them in contact with this deadly neurotoxin without WARNING.  When threatened or stressed, Puffer Fish excrete Tetrodotoxin the 2nd most deadly neurotoxin in vertebrates. They are netted in the wild and shipped to the US import warehouses where they are kept separate from all other fish to protect them from the puffers lethal poison. Last year water tests of 12 Walmart stores tank's were conducted over a 6 month period. These tests proved Walmart to be clear of ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates, concluding that Walmart display tanks filter systems are not poisoning the water. This leads to the conclusion that this water has been tainted by the starving puffers, and needs to be tested for the presence of Tetrodotoxin. Besides committing ongoing acts of cruelty to the puffers and all other fish, Walmart could be violating the law by placing the unwitting public at risk of contact with Tetrodotoxin tainted water. Their tanks are often left unlocked and within reach of children in their store, where there is no warning label.  With enough signatures we can get this critical issue addressed, and make the federal government step in to conduct an investigation. Please sign and circulate this petition and help us stop this outrageous tragedy from continuing. Thank you, Peggy Thomas  

Puffer Rescue Justice Corps-Hayward Chapter
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