CF is Catchy

Here is an article sent to me by one of our readers.  As he says:

In case you didn’t hear of the boy who is a CF carrier being forced to change schools to protect kids with CF because his school district has complete lack of brain cells.   This is human stupidity in action at warp speed.

Don’t laugh too hard when you read the article.  Here are some juicy tidbits until you have time to read the whole thing:

  • Colman Chadam carries the genetic mutations for cystic fibrosis – but his doctor and parents say he does not have the disease. His parents, out of an abundance of caution, made the disclosure about his condition on a medical disclosure form when he began the school year.
  • The district – also out of an abundance of caution – decided that Colman would need to change schools seven weeks into the year because other students at Jordan have cystic fibrosis.
  • While Colman carries the genetic mutations, he has never had the classic lung problems, has never required treatment and tested negative on a sweat test, the definitive diagnostic tool, his parents said Thursday.
  • “The district is not willing to risk a potentially life-threatening illness among kids.”

Trust me, there is no fear of getting other kids sick.  There is only fear of lawsuits in a litigious society.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  2 comments for “CF is Catchy

  1. Luis
    October 31, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Reminds me of the notes I have to write for kids in daycare who have a viral cold and associated pinkeye. The ID docs say don’t treat with antibiotic eye drops, but then the kid can’t return to daycare (or sometimes the classroom) without a note from me stating I’ve put him on said drops. Stupidity again dictating medical practice.

  2. Melinda
    October 31, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Well, if he was MY kid, amidst the nuisance rearrangements to school him elsewhere, I’d probably at least be glad he is no longer going to that school. I wouldn’t want my kid being taught by such a bunch of morons!

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