Homeless Man Denied Entry Into Canada
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#1 Jun 11, 2010
The other thread sabotaged, trying again:
I like much of what intellectual Noam Chomsky has to say (that which I can understand), and just came acrsoss an article explaining he was denied entry into Israel earlier this year. Apprently he's jewish but critical of Israel so they didn't want him to speak.
On this issue of marijuana, I agree with his point that criminalization of marijuana may be used as a means of population control as the poor are disproportionatley incarcerated, however, I don't believe people are being informed enough about the harnful aspects of marijuana in the rush to legalize/capitalize.
Here's my own adventure of being denied entry into a country that happened two days ago. It too could have been for political reasons since I had a letter published in a Bellingham weekly newspaper preceding the Vancouver Olympics months ago warning there could be a homeless sweep in Bellingham. I had also spoke out about it during Bellingham City and County Council meetings. Furthermore, I have handed out flyers on WWU campus describing the harm marijuana can cause, citing studies showing a correlation between marijauna use and psychosis. Legalization of marijuana is a current political issue in Vancouver, BC as well, so that's another reason my being denied entry may have been politically motivated. Either that or it's strictly due to being homeless (yet I was allowed in two years ago with only $25 and was homeless, and in February of 1986 was allowed in to drive the Alaska Highway in February):
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#2 Jun 11, 2010
(Forgot to mention below that 2 minor strokes involves high risk for major stroke)
My name is Bruce Deile. I'm homeless, living in Bellingham, WA for past two years (presently using public library computer). I experienced a minor stroke about 10 days ago--the second minor stroke I've had in past 2-3 years. It is due to auto-immune disease--either ongoing bacterial spirochette (Lyme disease--Borrelia burgdorferi), or "Post-Lyme Disease Syndrome"--something akin to antibiotic induced lupus following initial antibiotic treatment after tick bite/EM rash/Lyme disease diagnosis in Santa Rosa, CA; 6/14/2002.
If the former,(extremely expensive) IV antibiotics--ceftriaxone--are indicated. The latter--corticosteroids in order to suppress the immune system/inflammatory response. A neurologist in Colorado told me I needed the corticosteroids (but would not take me as a patient).
I thought by going to Vancouver, I could visit a hospital to see if they would be willing to try treating with corticosteroids (since nobody here is willing to treat me with either corticosteroids or the IV antibiotics--or anything for that matter). I had $727 cash--more than enough for a medical office visit and a night or two of lodging (had a reservation for the first night).
But I was denied entry due to not having an address in the U.S.--I am homeless, and told them that when questioned about it. And even though I explained to the Immigration Officials I recieve monthly welfare checks in Bellingham, WA, which indicates I do not intend to enter the country and disappear (and thus be a burden on Canada's system), Immigration still denied entry. I was threatened with jail if I did not immediately purchase a Greyhound ticket back to Bellingham, WA. Routine procedure apparently. The paperwork I was provided states I must provide "Rent receipts; mortgage papers; hydro bills; phone bills" and "Proof of Employment" in order to be allowed entry.
That after informing them I'm unemployed on disability welfare (using a service dog that was with me during the interrogation). If I were an enemy combatant on a battlefield, captured and in need of medical treatment, wouldn't the Geneva Convention require better?
#3 Jun 11, 2010
Also, when Amtrak sold me the ticket to Vancouver, BC, they knew of my homelessness. When they sell the ticket, they ask for your address (or phone). I told them I am homeless, and gave them my sister's address/phone in Anchorage (for contact in case of lost baggage).
The sign on Amtrak's wall by ticket counter lists "insufficient funds to cover reasonable expenses while in Canada" as a reason one may be denied entry. But it doesn't say anything about being denied due to being homeless. To omit that is to mislead a person purchasing a ticket.
Granted, Amtrak cannot be reponsible for informing all passengers about Canada's entry laws, yet when selling someone a ticket, and they know that the person is homeless and will not be able to reach their destination because of that, is that not unethical business practice?
Immigration Officials said when denying me entry that they deny homeless people entry "all the time". So how often are there homeless passengers on Amtrak, who paid over $100 for a ticket from California for example, knowingly fleeced since they will not be able to reach their destination--worse yet, risk imprisonment for illgality? When searching online, entry requirements are also obfuscated in such a way as to not specifically say you will be denied because you are homeless.
Amtrak wouldn't grant a refund when I returned to Bellingham and requested one.
And about the initial Lyme disease antibiotics (doxycycline). That could well have been overkill. Leading Lyme disease researcher, Dr. Sam Donta*, has stated he is not convinced Lyme disease--Borrelia burgdorferi bacterial spirochette--ever enters the brain. Donta also states that amoxicillin antibiotic is equally efficacious at treating Lyme disease as doxycycline. So why then is doxy the standard protocol for acute lyme disease, when it crosses the blood brain barrier far more so than amox, which could be the basis for ongoing auto-immune/neurodegenerative disease, when crossing the blood brain barrier is unnecessary? Is this being done deliberately, thus explaining why both IV ceftriaxone and corticosteroids are uniformly denied patients? So that 10-15 years after doxy administered, there is one less "weak and unfit unnecessary burden on society" (according to sociological definition of Nazi eugenics)?
Recent studies have shown a direct correlation between the severity of MS and compromising of the blood brain barrier. Google that to find article. Lyme is often misdiagnosed since the symptomoly can be quite similar to MS. Etc.
*Dr. Sam Donta Prof. of Medical Division of Infectious Disease and BioMolecular Medicine Director Lyme Disease Unit Boston University Medical Center
#4 Jun 11, 2010
From IDSA Lyme Disease Guidelines (Infectious Diseases Society of America)
Although mine is late Lyme disease, these recommendations refer to both IV ceftriaxone and corticosteroids....I have no idea which might be effective at this point, but have not received either in past eight years when seeking treatment for ongoing symptomology. A problem below is their recommending lumbar puncture for intracranial pressure...believe that risks brain herniation (fatal) if not mistaken:
1. For adult patients with early Lyme disease and the acute neurologic manifestations of meningitis or radiculopathy, the use of ceftriaxone (2 g once per day intravenously for 14 days; range, 1028 days) is recommended (tables 2 and 3)(B‐I). Parenteral therapy with cefotaxime or penicillin G may be a satisfactory alternative (B‐I). For patients who are intolerant of β‐lactam antibiotics, increasing evidence indicates that doxycycline (200400 mg per day in 2 divided doses orally for 1028 days) may be adequate (B‐I). Doxycycline is well absorbed orally; thus, intravenous administration should only rarely be needed.
For children, ceftriaxone (B‐I) or cefotaxime (B‐II) administered parenterally is recommended (tables 2 and 3); intravenous penicillin G is an alternative (B‐I). Children 8 years of age have also been successfully treated with oral doxycycline at a dosage of 48 mg/kg per day in 2 divided doses (maximum, 100200 mg per dose)(B‐II).
The presence of either papilledema or sixth cranial nerve palsy may indicate the presence of increased intracranial pressure. Although elevated intracranial pressure typically responds to systemic antibiotic therapy, other measures to lower pressure, such as serial lumbar punctures and use of corticosteroids or acetazolamide, may be considered in individual cases [160, 161]. CSF shunting was thought to be necessary in one patient to control increased intracranial pressure that appeared to be causing or contributing to loss of vision .
#5 Jun 16, 2010
IDSA Lyme disease Guidelines:
..."Doxycycline is relatively contraindicated in pregnant women and children <8 years old...."
Only the FDA explains why doxy should not be prescribed to children under eight--it causes brain swelling/encephalitis. CDC and NIH obfuscate that information; "relatively contraindicated", etc.
If it causes encephalitis in children, it most likely does so in adults as well. At least that's what they say about animal studies.
#6 Jun 16, 2010
"Early Lyme Disease
Erythema migrans. Doxycycline (100 mg twice per day), amoxicillin (500 mg 3 times per day), or cefuroxime axetil (500 mg twice per day) for 14 days (range, 1021 days for doxycycline and 1421 days for amoxicillin or cefuroxime axetil) is recommended for the treatment of adult patients with early localized or early disseminated Lyme disease associated with erythema migrans, in the absence of specific neurologic manifestations (see Lyme meningitis, below) or advanced atrioventricular heart block (A‐I)."
When I had Erythma Migrans rash 10 days after tick bite, ER doc prescribed doxy for 3 weeks. I wasn't given a choice of doxy, amox, or cefuroxime. Woke up five days later (after taking doxy those five days) with very strong numbness and tingling in hands/forearms. Felt like they were going paralyzed/MS. ER switched to amox for the rest of the 3 week treatment. But those symptoms (and others) from the doxy have never gone away in the past eight years. That's why I wonder if it was the doxy that induced autoimmune disease. That and the nurses/doctor demeanor. They seemed to know what had happened--that something very harmful had occurred.
#7 Jun 16, 2010
Appx. three months after tick bite/Lyme diagnosis/doxy/amox, a doctor in Boise, Idaho gave 2X the standard doseage of Cefuroxime antibiotic for 30 dyas. That was because symptoms had continued, and it the high dose of cefuroxime is recommended by Dr. Burrascano from ILADS (International Lyme and Associated Disease Society). It only worsened symptoms, specifically--fatigue.
#8 Jun 17, 2010
IDSA Lyme Disease Guidelines:
"Although elevated intracranial pressure typically responds to systemic antibiotic therapy, other measures to lower pressure, such as serial lumbar punctures and use of corticosteroids or acetazolamide, may be considered in individual cases [160, 161]. CSF shunting was thought to be necessary in one patient to control increased intracranial pressure that appeared to be causing or contributing to loss of vision .
#9 Jan 17, 2011
A recent chest x-ray shows 1.3 cm nodule on my lower left lung. Might well have resulted from the inflammatory disease. Could it have been prevented with cortico-steroids? Please re-read my earlier message.
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#10 Jan 17, 2011
I've since figured it was due to my being outspoken against for profit healthcare that border officials had been incited against me.
#11 Jan 17, 2011
For several years I've been outspoken about the need for a pharmacuetical price cap, and have criticized non-profit healthcare CEO salaries (one at $16.2M/year--Universal Health Services CEO), etc. Canada would likely be in agreement with my political views, so it was most likely malicious gossip and slander to incite people against me. That's how it's been in the past with places of employment--enemies come in and spread lies about me to incite management and co-workers against me, forcing me out, over and over again. Have explained this in greater detail on other therads.
#12 Jan 20, 2012
Keep your filthy anti cannabis propaganda in your own fascist country! After all the 'drug war' has been such a resounding success! You sound like one big whiny child! Glad the Canadians were smart enough to deny you entry.
#13 Jan 22, 2012
Ad hominem. Has legalization/taxation/regulati on of alcohol been a good thing? Not necessarily. We're de-sensitized to the harm, that's all. Children decapitated in auto crashes due to drunk drivers, children horrific burn victims for life due to drunk drivers....why are there not stronger laws against DUI? "Don't tread on me" Libertarian's propaganda, that's why. Same will be with marijuana/capitalist profiteering. The mental illness and lung cancer incurred will be accepted as a necesary evil when it is not necessary at all. We don't need more tax money; we need better government. U.S. tax and transfer rate in reducing poverty abysmal; Noam Chomsky ('Understanding Power'; footnotes). Etc., etc. Harass me some more on Amtrak, demons.
#14 Jan 22, 2012
Ad hominem. Has legalization/taxation/regulati on of alcohol been a good thing? Not necessarily. We're de-sensitized to the harm, that's all. Children decapitated in auto crashes due to drunk drivers, children horrific burn victims for life due to drunk drivers....why are there not stronger laws against DUI? "Don't tread on me" Libertarian's propaganda, that's why. Same will be with marijuana/capitalist profiteering. The mental illness and lung cancer incurred will be accepted as a neccessary evil when it is not necessary at all. We don't need more tax money; we need better government. U.S. tax and transfer rate in reducing poverty abysmal; Noam Chomsky ('Understanding Power'; footnotes). Etc., etc. Harass me some more on Amtrak, demons.
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