Limiting the Authority of Public Health Institutions

Public health institutions in the West are officially concerned with any type of disease, including mental disorders and “behavioral epidemics” of widespread objectionable behavior. This explains why the American Center for Disease Control runs road safety programs. The definition of “disease” is broad enough to include people exceeding the speed limit or failing to wear their seatbelt.

Does this make sense to you? It doesn’t to me. To me, it looks like an overreach of doctors’ medical training. Doctors are not the police, and should not be involved in programs to regulate anti-social or immoral behavior.

The solution is simple. Major public health institutions — in particular global health institutions — could limit their scope to communicable microbial diseases. The line between the police and public health can be drawn clearly and simply: if there isn’t a scientifically identifiable microbial pathogen causing a contagious medical disease, there should be no public health involvement.

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