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One Health Initiative: World medical Association and World Veterinary Association - Tuesday, August 20, 2019

A message worth repeating...from November 22, 2012

 From The World Medical Association

One Health Initiative: World medical Association and World Veterinary Association

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United States Department of Defense (DOD) - "Where Animal and Human Health Research Coincide" - Thursday, August 15, 2019

United States Department of Defense (DOD)

Where Animal and Human Health Research Coincide

“...Since the 1940s, DOD has considered veterinary pathology interlinked with human health and environmental issues such as anthrax, Ebola and the West Nile virus, said Alves, who also is the veterinary pathology consultant to the Army surgeon general....”

“One-Health Approach

The relationship among animals, humans and environmental issues comprises what the colonel calls the “One Health” approach. Specifically, he explained, certain animal species can mimic the same disease as in a human. Studies using animal models also include research on traumatic brain injury and on chemical or thermal burns to see how such issues affect the human body, he said. ...  “Veterinary pathology is just like human pathology. Skin is skin, a heart is a heart, a liver is a liver. There may be some differences in species, but ultimately the tissue looks very similar,” Alves said. “Once we get over that hurdle, veterinary pathology is essentially the same thing as human pathology. We just do it with four legs.”


An Opinion regarding... “The Trump administration announced far-reaching revisions to the Endangered Species Act” - Wednesday, August 14, 2019

August 14, 2019

An opinion regarding ...

“The Trump administration announced far-reaching revisions to the Endangered Species Act”

[first enacted in 1973 by a Republican President and Administration]


Political pros and cons are currently and over the coming months will be engaged by this controversial fiat.

“...Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico, the top Democrat on the committee that oversees the Interior Department’s budget, said Democrats were considering invoking the Congressional Review Act, a 1996 law that gives Congress broad authority to invalidate rules established by federal agencies, to block the changes.

The Endangered Species Act has been regulators’ most powerful tool for protecting fish, plants and wildlife ever since it was signed into law by President Richard M. Nixon in 1973. The peregrine falcon, the humpback whale, the Tennessee purple coneflower and the Florida manatee all would very likely have disappeared without it, scientists say. ...”

 “...A recent United Nations assessment, some environmentalists noted, warned that human pressures are poised to drive one million species into extinction and that protecting land and biodiversity is critical to keep greenhouse gas emissions in check.

Climate change, a lack of environmental stewardship and mass industrialization have all contributed to the enormous expected global nature loss, the United Nations report said. ...”

However, far reaching practicable health considerations—not elaborated upon in these articles—especially including the following references should be taken into account relative to consequential harm to humans, animals and the environment, for sustaining life on earth:

How Do the Extinctions of Other Creatures Affect Humans Directly?

“...Scientists have also discovered links between the incidence of West Nile virus and hantavirus and local reductions in biodiversity....”; “... Each species that vanishes may hold the key to any number of medical breakthroughs, and the loss of these resources could prove a terrible blow to humans. ...”

 ...Biodiversity loss tends to increase pathogen transmission across a wide range of infectious disease systems,"; “...The authors focused on diseases—including Lyme, West Nile virus, hantavirus and nine others—around the world. In each case they found that the maladies have become more prevalent during the time in which local biodiversity shrank. ...”

“...Throughout history, humans have considered birds to be our protectors, our vigilant sentinels, writes the Nobel laureate immunologist Peter Doherty in his 2012 book Their Fate Is Our Fate: How Birds Foretell Threats to Our Health and Our World. "Way back to mythological times, guard duty has been part of the avian job description. Gods with the body of a man and the head of a bird, like the ibis, falcon, hawk or heron, watched over the ancient Egyptian," he wrote. ...”;year=2017;volume=10;issue=6;spage=1432;epage=1438;aulast=Patil

“...Conclusion: While some human health effects due to biodiversity loss may be direct and easily perceptible while others are indirect may not be appreciated currently. According to the World Health Organization, the adverse health effects brought in by loss of biodiversity far exceeds dangers of implication of climate change to human health. Health professionals should advocate for the preservation of biodiversity as it has a powerful impact on frequency of disease transmission in the community.”

North Carolina (USA) Ecological Services: Why do We Care About Endangered Species in North Carolina?”

    The Endangered Species Act of 1973 (Act) recognizes that many of our nation's valuable plant and wildlife resources have been lost and that other species are close to extinction. The Act provides a means to help preserve these species and their habitat for future generations.

Extinction is a natural process that has been occurring since long before the existence of man. Normally, new species develop, through a process known as speciation, at about the same rate that other species become extinct. However, because of air and water pollution, forest clearing, loss of wetlands, and other man-induced environmental changes, extinctions are now occurring at a rate that far exceeds the speciation rate. Each extinction diminishes the diversity and complexity of life on earth. The loss of a single species may result in few environmental repercussions however, all life on earth is interconnected. If enough "living connections" are broken, whole ecosystems could fail[,] the balance of nature could be forever altered, and our own survival could be jeopardized. Furthermore, the diversity of animal and plant life provide us with food and many of our life-saving medicines. When a species is lost, the benefits it might have provided are gone forever.”

It is problematic as to whether “cherry picking” i.e. allowing arbitrary selected species extinction is or could be scientifically feasible. 

The overriding decision(s) should rest on the side of human, animal and environmental health and wellbeing, not self-serving financial interests, or partisan political or unfounded ideological arguments (right, left or center; Democrat/Republican/Independent); liberal/moderate/conservative).

“One Health” is a nonpartisan issue/concept/approach nationally and internationally: One Health is the collaborative efforts of multiple disciplines working locally, nationally, and globally to attain optimal health for people, animals, plants and our environment.One Health implementation will help protect and/or save untold millions of lives in our generation and for those to come.

Historical footnote:  In 1972, the Louisville-Jefferson County Kentucky “Jefferson County Veterinary Medical Society (JCVMS)” was involved with and promoted the Kentucky Endangered Species Act (1972) enactment helping to advance the state (Kentucky) becoming the 6th State to enact such a law.  The late Naturalist/humanitarian Roger Caras assisted in these efforts.

The original Kentucky legislative sponsors were Republicans, Senator Walter “Stu” Reichert and Representative Eugene P. Stuart.  At the time, in the Voice-Jeffersonian newspaper Sen. Reichert was quoted as saying “Kentucky takes a pretty good view of conservation” and Rep. Stuart said, “If you can stop the killing the market for these skins you can stop the killing of the animals, which is important to the ecological balance of the entire planet.”  The bipartisan bill passed unanimously, in both the House and Senate and the Democratic Governor Wendell H. Ford (later Kentucky U.S. Senator) signed the bill without fanfare. 

Later, the JCVMS was contacted by the late Christine Stevens, founder of the Animal Welfare Institute, Washington, DC, whose husband was Roger L. Stevens  The JCVMS agreed to join with Ms. Stevens’ national Endangered Species Act advocacy.

Notably, this was an era when political leaders of the Democratic and Republican parties generally tended to practice the legal principle of reasonable comity in states and nationally.




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DUKE (USA) ONE HEALTH Newsletter - ISSUE 17 August 2019 ... Veterinarians Merged with Physician Educations: Past and Present Combined into One Individual “One Health” [opinion article] - Friday, August 02, 2019

DUKE (USA) ONE HEALTH Newsletter - ISSUE 17 August 2019 ... Veterinarians Merged with Physician Educations: Past and Present Combined into One Individual “One Health” [opinion article]

Please see newsletter link: - Also available on Duke One Health Monthly Newsletter website: 

Veterinarians Merged with Physician Educations: Past and Present Combined into One Individual “One Health”  


Although veterinary medicine and human medicine are viewed separately, training of veterinarians bears a strong resemblance to training of physicians. The two disciplines share the same fields of science with some differences in the content and the covered species. 

Historically, individuals who received dual training have greatly influenced the development of general medicine. Dr. Bruce Kaplan, the co-founding member of the One Health Initiative team, and Dr. Steven W. Atwood, member of the One Health Initiative Advisory Board, published a paper that advances the idea of establishing unique DVM/VMD - MD/DO programs in the U.S. and internationally. 

The authors present several contributions of previous and current dual-trained professionals to illustrate the potential impact of multidisciplinary training using a One Health Model.

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CONTACTS for: 6th World One Health Congress - Monday, July 29, 2019

Creating a healthy future for humans, animals and their environments.

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Survival: One Health, One Planet, One Future - Friday, July 26, 2019
Survival: One Health, One Planet, One Future
Survival: One Health, One Planet, One Future. Planet Earth has been here for over 4.5 billion years but in just two human generations we have ...


One Health - "News & Views from The Himalayas" - Thursday, July 25, 2019
"Disease surveillance has to go beyond humans and encompass preventive health and hygiene in livestock and poultry. The concept on One Health would really catch the imagination if the critical importance of animal health in human well-being is underscored time and again"

Disease surveillance has to go beyond humans and encompass preventive health and hygiene in livestock and poultry. The concept on One Health ...
"...Circa 400 BC, Hippocrates in this treatise On Airs, Waters and Places had urged physicians that all aspects of the patients’ lives need to be considered including their environment; disease was aresult of imbalance between man and environment. So One Health is not a new concept, though it is of late that it has been formalized in the Health governance systems. ..."
Hill Post - News & Views from The Himalayas News & Views from The Himalayas


Veterinarians, physicians to jointly explore links between animal and human health - University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA) - Thursday, July 25, 2019
Veterinarians, physicians to jointly explore links between animal and human health
... of Pharmacy and partners in the Clinical and Translational Science Award One Health Alliance: Robert Rebhun at the University of California, Davis; ...


FOURTH ANNUAL GLOBAL “ONE HEALTH DAY” - NOVEMBER 3, 2019 - Tuesday, July 23, 2019

July 23, 2019



Since 2016, three leading international One Health groups, the One Health Commission, the One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono Team, and the One Health Platform Foundation, have partnered in leading global “One Health Day”. Officially celebrated on November 3, individuals and groups from around the world, from academic to corporate to non-profit, students to established professionals, take the opportunity to implement One Health projects and special events under the auspices of “One Health Day.” Highlighting the benefits of a One Health transdisciplinary approach towards solving today’s critical animal, human and ecological health challenges, projects focus on worldwide public health issues such as antimicrobial resistance, emerging /reemerging zoonotic infectious diseases, comparative medicine and research and the inextricable interactions between animal, environmental and human health. ...

For complete information see:'Kick-Off'%20Announcement_OHPOHC.pdf

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