“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.”    “Between animal and human medicine there are no dividing lines--nor should there be.”      Rudolf Virchow, MD (the father of cellular pathology)   January 2017 Editorial Commentary One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono Team: Laura H. Kahn, MD, MPH, MPP ▪ Bruce Kaplan, DVM ▪ Thomas P. Monath, MD ▪ Lisa A. Conti, DVM, MPH ______________________________   In the prelude to World War II, Winston Churchill quoted Edwin James Milliken’s poem with the final line ‘Death is in charge of the clattering train!’, when he felt that the British parliament was not taking the prospect of a war against Adolph Hitler seriously enough.   “...Who is in charge of the clattering train? The axles creak and the couplings strain, and the pace is hot and the points are near, and sleep hath deadened the drivers ear, and the signals flash through the night in vain, for death is in charge of the clattering train.”   A COGENT CASE FOR ‘ONE HEALTH’ IMPLEMENTATION...NOW January 2017!   The international community has begun to take the One Health approach seriously, especially during the early 21st century;;  This clattering train has been on and off the rails for many decades.  Failure to recognize, accept and fully implement this concept worldwide continues to deter human, animal, and environmental health life protecting and lifesaving advances yet to be applied and/or discovered!  One glaring example of critical need is that of the existential antimicrobial resistance threat discussed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and elaborated upon in a recently published book on the subject “One Health and the Politics of Antimicrobial Resistance”    Over the decades and indeed centuries, there have been and continues to be a vocal significant number of altruistic visionary research minded health scientists and officials within and among the public health, global health, clinical health, i.e. comparative medicine and planetary environmental health communities as well as some international governmental and political leaders that have seen the light...and essentially adopted the One Health approach, e.g. see; “7 Prominent U.S. and international individual and organizational One Health Endorsements (multidisciplinary): Jan.- Dec. 2016 and “34 Prominent U.S. and international individual and organizational One Health Endorsements (multidisciplinary) – June 2011 to December 2015” Endorsements (multidisciplinary) – June 2011 to December 2015”   “One Health” is the pivotal point of how human health, animal health and the environment are inextricably linked.  Moreover, it is a key insight into and methodology for advancing the well-being of humans, animals and all global health more expeditiously and efficaciously   Having the One Health approach and principles implemented worldwide is truly equivalent to saying the sun rises in the east and sets in the west.  An effort has begun to help “prepare society to create the world we need through ‘One Health education” and   Aside from all the millions of words and esoterica published by scientific academicians and theoreticians worldwide during the past decade, there has emerged some irrefutable hardcore ‘real-world’ evidentiary proofs established for centuries and recently.   The documented tip of this One Health approach iceberg   “The One Health concept has been successfully applied to many clinical health and public health milieus during the 19th, 20th and early 21st centuries.  Some significant examples of clinical health advances through comparative medical/surgical endeavors occurred during the past centuries using the One Health approach, i.e. these include public health and comparative medicine issues such as Heart Disease, Cancer, Orthopedic Disease, Anesthesiology, Obesity, Parasitic Diseases, Tuberculosis, Global Infectious Disease, Influenza,  Human Hepatitis C virus, Tickborne Diseases, Food Safety, Hendra virus vaccine, Aspergillus felis, Immunizations (vaccinations), Lou Gehrig’s Disease,  Ebola, Antibiotic Use and Resistance, Staphylococcus resistant infections, Environmental health Policymaking, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever viruses, Renderpest, Emergency/Disaster preparedness and many others.”   Vaccines against diseases transmitted from animals to humans: A one health paradigm “This review focuses on the immunization of animals as a means of preventing human diseases (zoonoses). …”In simple terms, the idea is to develop vaccines that protect domestic animals and wildlife thereby establishing effective barriers against human infections.  Developing animal vaccines are less expensive and are less strictly regulated than are those for humans.  Hopefully a common sense One Health approach can go forward.,MDSept2013OneHealthVaccineArticle.pdf   Several available One Health textbooks in print and   Four current outstanding open-access One Health Journal options for publications   MORE: 2nd Global Conference on One Health: the World Veterinary Association (WVA), World Medical Association (WMA), Japanese Medical Association (JMA) and Japanese Veterinary Medical Association (JVMA) – Posted One Health Initiative website NEWS Saturday, November 12, 2016 2nd Global Conference on One Health: the World Veterinary Association (WVA), World Medical Association (WMA), Japanese Medical Association (JMA) and Japanese Veterinary Medical Association (JVMA) Held in Japan – November 10-11, 2016 “During the Closing Ceremony of the 2nd Global Conference on One Health, the World Veterinary Association (WVA), World Medical Association (WMA), Japanese Medical Association (JMA) and Japanese Veterinary Medical Association (JVMA) signed on the Memorandum of Fukuoka. The 4 associations agreed to move from the validation and recognition stage of the “One Health Concept”, to the practical implementation stage: 1. Physicians and veterinarians shall promote the exchange of information aimed at preventing zoonotic diseases and strengthening cooperative relationships, as well as to undertake further collaboration and cooperation aimed at creating a system for zoonosis research. 2. Physicians and veterinarians shall strengthen their cooperative relationships to ensure the responsible use of important antimicrobials in human and animal healthcare. 3. Physicians and veterinarians shall support activities for developing and improving human and veterinary medical education, including understanding the One Health concept and approach to One Health challenges. 4. Physicians and veterinarians shall promote mutual exchange and strengthen their cooperative relationships in order to resolve all issues related to the creation of a healthy and safe society.” World Medical Journal – UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and One Health   SEE “One Health Umbrella” graphic