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Trump Offers Use Of WH Doctor To Michigan Rep. Who Survived Coronavirus With Lyme Disease

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President Donald Trump offered Democratic state Rep. Karen Whitsett of Detroit, Michigan use of the White House physician Tuesday to treat her Lyme disease, which posed additional risks as she suffered from the coronavirus she recently recovered from.

“I’m a little surprised I can’t do something with your Lyme disease. Lyme disease is really tough,” Trump said as Whitsett described her symptoms, which include increased lethargy.

Whitsett replied that she’s been working to support Michiganders seeking treatment for the condition, which is an issue that rests in the hands of the federal government.

“I need you on that,” she told the President, adding that she doesn’t have a doctor “any longer” in Michigan who can treat her Lyme disease.

“I could even have you see the doctor over here,” Trump said as he called the doctor into the room and directed members of his staff to “Ask the White House doctor to come. Seriously. Because Lyme disease can be very very bad… Is it legal for me to use the White House doctor?”

He added, “You know what, if it’s not, I will suffer the repercussions I don’t care. The Democrats might not like that, you know.”

The President’s offer and familiarity with the disease came as a surprise to Whitsett, who was visiting the White House to participate in a roundtable of coronavirus survivors sharing their stories of recovery, many of them applauding the President’s authorization of the emergency use of hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug.

“If President Trump had not talked about this, it wouldn’t have been something that would be accessible for anyone to be able to get right now,” the lawmaker told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham last week.

She reiterated that sentiment as she sat alongside Trump Tuesday, saying she was grateful he spoke publicly about the possible benefits of using the controversial hydroxychloroquine therapeutic treatment.

“I wouldn’t be here today to even have this conversation with you and to be able to talk about the needs of Detroit and to talk about the people who really need this,” she said, crediting the anti-malarial medication for curing her of COVID19.

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Study finds harmful levels of ‘forever chemicals’ in popular bandage brands

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A new consumer study tested several brands of bandages and found higher levels of fluorine in bandages from Band-Aid, CVS Health, Walmart, Rite Aid, Target and Curad, which contain harmful levels of “forever chemicals,” also known as PFAS.

The study by Mamavation and Environmental Health News revealed that out of 40 bandages from 18 different brands, 26 contained organic fluorine, an indicator of PFAS.

“Because bandages are placed upon open wounds, it’s troubling to learn that they may be also exposing children and adults to PFAS,” said Dr. Linda S. Birnbaum, the study’s co-author and the former director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and National Toxicology Program.

News Nation reports that the study found the chemicals present in the adhesive part of the bandages. Mamavation said some brands likely used the PFAS in bandages “for their waterproof qualities.”

“It’s obvious from the data that PFAS are not needed for wound care, so it’s important that the industry remove their presence to protect the public from PFAS and opt instead for PFAS-free materials,” Birnbaum said.

According to the study, the chemicals are linked to several health effects, including “reduced immune system, vaccine response, developmental and learning problems for infants and children, certain cancers, lowered fertility, and endocrine disruption.”

While the exposure risk to PFAS through the skin isn’t clear, skin exposure “poses similar health risks” as eating or drinking food contaminated with PFAS, according to a previous study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

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