Optimum launches, Bad Blood The Unspeakable Truth

Front Cover of the Book

Judge Krever delivered a scathing indictment of Government Blood oversight

Now an 8 Part CBC Docudrama

The Crown sent a lot of good foot soldiers, but the defence sent generals.”

— —Mike McCarthy Hepatitis C Victims Committee

TORONTO, ON, CANADA, November 1, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Available December 5 Instore Indigo/Chapters

$24.95 Trade Paperback

Since the 1995 publication of Bad Blood, The Tragedy of the Canadian Tainted BloodScandal much has changed in the Canadian blood collection and distribution system.

Despite this, many of the issues that arose in the 1980s resulting from
contamination of the blood supply with HIV and Hepatitis C (HCV) still
haunt the governments, agencies and consumers of blood products and

Many of these changes were driven by the $15 million report prepared
under the direction of Justice Horace Krever whose commission
conducted a detailed examination of Canada’s blood system in the
1990s. For example, the Red Cross is now out of the blood system
replaced by Canadian Blood Services and Hema-Quebec, stand-alone
agencies whose only responsibility is collection and distribution of blood
and its products.

The reissuance of an updated version of Bad Blood comes at a time
when an eight-part mini-series, Unspeakable, is being prepared for TV
distribution. The series, based in part on Bad Blood and on the personal
experience of executive producer Robert C. Cooper, who was infected
with HCV through blood products, is expected to air in early 2019. It is
being funded by CBC and Sundance TV.

We took our country’s blood supply for granted
— safe, available, life-saving.

We did so at our peril. We now know that more than a thousand Canadians who had transfusions in the late 1970s and 1980s—hemophiliacs, surgery patients, accident victims, women and their babies in childbirth—were infected with HIV. More than 70 percent have since died of AIDS. Thousands more were infected with preventable hepatitis and have truggled with cirrhosis and even liver cancer.

Hemophiliacs were the proverbial canaries in the coal mine—an early warning sign that there was something terribly wrong with the Canadian blood supply. Yet officials denied there were issues at all, and in fact covered up clear evidence that they had failed to take sometimes simple actions that would have saved countless lives. We cannot allow the agencies that protect our health care system to look the other way or put budgets before patients.

Twenty-five years later—thanks largely to Justice Krever and his exhaustive public inquiry—much has changed, but this story should still serve as a stark reminder that citizens deserve better from the people who are paid to serve and protect the patients in our health care system.

"In this timeless book, Vic Parsons brings to life many tragic tales of
the people affected by HIV and hepatitis C infections from a blood
supply that was their lifeline. He also recounts their quest for
justice and compensation from a government that wanted to deny
culpability. It’s a compelling read for all."


The story of Canada’s worst medical catastrophe

Controversy still rages over the for-profit collection of
blood by certain corporations. This collection has been banned in
Ontario, Quebec and Alberta, but is permitted in Saskatchewan.
Survivors from the 1980s recall that the collection of imported for-profit
products from the United States, notably from prisons, was a major
factor in the infection of Canada’s blood supply. Supporters of for-profit
collections argue that Canada does not collect enough blood through its
voluntary donation system and imported products are necessary to
meet demand.

The update of Bad Blood, and the mini-series Unspeakable, are timely
reminders to the public of the past tragedies and cautionary tales for
the future.

"The story of Canada’s worst medical catastrophe must not be
forgotten. Vic Parsons’s new and updated edition of his 1993 book
should be required reading for people responsible for managing
our health system."

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Newly Revised Online Skin Cancer Video Available for Grade 6-12 Teachers in North American Schools

Student lives saved because of MEF lessons

Free award-winning melanoma videos have saved lives of teachers, students, and their family members

The American Cancer Society projects 178,560 new U.S. cases of melanoma in 2018, more than triple the number of new HIV/AIDS cases.”

— Dr. Stephen Fine

PEABODY, MA, UNITED STATES, November 1, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — The non-profit Melanoma Education Foundation announced that their award-winning online skin cancer/melanoma lessons are now available at no cost for high school and middle school teachers of health, physical education and health-related topics.

The American Cancer Society projects 178,560 new U.S. cases of melanoma in 2018, more than triple the number of new HIV/AIDS cases. Most teens and health teachers are unaware of the seriousness of melanoma, which is often lethal if not detected early. Melanoma is the most prevalent cancer in the 25-to-29-year age group and second to breast cancer in the 20-to-39-year age group.

In a 2017 survey among 334 teachers, 49 students reported finding early melanomas because of the lessons.

The student high school and middle school lessons were developed from the input of high school and middle school focus groups The 30-minute teacher video enables teachers to answer student questions and includes life-saving information that teachers and students are unaware of. All three videos won Gold Triangle awards from the American Academy of Dermatology.

The videos correct some widely held misbeliefs about skin cancer and claim that:

ABCDE melanoma warning signs are insufficient,

SPF is NOT the most important measure of sunscreen effectiveness, and

Skin cancer lessons based on sun safety do not change teen behavior.

The teacher video may be watched directly at < https://bit.ly/2pRAQap > after entering the password "Teacher1" and the teacher's school email address.

The student lesson plan link is: < https://www.melanomaeducation.net/pdfs/Melanoma-Lesson-Plan.pdf >.

Teaches may access student videos by completing a one-tme 5-minute registration form at < https://www.melanomaeducation.net >.

Media Contact:
Dr. Stephen Fine
Phone: 978-535-3080
Email: steve_fine@comcast.net

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Melanoma Education Foundation
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Oklahoma Mesothelioma Victims Center Now Urges a Power Plant or Energy Worker with Mesothelioma in Oklahoma to Call for On the Spot Access to the Nation's Top Lawyers for Better Compensation Results

Our number one passion is seeing to it that a person who has been diagnosed with mesothelioma in Oklahoma receives the best very possible compensation.”

— Oklahoma Mesothelioma Victims Center

NEW YORK , NEW YORK, USA, November 1, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Oklahoma Mesothelioma Victims Center is urging a person who has recently been diagnosed with mesothelioma because of asbestos exposure while working at a power plant, an oil refinery, or a public utility in Oklahoma to call them anytime at 800-714-0303. The group's sense of urgency is they do not want one person with mesothelioma in Oklahoma to get shortchanged because they did not have the nation's most skilled mesothelioma lawyers representing them with their compensation claim. http://Oklahoma.MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com

The Oklahoma Mesothelioma Victims Center says, "A person in Oklahoma with confirmed mesothelioma who was exposed to asbestos at a workplace such as a power plant, an oil refinery or a public utility could receive a financial compensation settlement well a over a million dollars. However, as we would like to explain anytime at 800-714-0303 there is a catch. If a person with mesothelioma in Oklahoma wants to receive the very best possible financial compensation results they will need to be represented by some of the nation's most skilled and experienced mesothelioma attorneys.

"Our number one passion is seeing to it that a person who has been diagnosed with mesothelioma in Oklahoma receives the best very possible compensation and with one call to us anytime at 800-714-0303 we will do everything possible to see to it you have direct access to some of the nation's most capable mesothelioma typically within twenty or thirty minutes. Please don't make to horrible mistake of thinking a local car accident or personal injury law firm can outperform one of the nation’s top mesothelioma law firms we suggest." http://Oklahoma.MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com

The Oklahoma Mesothelioma Victims Center's free services are available to a person with mesothelioma anywhere in Oklahoma including communities such as Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Norman, Broken Arrow, Lawton, Moore, Midwest City, Enid, Edmund, Moore, or Stillwater.

For the best possible treatment options in Oklahoma we strongly recommend the following heath care facility with the offer to help a diagnosed victim, or their family get to the right physicians at this hospital.

Stephenson Cancer Center: http://stephensoncancercenter.org/

High risk occupations for asbestos exposure in Oklahoma include US Navy Veterans, Fort Sill Army Base in Lawton, Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, and the U.S. Naval Ammunition Depot in McAlester, oil-gas production workers, power plant workers, public utility workers, oil refinery workers, plumbers, electricians, welders, machinists, millwrights, mechanics, auto brake technicians, construction workers. http://Oklahoma.MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com

For more information about mesothelioma please refer to the National Institutes of Health’s web site related to this rare form of cancer: https://www.cancer.gov/types/mesothelioma

Michael Thomas
Oklahoma Mesothelioma Victims Center
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