We live in times of constant pressure. In school and the workplace there is a pressure to perform; in sports and manufacturing, a pressure to excel. For the many salespeople of the world it is the pressure to sell, and for all shops and businesses, it is the pressure to successfully compete. Very few people escape some form of pressure which invariably impacts into their lives as stress. Unless of course, you have learned that a positive response to pressure means a positive result to stress.
All of us, in one way or another, are given opportunities to be pressured and stressed. I remember endless opportunities to feel stressed when I was a farmer, and I embraced just about every one of them! If it wasn’t the weather or the slumping prices of our produce, it was overseas politics negatively affecting the sales of our beef. There was always a chance for a good old grumble. In those days I did not know that the rumbles of my grumbles had a negative impact on me.
Recently a person emailed me to ask if I had any thoughts on the Codex Alimentarius. Although I had a remote and lurking memory of it, I really know little about it, other than it is yet another assault on the rights of common people. And, of course, another opportunity for pressure and stress! Basically, it all boils down to an attack on the rights of people like you and me to choose our own ways of providing health and nutrition for our bodies.
The Codex Alimentarius is a pressure to have nutritional supplementation monitored and controlled by the drug companies. The Codex has a broad-based agenda, which includes forcing us to accept genetically modified plants as food. I have no doubt it is the huge multinational pharmaceutical companies that are applying the pressure on the governments, and hence the public. Obviously their profit margins are not yet big enough. Apparently, we need protection from making rash choices about our own well-being, so that we who choose to use alternative ways of caring for our health are to be forced toward using prescription drugs.
Strange, considering I have read reports documenting the escalating death toll regarding prescription drugs. Nice!
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Google Now Has Access To Millions of Patients’ Medical Records
A controversial deal between tech giant Google and the National Health Service (NHS) will allow artificial intelligence units access to 1.6 million confidential medical records. Since 2014, Google has partnered with several scientists in an attempt to understand human health, but a new report reveals the data gathering goes far beyond what was originally anticipated.
According to documents obtained by the New Scientist, the data sharing agreement between Google-owned artificial intelligence company DeepMind and the Royal Free NHS Trust gives access to the sensitive healthcare data of millions of NHS patients. The chilling and wide-reaching deal allows DeepMind access to the medical records of the 1.6 million people passing annually through the three London hospitals owned by the Trust — Barnet, Chase Farm, and the Royal Free.
The Google-owned A.I. firm announced in February it was working with the NHS to build an app called Streams — intended to help hospitals monitor patients with kidney disease. However, the new information has revealed that the extent of the data being shared goes much further and includes logs of day-to-day hospital activity, records of the location and status of patients, and even logs of who visits them and when.
Results of pathology and radiology tests are also shared, as is information from critical care and accident and emergency departments. In addition, DeepMind’s access to the centralised records of all NHS hospital treatments in the U.K. means the tech company can access historical data from the last five years, all while receiving a continuous stream of new data.
At the same time, DeepMind is developing a platform called Patient Rescue, which uses hospital data streams to build tools to carry out analysis and support diagnostic decisions. The New Scientist explained how it works:
Comparing a new patient’s information with millions of other cases, Patient Rescue might be able to predict that they are in the early stages of a disease that has not yet become symptomatic, for example. Doctors could then run tests to see if the prediction is correct.
While the Royal Free has not yet responded to the question of what — if any — opt-out mechanisms are available to patients, the New Scientist suggests this is unlikely to be a straightforward process. Despite the agreement stating Google cannot use the data in any other part of the company’s business, many will be seriously wary of the access the online tech giant now has to the confidential data of millions of people.
As the New Scientist wrote:
Data mining is the name of the game in the burgeoning field of machine learning and artificial intelligence, and there’s no company in the world better at that than Google.
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