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Last year, the pesticide Naled was one of several tools officials used to control mosquitoes that carry the Zika virus. Dr. Michael Hall was one of many Miami Beach residents who protested, saying Naled exposure leads to symptoms like headaches and nausea. He and other protesters also expressed fears the pesticide could have longer-term health effects.
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South Florida officials no longer use Naled against the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that carry Zika. They say aerial spraying can be ineffective against that species because the mosquitoes tend to lurk under leaves and foliage. But mosquito control officials in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe counties are all continuing to use Naled to control another species of mosquito: the salt marsh mosquito. It’s not considered a major disease carrier, but it does bite humans and can transmit heartworm in dogs. Now Hall and Miami Beach lawyer Cindy Mattson have filed a lawsuit in federal court to try to get Miami-Dade to stop spraying Naled. They say they’re worried about the effects the pesticide may have on the environment — it can kill bees as well as mosquitoes and can harm fish. And they’re especially concerned about a recent study that found 9-month-olds who had been exposed to Naled scored slightly lower than average on some motor skills tests.
“That’s a risk I’m not willing to take and that’s why I’m speaking out,” Hall said.
Dr. Hall has been involved with many important causes around the world, working to help bring comfort to victims of the Sumatra–Andaman earthquake and Indian Ocean tsunami in Sri Lanka, supporting earthquake relief efforts in Haiti and confronting the current global Zika epidemic affecting North America. Dr. Michael Hall’s path in medicine truly began in 1997, after deciding to leave his coveted position as an ophthalmology resident at our nation’s oldest hospital, The New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical University. He was prestigiously selected for a highly regarded 36-month residency in which he served multicultural and multinational patients from around the world at both Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Hospital for Special Surgery. During his 25-month of training, Dr. Hall was promoted to senior ophthalmic resident with a “sterling” letter of recommendation from his chairman, D. Jackson Coleman, MD, which lead him to a fellowship interview with the oculoplastic surgery department at the world-renowned Moorfields Eye Hospital, in London. It was during this formative time in the summer of 1997, Dr. Hall personally witnessed several cases of racial profiling of black patients, including a black child, culminating severe medical negligence. Heinous acts of denial of care were committed by the hospital’s attending staff; Dr. Hall was both saddened and outraged at these events.
He meticulously documented several of these acts and reported them to New York state and federal investigators. Dr. Hall’s reports and official documents were reviewed by US Senator Charles Schumer, New York Congressman Jerrold Nadler, and New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane along with Donna Shalala, US Secretary of Health and Human Services, and the Office of Civil Rights; shocked by these revelations, all were highly supportive of Dr. Hall and availed their resources. Mark Green, New York City Public Advocate supported Dr. Hall’s efforts along with the New York State Department of Health, with whom Dr. Hall filed charges against the hospital’s racist, grossly negligent and inhumane actions against black patients. In a landmark decision, Dr. Hall’s originally drafted complaint against the hospital and senior staff was affirmed by the New York State Department of Health – Public Health Council; the hospital and senior staff were found to have acted in a negligent and unethical way. Ironically, a Clinton appointed, black, federal judge, George Daniels, a present member of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, who without reason or merit, patently refused to allow Dr. Hall’s case to be heard. This matter was illuminated by Dr. Hall and personally addressed by the former United States Attorney General and Chief Judge Michael Mukasey. With his heart dedicated to improving the health care industry, in December 2004, The New York Times had acknowledged Dr. Hall’s plight.
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Dr. Hall is the author of the 2002 book entitled, The American Gentleman, A Contemporary Guide to Chivalry, it may be found at Amazon. Dr. Hall has been heard, seen, and interviewed by scores of major media outlets, including television, radio, and newspaper. It was recently presented at the Miami Book Fair 2016. “I admire your consideration of the gentleman’s manifesto.”— C. Everett Koop, MD
It has been said that the character of a man is like a tree and his actions, good or bad, determine the fruit. The American Gentleman strives to make life more fulfilling and is written to inspire men to adopt a personal philosophy for growth and maturity. Through observation, integrity, spiritual philanthropy, altruism and knowing “reality” is perception – a state of character can be formed for self-improvement, but more than anything else, we learn how to consciously become more considerate of others.
You will not find a thousand-and-one “rules of etiquette” or a guide to hedonism in this book. Instead, you will find a gentleman’s manifesto based on the life experiences and considerations of a cultured and professional American man seeking social civility and greater personal character. Not dogmatic, The American Gentleman is written with certain questions in mind: How may “chivalry” be applied today? When does it become chauvinism? Are these present customs or behaviors that may be improved? How can men and women behave more harmoniously? In other words, is there civilized human behavior that can be identified, explained and formulated into a recognized standard and then applied to our contemporary lives? As storm clouds gather on the horizon of 21st century American society, many men and women are seeking a greater meaning of life. Most troubling is the polarizing of American culture as divisive trends in gender relations, political ideology, technology and family dynamics are impacting the way Americans live. It is time for change. Simply put, The American Gentleman offers a path for men to achieve their personal goals while assisting others along the way.
The Kansas City Star
Michael Hall approached women on the streets and called hundreds more to research his book. But he was always the perfect gentleman.
In fact, that’s what he wanted to talk to them about. Does a gentleman have a place in today’s society, he asked? How should a man treat a woman? Do you like a man to pick up the check and open doors for you?
Do you like a man who understands a woman sexually? “That was always yes, and most of the time they said they don’t know anyone like that,” says the Kansas City native, 34, single and a doctor, to boot. It didn’t surprise him that so many women said they didn’t know any gentlemen. That’s why he wrote The American Gentleman: A Contemporary Guide to Chivalry. Hall calls the slim paperback a manifesto, a call to arms for men to adopt the ways of the gentleman.”Trying to achieve chivalric ideals is something we just don’t talk about,” says Hall, a senior resident in community and family medicine at Truman Medical Center-Lakewood. “I think this idea of trying to assign gender-specific behaviors is something we’re not comfortable with.”
Such notions of chivalry and respect for women, however, don’t ring so old-fashioned in an age of female-demeaning song lyrics and teen pop idols who dress like prostitutes. Hall’s book joins others, like Wendy Shalit’s popular A Return to Modesty: Discovering the Lost Virtue, that are sounding clarion calls for kinder, more genteel times. Former college history professor Terrence Moore, now principal of a charter school in Fort Collins, Colo., is also writing a book about modern chivalry, a topic that has perplexed many of his students over the years. In college history classes, Moore, 35, has launched discussions about the Middle Ages by asking students: Is chivalry dead?
“I would get responses to that question like no other,” he says. “And it really engages young women. They really have decided opinions. I would say that most of the women in the middle states and in the South definitely think that chivalry has died, that men don’t respect them anymore … that they act like uncultivated barbarians. “It’s a very hard thing for a woman these days to go out in public without getting approached, without getting gawked at, without getting leered at. Young women are very vocal about these things, and they basically want men to return to some idea of gentility.”
One guess. By Hall’s definition, a gentleman walks through the world in what Hall calls a “state of character,” observing the needs and concerns of people around him, giving of himself freely without expecting anything in return and always doing what he believes to be right. Sound like anyone you know? Hall didn’t interview women only. Many of the hundreds of men he talked to were “absolutely interested in this, and they don’t know where to turn.”
He wrote the book after seeing boorishness in the workplace. In the late 1990s Hall was finishing ophthalmology training at a New York medical center where, he says, he witnessed racial discrimination and medical negligence. He blew the whistle. He believes he did the gentlemanly thing by standing up for his principles and trying to right a wrong. Then he began paying attention to how other men around him were comporting themselves. What he saw worried him. He saw women trying to shrug into their coats in restaurants while no one offered assistance. He saw women entering buildings with armloads of bags and boxes, and no one opening the door for them. “It’s just not part of the American society,” Hall says. “We really go against the grain when it comes to formality and rules. We are impatient people.”
“I think it’s partially our social background. We don’t stress it. It’s not inherently important to the way we behave. It doesn’t make us richer, it doesn’t make the day go by faster, and it takes time.” Moore blames part of the fall of the American gentleman on the dismantling of the American family, the syndrome sociologists call “the fatherless America.”
“He was the natural trainer and caretaker of young manhood,” Moore says. Now when boys look to popular culture for their male role models, there are no John Waynes. But there is Eminem. Moore and others believe that growing gentlemen is really a job for the global community. The training should begin at home, but it is perpetuated, encouraged and supported at school, at church, in social groups and through civic activities. Maybe then men wouldn’t be as confused about all this gentleman stuff as they told Hall they were. Moore doesn’t blame feminism for the death of the gentleman. This isn’t a he-she discussion, he says.
“I really think if we were to return it to a gender-based respect for the sexes, it would appeal to the gallant and heroic in men.”
There is a desperate need for medical facilities in the remote areas in the Eastern Province, said Dr. Peter Vann, Head of Vascular Surgery, Auckland. New Zealand from a health camp at Ussana, a central village between Valachchenai and Vakarai yesterday.
Dr. Peter Vann and Dr. Michael Hall, an American citizen working with New Zealand, Ministry of Foreign Affairs visited health camps from Trincomalee to Batticaloa in coordination with the Presidential Task Force of Sri Lanka and the Ministry of Health.
Their task was to set up medical camps in the badly affected areas of the East and deploy teams of doctors and nurses on a regular basis from New Zealand in coordination with Rev. Jeyanejan of St. John’s American Ceylon Mission in Uvavani which has 18 vocational training and community centres in the area.
Dr. Vann said that some coastal areas in East such as Vakarai, Periya Neelavanai etc. were cut off with no access by road. Even to reach Kalmunai one has to come from Ampara. “Most of the displaced were under psycho-social trauma due to loss of their loved ones, belongings, livelihoods and homes and needed counselling to rebuild their homes and lives.”
Some people had infected sores on their bodies caused as a result of injuries during the Tsunami tidal wave. Relief assistance as kitchen utensils, clothes, sanitary items and food were distributed to those affected.
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Crews were up bright and early for another round of ground spraying in Miami Beach, Thursday morning.
The spraying came just hours after Florida Gov. Rick Scott left the nations capital, late Wednesday, to come back to Florida without a bill to fund the fight against Zika. In Washington, D.C., Scott urged congress to pass a $1.1 billion Zika bill. “I’m up here because I want Congress to act soon. I want them to act today,” he said.
Wednesday, dozens of protesters shouted, chanted and even cursed at Miami Beach commissioners, during a meeting held to decide whether naled will continue to be used to fight the Zika virus. Residents were seen outside with signs that read “No naled” and “If you’re gonna spray, we want a say.” During the crowded and noisy meeting, city leaders and some members of the public discussed the efforts against Zika since 8:30 a.m.
Protester Paul Markowitz told 7News he believes spraying is being done to protect a crucial part of Florida’s economy. “They’re trying to protect the tourism,” he said. “Which I think is contrary to that. It’s scaring people. It’s unhealthy. If you look on Facebook, people have fish dying … Bees all over dying.” One resident believes naled is a “dangerous poison” that has “no place being applied wholesale to the community.”
“People need to be properly warned if they’re going to do things like that,” said one protester. Alternatives to naled were proposed by Rick Nash, a man who stood in front of commissioners to make a case for his spray. “Our company has an alternative, all-natural bug juice, we call it, that’s environmentally-friendly,” said Nash. “It will not hurt animals, people, pets, plants. People can be in the spray with it.”
Tim Allen, another man who claims to have an alternative to the controversial pesticide, explained his method in sending away Zika mosquitoes. “Mosquitoes are actually the second largest pollinator next to bees, so we need them in our environment,” he said. “So, this product sends them away to get their meal from somewhere else. We don’t get bitten, this Zika virus doesn’t get spread.”
Doctors were seen at the protest and spoke to 7News about the aerial spraying. “Naled has the potential to be overtly toxic,” said Dr. Michael Hall, “not only to us humans but to the ecosystem. Our ecosystem is very important to our lives.”
City leaders said they would be open to alternatives, but only if research is done. “We want to listen to other people,” said Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine. “We want to hear from some more of the experts. We want to hear what they have to say.”
They lost their homes and loved ones, but Sri Lankans affected by the Boxing Day tsunami have not given up hope of rebuilding their lives. Kaitaia nurses Terina Gladding and Raina Kitchen have spent 10 days working in relief camps around Batticaloa, on Sri Lanka’s east coast, and came away bowled over by the Sri Lankans’ positive attitude. “They’re so resilient. They want to get on with it and there’s a lot of hope,” Mrs Gladding said.
“They have been through a civil war and this is one more thing for them to deal with.” More than 290,000 people died around the Indian Ocean when a tsunami struck on December 26. Sri Lanka was one of the worst-hit areas, prompting the nurses to want to help out. “They’re beautiful people – they have gone through heaps,” Mrs Kitchen said. Mrs Gladding and Mrs Kitchen are nurses for Kaitaia Maori health provider Te Hauora o Te Hiku o Te Ika.
Thanks to their fellow healthworker, Dr Michael Hall, arranging to work at relief camps in Sri Lanka, the experienced nurses grabbed at the chance to travel to the ravaged east coast. Fellow Te Hauora o Te Hiku o Te Ika workers Roger Barton and Monique Kaupa also travelled to Sri Lanka to help out. All four workers paid for their expenses.
Mrs Gladding and Mrs Kitchen – the mother of New Zealand squash champion Shelley Kitchen – spent about $2000 each on the trip. The pair arrived in Sri Lanka on January 12 to see “a lot of devastation” – flattened homes, debris, washed-out roads and ravaged pastures everywhere. Their work consisted of travelling about six hours a day – in stifling 30degC-plus heat – to make-shift camps around Batticaloa, helping patients with wounds such as severe bruises and chest infections. Some of the injured had walked kilometres to receive medical help.
Many of the injured received their wounds when the tsunami threw them against buildings, the nurses said. A number of the relief camps had rudimentary facilities such as basic tents for injured people to sleep in. Some of the relief camps were in separatist Tamil Tiger country, where the rebels carried guns around in a “tense” atmosphere.
Three Far North Health workers have given up their holidays to help tsunami relief efforts in Sri Lanka. The trio, from Kaitaia Maori health provider Te Hauora o Te Hiku o Te Ika, were taking leave without pay and paid their own way to help provide medical care to survivors of the Boxing Day tsunami that devastated large parts of Asia and killed more than 156,000 people.
Child health nurse Raina Kitchen and mental health nurse Te Rina Gladding flew out from Auckland on Tuesday for Sri Lanka and will be joined by Te Hiku’s clinical manager Roger Barton at the end of the week.
They will join fellow Te Hiku worker, doctor Michael Hall, who left for Sri Lanka on January 2. Mr Barton said the four were moved by the tsunami disaster and felt compelled to do something. They will work at Batticaloa, on Sri Lanka’s east coast, where the tsunami killed 20,000 people and made 250,000 homeless. “When we got the news (on Boxing Day), we were sitting down discussing it and said we don’t just want to send money – we wanted to do something more but wondered what,” he said.
When Mr Barton found out that the big aid agencies were not wanting volunteers to go to the areas, he contacted Auckland Hospital, hoping that some doctors and nurses there may have the same idea. From there, he was put him in touch with Middlemore Hospital’s head of vascular surgery, Peter Vann, a native Sri Lankan who was about to leave for Sri Lanka himself to help the relief effort.
Dr Hall teamed up with Mr Vann when he arrived in Sri Lanka last week and the two have established a relief operations base in a church at Batticaloa. The trip, which will be far from a holiday, is costing each of them several thousand dollars and Mr Barton said any financial help or sponsorship from the public or companies would be greatly appreciated. “We want to try to get a four-wheel-drive to help us get around there as they have nothing.
Also we want to get a large water storage tank to keep a good supply of clean water, because they have nothing like that there,” he said “It’s been quite difficult (raising the money to make the trip) but we are all determined and want to help.”
Mr Barton said several other Far North nurses were keen to follow them out to Sri Lanka, but could be prevented because of a lack of funds.
He is realistic about what to expect when he gets to Sri Lanka, having been kept up to date on the devastation by Dr Hall. “He said that on each incoming tide, more bodies are brought in and the stench is pretty bad. Also there are still villages that have not been reached yet so there are some pretty terrible things to come,” Mr Barton said. “We know we are likely to come across some pretty horrific things, but we are prepared for it.”
One of the biggest problems Dr Hall had reported was a lack of co-ordination of relief efforts, which all four hoped to improve.
Dr. Michael Hall, a plastic surgeon in Miami Beach, said that an age of excess in the industry had come to an end, mirroring wider society. “When it comes to plastic surgery, people are now using more common sense. They don’t want radical procedures,” he said.
But while full-on surgical operations might be falling, the number of non-surgical cosmetic procedures is steady or rising. Many plastic surgeons say there has merely been a shift in taste and treatment. Non-surgical operations, such as Botox, lip injections or lasering, are cheaper and becoming more effective. “Women are looking for non-invasive procedures,” said Hall.
Hall put it another way, pointing out that some human emotions and desires are both recession-proof and fashion-proof: “There is no lack of vanity. There is just a little more hesitation.”
“Miami has always been a place where people have run to reinvent themselves. It is a place of escape,” explains Dr Michael Hall, who has turned the city’s desire for reinvention into a very lucrative business. Hall runs the Hall Longevity Clinic, specialising in laser treatments, Botox and myriad other ways that the denizens of Miami can fight off the march of time.
“I call it the Miami smile,” he says of people living here. “You get the bright light, the bikinis and the good-looking people in the streets. It is sexy.” Hall sits in his doctor’s surgery wearing a pair of flip-flops and his shirt split open to the navel to reveal a muscular chest. He never opens his surgery before 11am and he spends evenings at the bars of top Miami Beach hotels, mingling with celebrities. A bottle of champagne is chilled in his medicine fridge alongside vials of growth hormone.
The world Hall services is one of brazen excess in a city that has become one of the top playgrounds in the world for the ultra-rich. It is a place of super yachts, fast cars and excessive parties, all fuelled by either Saudi petro-dollars or South American narco-dollars. “I don’t really know what ‘over the top’ means any more. It is Disneyland for the rich,” Hall says.
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