September 15, 2017 Radio Commentary

Needed: A No-Forced-Chipping Law

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, September 15, 2017 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

Since microchips are here to stay, here’s a little history.  In 1997 four inventors got a patent for a “personal tracking and recovery system” that was, actually, an implantable microchip that functioned for years without maintenance.  In 1998 Professor Kevin Warwick became the first human to have an under-skin microchip implant, which he used as a research project in “intelligent” buildings where he opened doors without a smart card and turned on lights by entering a room.  After having the implant in his hand for nine days, he decided future implants should be placed nearer the brain – into the spinal cord or onto the optic nerve, for more power to send and receive sensory signals.

In 2002 a Canadian artist implanted her hands with microchips from a veterinary clinic.  Two years later, a Minnesota corporation got an FDA approval and classification for a miniature, implantable microchip to be inserted in a human’s arm under the skin.  The VeriChip brand of microchips stores a patient’s unique ID number that medical personnel may use to locate the patient’s file.

So, VeriChip became a by-prescription-only Class II medical device for use in humans, as did generic devices that operate the same way.  That classification authorized immediate marketing of VeriChip and generic equivalents for under-skin implantation in humans. Continue reading

August 18, 2017 Radio Commentary

Who Wants to be Microchipped?

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, August 18, 2017 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

Eighteen days ago a Wisconsin technology firm implanted tiny rice-sized microchips in 40 of its 50 employees, who then wore T-shirts saying, “I Got Chipped.”  The company said chipped workers can stop wearing badges and log onto computers or buy food in the cafeteria.  Reporters from USA TODAY and a local newspaper were in the company cafeteria to watch a local tattoo artist use a syringe to insert a microchip in one hand of each worker that volunteered to be implanted.  There is no word about the status of the ten workers that did not volunteer.

That reminded me of Georgia legislation that’s been introduced since 2008 to require prior personal consent before a microchip can be implanted.  You might be surprised to know that powerful legislators, repeatedly, refuse to allow such a bill to get to the House floor for a vote.  Therefore, without a law to prevent it, microchip implants could become a requirement in numerous situations, such as employment and healthcare.

Also, you might be surprised to know that prisoners are the only people in Georgia who are legally protected from forcible implants of microchips.  While the House has refused to pass a law preventing forced microchip implantation, the House did pass a 2009 electronic surveillance law that prohibits forced chipping of prisoners.

Microchip implants for medical reasons was mentioned during a hearing at the Capitol when a state Public Health official suggested microchips could have been used to curb the swine flu epidemic.  He referred to a device programmed to remotely track individuals and remotely identify infections they might have, an obvious reference to the microchip FDA classifies as a Class 2 medical device that can remotely track, locate, and identify an implanted individual.   Continue reading

September 19, 2014 Radio Commentary

Dangerous Virus, Emergency Power & Microchips

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, September 19, 2014 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

Since school started in mid-August, doctors across the country have seen over 1,000 children with respiratory infections. That’s a dramatic increase from previous years. This year, the illness surfaced first in the Midwest, then spread as far east as North Carolina and was identified as one of a hundred different strains of enteroviruses related to the common cold. Currently, 22 states, including Georgia, have reported dramatic increases in the number of children infected this year, compared to previous years.

Georgia and nine other states sent samples to the CDC that identified them as Enterovirus D68 or EV – D68, which appears as a severe cold, but with worse symptoms – a runny nose, sneezing and coughing, that can escalate into breathing difficulties.

Dr. Holly Phillips said on CBS, “It is a rare strain of a very common virus. The most important thing to pick up on is any difficulty breathing … wheezing or a cough that just won’t stop.” All infected children have survived, but about 15 percent of over 300 treated in Missouri ended up in intensive care, where some required oxygen, intravenous fluids and drugs. Children as young as six weeks of age may be affected. Continue reading

October 2013 Newsletter

Mystery: What Happened to Kendrick Johnson’s Organs?

There may be no mystery to solve, but the case reminded me of the 2008 change in Georgia’s organ donor law that passed with little or no publicity then and now. Questions about this case:

Q. What happened to Kendrick Johnson’s internal organs?
The GBI said they were put in the body after the autopsy and were therein when it went to a funeral home.

Q. Is it customary to use newspaper to fill body cavities left by organ removal?
Ordinarily, more appropriate substances are used to fill cavities, but it’s not illegal to use newspapers.

Q. When were the newspapers found in Kendrick Johnson’s body?
After exhumation, in a second autopsy a private expert found newspapers stuffed in the body and skull.

On January 14th, Valdosta’s WTXL reported the death of Kendrick Johnson, a 17-year-old high school athlete whose body was found January 11th at Lowndes High School. County officials said he got stuck in a mat at the school’s old gym and accidentally suffocated to death. A GBI autopsy found no death-causing injury, but officials promised to perform additional tests.

On October 10, 2013 the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported findings of a private pathologist the Johnsons hired to perform another autopsy, made possible by an exhumation order. After his independent autopsy, forensic expert Dr. William Anderson reported on August 15th that the cause of death was a fatal blunt force trauma to the right neck and soft tissue near the carotid artery. The blow appeared to be non-accidental and “consistent with inflicted injury.” WXIA added, “Dr. Anderson said when he opened Johnson’s body, it was stuffed full of newspapers.”

As of October 9th, the Lowndes High School had not released the video of Johnson’s last moments at school. However, CNN obtained a 15-minute-video and nearly 700 photographs taken by sheriff’s investigators in Lowndes County. Kendrick’s parents asked the Justice Department to get involved, but they declined. U.S. Attorney Michael Moore in Macon has monitored the case but has not indicated what he will do. The Johnsons are preparing a lawsuit requesting a coroner’s inquest, hoping to change Kendrick’s manner of death from accidental to homicide on his death certificate, to pave the way for reopening a criminal investigation.

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