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ISIL President Vince Miller lies on death's door

Written by Subject: Philosophy: Libertarianism
This came in from Tom Knapp: 
As you already no doubt know, ISIL president Vince Miller was recently hospitalized with what at first appeared to be pneumonia.  It turned out to be a combination of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome and "Valley Fever" (a fungal infection occurring mostly in one area of California).

I wish I had good news for you. I don't. Vince remains in ICU, unconscious and breathing with the assistance of a ventilator. His kidneys have failed and he's had to receive dialysis. Now his liver is also failing. Doctors are attempting to treat the main problem with an aggressive course of steroids ... and apparently that's the last-ditch effort to save his life.

If you believe in prayer, please direct some in Vince's direction. If you don't -- well, warm and positive thoughts sent that way can't hurt, right?

On the practical side of things, there are medical bills to consider. So far, the only one that's been presented is a $1,200 ambulance bill, but the others are coming. ISIL is accepting contributions to help defray those costs. Because this is a health care expenditure, it remains tax-deductible. Please contribute at:

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Comment by Powell Gammill
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I loved the shot of him with the Rogue Brewery pint glass (Oregon). They actually have a distillery as well (gin and rum), and their motto, **QQ**So you want a revolution?**QQ**

Comment by Powell Gammill
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Valley Fever is caused by a common soil fungus, Coccidioides immitis and the disease is medically referred to as Coccidioidomycosis, or cocci for short. The fungal spores are commonly and ubiquitously found in the soils of the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico, and blown by the winds.

Most people who live in these areas will develop an asymptomatic or fairly sub-clinical infection having exposure to the causative organism and having built up immunity to it. Visitors form other parts of the North American continent are more likely to experience flu like respiratory problems that can occasionally become severe, especially in immune compromised individuals. But an infection is most dangerous in visitors from other areas of the globe who have no exposure and therefor no immunity to the fungal organism. Severe infections and death have been known.

Infected people are not contagious, because the fungal infecting the host does not produce the infective spores required for infection.

In this particular case, the infection has clearly spread from his lungs into the rest of his body. It appear that his organs are shutting down in a cascade failure. This is very difficult -- but not impossible -- to reverse. Fungal infections (other than topical) are very difficult to treat other than with supportive care. He has to have strength to survive while his immune system removes the fungus. If he can, he may fully recover after prolonged recovery.

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