1.11: Health Watch

Broadcast: Friday 31 August 2040ce
Network: S&S-NA on NewsNet Quantum

[Commercial Ending in three… Two… One… Go Live.]

Patrick Zulli
Hello to everywhere humans are serving. This is Health Watch. I’m your host, Patrick Zulli, and these are tonight’s featured stories.

[Change Story: SWS Mental Health]
[Roll Footage: Interview with Surgeon General Radi Asrar.]

SG Asrar
Our mental health care system was originally built upon two things… The immediate crisis regarding mental health in a post-Invasion world, and the knowledge retained from before the war.

[Roll Footage: Mental Health Patients receiving various forms of care.]

Patrick Zulli (Voice Over)
As the states began their long struggle for liberation, a great many of the people living behind enemy lines suffered from some form of mental disorder. From PTSD to complete psychosis, to conditions such as Outlier Syndrome, there became an immediate need to build a strong mental health care system. But with new discoveries regarding the nature of consciousness, researchers at SciCorps have taken a new approach to mental health.

[Roll Footage: SG Asrar testifying before Congress]

SG Asrar
It is my opinion, based on review of SciCorps methods and success rate, that while we have, as a nation, shed many of the prejudices of the past, we continue to use methods which were originally devised to treat numerous ‘conditions’ that we now recognize as part of our variety as a species. The prejudices of our ancestors led them to attempt to ‘cure’ such ‘afflictions’ as homosexuality, hyper-attention, introversion and even left-handedness. The impossibility of such efforts inevitably led to more and more intensive methods, followed by those methods crossing over into the treatment of actual ailments, for which they proved to be far too heavy handed.

We now recognize that these methods, barbaric in their conception, barbaric in their application, and barbaric in their intent, even when used by the most well-meaning of mental health practitioners, belong within the dung heap as the prejudices that produced them.

[Roll Footage: Steph Dahl interviewing Professionals and Patients alike.]

Patrick Zulli (Voice Over)
Steph Dahl reports on the new Sapient Sciences Division established under the Science Corps and its revolutionary approach to mental health care.

[Change Story: Digestive Issues]
[Roll Footage: People with stomach upset, dramatized.]

And later… Have you been having problems digesting food?

[Roll Footage: People Shopping, Cooking and Eating.]

As the variety of food produced in the grow houses increases, people are eating foods their bodies are not accustomed too. Spices, acids, increased fiber or salts, and unexpected, sometimes fatal, food allergies. More and more people are reporting all manner of problems with their digestive tract.

[Roll Footage: Jack Brown with Chef Kenner in a kitchen.]

But a new government program is hiring and training chefs to open cooking schools throughout the South-West. Designed to teach not only the basics of cooking new foods as they enter the market, it also identifies the substances found in those foods, the means of gradually adjusting your menu to introduce them into your diet, and how to spot food allergies before a fatal reaction occurs.

[Roll Footage: Chef Kenner on a walking interview through his kitchen classroom]

Chef Kenner
I was part of the envoy sent to the Alaskan States that established the first trade agreement following the signing of the Accords, and had spent nearly two years in Alaska and East Siberia eating and cooking the food well before most of it had been approved for import here in the South-West.

By the time I got home, some of those had begun to trickle in, but a few months later we had our ‘explosion of Thirty-Four’. There were all these foods, and most of my friends and neighbors had no idea what most of these items were. They were storing them wrong, cooking them wrong, often in a chaos of spices and seasonings.

But I not only knew what they were, I knew numerous means of using them.

Patrick Zulli (Voice Over)
Unfortunately, not everyone found the food palatable.

[Jump Footage: Food Allergies]

Chef Kenner
Indigestion, constipation, high blood pressure, allergies… There was a rash of new ailments at the local clinics. And it wasn’t that the food was bad at the time of purchase; there was just no general knowledge regarding storage, preparation and portion sizes. We became very good at eating the limited variety that had been available, but we’ve also become a culture that has to re-learn food.

[Roll Footage: Student Chefs training in large kitchen.]

Patrick Zulli (Voice Over)
His school was so successful that he quickly received funding to expand his schools, which became a pilot program in his home state of Utah. Over the next few years, the federal government would recognize the value of this training, sending dozens of chefs to the Alaskan States to gain the same pre-market experience had by Chef Kenner.

[Roll Footage: Interview with FDA Chairman Whitney.]

Chairman Whitney
Chef Kenner’s school is estimated to have saved his state several hundred thousand credits and dozens—perhaps hundreds—of lives. And while the new schools have only been open a few months, we are already seeing similar results where ever they’ve opened. Chef Kenner has provided a valuable service to our country.

[Roll Footage: Jack Fritcher learning to cook with Chef Kenner.]

Patrick Zulli (Voice Over)
Jack Fritcher reviews this program, how to enroll in one of these schools, and even how join the many chefs being sent to the Alaskan States to learn the skills necessary to become one of these teaching chefs.

[Change Story: Repairing Nerve Damage]
[Roll Footage: Curtis O’Malley with family.]

But first, tonight’s leading story… Curtis O’Malley is a veteran of the Eire Resistance, wounded by a droog blast that left him paralyzed from the chest down. But today…

[Roll Footage: Montage of Curtis O’Malley in physical therapy.]

A new procedure developed by Doctor Kenojauk at Yellowknife General in Nunavut has restored the use of his limbs.

Curtis O’Malley (Voice Over)
I haven’t walked in fourteen years. My legs are weak, but they move… I feel them.

[Roll Footage: Interview with Doctor Kenojauk]

Doctor Kenojauk
When the means of attaching nerve endings to new skin grafts became possible, restoring the somatosensory operation of those nerves, we saw immediately a means by which to construct a similar nano-bridge to reconnect the damaged ends of a nerve to its original pathway.

[Roll Footage: Curtis O’Malley at work.]

Patrick Zulli (Voice Over)
With a drive which refused to surrender, Curtis O’Malley has continued to serve his nation as an academics instructor at Emerald Training Center, where every recruit trooper from the British Isles spend the first four weeks of basic training.

It was this very same motivation that lead him to volunteer for the procedure.

[Roll Footage: Interview with Curtis O’Malley.]

Curtis O’Malley
It’s not that I want to walk again… I certainly do, and I’d rightly be called a liar if I said otherwise. But I also understand the risks of being the first human to have this done to. The possible side effects… Those are scary. Very scary.

[Roll Footage: Curtis O’Malley and Doctor Kenojauv with Beverly Benaj before the procedure]

Patrick Zulli (Voice Over)
Beverly Benaj will take us first to Ireland to meet this hero of Eire, and then travel with him to Yellowknife, Nunavut, where she documents every step of this extraordinary procedure, from the mapping of O’Malley’s nervous system to his current state of recovery.

[Roll Theme and Opening Credits]

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