Blog #685 Blood Types can be ‘risky’!!

Not all blood is created equal!!!

https://www.sharecare.com/health/wellness-healthy-living/article/how-blood-type-affects-disease-risk?

Hey – we just finished the series on Blood Pressure!!

Well, yes, but then I saw this article – on blood type.

If you remember blood types are A, B AB, and O  and then positive or negative. I am an O positive blood type person.

So what?

This article says “Trauma-related death rates for those with type O blood were 28 percent, compared to 11 percent among those with other blood types. While more research is needed to understand the link between blood type and post-trauma outcomes, the study authors suggest that type O blood contains lower levels of blood clotting agents, which may contribute to more bleeding.”

So, if I am injured in an accident and have major trauma – and major blood loss – and receive blood transfusions, I am at a much higher risk (28% compared to 11% with other types of blood) because of having O positive blood and my blood not clotting (and thus, the bleeding might not stop as quickly!!)

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But, that risk of blood clotting is positive for us “O positive” people.  The article states “Heart attacks and stroke are also clotting problems. If a clot blocks blood flow to the heart, that’s a heart attack; if it blocks blood flow to the brain, it’s a stroke. People with blood type A have a 24 percent higher risk of heart attack than people than people with AB or O blood types. For stroke, people with type AB blood have an 83 percent higher risk.”

So, if I have a major accident and my blood might not clot quickly enough; but those people (especially those with type A) have a higher risk of heart attacks as the blood vessels around the heart might clot and not provide blood to the heart.

And, that people with AB blood have an 83% higher risk of a blood clot going to the brain – and thus inducing a stroke as compared to type O people.

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How might blood type relate to dementia?  For us type O people it is much better than those with other blood types.

The article states “A 2014 study published in NeurFor many of these conditions, like heart disease and cancer, lifestyle and other factors will increase or decrease your risk much more than blood type.ology of more than 1,000 people suggests that people with blood type AB have an 82 percent greater risk of cognitive impairment than people with other blood types.” (cognitive impairment is brain diseases).

“On the other hand, type O may protect against memory problems, including Alzheimer’s disease. A 2015 study published in Brain Research Bulletin found that out of 189 people who had undergone brain MRIs, the brains of those with blood type O had the greatest amount of grey matter in their brains, providing possible protection against dementia.”

The article concludes this way “For many of these conditions, like heart disease and cancer, lifestyle and other factors will increase or decrease your risk much more than blood type. […] No one will be doomed to have a heart attack because of their blood type. For all people, the way to reduce their risk of disease is common-sense steps like no smoking.” (and keeping your weight down, cutting back on salt and high blood pressure).

Who would have thought that blood type might be a factor for clotting risks (or for dementia)?  What magical and mystical things are bodies are. Psalm 139:14 says “I praise you [God] because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

Karen

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Blog #684 The Silent Killer – finished

The “Silent Killer” (finished)

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-pressure/in-depth/high-blood-pressure/art-20045868

For the past several days we have looked at High Blood Pressure using a Mayo Clinic report.  Today we will finish (at least for now)!!!

We have looked at how blood pressure can damage the heart and the brain, today damage to the kidneys, eyes, sleep and even sexual function!!

Kidneys

The Mayo Clinic article says “Your kidneys filter excess fluid and waste from your blood — a process that depends on healthy blood vessels. High blood pressure can injure both the blood vessels in and leading to your kidneys, causing several types of kidney disease. Having diabetes in addition to high blood pressure can worsen the damage.”

“High blood pressure is one of the most common causes of kidney failure. That’s because it can damage both the large arteries leading to your kidneys and the tiny blood vessels”

Kidney scarring from high blood pressure on the small blood vessels can weaken the basic kidney function.

Kidney aneurysms

Like aneurysms in other parts of the body, high blood pressure can cause bulges in the blood vessels and breaks in those vessels could lead to death!!

Eyes

Again high blood pressure on those small blood vessels in the eyes can cause damage and even blindness.

There can also be fluid build up under the retina from high blood pressure

Do you “SEE” what I’m trying to say?

Other potential problems:

High Blood pressure can affect male erections and also sensitivity in female vaginas.

Sleep apnea might be triggered by high blood pressure.

High blood pressure can decrease the amount of calcium in the body – and thus impact bones.

And, a final word from the Mayo Clinic:

“High blood pressure is usually a chronic condition that gradually causes damage over the years. But sometimes blood pressure rises so quickly and severely that it becomes a medical emergency requiring immediate treatment, often with hospitalization.

In these situations, high blood pressure can cause:

  • Memory loss, personality changes, trouble concentrating, irritability or progressive loss of consciousness
  • Stroke
  • Severe damage to your body’s main artery (aortic dissection)
  • Chest pain
  • Heart attack
  • Sudden impaired pumping of the heart, leading to fluid backup in the lungs resulting in shortness of breath (pulmonary edema)
  • Sudden loss of kidney function
  • Complications in pregnant women (preeclampsia or eclampsia)”

Take this from one who knows – WATCH and maintain a good blood pressure!!  Your life may depend on it!!!

What do you think?

Karen

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Blog #683 Blood Pressure – continued

READ THIS – More Blood Pressure complications

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-pressure/in-depth/high-blood-pressure/art-20045868

We have been talking about high blood pressure for a few days – and as I research, it gets deeper and scarier!!

From the Mayo Clinic, there are more complications due to high blood pressure than I previously new.  Yes – the “silent killer” quietly hurts our bodies.

So, here we go:

Heart Damage

-1 Coronary artery disease

This is where the blood vessels that supply blood to the heart restrict the blood flow and can lead to a heart attack or irregular heart beats.

-2 Enlarged left heart

Quoting the Mayo Clinic link “High blood pressure forces your heart to work harder than necessary in order to pump blood to the rest of your body. This causes the left ventricle to thicken or stiffen (left ventricular hypertrophy). These changes limit the ventricle’s ability to pump blood to your body. This condition increases your risk of heart attack, heart failure and sudden cardiac death.

Now – for a personal comment.  I saw my cardiologist about three weeks ago and she did an ECG test.  From that report “Possible Left atrial enlargement”. Okay that is NOT good news to me.  So, I need to keep that blood pressure down.

-3 Heart Failure

Constant bombardment of high pressure over time can weaken the heart and the heart can FAIL!!!  (Read into that – “DEATH”)

Brain Damage

-1 Stroke / and ministrokes

The article say “A stroke occurs when part of your brain is deprived of oxygen and nutrients, causing brain cells to die”

I talked of my friend who had a massive stroke and is partially brain handicapped.  Don’t let that happen to you.

-2  Dementia

(Oh no – the scourge of seniors).  The research shows that there may be many causes to dementia, but (from the article) “One cause, vascular dementia, can result from narrowing and blockage of the arteries that supply blood to the brain.”

-3 Mild cognitive impairment

Not quite the same full blown dementia (above) – but mild (whatever that means) impairment.  

WOW – I’m learning more than I wanted to learn!!!

Tomorrow – impairment to kidneys and eyes!!

The bottom line is “TAKE CARE OF YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE”

Karen

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Blog Post #682 Lower your Blood Pressure- part II

Blood Pressure Month – part III

We have been looking at the silent killer of high blood pressure.  

Let’s look more at some natural ways to lessen your blood pressure.

-6 Reduce Stress.

Stress is a manifestation of ‘fight or flight’.  Stress can raise your blood pressure, put all kinds of endorphins in your bloodstream and add to many illnesses.

There are two main suggestions to limit stress:  listening to music and working less (or changing jobs to a less stressful job).  I love to listen to music. I have six Pandora channels – two oldies channels and four classical channels.  I put that on in the background when I write these blogs.

-7 Eat dark chocolate

Okay, I don’t always like dark chocolate – I like the sweet chocolate (that has too much fat, sodium, calories, and sugar).  Dark chocolate and cocoa powder contain plant compounds that help relax blood vessels, lowering blood pressure.

-8 Lose weight

Losing and maintaining a good weight also is good for your blood pressure.  Carrying those extra pounds makes your heart work harder and your blood vessels also carry higher pressures.  Losing weight is estimated to lower blood pressure by at least 5%. And when you lose weight AND exercise the effect is even stronger.

-9 Quit smoking

Yes – you shouldn’t smoke anyway – but quitting will help with the blood pressure.

-10 Cut added sugar and refined carbs

Of course added sugar and refined carbs are also related to not losing weight.  Cut them out!! And, not only white sugar but also white flour which converts to sugar in your bloodstream.

-11 Eat berries

Your eating was discussed yesterday, but berries also go well with lessening blood pressure.

Berries are rich in polyphenols, which can help lower blood pressure and the overall risk of heart disease.

-12 Meditate

Both meditation and deep breathing are thought to activate the parasympathetic nervous system. This system is engaged when the body relaxes, slowing the heart rate and lowering blood pressure. I get up about 5:30 in the morning and spend time in Bible Reading, prayer, meditation, and thinking.

-13 Eat calcium rich foods

Calcium-rich diets are linked to healthy blood pressure levels. Get calcium through dark leafy greens and tofu, as well as dairy. I don’t drink much milk anymore (and tofu isn’t big on my grocery list). I do love spinach, cabbage, and broccoli.

-14 Take natural supplements

Things like aged garlic fish oil, hibiscus flowers (for tea). (I haven’t done much of this – taking medications)

-15 Eat foods rich in magnesium

Magnesium is an important mineral that helps regulate blood pressure. Find it in whole foods, such as legumes and whole grains. I eat oatmeal four times a week!!!

So, there you have it!!!  Blood pressure is a ‘silent killer’.  These last two days we have focused on natural remedies for blood pressure.  There are of course medications (like I have too many of).

Take care of yourself!!!

Karen

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Blog #681 Blood Pressure III

More on Blood Pressure

Looking at Mayo Clinic

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-pressure/in-depth/high-blood-pressure/art-20045868

Some of these are truly SCARY!!!  Disclaimer – read at your own risk – that might force you to change your lifestyle and health habits!!!

High blood pressure (hypertension) can quietly damage your body for years before symptoms develop. Left uncontrolled, you may wind up with a disability, a poor quality of life or even a fatal heart attack. Roughly half the people with untreated hypertension die of heart disease related to poor blood flow (ischemic heart disease) and another third die of stroke.

First – what is a stroke?  (If you said it was a shot with a golf club you are right, but wrong topic!!!!0

Stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain.  

I have a good friend who had a stroke about two years ago.  He was a vital human being. He loved life. For his job, he traveled quite a bit (frequently to Canada).  The initial stroke left him partially handicapped with limited speech. Since then (and hundreds of hours of therapy) some speech has resumed – but not fluent.  What used to be a sentence now takes minutes to get expressed. You can tell that his brain is working but that his body doesn’t obey. His left side is partially paralyzed, although better with therapy as he can walk around (not fast) and his steps are staggered as he can take a big right step and then slowly bring the left foot even with the right foot.  

Your life is in two places – the heart (a non-functioning heart is ‘death’); and the brain (a non-functionally or limited functioning brain leads to loss of speech and being paralyzed).

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High Blood Pressure and Arteries

Arteries move blood (and therefore nutrients) around the body.  As a person breathes, oxygen (and other gases) enter the lungs. That oxygen is pumped around the body.  The main artery in the body is the aorta – it leaves the heart – makes an upward arc. That ascending part of the aorta has with three major sub-arteries that ‘feed’ the brain and left and right arms (and more).  

The aorta then descends and carries blood to the abdomen and legs.  

Arteries are like hoses that supply the body with good stuff (oxygen from the lungs, food nutrients from the stomach, and more).  They should be flexible, strong and elastic. High blood pressure causes those arteries to become rigid. They can narrow with build-ups of plague and fat on the walls.  When blood pressure gets too high it can cut new channels in the arteries. [Aside, growing up and driving through rural landscapes, you could see creeks and streams in the various pastures.  They generally meandered through the area. But when a flood occurred sometimes the streams cut new channels and the old channels became lakes – or just dry creek beds. Look at a map of Omaha Nebraska and find Carter Lake Iowa).  At one point, the Missouri River made a loop around Carter Lake which kept that town in Iowa. But a flood cut a new channel for the Missouri River and cut Carter Lake off from Iowa. It now is an isolated area wholly surrounded by Omaha.  You can only get to Carter Lake Iowa by driving through parts of Nebraska (or parts of Omaha).]

When blood pressure cuts a new channel it becomes an aneurysm.  The article states: “Over time, the constant pressure of blood moving through a weakened artery can cause a section of its wall to enlarge and form a bulge (aneurysm). An aneurysm can potentially rupture and cause life-threatening internal bleeding. Aneurysms can form in any artery throughout your body, but they’re most common in your body’s largest artery (aorta).

I had several ‘cuts’ to my aorta lining and thus several new channels.  My left kidney was largely getting ‘fed’ by a ‘false channel’ (i.e. aneurysm).  The surgeon had to disconnect the three arteries that go to the brain and left and right sides (the ascending aorta), fix the holes and then reattach the arteries.  (It only took the team 6.5 hours – and my blood was routed through an exterior faux heart as they needed to shut my heart off during the surgery.

Moral to the story – keep your blood pressure down!!!

More tomorrow (I guess I went off on a tangent today)!!!

Karen

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Blog #680 Lower Your Blood Pressure – part I

Blood Pressure Month – part II

Yesterday I highlighted the CDC (Centers for Disease Controls) comments about Blood Pressure Month. Today we are going to look at ways to lower your pressure naturally.
-1 Walk and exercise regularly.
Walking just 30 minutes a day can help lower your blood pressure. More exercise helps reduce it even further. You need to be active. I joined the community recreation center (and senior center). It has an indoor track for cold, hot and rainy days. They also have treadmills, but I like the change in scenery.
-2 Lower your sodium intake
Salt (i.e. sodium) is a contributing factor to high blood pressure. I check all the nutrition panels on products I buy. Some items have 40% of the recommended daily amount for salt – and I try to avoid them. I have found canned tomatoes that have ‘no salt added’. I season many things with garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika. Read those nutrition panels and watch your salt

-3 Drink less alcohol
Drinking alcohol can raise blood pressure. In fact, alcohol is linked to 16% of high blood pressure cases around the world. While some research has suggested that low-to-moderate amounts of alcohol may protect the heart, those benefits may be offset by negative effects.
In the US, moderate alcohol consumption is defined as no more than one drink a day for women and two for men. If you drink more than that, cut back.
The last time I had a beer was three weeks ago – and then a small glass. I bought a six pack of beer five months ago and have consumed only two of them (and used one in some cooking).

-4 Eat more potassium-rich foods
Potassium helps rid your body of sodium and ease pressure on blood vessels. Unfortunately, most American diets have too much sodium and too little potassium.

Potassium-rich foods include:
-1 Vegetables, especially leafy greens, tomatoes, potatoes, and sweet potatoes
-2 Fruit, including melons, bananas, avocados, oranges, and apricots
-3 Dairy, such as milk and yogurt
-4 Tuna and salmon
-5 Nuts and seeds
-6 Beans
I try to eat one banana daily as well as oranges. I also like nuts (some people think I am ‘nuts’!!)

-5 Cut back on caffeine
Okay, I’m generally a failure on this – although I am trying more now.
Medical News Today says: If you’ve ever downed a cup of coffee before you’ve had your blood pressure taken, you’ll know that caffeine causes an instant boost. However, there’s not a lot of evidence to suggest that drinking caffeine regularly can cause a lasting increase.

In fact, people who drink caffeinated coffee and tea tend to have a lower risk of heart disease, including high blood pressure, than those who don’t.

Caffeine may have a stronger effect on people who don’t consume it regularly.

If you suspect you’re caffeine-sensitive, cut back to see if it lowers your blood pressure.

Overall caffeine can cause a short-term spike in blood pressure, although for many people it does not cause a lasting increase.

We will look at more ways tomorrow!!!
“See” you then!!!

Karen

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Blog #679 May isn’t just Mother’s Day

May is not just for Mother’s Day

May is also National High Blood Pressure Education Month

As a person with high blood pressure, I wanted to do some research and share what I find out.

The United States Center for Disease Control (CDC) has these facts:

-1 High Blood Pressure may be linked to dementia!!!
The CDC gives this information:
“Recent studies show that high blood pressure is linked to a higher risk for dementia, a loss of cognitive function. The timing seems to matter: Some evidence suggests having uncontrolled high blood pressure during midlife (age 45 to 65) creates a higher risk for dementia later in life. The takeaway? It’s never too early to start thinking about your blood pressure and taking steps to manage it.”
OOH – that is scary to me, I am trying to avoid dementia – but have had high blood pressure for some time. (I have been on medications since I was 52 – hopefully, that has helped).

-2 Young People can have High Blood Pressure
Again the CDC shares that one in four men from 35 to 44 has high blood pressure; and one in five women in that same age group have it as well.

-3 There may not be any symptoms.
You don’t sweat, you don’t feel bad, you don’t have headaches from high blood pressure. Still, get your blood pressure checked regularly. A local grocery store has a free blood pressure check on the second Saturday of the month. I also have a home blood pressure testing device.

-4 Many people with high blood pressure don’t even know they have it.
The CDC estimates that about 11 million people don’t know they have high blood pressure. High blood pressure can lead to strokes, heart attacks and more. In my case, my high blood pressure was like running a ‘fire hose’ through my aorta (the main artery of the body). That pressure was cutting holes in the aorta lining and creating false channels (aneurysms). Plus if the pressure would have cut a hole in the outside lining of the aorta, I would have bled to death in a few minutes. (My doctor said I was lucky to be alive).

-5 Women and minorities have higher risks of high blood pressure complications
The CDC suggests reducing or eliminating salt (i.e. sodium), losing weight and getting exercise. Obesity and diabetes are bad in-and-of-themselves, but when tied to the potential for other problems can be a bad combination.

I am on several medications. About an hour ago (as I write this), my pressure was 113/63 – which is low. The recommended is under 130 for the upper number (systolic) and about 80 for the lower number (diastolic). When I had my high blood pressure incidence, my systolic was 213 and diastolic was 165 with a pulse of 161. Yes, that was like ‘running a fire hose’ through my aorta. (And, the cause of a 6.5-hour surgery where a whole crew of medical staff worked over me).

After the surgery, I was very weak, couldn’t walk far and went into depression as I thought I have little or no value.

We will continue this look at high blood pressure – with ways to lower your blood pressure.

“See” you tomorrow!!!

Karen

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Blog #678 American Birthrate drops (again)

US Birth Rate drops (again)

Recent statistic show that the American Birth Rate has following again.

“The number of babies born in the U.S. last year fell to a 32-year low, deepening a fertility slump that is reshaping America’s future workforce.

About 3.79 million babies were born in the U.S. in 2018, according to provisional data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics. That was a 2% decline from the previous year and marked the fourth year in a row that the number fell. The general fertility rate—the number of births per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44—fell to 59.0, the lowest rate in 32 years.

Researchers suggest what might be happening

-1 Teenagers and unmarried women having fewer babies

-2 Lower fertility rates among Hispanic women

-3 An uptick in women getting bachelor’s degrees  

-4 Expanded use of long-acting contraceptives like IUDs

Another analysis says:

“The total fertility rate—the estimated number of children born to each woman over her lifetime—fell to 1.7 (a 2.1 fertility rate indicates a 1-1 generational replacement). If it dips further without a bump in immigration, it could lead to a workforce that’s too small to support the country’s retirees.

We aren’t doing our job in replenishing the population.  (My wife and I had two children – slightly under the 2.1 fertility replacement rate – we found it hard to have 0.1 more children!!).  But of our offspring, our daughter had two children and our son had three children – so on the average, our children have a 2.5 replacement rate!!!

And, for comparison – Japan has a replacement rate of 1.4.  (There are now more elderly diapers sold in Japan than baby diapers!!! – Think on that!!)

This has a lot of interesting theoretical questions. What if the younger generation is (as predicted) too small to support our retirees? (Like me)

Will there be enough nurses, doctors, and other personnel to take care of us ‘baby boomers’?  

Well some thoughts:

-1  Allow more immigration

-2  Encourage more children with higher tax deductions

-3  Further restrict abortions

-4  Move more to a robotic workforce

Currently the US government is fighting an immigrant ‘flood’ by considering building a wall along the Mexican border.  Option #1 seems to be politically incorrect currently

Higher tax deductions for children.  What if you could deduct (say) $20,000 per child a year – would those of childbearing age consider more children?

Abortion is a hot topic – and I want to stay out of that – other than this thought.  Have a national fund to support pregnant mothers and make adoption a very workable solution – like extra tax advantages to NOT abort and to adopt.

The last option seems to be coming – robotic workers.  Is that the solution? Can my “robotic” doctor help me like a human doctor?  

At age 71, I am more of the problem than the solution!!!  

What do you think?

Karen

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Blog #677 Uber/Lyft/ Taxis – Oh My

Uber / Lyft / Taxis – Oh My!!!

Yes I have written too much about autonomous vehicles.  Uber and Lyft are experimenting with autonomous vehicles.    “Uber revealed that it’s collected data from “millions” of autonomous vehicle testing miles to date and completed “tens of thousands” of passenger trips with a fleet of 250 vehicles.”

Recently Uber and Lyft drivers did a one-day strike.  They are also concerned about autonomous vehicles taking away their jobs,  A report said: “On May 8th, ride-hail drivers in cities across the US went on strike to protest unfair pay, poor working conditions, and a lack of transparency”.

A court ruling said the drivers were not employees but contract workers – so the drivers are not eligible for benefits.  

So, what is the story?

In most employment situations people are the most costly.  Currently, with some exceptions, Uber and Lyft drivers provide their own cars.  A part of their driving, they get a mileage reimbursement that takes care of some of the car costs (gas, oil, maintenance, ownership, licenses).  The ride-hailing apps need people (and independent contractor people) to bring their cars – and that costs money.

Yes, initially autonomous vehicles will be expensive cars with all the extra software and hardware – but with thousands of rides, that fixed cost will be spread across years – and also will be a depreciable asset for Uber/Lyft’s financials.  Plus – no driver expenses.

In theory, autonomous vehicles will cut out paying drivers and cut out one of the major expenses of vehicles for hire.  While it is still years away from being a 100% autonomous situation, the companies are moving in that direction.

Autonomous vehicles are generally thought to be safer by removing the human factor.  Humans text while they are driving (I’ve only done this while pulled over to the shoulder – with notes to tutees that I would probably be late).  Humans get tired, humans can make poor judgment about traffic and weather conditions. Humans need sleep, food, restroom breaks – autonomous vehicles need none of that.  

A study in New York City shows that “NYC taxis’ market share is down nearly 40% since 2016. Meanwhile, Uber’s market share gained about 440%.  That is amazing!!

But, maybe you are like me and rarely use taxis or Uber/Lyft.  Why should this concern me?

Think about that – if cars can drive themselves without humans, then can many jobs be done without humans?  We have automated check-out lines in stores; Amazon has convenient stores without any human workers (cameras and computers keep track of all items).  JetBlue is trying facial recognition instead of boarding passes to get on planes. What will our future be in a world of robotics?

I’m an optimist and believe that humans will adapt to the new life – we will find jobs and opportunities to work with our robotic ‘friends’.  

Autonomous cars and ride sharing is one of the many tips of this iceberg – and instead of melting this iceberg is still growing!!!

What do you think?

Karen

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Blog #676 Facial Recognition in San Francisco

Facial Recognition (San Francisco limits facial recognition)

Recently the San Francisco City Council passed a facial recognition ban on its first hearing.  It does need a second review before it becomes a law in the city.

San Francisco became the first city in the country to ban city use of facial recognition surveillance technology Tuesday — a groundbreaking move that privacy advocates applaud, but others say may go too far.

The legislation, written by Supervisor Aaron Peskin, also will force city departments to disclose what surveillance technology they currently use — and seek approval from the Board of Supervisors on any new technology that either collects or stores someone’s data.

“This is really about saying we can have security without being a security state. We can have good policing without being a police state,” Peskin said at Tuesday’s board meeting. “Part of that is building trust with the community.”

The only city counselor that voted against the action said “she was concerned about how a complete ban on facial recognition could prevent the city’s law enforcement from having access to a potentially useful crime-solving tool. She also worried that forcing departments to disclose all their surveillance technology — and requiring them to seek board approval on anything new — could bog them down with extra work”

“I am not yet convinced, and I still have many outstanding questions,” she said. But “that does not undermine what I think is a very well-intentioned piece of legislation.”

“The San Francisco Police Department estimated it would take between two and four full-time employees to comply with the new ordinance. And even though the department says it does not currently use facial recognition technology, it may no longer acquire it in the future.”

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Facial Recognition is just that – it recognizes faces and connects the faces with names and database information.  Facial recognition has been used to identify people at border crossings, Olympic games, airports, even at the Superbowl.  

Faces that have been altered with more hair, tanned (or untanned) skins, massive weight gain or lose, glasses, etc can still be identified because on face ‘prints’.  

This action is to ensure privacy.  In effect facial recognition can identify every person walking down the street, entering buildings, both innocent and guilty.  The concept of ‘innocent before proven guilty’ is largely thrown out as facial recognition can identify people who have massive overdue books, or parking tickets, or even fugitives from other states and countries.  

So, with facial recognition and the use of databases that a person visiting San Farancisco who had some legal troubles from New York City would be identified and possibly sent back to NYC for legal action.  

This act is to attempt to make such blanket facial survivance inappropriate – almost an inappropriate ‘search and screen’ of individuals.  

What do you think?  Should cities protect an individual’s privacy?  Should cities allow or limit businesses to use facial recognition to identify potential shoplifters or crooks?  

Karen

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