Canadian Doctor Diagnoses Patient With... 'Climate Change' — No, Really

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On this episode of “Just When You Thought Crap Couldn’t Get Any Crazier”…

“Take two climate change claims and call me in the morning.”

When a lady in her 70s went into a Canadian emergency room this past summer suffering from multiple health problems, including diabetes and “some heart failure,” Dr. Kyle Merritt, head of the emergency department at Kootenay Hospital in British Columbia, went to work diagnosing the woman’s underlying health issues that might be responsible for her condition. Finally, by Jove, he got it: “Climate change.”

And there it was, just like that.

The first person on Mother Earth to be officially diagnosed with the “disease” of “climate change.”

As reported by the Times Colonist, it was late June and British Columbia was under a heatwave (weather) that would ultimately become the hottest and deadliest in Canadian history. As Merritt saw the worsening heatwave’s toll on patients coming into the hospital with multiple health issues all at once, he told the Times Colonist, he began to wonder why. Did these patients have anything in common?

What commonalities might exist that could explain the uptick in the number of affected patients? Could the heatwave play a part? Of the patient above, Merritt said:

“She has diabetes. She has some heart failure. … She lives in a trailer, no air conditioning. All of her health problems have all been worsened. And she’s really struggling to stay hydrated.”

“We were having to figure out how do we cool someone in the emergency department,” Merritt said. “People are running out to the Dollar Store to buy spray bottles.” (See: “Heat Wave.”)

Then the wildfires came. The heatwave was now replaced with “blankets of white smoke.”

Climate Change?

“I was worried about the summer that was coming,” Merritt said, and — here it comes — he said he was amazed by the number of his fellow healthcare workers “desperate to talk about how climate change is affecting their patients’ health. I was really quite amazed at how many people have decided to jump in.”

According to the Times Colonist, doctors have traditionally struggled to clinically attribute mortality and severe illness to air pollution. For Merritt, this summer’s wildfire season changed all that.

When a patient came in struggling to breathe, Merritt knew the smoke had made a case of asthma worse. I’m not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV, but I could have nailed that one. An asthmatic patient struggling to breathe when surrounded by smoke. Who knew?

Ah, but Dr. Merritt saw it differently. For the first time in his 10 years as a physician, the ER doctor picked up his patient’s chart and wrote two words: “climate change.”

“If we’re not looking at the underlying cause, and we’re just treating the symptoms, we’re just gonna keep falling further and further behind.”

“It’s me trying to just … process what I’m seeing,” Merritt said.

“We’re in the emergency department, we look after everybody, from the most privileged to the most vulnerable, from cradle to grave, we see everybody. And it’s hard to see people, especially the most vulnerable people in our society, being affected. It’s frustrating.”

I don’t want to remain fixated on the smoke from the forest fires, but I assume the doc and his pals attributed the fires to climate change, as well, so by extension patients affected by the smoke were naturally affected by the “underlying cause” of the smoke, “climate change.” Just like that.

“This past summer, it was so bad for about three weeks,” Merritt reflected, as he worried about his kids.

“What do you do with your children? You know, I have three kids, and they’re inside, it’s summertime, we’ve just got through COVID. And they want to go out and jump on the trampoline. So I have to try and figure out: Is that safe?”

You see what’s going on here, right? The maskers are never going to stop.

COVID? Mask mandates. Heatwaves? Mask up, people. Climate change “caused” by heatwaves and forest fires? You are going to be wearing a mask for the rest of your life.

Except, no. Make that: Hell no.

RedState has been all over the “climate change” issue. Here are a few of our recent articles:

Joe Biden Jetting Planeloads of Cabinet, Aides to Europe to Combat Climate Change

Noted Climatologist Sundar Pichai’s Google to ‘Crack Down’ on ‘False Climate Change Claims’

THIS IS WHY WE RECALL: Because Newsom Will Watch California Burn to Prove Climate Change

CBS Mocked for Blaming Rise of Taliban on ‘Climate Change’