During a Periscope broadcast on Friday, celebrity doctor Dr. Drew Pinsky, known simply as Dr. Drew, predicted that Los Angeles is in danger of an outbreak of Bubonic Plague in what he termed an imminent “apocalypse.”
Bubonic Plague in LA-Homeless and Immigration
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Dr. Drew pointed at two factors that make an outbreak of Bubonic Plague in Los Angeles: L.A. is one of the few cities without a rodent control program and the city is challenged with a growing population of homeless people. Bubonic plague is spread by fleas from rats who transfer the disease to humans.
“And if you look at the pictures of Los Angeles, you will see that the homeless encampments are surrounded by dumps. People defecate there, they throw their trash there, and the rats just proliferate there,” Dr. Drew said in the interview.
Recent estimates indicate the homeless population in L.A. rose 12 percent over the past year, currently standing at 60,000.
In an interview with Laura Ingrahm of Fox News, Dr. Drew identified another, more politically charged component that may lead to an epidemic.
“California can’t handle the current situation, let alone allow tens of thousands of illegal immigrants with no health records to flood its major cities,” Dr. Drew said.
But the real cause of problem went deeper than mere homelessness according to the doctor: mental illness and drug addiction, issues that could not be addressed by simply providing housing made the solution more elusive than simply providing housing.
“[T]he government is somehow insisting that housing is the problem when in fact we have a chronic mental illness, we have an addiction, we have people who don’t want to leave the streets,” Dr. Drew said. “They literally won’t take the housing if we give it to them. And that’s the population that’s vulnerable and is going to get so ill this summer. It scares me for their well-being.”
Dr. Drew also blamed prison reform initiatives, such as Proposition 47 passed in 2014, which reduced sentences, adding hardened criminals to the homeless population.
Ironically, Dr. Drew blamed civil liberties organizations, which he called “clueless do-gooders”, for exacerbating the problem by blocking alternative solutions for homelessness. He also referred to left-wing politicians as “disgustingly negligent.”
Dr. Drew said the problem had not yet reached the level of a national emergency but he was “ready to pull that trigger if we start to see the diseases that I think we are going to.”
Despite his celebrity status, Dr. Drew’s medical predictions have proven to be accurate in the past. He noted in the interview that he had predicted the recent typhus outbreak in Los Angeles, which is spread in a similar manner to Bubonic Plague: the disease is carried by rats, transferred by fleas to pets, and from pets to humans.
Plague: Past and Present
To make matters worse, recent studies show that due to longer, hotter weather patterns over the past decade extending the breeding season of rodents, urban rat populations are up by 15% to 20% worldwide.
The last outbreak of bubonic plague in the U.S. was in 1924 and was centered in Los Angeles. Bubonic plague in the 14th century, also known as the Black Death, was one of the most devastating pandemics in human history, resulting in the deaths of an estimated 75 to 200 million people in Eurasia and in Europe. If untreated, the disease has a 100 percent mortality rate, and the pneumonic form can be fatal within 12-24 hours.
Plagues of Egypt in the Future Redemption
The sixth plague in Egypt, boils, may very well have been bubonic plague, whose characteristic symptom is boil-like skin lesions that form black ulcers.
The connection between Bubonic Plague and Egypt was proven in 2010 when scientists traced the plague to ancient Egypt. Ancient cultures lived close to their livestock, and the plague was transferred from the animals by fleas. While exploring ruins in Egypt, Egyptologists found 3,000-year-old remains of Nile rats and used fine sieves to discover the remains of fleas, both carriers of the plague.
The plague of shechin (boils), as are all the plagues that struck Egypt before the Exodus, is prophesied to return in the end of days by Zechariah.
As for those peoples that warred against Yerushalayim, Hashem will smite them with this plague: Their flesh shall rot away while they stand on their feet; their eyes shall rot away in their sockets; and their tongues shall rot away in their mouths. Zechariah 14:12
Plagues: America is Not Egypt
Rabbi Ytzchak Batzri a noted kabbalist from Jerusalem, said that despite Dr. Drew’s expertise, there was one factor he was not considering.
“The U.S. is currently a very strong ally of Israel and is helping us,” Rabbi Batzri told Breaking Israel News. “That is the absolute opposite of Egypt. This friendship with Israel and the Jews gives them an extra level of divine protection from any natural plague or judgment. This is true for as long as they are helping Israel.”
Rabbi Yosef Berger agreed that at this point, an epidemic of Bubonic Plague could not be perceived as divine retribution.
“The plague affected every living thing in Egypt that was either Egyptian or belonged to the Egyptians,” Rabbi Berger said. But the rabbi noted similarities between the situation in LA and the plague in Egypt.
“The plague of boils came after Moses and Aaron threw soot into the air in front of Pharaoh,” Rabbi Berger said.
“This was one of the few plagues in which it could be perceived as the result of man’s actions. If a plague does break out in America, it surely is a result of God’s intervention but man has to take responsibility for his part in bringing it.”
The rabbi noted that all of the plagues in Egypt came as a warning and had Egypt heeded God’s demand to release the Hebrews, the plagues would have ceased immediately.
“LA is the home of Hollywood that sends messages out to the entire world in an unprecedented manner,” Rabbi Berger said. “The threat of plague, especially one that already devastated the world, should be a wake-up call that the message they are putting out to the world needs to be reassessed.”