Category Archives: Medicine

Follow the Money… Corruption is Cheap

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Read this article: http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/health-and-wellbeing/nutrition/how-the-sugar-industry-shifted-blame-to-fat-20160912-greutt.html

When something doesn’t seem quite right, follow the money trail… $$$

Apparently, it only took paying around $50k of today’s money to an academic of one of the most well-regarded educational institutions in the world, to corrupt the global scientific consensus, warp the food industry, misdirect the “healthcare” and medical industry, and led generations, and many hundreds of millions of people into an obesity crisis.

From a capitalist perspective, the sugar industry and the “healthcare” industry have the perfect market; the possibility of almost every human on earth being highly addicted to a cheap, legal substance, leading to a raft of chronic diseases in many major body systems that require ongoing care and treatment, which produces consistent and ever expanding revenue streams. It is much like smoking or alcohol, but FAR more insidious and destructive. Nobody has gone to jail over this, yet we have a lifestyle disease “epidemic” that has probably led to the premature deaths of millions, with related consequential chronic illness overriding the “healthcare systems” of the “developed” world.

Don’t ever hold the “scientific method” to such high regard as to think that whatever you are told to be commonly accepted by research is completely infallible. Do your own research before worshipping the findings of someone else like it is some sort of deity. Educate yourself. Find your own truth, as much as you possibly can, for the good of society. We have all the resources to do that. There is plenty of corrupt research around.

“For many decades health authorities encouraged Americans to improve their health by reducing their fat intake, which led many people to consume low-fat, high-sugar foods that some experts now blame for fuelling the obesity crisis.”

“Marion Nestle, a professor of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University, wrote an editorial accompanying the new paper that said the documents provided “compelling evidence” that the sugar industry initiated research “expressly to exonerate sugar as a major risk factor for coronary heart disease.”

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Re: The Mental Health of Doctors

Regarding this article from the Huffington Post:
Being A Doctor Should Not Have To Come With A Health Warning

Years ago, I asked the staff mental health consultant during her lecture at the lunchtime hospital “grand round” meeting whether selection of medical students should take into consideration their existing mental health.

In response, she essentially told me that being mentally ill was part of the profession, like being anxious and having OCD would help you do your job better…

I’d like to say that is certainly not true with the mentally ill health professionals that I’ve met... a large proportion are, and not just the doctors…

How many more suicides do we need to see before we fix the system? Ultimately do we really believe that having a doctor or (other health professional) run around the hospital spending an inordinate amount of their mental energy trying to control their anxiety and depression, potentially also physically undermined by the alcohol and drugs that they are taking to cope, is going to provide the best patient care?

Interestingly, in the news recently is this female doctor from Miami, who abused an Uber driver: ‘I am ashamed,’ doctor says after camera captures her attacking Uber driver

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Medical professionals should be selected more carefully for the good of the profession and community; unless of course the dysfunctional process is part of the “medical-industrial complex” process to maintain the destabilization the health of the community for the sake of company profit, perhaps? Which would totally make sense.

I’ve met too many psychopaths, egotists, mentally ill and generally weird people in the medical profession, and wondered, how on Earth can we be entrusting the health of the community to these people?

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More “Healthcare” Industry Tunnel Vision

See the link here regarding Statins.

I’m getting tired of medicos blindly worshipping their “Scientific Method” and “Evidence based Medicine” like some faultless, omnipotent deity, and smugly saying, like a broken record “but is there a double-blinded randomised controlled trial on it? Where’s the EVIDENCE?”

And then of course we see ridiculous and illogical things based on the “scientific method” happening like the war on fat, and allowing drugs with serious side effects to become widespread (and marketed as totally safe) like certain NSAIDS, and now statins. 

The healthcare industry needs to escape it’s tunnel vision, bloated, gigantic egos, political bickering and power grabbing, and get a lot smarter, a lot quicker, if it is to be of any real benefit to the advancement of humanity beyond acute/emergency care. Because clearly there are massive holes in their knowledge and self-awareness, especially in the areas of preventive health and chronic disease management.

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MORE ON SATURATED FAT

Great article on the historical basis of half a century of misleading dietary guidelines from the Wall Street Journal.
http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303678404579533760760481486?tesla=y

What I learned from this article was:
– how easily the general population can be influenced to believe whatever they are told
 how much power those in the know, have over those who aren’t
– how easily money, politics, egos and self-interest can lead to perpetuating falsehood as truth
– how easily scientific studies can be manupulated and promoted as gospel despite not being scientific
– how easily misleading ideas can be perpetuated through generations and through the population

Stay vigilant, do your own research, educate yourself, and ask the right questions for your sake and the community’s sake.

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STAYING OUT OF HOSPITAL

This is in response to this article published on news.com.au

I always say, there are four main overarching reasons to end up in hospital, often a combination of these:
1) Elderly
2) Obesity
3) Foolish
4) Unlucky

Unfortunately for some, for whatever reasons (genetics, some unique circumstances or environmental exposure or who knows), they can do everything in their power and still get sick, like this poor man, who falls into the least common category of being exquisitely unlucky.

But the message here is not that we shouldn’t bother; because there are still plenty of other of ways in which we can end up in hospital, through aging poorly, eating poorly, gaining excessive weight and negatively affecting our body composition, or doing something stupid like getting addicted to drugs/alcohol/cigarettes or jumping off a roof while we’re drunk.

This man is in hospital by fate of misfortune; but his fellow hospital mates are there by their own design, and he is not impressed.

The point is, as expressed in the disgust this man has for his fellow patients: though on rare occasions sickness can’t be avoided, in the case of the 99.99999% of other reasons that it can be avoided, we should put in the effort and do the right things to stay out of the hospital. Because in the vast majority of the time it can be avoided, and thus we should not take our health for granted.

It is to the benefit of ourselves, and to our fellow man by the examples we set and the community resources we save by not ending up in hospital, that we do our best, within reason, to maintain as high a level of health as we can.

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