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‘Scientific’ Mumbo-Jumbo

Western medical industry’s reputation is based on emergency room quick-fixes which are marketed as godly acts of doctors and hospitals

 
When human illness and misery nets trillions of dollars for the rich and the powerful, would they allow society to be healthy and well? Governments with altruistic designs are also muzzled by these industrial barons who want to keep their treasure chests intact at any cost. On a recent morning walk, an old acquaintance commented on my recent article on cancer treatment and its costs: “Doctor, you are barking up the wrong tree in this arena as all stakeholders there want society to be ill and not well. You, on the contrary, are swimming against that popular and powerful current. You are a ‘philo-sufferer’!” When I asked him what he meant, he told me that my philosophy only makes me suffer. He pointed out that I had coined that word in one of my earlier writings.
 
Now, things are falling into place. I was wondering why the cancer industry wants to maintain the prices of simple cancer drugs so high that most patients go bankrupt by the time they die, after taking all those drugs. Do these drugs get any one cured of their disease? The answer is a big NO. The greatest contradiction in this world is that we still call our system ‘healthcare system’! 
 

The hospital industry is no exception. “Never make money in a sick room,” was the advice of the founder of modern medicine, Hippocrates. How can a hospital become an industry, then? But that is the most thriving industry and their owners are celebrated in society. If one wonders how the modern Western medical industry came to earn this reputation and respect, one would soon see that it is because of emergency room quick-fixes which are marketed as godly acts of doctors and hospitals. Most quick-fixes work in an emergency situation but long-term audits do not show them in good light. 
 
A recent study showed that over-investigation and over-intervention seem to be the biggest curse on seriously sick patients in the intensive care units (ICUs). The study published in JAMA (The Journal of American Medical Association) Internal Medicine, in December 2014, shows that certain high-risk heart patients stand a better chance of survival if they go to a hospital when all its cardiologists have all left town. The journal’s editor, and University of California San Francisco cardiologist, Dr Rita Redberg, said “it was a relief to know that patient outcomes do not suffer when cardiologists were away at meetings.” Many studies in the past had shown how death rates fell significantly when doctors were absent in hospitals where juniors and nurses ran the show. These results prompted the British Medical Journal to write an article entitled: “Doctors going on strike will improve society’s health”.
 
Another trick is condemning anything that does not belong to their industry in sickness care. While drugs like Imatinib, which costs a fortune for the patient, is being hailed as a panacea for certain cancers (although the inside audit does not permit that opinion), better drugs, like kitchen-fresh turmeric which contains many powerful tyrosine-kinase receptor blockers, the main chemical in Imatinib, is condemned and discarded. 
 
It would be an eye-opener for those who believe that modern medicine is scientific: modern Western medicine, which began as sorcery, witchcraft, mumbo-jumbo and so on 5,000 years ago in the Nile Valley, started being described as ‘scientific’ in the early part of 20th century.
 
Business power succeeded over truth with the (in)famous Abraham Flexner report of 1910 which gave medicine its ‘scientific’ label. Truth is that Western medicine is non-science and power play.
 
(Professor Dr BM Hegde, a Padma Bhushan awardee in 2010, is an MD, PhD, FRCP (London, Edinburgh, Glasgow & Dublin), FACC and FAMS.)

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SuchindranathAiyerS

2 years ago

My Guru Mokichi Okada (Japan) had said all this about Western Medicine was back in the 1920s when he discovered an alternative means of healing (Okada Finger Pressure Therapy or Jo Rei).

Organiser of 2010 World Cup admits paying $10 million to FIFA
The former president of the local organising committee for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Danny Jordaan, admitted that the organisation he headed paid $10 million in 2008 to FIFA, although he denied that it was a bribe.
 
Jordaan's remarks, published on Sunday in the Sunday Independent, comes days after an FBI investigation accused top FIFA officials of receiving $10 million from South Africa in exchange for their support in the final vote to choose the host country for the 2010 world soccer championship.
 
Both the South African government and the South African Football Association, of which Jordaan -- who was recently named mayor of the city of Port Elizabeth -- is president, have denied that any payment was made in exchange for votes to organise the Cup.
 
According to Jordaan, the $10 million was paid to the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football -- CONCACAF -- to promote the development of soccer in the region.
 
The president of CONCACAF at that time was Jack Warner, who was also the president of FIFA and who, according to the FBI investigation, took the alleged $10 million bribe in exchange for voting for South Africa and securing the support for that country's candidacy from two other voting members.
 
With the votes of Warner and two other directors, who are said to have received part of the money, South Africa beat Morocco by 14-10 in the final balloting held in 2004.
 
"How could we have paid a bribe for votes four years after we had won the bid?" Jordaan rhetorically asked the Sunday Independent, denying that the money was paid to buy the votes of Warner and his two alleged accomplices.
 
According to the paper, CONCACAF was the only regional soccer federation in the world to receive funds from South Africa's 2010 World Cup organising committee.
 
Warner was arrested last week along with other FIFA officials implicated in the corruption scandal.

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Land ordinance re-promulgated
President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday gave his assent to re-promulgation of the land ordinance, which was to expire next month.
 
Rashtrapati Bhavan officials told IANS that the president signed the ordinance before leaving on an official visit to Sweden and Belarus. 
 
The recommendation for re-promulgation of the ordinance was sent to the president after the union cabinet cleared it on Saturday.
 
The move was strongly criticised by opposition parties, mainly the Congress.
 
The land bill is currently with a Joint Committee of parliament for detailed discussion on the provisions of the controversial legislation.
 
The ordinance was first promulgated in December last year to amend the act passed by United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government in 2013.
 
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi had on Saturday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the decision.
 
"Modi-ji in an amazing hurry to grab land from poor farmers at any cost. A 3rd attempt at pushing the anti farmer Land Ordinance!"
 
"Congress Party will continue to fight for the rights of the kisan and mazdoor against this #suitbootkisarkar," he said in a series of tweets.

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MOHAN SIROYA

2 years ago

This Government is running on "Ordinance Raj". Why it should go on proclaiming and publicising that it has achieved so many things in a year ? By having a brute majority in the Loksabha (Lower House), Govt. thinks it has a birth right to ignore the overwhelming public opinion on "Land Bill" and opposition of members of the Rajyasabha( Upper House)?
When all Core Industries of India are incurring losses, why the Govt. is claiming that the Development is only possible by starting more industries How and why the Govt. is trumpeting by dishing out untrue statistics that it has achieved 7.5 % growth in GDP ? Mr.P M you can not go on fooling all the people ,all the time .
Be a friend of common man and not Industrialists or fatly paid employees. Giving two Saturdays off in a month , may not cause much harm to the services common man takes from the bank , because otherwise too, when they are working on saturday for mere 2.5 hours, it was of no use in practical sense. Stop being anti-consumers MR. P. M.

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