Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Was Napolean Done in By Doctors?

You know, it is easy to be fooled into thinking that modern medicine is a highly developed and precise art by pristine surroundings and machines that have flashing lights and make interesting buzz and bleep noises.  "Modern medical treatment" is a magical mantra used to soothe the masses into believing that when they see a doctor, they are getting the benefit of a precise, highly developed form of health care.  What we really get is a form of disease management that uses crude tools like toxic chemicals, and surgery to "cure" dis-ease.

The latest study on accidental death at the hand of the medical establishment pegs the number at 195 000.  "If the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's annual list of leading causes of death included medical errors, it would show up as number six, ahead of diabetes, pneumonia, Alzheimer's disease and renal disease,"

Want to know how screwy the whole system is?  I have a close friend who is a highly skilled and certified midwife.  She has over 1000 births under her belt and runs a tight ship.  She worked out her wage recently, and she makes approximately $7.50 an hour for her work, which is less than minimum wage here.  A recent client of hers had to have a doctor take over her care.  He didn't even make it to the delivery, but he did manage to get in six stitches for the perineal tear at a cost of about $100 per stitch for about 20 minutes worth of work.   Please don't get me started on the butchery to women that usually takes place in the name of "safe hospital deliveries."

Other health related stuff:

Ever watch a thriller and notice how your heart accelerates as if you were there on the screen?  Or how about when you are reading a good book and get to an exciting part?  Here's what Nicholas Regush has to say about this:

If Romantic And Violent Movies Can Make Hormones Surge, What Other Daily Influences On Health Are We Overlooking?

I find it astonishing that reasonably bright people fail to try to understand that they live in a world (or should I say "whirlwind") of ongoing influences that impact the mind and body. Once in a while, science decides to pick out some item of interest that is shown to affect the body and/or mind. And so while it makes perfect sense (to me) that
movies will have an impact on the human body in a variety of ways (mostly ways that we do not yet understand), there continues to be a piecemeal approach to this entire area of environment-mind-body investigation. And when some stimuli - in this case, a type of movie - is linked to a type of physiological effect in the body (a hormone change), this notion is rarely presented in the media and in scientific channels as an important clue to understanding the ongoing, never-ending, dynamic, complex relationship a human being has with the ever-changing environment. Is this because many people like to think that they can control the impact that words, images, and bio-chemical complexes have on their minds and bodies? Yes. And it is delusional, at best. It is anti-science and yet another example of ingrained ignorance, fueled by dogmas of various sorts. This latest little bitty bit of information - that movies can affect the human body - is merely a tease of what will be understood in some future world.
RFD Editor Nicholas Regush

And I say that it will be a good day when Christian researchers can look into mind/body medicine without getting the willies or thinking they are delving into eastern pantheism or witchcraft.

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