Note on Previous Article: Doctors are Idiots

This satire piece does not mean to imply that ALL doctors are complete idiots when it comes to health. There are exceptions. Many of the outstanding people I know in natural health started as conventional medical doctors (M.D.s). The difference between complete idiot doctors and intelligent doctors is that idiots are not willing to abandon their existing dogmatic beliefs when faced with new, contradictory evidence. Intelligent people, on the other hand, adapt and evolve their ideas when faced with new information or evidence.

Conventional medicine, for the most part, does not want to learn anything new that might challenge its existing status quo dominance over the lives of parents and children. “Innovation is the enemy of the status quo,” and genuine health enhancement (and disease prevention) is the enemy of the entrenched medical industrial complex. Most doctors are complete idiots because they follow a dogmatic, religious-like belief in blatantly outdated junk medical science, even when real world observations and evidence demands the embracing of ideas that overthrow previously protected beliefs and career egos.

Until doctors can abandon their egos and admit they don’t know everything, they will continue to be full of crap.

The purpose behind this satire piece is not to engage in silly name-calling exercises, but rather to play an important role in social commentary on the huge failures of modern medicine today. Satire and humor have important functions in any free society: They reveal what’s wrong in a hilarious light, simultaneously entertaining us while encouraging us to challenge our own ideas and, perhaps, come up with new, better solutions for future generations. Political cartoons, stand-up comedians and satire pieces like this one all play a role in getting people to think more carefully about the issues at hand.

Consider this: If modern medicine really worked well, and if doctors were creating wonderful solutions that kept people healthy, then we wouldn’t have much of anything to make fun of! The fact that silly humor and examples of idiotic behavior are so easy to find in conventional medicine today is indicative of the failure of medicine to be effective. Satire “attack” humor carries a sub-text message that says, “We can do better.” We don’t have to suffer under an idiotic system of medicine. We can create a better future based on genuine health freedom, the promotion of disease prevention programs, and the embracing of plant-based medicines that are safe, affordable and highly effective.

Until we get there, poking fun at the hilarious (but sometimes quite harmful and disastrous) failures of conventional medicine is an important way to keep reminding us all how crazy we are to follow this entrenched system of failed medicine. After all, if conventional medicine really worked well, wouldn’t we all be healthy by now?

Finally, I must add that there is idiocy and humor in every industry. Even natural health has its own idiots, too. Every industry has some area that can be improved, and there are always idiots working alongside geniuses and compassionate leaders, no matter where you look (except, perhaps, in politics, where it seems to be almost entirely idiots…). It just seems that conventional medicine has more than its fair share of short-sighted individuals (which I am equating with the term “idiots”). It’s not just the doctors, of course, but the doctors have played a significant role in promoting the dogmatic beliefs that have helped deliver this disastrous failure of a health care system that we all suffer under in America today. Cuba actually has better health care results than America, and that country has virtually none of the technology, pharmaceuticals and insurance programs that we have.

That says a lot right there. To some, it’s downright hilarious. Personally, I can’t help but laugh at the whole system of western medicine. And I plan to keep making fun of it for as long as it continues to produce more health care follies.

Mike Adams

Why doctors are still idiots

When it comes to medical idiocy, these examples are just the tip of the iceberg. The same hopelessly outdated medical system that has given us cigarette-promoting doctors, breastfeeding-censoring doctors and superbug-breeding doctors is now claiming your children need yet more chemicals in their bodies in the form of vaccinations!

And, by the way, these doctors are the only people in the world who are right. They’ll tell you so themselves! They are the sole source of all knowledge on anything related to health and medicine, and they’ve now garnered enough political power that they’ve managed to criminalize parents who disagree with their medical dogma.

You know what the difference is between God and doctors?

God doesn’t think he’s a doctor.

These days, instead of doctors simply being full of nonsense, they are suddenly a very real danger to your personal freedom. Before, they were just peddling health nonsense. Now they hold the keys to your freedom and the custody of your children. Refuse to go along with new mandatory vaccination programs in New Jersey, for example, and you can be arrested, imprisoned, charged with a crime and have your children kidnapped by Child Protective Services. How dare you disagree with the High Priests of medical dogma!

Personally, I don’t necessarily mind doctors being full of crap. It’s amusing to watch, and hilarious to document. But I do mind doctors being full of crap while invoking law enforcement authorities to pull out a Glock, slap a 10-round magazine in the grip, point the barrel to the head of a mother of three children and demand, “Take OUR medicine, or you’ll be arrested.” Which is, of course, essentially what’s happening in New Jersey and Maryland right now. It’s called Gunpoint Medicine, and if you don’t believe me, move to New Jersey, and refuse to have your children vaccinated. It won’t be long before armed men show up at your front door with Child Protective Services standing behind them, ready to grab your kid, toss him into an unmarked van, and have you arrested for “resisting vaccination.” This is not fiction. I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried. It takes truly evil people to dream up this kind of medical terrorism — the very people who work for Big Pharma and the FDA.

Or maybe I’m wrong about all this. Maybe doctors and health authorities have been full of crap for a hundred years, and now all of a sudden in 2007, they’re instantly right! Maybe they’ve been visited by supernatural, omniscient beings who gave them perfect knowledge (along with a new Merck vaccine) and all they’re doing is running around the country saving little children’s lives for the good of humanity.

Perhaps 2007 is the new Golden Age of children’s health, to be initiated with a mass injection of kiddies with a dozen new toxic mercury injections to “protect” these kids from things that will probably never happen to them. Maybe now, in 2007, organized medicine has reversed all its years of bullsnot and finally found the light! And that light, we’re told, comes in the form of a pill… or a vaccine… or chemotherapy… or whatever they tell you to take next.

Yes, indeed! We’ve been saved by Big Pharma and a brigade of doctors! Hail the FDA! Praise the pharmaceutical giants! Give thanks for mandatory injections! Listen to the doctors and we’ll all be saved!

doctors failed to report an incompetent colleague

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A survey of 1,600 practicing physicians published in the Annals of Internal Medicine reveals that reveals that nearly half of all doctors failed to report an incompetent colleague who posed a risk to the health or safety of a patient. The same survey also revealed that a majority of doctors would send their patients to get expensive imaging work done at an imaging facility in which they held a financial interest, but only 24 percent of doctors said they would reveal that conflict of interest to patients.

Result: Yet more incompetent, dishonest doctors continue to scam customers and harm patients. The scourge of modern medicine continues as corrupt, ignorant and downright incompetent doctors continue to harm millions of expectant mothers, infants, babies and children with their deadly Big Pharma chemicals and disastrous health advice. The reputation of doctors plummets in the minds of the American public, and most patients now turn to the Internet to find answers that their doctors either don’t know or refuse to tell them. The mass exodus of patients away from conventional medicine is now well underway…

High-Dose Chemo Doesn’t Help Breast Cancer

Getting diagnosed with cancer is difficult enough, but choosing the right treatment from the bewildering array of options can be just as challenging. For breast cancer patients, that decision just got a little less complicated, with a new study showing that a once-popular therapy doesn’t provide any additional survival benefit.

Researchers at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston announced at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium today that high-dose chemotherapy (followed by a stem-cell transplant to rebuild the immune system) after surgery does not extend the life of breast-cancer patients. The new findings, which come after a thorough analysis of 15 trials involving 6,200 patients, should close the book on a controversial treatment that was popular during the 1980s and 1990s. At the time, doctors believed that more was better when it came to chemotherapy following cancer surgery: While it was painful for patients, oncologists thought ramping up chemo would ultimately benefit patients by destroying any cancer cells that had eluded the surgeon’s knife.

Not everyone agreed with that theory, but advocates for breast-cancer patients, desperate for more and better options, pushed for access to the therapy, resulting in wrangling with some health insurers who refused to cover the treatment, saying it was too experimental. With more sophisticated cancer drugs becoming available in recent years, the demand for high-dose chemotherapy has died down, but, until now, many patients and doctors have still had questions about the usefulness of the treatment.

The multistep therapy requires doctors to extract bone-marrow stem cells from breast-cancer patients prior to surgery. After the tumor-removal operation, patients are exposed to brutal doses of chemotherapy, then re-infused with their stem cells, which restore immune cells destroyed by the chemotherapy. But ultrahigh doses of chemo are extremely toxic, and in fact, some of the 20,000 women who have received the treatment in the U.S. have died from the toxicity.

The M.D. Anderson study, led by Donald Berry, chair of biostatistics, included women with all types of breast cancer, all at the beginning stages of the disease. All had tested positive for cancer in some lymph nodes even after surgery, but none had been diagnosed with cancer that had spread any further. While women receiving the treatment enjoyed a few extra cancer-free months before relapse, they did not survive any longer than women who never underwent the rigorous therapy. “I was surprised by the results,” says Berry. “I was expecting some subsets of women to show some survival benefit. Many studies had been suggesting that there were some patients, such as young patients and women with triple negative cancer” — that is, cancer cells that lack receptors for estrogen, progesterone or HER2, which makes them difficult to treat with drugs — “that would benefit. But our analysis shows that’s not true.”

“This report should absolutely, definitively and for all time close the door on this treatment,” says Dr. Larry Norton of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

Despite its negative results, Berry and Norton say the study holds a valuable lesson: that perhaps more important than the size of the dose is which chemo drug the doctor decides to use. Certain cancer cells will either respond to a drug or not — so boosting the dose, particularly of the wrong drug, is not likely to make any difference in these cases. Timing may also be key — spacing apart chemotherapy doses can increase the likelihood of catching tumor cells at their weakest. Taken together, lessons like these are making a difference where it counts most — in giving breast cancer patients the best chance at surviving their disease.

FDA Panel Rejects Merck Statin Mevacor for OTC Status

 An FDA advisory panel on Thursday voted 10-2 against recommending that Merck‘s cholesterol drug Mevacor be granted over-the-counter status, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Although FDA is not bound by its advisory panels’ recommendations, it usually follows them (Stark, Philadelphia Inquirer, 12/14). The decision marks the third time that an advisory panel has rejected such a request from Merck, the Wall Street Journal reports. The panel said it is unclear whether consumers would use the drug correctly without guidance from their physicians (Wilde Mathews, Wall Street Journal, 12/14).

The panel was concerned by a study of 1,500 people that found about one-quarter of them would take the pills even though they were not at a high enough risk of heart disease to require the medication, needlessly exposing them to possible side effects, the AP/Long Island Newsday reports (Neergaard, AP/Long Island Newsday, 12/13). Side effects for long-term use of statins include liver problems, muscle pain and weakness, according to the Newark Star-Ledger (Cohen, Newark Star-Ledger, 12/14). The study also found that 30% of high-risk patients — who should be monitored by a physician — wanted nonprescription Mevacor. In addition, the proposed OTC Mevacor is less potent than some prescription statins. More than half of patients taking statins said they would switch to the weaker, nonprescription version if it were available, which could expose them to health risks.

Merck argued that making a lower-dose statin available without a prescription would help people with moderately high cholesterol control their condition. The drug maker also said that among high-risk patients who should be monitored, some are not under a physician’s care to begin with, so OTC Mevacor would help them prevent heart attacks. “This is a real opportunity,” Edwin Hemwall, executive director of Merck’s worldwide OTC regulatory and scientific affairs, said. He added, “We are disappointed. We felt we presented a compelling case” (AP/Long Island Newsday, 12/13).Blow for Statin Manufacturers
The panel heard testimony from doctors and received letters from groups including the American Medical Association stating that consumers do not have the capacity to self-medicate with statins and that doing so could cause risks to their health. Physicians said that patients with high cholesterol need to undergo blood tests to monitor their levels and that they should visit a doctor every six months.

The decision is a “severe blow to a seven-year push by Merck and other drug makers to put statins, the world’s top-selling class of drugs, next to aspirin and other over-the-counter medications on retail pharmacy shelves,” the Chicago Tribune reports (Japsen, Chicago Tribune, 12/14). According to the Journal, the “10-2 vote leaves little hope Merck can win regulatory approval.” The decision also is a disappointment for GlaxoSmithKline, which bought rights to market the drug without a prescription in the U.S. (Wall Street Journal, 12/14). Some drug industry analysts said that making Mevacor nonprescription could increase sales to between $200 million and $300 million annually (Newark Star-Ledger, 12/14).

Vaccine Recall: What Parents Need to Know

comvaxMerck announced that it is voluntarily recalling 1 million doses of two common childhood vaccines, routinely given to children under 5. Here’s everything you need to know about the recall.

Which vaccines are affected?

Merck is pulling 11 lots of PedvaxHIB and two lots of COMVAX. PedvaxHIB is a vaccine that protects against infection with haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), the bacteria that causes meningitis, pneumonia, and blood stream infections. The COMVAX vaccine protects against haemophilius b and hepatitis B, a virus that can cause liver disease.

Why are the vaccines being recalled?

During a routine inspection of their manufacturing process, Merck officials found that some equipment was contaminated with a bacteria called Bacillus cereus.

Is haemophilus influenzae the same bug responsible for the flu?

No. Haemophilus influenzae is a bacterium, while the microbes that cause the flu are viruses. The Hib vaccine recall does not affect flu vaccines.

How can I find out whether my child was vaccinated with one of the recalled shots?

Your doctor will know whether he or she received doses from the lots in question. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are contacting all health care providers and asking them to return unused vaccines from these lots.

If my child was vaccinated with a vaccine from one of the affected lots, will he get sick?

Probably not. Officials at the CDC and FDA stress that there is no serious health risk associated with this recall. The vaccines themselves have not been contaminated so far, but Merck decided to pull all the shots made on those machines as a precaution.

What if the vaccines are contaminated — what signs or symptoms should I look for?

If your child does get sick from the vaccine, the symptoms of a bacterial infection — redness at the injection site, swelling, fever — will likely appear within the first few days after receiving the shot. “Any problems should appear in the first several days, and by the end of a week if there are no symptoms he should definitely be out of the woods,” says Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

Will my child have to be re-vaccinated?

No. The manufacturing problem does not affect the strength or effectiveness of the vaccine. “It’s important to understand that the recall has nothing to do with the potency of the vaccine,” says CDC director Dr. Julie Gerberding. “Children who received the vaccine are protected against haemophilus. There is no need to re-immunize.”

What if my child has not been vaccinated yet? Will there be a shortage of the vaccine because of the recall?Yes. Officials at Merck and sanofi Pasteur — the companies that produce the 14 million doses of Hib vaccine administered each year — are working with CDC officials to ensure that the shortage is addressed as quickly as possible, but some doctors who received their entire supply of vaccine from Merck may not have vaccines for a few weeks. CDC is making available some doses from its national stockpile, an emergency supply created for just such situations, and sanofi Pasteur is increasing production to make up for some of the shortfall.If children can’t get immunized, is there a danger that we will see more meningitis outbreaks?

Probably not. Immunization rates are so high in the U.S. — 94% of toddlers are up to date on their Hib vaccinations — that it would take some time for a widespread infection to take hold. “We have a nice cushion because of our high immunization rates,” says Schuchat. “That cushion of protection can buy us some time while we are dealing with the supply problem. We are at much lower risk than we would have been before the [childhood] vaccination system was so strong.”

For more information, go to the Centers for Disease Control website.

Quackwatch Begging for Money for Legal Costs

Dr. Barrett’s followers are begging for donations to pay for legal costs after the California Supreme court fined him and Polevoy for bringing forth a frivilous lawsuit. The court batte went on for 6 years against Ilena Rosenthal. Why these individuals would want to spend so much effort going after someone who is out to protect the health of women is a mystery. The best thing that could happen for people and their abilities to make choices would be if this lawsuit bankrupt these people. They have gone out of their way to discredit many honest people and deserve this loss.