[Marxism] Abolish the Fucking Hospitals: The leading cause of death and injury in the United States

sabocat59 at mac.com sabocat59 at mac.com
Sat Apr 25 08:28:38 MDT 2009

Pat Costello wrote:

Other articles in the series promoted chiropractic and homeopathy,claimed that effective nutritional methods for treating AIDS were being suppressed, claimed that chelation therapy was safe and effective for treating heart disease, and endorsed several treatments for cancer that the American Cancer Society recommends against. His Web site contains a huge amount of misinformation and bad advice.Questionable OfferingsOver the years, Null has marketed a variety of supplement products. In the mid-1980s, his catalog included: Guard-Ion (an antioxidant formula claimed to help protect athletes from free radicals the body can't control), Gary Null's AM-PM Vitamin-Mineral Formula (a "revolutionary breakthrough in vitamin preparation" that provides the nutrients needed at the best times for the body's anabolic and catabolic activities), Candida Complex (to bolster the body's defenses against yeast infection), Endurance Factor (containing "all the nutrients and enzymes that have made Bee Pollen famous"), Energy Plus (a royal jelly tablet), Rebalancer (a "cleansing formulation" for adults exposed to air pollutants, pesticides, or preservatives, or who have "internal metabolic imbalances"), CoEnzyme Q10 ("may reverse deficiencies and improve organ function, especially in the heart), Sport DMG (an N,N Dimethylglycine product to "improve cardiovascular function and to enhance thebody's natural immune response system), and Gary Null's Immune Nutrients ("to nourish and stimulate immune function, not merely at a marginal level of preventing disease and degeneration, but a positive level of striving for wellness and excellence, for optimal health").

The problem I have with all these supposed anti-quackery spoofs is they paint with too broad a brush and just reflect the popular culture's sub-conscious and uncritical acceptance of mainstream medicine. 

Take Chiropractic, for instance. Hardly unscientific. Insurance pays for it these days.  But if you talk to a typical orthopedist he will say its quackery. Like he doesn't have a reason to say that based more on turf wars than science? I've gotten more positive results from a combination of chiro and massage than any number of painkillers prescribed by MD's. Because the former treats the symptom and not the cause. The cause being, more often than not, chronically tight muscles and-or joint subluxation.  Musculoskeletal pain can be relieved much more effectively by so called alternative approaches. But medical doctors like to prescribe painkillers until the knife is needed. Can you say unecessary expenditures? Can you say the surgeon's laughing all the way to the bank?

Likewise with nutritional advocacy as well as the use of supplements. Hardly quackery. But the pharma lobby has got the legislative branch sewed up. Isn't there some sort of institutional big money lobby at work here beyond the realm of science?

Meanwhile there's this huge fucking elephant in the room called DOCTORS KILL THEIR PATIENTS which no one wants to touch with a ten foot pole. 

What the fuck is wrong with you people? Seriously?

I don't give a rat's ass about Null and his anti-aids whacko bullshit. Why don't you address the study itself?

Like you said, you know nothing about the other authors. Well why the fuck not? Maybe because they're MD's and not easy targets?

And what about the JAMA report? 

Any fucking comments?


And the blanket dismissal of supplements is also highly suspect. Why don't these quackometers look at the pharma industry? Could we have a little more critical thinking? 

Why haven't marxists published something similar to Ivan Illich and his work on iatrogenesis and medical nemesis? 
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