Sunday, October 18, 2009

amazing ...

In Anatomy of an Illness Norman Cousins, a veteran journalist and author tells the story of a meeting he had in Africa with Dr Albert Schweitzer, musician, physician and Nobel Prize winner. Replying to Cousins' question as to how the African tribal witchdoctors got such good results, Dr Schweitzer replied: "It's supposed to be a professional secret, but I'll tell you anyway. The witchdoctor succeeds for the same reason all the rest of us succeed. Each patient carries his own doctor inside him. They come to us not knowing the truth. We are at our best when we give the doctor who resides within each patient a chance to go to work." (Lesson 1 for all medical students.)

Friday, October 9, 2009

historical revisionism ...

My latest post at UT is as follows:

historical revisionism ...

To get back to the topic of the post and off Glenn's side issue that was discussed, let us look at the way history is recorded.

To most people the phrase historical revisionism conjures up lying skinheads who spin crazy stories and call it history. However, history undergoes continual revision and this is proper. For example, once upon a time the history texts of America made a hero out of Christopher Columbus and never mentioned his murdering ways. The information was there for all to see in his own diaries, but the nation wanted a great man to be part of the founding myth of the white man in the Americas. Now, he is not presented in such a heroic light. This is history revised to more properly reflect what really happened.

History always starts with the news accounts of the day; just like the invasion of Iraq can be read about in old newspapers in America. But as our host has pointed out day after day after day to the point of obsession, the newspaper people are often engaged in propaganda rather than truth. Hence, the record will be revised on many occasions over the years to get closer to the truth until an enduring myth gains widespread acceptance. We hope this myth is close to the truth.

However, complete truth in a history book is a very rare animal. You will find more hen's teeth.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

How can this be ...

I am reading a book by a doctor, and came across this:

Towards the end of World War II when the Americans invaded the Philippines and recaptured them from the Japanese, a lone Japanese soldier ran off into the jungle there and hid, firmly believing that sooner or later the tide of battle would turn again and Japan would in the end be victorious. He therefore decided to wait things out in the jungle. He waited twenty-five years, all the while avoiding human contact, and then one day emerged from the jungle and surrendered.

Returned to Japan and medically examined, the soldier amazed everybody--he looked so young compared to other middle-aged Japanese men. His teeth were perfect and his eyesight too. He displayed none of the usual signs of degenerative disease considered normal in civilization. And yet his life had not been easy. The only possible explanation for his physical preservation was that his diet for those years had been fruit, berries and various plants eaten raw, a diet similar to that of other wild primates and that of early humans before the discovery of fire.

Now how can this be? Is it true? I must look at my history books and see.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

New Study Demonstrates Significant Harm From Just ONE Mercury-Containing Vaccine

A new study found that primates that received just ONE vaccination containing thimerosal, the mercury-preservative found in many vaccines including the new swine flu shot, had significant neurological impairment when compared with those who received a saline solution injection or no injection at all.

Although the paper is carefully worded and the results reported modestly, these findings are certain to receive intense scrutiny. The vast majority of American infants born during the 1990’s received a vaccine formulation similar to the one the thirteen vaccinated primates received. Thimerosal-containing vaccines are still routinely administered to newborn infants in developing countries such as Brazil, and most influenza vaccines contain thimerosal and are routinely administered to pregnant women and infants.

The finding that early exposure to potentially toxic vaccine formulations can cause significant neurodevelopmental delays in primates has explosive implications for vaccine safety management.