Prior to deploying to Vietnam in 1970, we Navy Hospital Corpsmen spent time at the US Marine Corps training facility at Camp Pendleton, California. One day a Sargent had us all gather around while he carefully disassembled an AK-47 rifle. These were used by the South Vietnamese military and, sadly, many witnessed the north end of this Russian rifle. “But Sarge,” one of the Corpsmen asked, “why do we need to learn this? His response was swift, stern and hugely relevant in my life. “It’s very important to know how your opposition is armed.”
Medical training has become such that I’ve questioned the blatant conflict of interest that is involved. Pharmaceutical drug companies contribute to both doctors training and doctors training facilities (1). I believe that this creates the illusion to young impressionable students that safer and more natural options to wellness, those outside of pharmaceutical intervention or care, simply do not exist, or should not be consider the “standard of care.”
I subscribe to several medical newsletters and each have opened communication forums wherein we subscribers are free to offer our points of view. Well, “free” if they choose to publish our comments, I should say. Recently one website ran the headline “Should Masks Make A Comeback?” I simply could not believe what the majority of medical people (66% YES votes) were saying in the comment section. My response was never published, but now it is for you to see.
“it blows me away that such dissent exists within the halls of science! Is the public not justified in their confusion on the issue of masks, when health professionals seem to be equally confused? During the worst of this in 2020-21, I always carried a mask in my back pocket, just in case I angered someone without it on. Simple…slip it on, apologize and go on about my business.”
More recently, they issued yet another headline; “Should Docs Bail on Twitter?” 44% of the comments from these intellectuals, who perhaps drive Tesla’s, baffled me. Once considered a genius innovator, according to 44% of these medical folks, apparently Twitter’s CEO is now not worthy of their support. I wonder why?
You see where I’m going with this blog. A few years ago, when Newsweek Magazine ran the headline that our doctors interrupt us in exam rooms after only 11 seconds of speaking, I was shocked. Today, however I’m thankful. You’re in the doctor’s office for medical advice, not political advice. Get in, get examined, get an opinion, go home and study the recommendations made very well!
1. Harvard University: https://ethics.harvard.edu/event/drug-companies-and-medicine-what-money-can-buy
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