Category Archives: Healthcare

UPDATED (7/10): LinkedIn: Stanton Peele On ILANA And Addiction

Argument, Classical Liberalism, Drug War, Healthcare, Ilana Mercer, Intellectualism, The Therapuetic State

Thank you, Stanton Peele, PhD., for an inspired LinkedIn review. We represent an era of intellectuals in which left and right had so much in common, Stanton being a 1960s liberal; myself a 19th Century classical liberal.

“Ilana Mercer is the most independent thinker of the 21st century — she was that in the 20th. She saw a path that we didn’t follow away from myths of mental illness and incorrigible international conflict. But we have instead followed the roads she eschewed while she, the Cheshire Cat watched grimacing and catcalling our missteps. Need I say we require her insights more than ever?”~ STANTON PEELE, PhD., J.D., best-selling author, addiction expert (review on LinkedIn)

Dr. Peele is the only theorist and clinician I’ve ever respected on the vexing matter of addiction–now a thriving industry with poor outcomes, increasingly, if reflexively, vested in maintaining dysfunction.

I recognized Stanton for the outstanding thinker he is when I read and wrote about his seminal and best work, “Diseasing of America: How We Allowed Recovery Zealots and the Treatment Industry to Convince Us We Are Out of Control .”

Calgary Herald readers were irate, at the time. The same readers (whom I loved) were as annoyed when I wrote about ADHD, in 1999. Boy, are people vested in a  medical diagnosis for legitimizing and authenticating all aspects of The Self. I continue to hold Dr. Peele as the best thinker on the subject. Like myself, he has mentored (knowingly and unknowingly) followers who have adopted his thinking.

Some mentions are here:

“Addictions Are About Behavior, Not Disease” (June 22, 2000)

Medical Mumbo Jumbo Does Not Explain Addiction” (June 29, 2000)

Charlie Sheen’s Out of the AA ‘Troll Hole’” (March 4, 2011)

Addicted To The Drug War” is a wide-ranging libertarian think piece written originally for the Mises Institute in 2001. A section, “ADDICTION: VICE OR DISEASE?” is inspired by Stanton Peele’s work.

MORE on the drug war.

MORE on the Therapeutic State and Industry (almost indistinguishable).

UPDATE (7/10): In reply to the Comment:  I do not know any thinker, other than those who followed the pioneers I’m citing here, who questioned philosophical fundamentals of mental disease and addiction, as Dr. Peele does and as my sweet, kind friend, the genius Thomas Szasz (RIP) did in his monumental works. (R.D Laing was a loon):

https://www.ilanamercer.com/2012/09/im-sad-not-libya-israel-9-11/

I’ve not looking for exposes; I’m looking for analytical truth to bolster the empirical. That’s my method; it’s theirs. Dr. Szasz was the pioneering genius. His books were prescribed at my South African alma mater. Now it has reverted to the anti-intellectual American drek, namely that of diseasing all aspects of behavior.

“Broken Brains” (2002)

NEW COLUMN: ‘Tarded’ Medical Idiocrat Won’t Treat ‘Unscannables’ Like Me

Art, Comedy & Humor, COVID-19, Healthcare, Intelligence, Left-Liberalism And Progressivisim, Pseudoscience, Science

“Why come you don’t have your Covid tattoo,” he yelps, cowering in the corner, “where’s your bar code”

NEW COLUMN is “‘Tarded’ Medical Idiocrat Won’t Treat ‘Unscannables’ Like Me.” It’s currently featured on WND.COM, The Unz Review, and on The New American.

Meet Doctor Lexus (diploma via Costco):

In Idiocracy, Mike Judge’s genius of a satire (really a documentary, if you think about it), Luke Wilson plays Joe Bowers, frozen by the military in 2005, “who accidentally wakes up in 2505 to find a broken-down, thuggish America, where language has become a patois of football chants, hip-hop slang and grunts denoting rage, pleasure and priapic longing, where citizens are obese, violent, ever-horny and narcotised by consumerism.” (As I said, a documentary. Citations here.)

The “dumb-a** dystopia” depicted in “Idiocracy” has evolved (devolved, rather) because low-IQ individuals, so robust, have out-bred the intelligent (yes, Judge openly references IQ as a measure of intelligence). Consequently, nothing gets fixed. There are garbage avalanches. A Gatorade-like drink has replaced water in irrigation. Because growers don’t know better, nothing grows. …

The most watched show on the “Violence Channel” is “Ow, My B-lls!” The “highest grossing movie of all time is called ‘A**,’ and consists of 90 minutes of the same naked, hairy butt on screen.” Audiences are enraptured. All enterprises are sexualized; Starbucks offers a “full body latte.” Costco is an Ivy-League law school.

Or, a medical school, in my tale of woe. Idiocracy is the perfect metaphor for my own visit to a Washington State doctor’s office. …

And the doctor’s office has become its own obstacle course. Combine endemic, Idiocracy-like institutional rot, with the control Covid has bestowed on some exceedingly mediocre and malevolent minds—and one can never be too prepared.

In the case of this grubby little shop, the pronoun slot alone on the attendant patient forms ought to have been a portend of what was to come. My choice of pronoun would have been “grammatical” had that option been offered. Otherwise, I never dignify the pronoun charade. See below:

Washington woke would sooner flout the spirit of the  Hippocratic Oath than speak ill of the homeless grotesquerie that is unfolding on our streets. Since the term “virtue signaling” has become a cliché—a term insufficient to the task—let me offer an improvement. The progressive’s preening aims to emphasize his or her own providential purpose in the universe. To that end, progressives like to discredit the rest of us. That’s more like it

When the appointment was scheduled, not a word of warning was forthcoming about the inquisition, the third degree, that would ensue at the front desk on the day of the visit. I’m healthy, masked and without fever. That ought to have been the end of it.

It was not. Shoved in my face on a stark sheet of paper, bereft of the office’s masthead, was the demand for my vaccination status. Well, of course. Doctor Lexus (diploma via Costco) wasn’t owning this disgrace. This was nothing to boast about.

I refused to divulge my vaccination status. …

READ ON. NEW COLUMN is “‘Tarded’ Medical Idiocrat Won’t Treat ‘Unscannables’ Like Me.” It’s currently featured on WND.COM, The Unz Review, and The New American.

 

 

UPDATED (Institutional Rot): Convene A Covid Court Or Tribunal To Conduct Post-Covid Denazification And Deal With CDC

Canada, Constitution, COVID-19, Criminal Injustice, Free Speech, Healthcare, Law

Fox News’ Martha MacCallum got only marginally steamed today at Robert Redfield, a former CDC director, according to whose euphemisms the CDC’s lies and lack of data-collection capability, priced at $7 billion per year, requires no more than a “strategic investment.”

Redfield, like the rest of the medicrats who run our lives and badmouth those of us who declined their hemlock (see “Self-Ownership And The Right To Reject The Pharma-State’s Hemlock“), use Orwellian Speak to finesse crimes against humanity.

Another typical sprouter of Orwellian speak is Dr. Nicole Saphier (and she is a dime-a-dozen), who never expressed objections to mass vaccination with an experimental substance: “CDC has done a ‘disservice’ to Americans” is all she can muster.

I’ll put it plainly—and all these people are complicit—the CDC was toying with the lives of millions upon millions of people by cornering them and compelling into taking a risky vaccine. The vaccines are unarguably risky simply by virtue of the record short time in which they were developed and foisted on the public absent proper, mandatory longitudinal safety studies and full consent. Where consent was obtained, it was done, now we know, by providing incomplete often slipshod quality data.

It’s simple.

A special Covid court—as in a tribunal—needs to be convened. Sitting in the dock should be public health officials, TV doctors and other Covid-orthodoxy enforcers. Punishment needs to be on the table. Call it post-Covid denazification.

Martha seemed confused as to how an American agency that receives $7 billion in funding a year is forced to rely on data from Israel, for lack of its own. REALLY? You need to ask? I’ve devoted many a post and a column to anatomizing aspects of what I call “institutional rot.” “Systemic institutional rot” is what this is.

Tangentially related news is that in Canada, Tamara Lich, “one of the lead organizers of the Canadian Freedom Convoy” protests against that degenerate son of 60 dogs Justine Trudeau’s Covid tyranny, is arrested and denied due process of law. Pat King, another Trucker hero, is arrested too, all for speech infractions—and for partaking in near-idyllically peaceful civil disobedience.

Don’t Be A Pollyanna: The COVID Booster Racket Is Here To Stay, For Now

Argument, Constitution, COVID-19, Healthcare, The State

It doesn’t work: The COVID booster doesn’t stop the boosted from catching and transmitting Covid-19.  The booster may stop serious disease and hospitalization for some months, but then, an already overburdened immune system must be boosted again, if alleged protection against death and hospitalization is to last. And maybe not. There are no guarantees even of this promise. The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) head of vaccines strategy has sounded something as close to a warning as one can hope: “repeated vaccinations within short intervals will not represent a sustainable long term strategy.”

Logically, these frequent vaccine boosts could damage the immune system. Circuitously, and by hedging their words—the medicrats admit as much:

The World Health Organization cautions that, while “protection against severe disease is more likely to be preserved, more data on vaccine effectiveness, particularly against hospitalization, severe disease, and death are needed.”

In other words, they just don’t know.

On the basis of the above consensus, veteran Covid-19 commentators on the Right have heralded a victory against the futile coercive vaccine and booster mandates that are largely ineffective and unnecessary for the broad, relatively healthy population.

“It’s over, people. Aside from a few unlucky Israelis, no one is going to receive a fourth dose of the original vaccine; everyone with eyes can see it doesn’t work against Omicron.”

So says Alex Berenson:

Now the World Health Organization has waved the white flag on Covid vaccine boosters too.

WHO released a statement about Covid vaccines yesterday. It’s filled with the usual public health jargon and ass-covering, but one line stands out:

a vaccination strategy based on repeated booster doses of the original vaccine composition is unlikely to be appropriate or sustainable.

It’s over, people. …

Instead the WHO is now promising/demanding vaccines based on whatever the dominant Sars-Cov-2 strain is at the moment.

That promise is as empty as all the others the health bureaucrats and vaccine companies have made.

At least five major variants (“variants of concern”) have developed in the last year, and two have become globally dominant. Even the mRNA vaccines cannot be cooked up and delivered fast enough to match whatever strain of virus becomes dominant. Covid is faster than the scientists.

This is all true. Virus variants crop-up faster than vaccines can be cooked-up. Vaccines will afford at most, “weeks of marginally improved protection for potentially severe side effects.”

The Omicron is currently the dominant variant (and in my opinion, weaker variants like it will evolve optimally to perpetuate themselves by skipping from host to host without killing them).

Vaccine makers know that “the virus is evolving new mutations faster than vaccine makers can keep up.” Despite that, “In public statements, Pfizer claimed it could deliver an Omicron-based vaccine by March 2022 if needed.” So why are they proceeding to develop and manufacture an Omicron-specific vaccine planned for when Omicron will have peaked or morphed or both?

Behind them, vaccine manufacturers have the power of the state. They know full-well that even if their newly manufactured potions miss the medical mark—they have behind them the state’s unconstitutional, coercive measures as a guarantee to help flog their (practically compulsory) products. So long as rights-violations to bodily integrity endure and are allowed—Big Pharma has made a safe investment in manufacturing more mismatched or useless drugs.