"The problem with common sense is that it's not that common." - Mark Twain
There seems to be no sense of reality when people are thinking about, taking about, taking action in the sphere of what they mistakenly call health care.
In any other field of endeavor, some sort of result is expected. (The only other exception is politics.) You buy a car, you expect it to take you where you want to go, safely and comfortably, and for some (like myself), very quickly while not getting caught. If a particular brand of car, say a Honda or a Chevrolet, all of a sudden, resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people, and the serious injuries of millions more. that company would cease to exist, and rightfully so. If you knew that there was a decent chance that you would get some weird new strain of antibiotic-resistant staphlococcus from sitting on the seat, well, you just wouldn't go in and sit down, not even for a test drive. Isn't that so?
Yes, a complete or near-complete diet of fast food will kill you, but very slowly. So, being cheap, quick and easy, millions of people just about live on this stuff, even getting their kids hooked on it. Now, let's say one of the fast food chains was found to contain formaldehyde, mercury, aluminum, a variety of antibiotic residues, latex rubber, etc, and the children that ate there frequently lapsed into autism shortly after they consumed a meal there. What would happen? Customers would disappear. The health department would shut down the chain. Lawsuits would be filed by parents, and they would all win. State and federal hearings would take place, making national news. Criminal charges would be filed against this fast food chain's executives, and they would go to jail for a long time.
Yet, whatever damage and death are caused by the guys in white coats, no action is taken. No one is even upset. Even the grotesque litany of side effects on the drug ads on TV are ignored. Why are medical mistakes OK?
Somebody gets a little sore after a chiropractic adjustment, and panic spreads throughout a whole chain of friends and family. M.D.'s, for whom chiropractors are not supposed to say anything about, will make up all kinds of nonsense, slandering the safe side of health care, perhaps to deflect attention on its own trail of blood and suffering. See. the article that I wrote in the Chronicle some years ago.
One practice member's spouse will not come in because of something that happened , or he was told happened, twenty years ago to his best friend. His friend got adjusted, and later died of cancer. The M.D. said that the adjustment burst the kid's tumor, causing it to spread, and kill. This is biologically impossible. Yet, this otherwise intelligent man believes this horrific slander, because it was uttered by an M.D.
The point here is not me venting my frustration. The point is to get you, and to get you to get everyone you know, to see reality when it comes to health care. See what is safe, and what is not. See what works, and what does not. then, act accordingly.
Don Harte, D.C.
Corte Madera Straight Chiropractor
Liberator of Innate
Saturday, September 3, 2011
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