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Confessions of a Medical Heretic (Part Two)

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Duty to Warn

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 By Gary G. Kohls, MD

 

Last week I wrote about some of the ethical concerns that I have had with the modern medical profession. Over my 40 years of practicing medicine I have experienced increasing frustration with its direction, mainly because the business of medicine has been increasingly distorting the ethics I was taught in medical school. The profession has become increasingly difficult to recognize over the 40 year span.

Like many other physicians who have tried to take the Hippocratic Oath seriously (“first do no harm”), I also tried to resist the increasing corporate influences that eventually made the once-honorable practice of medicine into a crass profit-making industry. I makes me sad to report that outside forces have gradually made us physicians into computer bound high class technicians that are largely prescribers/providers of Big Pharma’s often toxic and always unaffordable drugs. In the current profit-above-all-else era, it is not even remotely possible for us physicians to be the compassionate healers of the long-gone era that I knew.

Way too often, the money-making Big Business of medicine is being controlled by institutional shareholders  (who demand increasing dividends or increasing shareholder value) whose CEOs are often amoral Masters of Business Administration graduates who are equally at home leading Wall Street banks, tobacco companies, weapons manufacturers or brothels – or big clinics or hospitals. In this era the term “business ethics” (just like “military justice”) is an oxymoron.

So last week, when my column deadline approached and I discovered that I had written twice as many words as my editor allowed (a theoretical 1600 word limit per week), I had to quit writing and figure out how to cut the column in half. (I also realized that the title could be – and should be – the title of a book-length treatise, but that notion will have to wait for some future time. For now, what follows approximates the last half of last week’s unbridged column.

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Obamacare: Death to Physicians? Suicide Rates Climb Since ACA Passed

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new logoBy Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D

Physicians also fear losing hospital privileges if treatment for depression is disclosed. Hospital administrators increasingly use mandated psychiatric treatment as a bullying tactic to remove independent-thinking, patient-focused physicians from hospital staff.

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Chaos and disruptions in medical care have had one tragic and destructive effect that no one is addressing: the deaths of more than 2,000 physicians by suicide since Obamacare was passed by means of strong-arming and bribery.

censored doctPhysicians in general have a higher rate of suicide than other professional groups and the general public. Women physicians’ suicide rates are reported to be up to 400% higher than women in other professions. Male physicians’ rates are 50% to 70% higher.

Why are more physicians seeing suicide as their only option? The rising rate since the 2010 Affordable Care Act was passed points to the added regulatory and financial pressures from Obamacare as major factors:
• need to see more patients per hour to make ends meet
• lower payments, longer delays in being paid, and declining patient visits due to higher co-pays and deductibles
• financial stress, a known trigger for suicide, intensified by a 40 % to 50% decline in practice revenues as overhead costs go, forcing many primary-care physicians to close up their practices
• increasing administrative and paperwork burden, which takes time away from patient care, without the satisfactions of helping patients
• more generalized “one-size-fits-all” protocols demanded by insurance and government “guidelines”
• more forms, reports, and regulations that no one understands, but with huge financial penalties and even prison time for making mistakes
• demonization of “greedy doctors” by insurance companies, government, and media.

Doctors have always been at higher risk of suicide than other professions for several reasons:
• pressures of responsibility for patients’ lives
• fear of making mistakes that might cost a life or trigger a malpractice suit
• fear of losing one’s medical license and livelihood
• long hours, time away from families on nights and weekends
• high rates of unrecognized or untreated depression, alcohol or substance abuse, and divorce due to all of the above

Doctors are human too, and have feelings. I think other critically overlooked factors in the rising suicide rates since 2010 include:
• the increasing sense that doctors are just a “cog in a wheel,” interchangeable with those having less training and expertise
• feeling unappreciated by patients, who toss them aside like an old toy when insurance plans change
• frustration with patients who dismiss medical recommendations if “it is not covered by my insurance”
• loss of autonomy, control, and independence as faceless insurance clerks, bean-counters, licensing boards, and government agencies dictate how, where, and when medicine is to be practiced, with no knowledge of the patient in question.

Physicians are also often their own worst doctors and feel they can handle their own health issues and stress. There is the ever-present social stigma about seeking mental health treatment, but for physicians this is magnified by the fear of being penalized and having their medical license jeopardized if they seek treatment for depression or stress. We encourage others to seek mental health professionals if appropriate, but most physicians are afraid to do so themselves because such treatment must be reported on each medical license renewal application, increasing the risk of losing one’s license and livelihood.

Physicians also fear losing hospital privileges if treatment for depression is disclosed. Hospital administrators increasingly use mandated psychiatric treatment as a bullying tactic to remove independent-thinking, patient-focused physicians from hospital staff.

All of these problems, especially the feelings of loss of control and loss of autonomy in one’s medical decision-making, have escalated dramatically with the ever-increasing regulatory burdens under Obamacare.

A death by suicide is devastating to families, leaving emotional scars that may never heal. Physicians’ family members often have significant support to help with grief and shock, but very little attention is paid to the needs of patients, especially older patients who often have profound feelings of loss, and little support to help them through unexpected loss of a trusted physician upon whom they depended.

Most doctors go into medicine truly committed to helping people who are ill and in pain. Today, doctors are under siege with outside forces preventing them from doing the very thing that means the most: taking care of patients. The sensitive and compassionate ones have an even harder time dealing with denials of care they know their patients need.

The toll on doctors—and then patients—is getting worse daily. Insurance and government bureaucrats had best remember: at some point, we ALL will be a patient—that includes YOU.

WARNING: dead doctors cannot save your life.

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New CCC – Didn’t Work Last Time Either.

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Vowing to find new ways to stimulate the sputtering economy, President Barack Obama will call for long-term investments in the nation’s roads, railways and runways that would cost at least $50 billion.

The infrastructure investments are one part of a package of targeted proposals the White House is expected to announce in hopes of jump-starting the economy ahead of the November election. Obama will outline the infrastructure proposal Monday at a Labor Day event in Milwaukee.

While the proposal calls for investments over six years, the White House said spending would be front-loaded with an initial $50 billion to help create jobs in the near future.

Funny how History rhymes when it is not repeating itself.  A “general” discussion on how the programs, edicts and Government measures did not work to pull the economy out of the Great Depression. A war was needed. Too bad we quit in Iraq and aren’t really at “war” in Afghanistan. More

The Born Again Conspiracy

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In a previous article titled In Bed Together, I explained a scientific theory that espouses “out of chaos comes order,” and its possible role in the creation of the NWO. That is the scientific theory, but have you wondered why leaders claiming to be religious Christians have no problem grabbing the wealth and appear to have no regard for the abject misery caused by their single-minded pursuit of glory on the road to Armageddon? I have, and I would now like to explore the question – what does Christianity have to do with it?

First, let us postulate that most people would like to improve their circumstances, and in effect, are vying for some type of perfection in their lives. Let us also postulate that the elites that rule us are also in a quest for perfection, and since they have a whole lot of money, are in a position to do something about it in a rather big way.

The Federal Government, CIA, and the Clean Slate Theory

If we look at the CIA training manuals “KUBARK Counterintelligence Interrogation,” July 1963, “Human Resource Exploitation Training Manual,” 1983, and the MK Ultra mind control experiments from which many of the CIA’s methods were taken, we realize that in their quest for control, the ruling elites that own our Federal government and funded the MK Ultra experiments, found that a clean slate is desirable from which to start re-programming the human personality. This clean slate is supposedly necessary because it exists without the excess baggage of previous experiences, traditions, or morals. It is the state of complete openness, devoid of previous writing, and completely receptive. It is the ideal place to write the new personality. The rules for producing this clean slate, whether applied to a person or institution, are not based on morality or fairness, but on the premise that if a few eggs are broken in the process, there are always more to be had.

There is one major problem with the clean slate theory however, and that is, erasing the slate and making it completely clean has proven to be quite tricky – in fact, impossible. The only way that man has attempted to erase the slate is through destruction by some form of violence, and this destruction has not succeeded in wiping any slate clean, but has only resulted in a lot of broken pieces that will not be able to be put back together again; at least not by man.

Christianity, Corruption, and the Clean Slate Theory

The Federal government licenses churches as corporations. The things you need to start a Federally recognized church are Articles of Incorporation, and a Federal Employer ID or F.E.I.N., Bylaws, and an IRS 501c3 Tax Exemption. To keep this tax-exempt status, the church corporation needs to play by Federal and state rules. If it doesn’t, its tax-exempt status can be revoked. This is a huge incentive to follow Federal and state mandates when it comes to church doctrine, rather than follow the actual words of the Bible. A church can have most any type of belief structure, and as long as it abides by Federal rules, it maintains is status.

This means that any Federally licensed religion is inherently corrupt because the rules of the Federal government, and state laws pre-empt Biblical laws. Therefore, even if you believe the Bible to be the Word of God, you had better make sure that you obey the laws of the land first and foremost, and place the Word of God in subordination to them, or lose your status. This is the corporate church.

Now, let’s look at organized religion in the form of Christianity. Christianity is also based on the “clean slate” theory. When one is “saved,” his/her slate is said to be “wiped clean.” There are church officials such as pastors, bishops, or priests that attempt to stand as mediators between the individual and his/her Creator, and profess the authority, which they do not have, to declare a person “saved,” or “born again” with a clean slate. If one reads the Bible in its entirety, he/she will discover that these so-called mediators not only have no divine authority to wipe a person’s slate clean, but have no clue as to how it is done. Only the Almighty Himself has that authority, or even knows what to do and how to do it. Therefore, any authority that these “mediators” assume they have in the area of salvation and wiping one’s slate clean is actually derived from the ordination they have received from the Federally licensed corporate church whose articles of incorporation they have pledged to uphold. Since the Federal and state laws trump Biblical law in these organizations, the corporate church’s ultimate authority stems from the Federal government and not the Almighty. Therefore, we have another case of man trying to create a clean slate on his own, and as we have seen previously, there is a major problem with the clean slate theory. Man cannot create a clean slate on his own. When he tries, he leaves a lot of broken pieces around that he cannot put back together.

Okay, let us say that a person receives a “born again” experience outside of church doctrine with no help from an “ordained minister” of the church. Even if the “born again” person has had an actual epiphany in spite of the pastor, bishop, or priest, he/she will still be the same person with the same faults as before the “born again” experience. Now the real work begins. The “truly saved” person will work on him/herself for the better, through a long process of self-reflection and prayer, and in time, the pieces of his/her life can be put together in a more perfect form with the help of the Almighty. It is not an instantaneous transformation, and the slate is not immediately wiped clean. A person must examine his/her life and determine what portions of it are acceptable and what portions are not. The things that are not acceptable are identified and a path is laid so that person can get rid of them if he/she wants to. Wiping the slate clean is a process that takes a lifetime, and cannot be done for you by a pastor, bishop, or priest.

However, if that person has not had an epiphany, then he/she has not been “truly saved,” and is either deceived and truly believes that one man has the power to “save” another and create a clean slate, and is in fact relying on church doctrine, which is subordinate to Federal and state law, for “salvation,” or he/she really knows something is amiss, but decides to just fake it in order to be accepted by the Church. Ultimately, what this person is left with is a bunch of broken pieces and no clue as to how to put them back together again.

Armageddon and the Clean Slate Theory

According to the Bible, Armageddon is the destruction that precipitates a clean slate for the new world – a new Jerusalem, in a Garden of Eden-type state.

The following quote is taken from Televangelist Jack Van Impe’s “Question of the Week” concerning Bush’s role in the end times battle of Armageddon, that appears in an article at http://www.rense.com/general31/arma.htm titled “Bush Primed By Evangelicals For Armageddon Scenario:

Question: “Do you think President Bush, a Christian man, believes or knows he’s involved with prophetic events concerning the Middle East and the final battle between good and evil?”

Answer: “First of all, Billy Graham led George W. Bush Jr. to the Lord Jesus Christ when he visited the White House. President Bush has attended many of Billy Graham’s crusades and during those crusades, Billy Graham always preaches once or twice on Christ’s return and all the prophetical signs…

So, yes, I think George W. knows that he’s destined for this final hour in prophetic history.”

If you have indeed received revelation and are truly in touch with the Almighty, then you will understand that He is in control, and it is not your duty to attempt to change the world. He is fully capable of doing that. It is your responsibility to work on changing yourself, do what is right, and thus become an example for others. However, if you are either faking it or believe that man can save man, and think your slate has actually been wiped clean because you have been “born again,” what is to stop you from believing that the whole world’s slate needs to be wiped clean, and it is your duty to participate in the world’s salvation? After all, if you believe that you have been instantaneously “reborn” through the efforts of a corrupt earthly mediator, why wouldn’t the same theory apply to the entire world? Conversion of the non-believer is a key concept in corporate religion, and church history tells us that if conversion is not voluntary, forced conversion will do. Therefore, attempting to force Armageddon on the world to convert it and create a clean slate so that it may be reborn as the New Jerusalem is not a far reach for loyal converts.

Corruption Begets Corruption

As we have discussed earlier, it is the Federal and state laws that are the ultimate authority in Federally licensed religions. And who owns the Federal government? The corporate elites. This is our corporate government. So, who creates the final doctrine for the Federally licensed Christian church? That’s right, the rich and powerful. And what do these people like to do? They like to create programs such as MK Ultra that focus on controlling the masses, and somehow I do not think the corporate church is exempt from this penchant for manipulation. In fact, the church is a very effective tool for controlling people.

So, if the rich and powerful create the doctrines for corporate religion in order to indoctrinate and control the masses, where do they believe their authority comes from? What if they actually believe that they have the divine right to rule based solely on their privileged status?

The Divine Right to Rule

Let’s discuss divine right. What if you believe that you are a child of God and therefore possess the divine, or God-given right to rule, and that is why you are so rich and powerful? What if you think that the ultimate sign of your worthiness to rule others is the wealth and power you have been “blessed” with? What if you believe that all of your sins have been washed clean, and you have become a new person instantly – no stirring required? What if you believe that in the name of your God, you can do no wrong? What if, in your arrogance brought about by excessive power and material wealth, and with your belief in divine right, you think it is your God-given duty to bring about a clean slate for the world through Armageddon, and expect a New World Order to rise out of the ashes of chaos? Your “New Jerusalem.” What if you have the position and power, and end up killing thousands upon thousands of people in the name of your God, while setting up your own version of the New Jerusalem, because you believe you have the divine right to do so, and/or are required to do so by the dictates of your religion? What if there are enough of you, with enough power and money, fueled by the same desire, to pull it off right under the noses of the common people, and actually glean their support? What if this New World Order is a horrible experiment that involves man acting as God?

If the elites are trying to create a man-made Armageddon in which to wipe the earth’s slate clean so that they can create their own “New Jerusalem” because they think it is their God-given duty, we are in for serious times ahead. As we have discussed earlier, by trying to wipe the slate clean, man just leaves piles of rubble around and has no clue how to put Humpty Dumpty back together again after the fall. The rich just glean the spoils from the rubble because they believe it is their God-given right to do so, and the rest of us try to survive while digging our way out of the rubbish or die. Those of us who do survive will need to learn some really good survival skills, and fast.

If by acting as Gods, and attempting to force a manufactured Armageddon on the world to create a clean slate for a New World Order, their version of the New Jerusalem, it would seem that these global elites are taking arrogance to a new level. If you believe in a religion of your own creation that by its very nature is corrupt, anything goes.

The Bottom Line

The bottom line is, we were not put here to control others. We are here to learn how to become better human beings. None of the corporate elites or their lackeys has the divine right to rule anyone. This includes G.W. Bush, the Rockefellers, Bill Gates, the Pope, the King of Saudi Arabia, the Shah of Iran, the government of Israel, Hamas, the Christian church, or any other person or organization that derives its life from the blood of others.

If you belong to any organization, including a corporate religion that takes its authority from the Federal government, then your organization is corrupt, and you had better start examining your conscience because anything goes. If you do not take a good, hard look at what you stand for and decide to stand up for what is right, and not what the Federal government or the corporate church tells you is right, then you’ve chosen the dark side and you just might end up becoming President!

What’s Next?

It is time for reflection, and devising a plan to become more self-sufficient by weaning ourselves off the corporate teat, whether that is corporate religion, corporate food, or anything else directed and owned by the corporate elite. If we are indeed at the beginning of a depression caused by these so-called “divinely appointed saviors” who are attempting to throw the world into chaos by a man-made Armageddon, then self-sufficiency and localization of food sources will become necessary to survive.

I believe that if we are to improve our circumstances, instead of bowing and scraping to the corporate elite who consider themselves divinely appointed to rule the rest of us, we need to start sharing information with others of like mind. This sharing will hopefully lead to a brighter future where people reach out to each other and form small communities in which food is grown locally, and trade is established between neighbors.

I have developed a blogsite devoted to this, which can be accessed at the following URL:

http://survivingthemiddleclasscrash.wordpress.com

If you have anything to share, please do so. This site is for all of us. The time to prepare is now!

Barbara H. Peterson

The Five Stages of Collapse by Dmitry Orlov

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Having given a lot of thought to both the differences and the similarities between the two superpowers – the one that has collapsed already [Russia], and the one that is collapsing as I write this [U.S.] – I feel ready to attempt a bold conjecture, and define five stages of collapse, to serve as mental milestones as we gauge our own collapse-preparedness and see what can be done to improve it. (Dmitry Orlov)

To read the entire article, click here: http://cluborlov.blogspot.com/2008/02/five-stages-of-collapse.html

Barb

A FEMA Camp Called Home

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FEMA Camp

Why would sane people willingly go to one of the numerous FEMA camps that exist across the U.S.? Answer: Because they are starving, have lost their homes, have no employment prospects, and literally have nowhere else to go.

The emphasis in the news of late on the Police State that is coming our way outlines the brutality that the “authorities” are using and are about to use on we the people, who are not of the “elite” class. Rounding people up to take them to FEMA camps is one scenario, and one that I believe is not unreasonable. However, I would like to step out of the box for a minute and take a look at the situation from another perspective.

Let’s look at New Orleans. One of the main disasters in New Orleans was the water. Another was the herding of people who had literally no place to go into detention facilities; excuse me, places of refuge. When they got there, these people were treated like rabble, then dispersed. People are still looking for dispersed family members that are who knows where. The poorer people literally gave up their freedom because they did not know what else to do. They had no homes, they were on the verge of drowning, starvation was looming, and the water was not fit to drink. Prime candidates for a FEMA camp; excuse me, place of refuge, experiment.

Now, let’s expand this picture to the coming depression. It is not over-the-top to look a bit into the future by looking into the past. It is 1929, and people are jumping out of windows. It is now 2008, or thereabouts, and people who have lost everything and do not know how to survive are running to the FEMA camps; excuse me, places of refuge, for food, shelter, and security.

The “authorities” do not even have to deploy force to a population that goes where it is supposed to willingly. With so many of us, which is the best method of operation? Yup, getting them to go willingly. By creating a situation that leads them to the right conclusions, you have your ready and waiting FEMA camps; excuse me, places of refuge, filled to the gills. The only thing required to start the process is a big enough catastrophe. Is a financial meltdown big enough? Just ask the poor people in New Orleans who were left with nothing when the water poured through town. They’ll tell you.

Copyright 2008, Barbara H. Peterson 

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