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Gut Health, some more interesting books …

Inner Thoughts”  Rodrigo Rodriguez, from the album “Inner Thoughts” (2006)

First of all  I have found another interesting doctor/blogger and researcher, namely William Davis, MD, FACC. He is cardiologist and author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Wheat Belly series of books The first of which I read back in 2011, long before I discovered fasting as a primary route to health 18 months ago.

Dr. Davis is also the author of the new Undoctored: Why Health Care Has Failed You and How You Can Become Smarter Than Your Doctor”. So I just bought “Undoctored” and am starting my cruise through that book of revelation (not scriptural but maybe just as important to our day and age).

I am just re-posting here the blurb from Amazon.com cause it’s fast and easy and why re-invent the wheel … so:

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Conventional health care is no longer working in your favor—but thankfully, Dr. Davis is.  In his New York Times bestseller Wheat Belly, Dr. William Davis changed the lives of millions of people by teaching them to remove grains from their diets to reverse years of chronic health damage. In Undoctored, he goes beyond cutting grains to help you take charge of your own health.

This groundbreaking exposé reveals how millions of people are given dietary recommendations crafted by big business, are prescribed unnecessary medications, and undergo unwarranted procedures to feed revenue-hungry healthcare systems. With Undoctored, the code to health care has been cracked.

Dr. Davis will help you create a comprehensive program to reduce, reverse, and cure hundreds of common health conditions and break your dependence on prescription drugs.

By applying simple strategies while harnessing the collective wisdom of new online technologies, you can break free of a healthcare industry that puts profits over health.

Undoctored is the spark of a new movement in health that places the individual, not the doctor, at the center. His plan contains features like:

• A step-by-step guide to eliminating prescription medications
• Tips on how to distinguish good medical advice from bad
• 42 recipes to guide you through the revolutionary 6-week program

Undoctored gives you all the tools you need to manage your own health and sidestep the misguided motives of a profit-driven medical system.”

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If this is not a refreshing hurricane of fresh clean unbiased wisdom about health care I don’t know what is.  Over the last few years as an owner operator of a retail healthcare site I have gradually moved to a head-space which recognizes that our health care system is profit/cost driven.

Modern western health care is all about making money and building power and anything coming out of organized health care about patients health and well-being is fresh out of Nils Brunsson’s  “Organization of Hypocrisy”.

Current mission statements, photo ops, and publicity releases about western health care are nothing but political propaganda covering up what the real objectives of the organizations and corporations are. Brunsson nailed it through the heart, I read the  1992 edition, for about 50 bucks, but it now retails for $1200.00 Canadian, if you can get it at all.

Brunsson’s book was based on a series of empirical studies spanning several years. This book explored the ways in which organizations produce ideology and how the tension between ideology and their actual actions can benefits organizational legitimacy and survival.

Through interviews with managers and analysis of numerous organizations, the author examined the roles that individuals play in legitimizing the roles of institutions and how the relationship between action and politics (and the tension produced) within institutional environments determines their structure and policies.

This little book was a real good read and went a long way to helping me understand the structures in groups and organizations which gave me so much “cognitive dissonance” in my early adult life. It helped me understand why what you are told is never what you see and what you actually experience when dealing with government and health care.

Jerry Pournelle, 1933 - 2017

Jerry Pournelle, 1933 – 2017

The notion that government and corporate healthcare exist to make patients healthy and to help them live better is one of the biggest, longest lived scams, in the history of the human species.

As we paraphrase Jerry Pournelle’s Iron Law of Bureaucracy: “in any bureaucratic organization there will be two kinds of people: The first group are those who work to further the actual goals of the organization,  who genuinely care about the stated goals of the organization and strive to further those goals. 

The second group are those who work for the organization itself, pushing and furthering the advancement and growth of the organization itself, by any means necessary, regardless of the long term consequences for the actual stated goals of the organization.”

Examples of the first group in Health Care would be the Nurses, Pharmacists, Doctors and other health Care Professionals who genuinely strive, often at risk to themselves and with great sacrifice, to make their patients healthier and to help them live healthier lives,

As against the second group comprising about 80 to 90 % of the organization and made up entirely of union representatives, administrators, non-medical support personnel, assorted executives, directors and managers, publicists and policy writers, public relations officers and privacy commissioners and all their myriad silo workers, as well as all the mirrored government ministers deputies, directors, managers and so on in their silos, all of whom work very hard to protect the system which is their bread and butter, the source of all their perks, power and money.

In an aside, as a retired IT support person tasked for a number of years with maintaining the financial systems for a major Health Care Region I can testify that the second group actually account for more than 70% of all the costs of socialized health care in countries like Canada.

And Pournelle’s The Iron Law states that in all cases, the second type of person will always gain control of the organization, and will always write the rules and set the goals under which the organization actually functions.

One significant and inevitable result of that distribution of interests is that all cost cutting measures will always be done, with much publicity, to the first group who are actually doing what little good things actually come out of the system.

Whoa!  Well, that started out as “GEE!  Look at these great health books!” and turned into a rant. I wasn’t born cynical, government made me this way. Sorry about that.

I guess I will get back to work and read some more on the new health paradigm I am living.

Cheers

Joe

I am going to post something about making super healthy Yogurt with the product pictured to the left here, as soon as I find out if I can get the product in my store and can make the Yogurt myself … we shall see.

 

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The vested interest in keeping people sick …

Snow”, by Kobudo, from the album “Ototabi”  (2013)

Good post this morning over at David Warren’s site…  Go read the whole thing.

Dr. Atul Gawande

Dr. Atul Gawande

He drew from Crisis Magazine (here) , which I subscribe to …”In a recent episode of the podcast Freakonomics, Dr. Atul Gawande contrasted the adoption rate in the 1800s of two new technologies: anesthesia and antisepsis. An anesthetic gas, which could be used in surgery, was discovered and first used in Boston, and “…within two months of publishing the result that a gas could render people insensible to pain, it was being used in every capital in Europe.

There’s no internet. You had to send news by boat and horse.  And within two months people were using it in the capitals of Europe, and by six years later there wasn’t a hospital in the country that was not delivering anesthesia care.

Compared to anesthesia, the adoption of antisepsis was very slow, even though sterilizing equipment and washing hands could cut the rate of infection by up to eighty percent. Since infections were often fatal, an eighty percent reduction meant a huge savings of lives. And yet, according to Dr. Gawande, “a generation later, you still haven’t gotten to half of the profession doing it.”

The difference in the adoption rates of the two new technologies was caused by the fact that anesthesia helped the doctors as much as it helped the patients: “Surgeons don’t like having a screaming patient on the table. They had to do their operations in 60 to 120 seconds because you just didn’t have that much time when the orderly is holding people down. And having a patient asleep meant you could be meticulous—you were so much happier as a surgeon. And so this was a win-win for both.”

By contrast, antiseptic protocols didn’t do anything for the doctors, they were just an added problem for doctors, and so they had no incentive to use them.”

And not much has changed amongst the medical establishment and the health industry in general here in the 21st century. There is no incentive to the system to actually help patients and to actually cure them because the medical and pharmaceutical bread and butter of the western world depends entirely on the continued existence of sick patients.

If the Department of Health and the medical Associations ever actually fulfilled their stated mandate of curing people and supporting a healthy population they would put themselves out of work. Pournelle’s Iron Law of Bureaucracy states that “in any bureaucratic organization there will be two kinds of people”:

First, there will be those who are devoted to the goals of the organization. Examples are dedicated classroom teachers in an educational bureaucracy, many of the engineers and launch technicians and scientists at NASA, even some agricultural scientists and advisors in the former Soviet Union collective farming administration.

Secondly, there will be those dedicated to the organization itself. Examples are many of the administrators in the education system, many professors of education, many teachers union officials, much of the NASA headquarters staff, etc.

The Iron Law states that in every case the second group will gain and keep control of the organization. It will write the rules, and control promotions within the organization.”

Dr. Jerry Pournelle

Dr. Jerry Pournelle

Dr. Jerry Pournelle was a blogger of note before the internet was invented and before that in columns in Byte Magazine. He died last year in his 80’s. I followed him for many years. He will be greatly missed. Anyway … Health Departments and such …

Ergo, the mission of Health Departments, Medical Associations, and Pharmaceutical Research Companies everywhere is not (as stated) to get people healthy and keep them there but rather to encourage illness everywhere possible, both physical and mental, in the interest of continued existence, expansion, and an ever increasing revenue stream.

There once was a book I owned and readThe Organization of Hypocrisy” by a Swedish researcher, Nils Brunsson, who is (or maybe was) Professor of Management at the Stockholm School of Economics and Chairman of the Stockholm Center for Organizational Research. In his little book he laid out chapter and verse why such conduct occurs, and why it will continue to occur.

Unfortunately I loaned my copy to one of my college professors who never returned it. It is out of print and currently retails new for around $1200.00 U.S. Never trust your college professors, as they also fall under the Iron Rule of Bureaucracy. The ones in charge will always be corrupt.

Some say I am too cynical, but I prefer “realist”. If it walks like a duck, and all that stuff.

Cheers

Joe

Ready, Aye, Ready … Quid hoc ad aeternitatem

 

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