There is no shortage of chutzpah on this list - if it means conviction that one has the right answer, period - by anyone as far as I can see.
Anyway, to micro aspects of the issue:
“Similarly with hysterectomies ? in the U.S. the removal of the uterus is performed at a rate that is at least double that of other industrialized countries. WHY AREN?T THESE AND SIMILAR ISSUES BEING RAISED BY THE LEFT as part of the demands
for Universal Health coverage?”
In my view, you are drowning the issues with a lot of important, but side issues. Canada has a huge number of variations in the delivery of health care including the issue of C-Sections. But Canada is a national health care programme (of sorts anyway). The variation needs to be tackled, but there is no hope of any improvement without a national monitoring system. The UK NICE system might be better – but the trouble in the UK is that it is no longer a national health care programme.
First things first, might not be a comprehensive system change, but at least getting a National health Care Programme would be a huge step forward.
Jonathan Campbell says:
“Louis, here is something to chew on philosophically (I understand you have
almost a PhD in this): why are so many extremely wealthy capitalists and
capitalist foundations connected to the pharmaceutical industry interested
in a technology (embryonic stem cells) that is supposed to really solve
diseases, when the primary business model of the pharmaceutical industry is
long term illness maintenance, having nothing to do with cures or effective
curative treatment? Why are prominent leftists lining up as a cheering squad
along with the capitalists for this new technology? Why is it that there is no interest in ADULT stem cells, which really can be obtained easily (from the patient's intestines) and used easily and relatively cheaply to re-grow organs?”
Why is the FDA and the pharmaceutical industry so intent on regulating
natural supplements (via Codex) when "modern medicine" is the leading cause
of death in the US (>650,000 per year) and the leading cause of injury
(millions per year), while the number of people who have died as a result of
natural supplements is less than a hundred per year, almost exclusively the
result of not following the label and/or sheer stupidity.”
The snidness of this is astounding. What do you imply by this “almost a PhD” snitty remark? Anyway Louis needs no defenders, he has a saber himself if I recall. But:
i) What is this diatribe on the pharmacy industry– got to do with Louis’ viewpoint?
ii) My understanding – a mere ignorant no doubt – is that the division potential of embryonic-fetal cells surpasses that of adult cells. Certainly for lab based studies, these are preferentially used for this reason. The ready, and non-invasive availability of human cords assists this experimentation.
iii) So on the one hand, you attack the pharmacy industry (correctly – first part) – then you defend the industry against the FDA. “Modern medicine” kills is your view – we should have no extension of that.
Hari Kumar – not a PhD