The medical sales teams are in Cuba now. Here is Sonosite making the high-level connections in Cuba. Sonosite works with Siemens, the great military and medical product manufacturer, based in Germany.

Cuba's autism rates are near zero. Soon those rates will skyrocket, just like the USA. Mark my words :)

I agree with you that Cuba's doctors are the equal of their Gringo counterparts. Cuba's Cesarean section rates, for example, are similar to CS rates in the USA, i.e., unnecessarily high. Sonosite will probably use the same sales techniques with Cuban officials that they do in the USA.

It is not that "some researchers have found" ultrasound hazardous. Most modern ultrasound science, the human studies (not just mice, rats and cell studies), find it very hazardous at even low clinical intensity.

Jim West


One interesting thing about Cuba's medical sciences is that when they see something that has a negative impact on the wellbeing of their people, they stop using it. Their medical infrastructure is NOT driven by big global corporate demands as we see as the norm in the US medical sciences.

So... if ultrasound causes fetal death or mental/physical deformities to the extent that some researchers have found, then Cuba's medical forces will stop using it or- which is the more likely case -find a way to modify the technology to minimize its negative impact.

Remember: Cuban doctors and scientists are not dumb and naive... isolated from the larger science communities, waiting and wishing/begging for Western scientists to come to their rescue and also come to tell them what's "good" science and "bad" science. They have survived and thrived in the medical sciences precisely because they have found ways to keep up with the positive and negative aspects of capitalist medicine and science... and have been very innovative because of the inhumane specifics of the US blockade.

Treat them as intellectual and political equals and understand that they know how to provide worldclass medical service in spite of being an economically impoverished nation under a decades long blockade and several bioterrorism attempts.

In Struggle,

Sam Anderson

-----Original Message----- 
From: Mitchel Cohen 
Sent: Jun 2, 2016 11:05 AM 
To: [log in to unmask] 
Subject: Re: The 3,000 Cuban Doctors Who Stayed After the Revolution 

Cuba leads the world in providing top-quality medical care for all it's citizens, and it does this at no differential cost to individuals living there. In other words, it's free when you need it.

For a relatively poor country, this is an amazing achievement -- same as with education! -- and follows from Che Guevara's great speech:

Except for Haiti and Santo Domingo, I have visited, to some extent, all the other Latin American countries. Because of the circumstances in which I traveled, first as a student and later as a doctor, I came into close contact with poverty, hunger, and disease; with the inability to treat a child because of lack of money; with the stupefication provoked by continual hunger and punishment, to the point that a father can accept the loss of a son as an unimportant accident, as occurs often in the downtrodden classes of our American homeland. And I began to realize that there were things that were almost as important to me as becom­ing a famous scientist or making a significant contribution to medical science: I wanted to help those people. 
How does one actually carry out a work of social welfare? How does one unite individual endeavor with the needs of society? 
For this task of organization, as for all revolutionary tasks, fundamentally it is the individual who is needed. The revolution does not, as some claim, standardize the collective will and the collective initiative. On the contrary, it liberates one's individual talent. What the revolution does is orient that talent. And our task now is to orient the creative abilities of all medical professionals toward the tasks of social medicine. 

The life of a single human being is worth a million times more than all the property of the richest man on earth. ... Far more important than a good remuneration is the pride of serving one's neighbor. Much more definitive and much more lasting than all the gold that one can accumulate is the gratitude of a people. 

We must begin to erase our old concepts. We should not go to the people and say, `Here we are. We come to give you the charity of our presence, to teach you our science, to show you your errors, your lack of culture, your ignorance of elementary things.' We should go instead with an inquiring mind and a humble spirit to learn at that great source of wisdom that is the people. 
Later we will realize many times how mistaken we were in concepts that were so familiar they became part of us and were an automatic part of our thinking. Often we need to change our concepts, not only the general concepts, the social or philosophical ones, but also sometimes our medical concepts. 

We shall see that diseases need not always be treated as they are in big-city hospitals. We shall see that the doctor has to be a farmer also and plant new foods and sow, by example, the desire to consume new foods, to diversify the nutritional structure which is so limited, so poor. 
If we plan to redistribute the wealth of those who have too much in order to give it to those who have nothing; if we intend to make creative work a daily, dynamic source of all our happiness, then we have goals towards which to work.(1) 

(1) This is an edited and abbreviated extract from a 1960 speech by Che Guevara, "On Revolutionary Medicine." The entire speech can be found in John Gerassi, Venceremos, pp 112-119.  A discussion of these issues can be found in Mitchel Cohen's pamphlets, "At the Risk of Seeming Ridiculous, a true revolutionary is Guided by Great Feelings of Love: The Revolutionary Legacy of Che Guevara (June 14, 1928 – October 9, 1967)";  "An American in Cuba";  "The Capitalist Infesto"; and especially "A Talk in Havana, 2013", all currently available.

So Jim could have framed his concern about ultrasound and its effect on fetuses -- which, from what I've read, is a serious concern -- within that context (and he could add amniocentesis as another potential disruptor of fetal development). Cuba is steeped within the Western medical model despite the amazing advances it has made and access it has provided, and it would be worthwhile for Jim to appreciate all of that while offering his critiques.


At 10:08 AM 6/2/2016, you wrote:

You are a consipracy theorist who has a couple of very narrow "interests" and on every chance repeat your gosple truths.  You do not contribute to the discussion on this list but simply repeat these "truth" at every occasion. Frankly, it is becoming tiresome. 

In this case, you insulted an entire people, Cubans, who take pride in their medical achievements and are international recognized for these achievements by stating this gringoist ignorant statement that is not based on ANY scientific basis but simply on you compulsive desire to preach evils of ultrasound as the cause for autism. 

Here is your statement: "Cuba's greatest medical contribution was being too poor to afford ultrasound machines."Â 

You have NO SOURCE for your claim that autism in Cuba is caused by ultrasound use during pregnancy. I am willing to bet that you even do not have any statistics on when ultrasound was introduced in Cuba, when its use became widespread. 

Further, I am willing to bet that you have never ever studies medical progress in Cuba. 

If you were genuinely interested in the issue you could start by a simple Internet search or even better a library search. Here is a short list of what I found on one blog: Our Place in the World which I edit. 

Cuba Has a Lung Cancer Vaccine—And America Wants It<

Foreign Firms to Capitalize on Cuba’s Wealth of Scientific Expertise

Cuba’s Medical Breakthroughs Have Caught U.S. Attention

Cuba Is a Medical Power

In the Medical Response to Ebola, Cuba Leads the World Governments

Next time you speak, consider thinking first: Do you know what you are talking about. 


On Wed, Jun 1, 2016 at 9:58 PM, Jim West <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Kamran, I must remind you, the topic is Cuba's medical achievements.

Why isn't Cuba applauded for its near-zero autism incidence?

That is truly Cuba's most amazing achievement -- when the much of the world is suffering under the weight of this incredible epidemic of neurological disease?

The reason for ignoring Cuba's greatest achievement?

Cuba's history, of no ultrasound and no autism, supports most modern ultrasound science. That science (dose/response studies, in utero) describes ultrasound as an extreme prenatal risk.

For example, note the attached image of DNA Fragmentation caused by low intensity clinical ultrasound. This is a gel electrophoresis plate image. Source: "A New Bibliography",

This is a snide and ignorant comment.  Cuban health care system is recognized for its many achievement throughout the world. Where is your source for the claim that autism in Cuba is caused by the use of ultrasound?

> On May 31, 2016, at 9:37 PM, Jim West <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Cuba's greatest medical contribution was being too poor to afford ultrasound machines.
> Result: No autism despite full vaccine compliance.
> More recently, machines are being donated and autism is rising.
> Jim West
> ===
> On Fri, May 27, 2016 at 4:44 PM, S. E. Anderson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> The 3,000 Cuban Doctors Who Stayed After the Revolution
> by Don Fitz-
> Don Fitz is the editor of Synthesis/Regeneration: A Magazine of Green Social Thoughtand co-coordinator of the Green Party of St. Louis.
> The author would like to thank Candace Wolf for making her interview with Dr. José Gilberto Fleites Batista available; Hedelberto López Blanch for arranging interviews with Dr. Julio López Benítez, Dr. Felipe Cárdenas Gonzáles, and Dr. Ezno Dueñas Gómez; and Rebecca Fitz for translation. Thanks also to Steve Brouwer, John Kirk, and Joan Roelofs for their helpful comments on an earlier draft of this article.
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