Homeopathy: there’s nothing in it Challenge 2011

Let me start by saying that the placebo effect is well known in scientific studies. If you take homeopathic ‘medicine’ and really, truly believe it will work, there will be a very small group that will have some benefits. The same goes for crystals, shamans, aligning your chakras, praying to god. Whatever. If it is working for you, keep doing it. Well, sort of…

Anecdotal evidence can be very powerful. We all hear from people around us about the great effects of some alternative cold remedies, how to lose weight and get healthier by going on the Atkins diet, how praying made a miracle happen, doing a ‘cleanse’ got rid of toxins. The list is endless…

But, I am a sceptic. I have a very hard time being convinced of most things without looking into it more thoroughly. I need to work it out in my head, research it, ask questions. I don’t take things at face value most of the time…I also tend to err on the side of scientific study. I have a lot more um, faith going to a medical doctor to get advice than to an ‘energy healer’…

What I do have an issue with, is when people ignore common sense, scientific evidence, and try to make a profit off of people’s fading hopes. Or if you ignore standard treatments clinically shown to help in the majority of circumstances, and refuse to get your sick children help. In my not very expert opinion, homeopathy is a money making racket and should have warning labels that say that taking sugar pills offers the same benefit…And, don’t rely on it to get you better!

There are a lot more people in the world with more issues with homeopathy than me. So much in fact that they have put a challenge together to attempt to overdose on homeopathic ‘drugs’ to show there is nothing in them of ANY benefit. If they don’t make you better, and they don’t make you hallucinate, then they are pretty much useless.lol.

Here is the website of the challenge for you to check out. http://www.1023.org.uk/about.php

What do you think about homeopathy? If it doesn’t seem to hurt anyone, should no one speak up against it? Or are it’s claims cause for alarm? Leave a comment…

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Doctor-Patient Communication is Poor in BC

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I have been around a few different hospitals in the last year for some good and bad reasons. We had our baby this last March and the care my fiancée got at the Cowichan District Hospital was exceptional. I was fortunate to be in the room during the C-Section and witnessed medicine like I’ve never seen in person before. The after care was phenomenal as well. Too bad that our little boy had some complications and we got transferred to Victoria General Hospital.

When we got there, my fiancée was put into a room with another patient, in what seemed to be a room made for one person with a curtain in between. I understand that private rooms aren’t to be expected, but that wasn’t our biggest concern…

It was the poor staffing and lack of doctors in the maternity ward. I wandered around looking for an RN in charge of our room to get more pain medication. C-Sections are major surgeries, and my fiancée was made to feel like a drug addict everytime she asked for meds or if they weren’t helping the pain and asked for more. When we asked to see a doctor as to her care plan, we were told he would be by TOMORROW…What?

Our son was only down the hall in the NICU ward, and quite the opposite was happening there. He had 24 hour one on one care, doctors coming in at different times, tests being done all the time. The problem was with finding out what the hell was going on from the doctor…

Overall the experience was mixed. We were blown away by the caring of one department in the same hospital, and appalled at another one. Why the inconsistency?

Very recently we have had a close family member diagnosed with in-operable cancer.  He has been complaining of problems for a year! Every time he went to Cowichan District Hospital, the doctors didn’t order a standard procedure to rule out this cancer, even though his symptoms were textbook. So a year goes by, he goes to the same hospital multiple times during the year. Finally someone orders the standard test, and sure enough, he has cancer. But, do you think he or his wife can get answers? No. Finally, they fired the doctor on his case, and got a new one.

However, he got transferred to Royal Jubilee Hospital and has been there a while now. That means a different doctor or doctors in charge of his file. Outside the differences between recovery wards and hospice, I have been paying attention to the lack of communication. He and his wife keep asking questions, and sometimes it takes a day to get the answer. A day! And, some of these questions aren’t about getting more blankets, and water! Things like end of life care and feeding tubes falling out and not being replaced. The RNs seem to not want to say anything. They want you to talk to the doctor…The one that NEVER shows up until TOMORROW…

What are your experiences with getting important patient information?  How long are your wait times to get a doctor when you ask for one? Are we just super fortunate here in BC, so I should just shut the f*ck up?

All I know is that when there is lack of communication and a failure to do standard tests when given multiple opportunities, something is wrong with VIHA, and medical care in BC. I won’t even get into the shitty cafeteria hours…

A posting full of contractions!

I don’t know why I tend to put George Bush and religion together, however today it became clear to me. They are both renowned for blatant contradictions and I don’t trust anyone that believes them to be absolutely true. First off are 101 contradictions in the bible…Shouldn’t be too hard to find them!

[From 101 Contradictions in the Bible – Think Atheist]

Secondly, here is a video put forth by David Letterman on the contradictions of what George Bush promised when elected, and what actually took place.

Lastly, I am surrounded by people that believe in products that detoxify. It frustrates me to no end. You may know people yourself that go on the lemon water honey “cleanse”, or take detoxifying vitamins. Of course there is no science that backs these claims, and the contradiction here is that some of these health products may be bad for you. What a shock.

The researchers warned that, at worst, some detox diets could have dangerous consequences and, at best, they were a waste of money.BBC NEWS | Health | Scientists dismiss ‘detox myth’]

While shopping one day in town, I went into one of those new age stores with lots of crystals, incense, and goddess stock. I overheard the teller saying to one customer that the rock she was about to buy was excellent, because it was calming, helped with depression, and you could even programthe stone with your wishes! WOW!
I laughed quite loudly, and left. 🙂

Don’t take life too seriously…

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On a serious note…Michael Moore’s movie Sicko was pretty good in my opinion. Here are some stats on how crappy the US medical system is…

If you have an hour or more to kill, here is a well written article titled – “Why Atheism?”