(with apologies to The Police…)
Rep. Renee Ellmers – North Carolina and Rep. Cynthia Lummis- Wyoming were just now having a back-and-forth on the Congressional floor.
They were slobbering over medical and especially how women should be included in research trials.
I wrote a paper on that in college in 1994. Women were not included in research trials — as if we were men with boobs. I recall an incident I included in the paper — that first year medical students were in the lab, dissecting a cadaver. The professor lopped off the cadaver’s large breasts and threw them in the trash, while commenting that she “must have been a playboy bunny.” Not only was he degrading her, but he saw no value in examining the breasts even though breast cancer is prevalent in America. Not only that, but Dr. Bernadine Healy had on a lab coat when she entered a room full of male physicians. One of them said, “Gee, I can see the shape of your breasts through your lab coat.” Degrading her, a fellow physician, by reducing her to her biology. Just think if she had said something about his “package”…diminishing him by size or visibility as this doctor did to Dr. Healy.
But my paper went a little more in-depth with how the medical profession was biased against women. Women who presented with heart attack symptoms were treated as hypochondriacs even though they had textbook symptoms. Pretty much anything that a woman presented with that a doctor could not immediately write a script for was treated as hypochondria.
I recall sitting in an emergency room once when a woman walked in complaining of chest pains. She was told to take a seat- because the thought was that women don’t get heart attacks. Unreal. If it had been a man, they would have rushed over with a wheelchair to usher him into the exam rooms.
Anyway, I was waiting for the *real* reason that Lummis and Ellmers were so passionate about making sure women were in research and of course, they want healthcare for all. Except they don’t…
And then I hear the key words “tort reform”.
That is something the neocons have been trying to push through for decades…which means they want to reduce the awards given to people whom have been harmed by physicians….and Big Pharma. Not only do they get away with harming Americans with vaccines without fear of lawsuits, it would seem their ultimate goal is to not be held liable for their causing harm in any medical endeavor.
Here’s a good report on medical errors in Massachusetts, but I think it’s safe to say you can extrapolate that out to be representative of the rest of the U.S.
Lehman, who suffered from breast cancer, was given four times the intended dose of a potent chemotherapy drug over a four-day period during a stem cell transplant. She was close to being discharged from Dana-Farber when she suddenly died. She was 39 years old.
Another woman on the same experimental treatment program, school teacher Maureen Bateman of North Andover, received the same overdose. It caused severe heart damage, but Bateman survived for two-and-a-half years before dying of cancer at the age of 55.
…and I’ll bet no one — no doctor, no nurse, no pharmacist told them that they might be able to beat their cancers if they adopted a diet of mostly vegetarian organic food that included juicing, along with coffee enemas. I know of two individuals whom had Stage IV cancer that beat it with juicing (one had chemo, too, but my personal thought is that he survived despite the chemo, not because of it; it is known that chemicals destroy the immune system, NOT support it.)
Not only was the medical error responsible for their deaths, but the medical NEGLECT of informing them that diet can and does beat cancer is, in my opinion, negligence and malpractice.
Malpractice lawsuits are so numerous because of inept medical professionals’ mistakes. If they take away the rights of the patients to sue, as they would with tort reform, there will be no “brakes” on the medical profession. They will have no reason to do their best not to harm patients….as they have done with vaccines.