Tips on Keeping Mind and Body Young
By Jesse Anson Dawn
Jesse Anson Dawn, author of the national award-winning book, Never “Old”, plus The Rejuvenator’s Bible, speaks out about a most stirring subject: how to counteract the unwanted effects of “aging.”
Presently answering the question: “Regarding the health and safety of our body, what is the biggest cover-up of the century?”
Moving my activist attention away from helping counteract World War III (the Bush-pushed war against the Third World, civil rights, the environment and the fast-falling U.S. image), we again focus our “angel power” on pacifying the ongoing war being waged against our bodies.
This more personal conflict I call the Greed-versus-Body war, this “cover-up of the century” being waged not so much by the ravages of “time” — but by ravages of medical error.
But let me cite some factual examples of what keeps this enormous cover-up tick-tick-ticking like a bomb:
In search of clues about aging and death, Nobel prize nominee Dr. Joel Wallach has performed some 3,000 autopsies on deceased human beings. After all this research, he concludes that the best way to avoid killing your body is to avoid the “landmines” — going on to explain that the most lethal of all “landmines” are the medical ones.
Basically, what Dr. Wallach points out are the extreme dangers involved with using medical practices which too often do more harm than good, erroneous practices which have made me cynical of the clinical and lacking the patience to be a patient.
Some Startling Numbers
And indeed my distrust is not unfounded, for according to many studies, more than 300,000 Americans die each year from medical error, i.e., botched operations, prescription errors, misdiagnosis, etc. — errors which cause TEN TIMES the annual amount of American deaths than those caused by the lavishly publicized “plague” called AIDS, plus THREE TIMES the amount of deaths caused by auto accidents, and TWICE the amount done-in by the fourth leading cause of death — cerebrovascular strokes. Ouch, far beyond the number of homicides, medical mistakes cause TWELVE TIMES the amount of deaths caused by both murder and suicides combined.
All of which makes medical error the third leading cause of death, just behind heart attacks and cancer.
But what’s truly amazing is the fact that this situation remains, for the most part, an unpublicized cover-up, a situation so well hidden that even organizations as objectively factual as the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Center for Disease Control, organizations that publish THE “established” lists of the leading causes of death, fail to have medical error numbers listed anywhere in their books!
And to think that huge protests are waged over wars which involve far fewer casualties, for in truth medical error causes more casualties every year than were killed in the Korean and Vietnam Wars combined. And to think that all this massive denial goes on even amid all the HOLY-MACKEREL! about AIDS, even though the chance of getting screwed by a hospital is ten times greater than the chance of getting AIDS by screwing.
All in all, the medical error cover-up/dilemma (coupled with the outrageous prices for health care) seems to be a classic example of truth versus oppothink, a kettle of fish that will increase in stench the more its improprieties are ignored, until finally massive measures of reform will be demanded.
Not that I deny the shrewdness of this business, the amazing trickery it takes to shuffle the causes of death around so cleverly that the third biggest cause somehow gets slipped into a black hole where it seems to vanish. In fact, even the fear of medical error has somehow been swept under the rug, for according to a 1997 survey conducted by the popular USA Weekend magazine, a survey which listed the USA’s 25 “biggest fears” — (a list which included everything from a fear of “AIDS” to a fear of a “stock market crash” to a fear of being accused of “sexual harassment”) — medical error didn’t even make it to the list!
Perhaps such misplaced anxiety is why sagely George Bernard Shaw felt compelled to say, “We have not lost our faith, we have transferred it from God to the medical profession.” Transferred faith indeed, a kind of faith fostered by profits so huge, that although the largest corporations measure annual gains in terms of millions of dollars, medicine moguls measure annual increases in terms of tens of billions. And I mean BILLIONS, for according to medical statistics books, the annual amount of cash raked in by U.S. doctors increased by a staggering $100 billion in just eleven years, going from $41.9 billion in 1980 to a mammoth $142 billion in 1991 — more than tripling its annual gross in little over a decade. And then tripling again in 2001. Woo-ha! — patients and profits — a gushing geyser riding a sky-rocketing inflation rate of 12 percent a year, and the geyser just keeps on gushing.
And with this kind of $team-rollering clout, no wonder doctor and hospital dramas are taking over the air waves, taking over many of the prime-time slots habitually reserved for cop-shows and tabloids. But I’m still looking for a truly honest satire of the whole premedicated madness—a show which portrays physicians like the ever-increasing Dr. Cash-flow, the profits-over-all practitioner who is scripted to tell his patients things like:
“Your hypochondria seem to be subsiding, but I’m keeping you on placebos, just in case.” Say what? Or how about a drama where patients are portrayed as being keenly aware instead of air-heads, a show where, at the risk of being considered a “smart Alec” (whatever that means) an educated patient will say quips such as: “Sorry Dr. Halitbitis, but I don’t believe that getting the ever-needed ‘second opinion’ is the same thing as having the same doctor tell me the same thing twice.” Hardly.
Or maybe we can finally see a show which exposes the truth about the runaway epidemic coming to be called:
Lab Errors While-U-Wait
In a world-shaking book published by Prentice Hall Press called Medicine on Trial, a book written by Yale University Medical School professor Dr. Lowell Levin along with two other commendably truthful health-writers, Charles Inlander and Ed Weiner, it’s revealed how an expanding excess of medical tests is “the primary source of mistaken diagnosis.” Medical diagnosis, says Medicine on Trial, is alarmingly tangled up in what the authors call a “free association tag,” whereby increasing numbers of doctors tend to treat the test chart rather than the patient.
Barraging the patient with tests that this well-researched volume says “two thirds” of which are “worthless and of no help to the patient,” Medicine on Trial goes on to state that: “The person who gets the routine number of tests upon admission to the hospital — approximately 20 or more — has less than a 36 percent chance of being found normal by all the tests, even if the person is perfectly well.”
Ouch, a kind of laboratory test roulette, with them spinning the wheel and of course, just as in any casino, the house winds up the big winner.
“It’s man versus machine in a match of diagnostic egos,” says Medicine on Trial, whereby “the doctor will order tests and keep ordering tests until they begin to indicate something the doctor wants them to indicate.”
Indeed, sales folks call this “creating a need.” A Greed versus Body war much like how George “the Scourge” and his Bushita regime created the “need” for the U.S.-led genocide in the Middle East.
As again we get back to the need for personal activism—getting the truth both into ourselves and out to the masses, thereby saving our brain/bodies from runaway decay, along with saving OUR American world from falsely “elected” tyrants.
All of which gives us a personal “angelic” feeling of HAPPY CLEANSING AND REJUVENATING because we CAN!
For the whole self-renewal story, Jesse Dawn’s (Pulitzer Prize nominated) 258-page book, Never “Old”, can be received free of charge by purchasing his new book, “The Rejuvenator’s Bible: Working Ways to Create Perpetual Youth Naturally” (237 pages) for the retail price of $15. To receive both books for the price of one, call World Changing Books at (800) 736-3922 and order with Visa or MC, or send a check pay-able to World Changing Books, POB 5491, Hilo, HI 96720. ($15 includes books, plus free 1st class postage) Or order by e-mail at email@example.com Also check www.angelfire.com/hi4/jessedawn
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