Tuesday, January 29, 2013

stuff update

Don't mind me. There is a new age talker coming to manila, and I was busy trying to chase down the"famous cancer specialist" who verified her cure.

nearest I can tell, he existed in 1998 but isn't around nowadays,( maybe he moved to Hong Kong and is working with telemedicine, which was his specialty, not cancer) where this bimbo got cured) or else he is a GP from Kentucky or an optometrist from USC.

Don't mind me: When someone advertises that you can buy their way to think yourself out of sickness ($75, Visa and Mastercard accepted), I seethe in anger.

People here die of high blood pressure because they can't afford 30 cents a day for Amlodipine. People die in accidents and die of dengue fever, but hey, our elite in Manila are busy going to new age seminars telling them if they think correctly they will be rich  I mean, why fell guilty for being rich when if those poor homeless and tricycle drivers had correct thinking, they'd be rich too, right?

And yes, we have the Catholic charismatic and protestant faith healers going through too, and lots of miraculous statues and shrines, but at least you don't have to put 75 bucks to visit Quiapo.


Nowadays, if they remade "Leap of Faith", about faithhealers bilking folks out of money, he'd be a new age "alternative medicine" guru, not a fundamentalist type.

And yes, the Steve Martin film is on youtube.

does this mean I don't believe in miracles? Well it means that most of the "miracles" I have seen as a doc have a scientific explanation. Catholics tend to see god working via science/human means, and figure miracles are rare: I mean, even Lourdes only has had 50 or so certified miracles.

Jonas: Look, I run a show here. It's a lot of smoke and noise and it's strictly for the suckers. I've been pulling one kind of scam or another since I was your age, and if there's one thing I know it's how to spot the genuine article because that's what you've got to watch out for. Not the cops, you can always get around the cops. But the one thing you can never, ever get around is the genuine article, and you, kid, are the genuine article.

I did see two nearly miraculous recoveries in Africa after we baptized the kids. Both had a very tiny chance of recovery, and turned around quickly after we held the prayer service. So a child with a bilirubin of 30 in a hepatic coma recovers the day after we hold the service? A three pound premature kid who stopped breathing ten times and after a prolonged CPR lost her pulse and circulation, so we baptized her figuring she was dead, and voila, she started breathing spontaneously and ended up going home?

Who knows?

So two very unusual recoveries, a couple dozen wonderful unexpected recoveries in 35 years of medicine: Not bad.

But of course, I'm a doctor, not a faith healer:

So when all those new age gurus start caring for cholera victims in Haiti or refugees in central Africa, maybe I'll respect them a bit more.

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