A reform too late and a “redisorganisation” too farBMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g6400 (Published 23 October 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6400
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. Dear Editor,
The recent outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has given me opportunity to search for more answers. Two questions were bugging me. Throughout the history of diseases and death the poor, the ignorant, and the deprived that suffer and die most; the rich and the powerful escape most of the time except in one situation that I am going to touch separately later.
When the Swine ‘Flu saga broke out I did write that there is something fishy about the whole thing. My response was rejected by the BMJ then. One year later the BMJ did write that “the WHO was found in bed with the Pharma lobby in the Swine ‘Flu saga.” Then they published my response. This was after Dr. ‘Flu- was found to have manipulated the virus. In the whole game the people who laughed their way to their bank were the drug barons! Who wins the game-the rich again? There seems to be a pattern in all these to agree with the Mathew Law: “He who hath shall be given.” In 1802 with the advent of the Industrial revolution didn’t William Wordsworth warn us that “we have sold our soul to the devil, a sordid boon” in one of his master pieces, The World is too much with us?
Now comes Ebola that has been around on and off for some years now but was confined to West Africa. This time it broke loose and is threatening to spread far and wide to control the population all over. A top Ebola expert -- chief scientist at the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Peter Jahrling said last week that this strain of Ebola appears to be more virulent than other strains we've seen, producing a much higher viral load much quicker than other strains. A top Liberian scientist, Dr. Cyril Broderick, published a front-page story in the Liberian Observer containing the astonishing statement, "Ebola is a genetically modified organism." The book, The Hot Zone confirms that infectious agents like Ebola were once developed into bioweapons by the United States Army, but it points out that such research was outlawed by President Nixon in 1969. As of now there is no confirmation of the theory that Ebola is being studied for bio-terrorism.
There is another hot theory making the rounds. Human kind has destroyed the earth so much that the latter is producing deadly germs like Ebola to save the world from the human parasites! “The emergence of AIDS, Ebola, and any number of other rainforest agents appears to be a natural consequence of the ruin of the tropical biosphere. The emerging viruses are surfacing from ecologically damaged parts of the Earth.” This is a plausible hypothesis waiting to be studied further. But again reading the leading lights in virology and science like Peter Duesberg of Berkeley and Nobel Laureate Kary Mullis, his colleague at Berkeley, in their book Inventing the AIDS Virus one gets a feeling that the human parasite is at the root of further dangers to mankind. Peter and Karry boldly declare that the HIV virus has nothing to do with the syndrome called AIDS! One dares not oppose them as Peter is the best virologist and Karry the father of the PCR test that detects viruses.
We are back to the square one here. “There is no way to know for sure if today's Ebola outbreak is accidental or intentional, but if you ask the question who benefits from an Ebola outbreak? Some of the answers become rather obvious,” writes Mike Adams.
So the poor suffer and die always in nature except in the modern western medical interventions industry which kills only the rich! The poor cannot reach that and are thus saved. History tells us from the time of Galen almost in 127 AD only rich patients were dying because they could afford to pay their doctors; the poor survived, diseases notwithstanding. In the 19th Century London, the great surgeon Arbuthnot Lane used to remove rich people’s colons as he thought that the poisons from their colons were the cause of their illnesses! The rich Londoners were all walking with their stinking bags on their abdomens full of excreta. It only took the courage of man like Bernard Shaw to write the drama Doctors’ Dilemma which forced Professor Lane to close shop.
Audits today show that the medical establishment is one of the leading causes of death in the world but the poor of the world escape that fate as they do not get to go near that trillion dollar illness care industry! Mathew Law gets twisted here: “He who hath not shall be given.”
So friends, the only way one can learn lifelong is to know the power of the unknown. As long as we do not grill into our students heads that what is known is too little and the whole uncharted sea of wisdom lies in front of us when we are just about playing with the sand castles on the beach. But normally our thought leaders and teachers make us believe that we know everything. If one patient walks after a stem cell operation we claim that there is a breakthrough. The failures are never reported for fear of losing millions of dollars for such research. Greed for publications, grant collecting, C.V fattening and publicity should not run the learning process. Humility should be our motto in learning as stressed by the Indian system.
Teachers occasionally should admit in the open class that they do not know. That makes students motivated to learn all through their lives as they come to know that even the Emperor does not have clothes always. Any science will die naturally when all scientists believe that they know it all.
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