The Underpants Gnomes from South Park have this critical thinking thing down. Exactly as well as anyone taking (or giving) biologics to treat autoimmune disease, anyway. I wish there was
more rampant discussion about this literally everywhere, but if there is I haven’t seen it. The best I have seen is this post by RA Warrior (links within) addressing Big Pharma propaganda, specifically how Big Pharma lies about every facet of autoimmune disease including how disabling autoimmune diseases are, how effective the treatments are (necessarily including a cost-benefit analysis considering the iatrogenic illnesses and injuries inherent to Big Pharma treatments including biologic treatment) and how these diseases progress.
In fact, autoimmune patients know too well that the reality of living with an incurable, untreatable and progressive disease — and autoimmune patients often live with more than one — exists in stark contrast to the messages in these propaganda campaigns: these diseases are often extremely disabling and cause systemic (not merely localized) effects; the symptoms including pain and disability are NOT treatable, where they do not respond, do not respond well, or do not respond for long to conventional treatments including biologics; and autoimmune diseases are progressive where you will be lucky to just stay the same and not get worse. None of this is consistent with the claims that autoimmune patients can “get their lives back” with any Big Pharma treatment, let alone a treatment that destroys your immune system like so-called biologics do.
I discussed the problem of biologics here, where autoimmune patients (who are mostly women) are expected to let doctors (who are mostly men) essentially give them AIDS to treat the symptoms of autoimmune disease, with the end game being that seriously incurably and progressively ill women are supposed to get relief from the crippling pain and symptoms of disease. In exchange for their immune systems, they are promised their lives back. Even though we have all known since the 80s that getting AIDS was (and still is) basically the polar opposite of getting your life back seeing as how full-blown symptomatic AIDS was (AND IS TO THIS DAY) a death sentence. You cannot live without your immune system, you cannot be healthy without an immune system, you cannot be pain-free without an immune system. AIDS is not compatible with life. WE KNOW THIS. Note that I am talking about AIDS, not HIV. HIV is a fucking walk in the park compared to AIDS.
And yet women are so desperate for pain and symptom relief, they are so desperate to “get their lives back” caring for dependents and making money (or earning disability-based benefits) in order to avoid homelessness and/or incarceration for the literal crime of being chronically ill women in capitalism and patriarchy that they are essentially voluntarily contracting AIDS and then waiting patient-ly for the payoff to materialize but it never does. In fact, it can’t. This should be obvious. Shouldn’t it? Why is this not obvious? Or, if it is obvious, why do we continue to do it, and why are we expected to do it? Is calling attention to this and discussing it even worth the energy? Are we this bad off? What the fuck?
Interestingly, WordPress does not even recognize either iatrogenic or biologics as words. This is not surprising considering that almost every Crohn’s and autoimmune disease blog on WordPress is literal Big Pharma propaganda. I think we are this bad off, and that terrifies me. Most of us don’t have the words to discuss it even if we wanted to (or not on WordPress anyway!) and most people don’t even have the time or energy to bother, and especially not sick people and especially not sick women. And it wouldn’t make a damn bit of difference even if we did. And I don’t even know what else I can say about it except that.