NBC’s “New Amsterdam” Wants Viewers to Believe the Medical System is Broken. The Evidence Shows The System is Working Exactly as Intended (and Does NBC Have Nuclear Interests?)

From the IMDb page for NBC’s new medical drama “New Amsterdam”:

A new medical director breaks the rules to heal the system at America’s oldest public hospital.

From the horse’s mouth: NBC’s tagline for its new show:

Break the rules.  Heal the system.

This is just such basic SJW bullshit I’m tempted to not even respond at all — the belief that oppressive systems of social control are oppressive because they are “broken” and not because they are, well, systems of social control.  For those who don’t know, SJW is a pejorative term and short for the also pejorative “social justice warrior.”  The term is normally used by conservatives in the same vein as “politically correct” is used meaning, essentially, that American movements for social justice are unnecessary and that the market should decide who and what has value and the market has decided it’s white men so everyone else should just shut the fuck up.

SJWs would agree with the assessment of the market value of human beings except that they think it’s unfair that cis white men have all the value while everyone else can go pound sand.  SJWs aren’t critical of the market itself, meaning capitalism, and of course there is no criticism of SJWs own favorite capitalism-related pastime, what is essentially consumerist hedonism.  SJWs believe that white male transgenders, capitalism and consumerism/hedonism are all to be defended at any and all cost, including the cost of literally the efficacy, coherence and internal consistency of their own movement(s) which is supposed to center “fairness” including rejecting privilege and leveling the playing field.  Wow, that was harder to explain than I thought it would be!  Did I get it about right?  If not, I’m sure someone will tell me.

Anyhoo, while I agree that American political, institutional, corporate and interpersonal systems are unfair to almost everyone at some point, clearly I am not a fan of SJWs and their work and I am tired, just completely exhausted and bone-tired of the SJWs 100-year long legacy and indeed baseless generational insistence that things are unfair because they are “broken” and that therefore, things can and should be fixed.  What SJWs do not seem to recognize is that “things” are the way they are for a reason and are not broken at all but are working exactly as they are meant to.  And how, just how in the fuck do you fix something that’s not broken but is actually working exactly as intended?

In the case of a medical system that drains people of their resources, upholds patriarchal institutions and male power, robs sick people of their agency (and problematically, also defines who and what constitutes “sick” so can rob anyone of their agency at any time and for whatever reason they want to) and where Western medicine in particular causes additional trauma and injury known as iatrogenic illness and injury — illness and injury from medical evaluation and treatment itself, sometimes known as side effects, medical mistakes or medical malpractice — the fact that it does those things at all is prima facie evidence that those exact outcomes are what was intended all along.  Isn’t it?  I mean think about it — powerful people created these unnatural systems out of whole cloth and they could’ve made them do whatever they wanted them to do.

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Gastrointestinal Symptoms in Hurricane Florence Evacuees. Norovirus or Radiation Sickness? Please Read to the End.

These videos were created by a respected anti-nuke activist calling himself Strontium Milks.  He notes that the catastrophic flooding created by Hurricane Florence last week, where water currently continues to rise a week later, has likely overcome the nuclear reactors at Brunswick Nuclear Power Plant causing releases of nuclear fuel into the environment.  Brunswick NPP declared a state of emergency last Saturday as flood waters rose, stranding plant workers on the property and preventing outsiders from accessing it.  Of course, no releases were admitted to and none probably ever will be, so it is up to us to make sense of what happened there and to decide for ourselves whether we have experienced yet another nuclear disaster and what to do about it, if anything, including how and whether to hold anyone accountable for lying to us.  Relevant to the discussion of how high the waters rose, where the water was coming from, and what kinds of releases occurred, we have been told that multiple dam failures in the area caused flooding of coal and natural gas power plants releasing massive toxic coal ash contamination into the Cape Fear River which will severely and permanently contaminate coastal communities and waterways and will soon make its way to the ocean.

That’s what we know about other power plants in the area and that is certainly bad enough.  But what else was likely released into the flood waters ahead of, during and following Hurricane Florence and how would we ever know?  Well, one piece of evidence would be symptoms of disease in the human and animal residents of the area and we do in fact have evidence of an outbreak of gastrointestinal symptoms in evacuees:

Officials say that norovirus outbreaks are caused by a group of related viruses that account for more than 90 percent of gastrointestinal illness outbreaks in the country. Noroviruses can be found in stool and vomit and are very contagious.

Symptoms of norovirus illness usually begin about 24 to 48 hours after close exposure and can appear as early as 12 hours after exposure and include:

Nausea
Vomiting
Diarrhea
Abdominal cramps
Low-grade fever or none at all

Norovirus, you say?  Of course, those storm victims immediately suspected of having contracted norovirus are the ones being formally surveilled by the state and are living in storm shelters, but how many others are suffering, what are they doing about it (or more likely, what are they not doing about it considering everything else they have to deal with in the midst of an ongoing disaster) and how would we ever know?  The reported outbreak at this shelter is interesting, to say the least, considering that the symptoms of norovirus are virtually the same as symptoms of acute radiation sickness which are as follows:

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1 Million Under Evacuation Orders Ahead of Hurricane Flo. How Many of Those are Chronically Ill?

Once again, I am really feeling for the people in harm’s way due to a natural disaster that’s sure to render thousands homeless.  Hurricane Florence could be a category 3 or 4 when it comes ashore on the central to southeast US coast in the next couple of days and a million people are under evacuation orders to avoid risking their lives in the storm which is expected to produce devastating winds, up to 13 feet or more of storm surge, and 25 inches of rain.  After losing my apartment in Hurricane Sandy and having to swim out of my apartment building in chest deep water at midnight, and having to live through the aftermath on a devastated and destroyed island, I can attest to the extreme damage and long-term effects produced by hurricanes, tropical storms and widespread coastal flooding.  And Hurricane Flo is shaping up to be, potentially, a hell of a storm with winds and rain far worse than what Sandy offered as a category 1 and then a “mere” tropical storm by the time it made landfall in the northeastern United States.  The devastation that can reasonably be expected from Flo is, in a word, extreme.

Much like chronic illness it seems, unless and until someone has experienced this for themselves people are simply unable to imagine or comprehend the full effects of this kind of storm damage, like gasoline rationing and shortages (and outages), being rendered homeless or otherwise without power, clean water, heat or access to shopping, bathing, cooking and laundry facilities for weeks if not months at a time, and extreme widespread pollution and environmental contamination from the displaced contents of storm-damaged sewers, septic tanks and water treatment plants; gas stations and petroleum storage facilities; commercial and industrial parks; commercial agriculture and factory farms; hospitals and research facilities; cemeteries and bio-hazardous waste facilities; landfills and garbage dumps; hazardous including nuclear waste storage and disposal sites; and power plants including nuclear power plants and more.  Literally everything you can imagine, and many things you can’t, will become airborne, will seep into the soil and groundwater, or will end up floating in/on the floodwaters, leaving a toxic slick covering the landscape for miles once the filthy water recedes.

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It Might Be “Ok Not to be Ok” For a Few Days But It’s Definitely Not “Ok Not to be Ok” Forever. Aka Chronically Ill. But Wait! There’s More.

Stop gaslighting everyone Jessie J!  This song and this sentiment (that it’s “ok not to be ok”) seem to be very popular amongst the very young and “neuroatypical” Tumblr crowd suffering from, among other things, anxiety and depression.  Reading the comments under the YouTube video reveals a lot, well, it reveals a lot of the same thing: young people feeling “not ok” and suffering through dark times only to reemerge triumphant in the end, and probably on addictive and expensive psych meds that will likely cause serious and even permanent side effects like involuntary muscle movements (and death).  That counts as “ok” apparently, and the “not ok” is “ok” if and only if it doesn’t go on too long and as long as you “get help.”

Of course, the side effects iatrogenic illness and injury from the psych meds themselves, including permanent neurological disability and death — and the “not ok” those cause — are worth it as long as the person is made ok now, for the time being.  Whatever “ok” means in this context because I sure as hell can’t figure it out other than that “ok” seems to mean “compliance” and specifically, willingness to engage with and submit to capitalistic patriarchal medicine.  Compliance and submission = ok.  Does this sound like it’s actually ok to not be ok?  Or does it sound like a bunch of shit?

And what happens when people are “not ok” for a long time, or forever?  Just ask someone who is chronically ill how friends and family perceive their illness once it’s gone on for months, years, or a lifetime.  In my own case, when I lost my apartment in a hurricane, had to move in with my ex-partner’s mother and was getting sicker by the day, my friends and family harassed me constantly for “updates” about the hurricane damage, my housing situation and the status of my health but I soon realized they weren’t looking for truthful reports so much as they were demanding constant assurances that I was Ok and that everything was fine.  When the truth was I had never been so not-ok in my life and considering the nature of my incurable, progressive disease I was unlikely to be “fine” ever again.  No one wants to hear that!  Hearing that makes them feel not ok!  And healthy people have to feel ok all the time no matter what, even at the expense of sick people and sick people’s ok.  So is it really ok to not be ok?  No.  Sick people have to learn to fake it if they want (or have no choice but) to maintain these relationships.  But there’s more.

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What is Acne? What is the Acne Vaccine? The Acne-Crohn’s and Acne-Autoimmune Connection

I recently saw that there is a new acne vaccine in the works and my interest was piqued.  How on Earth would a vaccine be effective to treat or prevent acne, I wondered?  What does that even mean?  In order to answer that question, “How would a vaccine reasonably be expected to fight what has long been considered an annoying but benign skin condition that most people grow out of?” we first need to know, what is acne?  Don’t we?  I always believed acne was “overactive sebaceous glands” that ruptured the follicles and became inflamed and/or infected and I had reason to know a little bit about it — that’s the medical explanation I was always given and I have suffered from severe cystic acne since I was a teenager.  How any vaccine would be expected to prevent overactive sebaceous glands or resulting inflammation and/or infections was, at first blush, unclear.

In my own case, I have taken every prescription and over the counter acne treatment imaginable including dubious long-term treatment with antibiotics that were supposed to prevent the deep infections (while simultaneously destroying the gut) and the antibiotics worked until they made me so sick I couldn’t take them anymore.  I was 16 when I decided that I didn’t care how bad my skin looked, I just could not and would not tolerate the antibiotics which made me bloated, nauseated, and overall feeling extremely ill.  Of course, as soon as I stopped taking the drugs, the acne came right back.

By the time I had suffered through 2 years of college with this allegedly “cosmetic” condition and what was also, in hindsight, years of moderate to severe chronic pain from essentially being covered in chronic abscesses (boils) I broke down and agreed to take Accutane, an oral tablet which works to treat cystic acne but no one knows why it works, just that it does.  A mystery cure?  Really?  That doesn’t help explain what acne is either.  When I was prescribed Accutane in the 90s it was known at the time to cause hideous side effects like severely dried and cracked mucous membranes, vision problems, and — wait for it — inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) including ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.  How in the world, one might ask, would any medication cause an autoimmune disease like Crohn’s?  How is that even possible?

Back then, I did in fact develop gastrointestinal symptoms (and vision problems and cracked mucous membranes) that coincided with my treatment with Accutane but I just blew it off and that was not just me being flippant about my health.  I was able to easily treat these so-called side effects with what I was told were benign prescription drugs and besides, the only side effect of Accutane my doctors cared about was the 100% likelihood of severe birth defects if a woman has any contact with Accutane while pregnant or in the 3 months before she becomes pregnant.  Yes, for some reason, Accutane is severely toxic to the developing fetus — but, I was told, not to the adult patient.  The known risk of catastrophic fetal side effects was driven into me deeply and I was forced, if I wanted to treat with the only medication known to quickly and permanently cure severe cystic acne, to take oral contraceptives to avoid becoming pregnant.

And in addition to causing inflammatory bowel disease, Accutane is also extremely toxic to the liver and the drug insert probably said that Accutane patients shouldn’t drink, but my dermatologist, the medical literature and the drug inserts severely downplayed known liver and gastrointestinal side effects iatrogenic illness and injury and highlighted the one that they thought was the most important, or the one most likely to get them sued — the baby one.  Doctors prescribing Accutane to young women (apparently!) didn’t bother to tell them to watch out for signs of IBD or not to drink, but did force the women to concurrently take oral contraceptives to prevent pregnancy even if they were virgins or not “sexually active” to cover the doctors’ own asses as my University campus doctor told me, “In case you get raped.”  Of course, oral contraceptives are also known to cause IBD, meaning, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s.  The plot thickens.

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