Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews

“My painkillers turned me Gay”

The heading of this blog post is identical to the title of a recent YouTube clip. The fragment was from the This Morning show on British ITV. The description under the clip reads:

Scott Purdy was a ‘hot-blooded’ heterosexual who enjoyed dating women, but when the 23-year-old was prescribed painkiller Pregabalin for a long-term ankle injury, he claims he lost his sexual attraction to women and has been turned gay. Broadcast on 18/04/2018

In short: a pill can make some men gay.

A real sell would be a pill that could make you straight, but I guess that will be the future. (Just kidding.)

What’s wrong with this report? (Not that it’s politically incorrect or offensive – though that should ring a bell.) Well, where to start?

The story of this nervous (look at his bobbing knee) 23-year old is taken at face-value. In the age of the Internet and Trump, why believe anyone seeking our attention? I’m not saying that he’s (plainly) lying or confabulating (an unaware filling up of memory gaps with untruths), but it should be checked. I mean, it’s the perfect excuse for someone having a hard time coming out.

They easily could have asked his estranged father, who was interviewed by the Daily Mail the very next day. He always knew that his son was gay, not from his sexual actions but from his mannerisms.

Another red flag is that there never was any chemical that could change sexual orientation.

From so many pedophiles (and judges over child molesters) to grudging homosexuals (or their unhappy families), from countless religious fanatics to repressive regimes, and from everyone who subscribes to autonomy and free choice to those who would love to choose or change their lifestyle, a medication that could give them that freedom would have been so welcome. The only medication there is is stuff that might lower or heighten the level of libido – not the direction.

Of course, this could be an exceptional find that might open science and our future up to freedom of choice in what partners and sex could make us fulfilled. However, before getting all excited, just as with someone claiming to be the Messiah or have outsmarted Einstein, let’s first try to find some objective proof for this breathtaking breaking “news.”

Well, after a flood of anger went over him for his TV story, he life-broadcasted at Facebook a mumbling apology and sort-of retraction. He would like that to go viral. That sounds like attention-seeking, really.

Whatever the case, YouTube clip is still unapologetically on the Internet, having gained 364,249 views and counting. Fake news.

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Allow me, for balance, to close with some happy gay news:

When this grandfather came out as gay at age 95, two brothers grabbed the camera –

Ra’anana gets Israel’s first openly gay mayor –

Top French chef offers tips to gay Israelis rejected by families –

Though I daily follow a dozen news-outlets that focus on Israel, probably not by chance, all brought to us by the Times of Israel.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork, and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a vegan for 8 years now. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach and lehavdiel bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff and Rav Meir Lubin. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (statistics), Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight Truth), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, GLBTQAI, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Sometimes he's misunderstood because he has such a wide vision that never fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what many love about him. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quit a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. November 13, 2018, he published his 500st blog post with the ToI. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me. To see other blog posts by him, a second blog - under construction - can be found by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture.
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