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

The new cancer finding that isn’t

It’s such a toxic (pun not intended) mix when a reporter who isn’t a physician from a newspaper that is in disarray reports a medical finding from medical super-specialists who lack much insight in what they are doing heaping fame and recognition on the authors and their university. Makes for big nice loud spectacular reporting and maybe more funding.

Medical science reportedly found now that there is a molecule involved in DNA repair that when there is too much of it, it also give cancer.

May I share another medical theory that took decades to debunk to show that here probably the same shortcut in logic is applied?

Physicians found that men in their 50s not only had a greater chance to die from heart attacks, Heaven forbid, but that the risk was concentrated around men who seemed “allergic” to idleness.

In the revalidation clinic where, 45 years ago, I learned a little about nursing care, the patients of the cardiology department had all the subscriptions to daily newspapers except for one.

The rule was: if they never rest, no wonder they are prone to heart infarctions. Many years later, doctors had to conclude that the opposite was true. That those men at risk were generally overactive and that that protected (!) them against blocked coronary arteries!

The mistake comes from overhasty usage of statistics. A correlation does not mean a cause. And even if the association is causal, that doesn’t give away the answer to the chicken-or-egg question: which of the two causes the other.

And now medical scientists want us to believe that very aggressive cancers in patients must be caused (or enhanced) by “too much” of this repair enzyme. Nice try, Einsteins.

Not inhibited (but also not supported) by any facts, one could theorize that too many repair molecules attack or disturb healthy DNA.

How about the very likelihood that very aggressive tumors lead to very high levels of the repair molecule?

That would still leave that molecule a good marker of aggressive cancer. But don’t heap guilt on it without any proof of its wrongdoing, please. (It could be that there is proof beyond statistics but that is only revealed to paying readers. Kind of a scandal (but standard medical practice) to claim a sensational revelation but not publicize some proof.)

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch Holocaust 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. * 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 and Rav Zev Leff. * 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, 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. Many people can't understand or like him because he has such a wide vision that he never fits any specialist's box. But that exactly what others 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. * He likes doing age-appropriate and age-inappropriate things and looks forward to getting to know his timeless mature out-of-the-box soul mate. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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