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

Who needs doctors?

The newest international report on health lets Israel come out with excellent health despite a lack of doctors or medical infrastructure. What is meant by “despite”?

(As I’ve mentioned many times before, never trust any figures in news reports until checked. Here the journalist wrote more instead of less.)

At the last general doctors’ strike in Israel, mortality dropped!

Doctors were quick to reassure us that that was because doctors normally also help hopeless people who have only a tiny chance to survive. So they die normally a bit earlier because of physicians doing their utmost – in vain.

This excuse is easy to confirm or refute. If that was the reason for fewer deaths during the doctors’ strike, mortality immediately after the strike should have gone up to exceed the normal figure – the untreated hopeless cases’ time would have come. No one published that finding. (Some may have looked, found the opposite and decided not to publish.)

I wrote the medical reporter of my newspaper. She’s in contact with the whole of Israel’s medical world and gets many scoops from them.

Guess what. She was not willing to hold that hot potato. She was not going to publish that fewer patients die when doctors leave them alone. That doctors accidentally kill more people than successfully save.

Obviously, most doctors would not take a liking that such a report. She would lose her frequent scoops. The betrayal of Semmelweis is alive!

So, I had a few good laughs reading that Israeli’s health is doing well despite a lack of physicians, hospital beds or diagnostic machines.

First of all, everybody knows that hospitals are a dangerous place that anyone should avoid like the plague (pun intended).

Furthermore, what’s wrong with being efficient? Having 25% of the beds empty does not prove a good health situation.

Many times, medical tests are performed not for the good of the patient but rather: to pay off the expensive machines, to make the doctor or specialism stand out as important or to cover the doctor’s ass for not missing something totally unlikely.

Well-meaning qualified doctors are a danger to health. To seek their opinion and sometimes treatment may at times be wise and necessary but they may endanger your life not less than a pack of cigarettes a day. They should be put a label on their foreheads with the disclaimer:

Seeing doctors may kill you

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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