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Biblical Faith, Medicine, and the State

This is the twelfth in a series of articles about addiction treatment pioneer Dr. Punyamurtula S. Kishore and his ongoing battle with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, which shuttered his fifty-two clinics in late 2011, dramatically increasing the state’s death tolls due to opioid addiction. Space forbids repeating the story developed in the first eleven articles. Readers new to this story are urged to catch up before reading on (links/references are provided at the end of this article).

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By |December 7, 2023|

New Book: The Brain Death Fallacy

The Brain Death Fallacy by Heidi Klessig… hot off the press at Amazon (below):

The Brain Death Fallacy

In 1968, a committee at Harvard Medical School redefined comatose people on a ventilator as dead. This redefinition of death was introduced in 1981 as a model law referred to as the Uniform Determination of Death Act (UDDA). Now, “brain death” has become codified as a law that defines death in the United States. However, is brain death death? Dr. Heidi Klessig traces the history of the diagnosis from its beginnings to the passage of the UDDA and more recent attempts to loosen the law further. For the most part, the public is unaware of this ongoing debate, but it impacts them directly after a loved one has a head injury and requires a ventilator. This book is built on the clinical work and academic research of medical doctors, philosophers, and scholars who do not accept the UDDA definition of brain death as death and are experts in this field of study.

By |October 26, 2023|

Homegrown Epidemic of Drug Abuse

The White House reported that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identified prescription drug abuse as an epidemic.  The 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) reported that 4.9 million people, 1.9% of the population, abused prescription drugs. Nonmedical use of psychotherapeutics, particularly pain relievers, was the most commonly used illicit substance after marijuana. “In our military, illicit drug use increased from 5% to 12% among active duty service members from 2005 to 2008, primarily due to non-medical use of prescription drugs.” Drug induced deaths have almost doubled since 1999 and are now second only to motor vehicle fatalities.

At the end of 2013, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN) published a list of the top 17 abused drugs of 2013. The table below combines most of the given statistical information in the list of abused drugs and presented them in rank order, from one to seventeen.

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By |September 28, 2023|

Using People with ‘Brain Death’ as Lab Rats

by Heidi Klessig, M.D.

Doctors at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the NYU Langone Transplant Institute in New York City reported successfully implanting genetically modified pig kidneys into two “brain dead” men this month.  The New York patient, a 57-year-old man, has demonstrated continuous kidney function for over a month, the longest time that a gene-edited pig kidney has functioned successfully in a human.  The team plans to observe the patient’s kidney functioning until mid-September, during which time he is being provided with cardiopulmonary support in a critical care setting.

In Alabama, a 52-year-old man with both “brain death” and renal failure underwent removal of his native kidneys and was implanted with a pig kidney that had received ten genetic modifications.  In contrast to last year’s results (in which the xenograft kidney placed into the “brain dead” person failed to function properly), Dr. Jayme E. Locke and her team reported that this time, the xenograft kidney functioned well for the full seven-day study period, which included daily kidney biopsies.

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By |August 31, 2023|

Why Most Published Research Findings Are False

There is increasing concern that most current published research findings are false. The probability that a research claim is true may depend on study power and bias, the number of other studies on the same question, and, importantly, the ratio of true to no relationships among the relationships probed in each scientific field. In this framework, a research finding is less likely to be true when the studies conducted in a field are smaller; when effect sizes are smaller; when there is a greater number and lesser preselection of tested relationships; where there is greater flexibility in designs, definitions, outcomes, and analytical modes; when there is greater financial and other interest and prejudice; and when more teams are involved in a scientific field in chase of statistical significance. Simulations show that for most study designs and settings, it is more likely for a research claim to be false than true. Moreover, for many current scientific fields, claimed research findings may often be simply accurate measures of the prevailing bias. In this essay, I discuss the implications of these problems for the conduct and interpretation of research.

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By |August 10, 2023|

Bad Medicine: Overmedicating the body and mind…

Overmedicating the body and mind while ignoring the soul creates a vortex of never-ending illness.

Modern medicine is considered a secular profession based on observable phenomena. But the medical community acknowledges that spirituality—broadly defined as the human pursuit of meaning and connectedness to something—impacts both physical and ­mental health. Even evolutionary psychologists and materialists do not deny that religious and spiritual beliefs impact health in significant ways.

Medication doesn’t change or rearrange your thoughts, but it helps treat your mind so your body will not respond in that exaggerated way.

Castleberry, like Porowski, believes the best way to address depression and anxiety is to help people remember and understand the promises of God. “For example, maybe you committed a heinous sin, and it haunts you, and you’ve become a Christian. And the devil comes and he speaks condemnation to your soul. You need to remember Romans 8:1: ‘There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.’”

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By |July 27, 2023|

The Truth About Drug Companies

In this explosive expose of the drug companies and how they are ripping us off, Marcia Angell, M.D., a doctor, medical journalist, and a former editor of the respected New England Journal of Medicine, reveals the many ways in which the pharmaceutical industry has moved away from its original purpose of finding and producing useful new drugs.

Now primarily a marketing machine that produces drugs of questionable benefit, the industry uses its wealth and power to co-opt such institutions as the US Congress, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), academic medical centers, as well as the medical profession. In spite of a lack of innovative drugs and continuously growing prices, the drug companies invest most of their time and money in marketing, legal maneuvers to extend patient rights, and government lobbying to prevent price regulation.

(This review and book may be found at Amazon.com.)

By |June 1, 2023|

Two Youths Commit Suicide in Taxpayer-Funded Cross-Sex Hormone Study

Lawmakers are demanding answers after the suicide deaths of two young people involved in a transgender hormone study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Additionally, 11 participants reported suicidal thoughts during the study, according to a January article by researchers published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).

In a letter to Dr. Lawrence Tabak, acting director at NIH, 15 Republican lawmakers question why the study wasn’t halted after participants died or reported adverse effects.

“It is alarming that vulnerable young people died by suicide while participating in a taxpayer-funded study that will almost certainly inflict devastating physical harm on those who participated,” the lawmakers’ letter stated.

Two Youths Commit Suicide…

By |May 13, 2023|

Physician Qualifications Decrease Further

Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is “a standardized, multiple-choice examination designed to assess your problem-solving, critical thinking, and knowledge of natural, behavioral, and social science concepts and principles prerequisite to the study of medicine.” Students wishing to study medicine needed to pass this examination to determine if they were suitable for the profession. Now, in the name of diversity, some medical schools no longer require potential doctors to pass this exam because it is seen as racist.

Medical Schools Eliminate MCAT

By |May 11, 2023|

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