Opinion – Many Doctors Get Goodies from Opioid Makers – NBC News

The Hippocratic Oath in Greek and Latin publis...

The Hippocratic Oath in Greek and Latin published in Frankfurt in 1595 in Apud Andreae Wecheli heredes by Claudium Marnium, & Ioan. Aubrium (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

According to NBC about 1 in 12 U.S. physicians got a free meal, payment, or something else of cash value from a drug company making opioids in recent years.

Source: Many Doctors Get Goodies from Opioid Makers – NBC News

I guess this raises some fundamental questions about ethics, the Hippocratic oath and trust.

But in this day and age, individuals with access to the internet must do their own due diligence.

I suffer from a chronic lower back injury, basically degenerative. I’m not looking to surgery but my surgeon warned me to do back exercises every day for the rest of my life. That was over year ago and the only time when I’ve missed a day was when I was on very long haul flights.

But when I saw the orthopedic surgeon, whom I respect, he provided me an assortment of medication. I was offered steroids as an anti inflammatory which I rejected because of impact on my glaucoma. Secondly, I was given muscle relaxants which I took twice. Thirdly, I was prescribed opioids for the pain. I checked the opioids out on the internet and didn’t like what I read. For a second opinion, I mentioned it my physio who was shocked – she told me that I could be arrested for travelling with this medication in certain parts of the world.

I still do my back exercises religiously EVERY day. I checked with my glaucoma specialist and he agreed that I could use steroids occasionally. As for the opioids, they were trashed.

There’s an old Latin maxim, ‘Caveat Emptor‘, meaning ‘Buyer beware’.

Yes, doctors took the Hippocratic oath but in North America, they earn vast incomes and frequently play the system to their advantage, recommending the latest tests and medication. But my advice is to keep an eye on the doctor and don’t be afraid to seek a second opinion. Remember, ‘Buyer Beware’ and fight for your rights as an individual.


Opinion – Can US win the game of chicken with North Korea? – Editorial – Global Times – John Gelmini

As Dr Alf knows, this is much more than a game of “chicken”, as it could easily lead to World War III.

The PNAC website specifically identifies North Korea, Russia and China as targets for regime change and North Korea has been “war-gamed” several times, using the “Wisdom Warfare” system.

America could use its Space Command complete with fully cloaked weapons to obliterate North Korea from space without committing a single soldier but there are obvious risks in so doing including having to admit that this force exists in abrogation of treaties and what the rest of the world knows or thinks it knows.

Committing ground troops, using bunker busting bombs to take out the corpulent Kim Jong Un would cause horrendous casualties and probably trigger World War III before the allotted time which is likely to be within the next 20 years.

Containment by Tesla shield placed over North Korea to include the border and a second one over Seoul is probably the best policy because it would render their missiles ineffective.

Starving that country into submission with sanctions is dangerous and would provoke the North Koreans who would have nothing to lose.

In the end they will not give up their nuclear weapons and in their position I would not do so given what happened to Gaddafi and what people think happened to Saddam Hussein.

John Gelmini