Without evidence of benefit, an intervention should not be presumed to be beneficial or safe.

- Rogue Medic

How to be a Part of the Healthcare Workforce

That’s easy, to become a part of the healthcare workforce, you attend and complete a course of study in a recognized part of healthcare.

Wrong.

Dr. Sen. Tom Harkin is trying to run a scam through Congress, that will dwarf the multi-billion dollar bailout. All you have to do is make an unreasonable claim of ability to treat patients and submit an invoice. Since the claim of ability does not need to be reasonable, why should the invoice? You are providing a mumbo jumbo voodoo reiki acupuncture psychic homeopathic treatment.

Zowie! How can you put a price on that?

This is fraud. You can always put a price on fraud.

But Dr. Sen. Harkin has already had us spend hundreds of millions of dollars on NCCAM (National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine).

We need to know what works.

Research is good. We do need to know what works. Dr. Sen. Harkin doesn’t care. Dr. Sen. Harkin has already made up his mind that, if it is called alternative, it works.

There is more about Dr. Sen. Harkin’s Snake Oil Spectacular at Respectful Insolence:

Senator Tom Harkin pulls a fast one: Alternative medical practitioners will be part of the “healthcare workforce” under health care reform

Whether Dr. Sen. Harkin doesn’t understand science, or just doesn’t care, is something that will only matter at sentencing.

Sentencing?

If you thought that Bernie Madoff sold a lot of nothing for billions of dollars, then you will be in awe of Dr. Sen. Harkin selling nothing for trillions of dollars.

Trillions

of

Dollars

of

Fraud.

NCCAM has demonstrated that alternative medicine does not work. So, what does Dr. Sen. Harkin do. He starts with an anecdote. He describes a case of a friend, a retired legislator, who survived in spite of alternative medicine. Since it is anecdotal, there really is no reason to believe that this is normal for that treatment, or just an example of spontaneous resolution of the illness (something that happens more often than we would expect), misdiagnosis (something that also happens more often than we would expect), or something else.

Dr. Sen. Harkin wants to believe that it was the magic medicine, so he does. And Dr. Sen. Harkin is not afraid of spending your money on this belief in unicorns. All of your money, if that is what it takes. Even though there is no amount of money that will change the science, Dr. Sen. Harkin doesn’t care. In his mind, it is the fault of the scientists that alternative medicine does not work.

The scientists just need to stop being scientific and tell everyone that alternative medicine works. In other words, the scientists need to lie. That is the only way alternative medicine does work – if you lie about it. Here is Dr. Sen. Harkin complaining that the science won’t do what he wants.

@17:50 – One of the purposes of this center was to investigate and validate alternative approaches. Quite frankly, I must say publicly, It has fallen short. The focus, I think quite frankly, in this center and previously in the office before it. Most of this focus has been on disproving things, rather than on seeking out and approving them.

@18:50 – This morning I want to lay down a second marker. If we fail to seize this unique opportunity to adopt a pragmatic integrative approach to healthcare, that too would constitute a serious failure. I know, both Sen. Mikulski and I do not intend to fail in that effort.[1]

And they do not intend to let anyone stop them from dragging this country down into the abyss of magical solutions for everything. Forget the science that supports the technologies we use every day. They are more than happy to use these magical devices, but we are going to be adopting Soviet Science.

Soviet Science?

The science must support the party line. Lysenkoism is another term for this refusal to accept science unless it was approved by the party.

Research and science in the Soviet Union could be suppressed primarily for being seen as ideologically incorrect.[citation needed]

At different moments in Soviet history a number of research areas were declared “bourgeois pseudosciences”, on ideological grounds, the most notable and harmful cases being these of genetics and cybernetics. Their prohibition caused serious harm to Soviet science and economics.[citation needed] Soviet scientists never won a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine or Turing Award. (In comparison, they received seven Nobel Prizes in Physics.) This is one of the factors that resulted in the USSR historically lagging in the fields of computers, microelectronics and biotechnology.[citation needed]

Research which was not banned was often subject to political pressure to conform to certain schools of science seen as “progressive.”[2]

This is not a recipe for a successful future for anyone – except those making a profit off of these scams.

This appears to be our future.

Jenny McCarthy McMedicine.

Footnotes:

^ 1 Committee: Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Title: Integrative Care: A Pathway to a Healthier Nation
Date: Thursday, February 26, 10:00 a.m.
Place: SD-430
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^ 2 Suppressed research in the Soviet Union
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