Posted in Free Society, Government Regulations, Liberty, Philosophy, Policy Issues, Progressivism, Rule of Law, Science and the Sexes, U.S. Constitution, Uncategorized

Preferred Pronouns or Prison | PragerU

“The State can’t force people to say things they don’t believe.”

Justice Robert Jackson – West Virginia State Board of Education v Barnette (1943)

Source: Preferred Pronouns or Prison | PragerU

Posted in Education, Free Society, Government Regulations, Liberty, Organizational structure, Policy Issues, Progressivism, Science and the Sexes, Uncategorized, Unsettled Science

Barbara Kay: The experiment that turned popular gender theory on its head | National Post

I decided to post this article by Barbara Kay on my blog, The Sovereign Patient, because we cannot operate in a healthcare vacuum. The nexus of progressive “social justice” ideologies being pushed by means of social coercion, political correctness, & educational dogma has a profound effect on honest scientific inquiry, and the interpretation of scientific evidence.  When sociopolitical ideology operates under cover of a pseudo-scientific veneer in hopes of marginalizing any opposition to their artificially constructed hierarchy, then it becomes a profound risk to a free society; much as the Roman (Catholic) Inquisition tried to stamp out dissent and alternate views in the 16th century.

In 2008, Norway was chosen as the top country in the world for gender equality by the World Economic Forum. And yet, in what is known as the “Norwegian gender equality paradox,” gender-segregated labour markets persist in gender equality-oriented welfare states.

A 2011 television documentary broadcast by Norwegian State Television. Made by popular satirical comedian Harald Elia (who also holds a degree in social sciences), “Hjernevask—Norwegian for “Brainwashing” exposed the unscientific character of the NIKK and its research.

307135_205417416195766_180173012053540_466462_491221329_nTheir discomfort is palpable. But they stonewall, dismissing the research of giants in the field out of hand (“weak studies”). One says it is the role of social science to “challenge” biological thinking. Elia is taken aback. Isn’t science science? Finally he asks, “How do you know there are no (biological differences between the sexes)?” The stunning answer from one: “My hypothesis is that there are none.” Equally damning from the other: “I have what you would call a theoretical basis.”

When Norwegian viewers saw their gender emperors revealed in all their unscientific nakedness by this impudent “boy,” many shamed the powers that be, which presumably contributed to the council’s decision to defund what was clearly an ideological house of card. 

Notwithstanding more equality in opportunity, choice, pay and work/life balance support, women have resisted entering certain traditionally male-dominated professions, and men have resisted entering certain traditionally female-dominated ones.

Nobody in government has suggested discrimination or lack of opportunity is a factor. And strenuous efforts to recruit men to nursing and women to engineering have been made. Yet lo! The gender breakdown in certain occupations remains stubbornly unchanged. Policy-makers raised on the kinds of “social construction” gender-gap theories that govern Google’s diversity policies must be flummoxed.

Gender warriors, please don’t shoot the messenger. Take the Hjernevask challenge and watch the documentary. If, after watching it, you still think social construction and discrimination account for the gender gap at Google, well, my advice is to not take ocean cruises lest you fall off the side of the world.

Source: Barbara Kay: The experiment that turned popular gender theory on its head | National Post

Posted in Disease Prevention, Education, outcomes, outcomes measurement, Patient Safety, Prevention, Protocols, Science and the Sexes, Uncategorized, Unsettled Science

Did PSA Testing Save Ben Stiller’s Life?

One of the best articles I’ve ever read that explains the judgment pitfalls and snares we fall prey to when debating “screening” tests and gives some perspective on evidence vs proof.

 

Radiologist Saurabh Jha on how the actor’s recent disclosure of his prostate cancer diagnosis has increased the public uncertainty about PSA screening, and why that’s a good thing.

Source: Did PSA Testing Save Ben Stiller’s Life?

Posted in Accountable Care Organizations, Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare), Disease Prevention, Economic Issues, Evidence-based Medicine, FDA, Free Society, Government Regulations, Independent Physicians, Liberty, Medical Costs, News From Washington, DC & Related Shenanigans, Organizational structure, Patient Choice, Patient Safety, Patient-centered Care, Policy Issues, Prevention, Protocols, Quality, Science and the Sexes, Technology

Personalized Medicine: Government Is The Problem, Not The Solution – Forbes

John C. Goodman
John C. Goodman

“Major cancer centers, including Dana-Farber in Boston and the Moffitt Center in Florida, are pooling data collected by oncologists, and using computers to develop precise biomarker-based prescription protocols using existing FDA-approved drugs. Commercial vendors are also offering precision oncology services recommending treatment based on patients’ unique molecular profiles—regardless of what the drug’s FDA-approved label says.”

As reported previously, none of this fits into the vision of the Obamacare creators. Obamacare architect, Zeke Emanuel, for example has called personalized medicine a “myth” and even if it works, he says, we can’t afford it. Obamacare cheerleader Atul Gawande thinks that medicine should be more like engineering — with all doctors following the same script, rather than exercising their individual judgments. Karen Davis, another cheerleader, envisions a world in which doctors who follow the script get more pay, while those who deviate will be docked.

via Personalized Medicine: Government Is The Problem, Not The Solution – Forbes.

Posted in Disease Prevention, Evidence-based Medicine, Fitness, Nutrition, Patient Compliance, Patient-centered Care, Protocols, Quality, Science and the Sexes, Uncategorized, Unsettled Science

Growing Doubt on Statin Drugs: The Problem of Drug-Lifestyle Interaction

When statins are used in low-risk patients without heart disease for prevention there is no mortality benefit. That’s right. Your chances of dying are the same on or off the drug, regardless of how much the statin lowers the cholesterol level.When statins are used for primary prevention, there is a small lowering of future vascular events stroke/heart attack over five to 10 years. The absolute risk reduction is in the range of seven per 1000. That means you have to treat 140 patients with a statin for five years to prevent one event. Or this: for 99.3% of statin-treated patients, there is no benefit. I like to call this the PSR, or percent same result.

via Growing Doubt on Statin Drugs: The Problem of Drug-Lifestyle Interaction.

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Evidence on Testosterone Therapy Does Not Support Cardiac Risk | ConsultantLive

“A close examination reveals that this study is too flawed to provide meaningful information on the cardiovascular risk of testosterone therapy,” stated Dr Miner. “First, the overall rate of nonfatal MI in the testosterone-treated group increased in all ages from 3.48 to 4.75 per 1,000 person-years. This amounts to just greater than one additional MI in 1,000 years of exposure to testosterone. It is misleading to characterize this increase as ‘substantial’ based on relative risk when the absolute risk is so small and clinically meaningless.”

via Evidence on Testosterone Therapy Does Not Support Cardiac Risk | ConsultantLive.