Rant

It just occurred to me that I’d rather get caught up in the gears of the justice system than the medical system. Getting medical treatment is probably a better predictor of a slow, meaningless death through systematic incompetence at this point. A business associate yesterday turned out to have been on the wrong blood pressure medicine for 15 years. His heart rate was 40 and systolic was 199, so he went to a new doctor. His new doctor said “this isn’t for blood pressure, this is for lowering your heart rate”. Meanwhile, it’s destroyed his health and nearly killed him.

This medication has been destroying his body for 15 years and would have killed him 20 years early. Every other medical problem he has, including several other medications for side effects, stemmed from that prescription. He had no other problems to start with, it’s just that his blood pressure was high. Whenever I see the medical system in operation I think about that fable where they bring in cats to take care of the rat problem, then dogs to take care of the cat problem, etc. Unintended consequences are what happens when you apply scientific reasoning to complex systems.

I’ve heard stories you wouldn’t believe about the mental health system. You’d almost rather get kidnapped and held for years by one of those sexual torturers because at least their motives make sense. Why did the mental health professional torture you? Because this is the procedure and it’s science and they got into the job because it looked like it hit all their buttons but it turned out to be a confusing hellscape of government and insurance and liability and philosophy of mind and medical complications and I have to get out of here at 3:30 to pick up my kid from his mother. Therefore, like the Soviets before them, they discover the answer to every question is a shot of Ativan and a bowl to catch the drool. “No man, no problem.”

There’s a funny pattern in Seligman’s book ehere every revolution in psychological treatment is characterized by the genius getting tarred and feathered and run out of the profession to die in the gutter. You’d almost think there’s an incentive structure built into human genetics to destroy anything good as a competitive threat.

I missed my morning workout to write this shitpost. Everybody already knows all this but I got started and it just runs off on its own. That’s what I get for not scheduling creative time.

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16 Responses to Rant

  1. boneflour says:

    300% Agree. Lot of stories about this stuff. I hear the medical system has gotten pretty good at keeping people with stab wounds alive, it’s worth a shot if you get shot.

    But the number of medications with staggering side effects that are prescribed to treat symptoms is TOO DAMN HIGH.

    I had a great aunt talking about her first husband starting to get dementia. She read a recent study suggesting that statins might contribute to dementia and memory loss, so she took him off the stuff. (anyone over 60 gets statins prescribed)

    A few days later, he comes down the stairs, asking, “Do I… Do I have children?” She says yes, and tells him how many. He bursts into tears from lost memories coming back. My great aunt knew about it because she was a nurse and actually did the continuing education stuff… But she tells the story because of that dramatic reversal in health from just taking him off one shitty med.

    Apparently something like 75% of your cholesterol is used in the myelin sheaths protecting the neurons in your brain. Wonder what happens when you get rid of it for ‘heart health’?

    Moral of the story is you should be on statins starting at 40 years old. Maybe even without high blood pressure to start with, as a ‘just in case’ thing. And also they have no side effects, ever. Official Science says so! And they have ways of dealing with dissenters…

    P.S. Fun fact, I originally wrote “statins starting at 45” because I thought it was a decent exaggeration of how aggressively this stuff gets pushed. Turns out the official recommendations start at 40! Go figure!

  2. WIlliam Owlson says:

    Thank you for writing this, Aeoli. I guess my experiences aren’t alone when dealing with the incompetency of the medical profession. This was a necessary post since the problems may be glaringly obvious, there’s no one truly fighting for the cause of justice in a world of injustice. So in that sense, you are certainly a superhero amongst lost civilians, and for that, we honor you.

    • Aeoli Pera says:

      > Thank you for writing this, Aeoli. I guess my experiences aren’t alone when dealing with the incompetency of the medical profession.

      You’re welcome. I’ve heard it several times and seen it up close and personal.

      > there’s no one truly fighting for the cause of justice in a world of injustice.

      I blame libido decoupling. You say “truly” and truth is a function of the libido, and justice is a function of the death drive.

      >So in that sense, you are certainly a superhero amongst lost civilians, and for that, we honor you.

      That’s a bit much for a shitpost but thank you.

  3. Obadiah says:

    >You’d almost think there’s an incentive structure built into human genetics to destroy anything good as a competitive threat.

    ^More like destroy any potential competitive threat with no regard for the moral character or quality of said threat (often resulting in many good

    >So in that sense, you are certainly a superhero amongst lost civilians, and for that, we honor you.

    Aeoli is literally one of my personal heroes. Him and Fritz Springmeier. I haven’t given either a dime of money, but that’ll change.

  4. bicebicebice says:

    “It just occurred to me that I’d rather get caught up in the gears of the justice system than the medical system” the justice system is universal because itz all run by melonoids and the laws are just guidelines like the ropes of the boxing arena so to speak and if you know what they want you can just walk away from any murder to raging applause, so far so good.
    the only medical procedure one should get is surgery, a treatment that ends. these pill treatments they never end! even a botched surgery never goes beyond maximum of 3-4 in extreme cases, ultra mega super rare cases still don’t drag on for 15 years like a normal pill course does…
    if i ever needed jaw surgery for example i’d go to south korea where they have the most experience and the doctor would commit suicide out of shame if he fucked it up. health care is not universal in that you have to find an honest practitioner whereas erreyone involed in the justice is crooked melonoids but you know their game so ironically it makes sense to feel more secure in such a conundrum.

    there are regularly stories where pensioners in swe are on 10-15 “starter medications” so yeah as the saying goes if you get ill go see a veterinarian. do your deadlifts drink your sodium lye and be wary of free flu shots from sapes in practitioner clothing

  5. Obadiah says:

    >You’d almost think there’s an incentive structure built into human genetics to destroy anything good as a competitive threat.

    ^There’s an incentive structure built into the material world which makes it rational and biologically-adaptive to wipe out or neutralize all competitive threats, and this incentive structure is reflected in biology (and from there, behavior).

    This is no small part of what is meant by living in a “fallen world”.

    (I am not excusing peoples’ behavior, just explaining it)

    • Obadiah says:

      Itz pretty difficult to build an effective and reliable incentive structure based on destroying “anything good”. For instance, which is better, peanut butter or jelly? Are Fender guitars better, or Gibson? For some people, peanut butter and Fender are great while jelly and Gibson are awful and for others the exact opposite is true–so how do we determine which one is “good”? The level of autism necessary to understand, quantify, systemize and then breed a coherent and reliably-functioning logical structure into human genetics for the purpose of destroying “anything good” actually approaches the level of supernatural, which is appropriate because measures of quality are themselves often largely subjective and therefore supernatural (consciousness being a supernatural phenomenon as proven by Koanic)

      Steve Jobs didn’t “destroy” Wozniak’s work–he co-opted it, because that’s the rational and adaptive thing to do. To use my example of guitars again, we didn’t see these instruments get “destroyed” once they were invented–we saw them get successfully marketed and go on to become enormously widespread and popular.

      Cursed ground, biological adaptations; etc etc

  6. bicebicebice says:

    “I missed my morning workout to write this shitpost. Everybody already knows all this but I got started and it just runs off on its own. That’s what I get for not scheduling creative time.” save that note for a podcast…very structured rants. many such cases! good!

  7. chezgr@y says:

    My most salient memory of the medical profession was in high school when my psy.d (((psychologist))) Dr guttman told me “if you ever really f*ck up I can just have you committed”

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