NSW Government supporting “integrated” Medicine

Today’s Post was going to be about Aspartame, but not any more.

I am so cheesed off this morning.

I checked Twitter to find that Meryl-Fucking-Dorey’s Australian Vaccination Network (Yes, the same Science-Denying, Bullshit artists that brought the misinformation about the MMR Vaccines to Australia) CONGRATULATE the NSW Government on its decision to fund a Chinese Medical Clinic.

“Kudos to the NSW government. It’s a start. http://fb.me/QVtefyuY” – Australian (Anti) Vaccination Network

Government funds Sydney Chinese medicine centre

You can view the story stub here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/01/18/3115581.htm

Essentially, the Chinese and NSW Government have partnered to create a $75-million dollar Medical Centre, where “Willoughby Council mayor Pat Reilly says visiting Chinese doctors will work with local researchers to provide treatment integrating the two traditions.”

Perhaps Mayor Pat Reilly doesn’t understand what medicine is – there should only ever be evidence-based medicine.
If the medical practices they use are supported by evidence, awesome. Bring it on and use it.

The clinic proposed may be educating Chinese Medical Practitioners, and that’s a good thing, but given that the Chinese Government has embarked on overhauling their National Health System, perhaps less of the apologist direction of “integration” should be taken; rather it should consist of the uptake of modern medicine being taught throughout their own health system.

Any positive clinical findings of effectiveness and possible incorporation into the Medical field can always be done through Research, Trials, Replication, Reviews, and Testing.

That’s why evidence-based medicine work and bullshit doesn’t.

You don’t make good medicines by making an Integrated Health Clinic and drizzling some herbal tea over it to improve its “Jing”

The Bullshit Health Foods

Now, you may think I’m being a little hasty about this.
After all, if it works, it’s OK, right? Sure! If it works – but it doesn’t.

Here are some of the products they sell (http://www.healthpac.com.au/en/health_foods.asp):

Ten Flavour Great Tonic Pills $8.90

This products assists conditions related to the deficiency of both vital energy (Qi) and blood, marked by pale looks, tiredness, shortness of breath, palpitation, dizziness, sweating, cold extremities or excessive menstruation.

Not withstanding the fact there is no evidence of a “vital energy” – and the word “energy” is used erroneously, the product is a “cure-all” type of snake-oil – or tablet which I am sure has no credible, well-controlled, clinical evidence that supports its efficacy beyond that of placebo – Which at the end of the day means it is NOT effective.

Six Flavour Tonic $12.90

Beijing TongRen Tang’s Six Flavour Tonic Pills nourishes and enriches Liver and Kidney yin. It can relieve symptoms including weakness and soreness of the lower back and knees, dizziness, tinnitus, dry mouth, night sweats, seminal emission, and general weakness due to the deficiency of Liver and Kidney yin.

And here’s another, trying to sell the concept that the Liver and Kidney have a magical, all-powerful “yin” that can cured with a nondescript tonic.

And this one, I think is especially heinous.

Five Seeds Eugenic Supporter $15.90

Five Seeds Eugenic Supporter not only enhances fertility, but improves sperm count by replenishing the Kidney and strengthening ‘Jing’, which in traditional Chinese medical thought is the essence of life, and is one of the basic materials for the formation of the human body. This product can be used for (1) Impotence, premature ejaculation and emission, (2) Lower back pain, dribbling urination (3) Male infertility (4) Female infertility (5) Repeated miscarriage (6) reoccurring mouth ulcers.

Repeated Miscarriage?! Do they have credible clinical trials supporting this? Again, a shotgun load of symptoms with a “cure-all” remedy brought to you by a mythical, unsubstantiated claim of “Jing”.

So, what else does this Medical Clinic do?

Colonic Hydrotherapy

Absurdly enough the NSW Government is quite happy to also assist in the funding of Colonic Hydrotherapy.

What’s that, you ask? Here’s a quick video that walks you through the nitty-gritty.

A red flag goes up when someone tells me they can cure my Acne by sticking water up my arsehole and running water around in my colon; but that doesn’t stop them from making the claims – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4wA-LfeNsw

Whoever the woman is, I couldn’t be stuffed playing it again, says that it a RECOMMENDED way to fix skin problems. Oddly I’m not aware of too many Doctors recommending this, nor have I heard anyone mention this. Did they miss the Memo?

I especially love when she awkwardly tells you that you will..  “release a lot more emotionally” .. “Built up emotional toxins”..”by massaging your abdomen”…. Ouch!

And.. then she goes on to make the colon a Homunculus, stating that there are points in our colon that represents parts of our body. With things like acupuncture, palmistry, reflexology, it’s any wonder the body can keep up with all these “pressure points”!

Anyway, for some sensible information, go see Dr. David Gorski’s article “Colon Cleanses”: A Load of You Know What…

Colon “cleanses”: A load of you know what…

Oh! Something good!

About the only thing that made me think “At least there’s that!” was the WorkCover section that recommended vaccination.

The Shocking Rort by NSW Labor

http://bit.ly/bJcNom

When Federal Labor announced their Emissions Trading Scheme, Electricity Companies took it upon themselves to start charging consumers more based on the cost of building new infrastructure and were part of the proposed Carbon Tax.

Since then, Labor has been beaten back by Federal liberal and the public about the impact of a Carbon Tax on all facets of life for “Working Families”.

Now that Kevin Rudd has been disposed of by the ALP, Labor has been retracting on it’s “greatest moral challenge” and attempting to make the ETS a matter for a Public Forum.

NSW Labor however, have stripped $11bn from Electrical infrastructure; which is now being used as the excused to FURTHER pump up the price of Globe Juice.

Change needs to happen.
Sooner the better.

Starting the Change in NSW

Earlier today, I twittered with Barry O’Farrell regarding my issues for NSW. Given I only have 140 letters to express this, I mentioned:

1. Traffic & Resource Infrastructure
2. Government Land Release
3. Health (Mental Care & Hospitals)

Of course, the Liberal NSW Leader agreed, and directed me to a website of his – “startthechange.com.au”

I checked it out.

The Liberal/Nationals have 5 Top Priorities, but from the policies listed, I have commented on those I feel are more pressing.

A Strong Economy

Government Land Release

Housing in NSW is unaffordable for the majority of Australians, let alone those in our state. NSW is taking in a large number of migrants, and our roads are feeling the squeeze. An ever growing population has not been serviced by a Government that has squandered Billions in Taxpayer funds.

Large land releases allow developers to increase availability in the market. This increase will lead to another construction boom in NSW, we will once again become a productive state.

However, this MUST be backed up by a serious look at not only our transportation infrastructure, but issues such as Water, Electricity, and Gas.

To do this, NSW needs to look to new technology trends to help increase the viability of these houses becoming homes. This isn’t a matter of Climate Change, but are reasonable decisions to be made about being environmentally concious.

Mandatory installation of Solar Heating, Water Tanks, or insulation in particular dwelling types are some of the initiatives NSW can take to support our local manufacturers, promote a environmentally conscious stance, and decrease dependence on current infrastructure that will inevitability take time to plan and build.

Taxes

Remove certain taxes, like stamp duty to stimulate the economy and encourage greater uptake of building and developing opportunities.

More for the frontline
Justice

My policy trademark for Policing would be: “Less Writing, More Road.” Police need to see Police on the Beat, walking around with the community to build-up areas and patrolling those less congested.
However, what our justice system really lacks are Magistrates that are in touch with the community’s values. Too many people are let off because of a ‘Shortage’ of cells. Well – Build. A. Gaol.
Education

The Education focus is excellent; increased literacy and numeracy skills undeniably will enable more young people to be employable.

Hospitals. Sigh.
I would love to say a lot of money needs to be thrown at hospitals for overhauls – but I know this is not a viable option. An introduction of on-site GP’s at all hospitals that would benefit. Even 1-2 would increase efficiency of the Emergency Ward.

This state needs more nurses and doctors. That’s what it comes down to. No point in opening beds if there is no room.

Better public transport, roads

Roads and Railways

This is part and parcel to a strong economy, the express flow of traffic, both of people and goods increases productivity and reduces stress, and will probably reduce road rage rates.

Key infrastructure needs to be implemented asap with quick service provision a priority. Staged building of these roads for a later link-up may provide short-term relief for key areas while the link-ups are built.

I would also expect a greater emphasis on a hub approach of commercial and industrial communities, rather than having only a handful of key cities where roads are carparks. – This is thankfully mentioned by the Liberals, as encouraging decentralisation.

I would also like to see a review of key intersections are roadways that are generally congested, and that review panel to work with the local community to create a viable solution. Again, quicker travel times increases productivity and reduces costs.

Accountable government

Given that for 14 years Labor has been able to spend so much and provide so little, personal accountability of those involved should be sought.

A reform of Electoral Finance Laws is greatly warranted; included the capping of lobby groups and ‘other parties’.

I would also be happy for salaries to rise for NSW MPs, provided that a complete removal of ‘benefits’, etc was imposed.

Ministers should be well paid for the job they do for the State, provided they deliver. If they aren’t – The Premier should have the grace to acknowledge the individual was not competent at the job, and call in a new Minister.

There are “Government” resources that can be used for all official business; if they need it – sure; if it’s a personal issue – I’m sure they can provide for their own. I would believe this change would bring about a public respect, in that ministers would be seen as paying for their own – just as the general public does.

Give planning to communities

The policies listed for this point are excellent and sensible.

Planning Laws require rewriting;
An Energy Buy-Back scheme should be introduced; and
The opposition to compulsorily acquire family homes (it should never have been brought up in the first place.)

I would hope that the Buy-Back scheme would not affect the income tax, and perhaps capped reasonably to prevent rorting of the system. Mainly those with excess panels

Well, their my first impressions of the campaign – let’s see how it goes.