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« Reply #30 on: August 27, 2021, 10:55:45 pm »
It is clear that whoever wrote the article has perhaps the poorest understanding of all! A true introvert is someone who doesn't feel sad from being alone (and hence who would not self-report as feeling "lonely"), most likely because they have such high self-esteem that they regard most people not worth interacting with. The article, however, conflates "introversion" with loneliness and low-self-esteem, as if the only reason why anyone would be introverted is because they can't socialize despite wanting to (e.g. incels), completely ignoring the existence of those (e.g. us) who are disgusted by the idea of socializing with barbarians.

Such a great point!!! I never feel lonely or bored by myself. The only time I feel lonely and bored is when I interact with human-beings. I definitely prefer humans also! But, unfortunately they are very rare!

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« Reply #31 on: September 02, 2021, 12:23:33 pm »
I think the writer is saying all those traits were treated as separate variables, which just so happened to have similar responses, not that they necessarily all co-occurred in the same individuals.

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« Reply #32 on: September 06, 2021, 01:15:29 pm »
Drug Trial Goes Terribly Wrong: Emergency At The Hospital (Medical Documentary) | Real Stories
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On Monday 13 March 2006, eight healthy young men took part in a clinical trial of an experimental drug known as TGN1412. The drug was intended to treat leukaemia and had already been successfully tested on monkeys but never on humans.

It should have been a routine clinical trial but it soon spiralled into one of the most infamous medical emergencies in recent British history.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9_sX93RHOk

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« Reply #33 on: November 12, 2021, 07:01:03 pm »
On the Body as Machine
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Thinking of our bodies as machines has led to widespread, unhelpful, and even militaristic approach to medicine.
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It used to be that when I looked in the mirror, I saw many things: a body; a collection of cells; a fantastic kind of machinery. I didn’t see these things because they were a reflection of reality, or because the body and brain are, in fact, machines. I saw them because I was born in America, and that is my culture.
This thinking does not derive from American culture at all but rather Western culture. The Industrial Revolution began in Britain, America's former colonizer!
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The Industrial Revolution was the transition to new manufacturing processes in Britain, continental Europe and the United States, in the period from between 1760 to 1820 and 1840.[1] This transition included going from hand production methods to machines, new chemical manufacturing and iron production processes, the increasing use of steam power and water power, the development of machine tools and the rise of the mechanized factory system. The Industrial Revolution also led to an unprecedented rise in the rate of population growth.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Industrial_Revolution

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In our country, we have what’s known as a mechanistic understanding of our bodies. We imagine ourselves to be machines made of meat and bone. We see the doctor as a mechanic whose job is to find the broken parts and fix them. For at least a century this has been our primary metaphor for talking about sickness and health, about how our bodies work and break down. In its popular 1960s television special, National Geographic flatly described the human body as “The Incredible Machine.”

The body is incredible, but my view of it as a machine — the validity of that metaphor — started to break down in the process of researching my book, “The Geography of Madness,” about the so-called “cultural syndromes.”
Entire article: https://undark.org/2016/07/06/mind-machine-medicine-militaristic-healthcare/

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The Body Is Not A Machine
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The origins of the machine metaphor

Once dissections became common and anatomical drawings by Leonardo da Vinci and Andreas Vesalius began to circulate in the early 1500s, it became pretty obvious that bones and muscles were just fancy systems of levers, ropes and pulleys. Nothing mysterious, just things. But it was not until the early 1600’s that the French philosopher René Descartes replaced vitalism with scientific materialism.  Most people think, “Oh yeah, Descartes. He is the cogito ergo sum guy who created the big nuisance of the mind-body problem, isn’t he?”  Yes, that’s him. But give the guy a break! Convincing the world that the body is a machine was a very big deal. He got into plenty of trouble for proposing the radical concept of the body as a machine. Suggesting that the mind too was a machine would have been touching the third rail!

As the industrial revolution transformed society, the metaphor of body as machine became increasingly influential. By the start of the 20th century, the idea dominated thinking in biology and medicine, probably because it is so useful. It has improved our lives by encouraging detailed analysis of the body’s mechanisms at all levels, from the details of anatomy, to understanding how hormones like insulin regulate chemicals like glucose.  It encouraged reductionism, the idea that everything large could be explained by analysis of smaller things. We are now down to genes, molecules, and atomic forces.  What an extraordinary bounty we have reaped from a metaphor! The metaphor of body as a machine provided a ladder that allowed biology to bring phenomena up from a dark pit of mysterious forces into the light where organic mechanisms can be analyzed as if they are machines.
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The body is not a machine

However, the body is not a machine. Machines are products of design, bodies are products of natural selection, and that makes them different in fundamental ways. The organic complexity of bodily mechanisms is qualitatively different from the mechanical complexities of machines. Machines have discrete parts with specific functions connected to each other in straightforward ways. Bodies have parts that may have blurry boundaries and many functions and the parts are often connected to each other in ways hard for human minds to fathom.  Bodies and machines fail for different reasons. Engineers can start from scratch if they need to in order to fix weak spot in the design of a machine. If only our human spine could be redesigned from scratch!  Its limits and compromises are the source of vast pain, but natural selection can’t start fresh, so we are stuck with a substandard design that can be improved only by small changes. The Table illustrates the substantial differences between machines and bodies.  These differences are, however, often ignored, in large part thanks to the power of the metaphor, and the fear that setting it aside will lead to the resurgence of vitalism.

For many scientists, hearing the phrase “the body is not a machine“ arouses an attack on vitalism that is almost automatic. They assume that any derogation of the machine metaphor is an attempt to sneak in vitalism in a new vestige. Their wariness is understandable. Naïve talk about the life force or energy fields has to be weeded out of medicine as steadily as crab grass from a lawn. However, far from endorsing vitalism, my thesis is that the metaphor of body as machine is as pervasive and pernicious now as vitalism was in the Middle Ages. OK, that is an exaggeration. The metaphor is not AS bad as vitalism. It does, however, distort thinking in ways that slows progress.

One powerful example is how we teach biochemistry and physiology. We describe systems using idealized diagrams with boxes and arrows. For instance, every medical student memorizes (then forgets) the chain of chemical interactions that make blood clot. This knowledge is essential for understanding clotting disorders, but the diagram is distant from the reality.

Current research often relies on tacit models of body systems as if they were designed. A multi-billion dollar effort has been started to discover the “wiring diagram of the brain.” But is there a master wiring diagram? The White House Brain Initiative will be most effective when based on recognition that there is no one normal genome, no one normal brain, and no one wiring diagram. Similarly, huge efforts continue to discover the functions of each location in the brain. The amygdala, a tiny almond shaped area deep in the side of our brains, has often been described as the locus of fear learning. Yes, if the amygdala is damaged, fear learning suffers. However, many other regions are involved in regulating fear, and the amygdala serves many other functions including social responses, self-control, aggression, and learning to get positive rewards.

This is a serious business with major costs. In psychiatry, thinking about the mind as a machine has led to a debacle about diagnosis. Many neuroscientists want to abandon the standard system because they cannot find specific brain abnormalities for any of the major disorders. They are sure that for every disease there is some findable broken part. If only.  Many mental disorders are, like heart failure, failures of systems with multiple causes and diverse symptoms.
https://evmed.asu.edu/blog/body-not-machine

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Re: Medical decolonization
« Reply #34 on: December 04, 2021, 06:16:47 am »
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Tremendous indeed: The blood program saved many lives. But it also initially excluded African-American donors like Sylvia Tucker. When it did accept them, in January 1942, it did so on a segregated basis.
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To what extent military commanders segregated blood in the field was, during the war and afterwards, a matter of some debate. Officially, at least, the distinction between bloods remained in place for years. It was not until 1950 that the Red Cross stopped requiring the segregation of so-called Negro blood. And it was not until the late 1960s and early 1970s that Southern states such as Arkansas and Louisiana overturned similar requirements.

A forgotten civil rights struggle

In one internal memorandum, the Red Cross called its donor program democratic, since “the point of view of the majority … ” – which its leaders assumed demanded blood segregation – “must be taken into account in a democracy.”
https://theconversation.com/desegregating-blood-a-civil-rights-struggle-to-remember-37480

The point about democracy is very important.

For some reason these days "democratization" is utilized by many organizations as a meaningless buzzword used to mean expanding accessibility and equity of things (or something along those lines). In reality, "democratization" has always been about tyranny of the majority.

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« Reply #35 on: January 10, 2022, 08:31:08 pm »
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« Reply #36 on: March 01, 2022, 03:08:21 am »
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.....and in Hong Kong,  packs of Chinese medicine from mainland China are being unloaded for free distribution as more and more people are self-tested positive and have to help themselves recover at home due to hospital overload. This medicine has been widely used during outbreaks on the Mainland and proved to be very effective in alleviating symptoms. What a welcomed and timely support!   

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« Reply #37 on: March 01, 2022, 03:47:27 am »
This medicine has its own Wikipedia page:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lianhua_Qingwen

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Its formulation includes 13 herbs which is said to have been used for medical purposes as early as the Han dynasty.[2] Sources of its formulation reportedly include apricot kernel, isatis root, weeping forsythia, Japanese honeysuckle flowers and ephedra.

Consider:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ephedra_(plant)

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The Ephedra alkaloids, ephedrine and pseudoephedrine – constituents of E. sinica and other members of the genus – have sympathomimetic and decongestant qualities,[18] and have been used as dietary supplements, mainly for weight loss.[19]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forsythia_suspensa

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It is one of the 50 fundamental herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine.[7] It contains the lignans Pinoresinol[8] and phillyrin.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phillyrin

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Phillyrin is an endophytic fungal isolate with anti-obesity activity.

Then recall:

https://trueleft.createaforum.com/human-evolution/aryan-immune-system/msg11352/#msg11352

It all fits.

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Re: Medical decolonization
« Reply #38 on: March 14, 2022, 12:57:26 am »
Western medicine vs ... ants.

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Cancer detection is a major public health challenge, and the methods currently available to achieve it, for example MRIs and mammograms, are often expensive and invasive. This limits their large-scale use. To bypass these constraints, alternative methods are being studied, like the use of animals' sense of smell.

A team of scientists from the CNRS, Université Sorbonne Paris Nord, Institut Curie and Inserm1 have demonstrated how a species of ants, Formica fusca, has performed in the area. After a few minutes of training, these insects, which use smell for daily tasks, were able to differentiate healthy human cells from cancerous human cells.
https://phys.org/news/2022-03-ants-cancer.html

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« Reply #39 on: March 14, 2022, 01:50:17 am »
I would classify such training of ants to detect cancer also as Western medicine. While I do not doubt that ants' sense of smell can technically be used in such a way, I am already worried that this will just be yet another route towards exploitation of non-humans. I can already envisage Westerners deliberately breeding a new type of ant to be especially adept at this task, without ethical regard for what else such breeding might mean for the ants themselves.....

What we need fundamentally is a non-Western medical model that perceives what Westerners currently call "cancer" as something else altogether. For example:

https://apm.amegroups.com/article/view/2239%20/3341

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From the perspective of TCM, tumor is not only the morphological changes of a specific tissue or organ but also, and more importantly, the functional changes of tissues or organs. The pathological changes of tumors are clinically presented as dampness, toxin, phlegm, stasis (obstruction), and deficiency. Therefore, from the perspective of TCM, the mechanism of tumor can be summarized as: stagnation of toxin and heat, obstruction of phlegm/dampness, Qi stagnation and blood stasis, and imbalanced yin and yang in viscera and bowels. Patients often have the dysfunction of viscera and bowels (e.g., deficiency in liver, spleen, and kidney) and deficiency of the original qi. In addition, pathological changes can also occur due to the emotional impairment. The imbalance between yin and yang in viscera and bowels can be particularly obvious in patients with advanced cancers. According to the ancient Chinese physicians, the development of tumors is often associated with the dysfunction of viscera and bowels, particularly the spleen and kidney deficiencies. Kidney is the root of innate endowment, and spleen is the root of acquired constitution. Spleen and kidney deficiencies can result in the weak healthy qi, and the insufficient defense qi can not prevent the invasion of pathogen. If the healthy qi can not effectively eliminate the pathogen, it will easily spread inside body. As mentioned in the classic books, “When there is sufficient health qi inside, the pathogenic qi have no way to invade the health body”; or, “Where pathogenic factors accumulate, the parts of the body must be deficient in the vital-qi”.

This is the kind of vocabulary we need to be switching to. This in turn leads to therapy not necessarily involving going after the "cancer" itself:

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The largest difference between TCM and modern medicine in terms of efficacy is: after TCM treatment, the tumor does not shrink remarkably, but the patient has longer survival and dramatically improved subjective symptoms; after treatment with modern therapies, on the contrary, the tumor may obviously decrease in size but can recur rapidly, along with unprolonged survival and impaired quality of life.

Further details:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5506596/

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Comparing to modern Western medicine, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) comprises a particularly safe and effective strategy in the treatment of cancer. In TCM theory, disequilibrium between Yin and Yang and blockage of meridian and viscera caused by interior (long time stress, anxiety, depress, overwork, improper lifestyle, etc.) and exterior factors (physical and chemical hazards) leads to stasis of Chi (vital energy), blood, dampness and phlegm, where the pathogenic heat and toxins, which are similar to the factors that cause prominent inflammation, are generated and promote occurrence and development of cancer eventually after these long-lasting malfunctions. Therefore, heat-clearing and detoxicating (HCD) herbs, Chi-regulating herbs, circulation-enhancing herbs, dampness and phlegm-resolving herbs are often used to treat cancers in TCM. HCD herbs are mostly cold in nature and bitter in taste and commonly used to clear away heat, purge fire, dry dampness and cool blood, and relieve toxins. Since pathogenic heat and toxins are more directly related to cancer, HCD herbs or formulas play a predominant role in cancer management by TCM.

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« Reply #40 on: April 22, 2022, 08:37:46 pm »
Weibo supports medical decolonization:

https://us.yahoo.com/news/billionaires-son-influencer-banned-posting-055200967.html

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The influencer son of a Chinese billionaire has been banned from posting on China's Twitter-like Weibo platform after he questioned the efficacy of a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) endorsed by Beijing to treat mild Covid cases.

"The user is currently banned for violating relevant laws and regulations," reads a message on Wang Sicong's Weibo account, where he has more than 40.5 million followers.

Known for flaunting his lavish lifestyle online, the 34-year-old is the son of real estate mogul Wang Jianlin, who was once China's richest man.

While Weibo did not provide details behind the ban, reports said it is related to the influencer's now-deleted posts on the Lianhua Qingwen capsules, a popular herbal medicine used to treat Covid.

More about Wang:

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/style/news-trends/article/3105729/beijings-real-life-crazy-rich-asians-wang-sicong-wang

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Passionate about supercars, he owns several Rolls-Royces, Aston Martins, Bentleys, a Porsche 918 Spyder – and a Pagani Huayra which cost a cool US$3 million.

He also looks like what we would expect:



Subhuman bloodlines like his are what ancient China's:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nine_familial_exterminations

was designed to eliminate from the Chinese gene pool.
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« Reply #41 on: May 14, 2022, 01:54:56 pm »
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I am already worried that this will just be yet another route towards exploitation of non-humans. I can already envisage Westerners deliberately breeding a new type of ant to be especially adept at this task, without ethical regard for what else such breeding might mean for the ants themselves.....


Well, it may be possible to train certain humans to do it as well:
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The woman who can smell Parkinson's disease
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-34583642

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« Reply #42 on: July 05, 2022, 08:17:57 pm »
Our enemies report:

https://barenakedislam.com/2022/07/04/russia-muslim-husband-flies-into-a-rage-and-attacks-doctor-for-asking-wife-to-remove-her-hijab-and-expose-parts-of-her-body-for-examination/ (video at enemy link)

Unfortunately the Western doctor survived.

Non-Western medicine would not have required removal of clothes for general checkups:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pulse_diagnosis


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« Reply #43 on: July 08, 2022, 09:18:35 pm »
Potions FTW!

https://www.yahoo.com/news/traditional-chinese-medicine-more-effective-202549536.html

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Traditional Chinese medicine more effective for children’s respiratory infections than standard drugs: new study
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In the report published in the journal Pediatric Investigation, a research team from China identified the formula Yupinfeng (YPF), which purportedly aids in treating kids suffering from RRTIs.

The study involved a randomized controlled trial (RCT) of 351 children with RRTIs divided into three groups. YPF was administered to the first group, conventional allopathic respiratory infection treatment pidotimod was given to the second, and a placebo was given to the third.
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73% of children in the YPF group had their RRTIs return to normal standard while only 67% in the pidotimod group had the same improvement. Meanwhile, 39% of the placebo group returned to normal.
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The study showed that YPF was not only superior to pidotimod in treating RRTIs but is also safe to use for children.
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Renowned pulmonologist Dr. Julian Allen, who serves as director of the Asthma Program at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the associate editor of Pediatric Investigation, called the research an “excellent step toward addressing western skepticism.”

In an editorial piece for the journal, Allen further wrote: “Just because we don’t understand how a drug works, it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t work. This well-designed RCT could be an important step in addressing western skepticism surrounding TCM and reaping the benefits of its holistic effects.”

It looks better too:



This goes back to what I was saying here:

https://trueleft.createaforum.com/issues/re-psychological-decolonization/msg2283/#msg2283

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Western pharma delivers active ingredients in isolation, hence necessarily stressing the patient's body (which was never evolved to consume any ingredient except as part of a whole food containing it alongside the other ingredients contained in the same food) required to absorb them.


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« Reply #44 on: July 21, 2022, 10:41:09 pm »
I would like to re-highlight what I was trying to explain some time ago:

https://trueleft.createaforum.com/issues/re-psychological-decolonization/msg2282/#msg2282

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"How does a child prevent getting rickets"

Sunlight.

"without dependency on Vit. D"

"Vitamin D" is just the model you choose to use to describe what is going on. The ancients were well aware that exposure to sunlight is healthy for children's bones without any notion of "Vitamin D" in their minds. This is what I am trying to get the world back to.

Now:

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/man-hospital-overdosing-vitamin-d-toxicity-184442141.html

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Man hospitalized after overdosing on vitamin D: What is vitamin D toxicity?
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Vitamin D toxicity, also called hypervitaminosis D and vitamin D intoxication, is typically caused by ingesting too many vitamin D supplements, rather than by diet or sun exposure.

This condition will not happen through sun exposure because our bodies regulate the amount of vitamin D produced and absorbed by the sun.

I told you so. The Western model of nutrition is indeed medically inferior compared to ancient models.
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