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“Status Quo”

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~For the second time in a week, I was informed that the “Status Quo” within an academic field was obstructing significantly beneficial progress in that field. It seems that academic types are so insistent on the validity of their current knowledge that they are willing to blatantly ignore factual data that may contradict the “status quo” of their field. It is just unimaginable to me that in this world of exponentially increasing technological advancement there could be well educated people out there unwilling to accept change within their fields…

Dr. Mark Gordon, M.D. presented the first example I encountered and it had to do with brain injuries among our military veterans. The quality of treatment given to our war veterans who willingly and selflessly fought for the freedom of this country has been a hot-button issue for many years. Whether you believe in the politics of the wars or not, these men on the ground are doing what they think is necessary to ensure that the freedoms and opportunities afforded to us Americans is never taken away. They are sacrificing their lives for the American Dream and they deserve the best treatment available.

Unfortunately, that is not the case and many of these veterans are left struggling for their lives, many homeless and on the streets, with no intervention or assistance in sight.
Specific to this subject was the issue of brain injuries and the long-term effects these injuries can have on war veterans. Dr. Gordon’s study also included pugilists, MMA fighters and football players. It seems that some of the long-term effects of these injuries is PTSD, depression, anxiety and mood swings. The current status quo in the medical community is that these issues are psychological, which to many mean that it is an issue within their control and they just need to snap out of it or stop being a wussy. This view is especially prevalent in these high-testosterone environments where any weakness is ridiculed and looked down upon. Therefore, these veterans and athletes are left feeling as if their depression and anxiety is a function of their own brain and if they can’t fix it, ignore it, or manage it then they are weak and they are destined to live in this miserable state for the rest of their lives. This often leads to suicide…

Dr. Gordon wanted to challenge this belief within the medical community as he felt these issues could be explained by hormonal imbalances that result from these injuries. Well the result of the study PROVED without a shadow of a doubt that the majority of these issues were caused by hormonal imbalances and they could be managed and even completely corrected with all-natural supplements that assist in the re-balancing of these hormones. This research and the results were completely above board. No one in the medical community could refute the methodology or conclusions of this study on any factual basis.

HOWEVER, this research and treatment is looked at as some pseudo-science BS that could never compete with the current treatment system of psychotropic drugs and psychotherapy. Doctors and scholars alike are just unwilling to accept that some natural supplements could be anywhere close to as beneficial as the prescription drugs that have been the standard in this field for many years. With no factual basis, they refute this evidence and continue to peddle these expensive prescription drugs. And the worst part is these prescription drugs are shown to have very little if any effect on these types of conditions! SO these veterans are put on these mind-numbing drugs and told that they should work and if they don’t it’s their fault and they have to just get over the PTSD or depression.

What kind of world do we live in where the so-called smartest people in our society are so ignorant, conceited and self-righteous that they would rather these people suffer just so they do not have to admit that the currently accepted tenants of their field are wrong. There is a large array of possible reasons why there is so much pushback to these all-natural treatments. The first one that comes to my mind is the $$$$$$$$. How much money would pharmaceutical companies lose if the medical community decided Prozac and other anti-depressants were obsolete or no longer necessary? How much money would DOCTORS lose if they were not receiving kickbacks and commissions for peddling these psychotropic drugs?

When it comes to our military veterans the standard of treatment has to be the finest we can offer. When trivial matters like this get in the way of our veterans getting better it really “Grinds my Gears.” The other topic discussed will be left for another post, as this one is already too long… I guess I am rather passionate about the proper care of our war veterans…. Signing out…

Garrett Mezzetti

 

 

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Here and Now…

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Anyone who experienced the recent financial collapse knows how extensive and far-reaching the negative effects truly were. We are still feeling the effects of this collapse many years later, and yet it seems no one has learned a thing…

I’m hearing news of micro-finance loans being approved at increasingly alarming rates using increasingly less stringent guidelines. There’s news of these poorly underwritten, uncollateralized loans being packaged together into the wonderful securities that were the major player in the collapse of the real estate market. The Fed continues to fuel growth in the US with artificially controlled rates. We’re being put up on this mountain that continues to grow and grow… but my worry is how steep is the drop on the other side… You can already see articles and posts about concerns of a large downturn coming. In my opinion it was the artificially induced growth of the early 2000’s that allowed the perfect storm of circumstances to come to fruition that made the financial collapse all too easy…

 

When will this end? When will people learn that we must “leave it alone?” Laissez Faire!!

Friedrich Hayek, an old Austrian Economist, spoke of the concept of a “natural interest rate.” One that was influenced only by MARKET forces, not by the will of the “1%.” If this natural interest rate concept was applied to the FED funds rate, the collapse wouldn’t have happened! Banks wouldn’t have been able to give the “teaser” rates that allowed so many unqualified people to get loans. If those loans weren’t given, there wouldn’t have been such a shady derivative market that popped up out of the mortgage backed securities that these sub-prime, sub-par loans were packaged into… You know how the rest of the story goes…

 

GREED allowed so many of us to be taken by surprise when the financial collapse happened seemingly over night… And its GREED that is allowing us to fall back into old habits… Are we really going to stand by and let this happen again?!?!?!?!

-Garrett Mezzetti