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THE WYSONG e-HEALTH LETTER
~Thoughts for Thinking People~

LET THE BUYER BEWARE

     (Dr. W.) This is kind of a follow-up on the subject brought to mind by my friend who had the prostatectomy.

     Things can and do go wrong.  Even with routine medical procedures.  For example, in the book "As Nature Made Him, The Boy Who Was Raised As A Girl," by John Colapinto, a botched circumcision is described.  The surgeon used an electrocautery, put the setting too high, and burned the infant's penis completely away.  Surgeons then recommended to the young parents that the boy be surgically converted to a girl.  They were assured that all would be fine so long as they reared him as a girl.  To make a long story short, he never thought of himself as a girl and never behaved like a girl in spite of intense and devoted nurturing to the contrary. (Another nail in the coffin of nurture over nature.) You can imagine the physical and psychological stress this poor youngster went through.  The book details that, so I will not go into it here.  An unimaginable nightmare for any parent!

     My point is that thinking people should not simply submit to medical authority. You, the buyer, (this is a buy/sell arrangement, don't forget) must beware and be skeptical.  Today, with the Internet and the plethora of alternative medical opinion, ignorance is no excuse.  But people in the main put less effort into choosing medical intervention than they do buying a car.  They just surrender.

     Here are some examples of how what is assumed to be so, probably isn't.  I'm not making the following up.  It's right out of the medical literature.  Most of this data is collected by scientific studies that simply compare the results for those who have a given procedure, to those who don't.

     >Circumcision is not only unnecessary and potentially dangerous (see above), but detrimental even if all goes well [see The Wysong Health Letter, Volumes 7(8), 8(4), 9(8), 10(7) and 13(5)].
     >Tonsillectomies would be reduced by 2/3 if tissue reviews were conducted to verify necessity.
     >Adenoidectomy is rarely beneficial.
     >The neonatal ICU is no better than mom and breast.
     >Cervical smears do not change the death rate.
     >Carotid endarterectomy has never been shown to be of value.
     >Checkups before exercise do nothing.
     >Eye pads for corneal damage do not benefit.
     >Digital screening for prostate cancer brings no benefit.
     >Screening for colorectal cancer brings no benefit.
     >One half of all pacemakers are unnecessary.
     >85% of all disease is self-limiting; therefore 85% of all treatments are placebo or bring negative results.  (It is this realization early on in practice that led me personally into prevention and safe natural care.)
     >$100 billion per year is spent on bypasses, yet it has not been proven that they give better results than no treatment at all.
     >The stethoscope has never been proven to benefit a patient.
     >Last, but not least, doctors on salary do fewer surgeries.  Take notice.

     The list could go on...way on. 

     Caveat Emptor...Let the buyer (you) beware.  You, not someone else, are the master of your health destiny.  Take control, starting today.

     Use the library, the internet, the bookstore, The Wysong Bookstore Catalog, The Wysong Directory of Alternative Resources.  The information is there to help you become informed. You can prevent and heal.   It will just take a little effort.  But well worth it, don't you think, when your, your family's and your pet's health depend upon it?


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