One of the more annoying and arrogant things a doctor can do is post a sign in his or her office like this one:
These signs are real, and there are matching coffee mugs if you’re interested.
My take specifically is the hypocrisy. The United States is one of only two countries in the world where drug makers are allowed to market prescription drugs directly to the consumer. If my news broadcast, football game, and talk show are going to be brought to me by Pfizer, I should at least be able to do my own research before I ask my doctor for a prescription.
This sign also smells like fear. I myself have swapped my orthopedist for Google. A few weeks ago, I started to feel pain along the front of my rotator cuff. After some online research, I made two mechanical adjustments to my shoulder workouts: I began doing side laterals in the scapular plane, and started rotating my hands to 45 degrees for dumbbell bench presses. I also ordered a Chinese herbal remedy, and capsules containing a tree resin extract, to expedite my healing. My pain is now gone.
Bear in mind, a medical degree could beat Google if medical school taught accurate information. But alas, here are a few news stories at random that have been circulating outside of the mainstream media:
In 90% of cases chemotherapy provides minimal benefit with enormous harms. Patients go along with it because if their doctor recommends it, it must be worth it.
Dr. Fauci declares that all existing vaccines for respiratory viruses are useless, including corona, flu, and phase II RSV. Seriously.
–In 2020, to educate myself, I asked Google, “Why has there never been a successful coronavirus vaccine?” The answer was that — unlike the smallpox virus, which is stable for a century — the coronavirus mutates too quickly for a vaccine to work. Even if you could simultaneously plunge a sterilizing vaccine (which mRNA is not) against some strain into the arms of 8 billion people, it wouldn’t help. Significant animal reservoirs of coronavirus would still spawn new strains and new human infections. I learned in five minutes from Google — without any medical training, without any background in biology — what eluded the world’s greatest minds: A successful coronavirus vaccine is an absurd fantasy zero-probability event.
And here’s your 2022 graduating class outdoors at Stanford medical school: