Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Mike Oldfield -- Hergest Ridge

So. Another report linking brain tumors to cell phone use.

I'd be surprised if everything electronic in our lives wasn't somehow related to brain tumors, but it's interesting. Much like the link between automobiles and mortality/morbidity, it's a risk/benefit analysis. How many lives are saved with cells vs taken?

America's worldview and agenda are ruled by two Complexes. We all know the Military Industrial Complex, and we have seen what Eisenhower warned against come to pass. But there's another one out theree, one that is quickly becoming more powerful than the familiar Military Industrial. And that's the Medical Industrial Complex.

The Medical Industrial Complex reduces the many dimensions of the world and our experiences into a simple idea. We are supposed to be Healthy. It's our birthright to be free of pain and stress and medical conditions that leave us at less than optimal Medical condition. It's also the only legitimate measurement of our effectiveness and the only legitimate use of our resources. Each disease or condition or syndrome that removes us from perfect alignment with the Ideal of Health must be fought. Of course, there is only one enemy here at the end of the day, and that is Death.

The Medical Industrial Complex tis fighting a much huger war than the Military Industrial, with the most battles on the most fronts and far more money and lives involved. The huge stockpiles of medications out there, and the huge array of diseases against which they are trained, is mind-boggling. The Medical Industrial Complex currently is fighting battles against dozens of kinds of cancers, heart diseases, Tay Sachs, Sickle Cell Anemia, Crohn's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Scleroderma, Parkinsons, Alzheimers... you and I can recite the litany all day, till late in the evening we'd get to fallen arches and bunyans. Many of these battles have been fought for generations and no matter how many fundraisers are thrown, there's no cures coming. But they are coming, and in the next ten years, we'll see many of these diseases and syndromes conquered.

As these battles are won, the Medical Industrial Complex will need new ones to fight. The survival of the Complex demands it. So we will see two things. First, we will see the medicalization of conditions not properly medical. Into this camp we are already seeing problems more properly dealt with psychologically, like cosmetic surgery, weight control surgery, erectile function issues, etc. And second, we will see new conditions previously not diagnosed, such as those caused by environmental factors like cellphone radiation or particulates in the air or radon, etc etc etc, conditions that would not be dealt with before, as people would have died already from the now-conquered diseases.


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