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I was surprised to see in her book “Natural Causes” that she thought “Gaia had not figured out how to correct for the profligate human consumption of fossil fuels”. As a scientist I find it hard to believe that she would not know that the earth operates in millions of years and I expect that homo sapiens sapiens, that most opportunistic species spreading throughout all of earth to the detriment of every other species, will simply be wiped out in time. The planet will look after itself, even if that means there are no humans left.
While I can appreciate Ms. Ehrenreich’s views, this article makes them appear rigid and unyielding. I would hope she is actually more open to debate and reasoning. Perhaps the editing makes her appear more one-dimensional than she truly is. Her viewpoint is very interesting and I respect her steadfastness, “get-off-my-lawn” approach to medicine. Be well.
Brilliant liberating book. My husband and I are clost to Ehreneich’s age with good insurance. We have been preyed on just because of that and have had an overabundance of useless tests- sleep apnea, wires going up veins-.total horror shows.I clicked all the boxes- meditation- fat free diets, hard muscle work-outs- yoga etc.
We are reading this book together and laughing every night at ourselves and the fecklessness of the medical profession and what fish we are and have been.
Episiotomy is given during the birth and not after. Shaving and enemas we’re laboring moms stopped 40 years ago.
I am sorry the author only met doctors who looked at her as a cadaver. My doctors saved my life.
I and my child are alive because if modern medicine and Big Pharma. The entire piece sounds like something written by someone who won genetic lottery
These thoughts are caricatures. While the lines capture some truths about medicine and life, they fail to capture the complexity of the deeper reality.
She likes the concept of evidence based thinking, but leaves out a lot of evidence in her oversimplified generalizations about the interactions on society and on health care.
She says doctors should listen, and I heartily agree that listening in medicine is a lost art, but by making her sweeping indictments in the way she presents them she herself is failing to listen.
There’s a point in there somewhere but some of her examples are misplaced, or she draws the strangest conclusions from them. For example med students are given cadavers to work with not so they can learn to treat patients like objects, but rather more that they are studying the fundamentals of human anatomy. Oh, and whatever newbie mistakes the med students they make wont kill anybody.
Thank you Barbara Ehrenreich..I’ve always appreciated your point of view.
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