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That medical people should be mindful of their ‘Hippocratic oath’ and insist upon the truth, particularly as applies to the smoking ban.

Comment 27th August 2010

The 'Hippocratic Oath' was established about 2500 years ago by the Greek philosopher and doctor, Hippocrates. Essentially, it commits a 'physician' to promise not to use his skills to do harm and to respect his teachers and to pass on the knowledge faithfully.

An ‘update’ of the Oath was created in 1964 (not that long ago really) by Dr Louis Lasagna. The Oath is essentially the same, except that it brings in the idea of ‘prevention’ being better that ‘cure’.

Here are a few quotes from the ‘modern’ Oath:

“”I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow””

“”I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures [that] are required, avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment and therapeutic nihilism””

“”I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure””

 

“”I will not be ashamed to say "I know not," nor will I fail to call in my colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a patient's recovery””

 

Here are my views regarding the failures of the medical profession as regards the smoking ban:

 

  1. As regards sentence number one in the Oath, physicians are distorting the truth of their elders and passing on junk science to their juniors.
  2. That physicians are using their position of trust to gain pecuniary advantage from drugs companies by ‘over treating’ smokers who want to quit.
  3. That physicians are exaggerating and distorting their knowledge of tobacco smoke and spreading untruths. And that they are allowing the spread of untruths knowingly and willingly, and not publicising the untruthful nature of information being disseminated. For example, the statement, “There is no such thing as a safe level of second hand tobacco smoke” is an absolute lie – (unless you also say that there is no such thing as a safe level of air).

PHYSICIANS MUST NOT DISTORT THE TRUTH, NO MATTER HOW DESIRABLE THEY THINK THAT THE FINAL SOLUTION (THE END OF TOBACCO SMOKING) MAY BE.

Why does this matter?

Because there are those physicians (and especially the most senior physicians) who think that the third sentence (prevention) over-rides the need for the truth, and over-rides freedom. They wish to turn good natured and tolerant citizens against each other by the use of junk science fear. It is happening now in just the same way that it happened in pre-war Germany.

 

There must be lots and lots of physicians who are prepared to say, “I do not know”. Where are they?

 

One final word:

 

Physicians know about all the drugs which will extend their lives ad inf. They know about all the good fruits and vegetables to eat. They know how much salt, sugar, fat, etc not to eat. They also know about every bad thing that should be avoided.

 

So where are the 120 year old doctors?

 

THE SMOKING BAN, AS IT STANDS, IS A BAD LAW AND SHOULD BE AMENDED. IT IS BASED UPON JUNK SCIENCE AND THE LIES OF PHYSICIANS WHO HAVE ABANDONED THEIR HIPPOCTATIC OATH.

 

 

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