Medical Advice from a Moron

If you’ve spent time in an ER or hospital or even at a doctors office here in the US as of late, getting something other than the basically worthless acetaminophen for pain is like trying to perform an intricate Bach fugue at first sitting…it’s not happening.

So, when some old granddad who should be in his rocker, masquerading as Attorney General in his daytime gig, telling the unwashed of the land to hide those grimaces and take some aspirin when times are tough – the world listens:

Jeff Sessions’ Advice to Pain Patients: ‘Take Some Aspirin’ and ‘Tough It Out’ – via reason.com

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is a well-known admirer of Nancy Reagan’s recommendation that kids “just say no” to drugs. It turns out he applies that advice not only to curious teenagers but also to people suffering from severe pain.

“I am operating on the assumption that this country prescribes too many opioids,” Sessions said during a speech at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Tampa yesterday. “I mean, people need to take some aspirin sometimes and tough it out a little. That’s what Gen. Kelly—you know, he’s a Marine—[he] had surgery on his hands, painful surgery. [He said,] ‘I’m not taking any drugs!’ It did hurt, though. It did hurt. A lot of people—you can get through these things.”

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Just another government clown sharing some of his cold-hearted tidings. What a guy!

Sessions’ “tough it out” recommendation is similar to remarks he made after a speech on Tuesday night at the Heritage Foundation. “Sometimes you just need to take two Bufferin or something and go to bed,” he said.

So, which is it “Dr.” Sessions?  Aspirin, Bufferin or “something” or bed?  Evidently, all four.  Waiting for the dawn of thought to occur in this cranked out mind is like expecting the truth from mainstream media – it will never happen.

In a world of perfect karma, this heartless moron would be left with only aspirin, “something” other than pain medication, and a bed of pine straw to “tough it out” with whatever ailment that might come his way.

But heartlessness is a way of life for these government officials (a-holes).

Jeff Sessions: Marijuana helped cause the opioid epidemic.  The research: no.

The research shows that, contrary to Sessions’s remarks, medical marijuana may help mitigate the crisis. – via vox.com

Medical marijuana is an effective painkiller

To understand the opioid epidemic, it’s crucial to understand that America has a pain problem. According to a 2011 report from the Institute of Medicine, about 100 million US adults suffer from chronic pain (such as lifelong back pain), and more suffer from acute pain (such as a temporary injury). These are the kinds of figures doctors were worried about in the 1990s and 2000s when they began prescribing opioid painkillers at record rates — by 2012, enough to give a bottle of pills to every adult in the country — and essentially caused the opioid epidemic, over time leading many people not just to misuse painkillers but also illicit opioids such as heroin or fentanyl.

Doctors generally did this with good intentions: They were misled by drug companies and public education campaigns that opioids were both effective and had a lower risk of misuse than other painkillers on the market. So they thought they finally had their way to treat the US’s pain problem without leading to addiction and overdoses.

Physicians were obviously wrong to believe that about opioids, and drug companies were wrong to mislead them. But the general point is they were trying to address a medical problem to the best of their abilities — a problem that remains to this day. The fact that opioids are now reviled as a result of the epidemic doesn’t remove the underlying issue that tens of millions of Americans suffer from debilitating pain, and doctors feel they need a way to address that issue.

Well, medical marijuana appears to offer one way to help deal with America’s pain problem without the risks of opioids.

The best review of the research to date on marijuana, published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, looked at more than 10,000 studies to evaluate pot’s potential benefits and harms.

The review concluded that there’s “conclusive evidence” for marijuana as a treatment for chronic pain, as well as multiple sclerosis spasticity symptoms and chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. The review also found “substantial evidence” linking pot to respiratory problems if smoked, schizophrenia and psychosis, car crashes, lagging social achievement in life, and perhaps pregnancy-related problems — but it didn’t find any good evidence that marijuana causes health complications, such as overdose, that can lead to death.

So the evidence suggests marijuana is effective for treating chronic pain, even if it may come with some nonfatal risks.

Maybe if there weren’t toxic chemicals in the food we eat, in the water we drink, in the air we breath – all approved added substances by way of our loving government – then maybe their wouldn’t be so much pain.  Maybe if $700 Billion allocated to the military industrial complex for more wars and advancement of stock prices for preferred companies was instead used for the health and advancement of ordinary citizens, then the pain folks endure could be alleviated. Rest assured, this nutjob isn’t taking an aspirin and retiring to bed when faced with debilitating pain.

Toughing it out is for the unclean, the ordinary citizens – those who suffer the insanity from uncaring and calloused graybeard’s like Mr. Sessions.

“Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we’re looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn’t test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power.” ~

P. J. O’Rourke
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And speaking of that Bach fugue ~

Tonight’s musical offering:

Bach-Liszt ~ The Great Fugue in G Minor ~ BMV 542 ~ Ben Zhou, Piano

 

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