‘Health’ Category Archives

11
Aug

EUTHANASIA: does it achieve what its proponents claim for it?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Death, Ethics, Family, Health, Politics, Suffering, Truth

The Victorian government plans to legalise intentional killing or assisted suicide of people with intolerable symptoms expected to die within 12 months….
The 12 months life-expectancy criterion will mean a premature death based on somebody’s guesstimate.
A similar law in the US state of Oregon — described by the government as an example of safeguards working — is not working very well.
For example, Oregon victims often do not, in practice, have intolerable pain.
In 2016, nearly half (48%) of those whose death resulted from taking prescribed lethal medication gave “being a burden” on family and carers as a motive for requesting death.
We don’t really want that here.
At least we shouldn’t want it.
(http://public.health.oregon.gov/ProviderPartnerResources/EvaluationResearc
h/DeathwithDignityAct/Documents/year19.pdf)

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7
Aug

AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION CREDIBILITY SELF-DESTRUCTS: ideology trumps facts in AMA statement on same-sex “marriage”.

by Arnold Jago in Abortion, Australia, Beauty, Celebrities, Ethics, Family, Health, Politics, Science

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has issued a 2017 “position statement” claiming, amongst other things, that:
(1) “LGTBIQ-identifying individuals” having the highest rates of suicidality of any population group is “a consequence of discrimination and stigmatization…rather than a symptom of the orientation itself.”
(2) There is research highlighting that health and psychosocial outcomes for children raised in same-sex parented families are “on a par with, and in some aspects comparatively better than, children raised in heterosexual parented families.”
Ex-AMA head, Prof Kerryn Phelps, commented, “I don’t think the religious, cultural right-wing conservatives now have anywhere to hide….”
Conservatives probably don’t want to hide.
What they might like is to get some media space to demonstrate that:
Claim (1) relies on one only piece of 14-year old research which is based on statistically-unsound methodology and ignores other more recent research suggesting the opposite.
Claim (2) likewise is based on selective samples of research while ignoring other peer-reviewed research evidence whci shows that “the longer social scientists study the question, the more evidence of harm is found….”
An 18-page “Medical Critique” of the AMA Position Statement prepared by a groupf doctors headed by Dr Chris Middleton, former AMA State President, can be accessed on the internet.
https://critiqueama.files.wordpress.com/2017/07/medical-critique-of-the-ama-position-statement-on-marriage-equality.pdf

24
Jul

GENDER DYSPHORIA: existent, non-existent or existent-but-vanishingly-rare? is it the exception that over-rides every rule?

by Arnold Jago in Abortion, Common Sense, Ethics, Health, Lifestyle, Politics

Special clinics for children with suspected “gender dysphoria” are getting busier.
Protagonists of the “Safe Schools” program say one child in 25 is affected. Many are submitted to hormone treatments etc.
Official figures (published 2013) suggest that, in fact, less than one in 40 children have “dysphoric” symptoms, even on a temporary basis.
And that most of them, if left alone, spontaneously lose their symptoms.
Long-term dysphoria persisting into adulthood affects no more than 14 persons per million population.
None of this proves anything much except that fanatics – including gender-fluidity fanatics – don’t mind bending statistics.
This whole issue is obviously not one of statistics.
It’s a philosophical and ethical problem.
Is there, or is there not, such a thing as Natural Moral Law?
If there is, then we should abide by it.
(source: DSM-5)

18
Jul

MEDICALLY SUPERVISED INJECTION ROOMS: a spectre that still stalks.

by Arnold Jago in Australia, crime, Ethics, Health

The mother of a man dead in the street from drug-overdose has condemned the Victorian government for not providing “medically-supervised injecting rooms”.
While trying to sympathise with the lady’s grief, let’s keep clearly in mind why she is wrong.
For injecting rooms to function, the police must turn a blind eye to illegal-drug dealing.
Which means abandoning the rule of law — a big decision and an irresponsible one.
If we don’t arrest and punish drug-dealers, they’ll continue enriching themselves at the expense of others’ self-destruction.
We must aim at nothing less than getting users completely clean and staying that way — otherwise we let them down.

20
Jun

THE LGBTI “COMMUNITY”: a bit of a myth?

by Arnold Jago in Common Sense, Family, Health, Justice, Lifestyle

Does the so-called LGBTI community really exist?
Doesn’t “community” mean a group of people united by certain shared characteristics.
Persons calling themselves LGB or T arguably share nothing but a denial.
Like everybody, their real-world identity is written into the genetic make-up of every cell in their body.
But their lives are denials of that fact.
The “I” group is different. What they share is having a genetic structure which objectively makes them different. Something real.
So in that sense, they are a community.
LGBT-identifiers, while living out their self-perceptions, shouldn’t try to impose on others the notion that they are normal.
They should be offered help to modify their identifications (should they choose to request it).
They should not seek to raise children in “same-sex” households.
Anybody who “bullies” them should be punished – the same as should anybody who bullies anybody for any reason.

12
Jun

EUTHANASIA: remembering why it is wrong and trying not to be side-tracked.

by Arnold Jago in Death, Ethics, Faith, Health, Modern Church

Some politicians still want euthanasia legalised.
The arguments they put up are based, not on reason, but on emotion.
They avoid defining the words they use.
The term “assisted dying” is especially confusing.
It sounds like being nice to someone who is already passing away.
But, in practice, it means murdering somebody.
Traditional Christian teaching does define its terms.
“An act or omission which, of itself or by intention, causes death in order to eliminate suffering constitutes a murder gravely contrary to the dignity of the human person and to the respect due to the living God, his Creator….” *
Caring for the dying and disabled can be expensive in terms of money, time, love and compassion.
Do we care enough to make the effort – refusing to resort to intended killing?
(* Catholic Catechism, 2277)