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The world – divided or united?


Where are we at in 2017. Have we learnt anything from our existence up to now?

What is life? What is quality of life? Who are humans? What is power?

From the year dot – and who really knows when exactly that was, humans have lived on earth and by definition had to co-exist. We have grouped ourselves into various different groupings. We have fought wars. We have progressed in many ways and regressed in others.

There are places on earth where justice exists and there are places where it does not. Most of us would prefer to live/be born where there is an inkling of justice and freedom?

So many people were convinced that Trump would not actually become president. They laughed scoffed and said it would never ever happen. It did.

Now here we are in 2017 in a fairly regressed place – I believe. Where one person signs into being orders that blanketly prevent movement of “free” people categorising them by a set of rules. Abortion is bad – terrible and to be frowned upon but living people who are living in a war-torn unjust places are even worse, cursed and must remain that way with no redemption? And America – the once – free world is now becoming an insular, inward focused country with walls around it. No boogy men or women allowed in. Are you really that narrow minded ? Mr Trump? The message preached sounds really quite extraordinary, quite two-faced, quite astonishing.

As the CNN reporter put it – americans risk of being killed in america by any one of these nations so called terrorists is a very very small number with the total counted up to now being zero.

However countries that provide profit to Mr Trump (whose citizens may be more dangerous) seem to be fine for the moment (don’t hold your breath though).

I wonder where this is all headed. In about 2 weeks a brand new landscape opens up across America – no longer the free world. No longer an american dream. No longer.

And yet there is support against Trump worldwide ?

I really wish that the way I see things is perhaps not the way they are – can someone point out a positive here? Is Trump actually doing a good thing? A thing I can not see?

How the heck?


Oh my shattered nerves how on earth has 2016 happened and unfolded this way? Is democracy the way forward ?

I am pretty sure that New Yorkers did not vote for Trump, as Londoners did not vote for brexit. Is it just me or are there way too many stupid people out there. Well if Donald Trump can say the things he has and get voted as the president, I think we should take a leaf out of his book and be less pc going forward.

Perhaps honesty may get us somewhere.

And why the heck did the media lull us into a sense of all is ok with the world by saying Hilary would win?

What does this mean? For the world at large??

Where do we stand and is the world at large a safe place ?

Donald strikes me as quite selfish, is he simply going to forget about the rest of the world?

Today, for once I am glad to live in south africa with our version of stupid as president.donald-trumpzumazump

Trump cards! How diabetes relates to bad politics


Do we really know what is the truth and what is a lie? It seems to me that the political arena no matter where on earth is filled with half truths and a very interesting dynamic by which the truth is evaded in very clever ways.

Unfortunately this knocks -onto things like budgets and specifically budgets for health care. At the end of the day the vast majority of patients rely on some form of state care and vastly across the whole world the “care” afforded to the masses is in a severely sorry state. Never mind the state of the nation, the state of the health care of citizens across the world is dire and is not going to improve in the near future.

For me this is a travesty.

Donald Trump thinks he is a hero because he can avoid tax and that makes him “clever”. Well it also knocks on to other consequences like budgets and indirectly health care. I don’t even begin to understand american politics. In my own naivety I thought Obama was trying to do a good thing with Obama care. But being a humanitarian also imparts delusional greater good thoughts.

AT the end of the day money talks. Slush. Finish and “kla” as we south africans say.

The majority of citizens I am afraid are not humanitarian (in my humble opinion don’t even have brains to think that Donald Trump is even up for election) or else we would have far more “white helmet” brigades mopping up messes all around the world. The majority of citizens actually are quite selfish. Nevertheless I feel the majority should be able to access good health care.

Diabetes is a crazy disease -well type 2 at least in that it is ENTIRELY preventable as well as treatable! and yet we have scores of folk dropping dead of heart attacks related in part to diabetes combined with stress. And guess what? It’s a log curve. No sign of it abating, not even a sign of a slow down?

We have some very clever folk on this green earth and if funding could be funnelled to the right places we could actually win with diseases like diabetes and cancer. But somehow “funding” is controlled by the likes of the politicians (not even mentioning ours and our state of corruption). Politicians who think they are heroes standing up in public asking for a reward for dodging tax legally.

I say MORE!

I say móre: the just man justices;
Keeps grace: thát keeps all his goings graces;
Acts in God’s eye what in God’s eye he is —
Chríst — for Christ plays in ten thousand places,
Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his
To the Father through the features of men’s faces. ” (Gerald Manley Hopkins)
Truly speaking each one of us is accountable in the end. Truly speaking the more influence you have over masses of people the harder your job on the day of accountability which you can dodge for as long as you like but I somehow think dodging death is the ultimate superhero trick that has not been mastered by anyone yet.
There is no trump card that wins in the end. In the end humanity IS responsible. We have grown “fat” on our own sense of self importance and supremacy. Whilst countless lives (lives less important) suffer sometimes in silence (like in Syria) sometimes with a voice but most of the time at the hand of another. Even in the case of diabetes and the lack of answers for the “guiltless/blameless” type 1 children.

We are not stupid, we have brains, big brains developed over the tract of time. And yet we are actually very stupid and I think we shall remain that way seemingly by our very own choice.

 

Anxiety and fruit flies


There are many lovely TED talks about anxiety and mental disorders but I recently watched one about some research using fruit flies to determine brain function. So interesting to realise that the brain is superbly complicated and yet we can actually get to understand things at molecular as well as genetic level.

Can you untangle the mind of a fly and genetically modify the circuit? Well yes!

Who would have thought. And this has taught us – the human race quite a lot about the finesse of operations of the brain.

The brain is not a bag of chemical soup and we can not change the flavour of the soup to treat psychiatric disorders. This specific researcher likens using “broad spectrum” anti-depressants to treat disorders to pouring oil over the whole engine rather than into the oil holder. WE need to be more specific in order to get better results and have fewer side-effects.

On another note, the brain is also intuitive and there are many many ways in terms of anxiety that one can tone down or up. Deep “proper” breathing is one of them. Also our bodies are designed to move a whole lot more than we do these days and you will be surprised at how much you can unwind your mind by winding and unwinding your body.

Food for thought – fruit flies brains can actually teach us a whole lot about our wonderfully complex brains and yet some of the answers we so desperately seek are actually in front of our very own eyes.

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The ethics of refusal of treatment in an emergency


I have not yet become calm inside myself yet. Perhaps I should not be writing a blog still in the state of turmoil of emotions. How on earth do you study a degree in the health profession and when presented with an acute LIFE threatening emergency in a CHILD whose vitals are not great on the not great scale the to point of extremely close to decompensation and not a great outcome i.e. fatality, you send them back to the place they came from – an hour away?

I would like to know in this scenario – IF a fatality had occurred – who would be responsible?

I am deeply horrified and traumatized, not to mention the patient and the family.

Basic human rights, dating back to the day of the story of the good samaritan mean that as a human beings you would do this – help – even if you were not trained?

How does one blandly cop out with excuses like “she is over the age of 12”, the unit here will only see “known” patients – IN AN EMERGENCY??

Yes I acknowledge that we should not have gone the route we did – seeking out the best care for this patient who is on an insulin pump and has previously been traumatised and treated very very badly in the local state institution. We should have just argued as I did with the local institution until we got her into a unit that could take care of this emergency. It was partly trying to respect the patients rights and dignity and wishes. Next time the only thing I will consider is her LIFE and getting the emergency treatment (albeit having to argue for more than an hour and a half on my own cell phone) to get it.

There is something VERY very wrong with the way things work when a child’s life hangs in the balance and bureaucratic CRAP stands in the way of rescuing that life.cathair