Ok, so I got my rant on the medical establishment out of my system yesterday. It always pays to consider how much worse it could be. Here are some fine examples to help me refocus.
Chuck Shepherd Sun Feb 25, 9:45 AM ET
President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia (Africa's smallest country) has long believed he had mystic powers, but he said a vision received on Jan. 18 makes it possible for him to personally cure
AIDS and asthma, though only on certain days and for a limited number of people. The vision gave him recipes based on seven herbs mentioned in the Quran but authorized him to treat no more than 10 AIDS sufferers, on Thursdays and Mondays, and not more than 100 asthma patients, on Fridays and Saturdays. (Not surprisingly, the government self-reports success.) Jammeh's previous visions included making Gambia rich by exporting oil, but so far no deposits have been found. [The Independent (London), 2-3-07]
Yes, and I've had a vision too. Using 11 herbs and spices mentioned in a cultural relic I am going to cook up a male enhancement recipe that cures the common cold as well. Also, I'm going to dig up my backyard because I just know I have natural gas deposits there...oh wait, maybe that was just the after effects of the chili I made....
A 73-year-old man died of a heart attack in North London in January, perhaps assisted by a delay in responding by the London Ambulance Service. According to The Sun, the nearest crew could not be called because European Union labor rules prevent disturbing the crew for any reason during the first 20 minutes of their half-hour break. [The Sun (London), 1-6-07]
Hhhmm, I guess the USA hasn't entirely cornered the market on stupid policy...