A quick note, interesting news, and some philosophy.
35 years of health issues led me to subscribe to Dr. Mercolas newsletter in 2015, which, 6 years later led me to write The Secular Heretic. I think him a fearless warrior, battling the status quo medical system. So, it warms my heart to see you featured in his newsletter. Congratulations.
Congratulations on the article publication and thanks for the intriguing/disturbing links!
Will you be publishing “On Algorithm, Soul and Medical Sovereignty” here after it times out at the Mercola site? Such a shame to see valuable content being forced to disappear itself.
So proud of you Tessa. Another brilliant, disturbing, wonderfully well-researched article. And congratulations on gaining the recognition you deserve—Mercola, Eisenstein, it's very exciting. I feel like "I knew you when", and am super glad that more people will be getting to know you now! Thank you for having the clarity & courage to share your insightful analyses with all of us who have open eyes, open minds and open hearts to see. ❥
The beauty of this moment in history is the emergence of angels in our midst. I am unable to hold back the tears of astonishment and joy.
Great work Tessa. When front-line acute care doctors are not only being told the limits of how they can treat their patients, and what they can prescribe, but are also having their license to practice threatened by medical bureaucrats who may never have even spent a single day bedside - it is clear that the medical establishment has been captured by larger financial and political interests. The corruption of Western institutional structures is pretty much complete and total at this point. All are captive to and controlled by the uber concentrations of wealth which also control the political class and the intelligence appartaus. What could possibly go wrong? Our collective resistance is our strength and hope for a human and humane future.
My concern is my individual patient sovereignty as well as my doctor's. No longer are doctors allowed to issue paper scripts in most states. Because of the new laws it's so much more cumbersome to shop around for cheaper Rx's. "E-script" gives the state more control with ease of spying on patients and doctors. How ironic that the patient empowerment movement gave way to these tightening restrictions on patient rights. In Commiefornia there's money to be had in the form of apps the doctor has to buy, to enable transmission to the pharmacy. And in the "free state" of Fl, the Retail Federation and big chain pharmacies pushed making paper rx illegal. https://mdtoolbox.com/eprescribe-map.aspx?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1
I guess this has been slowly happening for quite a while now.
Ever since I was a kid my skin likes to grow strange things, from time to time, in random places on my body. I've gone to the same dermatologist my entire life. I'd walk in, show him where it was, he'd zap it and I'd hand him a $100 bill. In and out in 10 minutes. Never raised his price.
About 10 years ago he zapped something for me and told me this would be the last time he would be able to see me. "Time to retire?" I asked him.
"I don't want to retire, but yes."
"Too much regulation. At this point I feel like a state employee-- constantly watched over & told what I can and can't do. Apparently, I am "their" doctor and you are "their" patient? I just can't work that way. Here's a dermatologist you can go to in the future."
He gave me a number. Next time I needed him, I called the number. Nobody answered and I left a message. Nobody called back. Things still grow on my skin and I find simple home remedies that seem to work pretty well. Not as quick or easy as him though.
Even dentists are seeing this kind of thing. Always looked after my teeth pretty well and after I caught my dentist lying to me in order to talk me into an expensive "fix", I quit going. (I got a second opinion from a different dentist who said he couldn't see anything in need of repair).
Fast forward many years, my gums start to show a little bleeding when I brush my teeth.
I find a different dentist. He sits me down and drops a huge contract in front of me.
"What the heck is this?" I asked him.
"New gov't forms you have to fill out. I can't work on you unless you sign them."
"I don't know what they mean. I have no idea what I'm signing here. Can't you just have a quick look at my teeth?"
"Not unless you fill out these forms and sign them."
"But I do not understand them. Do you understand them? Can you tell me what they say?"
Him: "Hmmm...actually, no. But I'm sure it's no big deal. Everybody signs them."
Me: "Everybody but me. Would you sign a contract that you didn't understand?"
He paused a moment & looked at me. A frustrated expression came over his face & he walked out in silence. I just sat there not knowing what would happen next.
Soon after, a kind, female hygienist entered and sat down in front of me.
"So what's up with your teeth?" she asked.
Me: "Been noticing an increase in the amount of blood evident when I brush my teeth."
Her: "Do you floss?"
Me: "No. My teeth are very tight and I can't really get the dang stuff in there between them."
Her: "Try these. Use them every day & you should be fine."
With a smile, she handed me a sample bag of the new "pick & handle" flossers and walked out. Been using them ever since. No more bleeding.
My next medical experience?
"Do you have insurance, Edgar?"
"You have to pay up front then. Right now." And so I did. In cash. The doctor saw me, I did what he told me to do and the problem cleared up.
A month later I get a bill in the mail from this same hospital for 3x the amount I paid. I called. No answer. I leave a message telling them I paid up front. Nobody calls back. The bill comes again. I call again. Same thing.
After that, I just ignored the bills and tossed them into the trash without opening them. A year or so later I get a call from a collection agency. I tell them that the bill is a fraudulent medical billing and I won't ever pay it. Surprisingly, rather than launch into their "you gotta pay" spiel, the agency just says "Okay, we understand." They hang up right there and never called me again. Apparently, collection agencies are well aware of rampant fraudulent medical billing?
A few months later I get a notification from my credit monitoring service indicating a negative reporting. I check it out and .....you guessed it: "Unpaid medical bill."
Medical Industry: "Play by our rules or suffer the consequences!"
Me: "Okay. I will just have to look after myself best I can."
So far, so good.
It's amazing to formulate a true conspiracy theory in your mind, that the COVID pandemic is a giant Big Pharma scam perpetrated for the purpose of forcing patented drugs backed by tens (hundreds?) of billions in public subsidies onto the world's population, and then it seems that every single last fact that has emerged in the past going on two years only further confirms that "theory", and there are precious few facts to consider to the contrary.