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You know… I’ve got a pretty solid soapbox here. Because of that, I get to talk about issues that I feel really strongly about. Tonight, I’m going to talk about issues that I feel really fucking strongly about. Maybe it’s because I just saw Mad Max: Fury Road and Imperator Furiosa is basically everything I want to be as a person. Maybe it’s because I am so fucking tired of people using bullshit science to explain why they’re okay with killing people.
I don’t know, and I don’t fucking care.
Tim Minchin said it best:
My diplomacy dike groans
And the arsehole held back by its stones
Can be held back no more -Storm by Tim Minchin
Today, I logged into Facebook to find the biggest pile of bullshit I’ve seen on my feed in a long time. Typically, I curate my Facebook feed because it’s already too fucking easy for me to find things I hate online. Seriously, there are a lot of assholes that exist. SHOCKING. I like having a bastion of civility considering all the fucking shitboxes I deal with every other day.
So then I see this fucking gem:
Let us talk for just a second about credentials. I have a care team, because I’m a cancer survivor. Here is my care team and their credentials. This doesn’t even take into account the number of nurses and other staff on the care teams that did their fucking best through my illness. Every single person on this care team has straight up told me to get vaccinated to protect my sad, lonely, remaining lung.
Dr. Bijal Desai – Primary Care Physician
Medical Education: St George’s Univ School of Medicine
Internship: Greenville Hospital System
Residency: Greenville Hospital System
Board Certification: Internal Medicine
Dr. Robert Herscowitz – Pulmonary Specialist
Undergraduate and Medical Education: Georgetown
Internship: Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Residency: Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Fellowship: Georgetown University Medical Center
Board Certification: Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Dr. Sandeep Khandhar – Cardiovascular Surgeon
Undergraduate and Medical Education: Northwestern University
Residency: University of Texas Health Science Center
Fellowship: University of Texas Health Science Center
Fellowship: Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery, Duke University Medical Center
Board Certification: Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery, Surgery
Dr. Jacob Ninan – Oncologist
Undergraduate: Northwestern University
Medical Education: University of Michigan Medical School
Residency: University of Wisconsin
Fellowship: University of Wisconsin Carbone Comprehensive Cancer Center, Medical Oncology and Hematology
Board Certification: Medical Oncology and Hematology.
That’s my care team. Now, let us compare this to “Dr.” Sherri Tenpenny’s credentials.
Dr. Sherri Tenpenny
Undergraduate: University of Toledo (Bachelor of Arts)
Doctorate: Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
What is Osteopathy you might ask? From the Wikipedia:
Osteopathy is a type of alternative medicine that emphasizes the physical manipulation of the body’s muscle tissue and bones.
So basically, Dr. Sherri Tenpenny isn’t a real fucking Doctor. She isn’t a licensed healthcare professional, and she even says as much on her site:
The entire contents of this website are based upon the opinions of Dr. Sherri Tenpenny unless otherwise noted. The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from the research and experience of Dr. Sherri Tenpenny. You are encouraged to make decisions about your health and the health care of your family based upon your personal research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional.
So wait, let me get this straight… you’re going to take the advice of a woman who legitimately says that she is NOT A FUCKING HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL rather than the advice of physicians who have studied for YEARS, and literally take an oath to care for their patients? Really?
So when I called the people on this bullshit, I received this response:
“Everyone should have their own choice about what goes into their, and their child’s body and no one else should have a say on that.”
Yes. Like arsenic. Or maybe you’re a parent who wants to put your dick inside of your child. OH WAIT, THAT’S CHILD ABUSE. YOU’RE LITERALLY HARMING YOUR CHILD. There are fucking laws against that shit. You want to know what else you’re doing? Subjecting your child to diseases that could literally kill them. For heaven’s sake, someone please tell these assholes that this is straight up child abuse. You’re saying you would rather your child die than have autism or a (n often) treatable side effect. Wow. Classy folks.
Beyond that, you’re saying that your individual right to blatantly disregard the science out there that says that vaccines are the best way to prevent these diseases is more important than the lives of children who are unable to have vaccines because they’re ill already, or those who have very weak immune systems and could be put into a life threatening position if exposed to these diseases. The worst part? You wouldn’t even know. You wouldn’t even know that someone you know could die because of your shitty decisions. Why? Because who the fuck is going to tell you all about their weak immune system, or their terrific fear of getting pneumonia in the only lung they have left (besides me, obviously). Not many people. Because those of us who are/were sick just want to feel fucking normal and healthy.
Which leads me to the most frustrating, obnoxious, thing I saw today. Take a gander at this shit:
For those of you who can’t read it or, like me, needed a double take. Let me tell you what this person’s taped face says.
Be aware. They know the cure. Cancer is a 95.5 billion dollar industry. you don’t really believe they want to stop that cashflow do you? Wake up.
This is one of those times when I have a dog in this fight. I have talked about my cancer stuff, and I’ll likely do so again going into much greater detail, but even three years out, my story and my feelings surrounding it are still very raw.
First off, how fucked do you have to be as a person to believe that people are inherently that evil that they would hide a cure that could have saved an estimated 539,430 people from death in 2015 and could prevent this frustrating and demeaning illness from affecting the estimated 1,658,370 new cases in 2015? Even beyond that, think of the number of people that would go into researching a medication like this, and safeguarding the chemical recipes. Think of how many people would have to know that something like this exists. Do you really think that none of them would’ve shared this tiny tidbit of “oh I cured cancer” with someone who has a fucking shred of empathy for human beings? Don’t you think SOMEONE would’ve remembered that they’re supposed to be healers? Don’t you think SOMEONE would’ve fucking reported this by now? The only places that talk about this and treat it with any detail are conspiracy theorists, and alternative medicine advocates. That doesn’t really give credence to the theory.
If you’re a person who truly believes that a large group of people could be that evil, maybe someone should’ve fucking hugged you as a child.
With respect to all of this, cancers take on different forms. There are a number of ways to treat cancer, and each of them is individualized to the patient. Even patients with the same cancer in the same space might need different medications because of how different our bodies are. It’s like using a hammer to fix everything you might need a tool for. It doesn’t work. Sometimes you need a screwdriver, or a wrench, or a drill to get it right. Use the right tool for the job folks, my dad taught me that. There is never going to be one “cure-all” for cancer, because cancer (like humans, and viruses and literally everything else on the planet) evolves. Anyone who tells you otherwise is trying to sell you something.
Finally, we need to talk about how your “natural medicine” route is killing people. My cancer isn’t going to be cured by saying Om a bunch of times, by doing yoga, or by eating a vegan diet. It’s not. How was my cancer cured? That care team up earlier in this post took out my fucking lung. When you’re spreading this message of “eat better and work out and your cancer will be cured with some fish oil and a bit of sunshine”, you’re directly influencing people away from treatments that could ACTIVELY help them. Your disregard for the fucking science behind cancer treatment and disease prevention is killing people.
If you spread this sort of nonsense, you should be ashamed of yourself, because you have blood on your hands.
-The Frisky Fairy
P.S. Here, have some Tim Minchin. My favorite part?
“You know what they call alternative medicine that’s been proved to work? Medicine.”