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    Medical Lysenkoism in the American Medical Association
    {New Discourses | 04 December 2023}

    The New Discourses Podcast with James Lindsay, Episode 131

    Medical Lysenkoism is the application of ideological, specifically Communist, doctrine to medicine, and it will kill tens of millions, maybe more, if it continues being put into practice. We say “continues being put into practice” here because, unfortunately, it isn’t just hypothetical; it’s well underway. In fact, not only are all the obvious manifestations of Medical Lysenkoism apparent, but also the American Medical Association (among others) have taken up an explicit commitment to Medical Lysenkoism under the brand name “health equity.” In this episode of the New Discourses Podcast, host James Lindsay walks you through a recent publication of the American Medical Association that outlines and explains their plan to embed “racial justice and health equity” as far into the medical profession as they can in the narrow window of opportunity they have while people will still tolerate it. Join him to learn about the looming catastrophe in medicine and to start taking action to reverse its course.

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    'Revolutionary Suicide': UCLA Psychiatrists Cheer Self-Immolation in Leaked Audio
    Med school talk glorified self-harm, violated CDC guidance, experts say
    {Aaron Sibarium | 12 April 2024}

    UCLA medical school’s psychiatry department hosted a talk earlier this month that glorified self-immolation as a form of "revolutionary suicide," raising concerns from prominent doctors and deepening a public relations crisis that has embroiled the elite medical school.

    The talk, "Depathologizing Resistance," was delivered on April 2 by two psychiatry residents at UCLA, Drs. Ragda Izar and Afaf Moustafa, under the auspices of the department’s diversity office and UCLA’s Health Ethics Center, according to slides and emails obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

    The remarks centered on the suicide of Aaron Bushnell, the U.S. serviceman who set himself on fire in February to protest U.S. support for Israel [see this thread - OB] - or, as Izar put it, "indigenous Palestine."

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    Bushnell had shown signs of mental distress before he died,according to a police report, and was widely seen as a casualty of mental illness. The presentation argued he could also be considered a "martyr," a man in full control of his mental faculties who had responded rationally to a "genocide" unfolding thousands of miles away.

    "Yes, he carried a lot of distress," Izar said, according to audio of the talk reviewed by the Free Beacon. "But does that mean the actions he engaged in are any less valid?"

    Isn’t it normal, she continued, "to be distressed when you’re seeing this level of carnage" in Gaza?

    50 min slideshow Seg 3_V2
    {Washington Free Beacon | 10 April 2024}

    The talk reflects the erosion of what was until recently a bedrock medical norm: From the American Psychiatric Association to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, all professional mental health bodies warn against glorifying self-harm, lest it inspire others to harm themselves.

    That norm has weakened with the rise of activist doctors and their capture of medical organizations. Pediatricians got a vivid taste of the brave new world in 2022 when Morissa Ladinsky, in an address at the American Academy of Pediatrics’s annual conference, praised a transgender teenager, Leelah Alcorn, for "boldly … ending her life" and leaving a suicide note that "went viral, literally around the world."

    Ladinsky, a pediatrician at the University of Alabama Children’s Hospital, leads the clinic’s "Gender Health Team." She later apologized for her remarks, saying she hadn’t meant to glorify self-harm.

    At UCLA, Izar and Moustafa, who are practicing psychiatrists, argued that self-immolation is a reasonable response to geopolitical events and that the taboo against it serves "the interests of power."By "perpetuating the stigma of self-immolation," they said, psychiatrists "discredit" resistance to "power structures" like "colonization," "homophobia," and "white supremacy," framing legitimate acts of protest as signs of psychiatric dysfunction.

    50 min slideshow Seg 2
    {Washington Free Beacon | 10 April 2024}

    "Psychiatry pathologizes non-pathological … reactions to a pathological environment or pathological society," Moustafa said. "It’s considered illness to choose to die in protest of the violence of war but perfectly sane to choose to die in service of the violence of war."

    50 min slideshow Seg 1_V2
    {Washington Free Beacon | 10 April 2024}

    Their contentions undercut official guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, whichwarns that "bestowing honor and admiration" on suicide victims can inspire others to take their own lives.

    That guidance "was certainly violated by the presenters," said Elliot Kaminetzky, a psychiatrist who specializes in anxiety disorders and reviewed audio of the talk at the Free Beacon’s request.

    The stigma against self-immolation, Kaminetzky added, is one reason Western countries see so little of it. "This is a good thing," Kaminetzky said. "For mental health professionals to encourage removing the stigma is reckless" and could "lead to an increase in the number of individuals who protest in this tragic and horrifyingly painful fashion."

    Sally Satel, a psychiatrist at Yale Medical School, said the talk itself was unlikely to inspire copycats, drawing a distinction between suicide and "cataclysmic protest." But she agreed with Kaminetzky that destigmatizing self-immolation could increase its prevalence.

    "The more a culture venerates that kind of behavior as honorable," Satel said, "the more we are likely to see additional examples."

    In a slide titled "Call to Action," which summarized the takeaways from the lecture, Izar and Moustafa told attendees to "cultivate safe spaces" for their patients. Neither doctor responded to a request for comment.

    Izar and Moustafa’s talk is the latest lecture to rock UCLA medical school, which hosted Lisa "Tiny" Gray-Garcia, a self-described "poverty scholar," as a guest speaker in its mandatory "structural racism" course in March. Garcia led the class in chants of "Free, Free Palestine," derided the "crapitalist lie" of private property, and, in an audio clip that has since gone viral, had students kneel and pray to "mama earth." The spectacle followed news that UCLA had divided its medical students into race-based discussion groups and assigned them readings on "indigenous resistance," "decolonization," and "settler colonialism."

    Such jargon was peppered throughout Izar and Moustafa’s talk. One slide asserted that psychiatry has "weaponized tools of colonization, racism, anti-blackness, homophobia, and various tools of oppressions." Another told psychiatrists to "embed your practice with an anti-colonial lens" and "recognize that mental health is intimately tied to liberation."

    At one point, Izar castigated statements made by various medical bodies, including the American Psychiatric Association, about Hamas’s October 7 rampage through Southern Israel, saying they had "centered the suffering of one group of people"—Jews—without discussing the "trauma" Palestinians had faced "at the hands of colonizing forces for 75 years." That remark drew blowback from Vivian Burt, an emeritus psychiatry professor at UCLA, who testified about the lecture at a meeting of the University of California Board of Regents on Wednesday.

    "This is but the latest and most grotesque example of how anti-Semitism has been allowed to metastasize at UCLA," Burt said. "I implore the Regents to act for the safety of our students, faculty, and staff, as well as those in our care as healthcare professionals."

    UCLA did not respond to a request for comment.

    The talk, which was streamed over Zoom and open to all psychiatry residents and faculty, argued that concerns about copycat suicide are selective and politically loaded, using former president Barack Obama’s praise of Mohamed Bouazizi—the Tunisian street vendor who helped jumpstart the Arab Spring when he self-immolated in 2010—as an example.

    "We praise people who do it over there," Izar said. "But when it happens here, not so much."

    The talk also drew a distinction between Eastern and Western cultures, arguing that the Global South tends to view "protest suicide" as honorable and "heroic."

    It’s true that self-immolation is more acceptable outside the West, Kaminetzky said. And it’s true that Americans have greeted certain acts of self-immolation, including Bouazizi’s, with more fanfare than Bushnell’s.

    But the divergent reactions don’t necessarily reflect a double standard, Kaminetzky said. Mental illness, after all, is often characterized by a disregard for social norms. Since those norms vary across cultures, Kaminetzky argued, a behavior that indicates mental illness in one country may not indicate it in another.

    "Given that self-immolation is not part of Western culture, individuals in the West who choose to protest by ending their life likely have multiple mental health and other challenges," Kaminetzky told the Free Beacon. "I would not make the same assumption for individuals in Tibet"—where many monks have self-immolated in protest of China—"though I would discourage it for them as well."

    Toward the end of their talk, Izar and Moustafa brought up the Goldwater Rule, which states that psychiatrists should not comment on the mental health of people they haven’t evaluated. The rule, codified in the American Psychiatric Association’s Principles of Medical Ethics, was repeatedly flouted during the Trump years as psychiatrists pontificated from afar about the former president’s mental state.

    50 min slideshow Seg 4
    {Washington Free Beacon | 10 April 2024}

    "In the same way that we shouldn’t be commenting on political candidates running for president," Izar said, the Goldwater Rule "raises the question of what authority do we have as psychiatrists to publicly comment upon instances of revolutionary suicide and other acts of resistance."

    50 min slideshow Full V2
    {Washington Free Beacon | 10 April 2024}

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    The Corruption of American Medicine
    The Tom Woods Show: Episode 2841
    {TomWoodsTV | 19 April 2024}

    Harvey Risch, professor emeritus at the Yale School of Medicine and Yale School of Public Health, says he went from "naive" about the medical establishment in 2019 to astonished and appalled in 2024.

    Guest's Faculty Page: Harvey Risch:

    Guest's Twitter: @DrHarveyRisch

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    ‘Pedagogical Malpractice’: Inside UCLA Medical School’s Mandatory ‘Health Equity’ Class
    Top physicians, including former Harvard dean, say required course is riddled with dangerous falsehoods
    {Aaron Sibarium | 24 April 2024}

    Students in their first year of medical school typically learn what a healthy body looks like and how to keep it that way. At the University of California, Los Angeles, they learn that "fatphobia is medicine’s status quo" and that weight loss is a "hopeless endeavor."

    Those are two of the more moderate claims made by Marquisele Mercedes, a self-described "fat liberationist," in an essay assigned to all first-year students in UCLA medical school’s mandatory "Structural Racism and Health Equity" class. Launched in the wake of George Floyd’s death, the course is required for all first-year medical students.

    The Washington Free Beacon has obtained the entire syllabus for the course, along with slide decks and lecture prep from some of its most explosive sessions. The materials offer the fullest picture to date of what students at the elite medical school are learning and have dismayed prominent physicians—including those sympathetic to the goals of the class—who say UCLA has traded medicine for Marxism.

    Jeffrey Flier, the former dean of Harvard Medical School and one of the world’s foremost experts on obesity, said the curriculum "promotes extensive and dangerous misinformation."

    UCLA "has centered this required course on a socialist/Marxist ideology that is totally inappropriate," said Flier, who reviewed the full syllabus and several of the assigned readings. "As a longstanding medical educator, I found this course truly shocking."

    One required reading lists "anti-capitalist politics" as a principle of "disability justice" and attacks the evils of "ableist heteropatriarchal capitalism." Others decry "racial capitalism," attack "growth-centered economic theories," and call for "moving beyond capitalism for our health."

    The essay by Mercedes "describes how weight came to be pathologized and medicalized in racialized terms" and offers guidance on "resisting entrenched fat oppression," according to the course syllabus. Mercedes claims that "ob*sity" is a slur "used to exact violence on fat people"—particularly "Black, disabled, trans, poor fat people"—and offers a "fat ode to care" that students are instructed to analyze, taking note of which sections "most resonate with you."

    "This is a profoundly misguided view of obesity, a complex medical disorder with major adverse health consequences for all racial and ethnic groups," Flier told the Free Beacon. "Promotion of these ignorant ideas to medical students without counterbalancing input from medical experts in the area is nothing less than pedagogical malpractice."

    Nicholas Christakis, a sociologist and physician at Yale University, who has spent decades providing medical care to underserved communities, including in the South Side of Chicago, called the curriculum "nonsensical."

    The relationship between health and social forces "should indeed be taught at medical school," Christakis wrote in an email, "but to have a mandatory course like this—so tendentious, sloganeering, incurious, and nonsensical—strikes me as embarrassing to UCLA."

    UCLA did not respond to requests for comment.

    Snapshots of the course have been leaking for months and left the school doing damage control as members of UCLA’s own faculty have spoken out against the curriculum. The most recent embarrassment came when a guest lecturer, Lisa Gray-Garcia, led students in chants of "Free, Free Palestine" after instructing them to kneel on the floor and pray to "Mama Earth." Lessons on "decolonization" and climate activism, as well as a classroom exercise that separated students by race, have also stirred controversy.

    "There are areas where medicine and public health intersect with politics, and these require discussion and debate of conflicting viewpoints," Flier said. "That is distinct from education designed to ideologically indoctrinate physician-activists."

    The mandatory class is part of a nationwide push by medical schools to integrate DEI content into their curricula—for residents as well as students— both by adding required courses and by changing the way traditional subjects are taught.

    Stanford Medical School sprinkles lessons on "microaggressions," "structural racism," and "privilege" throughout its curriculum. Residents at Yale Medical School must complete an "Advocacy and Equity" sequence focused on "becoming physician advocates for health justice," while those in the infectious disease program must complete additional lessons on "Diversity, Equity, and Antiracism."

    Columbia Medical School promotes an "Anti-bias and Inclusive" curriculum by encouraging educators to use "precise, accurate language." Instead of "women," guidelines for the curriculum state, faculty should refer to "people with uteruses."

    The changes have been driven partly by the Association of American Medical Colleges—one of two groups that oversees the accrediting body for all U.S. medical schools—which in 2022 released a set of DEI "competencies" to guide curricula. Schools should teach students how to identify "systems of power, privilege, and oppression," the competencies state, and how to incorporate "knowledge of intersectionality" into clinical decision-making. Students should also be able to describe "public policy that promotes social justice" and demonstrate "moral courage" when faced with "microaggression."

    The course at UCLA, which predates those accreditation standards, offers a preview of how DEI mandates could reshape medical education. It is littered with the lingo of progressive activism—"intersectionality" is a core value of the class, according to slides from the first session—and states outright that it is training doctors to become activists.

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    Students will "build critical consciousness" and move toward a "liberatory practice of medicine" by "focusing on praxis," according to the slides.

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    A section called "Our Hxstories" adds that "[h]ealth and medical practice are deeply impacted by racism and other intersectional structures of power, hierarchy, and oppression—all of which require humility, space and patience to understand, deconstruct, and eventually rectify."

    That jargon reflects a worldview with clinical implications. In a unit on "abolitionist" health, which explores "alternatives to carceral systems in LA," students are assigned a paper that argues police should be removed from emergency rooms, where 55 percent of doctors say they’ve been assaulted—mostly by patients—and threats of violence are common, according to a 2022 survey from American College of Emergency Physicians. Other units discuss the "sickness of policing" and link "queer liberation to liberation from the carceral state."

    Flier said the syllabus was so bad it called for an investigation—and that anyone who signed off on it was unfit to make curricular decisions.

    "Assuming the school’s dean," Steven Dubinett, a pulmonologist, "does not himself support this course as presented, it is his responsibility to review the course and the curriculum committee that approved it," Flier said. "If that body judged the course as appropriate, he should change its leadership and membership."

    Dubinett did not respond to a request for comment.

    One of the leaders of the course is Shamsher Samra, a professor of emergency medicine who in December signed an open letter endorsing "Palestinians’ right to return" and linking "health equity" to divestment from Israel.

    "To authentically engage in antiracism health scholarship and practice is to explicitly name injustices tied to white supremacy and maintain an unapologetic commitment to antiracism praxis that transcends US borders," the letter reads. "As such, we, the undersigned,* unequivocally support a free Palestine and Palestinians’ right to return."

    Samra, who in 2021 published a paper on "infrastructural violence and the health of border abolition," did not respond to a request for comment.

    To the extent the course addresses actual medical debates, it frames contested treatments as settled science, omitting evidence that cuts against its activist narrative. A unit on "Queerness/Gender," for example, assigns readings on "gender self-determination" and "DIY transition," but does not include any of the research from Europe—such as the newly released Cass Report—that has led England and other countries to restrict hormone therapies for children.

    "UCLA School of Medicine has decided to shield its students from the ongoing scientific debates playing out in Europe and even in the U.S.," said Leor Sapir, a fellow at the Manhattan Institute who researches gender medicine. "This is fundamentally unserious, and a stain on the school’s reputation."

    The omission of inconvenient facts extends to a unit on Los Angeles's King/Drew hospital—nicknamed "Killer King" for its high rates of medical error—which the course promotes as an example of "community health."

    Founded in 1972 as a response to the Watts riots, the hospital was majority black, had a documented policy of racial preferences, and was hit with several civil rights complaints by non-black doctors alleging discrimination in hiring and promotion.

    It closed in 2007 after a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation by the Los Angeles Times found numerous cases in which patients had been killed or injured by clinical mistakes, such as overdosing a child with sedatives and giving cancer drugs to a meningitis patient. Efforts to reform the hospital stalled, according to the Times, because its board of supervisors feared coming across as racially insensitive.

    The assigned readings on King/Drew do not include any of this history. Lecture slides instead praise the hospital for "suturing racial divides," but suggest that it may not have gone far enough. A focus on "producing highly talented and skilled physicians," one slide reads, "forced" King/Drew to hire doctors who were, "in some cases, not Black."

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    The curriculum is a "compilation of ideologic and anecdotal assertions that represent a warped view of medicine," said Stanley Goldfarb, the founder of the medical advocacy group Do No Harm and the father of Free Beacon chairman Michael Goldfarb. "American medical education needs to purge itself of this nonsense and treat every patient as an individual."

    The slides suggest that "lived experiences," "historical memory," and "other knowledges" can constitute medical expertise.

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    Biomedical knowledge, after all, is "just one way of knowing, understanding, and experiencing health in the world."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Occam's Banana View Post

    ‘Pedagogical Malpractice’: Inside UCLA Medical School’s Mandatory ‘Health Equity’ Class
    Top physicians, including former Harvard dean, say required course is riddled with dangerous falsehoods
    {Aaron Sibarium | 24 April 2024}


    For more on Paulo Freire's massively unfortunate (and unfortunately massive) influence upon Western education, see this thread:
    Gramsci's "long march through the institutions" proceeds apace.

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