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A Matter of Dignity

Date: 01 November, 2009

By: Chief

Imageome things are simply beyond all value.

If you ask two people to define dignity — you will probably get three different answers. During the age of enlightenment, Immanuel Kant, a noted philosopher believed dignity to be (quoting Wikipedia):

"[T]hose things beyond all value have dignity. Kant identified those things that are beyond all value as ends in themselves. Something is an end in itself if it has morality; that is, if it can make choices between right and wrong. Kant said 'morality, and humanity as capable of it, is that which alone has dignity'."

How eloquently stated.

Therefore, dignity must be an intangible. And therein lies the problem. For you see medical science does not recognize intangibles. As such, dignity and medical science are in a state of constant and direct conflict with each other. Without doubt the two are utterly irreconcilable.

Medical science versus human dignity

Contained within the practice of the healing arts is the much dreaded and heinous medical examination — of which there are many. When any sort of invasive medical examination takes place — human dignity is lost. In addition to the absolute loss of dignity, any invasive medical exam is also:

If you are a man and have had to undergo a prostate exam as I recently had too, you know precisely what I am talking about. And I shall never endure any other invasive procedure. Period.

On the other hand (no pun intended) if you are a woman who has undergone a complete gynecological examination which consists of a:

you truly have my sympathies. I mean it. A full blown gynecological exam is by far worse than a man's prostate or testicular exam (by the way, I know where my balls are and I do not desire some frigging "health professional" fiddling with 'em). Indeed, for some women a gynecological examination is both painful and traumatic. And you know something, I do not believe any woman would disagree with me on either statement.

Continuing on that same train of thought, sort of — if a doctor believes he or she feels something on a womans breast, the foul beast typically orders a mammogram. This "exam" is normally accomplished by literally mashing the breast in question darn near flat between two plates and then zapping the offending boob with x-rays. Additionally, if the woman has small breasts the idiotic x-ray technician pulls the boob away from the body in order to get the blasted thing smashed between the plates. I have been told by women who have had the dubious distinction of having a mammogram performed upon them that is painful as the dickens.

I just wonder if the x-ray tech would learn to be gentler if he had his balls mashed flat in a vise? In the case of a female x-ray tech I suspect she might be gentler if she had her nipples run through a meat grinder. Harsh lessons do make for long memories.

Without any doubt what our purported physicians or "health professionals" do to men is awful. However, what they do to women is nothing short of criminal. And they are paid handsomely for their invasion upon our dignity and privacy. Who says crime doesn't pay? skullvinies.

In sum, when any one or more medical examinations are performed upon your person — a human being you no longer are. You are just a number, a side of meat. A walking, talking, culture specimen inside a large petri dish. That is intolerable.

These invasive exams are not needed

What is totally, completely and unequivocally asinine is none of those loathsome exams, as they are currently being performed, are in anyway necessary. This is true for both men and women.

What says you? 'That is not what my doctor says'. 'He says I should have a prostate exam annually — during my yearly physical' says some brain washed man. Yeah says I, your your doctor is full of crap.

'But my doctor says an annual gynecological exam is necessary for my health and well being,' says some brain washed woman. Once again I state "your doctor is full of crap."

There are other:

methods available to the "health professional." Here are a very few:

To be sure some equipment or tests are better than others for certain parts of the human body. For instance the ultrasound and the MRI are better than a CT scan for the female pelvis. Quoting Wikopedia:

"CT has limited application in the evaluation of the pelvis. For the female pelvis in particular, ultrasound and MRI are the imaging modalities of choice. Nevertheless, it may be part of abdominal scanning (e.g. for tumors), and has uses in assessing fractures."

With grief condign, believe me when I say that, even the much vaunted "virtual colonoscopy" is, alas, invasive. The same holds absolutely true of the female pelvic ultrasound. Worthless scum sucking curs.

Nonetheless and as you could tell, there are other methods readily available which do not require a person to become:

To me anyway, allowing a stranger ("health professional") to see your nakedness and subsequently allow him or her to probe you internally — is extraordinarily close to what a prostitute does with his or her "John." Now there is an analogy for you to ponder. The only difference is you ain't getting paid for being probed. Sucks.

So why, pray tell, are these antiquated methods still the method of choice for the medical science and industrial complex?

Money

Well — kinda. But[t] in different ways. One group, the medical professional and supporting staff, is looking to be paid for services rendered and they should be. After all they are the ones who are attempting to prolong a person's life. And I believe the vast majority of them actually have the patients well being first and foremost in their thoughts. It is their methods which are sorely lacking.

A second group is attempting to get new equipment sold and turn a tidy profit in the process and a third group is looking to save money on medical procedures. Yet, in the final analysis, especially for the latter two groups, it still comes down to the all might greenback.

A medical examination, in my case a "digital rectal exam," the 'equipment' costs for the "procedure," if you will, were a pair of latex examination gloves and a squirt of KY. God do I hate that exam with a passion.

Far more importantly than medical office profit or new medical technology being purchased, invasive medical exams are the cheapest method available to:

They are out to save every dime they can — at our expense (pun intended in more ways than one). Indeed most health insurers will not pay for a non-invasive medical exam until the person has had the gross misfortune of having just completed an invasive exam. The insurers use the invasive exam as a screening tool. In other words, it is a way to reduce their costs.

Hence, we now have a case of patient dignity and privacy versus cost. And almost invariably it turns into a case of screw you citizen. Screw you claimant. 'If you don't do it the way we tell you ... pay for it yourself'. Something which most of us cannot afford to do.

Let's face it the cost of an MRI, CT scan or even an ultrasound most certainly surpass the cost of a pair of latex gloves and some KY. And by a long shot. So we take our privacy, our dignity and even our honor and we leave them at home and head into our "health professional's" office to be:

When it is over we are never quite the same again. We are never quite whole again. And lastly, we got to pay for the privilege. Such a deal. Skulvinnies.

No more

We do not have to put up with this abuse. We do not have to tolerate the rape of our:

No frapping way. Not anymore.

It is time we tell all involved within the medical science world and industrial complex, in a way they surely shall understand — no more. We the People shall tolerate no more. Period. We are individual human beings endowed by our creator with certain unalienable rights, including among them:

We are not a culture specimen inside a large petri dish. Nor are we patients.

We are indeed, in fact and always — human beings.

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