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Babylon, Medicine

Slouching to Babylon I

Matt Briggs has his weekly Insanity and Doom update. This is my version.

From the CDC via JAMA:

The ongoing opioid epidemic has contributed to growing rates of prenatal opioid use, which can lead to preterm labor, stillbirth, neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), or maternal mortality. Based on an analysis of 1999-2014 hospital discharge data from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), the rate of maternal OUD increased from 1.5 to 6.5 per 1000 deliveries during that period. All 28 states with data available saw increases, but rates varied substantially from state to state, from a low of 0.7 per 1000 deliveries in the District of Columbia to 48.6 per 1000 deliveries in Vermont. The authors note the state-level differences in the prevalence of OUD during pregnancy may reflect differences in opioid prescribing and in rates of opioid use screening, diagnosis, and treatment of OUD and NAS.

“These findings illustrate the devastating impact of the opioid epidemic on families across the United States, including on the very youngest,” said CDC Director Robert Redfield, MD, in a news release. “Untreated opioid use disorder during pregnancy can lead to heartbreaking results. Each case represents a mother, a child, and a family in need of continued treatment and support.

JAMA. 2018;320(12):1232. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.13546

My initial question is Why Vermont?. It used to be progressive, cohesive, and seen as a rural utopia. Clearly the revolution is causing more pain than intended. While I am at it, it looks like the Chicago way includes the abuse of psychiatry. From Matt Briggs.

Read the entire thing.

According to Church Militant, two capersome-merry-lighthearted priests threatened Kalchik with jail and with being sent to the “St. Luke Institute for his ‘psychiatric issues.’” (I loathe the euphemism issues.)

St Luke’s is “a treatment center with a notorious past, whose former CEO was convicted in 2014 of embezzling $200,000 dollars, which he spent on gay lovers.”

Kalchik blew off the devil-may-care-colorful-exuberant goons, who had by then become crude and threatening. “That’s a nice neck you have there, Father,” they in effect said. “Be a shame if anything happened to it.”

Here is what may be Kalchik’s real secular sin, as quoted in the Sun Times: “Of gays in the church, Kalchik says ‘scripture is crystal-clear. It’s against God’s law.’” It is, too. But don’t remind Soupy, who thinks such talk leads “down a rabbit hole.” Soupy would rather talk about global warming.

Kalchik, as of this writing, has gone into hiding. Incidentally, if any reader knows any clear and true ways to getting funds to Kalchik, please let us know.

Now to the point.

Soupy in a letter said he wanted to slip the straight-jacket on Kalchik “out of concern” for his “welfare.”

We earlier met Fr Edwin Palka who told us how threatening and using psychiatric evaluations was a common tactic to keep faithful priests in line. I’ve heard from other priests and rad other material that it’s not uncommon.

Here’s what you should already know: psychologists and psychiatrists and other mental health “workers” have no special expertise in knowing right from wrong, nor in discerning good versus evil, nor in dividing moral versus immoral. None. No shrink is better equipped than the next (educated) guy to tell you if sodomy is sinful or celebration-worthy.

To believe otherwise is to embrace scientism in the wickedest way.

What shrinks can do is after a man has been seen to go wrong, and where right and wrong are externally defined by sages (I trust you understand this word), the shrink can give us clues why the man did what he did. Maybe he had (is this still a euphemism?) a chemical imbalance, or a brain injury, or maybe he’s merely under the sway of idiotic ideas, such as Equality. Or maybe, in the case of a good man, the shrink can tell us what sustained this good. But that’s it. About why good is good, and bad bad, the shrink must defer to his betters—as we all must.

This purveyor of evidence based therapies and potions agrees.

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