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From: “Marc Pele”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Dirty Mindset in Medical Profession
Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2010 15:52:58 +0000

Baba

“Kenoi va’ ele, dola’ diye gele, na’ bale gele cale, phele a’ma’y…”
(PS 1995)

Purport:

Baba, You have been gone so long, why did You come and stir my heart
only to then go away without saying a word– thereby leaving me all
alone. Baba, neither do You have any love for me nor do You understand
the aching pain of my heart. Baba, after coming and reciting one fairy
tale, where did You go. Baba, I want You to remain here with me.
Baba, amongst all the dear ones, You are my dearmost. Why then do You
not reside eternally in my heart. Baba, You are my dearmost and
innermost, then how can You justify going so far away from me. Is it
proper to leave me isolated and all alone. Please tell me.

Baba, You are so dear to me, no matter what I will never forget You;
Baba, I will never leave You. Not at any cost will I ever wipe You away
from my mental plate– from the memories of my mind. That I will never
do. Baba, even if You do not desire to remain with me– even if You want
to hide– I shall always keep You in the golden casket of my heart.
Baba, You are eternally mine; my everything is surrendered at Your lotus
feet…

== DIRTY MINDSET IN MEDICAL PROFESSION ==

Namaskar,
These days there are many ills within the medical profession –
especially where extreme capitalism has taken hold – and the root cause
is a faulty mind-set.

So long as a doctor feels that they are doing business and needs to make
a profit, the medical profession will never be able to right itself.
That outlook itself is what taints the field.

Baba has made this a major theme in His Prout teachings. And He has
furthermore recounted His own Personal interactions with doctors who
tried to cheat their patients. All of that and more is told below –
including the psychology that should drive medicine, not profit motive
but service psychology.

BABA’S STORY WHEN HE WENT TO THE DOCTOR

Here Baba recounts one incident of when He took one small boy to the
doctor for treatment.

Baba says, “Let me recount an incident that occurred several years ago.
In 1940 I went to a homoeopathic pharmacy.With me was a boy of twelve or
thirteen, the younger brother of an acquaintance. I had gone there for
some medicine for the boy. The doctor took pains to examine the boy
properly, then prescribed some medicine. He said, “Please return with
his medical report on Saturday afternoon.” I replied, “Will Saturday
morning not do? On Saturday afternoon I will be going out of town; I
will be going home.” Further discussion revealed that we came from the
same district and our homes came under the jurisdiction of adjacent
police stations on opposite sides of a river. The doctor then asked me
to return the medicine and said, “I am giving you another medicine.”
When I asked why he said, “Both medicines are good, but I give the first
medicine to people I do not know because it takes a little longer to
cure the patient, hence I sell more medicine.”” (HS-1)

By Baba’s above first-hand account, it is quite apparent that doctors do
all kinds of tricks in order to make a bigger profit.

In places like the USA – where materialism is a distinct disease and
doctors go into the field of medicine in order to become rich – the
situation is a thousand times worse.

Wrongful medicines are given; expensive procedures are needlessly
performed; research is profit-driven; curable but uncommon disease are
overlooked; and, patients are seen as paying customers, not as fellow
human beings who need care.

Plus there are so many other related problems that compromise the
medical profession. All these things and more are going on now and will
continue into the foreseeable future so long as capitalism is the
driving force behind the medical profession. Not to mention the
exorbitant cost of medical treatment.

Baba says, “No matter what country you belong to, tell me honestly, how
many doctors can you really trust and respect? Among the doctors you
know, you may believe in one or two at the most, but those who have won
your faith may or may not command your respect. In other words, the
doctors whom you believe in, who can cure a patient, are not accessible
because they cost too much.” (HS-1)

What is rampant in the USA is fast spreading to all points across the
globe. So we should all be alert

All familiar with Baba’s teachings know well that the answer lies in
turning medicine into a service oriented profession. This is not at all
a far off ideal, it is entirely possible and that is the only way to
undo the nightmare of today’s medical practices.

HUMANS HAVE CAPACITY FOR SERVICE

In capitalism, society is driven by the profit-motive – period. Everyone
chases after their own selfish interests and by that way society moves.
Everything is done out of business motive.

But humans have the capacity for service. No doubt animals do only for
their own stomach, i.e. self-interest. Humans though feel moved
internally to help and serve others. A mother nurses her baby, people
donate money to those in need, youths volunteer their time in destitute
regions. Good people want to serve.

And this ideal should be encouraged and honoured more and more. People
who have love for humanity should be goaded into service oriented
professions like medicine. And they should be respected for their noble
choice. In that way the medical profession can regain its integrity.

Baba says, “The medical profession as such has more to do with social
service than with professionalism. Social service is the main aim of the
medical profession. But then social workers cannot live on air, so they
have to accept some money for their livelihood from the government,
autonomous bodies, public institutions or ordinary people: in short,
from those they serve. To be a doctor may appear to be a way of earning
a living to an unemployed person, but it cannot be categorized as a
business under any circumstances.” (HS-1)

Thus under no circumstances should doctors be in business for
themselves. In that case they will compromise the health of the patient
in order to make more money. Rather they should be guaranteed funding by
the government and be given recourse to pursue their profession
according to service psychology.

NOT LIKE THAT TODAY

Unfortunately, the situation is not like that today. Baba Himself raises
this very issue and notes how doctors cheat their patients to make more
money.

Baba says, “Of all the doctors you have come across, how many are
idealistic and dutiful? If you visit a doctor, he will prescribe strong
medicines for a light illness. This will inevitably be the case if he
owns his own dispensary.” (HS-1)

And indeed these days surgeons perform open heart surgery just so that
they can collect a big fee. Or doctors prescribe lab tests because they
get a “kickback” (i.e. payment) from the lab for each test ordered. Or
there are so many scams going on. These are common occurrences in places
like the USA.

And in uneregulated markets like Mexico, China and India, other types of
issues surface. For instance, Dr. Shroff of New Delhi is proclaiming top
results with her stem cell treatment. But when there is no substantial
evidence, critics say it is but a sham. Even then, Dr Shroff continues
to grab huge fees from patients, at minimum $50,000 for 3 months.

All of this is rampant these days and it is only spreading more around
the globe.

TODAY DOCTORS EXPLOIT THEIR POSITION

The crux of the matter is that doctors hold a unique position in
society. Nobody wants to get sick and certainly nobody wants to die, so
they go to the doctor filled with hope, regard, and respect. They feel
totally dependent and think of that doctor as a saviour or demi-god.

Baba says, “A helpless person, no matter how great his financial, social
or intellectual capacity, considers a doctor to be a ray of light in the
darkness or a lifeboat which can save him from drowning.” (HS-1)

In that case, doctors can easily exploit the situation in their favour.
They have the upper hand. The patient needs help and the doctor promises
a cure. In that case, the doctor can do anything he wants.

In a service oriented profession when the welfare of the patient is put
at a premium, then all is well. But when big $$ profits are at stake,
doctors often exploit their position and take to underhanded business
maneuvers.

Just this year, two pediatricians in the state of Ohio were sentenced to
long jail terms for sexually abusing their patients, i.e. young boys.
Their criminal behaviour went on for years and years before they were
finally caught and sentenced.

A gynecologist in the US was recently sentenced to 45 years in jail for
sexually abusing his patients.

And these are not isolated cases. Tragically, they are becoming more and
more common.

Here the point is that when given the power, selfish oriented doctors
fall prey to abusing and cheating their patients in all kinds of ways:
Sexually, financially, medically etc. Tragically, capitalism initially
rewards those doctors who chase after their self-interest by giving them
huge stature in society and if they break the law it can take years to
unearth their wrongdoing and sentence the doctor to jail.

RARE DISEASES GO UNTREATED

Another common malady in today’s medical profession is the lack of
research in less common diseases.

At present, so many doctors and clinicians are researching new
hypertension (high blood pressure) medicine because they can make huge
money from this. When the better option is to guide the patient how to
cure hypertension through lifestyle changes (diet, exercise, meditation
etc). But this they do not do because selling high blood pressure
medicine is a gold-mine these days. People will take that medicine for
the rest of their life. What a sale – daily consumption by tens of
millions of people.

Yet at the same time, there are so many diseases classified as “rare”
where no medical research is in process because the money is not there.
Even then, there are some 30 million people in the US suffering from
these “rare” diseases, and there is no hope in sight for them. The same
tragedy is going on in other countries.

Some common “rare” diseases include: Vitiligo (white patches on the
skin), testicular cancer, gastric lymphoma and so many more.

In the case of vitiligo, people just cover themselves with clothes or
garments in order to hide their problem as there is no medicine
available to them. Such is the shame they have to undergo – all because
doctors are too greedy to look into the matter.

Many suffer in this way from countless conditions and syndromes.

Basically, if less than 200,000 people suffer from a disease in the US
it is labeled as “rare” or “orphan” in which case drug companies and
medical researchers do not want to touch it as it is too costly for
them, i.e. too difficult to make a big profit. Hence those people are
just left to suffer while medical research chases after bigger financial
catches.

It is for this reason Baba tells the following story in His Ananda
Vacanamrtam series.

Baba recounts how nobody wants to go to Kishanganj because the incidence
of malaria is very high there. Only doctors like to go there because
they will have a huge number of patients. Such doctors even pray that
let people get sick so I may earn a good living.

For this reason and so many others, many just see doctors as being
greedy businessmen, nothing more.

Baba says, “We hear many people say, “The medical profession is a
business like any other. Can such a business prosper without doing
anything wrong? It is impossible to run a business if one is totally
honest.”” (HS-1)

When this selfish mentality is prevalent, then how can the medical
profession ever truly help society.

BABA’S SOLUTION

Baba’s answer to the failing medical profession is quite simple.

Baba says, “The welfare of the patient should be the main aim of the
medical profession.” (HS-1)

And for the patient’s welfare to come first, doctors must be more
interested in providing a service to society than fattening their own
wallet. Unfortunately, in capitalism the profit motive is running
rampant in the field of medicine, but it need not always be like this.

In past societies and in the future when Prout is in vogue, so many
good-hearted people will venture into professions with the sole
motivation of helping others. Youths who are broad-minded should be
encouraged in this way.

We must remember that a service psychology is not an unheard of
phenomenon. When a child is sick, the mother does not think that now is
the time to cheat her child, rather she thinks she must sacrifice and do
all she can to cure her baby. This is service psychology – when one’s
heart is moved to help someone, setting aside all personal interest.
Many people do such selfless acts everyday and it is time that this come
in vogue in today’s medical industry.

Let us also remember that the 5 minimum requirements must be guaranteed
to all and proper medical treatment is one. So there is no option but to
resurrect and right the current medical profession, otherwise society
will never move ahead.

Here again Baba is giving a personal account of what happens when
doctors are driven by greed and profits.

Baba says, “Once I heard about a doctor, standing by the bed of a poor,
distressed patient, who said in an authoritarian way, “You must pay my
fees at once. I won’t listen to any excuses.” A poor relative of the
patient left the house in despair, borrowed money by giving an IOU, and
paid the doctor’s bill. I doubt whether a country can be considered
civilized if the strictest reform measures are not taken against such
human demons.” (HS-1)

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace, He has instilled within all the desire to serve. If
this quality is cultivated and nurtured, all the many ills infesting
today’s medical profession will vanish. To doctors, Baba give this final
guideline.

Baba says, “The convenience of the patient must be given more
consideration than your own.” (CC-2)

Then and only then will they be rid of their dirty mind-set.

Namaskar,
Moksa

Note 1: BABA OUTLINES MORE OF THE DEFECTS

OF TODAY’S MEDICAL PROFESSION

Here Baba outlines but a few of the ills in today’s medical industry.

Baba says, “Countless complaints can be made against doctors and the
medical profession. Although it would take a lot of space to list them
all, let me briefly mention a few: patients have to settle for
adulterated medicines unless they bribe the pharmacist; sweepers,
orderlies and nurses do not take proper care of a patient’s needs unless
they are tipped; a patient writhing in pain may be rebuked instead of
being given medicine; if one does not call the doctor at least once for
a personal consultation so that that doctor can earn some extra money,
one may be unable to secure a bed on one’s next visit to the hospital; a
medicine that is supposedly out of stock in the hospital can be
illegally purchased in a nearby shop at an exorbitant price; without
bribing the doctor a sick patient will not be admitted to the hospital;
during the compulsory medical examination for a new job, all the medical
staff put out their hand for a bribe; the doctor in collusion with the
optician fails many people in their eye tests so that they will have to
buy glasses; hospital patients are served food which is cheaper and of
poorer quality than what they are entitled to; milk and fruits reserved
for patients are consumed by the hospital staff; spurious drugs and
injections are administered to patients. Such grievances are endless.
Some are extremely serious, involving accusations of such
irresponsibility that it is difficult to believe that people actually
have these experiences.” (HS-1)

All such incidents will wash away with a service oriented medical
industry. The day is not far off.

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Deserts Needed

Baba says, “Ecologists claim that some deserts are essential for keeping
the global ecology in a balanced state. The high day temperatures and
the cold night temperatures that occur in desert regions create a useful
effect. The hot, dry desert air rises and creates a vacuum which sucks
in cool air, generating a chain reaction. Moist air is sucked in from
the sea and formed into clouds which then rain on the land. If deserts
vanish entirely, the overall rainfall will be reduced.” (PNS-16, p.37)
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