• How to get through the year without getting pneumonia

    by  • 8/27/2009 • insanity • 2 Comments

    What follows is the newest credulous piece writtern by Damian Rogers for Eye Weekly in Toronto, telling new university students how they can avoid getting sick with pneumonia this year; with homeopathy and accupuncture.

    Does Ms. Rogers not understand that pneumonia is a potentially dangerous infection if left untreated? Perhaps she thinks that smelling essential oils and drinking mystical chinese tea and ‘lifestyle coaching’ are all that is needed to ward off an infection?

    Oh, right, Ms. Rogers has a bit of a history as the local new age kook at this free weekly paper in Toronto;

    Pneumonia can result from a variety of causes, including infection with bacteria, viruses, fungi, or parasites, and chemical or physical injury to the lungs (Wikipedia).

    Things that might help; stop smoking, get a vaccine against common pneumonia agents, and see a doctor if you’re having trouble breathing. Getting a massage may feel great, but it does nothing to boost your immune system or to fight off infections of any sort.

    Wikipedia on the prognosis of those with pneumonia:

    With treatment, most types of bacterial pneumonia can be cleared within two to four weeks. Viral pneumonia may last longer, and mycoplasmal pneumonia may take four to six weeks to resolve completely. The eventual outcome of an episode of pneumonia depends on how ill the person is when he or she is first diagnosed.

    In the United States, about one of every twenty people with pneumococcal pneumonia die.[29] In cases where the pneumonia progresses to blood poisoning (bacteremia), just over 20% of sufferers die.

    The death rate (or mortality) also depends on the underlying cause of the pneumonia. Pneumonia caused by Mycoplasma, for instance, is associated with little mortality. However, about half of the people who develop methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) pneumonia while on a ventilator will die. In regions of the world without advanced health care systems, pneumonia is even deadlier. Limited access to clinics and hospitals, limited access to x-rays, limited antibiotic choices, and inability to treat underlying conditions inevitably leads to higher rates of death from pneumonia. For these reasons, the majority of deaths in children under five due to pneumococcal disease occur in developing coutries.

    Damina refers people to a Naturopathic Clinic for weight loss and cancer care. For hangovers and chronic pain, she suggests shiatsu and accupuncture, and for all the general malaise sort of things (chronic fatigue?) she recommends the local school of homeopathic “medicine”.

    Nowhere is there even a small suggestion that someone should actually see a doctor if they’re coughing up blood or if they have a tumor… Nothing.

    Unqualified quackery, aimed at new students who may not know better, and framing it as “Wellness.”

    You Want… To Get Through The Year Without Getting Pneumonia
    Favourite Add to your favorite Recommend: 0 BY Damian Rogers August 26, 2009 17:08

    Fuck the flu. Even without the threat of a pandemic spreading across campus, students suffer through all kinds of pressures that diminish their health and well-being, from lack of sleep to stress headaches to binge drinking to regrettable sex. The complementary health sector offers some powerful alternatives to feeling like ass all the time, but racking up a whack of bills for massage therapy sessions might just make you edgier. The following healthcare education institutions feature respected student clinics that give you the chance to sample various approaches on a tight budget.

    Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, 1255 Sheppard E., 416-498-9763, www.ccnm.edu

    The program: Naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of primary healthcare that seeks to address root causes of illness and promotes the bodyís own healing ability through natural therapies that include acupuncture, Asian medicine, botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, homeopathic medicine, lifestyle counselling and physical treatments like massage and hydrotherapy. Graduates are called naturopathic doctors.

    What to expect: Go on their website to fill out and submit the adult intake form, which asks about your medical history and physical habits (how much you exercise, what you eat on an average day, etc.). Clinic patients are assigned to a senior intern ó a student in their final year of schooling ó under the direct supervision of a regulated naturopathic doctor. The initial appointment takes about 90 minutes and follow-up appointments last an hour ó much better than the 10 minutes you often get from a rushed family doctor. Book ahead ó the clinic sees more than 100 patients a day.

    Best for: Pretty much everything. The clinic has focused programs for treating weight loss, cancer care and sports injuries, but since naturopathic medicine has a preventative focus, many patients go to the clinic with the goal of raising their overall health.

    Clinic hours: Mon 2:45pm-7pm; Tue-Fri 8:45am-7pm; Sat 9:45am-5pm.

    Rates: $65 initial consultation; $40 follow-up appointments. (Compare with professional rates, which run around $150-$200 for the initial and up to $120 for follow-ups.)


    The Shiatsu School of Canada Student Teaching Clinic, 547 College, 416-323-1818 x: 23,

    The program: The shiatsu theory diploma program runs two years full-time or three years part-time. The acupuncture diploma program runs three years part-time.

    What to expect: The clinic treats several people at once in an open area where students are supervised by instructors. Clients discuss concerns with both the student and his or her supervisor; itís an open environment that encourages clients to ask questions as well. Donít get too attached to the student working your meridian points, though; they are only allowed to see each client five times to ensure they receive a variety of experience.

    Best for: Both shiatsu massage and acupuncture can help address a wide range of issues, from insomnia to chronic pain to hangovers.

    Clinic hours: The Shiatsu Student Teaching Clinic operates Wed only, 10:15am, 12:15pm, 2:45pm and 4:30pm. The Acupuncture Student Clinic operates Mon and Thu 6:15pm, 7:30pm, 8:45pm; ?Sun 10:15am, 11:30am, 2pm, 3:15pm, 4:30pm.

    Rates: $35 for about an hour and 20 minutes of shiatsu; $20-$65 for an acupuncture session.


    The Toronto School of Homeopathic Medicine, 1881 Yonge, ste 500, 416-966-2350, www.homeopathy-canada.com.

    The program: The school offers a three-year specialized program that leads to a diploma. Unlike naturopaths, homeopaths are currently unable to use the term “doctor” according to Ontario law, something that is controversial within the community. The system, developed in the late 18th century by a German doctor named Samuel Hahnemann, is practised around the world.

    What to expect: After filling out a questionnaire, your first visit will last about an hour and a half and you will be asked to speak at length about your illness or concerns and the related issues. Patients often find this to be a powerful experience and it can sometimes be quite emotional. After the consultation, your homeopath will prescribe the appropriate homeopathic treatment.

    Best for: Because homeopathy addresses the whole person, itís especially good for disease prevention and for treating interconnected issues, like a pattern of stress and anxiety that causes insomnia, headaches and an inability to focus.

    Clinic hours: Thu-Fri 10am-7pm.

    Rates: $40 initial consultation, $25 follow-up. This includes all taxes and the prescribed homeopathic remedy.

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