Published Articles

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

For new readers it might be difficult to tell if Dr. Bill Cummings’ column “Is Christianity dying in America?”[1] was written with glee or with slight regret, like the puzzling smile of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa.” For those of us who have read some of his previous columns deprecating the Catholic Church, of course, it is not difficult to discern the gloating and streak of satisfaction, especially when he affirms that while it is not dying, “it’s declining for sure.”[2,3]

The persistent attacks upon the foundation of an institution in which he formerly belonged, which educated and nurtured him as a former priest, and perhaps inspired him in his eventually becoming a successful motivational speaker and business executive is a sad state of affairs. And as he points out, Cummings, who strives to be a latter-day Voltaire, is not alone in his thinly veiled rejection of his faith: Christianity and the Catholic Church are indeed in a declivity ushering the decline in Western civilization and America, the pinnacle of that civilization.[4,5]

Make no mistake about it, concomitant with the decline in Judeo-Christian values, America is in moral and economic decline,...



Monday, August 24, 2015

Following the publication of the first part of this article dealing with bioethics and infanticide,[1] I received correspondence from a former colleague, Dr. Richard L. Elliot, Director of Medical Ethics at Mercer University, contending there is little difference among medical and biomedical ethicists; that my characterization of bioethicists as utilitarian moralists (useful agents of the State) may not be accurate; and that autonomy (and personal choice) is given “high priority” by bioethicists.[2] I beg to differ on all counts.

I have served as a chief medical editor in four medical publications, the Journal of the Medical Association of Georgia (1993-1995), the Medical Sentinel (1996-2003), Surgical Neurology (2004-2010), and Surgical Neurology International (SNI; 2010-present). In all four of these journals there were considerable discussions about ethics and the nuances of tenets between traditional medical ethicists who follow Hippocratic teachings and biomedical ethicists who follow utilitarian precepts, and articles to that effect were published in them, as well as in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA); at...



Thursday, August 20, 2015

We must be careful not to rush to label glyphosate as excessively toxic to humans because when used properly and in proper quantities it is probably no more dangerous and toxic than other effective herbicides on the market. Unfortunately, most effective herbicides and insecticides could be classified as neurotoxic and carcinogenic because in high enough concentrations they can be toxic to biological systems. In their lengthy treatise, “Glyphosate, pathways to modern diseases III: Manganese (Mn), neurological diseases, and associated pathologies” recently published in Surgical Neurology International, Drs. Samsel and Seneff blame the widely used herbicide glyphosate for a number of ecological as well as medical disorders via Mn metabolism and a myriad of other pathophysiological mechanisms.[9] The linking of this effective herbicide to the alphabet soup list of conditions enumerated by the authors seems to be “shotgun science” — namely, multiple associations based on population-based statistics, disconnected correlations, and manipulation of numbers and conditions that create an epidemiological recipe for errors and nonvalid associations. The authors link every kind of disorder...



Friday, August 14, 2015

One of the great books of the 20th century was Richard Weaver’s Ideas Have Consequences.[1] I once had a fellow medical student tell me as I was discussing the dangers of communism that it mattered little what a person believes—ideas, she informed me, were personal and benign. Weaver shatters this dangerous idea in his scholarly book. He demonstrates that it matters very much what people think because they behave and design their lives according to the ideas they hold dear.

I have observed a very dangerous trend in a collection of ideas, some very old and some surfacing fairly recently, that if we analyze and study their history and content carefully, are destined to lead to a great deal of personal anguish, despair, misery, and even bloodshed. The newer ideas I will discuss last. First, I will consider briefly four concepts that have been responsible for the creation of more misery and mass death than any preceding set of philosophies in history. The four concepts listed in the title of this article, collectivism, secular humanism, scientific positivism and centralization of state power, are capturing the imagination of not only the intellectual elite but also millions...



Friday, August 14, 2015

The essence of all revolutionary systems and their eventual political manifestation depends on gaining, extending, and retaining power. Direct action, as we witnessed in the French Revolution and the revolutions that followed, such as National Socialism in Germany, fascism in Italy, and Soviet, Cuban, Southeast Asian and Chinese communism, brings centralized political power to the fore rapidly and necessitates equally rapid consolidation of power into the hands of the elite designers of the collectivist blueprint.

Despite the differences between the relatively non-violent gradualists of the Fabian school, for example, and the violent revolutionaries of the communist states, they share one thing in common—a desire to force the public by various means to see the new society as a flourishing, happy country, beset by dangerous subversives—to destroy the truth as far as possible, and to uproot or prevent independent thought. In other words, we have two centrally directed programs occurring at once—one to essentially brainwash the subservient and passive public into seeing the new system as humane, compassionate, progressive and efficient, and a second one that...



Sunday, August 9, 2015

Ignorance, not racism or other societal ills, is the real, strangely unaddressed underlying problem in today’s world.

Prevailing collective ignorance undermines truth, wisdom, and justice. It engenders envy of the successful, is the basis of poverty, bigotry, the thorn of vengeance, instigator of hate mongering; furthermore, coupled with crime, drugs, illegitimacy, illiteracy, lying, and wanton violence, it erodes society. En masse, it succumbs to the thought control of political correctness and panders to the false charisma of the inept and blindly elects the likes of a President Obama.

Universal ignorance

Of course, we are all ignorant to large degrees, especially in today’s world of the Internet, technology, and the mass of information that is beyond human comprehension. The mere collection of facts, however, does not equate with common sense, education, or wisdom, as the demise of the U.S. education system behind 22 other nations clearly affirms. Ignorance of our own history is allowing Big Government to turn the U.S. into a Peoples’ Socialist-Republic, as the Chinese and other dictatorships falsely term themselves. Asians here are outsmarting our...



Thursday, July 30, 2015

Dear Editor,

The late scholar and medical researcher Plinio Prioreschi (1930–2014) MD., Ph.D., warned physicians and surgeons of the danger of neglecting medical history and delegating the task to social historians or journalists with little or no medical or surgical knowledge. Dr. Prioreschi summarized the point by stating that competent medical history is medicine. Medicine being a very esoteric field cannot easily be mastered by nonphysicians. Prioreschi wrote, “the asymmetry (in esoterism) between science and the humanities…allows the physicist to be a poet but forbids a poet to be a physicist.”[5] The same goes for historians and physicians. Because of the high degree of esoterism involved in medicine, physicians can be historians, but historians cannot be physicians without training in medicine.[5] The mysterious death of Stalin is an excellent and instructive case in point.

On the fiftieth anniversary of Joseph Stalin's death, the British newspaper, the Daily Mail, headlined, “It's official! Stalin died of natural causes: Autopsy published for 1st time says Soviet leader suffocated after suffering a stroke death as from ‘natural causes.’”[4]...



Sunday, July 19, 2015

Ecologic studies are notorious for inherent errors of methodology, confounding variables, and magnifying other sample biases intrinsic to fault-prone, population-based epidemiological studies. But in the paper, “Firearm Ownership and Violent Crime in the U.S.—An Ecologic Study,” recently published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine,[1] we find additional problems resulting from the well known proclivity of many public health researchers of using preordained, result-oriented research to push for their personal views favoring gun control and militating for disarming law-abiding citizens, purportedly to reduce gun crime perpetrated by the not-so-law-abiding felons and career criminals who, as a matter of course, ignore and flaunt the law.[2-4]

From the outset the article reveals the authors’ biases. The study begins by listing the frightening statistics of gun homicides in the U.S. with the usual obligatory comparison with other “industrialized nations (mostly Europe),” neglecting world demographics, migrations, socioeconomics, history and geography, which brings to mind our next door neighbor Mexico, as well as Brazil and most of the Western hemisphere, not to...



Sunday, July 12, 2015

In medicine and surgery, traditional medical ethics have been based on the Oath of Hippocrates that has endured through the centuries because its precepts are patient-oriented — namely, that the first consideration of the physician is the needs of the individual patient. Doctors are sworn to do no harm and to advise and do what is in the best interest of their patients; third-party payers, insurers, society and the State are (or should be) secondary considerations.

For several decades progressive academicians have been pushing for a new term — i.e., bioethics.[3] And even more recently, a newer term, tailor-made for the neurosciences and neurosurgical specialties, has come into vogue — i.e., neuroethics.[2]

Bioethics (and potentially neuroethics) is based on utilitarianism and collectivist, population-based ethics that are susceptible to manipulation by social engineers, and the influence of government monetary and funding considerations.[1-4] Bioethics and the veterinary ethic are applicable to humane animal research and when treating sick and injured animals — in which the veterinarian does not act necessarily in the best interest of the injured animal, but...



Saturday, July 4, 2015

Dear Miguel,

I just read your magnificent papers recently appearing in Surgical Neurology International (SNI). Your rebuttal to the comment on your original article on ethics and morality was a masterpiece of scholarship and reasoned logic.(1) It was a delightful tour of moral history. You made a well-reasoned argument against the leftist mentality of excluding ideas that are contrary to the accepted leftist paradigm. This is a holdover from the Marxist idea that since Marxism/Leninism is "scientifically" determined, no further discussions are needed or should be allowed — in their view such additions to the argument only create confusion and discord. As I wrote in my article on contrary views as a "mental illness," not only are these contrary views considered by the left as a social irritant, but also they are dangerous to the social body and therefore should be treated as such.(2)

I also particularly enjoyed your handling and discussions of the blatant double standards exercised by such critics — that is, how the leftist-leaning medical journals are at liberty to expound endlessly, most often with extremely poor scholarship, on their views of the perfect...





Fransini Giraldo is a Colombian girl who dances her own style of Salsa. In this video, she dances to the rhythm of Sonora Carruseles de Colombia, presumably in the Colombia countryside. Published July 16, 2013.