RE: Spring 2001 Issue --- Doctors and Guns (Part II)

Michael Creta, DO
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Summer 2001
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Dear Dr. Faria and all the doctors at AAPS,

There are those of us out here who are disgusted with the "pseudo-science" that is used in medical journals regarding the issue of handguns. The integrity of the medical profession is in jeopardy with our medical organizations taking politically correct positions that are unrelated to medicine. That is why I cannot join them.

There are some physicians, who, before they are doctors, are American citizens, and before that, are men. Men who believe in the duty to protect their wives and children from harm, and protect their communities from harm.

Now I know that there are other physicians out there who believe the same thing. And now that I know this, I have found a medical organization that I can join.

Thank you Dr. Faria, and keep the information coming.

Michael Creta, DO
Ronkonkoma, NY

Correspondence originally published in the Medical Sentinel 2001;6(2);37-39. Copyright©2001 Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS).

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I can understand why having a gun may give you some protection, but I think avoiding trouble and plain common sense is a better weapon!

Chinese Medicine and the Martial Arts

In China (as well as most other places throughout world history), doctors were almost always martial artists. Not only did they practice combative arts, but they were often the most proficient warriors. Wong Fei-hung is perhaps the most legendary of the Chinese physician-warriors, but Huo Yuanjia, Wong Hon-hei, and Wong Leung-ying are some others.

Here in the Americas, doctors were also elite fighters. Goyakla (Geronimo), Sitting Bull and the Apache woman Lozen were all so-called "medicine men" or doctors. To become a healer in the Americas or in the far east took far more than 8 years of medical study. You were choosen as a child and might not be trusted with people's health until you were an old man or woman.

Other nations with histories of doctor-warriors include Japan, Israel, and most African nations.

Many ancient doctors were not only healers, and skilled warriors, but often times became leaders. They tended to be poets, artists, skilled craftsmen, and highly articulate. In other words, they had a high propensity to be among the most well-rounded members of their societies.

Today, we have so-called doctors who pursue medical degrees as fast as possible at politically left-leaning universities, and then we wonder why they have forgotten that doctors should know martial arts: that they should know how to fight. Doctors should be well-armed and proficient.

The best deterent for violence is the proven potential to inflict greater violence on those who might seek to do you harm. Ancient doctors knew this, and they practiced it. Too many modern doctors have been led astray by emotional ideologies that have little root in reality. Thankfully, there are still well-informed and skilled physicians, like Dr. Faria, who understand that tools of the martial arts are necessary for the freedom to practice autonomous medicine.

~107 degrees in the shade - can you take the heat?

Revolutionary (warrior) physicians

Dear 107th degrees in the shade,

You must live in Arizona!

I love your informative and intriguing post. At one time I was thinking of writing a book about revolutionary (warrior) physicians, but I never did, as I became saddened and disillusioned by the timid behavior of modern physicians and their representative organizations, such as the AMA vis-a-vis the State.

Physicians have allowed the government to collectivize medicine and even permit the individual-base ethics of Hippocrates to become transmogrified into collectivized population-based ethics. So I thought my book would be anachronistic by the time it would have been published!

But I did write a paper posted here:

I hope you enjoy it. I will do more research on non-Western physicians and shamans. You are absolutely correct. MAF

Warrior Drs

Dr. Faria,

I wish you would write that book! It might be too anachronistic, but it's a viewpoint that is rarely expressed in modern, western society. About the only place I see the idea of warrior-physicians is in fictional kung fu movies about Wong Fei-hung, like the Iron Monkey and Once Upon a Time in China. It would be great to see more people expressing that idea, especially since the left has NO problem expressing the idea that doctors should be some kind of wimpy pacifist, who shuns any form of violence because it somehow means he cares more because he hates Glock. Also, its time to hear more from people like Captain Kirk and less from the Dr. Spocks of the medical world. In a raspy voice from years of space travel and minutes of intense radiation poisoning, Spock said, "the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one." Thankfully Kirk never fully subscribed to that idea, and when he found out that his friend might not be dead, he risked his career, and even the careers of his closest friends to go save "the one." Kirk is a freedom fighter who believes in individual rights. Spock, while preaching logical thinking, is a socialist. Unfortunately, the medical community thinks more like Spock, and less like a true revolutionary physician! Perhaps some, even a few brainwashed doctors might re-think their purpose in medicine, and their ideas about firearms, if they only had another way to look at it.

~ 107 degrees in the shade - can you take the heat?

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