While the stir that occurred from the last mass murderer has gone off the front pages, and the sensationalism has gone down, the pain in the families from these tragic events will never diminish. Many people have opined on what happened or why do these things occur, but I ran across the following article, and it spoke so much truth that I wanted to share it with you.
As with medicine or engineering, if you have the wrong reason for a problem it doesn’t matter how many times you use it, the problem will never solve. The wrong antibiotic won’t kill the bug, the bridge structure that only holds one ton, will not hold five tons. Please have a read and
I would love to have your thoughts on this.
It’s long, but thorough and makes a lot of sense to me.
Have a great week.
David I Minkoff, MD
A SNAKE OIL SALESMAN BY ANY OTHER NAME…
The difference between a snake oil salesman and a psychiatrist is that the snake oil that was brought to the United States by the Chinese who came to help build the Transcontinental railroad actually had medicinal benefits.
“Made from the oil of the Chinese water snake, which is rich in the omega-3 acids that help reduce inflammation, snake oil in its original form really was effective, especially when used to treat arthritis and bursitis.” (source)
The Chinese shared the remedy with some of their American co-workers, but it was American “entrepreneur” Clark Stanley who swiped the snake oil brand and engaged in an aggressive advertising campaign selling the potion as a “cure all”. The trouble was that Stanley’s snake oil was composed of some innocuous fatty liquids and additives… but no snake oil. Stanley’s fraud was eventually exposed, and snake oil salesmen became synonymous with charlatans and those who sell fraudulent goods and services.
The difference of course is that the psychiatrist’s snake oil, the violence inducing, mind altering drugs, marketed under the cover of mental health treatment, is at the very core of many of the horrific incidents of mass murders that have shattered American society over the last few decades.