Letters to the Editor

May 17, 2014

Letters to the editor on Legislature, vitamins, shingles, Sterling, infallibility

How does the Legislature get away with cutting funds for schools, the poor, sick, elderly and disabled, and just running wild? It’s because we have all heard of the Legislature but nobody understands it.

Handbook should be in every school

How does the Legislature get away with cutting funds for schools, the poor, sick, elderly and disabled, and just running wild? It’s because we have all heard of the Legislature but nobody understands it.

Visit the Sedgwick County Law Library. Turn the pages of Kansas statutes. See the thousands of laws passed by the Legislature governing our daily lives.

We cannot instruct legislators how we want them to vote if we do not even know who, what and where the state senators and representatives are. Obtain all this information from the Kansas Legislative Handbook. It should be in every school next to the dictionary for use by parents, teachers and students.



Vitamins can harm

A commentary by Ron Hunninghake of the Riordan Clinic suggested that I am a “non-nutritionally trained physician” (“‘Legitimate’ medicine biased,” May 9 Opinion). I have a master’s degree in nutrition. He also used poison-control data to claim the safety of vitamins. Yet multivitamins with iron (which are the primary way Americans take vitamin supplements) were the No. 1 cause of toxicologic death in children until government intervention changed the packaging requirement. I have witnessed the death of several young children who ingested multivitamins with iron.

Google “vitamins and increased mortality” and read dozens of very large, well-done scientific trials that show increased mortality and no benefit for a number of vitamin supplements, including A, E and beta-carotene. On a regular basis, I see patients with kidney stones in which vitamin C supplements play a role. The idea that vitamins can’t harm you is false.

The fact that I am skeptical of an unregulated alternative medicine industry and its multibillion-dollar profits does not, by default, make me an advocate of the way medicine is currently being done. I am as outspoken against the dangers of pharmaceutical drugs and the relationships between drug companies and medicine as I am against the alternative medicine industry.



Never get shingles

“Shingles remain a lifelong threat” (March 25 Healthy Living) was a very interesting article. I am quite familiar with this virus, as I recently finished my third round.

Like most, I had the chicken pox at an early age. At that time, we did not worry about this virus revisiting us as we got older. But if you think having the chicken pox is bad, you better hope you never get shingles.

I spent seven weeks getting over the excruciating pain during my third round of this devastating virus. I had seen two doctors for back pain before I was told that I had shingles (internal this time) and was given pain pills to help me make it through the day. I went through seven bottles of medication. I lost my appetite and therefore lost a lot of weight. I thought I would never be the same.

If I could turn back time, I would have gotten the vaccine. Little did I know that I would experience this misery three times. My advice to anyone 60 and older is to go get your shot.



Frenzy absurd

The frenzy caused by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s racist comment is absurd. Professional basketball players clutch their chests and bemoan the horrid suffering they endure, all caused by some old fool’s personal rant. If the NBA placed hidden microphones in the locker rooms, I wonder what colorful remarks about women or gays would be captured from the professional athletes themselves. The owner of the Charlotte Bobcats (Michael Jordan) admitted in his new book that he hated all white people when he was growing up. Think the NBA will ban him for life, issue a $2.5 million fine, and force him to sell his team? Probably not.



How shall we live?

“Problem isn’t God” (May 10 Letters to the Editor) stated the Bible is infallible, does not conflict or contradict, and has proved to be accurate. We need look no further than the creation stories to contradict these assertions.

In Genesis 1:1-2:3, this is the sequence in which our world was created: light and darkness, space and earth, land and seas, plants, birds and fish, land animals, and finally man and woman. Immediately following, in Genesis 2:4-25, is a second creation story with a different, conflicting, contradictory sequence: man, plants, rivers, beasts, birds and woman.

Which is accurate? Which writer was inspired by the Holy Spirit and which was not? It cannot be both.

Infallibility is a ridiculous position on which to build your theology. With a single example, such as the one provided, the infallibility argument falls in shambles about you. Also, how does one approach social justice, partisan politics, ethics or just normal neighborliness if any position you hold is based on the idea that you somehow have a corner on Truth?

I therefore echo the letter writer’s final statement: “The problem is not with God’s Word. The problem is man’s application of it.” Let us use our God-given intellect and a sense of humility to answer the question: “How shall we then live?”



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