Have been a little anxious of late as I waited for the results of a blood test I had just before our holiday. Went to see our lovely GP, she was the one who first spotted my cancer, and she told me I have ‘borderline hypothyroidism’ which is not serious and if needed easily treated. Probably explains the pins and needles in my fingers. Will get Alan the acupuncturist to give the thyroid a boost next time I see him. Reckon it’s yet another side effect of my crabby treatment, will discuss next week at my next crabby check up.
Was a little perturbed sat in the surgery when I had to ask about what hormone/s the thyroid produces and their effects as my degree was in physiology and stuff like the hormonal system is a fundamental part of physiology. I still blame ‘chemobrain’. Anyway, the thyroid hormones, thyrosine and triiodothyronine, are fundamental to controlling and regulating our basic metabolism and effect pretty much every cell in our bodies.
In much the same as way the so called free market, neoliberal capitalism is debilitating human society, yes thatch there is such a thing: ‘the aggregate of people living together in a more or less ordered community.’ And, like when a vital organ is diseased, for the past 40 years or so society has been afflicted by an economic doctrine that is wreaking havoc on humankind and the Earth. It has allowed a few kleptomaniacs to hoover up ever increasing amounts of economic wealth to the increasing detriment of everyone and everything else.
One manifestation of this disease is: “the disposition to admire, and almost to worship, the rich and the powerful, and to despise, or at least neglect persons of poor and mean condition…..is….the great and most universal cause of the corruption of our moral sentiments”. This was written over 200 years ago by Adam Smith. It is deeply ironic that an institute named after him is this country’s leading ‘free market neoliberal thinktank’, don’t think just tank the economy and society.
This worship of the misnomered free market is what is responsible for many of our current ills and the latest cancerous eruption is Grenfell Tower.
We treat this illness with, much as for treating hypothyroidism by restoring hormonal levels, a restoring of societal equality. We treat everyone, not just the fucking kleptos, with respect, dignity, fairness and equality. So women are treated fairly and equally starting with pay. The poor and disadvantaged are supported to alleviate poverty and disadvantage. People of all races, ethnicity and even creed (although this is somewhat dependent on particular creeds behaving in a like manner) are treated fairly and equally. Simple really.
Keep on keeping on, love Duncan.