The Foolish Failure Of Medical Professionals Leads To Freaky Failure For Patients: Ulcers & Stomach Cancer

Originally published October 16, 2013.

Revised and republished on November 7, 2015 after a web host transfer.

Foolish Failure
Failing to see opportunities for serendipitous success in people
who are different from you because you do not understand that
your success is connected to their success.

Freaky Failure
Being in the wrong place at the wrong time to just by chance
suffer a loss because of someone else’s failure

Into the mid 1990s, gastroenterologists believed that stress, spicy foods, and too much acid led to ulcers. Treatments included diet, antacids, antidepressants, and surgery.

In 1981, Australian internist Barry Marshall began working with Robin Warren, a pathologist at the Royal Perth Hospital. Warren had discovered that a spiral bacteria named Helicobacter pylori or H. pylori could overrun and infect the gut. He found the bacteria in biopsies of both ulcers and stomach cancer. Marshall traced H. pylori as the cause of both peptic ulcers and stomach cancers. He also discovered that gastritis (inflammation of the inside surface of the stomach) precedes both ulcers and stomach cancer.

When presented with the information, gastroenterologists foolishly decided bacteria could not cause ulcers or stomach cancer. Gastroenterologists ignored Warren and Marshall’s scientific evidence at least in part because the evidence meant losing patients. Patients cured of ulcers with antibiotics would not come back for repeated treatments. Every time Marshall and Warren presented their findings to gastroenterologists, they faced a “campaign of negativism”. Medical journals made getting the word out difficult by rejecting their scientific paper.

Microbiologists – researchers who study infectious diseases – considered the research on H. pylori important. Unfortunately, scientific papers on ulcers and acid drowned out anything microbiologists wrote about H. pylori.

To prove his research, Marshall infected himself with H. pylori, developed gastritis, then cured himself with antibiotics. He published a synthesis of the research in The Medical Journal of Australia in 1985. Gastroenterologists still refused to use antibiotics. Marshall moved to the United States in 1986. Articles in Reader’s Digest, National Enquirer, and other publications about his work brought attention to his research. In the mid 1990s, the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decided to push the issue. Patients with ulcers and stomach cancer finally got the treatment that had been available for a decade or more.

During that decade, people continued to lose their health and their lives to ulcers and stomach cancer. With each loss of health and life, everyone who rejected Robin Warren and Barry Marshall’s research lost all possibilities for any serendipitous success those patients might have created for them.

Barry Marshall now shows the rejection letters for his scientific paper during lectures.

“Today the standard of care for an ulcer is treatment with an antibiotic. And stomach cancer—once one of the most common forms of malignancy—is almost gone from the Western world.”

“Getting medicine to accept new thinking”
Joanna Cardwell
Crohn’s MAP Vaccine
crohnsmapvaccine.com
February 17, 2015

“The Dr. Who Drank Infectious Broth, Gave Himself an Ulcer, and Solved a Medical Mystery”
Pamela Weintraub
Discover Magazine
March 2010

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Ignored Latinos Create Smart Political Success

Originally published October 30, 2013.

Revised and republished November 6, 2015 after a web host transfer.

Foolish Failure
Failing to see opportunities for serendipitous success
in people who are different from you because you do not understand
that your success is connected to their success

Smart Success
Seeing opportunities for serendipitous success
in people who are different from you because you understand
that your success is connected to their success

For years, Democratic and Republican politicians foolishly ignored Phoenix area Latino voters, believing they were unlikely to vote.

Daniel Valenzuela was a Phoenix firefighter who decided to run for the city council in the spring of 2011, an off-year election. Valenzuela asked five Latino students at a local college to help him win the council seat by getting residents of the mostly Latino west side registered to vote. Those five students recruited almost another hundred people under the age of 30. Identifying themselves as Team Awesome, this group made 72,000 door to door visits to the Latinos that Democratic and Republican politicians foolishly ignored. They returned to some homes four or five times. Turnout for the election was up 480% from the previous off-year election. The vote count was almost 14,000. Valenzuela beat his Republican opponent by an almost 3 to 2 ratio.

Political rookie Daniel Valenzuela was smart in three ways.

He was smart to focus on registering ignored Latinos to vote.

He was smart to ask Latino college students to help him register other Latinos to vote.

He was smart to pass the power of recruiting for Team Awesome to the Latino college students.

Valenzuela’s smart approach to politics brought success on election day in Phoenix.

“Why Latino Voters Will Swing The 2012 Election”
Michael Scherer
Time Magazine
March 5, 2012, 22-29

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When Nature Causes Freaky Failure, Everyone Loses

Originally published October 30, 2014

Revised and republished November 5, 2015 after a web host transfer.

Freaky Failure Caused By Nature
Being in the wrong place at the wrong time to just by change
suffer a loss because of natural events

In 1958, the Pacific Ocean port city of Antofagasta, Chile decided to get its water from the Andes Mountains. The water coming down from the mountains was cheaper to use than well water was. In 1970, city officials discovered arsenic in the city’s water supply. It had come from mountain mineral deposits.

The city quickly switched back to using well water. However, citizens of Antofagasta suffered the freaky failure of higher rates of bladder and lung cancer because arsenic existed naturally in the water.

Freaky failure caused by nature affects people by area. Income, profession, racial group, educational level, etc., are no protection when nature creates failure.

“Food at Risk”
Deborah Blum
Discover Magazine
October 2013, pages 38-42.
Antofagasta, Chile is mentioned on page 40.

Paula M. Kramer
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Jason Lezak’s Straightforward Success Sparked Serendipitous Record Breaking Success For Michael Phelps

Originally published October 2, 2013.

Revised and republished November 4, 2015 after a web host transfer.

Serendipitous Success
Being in the right place at the right time to just by chance
benefit from someone else’s success

For the 2008 summer Olympics in Beijing, Jason Lezak and Michael Phelps were teammates on the 4×100 freestyle relay swim team. Lezak, the oldest man on the team, swam the anchor leg.

The French relay team included Alain Bernard, who at the time held the world record in the 100-meter freestyle.

When Lezak started his leg, he was a body length behind Bernard. In the last 25 meters (half the length of the pool), Lezak passed Bernard to win, making the fastest 100-meter freestyle split ever. (“A split is the exact second that divides one lap from another. Split time is the amount of time that adds up between two splits.”) Lezak won with his last stroke.

Jason Lezak described his success in that race as “…one of the greatest moments of my career.” Swim writer Braden Keith described Lezak’s 2008 anchor leg as “…one of the top 3 moments in swimming history…” Because of Lezak’s straightforward success, the U.S. team set a world record and Michael Phelps went home with eight gold medals instead of seven. Jason Lezak’s success allowed the more famous Michael Phelps to break the seven gold medal record Mark Spitz had held since the 1972 Olympics in Munich.

“How to Calculate Split Times in Swimming”
Ryan Hotchkiss

“Jason Lezak Decides To Retire at 37; Will Be Remembered For “The Anchor”
Braden Keith
January 15, 2013
swimswam.com

“Teammate’s Fingertip Touch Gives Phelps’s Bid a Big Hand”
The New York Times
August 10, 2008

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Too Many Parents Intentionally Create Fundamental Failure For Their Children

Originally published September 18, 2013

Revised and republished November 3, 2015 after a web host transfer.

Fundamental Failure
Having your physical, mental, and emotional needs
in a particular situation neglected or denied,
setting you up to fail despite your own efforts

When parents do not want their children, they neglect and deny their children’s basic survival needs. In the United States, so many parents do not want their children that children are dying every single day because their parents kill them. Compared to child deaths at the hands of parents in the rest of the world, in 1998 the United States ranked:

11th for infants under 1 year old

1st for children 1 through 4 years old

4th for children over 5 years old

But the number of deaths by parents is probably low.

“Many researchers and practitioners believe that child fatalities due
to abuse and neglect are still underreported. One report on national
child abuse and neglect deaths in the United States estimates that
approximately 50 percent of deaths reported as “unintentional injury
deaths” are reclassified after further investigation by medical and
forensic experts as deaths due to maltreatment (Every Child Matters
Education Fund, 2012)”

For every child who dies at the hands of their parents, other children survive. We don’t know how many children survive the murder attempts. It is likely higher than the number of children who die.

Every day, parents set the children they do not want up to fail at living. Children who manage to survive can experience failure as adults because their parents neglected and denied their needs. I have first hand experience with the failure survivors experience, because I survived my mother’s two attempts to kill me.

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Straightforward Sports Success Makes Other Successes More Likely

Originally published September 4, 2013.

Republished November 2, 2015 after a web host transfer.

Straightforward Success
Having your physical, mental, and emotional needs
in a particular situation satisfied,
setting you up to succeed through your own efforts

When parents, coaches, and teachers satisfy the needs of girls to play sports, they set girls up to be more likely to achieve the following successes through their own efforts. Even just swimming at community pools achieves many of these benefits:

Healthy hearts

Strong immune systems

Resilient bones

Healthy weight

Low risk for breast and other cancers

Low chance of becoming diabetic

Emotional health

Ability to leave an abusive man

Avoiding teen pregnancy

Nike created an ad about many of these successes:

“37 Words That Changed Women’s Lives Forever”
Brian Rea
More Magazine
June 2012, pages 70-75

“8 Health Benefits of Swimming, According to Science, (+5 Tips to Help You Swim Better)”
Jen Reviews

Paula M. Kramer
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Spotlighting The Standout Success Of A 12 Year Old Boy

Originally published August 7, 2013.

Republished November 1, 2015 after a web host transfer.

Spotlighting Standout Success
Other people responding positively to you
because you created a success they value

As told in A Grandson Creates Spectacular Success for His Grandmother, 12 year old Noah Lamaide, grandson of Janice Sparhawk, saved Sparhawk’s house from foreclosure. As news of Noah’s success spread, Internet and television news organizations featured Noah in admiring stories. Noah and Janice appeared together on CBS This Morning.

The spotlights on Noah included:

“‘I never knew that there were so many good people in this world’: Boy, 12, saves grandmother’s house from foreclosure by raising $10,500 in a month”
Daily Mail
England

‘I called our local representative, the governor, the president, not asking for money but asking them to help me find a program and they couldn’t do it. But this 12-year-old could. He saved the house.’
Janice Sparhawk, Noah’s grandmother

“Wisconsin Boy Saves Grandma’s House From Foreclosure”
ABC News

“…always putting others before himself”
Jill Sparhawk Lamaide, Noah’s mother

“12-year-old Philanthropist Noah Lamaide Saves Grandmother from Foreclosure”
Itsy Bitsy Steps

“What a hero!”
Joni Ricar

“Bubby’s Boy! 12-Year-Old Raises Money To Save Grandma’s Home”Global Grind

“…grandson of the year!?”
“The world needs more kids like Noah; what an inspiration.”
The Decider

“Local boy named hometown hero”
KITV News
Sioux City, Iowa

“It is my honor to present a hometown hero award to Noah LaMaide,”
Wisconsin State Rep. Louis Molepske

On The Road
CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley

”…what America really is.”
Steve Hartman

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A Grandson Creates Spectacular Success For His Grandmother

Originally published July 11, 2013.

Revised and republished October 31, 2015 after a web host transfer.

Spectacular Success
The unforeseen success other people intentionally create for you
because you intentionally create success for them.

Janice Sparhawk of Stevens Point, Wisconsin doted on her only biological grandchild, Noah Lamaide, and foster parented close to 100 children. After putting a new roof on her house and enduring health problems, Janice fell behind on her mortgage payments. Her house went into foreclosure and the bank scheduled an auction. Noah learned about the foreclosure when he overheard a conversation between his mother and grandmother.

Noah had already collected food for a food bank. He had already raised money on Noah’s Dream Catcher Network for a picnic at a veteran’s nursing home. He had already raised money to send a friend of his to Disney World with her terminally ill mother.

Noah’s success with Noah’s Dream Catcher Network helped him create spectacular success for Janice. Noah knew how to raise money for good causes and immediately used his already established network presence to raise money for his grandmother. Noah sent out a plea for the $10,000 his grandmother needed to keep her home. Days before the scheduled auction, Noah had raised $10,500.

As a doting grandmother, Janice intentionally created success for Noah. In return, Noah intentionally created success for Janice by raising the money the bank needed to cancel the foreclosure.

Any foster child who stays with Janice Sparhawk since her spectacular success also enjoys serendipitous success. Without Noah, they might not have had a foster mother to take them in.

Serendipitous Success
Being in the right place at the right time to just by chance
benefit from someone else’s success

Paula M. Kramer
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Basketball’s Three Point Foolish Failure Attitude Towards Jeremy Lin

Originally published February 2, 2013.

Revised and republished October 30, 2015 after a web host transfer.

Foolish Failure
Failing to see opportunities for serendipitous success
in people who are different from you
because you do not understand that
your success is connected to their success

First Point Attitude

Scouting methodology that focuses on:

Watching videotape to see who “runs really fast, jumps really high, does the quick, easy thing to evaluate”

Predraft workouts to watch for skill work, shooting, and one or two on two or three on three

Second Point Attitude

Asians are poor athletes.

Third Point Attitude

Ivy League schools do not produce great athletes.

Failure To See Opportunities

These foolish failure attitudes put Lin in the NBA D-League three times. Coaches passed him over or put him in a back up spot. Finally able to show his stuff for the Knicks, Lin led “a turnaround of an 8–15 team that had lost 11 of its last 13 games.” In short order, “Lin became the first NBA player to score at least 20 points and have seven assists in each of his first five starts.”

Taiwanese American and Harvard grad Jeremy Lin does not do “anything that’s extra flashy or freakishly athletic”, but he is savvy in scoring, assists, steals, blocked shots, field-goal percentage, and free-throw percentage.

How many other valuable players have been left in the D-League or on the bench by basketball’s three point foolish failure attitude?

Other kinds of foolish failure are possible in basketball. Signed to the Houston Rockets, one of Jeremy Lin’s teammates is James Harden. Lin and Harden are good at the same things. They each play their best when the other one does not play. Someone needs to identify a smarter way to use all of their skills all of the time.

“Jeremy Lin: Fernando Valenzuela understands Lin-Sanity first hand”
Daniel Brown
San Jose Mercury News
February 16, 2012

“An All-Around Talent, Obscured by His Pedigree”
Chuck Culpepper
The New York Times
September 14, 2010

“From Couch To Clutch”
Pablo S. Torre
Sports Illustrated
February 20, 2012

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A Banker’s Smart Success Attitude Brought Her An Angel In Her Time Of Need

Originally published February 7, 2013.

Republished October 29, 2015 after a web host transfer.

Smart Success
Seeing opportunities for serendipitous success
in people who are different from you
because you understand that
your success is connected to their success

When homeless Curtis Jackson asked a suburban Chicago banker for money, the banker always treated him with respect. She was smart enough to have the attitude that even homeless people are valuable.

Then the banker lost her job and home and almost her son when Children’s Services threatened to take him away from her.

Curtis Jackson, the homeless man who appreciated the banker’s respectful attitude, began panhandling to keep the banker and her son in a motel. He took what he collected — minus money for food and bus fare — to the banker’s motel every night. From December 2011 to May 2012, he gave her $9,000. He told a reporter that he planned to keep helping the former banker until she no longer needed help. The homeless man other people ignored became an “angel” for the banker and her son.

“Homeless man who befriended banker begs to pay for her hotel after she loses her job and house”
Daniel Bates
Daily Mail
May 12, 2011

“Panhandler Helps Homeless Banker Who Respected Him”
Martin Gould
Newsmax
May 12, 2011

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A web host transfer made some posts disappear. Luckily, I copied each post and emailed it to myself. Since I alternated success and failure posts, I will have to remove posts and republish them in success and failure order. I will do this as I have time. Apologies.