Saturday, February 20, 2010

Portrait of a "Cryonics Professional"

Mathew Sullivan, of Suspended Animation, in Boynton Beach, FL, seems to have recently made it his mission to discredit me. Back in December, he wrote:
"I would expect someone who claims to be a medical professional can do two things:
1) Demonstrate medical knowledge in some fashion
2) Act professionally
How can someone claim to be a medical professional and fall notably short of living up to 1 & 2 above?"

Personally, I think the implied accusations of ignorance and unprofessional behavior applies to the majority of people being paid to work in cryonics, (including Mathew), but since he was referring to me...

As for Point 1:

I have demonstrated my medical knowledge by earning a BS in Allied Health Science and a Certificate in Perfusion Technology, at a prestigious college of medicine, passing the national perfusion certification boards, and during nine years working in heart surgery, where I was well respected by my peers and superiors. I have a stack of reference letters from cardiovascular surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, perfusionists and hospital administrators.

Mathew, who was a store clerk, before he was a "cryonics professional," has demonstrated his lack of medical knowledge, by parroting, (usually, without question), what has been taught to him, by people such as science fiction writers.

Recently, having not been satisfied with the rationale that supports cryonics organizations allowing laymen to have access to, transport, and administer propofol, (something I think is foolish and unnecesssary), I brought up the topic, again, on the Cold Filter forum. I threw out "propofol," and got back "peach pits" and "water," from Mathew.

In addition to the very lame, "anything can be lethal, in sufficient quantity" argument, Mathew also put forth that my expressions of concern, in regard to laymen, (who are associated with two organizations that have been accused of numerous unethical, unprofessional and illegal activities), handling certain medications, were equivalent to calling in bomb threats.

See my response, here:

During the discussion of propofol, Mathew foolishly advised readers of the Cold Filter forum that: "If by chance you don't know what sodium chloride for injection is, you can think of it as sterile water." Normal saline can safely be injected in large amounts, while the injection of sterile water, without the appropriate additives, will lead to hemolysis, (the destruction of red blood cells). To suggest that normal saline and sterile water are the same is ignorant and/or reckless. This is what happens when people, without the proper education and training, think they know more than they really do.

Mathew followed this up, with an even more bizarre statement: "In the real world, CPS turning into CPR equates to practicing medicine."

Mathew's remark was incorrect, in two very obvious ways: "In the real world," CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) IS (a form of) CPS (cardiopulmonary support), and CPR does not equate to "practicing medicine." When I pointed out the obvious flaws in his logic, Mathew then tried to distract from his foolish mistakes, by asking if I think, "...if revival does occur, then we can invoke the Good Samaritan law without ANY legal consequence to the cryonics company involved or any of the individual team members..."

This would be true, only if they were going to abandon their cryonics procedures if someone's heart started beating. The anonymous "FD," on the Cold Filter forum, claims the propofol will prevent this from happening.

Is that accurate information? Or will the dose they are administering only render unconsciousness, and only for a short time?

Essentially, for nearly 40 years, people like Mathew have been taught to blindly follow protocols and use certain equipment, without question. Whenever I questioned protocols, or equipment, as an employee, at Suspended Animation, all that ensued was a lot of manipulations and subversions, designed to undermine my every suggestion. It wasn't until I resigned, and publicly complained, that SA started taking steps to change.

Blind followers like Mathew, are desirable employees, in cryonics, (for supervisors, who often don't know much more than they do), but detrimental to the progress of cryonics.

As for Point 2:

People who want to clean out a sewer have to be willing to sling a lot of crap.

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