Sunday, October 30, 2005

According to Bill...
...the Basic Seminar is bad for business. From

A Doctor Confirms the Health Benefits of Basic Seminars

Dr. Billy Boring attended a Basic Seminar when he was a medical student at the University of Texas Medical School. He began memorizing and meditating on Scripture, and his grades climbed. As a resident at the University of Texas, Southwestern Dallas, he achieved the top percentile and was voted the resident student of the year.

Over the last ten years he has sent more than 200 of his patients to the Basic Seminar and studied the results. Before attending the Seminar they averaged 4.8 doctor's visits per year. After attending the Seminar their visits to his office dropped to an average of 1.2 visits per year.


Or maybe his patients stopped coming because they were afraid he'd send them to the Advanced Seminar.


Blogger IDigAK said...


...and i thought it was a satirical name-replacement!

11:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was thinking this is pretty lousy satire, it's a bit too obvious and then I clicked on the link.


12:13 PM  
Anonymous Vegan Hunter said...

Looks like Billy G. is now trying to take the wind out of X-ers sails by doing self-satire.

Why do BG & Inge Pohl (I'm dating myself, can't remember the name of the dude she eventually hooked up with) scoff at "high places" of secular academia on the one side and then sing praises of those who reach its heights on the other?

2:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i laughed it off until i saw that was the guys real name

1:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i thought you were joking x-er. but i geuss that is really his name

1:18 PM  
Anonymous Pepper said...

I had just stopped by to get my weekly dose of Xer when, to my surprise, I come across a familiar name... THAT'S MY DOC!!! No wonder my mom likes him so much! There's no way I'm going to him again-I don't think I trust him any more.

6:03 AM  
Blogger qoe said...

Dear vegan hunter...

I think she became Inge Cannon...seems like that happened when I was there...a loooooong time ago :)

4:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

just because patients drop their visits from 4.8 to 1.2 doesn't mean they aren't ill. it could mean, however, that they aren't getting medical care they need because their supposedly intelligent, scientifically minded physician is a prosylytyzing freak.

or, as i rather hope, it means that they are going elsewhere and are trusting him only to remove bowel compactions and ingrown toenails.

8:39 PM  
Anonymous Vegan Hunter said...

qoe, thanks.

When were you involved with ATI(A)?

I recall hearing a cassette of a session Inge then-Pohl led on burnout in homeschooling moms. My own mother was so depressed (clinically but untreated) so much of the time, I now suspect because of things profoundly wrong in the family. At the time I was really angry that someone who DIDN'T HAVE KIDS would treat serious problems so lightly and throw "burnout" around as a buzzword. Our mom was mentally and emotionally absent yet still being pressured to pump out more babies.

Uh, sorry for the off-topic rant ...

So does anyone know if any ATIer has actually become a doctor through apprenticeship, without going to medical school? That's what Billy G. (not Billy B!) promised me I could do when I was at HQ in January '88.

5:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The last attempt of which I am aware was the MTIA Health Care Consultant program which did not succeed in making anything more than impotent counselors who found real vocations or are currently in medical or nursing school.

6:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, ok I just have to add a good word for Dr. Boring... I worked with him breiefly under two different circumstances, and I have to say that he has got to be one of the nicest, most dedicated, caring and knowledgable docs around. I went out to dinner at a nice restaurant with him and his wife and they were so generous and truly friendly. Totally took a genuine interest in me as a person. Also, I have never seen anyone so well-known and liked; during dinner at least 10 different people (patients, I assume) came up to him and talked like they were old friends. Don't knock him cause he reccommends the basic seminar... he's a dang good doc, and a great guy too. It's the Insty's claims that are to be knocked, ya know.
Oh yeah, he didn't choose his name, either. ;)

9:55 PM  
Blogger Never-ati'er said...

I am sure few of us had much to say about the name that was picked for us. For example, when I was in the Air Force, I decided it was time to get braces for myself. The first dentist I saw was the one who removed my wisdom teeth, to make room for my other teeth to move. His name (and rank) was Major Payne. :) My orthodontist was a retired Army colonel named Dr. Hammer. Both of them were really nice guys and their names were no reflection on the quality of service they provided, though it always makes for a GREAT laugh!

5:12 AM  

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