Biblical Rx for Medical Science

Barb Wire

Men and women are very different. Some of the smartest people are apparently among the last to know. With all of its wonderfully beneficial advances to preserve human life, medical research is still catching up to God’s truth.

The One who created us declared our uniqueness:

“Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’ God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”

Until recently, the medical profession has treated men and women as if the only differences between us are our reproductive systems and women’s “pesky hormones.” Thus, drug testing has primarily relied on male test subjects and lab testing has been very largely performed on male lab animals.

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Research physicians interviewed by Leslie Stahl on CBS’ “60 Minutes” admitted as much on Sunday’s program. They emphasized that our differences are significantly more than our reproductive systems and hormones. According to those interviewed by Stahl in the segment titled, “Sex matters: Drugs can affect sexes differently”:

“Sex differences have been found in pain receptors, liver enzymes, even the wiring of the brain,” according to Dr. Larry Cahill, a neuroscientist at the University of California Irvine.

Men and women react differently to drugs. The sleep drug, Ambien, is the chief example. The FDA approved the drug’s usage 20 years ago without lesser dosage recommendations for women, even though the FDA was aware that “women metabolize the drug differently than men.” Dr. Sandra Kweder, deputy director of the FDA’s office of new drugs told Stahl:

“But we discovered that that 45 percent difference between men and women had been known to the FDA all along. In the original FDA review of Ambien back in 1992, there was a page called “Effect of Gender,” where the FDA reviewer noted that two key measures of how much drug is in the bloodstream “were approximately 45 percent higher in females than in males.”

Women can also “differ from men in the way they have heart attacks,” according to cardiologist Noel Bairey Merz from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Dr. Doris Taylor, a leading stem cell expert at Texas Heart Institute in Houston discovered that a woman’s stem cells are actually different than a man’s. “In men as they age, they decrease pretty dramatically. And in females, they stay relatively stable.” Taylor

“was designing an experiment in mice, to see if injections of stem cells could reverse plaque build-up in their arteries, and she needed a way to track the stem cells in the animals. … ‘So what we decided to do is give female animals male stem cells, because we could track the Y chromosome.’ And we said, ‘Let’s give male animals female cells.’ … She was surprised to find that the results were not the same. ‘The male animals we gave female cells got better. And the female animals we gave male cells actually got a little worse. Only the female stem cells got rid of the plaque.’”

It’s another beneficent example of God blessing man with a “helper suitable for him.” We not only clean up your messes, we can clean out your plaque. It’s the ultimate in nurturing, which God wrote on our DNA. Woman as “helper” and “nurturer” reflects the image of God:

“God is my helper; the Lord is the sustainer of my life.” Psalm 54:4

“Can a woman forget her nursing child, or lack compassion for the child of her womb? Even if these forget, yet I will not forget you. Isaiah 49:14-16

The medical profession used to bleed people to cure what ailed them despite the biblical admonition in Leviticus 17:11:

“For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement.”

Jesus shed His blood as an atonement for our souls. In a much smaller way, we exemplify him when we give a pint of our blood to save someone’s life.

Other members of the medical profession, determined to eliminate the excruciating pain of surgery, were pioneers in the use of ether, nitrous oxide and anesthesia. The genius of it was on display in Genesis chapter one:

“So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to come over the man, and he slept. God took one of his ribs and closed the flesh at that place. Then the Lord God made the rib He had taken from the man into a woman and brought her to the man.”

Despite what God’s intelligent design reveals and science has confirmed about our unique DNA, brain-wiring, and XY and XX chromosomes, some in the medical profession are determined through sex-change surgery to turn women into “men” and men into “women,” with the conjoined culture class pronouncing them happily “married” as “spouses” and “co-parents.”

The inevitable truth cannot be altered with a scalpel and hormone therapy. Procreation occurs only one way, entirely dependent on the differences in male and female reproductive systems. To procreate in a same-sex “marriage” necessitates adding an opposite-sex third-party with either an XX or XY chromosome. It’s reminiscent of a polygamous relationship.

Someone humorously précised our uniqueness:

“Men are a speck of awareness on a sea of oblivion.”

“Women are a speck of intelligence on a sea of emotion.

God made us “male” and “female” to complement each other’s differences, strengths and weaknesses, not as ill-suited competitors playing the same role—we are interdependent, not independent.

Treating “gender identity disorder through radical reconstructive surgery does not a man or a woman make. If you think “it’s not nice to mess with Mother Nature,” you might seriously consider “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.”

The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of Barb Wire.

Jan LaRue is former Chief Counsel at Concerned Women for America; Legal Studies Director at Family Research Council; and Senior Counsel for the National Law Center for Children and Families. She has had extensive public speaking and debate experience in law schools, universities, and national media on various constitutional issues. She is a member of the California and U.S. Supreme Court bars and co-author of Protecting Your Child in an X-Rated World. She currently writes as senior legal analyst for the American Civil Rights Union.
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