British Legislator: Astrology Could Help Diagnose Illness

Turns out the United States isn’t the only country that elects ignorant halfwits to their lawmaking bodies. A member of the British Parliament is arguing that the National Health Service should use astrology to help diagnose illness in patients.

A Tory MP has claimed NHS over-crowding could be solved by doctors using astrology to treat patients.

David Tredinnick said consulting the stars would “take huge pressure off doctors” and predicts astrology will “have a role to play in healthcare.”…

In an interview with this month’s Astrological Journal, the controversial MP said: “There would be a huge row over resources.

“However, I do believe that astrology and complementary medicine would help take the huge pressure off doctors.

“Astrology is a useful diagnostic tool enabling us to see strengths and weaknesses via the birth chart.

“And, yes, I have helped fellow MPs. I do foresee that one day astrology will have a role to play in healthcare.”

He added that opponents to astrology were “bullies”, saying: “Astrology offers self-understanding to people.

“People who oppose what I say are usually bullies who have never studied astrology.

“They never look at it. They are absolutely dismissive. Astrology may not be capable of passing double-blind tests but it is based on thousands of years of observation.

Oi vey.

Tredinnick, who was born under the Capricorn star sign, claims his own astrological chart suggests he was destined to be a “servant of the people.”

He said: “I have a strong 6th house which suggests an emphasis on being a servant of the people – and this is quite a strong indication of health and healing. My Moon-Venus-Jupiter planets (in Aquarius) sit opposite Pluto in the 12th house.”

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  • John Pieret

    Apparently, the British Parliament has decided it was falling behind the US Congress in the twit race.

  • D. C. Sessions

    A Tory MP has claimed NHS over-crowding could be solved by doctors using astrology to treat patients.

    He’s right, you know. People who go to astrologers instead of A&E seriously reduce the load on the healthcare system.

  • rumleech

    Yeah, we’ll keep this one so you yanks don’t have to deal with him. You’ve got enough of your own.

  • Loqi

    If astrology isn’t a real diagnosis method, then how come all Pisces get the same disease at the same time?

    Checkmate, reality!

  • Kevin Anthoney

    On the plus side, you could diagnose an entire 1/12th of the population in one go, thus saving money.

  • matty1

    It seems he has previous form in this area.

    “In October 2009, he told Parliament that blood does not clot under a full moon; a spokesperson for the Royal College of Surgeons of England warned his colleagues would “laugh their heads off” at the suggestion”

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    He’s right. Astrology is the way ahead. I used to be a skeptic, like you, but, after examining the evidence I was convinced. I went to an Astrologer, you see, and she told me that I was curious and inquisitive and smart and handsome and special; clearly a slam dunk for Astrology.

  • colnago80

    Re John Pieret @ #1

    The British Parliament has a long way to go to catch up with the US Congress. I don’t think they can make it in this lifetime.

  • busterggi

    You’d never see a conservative Republican (other than Reagan) promote astrology – its pagan magic!

  • konrad_arflane

    Tredinnick, who was born under the Capricorn star sign, claims his own astrological chart suggests he was destined to be a “servant of the people.”

    Nonsense. Capricorns are skeptics. If he were a real Capricorn (like me), he wouldn’t even believe in astrology.

  • John Pieret

    colnago80:

    The British Parliament has a long way to go to catch up with the US Congress.

    You can’t fool me! I saw that documentary by Mr. Monty Python about all the twits over there!

  • Anne Fenwick

    Apparently, he’s been at the woo-doctoring for ages. I bet the idiots in his constituency vote Tory with their eyes closed because that’s what they do. I wonder how many of them actually know his name before this week.

  • anubisprime

    That the numbnut likes his woo is one thing…just avoid the pillock in the pub simples! but that the same idiot ends up on the Science and Technology Select Committee is an absolute fuckin’ scandal.

    How he got the job is even more of a scandal, his conservative predecessor stepped down there were no other nominations for the post from the Conservative party.

    He got the nod by default…just shows the interest and knowledge and respect the conservative party give to science and technology.

    A total liability because the fool does not understand either the historical ‘philosophy’ of astrology or the science that contradicts that ‘philosophy’, if anyone appears anti-woo, he says it is because they are ‘racist’…yep go figure that one.

    What an embarrassment…

  • http://drx.typepad.com Dr X

    Think of the money we could save if we combine his idea with the best of the medical minds in the Nevada legislature. Diagnose with astrology, treat with baking soda and save on social security retirement benefits the patients will never collect.

  • caseloweraz

    Tredinnick: Astrology may not be capable of passing double-blind tests but it is based on thousands of years of observation.

    You know what else has thousands of years of observation? Phrenology and palm-reading. Surely there’s a place for them in this Tory MP’s lexicon.

  • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com WMDKitty — Survivor

    Right, then. I’ll just leave this here:

    http://youtu.be/26IOww0gO1w

  • Nick Gotts

    Tredinnick is just a random lackwit. Our current Prime Minister appointed a believer in homeopathy (Jeremy Hunt) as Secretary of State for Health, and an AGW denialist (Owen Patterson) as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Hunt is still in office.

  • StevoR

    British Legislator: Astrology Could Help Diagnose Illness

    How?

    Shall we put this to some sort of scientific test or something? Because, no.

  • colnago80

    Re Nick Gotts @ #17

    That puts him right up there with Canadian Prime Minister Harper who appointed creationist chiropractor Gary Goodyear as the Minister of Science and Technology in the Parliament. At least Goodyear was replaced, although I know nothing about his replacement.

  • anubisprime

    That there is one certifiable fuckin’ eejit in Parliament is one thing. tis the law of averages or something, in every crowd and all that. probably a few kiddy fiddlers as well going by the historical precedent of that august institution.

    But the really depressing thing is that numbnuts is not alone…seemingly he has quite a client base amongst the rest of the smarmy dipwads that infest the government benches, and one cannot rule out astrology being used in many present day policies, which would neatly explain why the legislature and the country are in such a piss awful state.