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Health and Wellness
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 10:14 am Email this article
While I was growing up and even when I was in medical school, the word "healthy" meant simply ‘not sick’. It was the opposite of "sick". Now and unfortunately, the word has evolved to mean a zen-like state of wellness. Another funny new word–wellness. The reason this is all bad is that it gets people to think badly about themselves, to worry, reducing the quality of life and spoiling the fun. For no benefit to the person. The idea only makes money for doctors, drug & insurance companies and lawyers.
The mutation of the word "healthy" began with the idea that real disease could be prevented by doing the right exercise, taking the right vitamins and supplements and getting an annual check-up at the doctor. All this began in the sixties on the basis of no studies at all. Please don’t think American doctors have anything to do with science; they are interested only in money.
Initially the insurance companies rebelled at paying for unproven meds and tests. Several large studies were done, the Canadian, California, VA and Kaiser-Permanente studies, to see what if anything, was worth doing in an annual physical. Virtually nothing met the test of statistical significance. On the basis of these studies, insurance companies refused to pay. Since then, they have relented and simply raised their prices to cover the costs.
The slaughter has continued. Now we have "pre-diabetes", "pre-hypertension" and "hyperlipidemia". No one is ever judged to be normal while they have a penny left.
This scam works because people, facing the uncertainty of life, fearing death and disease, seek reassurance, control. Formerly, religion was the favorite false hope. Now it is yoga, vitamins, doctors and jogging. But the better approach is to toughen up and face the fact that you have little control over what happens to you. Become a Stoic if you know what that means. Eat, drink and be merry (within reason) for tomorrow you die.
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