As one of my readers at Mark’s Daily Apple put it the other day, the problem isn’t lack of health insurance, it’s lack of health. If our collective diseases of civilization continue to mount as they appear to be doing, if the majority of us are headed toward near-certain serious degenerative disease as we are led to believe, then absolutely no insurance program or government aid will be able to pay for it. So isn’t it interesting that when you parse the morbidity and mortality tables at the CDC, you come to this frank realization: over 80% of the health problems we face in this country are preventable and/or curable, and are largely related to diet and/or exercise and/or stress. An overwhelming majority of conditions like type 2 diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome, gastrointestinal issues, pulmonary problems, heart disease, arthritis, depression, and many forms of cancer have a strong correlation with diet, exercise and stress. That means they can be prevented or even cured with the right combination of lifestyle adjustments, and, in most cases, if approached properly, with little or no medication or surgical intervention. The medical community might have you believe that "it’s not your fault," or "it’s genetic and there’s little you can do – and we now have a test to prove it," or "the only way to control this is to medicate or operate on it." But that’s their job. That’s how they drum up business. The truth is: Maybe we’re not really that sick. Maybe most of what ails us are actually temporary conditions that can be fixed without medical involvement, without expensive testing and without costly surgical or pharmacological intervention. Sure, if you have a traumatic accident or a serious infection, your best bet is probably the high-tech US medical complex, but maybe all that the other 90% of us need is a low-tech solution. Hey, save a trillion here and a trillion there, pretty soon you’re talking about real money.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Mark Sisson on the health care bill
Over at LRC: