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Fixin' Healthcare

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

The Lifestyle Chronicles - Never Surrender

One method of dealing with unhealthy lifestyle is to deny that it matters. The result is to remain at risk for a growing list of chronic diseases with increased morbidity and mortality. It is possible for unhealthy lifestyle not to be associated with the manifestations of chronic disease. But, the means to avoid or prevent chronic disease are limited and changing lifestyle is necessary to alter the etiology.

There is a story of Winston Churchill intoxicated at a dinner party. His dinner companion announced that Winston was drunk. He replied that she was ugly and tomorrow he would be sober.

It is not the health care industry that needs to adopt healthy lifestyle, it is the public. And, the public cannot rely upon the health care industry to provide healthy lifestyle. Organizing and developing a plan for optimum health is the responsibility of the individual and the community. Or, you could end up like Frankenstein, wired together piece by piece.

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