Our leaders think the solution to the health care crisis is political. You can see how that is working out. First of all Obama needs to very publically STOP SMOKING! Next he needs to quit eating junk food when he is out in public and in the White House. WHAT IS HE THINKING WHEN HE ORDERS FRIES AND HAMBURGERS in public? Jay Leno puts it this way:
"Just 2 days after being told by his doctors to cut down on his cholesterol, President Obama visited a restaurant in Savannah, Georgia where he ate a meal that included fried chicken, sweet potatoes, macaroni and cheese, cream corn, biscuits and gravy, buttered corn bread, barbequed pork and blue berry pudding. So that's why he's pushing so hard to get health care passed, 'cause he's going to need it!" (audience laughter) Is that really funny? Have you ever cared for a patient dying of diabesity? I have many, many times. There comes a time when they say "Ok doc, let's quit. I don't want dialysis any more. Take this tube out of my nose and the IV out of my arm and let me go home and die in my own bed.
Next our new Surgeon General who is clearly obese needs to very publically eat healthy, exercise daily and lose weight until she has a normal BMI. She and Oprah could work together on this. If the richest, most successful and beloved woman in history, with her own doctor (Oz), shrink (Dr. Phil), chef and exercise leader can't lose weight and keep it off what message does that send to obese ordinary mortals.
Rep John Boehner the new Speaker of the House of Representatives publically smokes and during the recent election took $340,000 from the Tobacco industry. When scolded by another house member he said "It's a free country" and "tobacco is a legal product".
There are things in life that you just have to do. Obama has to quit smoking and eat healthfully. The Surgeon General and Oprah have to get down to a healthy weight. If some 400 lb woman on the Biggest Loser can do it where the prize is just a lot of money, then Obama and Dr. Benjamin and Oprah can do it when the fate of the Nation is at stake. The pandemic of diabesity is going to bankrupt the country. Our national debt right now is approaching $14 trillion. (go to http://www.usdebtclock.org/ for real time numbers) David Walker former head of the GAO estimated that the country goes bankrupt in 2017, in large part because of the explosion of Medicare costs as the 80 million Baby Boomers reach 65. You would not be surprised to learn that this generation is not very healthy. Most of them are taking several prescription medications, usually brand names they have seen in the commercials on TV. I have counted as many as 7 different drugs in one 1/2 hour news show. TV ads work very well. We are one of only two nations in the world that allow such ads for the public. How did this happen? Big Pharma owns Congress. Okay, okay, this rant goes on for another 4 pages. I am just warming up. I am mad! I don't want to take this anymore. There is no other doctor in the country with more credentials for this fight than me. If any of our visitors have ideas, send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
"THE REASONABLE MAN ADAPTS HIMSELF TO THE WORLD. THE UNREASONABLE ONE PERSISTS IN TRYING TO ADAPT THE WORLD TO HIMSELF. THEREFORE ALL PROGRESS DEPENDS ON THE UNREASONABLE MAN." - George Bernard Shaw
I am that unreasonable man.
Cleaves M. Bennett MD FACP
Author: David Dibble New Agreements, Inc.
Category: Health News & Articles
Linda pulled me in to watch the Oprah show when Oprah interviewed Michael Moore on his new film, Sicko. I haven’t seen the movie yet. While I don’t doubt that America must move toward a one-payer, non-profit healthcare model, there is an even bigger issue tearing apart healthcare in America. The central issue that is driving the mess we call the American healthcare “system,”, is internal systems and processes that are dysfunctional, Read More
Author: Cleaves M. Bennett MD FACP
Category: Health News & Articles
We all know that we need to take better care of ourselves. We all know that involves eating more healthfully, exercising more regularly and learning how to relax more often. Boring. There are hundreds of programs out there promoting such lifestyle improvements. There are millions of people struggling to follow them and improve their health. And yet, as you read these words, the nation’s health is circling the drain. Read More