Contrary to the widespread notion that the US healthcare system is the best in the world, a more realistic appraisal would deem it otherwise. In fact, here in America, we spend far more than any other country to deliver–in the main–mediocre outcomes.
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Well I have been carrying around Ernest Curtis’s essay on risk factor medicine. Ernest is a cardiologist and cardiology actually is a place where risk factor medicine is well developed. I have pleased to say that Ernest thinks risk factor medicine is hocum and bunkum–I think it is too.
So I respond here to Ernest’s excellent discussion and try to offer some reasons why risk factor medicine has become such a big deal and dominates public policy discussions and patient education–public health people love to talk living healthy and such.
Ok, so there is aesthetic obesity (dont’ have a six pack–flab), then there’s not so offensive obesity that might be described as unmistakably plump, and then there’s really can’t hardly walk and get around super fat.
If there was anything really good I would tell you–Drs. Miller and Ross don’t have any big breakthroughs to announce.
Dementia of any kind is debilitating and a great burden on patient and family.
Wish it were otherwise–but so far there is no medical magic.
I hope to be smart until I die, but my father and mother and some aunts were not–sooo?
I would say that dementia teaches the relatives, sons and daughters perspective and humility about our time here on earth.
I am stunned by the magnitude of obesity I see.
Scary to think of the troubles these folks have created for themselves. Musculo skeletal, cardiovascular. A welfare state can do that.