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Good Health Requires People To Help Themselves

Not every Friday brings doctoring bliss. Sorry.

Some Fridays, the wrongness of our healthcare approach squeezes you like a vice-grip.

The medical news of the week can hit you hard.

–This highly tweeted report on how Overweight is the new normal speaks to the futility of asking people to help themselves. That our strong, vibrant, and proud citizenry is succumbing to fatness saddens me deeply. Building wider doors, heavier toilets and restaurant seats without armrests is the wrong approach to fighting obesity.

–We also learned this week that the advancing fury of medical therapeutics cannot counter high rates of obesity, smoking and inactivity. The WSJ health blog reports life expectancy in some Southern US counties trails that of El Salvador and Latvia.

–The nation’s chief doctor prescribes prevention over treatment, and no one retweets her. Silence.

–And the final egg on the face of wellness was this warning from the FDA: Read more »

*This blog post was originally published at Dr John M*

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