It's been a couple of years, so you decide to see your primary-care physician for a physical. You feel fine, but it's the responsible thing to do. You get your blood pressure measured and your blood drawn. Within a few days you'll get the lab report that will give you the readout on the amount of cholesterol and sugar in your blood. (This drill is so routine that you and your doctor don't even discuss the implications of a possible bad test result.) If you've entered your middle years, he'll probably ask if you want the lab to test your blood for PSA, a screening test that can tell you if you're at an elevated risk for prostate cancer.
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Dr. L: What does the title of your book—The Disease Delusion—mean? Are you trying to say diseases do not exist? Dr. Bland: Not exactly. What we call a “disease” is a result of imbalance in one or more of seven core physiological processes. Let’s go back and look at our healthcare system, which is really tremendously successful in treating disease as we know it. In fact, the advances made in pharmaceuticals, and in surgery, and in immunity are major breakthroughs that have allowed for the treatment of many infectious diseases.
Welcome 2013! Resolutions — the very thought of them can send shivers down the spine, given the odds so many of them will be broken just days after New Year’s. With their high failure rate, it’s no wonder so many people resolve not to make them at all. However, I think we can do a bit better!
Bill Maher in his “New Rules” segment on the Pharmaceutical Industry. As he says “Someone has to stand up and say that the answer is not another pill”. Absolutely brilliant although sad that it is a comedian in the media telling us the truth about drugs. This is 5 years old but not dated at all!!!