Originally Posted by WereBear
Had I not taken over my own medical care, it was a neck-and-neck race between which would break down first, my body or my mind. Had I broken down in any way, the medical profession would have "treated" me in a way that would, slowly and painfully, kill me.
Which is a heckuva motivation, let me tell ya.
You are responsible for your health.
You hire doctors to help you stay healthy but like auto mechanics, there are good doctors, average doctors, and bad doctors. Even the good ones are fooled by the barrage of propaganda fed them by the FDA, AMA, ACA and all those agencies that are supposed to help us, but have been infiltrated by those who only want to profit from you.
I read in Life Extension Magazine years ago that the actual number one cause of human death is medical mistakes - NOT the disease that those poor souls went to the doctor to cure.
I've known people who remember every statistic about a sports figure since he/she was in grade school or the plot of a sitcom/soap-opera/drama series on television since it's inception, or what all the Royals in England or the pop idols across the world had for lunch and who they had sex with but don't know what a pancreas is, where it is, or what it does.
The best source of checking what the pundits say that I've found is pubmed at the NIH https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/
Doctors and researchers publish papers and their peers review those papers, retest to see if they get the same results, and either verify or negate the original findings. It's the scientific method in action.
If you want to live a long, healthy life you have to do the research yourself. If you aren't responsible for your own health, even the best doctors can only do so much to help, and often it's just to comfort you while you pass away.
This is much more important that a sports score or who designed the starlet's dress on the red carpet. Your healthy life and 'expiration date' depend on it. It might take some time away from the 'chewing gum for your eyes' but it's life or death.
And even if you are a billionaire, if you don't have your health, you don't have anything