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1. a medicine of secret composition recommended by its preparer but usually without scientific proof of its effectiveness.
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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Study On Heart Health: Nobody's Good Enough

 
We all get a failing grade in heart health.

I read the following title in Science Daily (Feb 18):

"Only One Person out of Over 1,900 Met AHA's Definition of Ideal Heart Health, Study Finds"

The AHA is the American Heart Association.  The article went on to list the multiple criteria that must be met to achieve ideal heart health.   It's the usual things:  weight, diet, exercise, blood pressure, cholesterol, etc.

Here's what got to me:  the assumption that this means we're all not doing our job.

But, if the standards (or "ideal") are almost never met, haven't we set the standard too high?  And whose business is it, anyway?

I was reminded of the following quotation from a book I'm reading called "The Servile Mind" by Kenneth Minogue.  His book is about political science--or, rather, government.  But you can see the analogue to "governing" our bodies:
[It is a] remarkable fact that while democracy means a government accountable to the electorate, our rulers now make us accountable to them.  Most Western governments hate me smoking, or eating the wrong kind of food, or riding to hounds, or drinking too much...Again, many of us have unsound views about people of other races, cultures, or religions, and the distribution of our friends does not always correspond, as governments think that it ought, to the cultural diversity of our society.  We must face up to the grim fact that the rulers we elect are losing patience with us [emphasis mine].

It won't be long before the American Heart Association gets exasperated with us all.

But, I'm getting tired of being preached to.

So, here's an answer to the AHA:  buzz off.

Doc D
 
 

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