Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The wrong cure!

The US is in the midst of an unprecedented epidemic of Type 2 diabetes. This is the result of our bad, and increasingly dangerous diet and sedentary habits. It's a horrible disease, and it's getting more and more common. Well, today it was announced in the New England Journal of Medicine (that's as reputable a source as you can get in medicine) that baryatric surgery, where they cut out part of the stomach and then fix the plumbing in the digestive tract and sew it all back together, is more effective at treating (and in some cases curing) diabetes than available medications.

Hello? This is flipping ridiculous! This is saying a disease caused by our diet can be cured by just surgically altering our digestive tract, thereby allowing us to never look at our diet, or change it! The coverage I've read also under-stresses the big problems involved with undergoing, recovering from, and living with baryatric surgery. And the worst part is the way this medical news is presented as something we should consider. Oh sure, America's food industry threatening to kill us all with our tasty snacks, but we don't have to worry about that any more, because now we can cure Type 2 diabetes by surgically revising our digestive systems to accommodate the bad food. Pass me the Pringles and remote control. I'm going to celebrate.


  1. Reading the Daily Sun on a late night walk as is my custom, I came across the James Kunstler's syndicated column in which he tells the tale of dropping his cholesterol meds and low-cholesterol diet and flaunting it to his doctor who he's discovered has taken a whopping payout from Astro Zenica.

    Now, I'm not defending big pharma, but the logic of stopping medication that you believe may be harmful while simultaneously dropping the sort of moderate diet that might have prevented cholesterol levels that put you in even theoretical need of medication in the first place boggles the mind.

    I'm with you, let's get back to doing whatever we want, consequences be damned because one time a guy ate arsenic every day and lived to be 90 and another time a guy thought he could fly and jumped out a building and lived and when I was depressed a regimen of leeches did just the thing. Fuck you, science! I'm going to live forever and you're going to help me even if I fail to heed even your mildest, most solid recommendations.

  2. In my point of view You sure did put a new twist on something that Ive heard so much about. And How did you manage to make a blog that as smart as it is sleek?