s skippy the bush kangaroo: I have the solution to your healthcare crisis right here, pal

skippy the bush kangaroo

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

I have the solution to your healthcare crisis right here, pal

Once, a long time ago in a far away land where kittens frolicked in the sunshine and sausages grew on trees like a vegan porn film, I would believe seven ridiculous things before breakfast.

One of them was that Universal Single Payer healthcare would go a long way to solving the healthcare crisis.  Fortunately, I continued to think.  I enjoy thinking.  Sometimes I even think outside of office hours.

What I hadn't understood was that we already have USP, we just don't pay it the way other countries do.  Healthcare gets paid for by all of us and if you go to the emergency room you will receive treatment even without insurance.  Yes, that is a more expensive way to approach getting your healthcare, but it was the way many did it and they did get treated.

No matter who gets sick, if they go to the hospital, the visit is paid for, generally in the form of higher premiums for insurance.  We're all paying for it already.  So that's USP.  Switching the money from our left pockets (all of us paying through our insurance premiums) to our right pockets (all of us paying for it through our taxes) isn't the answer.  Yes, I know insurance companies make a profit far in excess of the cost of the government administering the program.  I used to use that argument all the time.  That's my argument.  Don't throw my own arguments in my face.  That's just bad manners.  The profit margin isn't so much higher that it would make a big enough dent in the massive cost of healthcare.  The same is true of emergency room visits for the uninsured versus doctor's office visits for the insured.  The cost hasn't been lowered nearly enough by the advent of the Afforable Care Act.

So what is the answer?

In short:  go vegan and nobody gets hurt.

In long :  get healthier.

In 1958, 0.93% of the United States population had diabetes.  In 2015, 7.40% of the population was diabetic.  The CDC estimates that as many as 100 million Americans are diabetic or pre-diabetic.

That's America.

The diabetes trend is continuing upwards and it is a direct result of the obesity epidemic and dietary choice.    Is there an element we should cut out of our diets?  I don't care.  If you care, stop caring.  There are plenty of highly trained professionals arguing about it and it winds up being one of those asinine intramural things where Dr Lustig says, "It's the refined sugar, especially fructose, and I have a meta analysis that proves it" and Dr Barnard says, "It's the fat and I have solid research that proves it."

It's a floor wax AND a dessert topping.  And I don't want to eat dessert or was my floors.  I just want the obese to lose weight and end their diabetes so there will be Medicare left when I, after paying for it all of my working life, am ready to receive Medicare.  Pure self-interest.

In 1995, no state had an average obesity prevalence above 20% of the population.  Currently, only Colorado is below 25%, and it is still above 20%.  Obesity and diabetes go together like donuts and coffee.  Put down that donut when I'm talking to you!  You think this is a joke?

From the American Diabetes Association:  "People with diagnosed diabetes incur average medical expenditures of about $13,700 per year, of which about $7,900 is attributed to diabetes. People with diagnosed diabetes, on average, have medical expenditures approximately 2.3 times higher than what expenditures would be in the absence of diabetes."

You get that?  They estimate that, in 2012, when there were fewer diabetics, the cost of diabetes was $245 billion dollars.  We could pay the cost of everyone's total healthcare for that.

There is a treatment for diabetes that can result in a cure.  The American Diabetes Association says there isn't a cure and a lot of doctors go along with that and say you can only manage your disease, but that's simply not true.  The cure is eliminating the animal products from your diet.

Now let's turn our attention from one of the top five killers of Americans, diabetes, to the number one killer, Coronary Artery Disease.  Did you know that 62% of people have no idea they have CAD until they have their heart attack?  Did you know that the majority of Americans have CAD by the time they are 18 years old?  Do you know that, when the doctor says you are doing fine because your cholesterol is at 192 what he is really saying is that you have an average chance of a heart attack?  The average chance of a heart attack is high, though I couldn't find the number for the entire population, but for African-Americans it is about 1 out of 2.

1 out of 2.

610,000 Americans die of heart disease every year.  So when your cholesterol is at 192 and you think you're doing just fine, you're actually a prime candidate for a heart attack.  Are those the odds you like when it comes to dying?  If every time you got on an airplane you stood a one in four chance of dying, would you fly much?

Fortunately, there is an effective and safe way to reverse heart disease without drugs or surgery.  Yes, just like with diabetes.  Go vegan.  Go vegan and nobody gets hurt.  You could go low-fat, which is the way Dean Ornish and Caldwell Esselstyn recommend (look 'em up) but when you go vegan, it becomes much easier to get the fat out of the diet and out of your coronary arteries.  Besides, fats aren't the only issues with meat. 

Rather than turn this into a lengthy description of the meat industry, the various arguments supporting my position, and so on (in the past three years I have spent about a thousand hours a year researching the topic of health and nutrition) please just watch this video:  What the Health.  You can look at what the debunkers have said about it too.  I have.  I have also seen the response to the debunkers and it pretty much puts paid to the debunker arguments.

Also, please watch videos (I love YouTube) from Dr Neal Barnard (e.g., The Cheese Trap).  Yes, Dr Robert Lustig's Sugar:  The Bitter Truth is very interesting and yes, you should get rid of the added sugars in your diet, but What the Health is more important for your health.

That's my opinion after those thousands of hours of research.

Full disclosure.  After becoming a vegetarian and, eventually a vegan, starting in January of 2015, my weight went from 215 pounds to 165 in fifteen months, my cholesterol went from 192 to 147 (statins can't lower it that much), triglycerides went from 164 to 94, and all the other numbers stack up like that across the board.  I run up the stairs.  I sleep better.  I crap better.  I feel better.  And I feel happier just knowing that no animals are suffering for my sake.  Nothing gets tortured because of me.

Go vegan and nobody gets hurt.
posted by DBK at 11:41 AM |


Some people have Type I diabetes, and that is not caused by improper diet. Their pancreas does not work properly. Going vegan would not help a child with Type I. Only insulin help this human being.
commented by Anonymous Anonymous, 12:07 PM PST  
OMGs I think I love you! I am so glad you are BACK!
commented by Anonymous Labrys, 12:15 PM PST  
Yes, Type 1 is roughly 3% of all diabetes cases and negligible in terms of the national healthcare crisis. You have provided unimportant and irrelevant information, but thanks anyway Arnold Horshack.
commented by Blogger DBK, 12:44 PM PST  
Sorry for the formatting problem. My bad. Cut and pasted something into the draft and it must have blown up the formatting. And I am too lazy to fix it.

Also, if my last response in this thread was discourteous, it is only because I ain't messing around with twits anymore. Twits ruin every discussion thread going back to USENET days. I don't play anymore. I'm not just back, I'm pissed. And twits get no quarter.

A meaningful comment and conversation is always welcome.
commented by Blogger DBK, 12:52 PM PST  
And Labrys, I said blogging is dead because blogs like this used to get thousands of visits a day, not just the paltry few die hards we get these days. Blogging became irrelevant when tweeting a few characters replaced it. But we can make it relevant again, if for no other purpose but as a means of organizing political discourse and getting the discussion opened up in a way that tweeting just can't do. You can't discuss what the best way to amend a bill before the House in 140 characters.
commented by Blogger DBK, 2:04 PM PST  
Yes! I have been, and am, a die-hard blog reader. There are many I have been reading and sometimes commenting on for 10-15 years, including Skippy. I love this form and despise Twitter. Especially when some Twit goes on a "Twit-thread," 140 characters x 22 or more. Fuck that. Just write a fucking blog post instead of an addled, disjointed, hard to follow bunch of Twits. Thanks for jumping back into the pool, DBK.
commented by Anonymous lea-p, 7:21 PM PST  
Thanks for hanging in there.
commented by Blogger DBK, 8:24 PM PST  
damn great to see you blogging dbk, thx for sharing it with us on skippy
commented by Blogger skippy, 8:44 PM PST  
Glad to be back. And I'm using capitals too. You can throw me out for that if you like.

I'm trying to put the band back together. Blogging died...but there are all these old bloggers who know a lot more than they did before and have been away from it and I think that could be put together to form a massive team of dedicated, smart, talented, and I hope much meaner organization that will bring thermonuclear weapons to the knife fight and maybe save the cheerleader. And our readership.

See, the thing is, we have to kill the partisan shit. And we have to embrace people of good will regardless of what they think. Then we have to reason together to a real solution absent ideology. The conservatives are great at pulling together even when they are wrong and the liberals are great at pulling themselves apart even when they are right. For the liberals, the good is the enemy of the perfect and for the conservatives, the good is the enemy of victory. But for the utilitarian, it's all about making it work.
commented by Blogger DBK, 10:20 PM PST  

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