The NHS was initially set up to tackle deadly diseases but improvements in medicine and our standard of living, along with an ageing population, mean that the demands on doctors have changed dramatically.
Four in every five deaths in London today are due to unhealthy lifestyles, including factors such as smoking, alcohol, bad diets and a lack of exercise.
“We need to look more at how we can help people to stay well, rather than focusing on treating them once they are ill,” Dr Rainsberry said.
I have no belief whatsoever that four out of five deaths are caused by unhealthy lifestyles. I suspect instead that four out of five deaths are caused by people simply getting old.
I wish they’d just go back to focusing on treating people once they got ill.
Because back then they weren’t nagging and bullying everyone. And you consulted your doctor when you yourself felt ill, rather than when he said you were ill. They’ve turned medicine upside down.
And now that people are blamed for their own illnesses, they’re increasingly stigmatised for it.
Cancer: The blame game
Some cancer patients have to deal not only with their disease but also with the suggestion that they have brought it upon themselves.
Not just traditional doctors.
He assumed that traditional doctors would be apportioning blame and be judgmental compared with holistic practitioners.
The reverse proved to be true. Lachman spoke to a reflexologist following cancer surgery: “First thing she said to me was, ‘Why did you have to bring cancer on yourself? Why did you have to manufacture your tumour?’”
There’s an essentially moral vision underpinning it all.
“I think there is a fundamental assumption in our society that the world is a just place, and that bad things don’t happen to good people,” says Gerald Devins, a stigma researcher and senior scientist at the Ontario Cancer Institute in Toronto. “And I think when bad things happen to good people, it’s threatening to everybody.”
a punishment from God the inevitable consequence for living a sinful life of an unhealthy lifestyle. For whatever is ‘unhealthy’ is what was once described as ‘selfish’ or ‘immoral’, usually because it was enjoyable. Tobacco, alcohol, sex, sunbathing, rich food, comfortable beds, etc, are all pleasures, and therefore inherently sinful unhealthy. One never hears of stress, or work, or overtime, or commuting, or traffic, or workshops, or offices, or innumerable petty rules and regulations, or even bad weather being described as ‘unhealthy’. No. All the ‘unhealthiness’ is ascribed entirely to leisure time activities, when exhausted people get home from work, pour themselves a stiff drink, light a cigarette, and spend the next few hours lying on a comfortable sofa next to their partner watching TV and eating fast food, and otherwise doing whatever they like. The only time anyone ever gets injured by anything is in the few brief hours between when they get home from work and when they fall asleep. Everything else is entirely blameless, even if it is toxic, stressful, and overcrowded.
It follows that the ideal, ‘healthy’ lifestyle is one from which all freedom and all leisure have been removed, and gaunt prisoners perform hard physical labour all day, with the minimum of food, before collapsing asleep on unyielding wooden beds.
Thus, in this inverted world with its inverted value system, the ‘healthiest’ environment of all is a labour camp populated by slaves.