To this end it recommended the adoption of a ‘regulatory mix’ of cost-effective, population-wide interventions to reduce the impact of the four main NCD-risk factors, namely tobacco use, the harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diets and lack of physical activity.
Since tobacco ‘interventions’ now include public smoking bans, and the exclusion and demonisation of smokers, I can only suppose that the same is going to happen with alcohol, food, and obesity. In fact, it’s already started.
So, a few years down the pike, I foresee public drinking bans, and the demonisation of drinkers. And public eating bans, and the demonisation of fat people. Those pubs that weren’t closed down by the smoking ban will go out of business. Most restaurants will also go out of business, except those selling approved ‘healthy’ lentil gruel in modest portions.
The response of many smokers to their treatment has been to stay home and stop spending. Once alcohol and food are subjected to the same regime, everyone will stay home and stop spending. The economy will tank, and shops will empty, and there will be an enormous black market in everything from tobacco to alcohol and bacon and sugar and salt.
And it seems to me that for ‘lifestyle regulation’ to work, if people aren’t willing to comply, they are going to have to be made to comply with the regulations. I imagine that one way of doing that is for everyone to have a mandatory annual test to see whether they’re complying or not, with penalties attached for non-compliance. e.g. if you’re overweight, you’ll have to surrender your driving licence or something.
And I somehow imagine that there will be near-universal non-compliance. Because I no longer comply with any health advice at all. All trust has gone. For anyone to get me to comply, they’ll need to batter down my front door with a sledge hammer, and force-feed me with statins or whatever their current wonder drug happens to be. And even then, I’d spit them back out a half hour later.
If they aren’t doing so already, people will start staying away from doctors and hospitals and medical authorities. They’ll treat themselves using black market drugs. And there will consequently be a collapse in public health levels. Epidemics (real ones, that is) will break out, and rage unchecked.
Never mind the the “Legality of the EU’s Lifestyle Regulatory Intervention” discussed on page 13, these people don’t seem to have realised that, if people don’t consent to their bullying measures, they’re not going to comply with their advice or regulations. They’re going to reject them like I reject them. Because I don’t consent. I was never asked. And once that happens, the entire public health system will become completely ineffective, not just at regulating lifestyles, but also at addressing all genuine health problems – like, for example, an outbreak of bubonic plague.
And the collapse of the public health system will probably be highly visible. Everyone will start looking sicker and sicker. There’ll be people hobbling around on broken legs. Or covered in sores. The death rate will skyrocket. It’ll become common to find corpses lying on the streets.
The triumph of the modern cult of top-down public health management will be followed in short order by the rapid and complete collapse of actual public health to levels not seen since the middle ages.