We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Avoidable and preventable are two of the most capacious words in the medical lexicon. They can’t be unproven. They have propped up industries. The public has consented to healthism, implicitly. Because one person’s avoidable is another person’s overdiagnosis.
You can avoid all auto accidents by staying in bed. Of course, then you have a different problem.
Assistant Village Idiot
Healthism appeals to people at a very basic level. You don't need to sell it or even explain it well it seems to be intuitive. It is why we believe there are good foods and bad foods. It is intuitively true because I knew someone who ate too many sweets and "caught" diabetes or I knew someone who drank too many sodas and they are overweight. It appeals to our biases and what we learned at our mothers knee. It should be obvious to anyone that "fat" is bad and lettuce is good, right? It is just such a seductive belief system. I can get a CT scan once a year and catch cancer before it spreads. I can take mega doses of vitamins and never catch a cold or the flu. It is or should be obvious to everyone that with all the "toxins" in vaccines that they are unsafe. The list of mistaken beliefs and misunderstanding of health/biology/science is too long to overcome.