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.
... researchers are now digging deeper into the mechanisms that underlie the benefits of physical activity. They are finding that exercise is both powerful and wide-reaching, affecting not just muscles and the cardiovascular system, but almost every part of the body, from the immune system to the brain to the energy systems within individual cells. And as scientists understand more precisely which levers exercise pulls to improve our health, clinicians are on the verge of being able to change their practice. The goal is to think of exercise as a medicine — a therapy that they can prescribe in specific doses for specific needs.
We must never allow clinicians to prescribe exercise as medicine. If we do, here’s what will happen: 1. They will make you wear an electronic monitor, to guarantee your compliance. 2. They will bill Medicare a fortune, even though they haven’t done anything. 3. They will also begin to prescribe food, music, and movies. And you will have to comply with those directives, as well. 4. They will criminalize non-compliance; if you argue, you’ll lose your medical coverage. 5. They will diagnose you with a variety of physical and mental illnesses, so that you will remain under their control forever. We need to rethink the job description of a “Doctor”. Really, we don’t need them anymore. There are homeopathic and Ayurvedic practitioners who heal people naturally, for a much lower price, and they don’t bill Medicare. And to be honest, we don’t need Medicare anymore, either. It’s welfare for rich people.