Too Much Politics and Too Much Medicine

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    Do not think about, write about or deal with  human behavior without determining the effects of incentives.

How do you get 100 New Yorkers out of the pool?
Answer: Say "Every one STAY in the pool!
How do you get 100 Californians out of the pool?
Answer: Say "This pool has been CHEMICALLY TREATED for your protection!
How do you get 100 Republicans out of the pool?
Answer: Say "Being in this pool shows your support for the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
How do you get 100 Democrats out of the pool?
Answer: Say "This pool will be FUNDED COMPLETELY by the people in the pool!’

The difference between Canadians and Americans?
HOW DO YOU GET 100 CANADIANS OUT OF THE POOL?
ANSWER: SAY "Please get out of the pool."

    About 80% of visits to physicians in North America, it is said, are for digestive complaints. It is probable that most of these complaints in the long run could be solved by eliminating certain foods. The theory behind this is that, in the thousands of generations humans have existed in forms similar to our present form, only the last couple of hundred generations have been subjected to the diet from industrial agriculture with its high input from wheat and dairy. About 75% of adults are allergic or sensitive to lactose with another significant percentage being sensitive, to some degree, to gluten, a wheat protein. The”treatment” for the conditions arising from food sensitivities is simply the elimination of these foods. This does not fit with the HEROIC notion of drugs and surgery which makes up medicine. It also produces no more office visits. For example, my dermatitis and “arthritic” knees stopped almost immediately when I eliminated lactose.

    Politicians have the same problem. Allowing things to work out or, more properly, allowing people to work them out, is not HEROIC. They must have heroic policies to set thing right. As in medicine, these “policies” usually have consequences that are much worse than no policy. The politicians, and many of the public alas, are content because something heroic was done. In politics and medicine, practitioners should do less.

Government Job or Respect–Which’ll It Be?
Cheerio and ttfn,
Grant Coulson, Ph.D.
Author, “Days of Songs and Mirrors: A Jacobite in the ‘45.
Cui Bono–Cherchez les Contingencies

 

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