treat or pre empt ???

By Owen Paine on Monday December 26, 2011 08:37 AM

we suffer from massive disease creep !

markers for a disease are overwhelmingly less then fully predictive and yet we plunge ahead
flooding the problem with preventatives

as a nation we spend gillions every year on pre emptive medicatings surgeries etc
hell our disease fighting system is like the GWOT technique of baby bush
pre-emptive attacks in search of internal WMD's

and as this delightful article points out :

"Disease creep, or our drive to catch disease early, and the counterintuitive nature of waiting for symptoms, are pushing more and more of us onto medicines we may not need. In addition to “pre-heart disease,” which is in effect what having elevated cholesterol amounts to, we now have pre-hypertension and pre-diabetes. We catch cancers too early to know if they are ever going to cause a problem. And we put a million stents a year in people’s hearts – yet elective stent placement offers no benefit at all in terms of reduced heart attacks or deaths. Nearly half the population in the U.S. is taking at least one prescribed drug, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than one in ten is taking five or more medicines. Yet we are sicker and don’t live as long as people in Canada or England – or 35 other nations where they generally take fewer medicines and undergo fewer tests."

gillions baby gillions for pre-emption but not one dime for common sense

no money in that gig

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