Warning: This contains a huge SPOILER for this week’s episode of of House.
Last night we watched the episode of House that aired on Monday. I have many complaints about the series in general, which are the same as or similar to some of these complaints but I loved the solution of this week’s medical mystery. It turns out that the problem was caused by the patient having been overprotected as a child. Not that I consider House to be a reliable source of health information but I’ve read in more reliable sources that being too germ-phobic can actually make one less healthy and I worry that in the future people will have much weaker constitutions. I think it’s possible that in the relatively near future people in their 60′s and 70′s might actually be healthier than people in their 20′s and 30′s. And even the people who are not germ-phobic may be harmed because the actions of the germ-phobics are creating more resistant bacteria. So please, everyone, for the good of humanity, send your kids out to play in the dirt.
I heard something extremely, hilariously odd on the news last night. It was on ABC news. (Seriously, I watch it strictly for entertainment.) Last night was their, what seems like, thrice weekly story on obesity and someone actually said, “People are not being made aware of the obesity epidemic.” (from memory; possibly not the exact wording) WTF? We are being slammed in the face with this subject constantly. How much more aware do they think we can be?
I am willing to believe that there are more overweight people now than in the past but the current movement to influence people to lose weight obviously isn’t working. So try something else! If you keep saying the same thing over and over again people will shut you out. It’s not that they are not aware; it’s that they are too aware and refuse to listen anymore. Also I think the standards are wrong. It’s too much about appearance and not actual health. Even people who are not at all unhealthy are expected to feel guilty if they don’t look like Nicole Richie.
I think most people would be a lot healthier if everyone would just shut up about health. People want to be healthy and in general I think we already know how to live healthy lives. True, a lot of people refuse to follow health advice. So what? That’s nothing new and if it’s gotten worse it’s because people are tired of hearing health advice. If you look at history realistically, it’s obvious that we are healthier now than we ever have been at any time in history. I do believe it should be easier for people to go to doctors if they want to and everyone should be encouraged to follow their own doctor’s advice not the advice of some doctor or health nut on TV. Otherwise just shut up about health.