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You have a problem. You drank the Kool-Aid. You believed the lie, lived the propaganda and made plans based on the bullspit. You thought a high tech nirvana would protect you from being stupid. You believed you could drink and smoke and eat nutritionless food and the wonderful world of modern medicine would patch you up enough to get you through a decade or two on Social Security playing golf, your mummified body of zero worth to society continuing to extract resources. You thought you could pick an unfit breeder and that your children’s pathetic genes would be reworked by science to protect them from your lack of judgment. You make me sick! Well, guess what? Now you are wearing the serf chains you embraced. You thought medicine would shield you and so you happily joined the world of The Insured. You wore it as a proud mantle and didn’t think it had a downside. How can technology have negative consequences? Inconceivable!
Being Insured was you joining the middle class. Oh look at me, I shall live as an Immortal! Call Ann Rice up and order me her next blockbuster, I‘m living large bitches! People have insanely unwarranted expectations from the medical industry. Let me explain slowly. Modern medicine does two very wonderful things, and that is ALL that it does. They can vastly increase your odds of surviving an immediate life threatening accident ( thanks to the millions of drafted peasants being practiced on in the battlefields of imperial conquest ). And they can drown your body in antibiotics to SLIGHTLY increase your odds of surviving internal infection ( after you spent the last twenty years eating antibiotics in all your meat and dairy, plus letting common colds, sniffles and trifles be treated with antibiotics, most bugs have mutated to survive antibiotics. Once a wonder drug, now a last ditch hope in futility ).
The rates of illness from untreated water have declined by improved infrastructure, not modern medicine. In fact, modern medicine spends 99% of its energy and resources presenting a self serving propaganda about how wonderful they are, and 1% trying to do everything else except the two items they are really there for. Trauma surgery and antibiotics. All those pills you get prescribed? They do almost nothing but mask symptoms, and doctors can’t even do THAT right, constantly tinkering with doses and brands hoping the side effects are minimized, like a mechanic on crack randomly yanking parts and replacing them until the auto runs half assed. Modern medicine is part of the problem, completely ignoring prevention ( the last time I was in a hospital the cafeteria had the food pyramid with corn in the vegetable group, a clear indicator the profession as a whole understands nutrition as well as they do demon exorcisms ).
But You BELIEVE!!! You live your life as if medical insurance is all that keeps you from keeling over as soon as you swing your feet out of bed. You’ll do anything to keep your medical, including staying in a crime infested city soon to be a radioactive crater for the job that provides medical insurance. You’ll risk timing the collapse because you believe that the medical industry is your salvation. You wouldn’t dream of saving yourself through preventive measures or self medicating on alternate medicines, so convinced that the industry will keep you alive for that all important retirement. You’ll make yourself work a crappy job for decades, just to see that retirement check. Never you mind living each day like it is your last and you should do what you love. NO!! Just live for money, that always works out so well for everyone ( and don’t look at me like I’m a lucky bastard being able to write. That is one of my few skills and it limits me, it doesn’t liberate me. I’d wager most of my readers are far more skilled in other areas and have options if they so desire in self-employment ).
So the elite now own your soul. They lied to you about the efficiency of the medical profession, you bought into the lie and so you live to stay insured. Insurance should keep you alive, it sure by gum ain’t no scam, so sir-ee Wally! Let me share a little secret with you. Your corpse is, literally, money to other people. Your family WANTS you to die if you have any. The doctors will reanimate your corpse long enough to drain your bank account. Your spouse will put you in life threatening situations to get more money ( it is one thing to die to protect your family, quite another to die for their enrichment ). You mean NOTHING to other people. The medical insurance industry is NOT there to keep you alive. It is there to make a profit. If you must die to ensure that profit, so long Charlie! If you believe otherwise you are a naïve fool. The golden handcuffs you voluntarily place on yourself, throwing away the key, used to be a nice paycheck. But that was too expensive for our robber baron employers. Now you only get insurance.
Medical insurance USED to be an adequate substitute for more pay. It really only was a way to medicate you into more years of being able to work for less, but having drank the Kool-Aid you thought it was a swell deal. Well, now medical insurance cost as much as your car payment, if not your mortgage payment. You can’t afford it. And even if you somehow can, the deductible all by itself, never mind the co-pay, will bankrupt you. They won’t even help medicate you to work longer anymore! They forced everyone to get their insurance, then made it unaffordable to everyone, and make no pretense of giving you ANY medical care! Why are you still living this lie? Be your own doctor. It is safer and much cheaper ( if you are genetically predisposed towards death due to your parents ill advised breeder selection, you are screwed anyway, insurance or not. If your diet is killing you, you can control that without insurance ). Unshackle yourself from your bonds. It is only as hard as instruction and discipline. Well, that and stopping the drinking, already.
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(facetious here) "Stop DRINKING?!?! but I drink to numb the pain of the job I need, in order to be insured, so that I can see the doctors who can treat the symptoms of my over drinking!!!" (end sarcasm)ReplyDelete
You really hit the nail on the head. I've got really decent benefits at my current employer, and with the building I am doing leading to increased chances of accidents (aka trauma) I have kept the insurance and even tried using it this past year.
Trying to use insurance was a TOTAL WASTE OF TIME. The only way it worked was by using a health savings account. And employer or insurance provided health savings accounts are total scams as any overage doesn't roll over from year to year. You are better off putting money in a bank savings account and just deducting medical expenses.
Broken ribs? don't bother seeing a Dr unless blood is showing in the lungs or on the skin, they don't do anything other than give you a pain killer any longer.
Have a life long chronic condition that medicine can occasionally help? forget it the Drs will insist on seeing you at least every other refill even if nothing has changed, charging you through the nose for the privilege. Find holistic alternatives instead.
Think 'insurance' will pay out or at least reduce the costs of the medicine and drs office? HA! between the deductibles, co-pays, uncovered procedures and medicines, you will be lucky to get a tiny fraction of what you paid into insurance. But then, that's why it is an insurance BUSINESS (and a profitable business it is too).
Self insure by having a couple thousand on hand for emergencies. Any sort of emergency that is going to cost more than a few thousand will drive you into bankruptcy with or without insurance anyways.
Thank you, it's nice to get real world experience boots on the ground confirmation of my paranoid projections and second hand observations.Delete
I find that alternative medicine is a mixed bag as far as reliability of results is concerned. A good practitioner will address your needs, charge a reasonable rate, and recommend you return only when you need to. Others will read your aura a help your spirit align with the sky and recommend you return 2 or more times a week for a large fee. So it take time to find a good alternative to regular medical care. But it can be well worth it, if you are willing to put some of the time in.Delete
But comparison with a regular Dr office visit is no comparison. Drs office will charge you several hundreds of dollars for a 10 minute 'consultation' with a nurse practitioner or the like and you will probably not feel attended to or aided in any real way. A Chiropractor (as close to a medical Dr as alternatives usually get) will see me, spouse, and child ALL for less than $200, even extending their office hours a little if necessary for us to get there. The Chiropractor will address our specific issues, spending time to discuss them thoroughly with us, and then even thank us for our business, when we leave FEELING BETTER than when we arrived. Of course that is a good Chiropractor that we have to drive 2 hours 1 way to be able to go see instead of the 10 minute walk to the local aura aligner.
We used to know MD's who were nearly as good as the Chiropractor but they all retired or died of old age, and we haven't found a new one near as good yet.
Thank goodness-knock on wood-I haven't experienced the decline first hand.Delete
The problem is you need to find your practitioner NOW, before you have to have them, because when you have to have them you don't have time to sort through the chaff.Delete
Find a cause, even just an annoying bunion, and begin the hunt for a good medical practitioner to help. Develop a relationship with them now, dont wait.
Does the NOL have any space for some little garden in town?ReplyDelete
If yes, it would be interesting for you to run some experiments to see what would grow fast and use the least amount of water. Growing in buckets is fairly easy (and portable.)
Several issues. Most horizontal spaces not covered by trees or houses are north side. When it pours rain, the grass looks healthy. When using the hose, not so much. Chlorine. Also, she is a bit on the "must look pretty" scale, even if I could make a container it wouldn't be a cheap one.Delete
Just finished Bison Book Batch #10 (Loved it)ReplyDelete
You mentioned eating cabbage once a week. Have you considered turning into Sauerkraut? It's a way of storing as well as introducing healthy intestinal bacteria. It's dead easy to do as well.
I have before, agreeing with you on all its good points. Thanks for reminding me-I really should. Thanks for supporting your favorite author and I'm glad you enjoyed. I was worried about the one.Delete
Sauerkraut and or Kimchee. Yum. Low-tech superfoods.Delete
Cheap materials growable in your yard, can-able for neighbor sales once you get the process right. BP/JD has one undeniable oft-repeated idea: "food first" that dwarfs all other content of the blog. No one will steal your food before the die-off because it's so boring (buckets of kernals? WTF?) and slightly remote/inconvenient (fast food and cheap fuel- next exit! and every exit after that, just sit back and "Happy Motoring" your and her wide butts.), later folks will be too weak to walk to the remote/inconvenient/secured location through the tribal areas and waterless Western wasteland.