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Analysis Essay

Overdiagnosis: when good intentions meet vested interests—an essay by Iona Heath

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f6361 (Published 25 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6361

Re: Overdiagnosis: when good intentions meet vested interests—an essay by Iona Heath

Life is metabolism. This means that all living organisms must breathe, drink, eat, and expel waste. This includes us!

These facts are so obvious, that we all tend to ignore them. That's what happened with me. In my quest for health, I looked into all sorts of esoteric sciences, but I never looked in my pantry or refrigerator.

Have you ever noticed that the more educated you become, the less common sense you have? This is the problem with modern healthcare. It's so focused on pathology, technology, jargon, medicine, money, and status, that it sometimes forgets about life.

I vote for common sense. Since life is metabolism, we must pay attention to the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat. This is why I recommend clean air, pure water, and organic food. I also recommend the avoidance of toxins and addictions, because both interfere with metabolism. Since you can do all these things for yourself, your health and life depend on you.

Competing interests: I have a self-published e-book called "Peace Poetry & The LOVE Diet", which promotes peace, simplifies health, and demystifies addiction.

26 October 2013
Hugh Mann
Physician
Retired
Eagle Rock, MO, USA