Re: Failing health of the United States
As a native-born, semi-retired American physician (MD, Ophthalmology) of more than 40 years, it has been dismaying to watch the general health of my fellow citizens deteriorate. In my humble opinion, there are many reasons for this and the blame can be assigned in many directions. To quote Walt Kelly's character, Pogo: "We have met the enemy and he is us."
Since WWII, our once-thriving Republic has evolved into the present Corporatist State that exists today - a nation where soul-less corporate entities run by 21st century pirate capitalists have merged with Big Government and placed profit above Humanity. The American people have been systematically looted of their wealth and health even as the State continues to export its militaristic empire building abroad. Many trillions of dollars have been given to banks, trans-national corporations, our medical- and military-industrial complexes just in the past decade. In recent years, the political scene has devolved into one of never-ending identity politics centered on race- and gender-baiting with a dose of xenophobia. Our "oh-so-concerned" politicians believe that their power can better be maintained by keeping the people in a constant state of anxiety and fear. So far this has worked beautifully for our ruling elite.
In addition to this, we have been worn down by climate engineering centered on spraying vast amounts of toxins over the nation (aluminum, fly ash, etc.), GMO'd crops, increasingly contaminated water and food, deteriorating socio-economic conditions, a failing health care system that is more about disease creation and maintenance than healing. It is no accident that public debate about healthcare revolves around vaccinations and abortions - and, lately, euthanasia for the handicapped and infirm.
Many thanks to the Editor at The BMJ for posting your commentary on the failing health of the US. Perhaps it will make a difference for us here in the benighted colonies. Peace and hope...
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