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    Tuesday, January 02, 2007

    Wellness.. one thing leads to the other :)

    I will bet you $1 you think wellness is a good thing. I disagree.

    The healthcare industries have morphed into not only caring for the sick.. but keeping you from getting sick in the first place. Now admit it... this is something even Jesus didn't think of doing.

    And at what cost to human dignity? Plenty.

    Now I am an old man, that remembers what it felt like to live with the assumption one could die any day, at any time. I mean really felt that in the gut.. not just some ignored mathematical probability. Now I'm talking a LONG ways back.. before air conditioning and the polio vaccine.

    I propose without proof that people lived better lives, because that life was not assured to 80.

    Anyway, without digging too deeply, I am thinking that prenatal testing to weed out ill fetuses, government sanctions against unhealthy activity (does smoking and transfats come to mind?) and presure for practical euthanasia will be coming on a lot stronger as we are introduced to the Democrat's new ideas regarding universal health insurance. I have already seen mention that the way to keep health costs down is to make sure no one risks getting sick in the first place. Or if the individual does hold on to an 'unhealthy' life style there will be punishment penalties. Heck, there will be penalties if an insured does not go in for regular checkups as recommended by your friendly government.

    Fun isn't it? To be socialized into healthy living by government? Forget about being given a ticket for not wearing your seatbelt.. that is so yesterday. And what about the old admonishment that life is dangerous? No matter, we have fixed all that with seat belts, helmets, anti-smoker laws, and lawyers.

    I would like a doctor to see me when I am sick. I would like some medicine to cure me, or ease the discomfort. I do not buy in to living heathy to secure a nice long life right up to dementia. HELP.. let me out of this thing. I think that's my outlook.

    Now what about homosexuality? Is that a sickness? The Catholic Church says no. I agree.

    But what about the touchstone of a parent's natural longing for a healthy child. That natural longing that has recently resulted in so few Down's babies being born (gee, I wonder where they all went?), fewer girls in India and China, and now just perhaps, fewer homosexuals.

    If it is not happening yet, it will. And the list of defined diseases we can hide from will be endlessly long. And the proscriptions to healthy living will be endless also.

    God help us.


    SCIENTISTS are conducting experiments to change the sexuality of “gay” sheep in a programme that critics fear could pave the way for breeding out homosexuality in humans.
    The technique being developed by American researchers adjusts the hormonal balance in the brains of homosexual rams so that they are more inclined to mate with ewes.

    It raises the prospect that pregnant women could one day be offered a treatment to reduce or eliminate the chance that their offspring will be homosexual. Experts say that, in theory, the “straightening” procedure on humans could be as simple as a hormone supplement for mothers-to-be, worn on the skin like an anti-smoking nicotine patch.

    Martina Navratilova, the lesbian tennis player who won Wimbledon nine times, and scientists and gay rights campaigners in Britain have called for the project to be abandoned.

    Navratilova defended the “right” of sheep to be gay. She said: “How can it be that in the year 2006 a major university would host such homophobic and cruel experiments?” She said gay men and lesbians would be “deeply offended” by the social implications of the tests.

    To me there is something more tragic about old people being asked to die because they cost too much to maintain, and Down's babies being killed because they don't fit society's idea of a pleasant baby.

    Although in Martina's case, it's salience that trumps empathy with the weak and vulnerable.


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