No one wants to be sick, yet the leading diseases we face (and CAUSE) continues to spiral upward. Where is the disconnect between our rational understanding of disease and the destructive behavioral patterns we follow? It can be summed up in one word:
As we experience various atrocities in life our INITIAL response is often astonishment, FEAR and dismay. We process these events quickly and react emotionally. As these events repeat themselves, we come to accept them (not so much as “normal”) but common. This acceptance over time alters the magnitude of our future responses to these same horrific events. This is how we become DESENSITIZED.
This behavior has altered our attitudes to such a degree it threatens our very lives. We simply ACKNOWLEDGE the reality of DISEASES we once greatly FEARED. For example:
Heart disease requiring the sternum sawed open to expose a beating heart requiring bypass blood flow.
Cancer treatments using various forms of chemotherapy poisons that invade regions of the body causing massive collateral damage.
Type 2 Diabetes treated with pharmaceutical drugs that commonly result in blindness, amputation and/or death (regardless.)
Obesity, supported by food manufacturers and symptomatically treated by physicians for secondary complications and diseases (that shorten life expectancy.)
These are just a few examples of serious life altering/threatening conditions that once produced GREAT FEAR. It was understood that improved attitudes along with behavioral changes were essential to REVERSE this destructive path.
As more and more people follow a path in life that leads to these (and other) life threatening conditions, we have become DESENSITIZED to these diseases. We no longer view them as atrocities. Instead, we CHOOSE to view them as “UNFORTUNATE OUTCOMES.” They have become “situations“ doctors are responsible to “deal with.“
We doctors appreciate your willingness to follow this “desensitized” approach to disease and want to thank you in advance for the generous financial support you provide us. We have become a profession willing to look our patients directly in the eye, and without any hesitation say,
“Here’s your prescriptions.”
We choose to do this in place of spending our “valuable” time providing important lifestyle guidance knowing our patients are generally uninterested and unwilling to comply with these necessary changes.
Now, if that doesn’t sound condescending and heartless enough, let me add some more. We have also learned to become DESENSITIZED to your gradual failing health. This makes it easier for us to ask you to reschedule appointments over and over and over again without ever having to provide BETTER alternative options. And your DESENSITIZED response is:
“I need to schedule another appointment with the doctor, please!”
MAYBE IT’S TIME TO CONSIDER BECOMING A LITTLE LESS:
AND A LITTLE MORE COMMITTED TO ESSENTIAL LIFESTYLE CHANGES!