Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Fussing and Feuding over Health Care

Pundits view last week's midterm election victory for the GOP as a sign of voters' discontent with the Democratic Party. Yes, the economy stinks and unemployment is high, but it appears that many voters are also against the "affordable health care" bill that was passed earlier this year. It's not a perfect bill, but I remind everyone that legislation is never perfect.

As the dust settles, newly elected GOP leaders are not wasting any time. First on the chopping block is the health care bill. Or so they say. Keep in mind that it's easy to say things on the campaign trail, but when reality hits they may have to eat their words. Let's wait and see.

My view

To anyone who wishes to make an informed opinion about health care, I suggest watching Frontline's Sick Around the World. After watching this Frontline episode, I wondered how is it that France, Germany, Taiwan, etc. can implement universal health coverage, and we can't?

Posted via email from Dr. Dave Science

Monday, November 1, 2010

Alcohol more harmful than crack or heroin?

A recent and somewhat controversial study evaluating the classifications of various drugs (legal and illegal) in the UK was published in the medical journal The Lancet (you can also read a summary in the GuardianUK). The authors of the Lancet article claim that alcohol is more harmful than crack or heroin when evaluating for harm caused in three categories (physical, dependence, and social).

Wow! More harmful than crack or heroin? That's a bold statement.

My Opinion

Alcohol is a drug. And just because it is sold legally in stores does not make alcohol less of a drug.

I don't enjoy drinking alcohol. If had to have a drink, I much prefer heart-healthy red wine (half glass at most) and always with a meal.

Seeing others drunk and the consequences thereof was a major turn-off during my high-school and college years. My thoughts when I saw my first drunk person were something along the lines of--you must really not like yourself if you want to drink something that makes you suffer later or can kill you.

I'm not a teetotaler. If people want to drink to "have a good time" then more power to them. As long as the inebriated crowd stays off the roads and out of my house, I'm fine.