Dr. Lane’s Thoughts XV

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1) A great writer wrote this “There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge’.” —Isaac Asimov, January 21, 1980

2) The wellness advice revolution seems to be based on people telling you what is wrong with you, emphasizing that this is a dilemma you need to face up to and… selling you something to ‘cure’ this dilemma in you life.  As my brother would say ” creating a problem and solving it”.  Please tell me if I am naive but I must be honest about this blog – I have no agenda!  I have never considered selling anything to assist people in facing the health concerns that I bring to your attention.  I am just happy informing people so that they can make better health choices.

Much like the medical issues that I bring to the attention of my CDL holders – “I need you to live forever so that I can do your CDL medical exams.  Dead people almost never pay me!”  Yes, you should keep your diabetes and high blood pressure under control.  You should eat right and you should learn to take control of your well-being.  You should make choices about how you want to live.

3) Recently it was brought to my attention that one of my CDL patients had committed suicide.  You may be surprised that I am also going to tell you that this was a ‘silent suicide’ and will never be classified as a suicide.  He chose to let his body kill him by walking away from his constant vigilance about his blood pressure and his wife’s nagging him about making life choices.
Ostensibly, he died of a heart attack while driving his truck.  A more complete explanation: he left his wife and stopped taking his medication.  I recall that he needed multiple visits to pass the blood pressure exam in my office – a simple 140/90 was nearly impossible for him to achieve.  It would be speculation on my part but I imagine that the lifestyle changes he was required to do and his wife’s desire to keep him alive by forcing food changes and vigilance about avoiding bad food choices left him to desire to live out his life without constraints and, ultimately, this is what caused his heart to fail on some road in Florida.

4) Recently Trump’s ICE agents (I think of them as only his because their new-found level of brutality came with his presidency) picked up a bunch of illegal immigrant people working at some business somewhere in the United States.

I am being purposely vague here for a reason.  The details don’t matter!  It does not matter which business they were working at; it does not matter which state I am talking about here.

INS/ICE can always find these people because all they have to do is go to some business which employs many people from other countries who are willing to do a job ‘Americans’ won’t do: factories, farms, any job that pays poorly and has harsh working conditions.

And why do I make this point?  THESE PEOPLE ARE WORKING!!!

Can you imagine how hard it would be to find illegal immigrants if they were homeless and living on the streets?  The job of finding them is easy because they are all in the same place – HOLDING JOBS!!!

REMINDER: holding jobs that most Americans won’t do.

The USA is blessed to have these people doing these jobs, their employers will now have trouble filling those same jobs, and everyone will be harmed.

You want to know another job that these illegals immigrants are willing to do that most Americans won’t do?  Working for Donald Trump at one of his resorts [true:  it is all over the news how he had many illegal immigrant employees and he knew it].

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