Jul 14, 2009 11:15 AM GMT
I always see men smoking, and they have fantastic muscles.
"I had a friend die this spring, at 49, who was wealthy, from COPD. Did he stop smoking? No. I put my mom in the grave from COPD, May 30'th of this year. They both died before their time, with much suffering, and with much cost to the system. STUPID."
"When we see a fat kid, we need to tell his parents to either do a better job, or else."
"It's high time we pass a bit more judgment on some folks."
Really? So what judgement should we all pass on your friend and your MOTHER that loved you so much?
antelope saidMaybe its all smoke and mirrors
People have been smoking since Sir Walter Raleigh brought the first tobacco to England more than 400 years. King James I went on a big tear about it shortly after and had little effect. It takes a longtime to change culture, and some people say that smoking relaxes them, takes the edge off. It's definitely a bad thing, but so are lots of other things people do. When I become perfect I will feel free to criticize others' bad habits.
sxydrkhair saidMy doctor told me that smoking will make your penis weak and lowering your sperm count.
chuckystud saidStupid people are stupid.
You don't win minds through laws, nor misinformation, nor even punitive action, as "The War on Drugs" has so adeptly demonstrated.
You win minds by changing popular culture. Ever notice that shorts are short anymore? Stupid, but, somehow, how it is.
You change popular culture by being honest; pointing out FACT versus fiction, and being reasonable in your risk assessment.
Smokers die young.
Smokers miss twice as many days from work.
Smokers are 10 times more likely to cost the health system 100K or more, than a regular person.
They're sick on continuous basis. It's normal to be able to breathe.
By far, and above, the biggest killer is obesity / fat asses. Big Pharm, Big Medicine, Big Food, Big Clothes, The "nutrition" business, all make huge sums of money (1.4 BILLION for Lipitor ALONE) treating the sickness caused by improper diet. They have a vested interest in disease treatment as opposed to wellness promotion.
Why do folks overeat? Why do folks drink? Why do folks smoke? All, when these behavior are clearly the most dangerous of every day life? Because it's not socially acceptable in popular culture to call them out on their cost to themselves, their loved ones, and society, and so many folk stand to line their pockets from the status quo.
I had a friend die this spring, at 49, who was wealthy, from COPD. Did he stop smoking? No. I put my mom in the grave from COPD, May 30'th of this year. They both died before their time, with much suffering, and with much cost to the system. STUPID.
Unless folks get some sound judgment, and say things like "your 12 your old kid is 50 pounds overweight and FLUNKS P.E. class", or "I will not give you a job as long a you smoke." we'll not see very rapid change. Treatments will get better, and more expensive, more pills will get pushed, and more money spent, but, more folks will die NEEDLESSLY.
We're should slap some parents around that have fat kids, but, guess what, the parents are fat asses, too.
We have to become more responsible as a people and stop letting corporate America shove crap down our throats, while we put some guy in jail for pot, or testosterone.
The way it is now goes beyond ridiculous.
It starts with parenting and goes from there.
When we see a fat kid, we need to tell his parents to either do a better job, or else.
The world's fattest kid is in Houston, 17 years old. 880 pounds. His mother feeds him because she "loves him so much." His mother needs a spanking. Her indifference, her own mental illness, and society's non-interference, is killing the kid.
It's high time we pass a bit more judgment on some folks.
chuckystud saidAt some point, folks have to become personally responsible for their behavior, with a high responsibility to civilization.