April 2, 2012

HEALTH IS BEHAVIOR, NOT SCIENCE:

Deluding ourselves on medical 'cures' (Esther J. Cepeda, April 2, 2012, Chicago Tribune)

"To promote gastric bypass surgery as a quick fix for diabetes is unconscionable," said Dr. Jane L. Delgado, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, in reaction to the news about two studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine that spurred headlines implying that the risky surgery could cure diabetes. "The outsized media attention to these limited studies gives false hope to diabetics and could be dangerous to health."

The rush to celebrate a cure du jour to medicine's most intractable problems is a result of people's deep desire for science to come up with some "solution" that will enable them to engage in pleasurable, sometimes destructive behaviors, without fear of unhappy consequences.

Posted by at April 2, 2012 7:01 AM
  

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