CorruptUser wrote:Just understand that there are risks and do your best to minimize them.
That's not unique to the given example set. It's good universal advise.
CorrputUser wrote:Alcohol is NOT life enhancing
Depends what you mean by "enhancing". Even if I ignore any health benefits that have been touted (which are dubious to me anyway), some alcohol in moderation can enhance enjoyment
of life, whether though the flavors or the effects (or the secondary effects). And this is an issue that I have with the whole "efficiency" thing - the purpose of life is to enjoy life, and like energy and entropy, gains here can involve losses there. The same can be said of sports (extreme or otherwise), travel, hobbies, big yards, pets, and lots of other things. So, yeah, alcohol can be life-enhancing, life-destroying, or a mix of both in pretty much any combination.
CorruptUser wrote:When it comes to health, all people really need to know is they should eat a healthy, balanced diet and get regular exercise. That's it.
That glosses over a lot of important subtleties, and is arguably anti-science itself. What
you eat is important for reasons it's important to know why, and that is what defines a "healthy" diet, which could be different for different people. It's also important that modern food is more homogenious and more processed than what we evolved alongside; this has upsides and downsides, reflected in raw vegetables, room temperature eggs, and white bread for example.
When it comes to health it's also important to know that germs cause (some) diseases, germs can be spread by people, animals, filth, keyboards... the body has (and needs) an immune system, and needs to have it developed, environmental additives often have strong (and long-term) effects, positive and negative, and why... the list goes on. It's not sufficient to "eat well" (whatever that means) and "exercise" (which nowadays means bending over to pick up the newspaper) ("Newspaper? What's that?)
elasto wrote:If people could go see their doctor for free whenever they needed to they wouldn't be tempted to look for quick fixes.
You really think that a culture that mistrusts government will trust government-sponsored medication?
Ginger wrote:and what does veganism or doctors in the US or UK have to do with Oprah Winfrey?
It has to do with the politics and misuse of science, something which has a lot
to do with Oprah as president.
CorruptUser wrote:...the fuckers deserve everything that happens to them. Chickens are naturally cannibals, even free-range ones, they smell horrible, they torture each other.
Sounds like people, don't it?