Clinton – a nightmare, insane, a colossal waste of money

globeandmail.com : Avoid U.S. health model: Clinton

(Bill might be ramping up the rhetoric towards coming US elections.)

Clinton said Canada should stay the course. And review similar health-care systems — in Germany, Denmark or Sweden, for instance — that have solved problems such as overly long waiting times.

I disagree. The only solution is a FREE free market system for health care.

Regulated health care is like regulated phone service. Now that there is competition between VOIP and traditional carriers, my cost today dropped to FREE for all long distance Skype calls and now all local calls from North America to North America from SkypeOut.

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the war on indoor tanning

William Saletan wrote a great piece on Slate.com

“Here come the health police. First they came for the cigarettes. Then they came for the sodas. Now it’s the tanning salons.

The cigarette war is winding down, as one country after another bans public smoking.

A week ago, the top three soft-drink makers surrendered the first big battle of the junk-food war, agreeing to remove sodas from elementary and middle schools. A few days later, spooked by the outcry against fast food and childhood obesity, Disney fled an advertising deal with McDonald’s. Nobody wants to be the new Joe Camel.”

read the full article …

The overzealous war on indoor tanning.

drug companies in it for the money

Drugs companies ‘inventing diseases to boost profits’

Do you believe this headline? I’m not so sure.

For example, shyness is diagnosed as a “social anxiety disorder” and treated with antidepressants.

Get your drugs for:

IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROMES, SEXUAL DYSFUNCTIONS, OSTEOPOROSIS, SLEEPY IN THE MORNING SICKNESS … (OK, I invented the last one myself.)

conditioning – CrossFit exercises

CrossFit is an advanced strength and conditioning program used by police and military. It is popular with the martial arts community.

Firefighters, too, like CrossFit because it does not use weight machines, preferring free weights. They use many gymnastics exercises in which body weight provides the resistance.

Many video clips and photo sequences are linked from their exercises page:

CrossFit excercises list

log sit-up
team sit-up using a log for resistance