The Living Autopsy
My apologies for such a gross title. However, this is what is happening in American medicine-patients today. That is, the population, people, patients, even the well are preparing themselves to undergo various kinds of surgeries/biopsies whether it is for varicose veins-ulcers-bypass surgery, colon polyp-breast biopsies, gallbladder removal, or angioplasty, etc. Even the use of medication is that same concept of "submitting yourself to science before you die, rather than afterwards." That is, we think of the "autopsy" as science occurring after we die. But, these various invasive procedures and treatments are very much like an autopsy in the sense that they do represent major assaults on the body with exposure of the body tissues.
My apologies once again. It is not a case of "the forces of evil" it is that we enjoy so much what we are not supposed to do. This is natural and to a point, "If you like it, it is either immoral, illegal, fattening."
The truth is, I don't really "like" brown rice-3 minute boiled vegetables-bean soups and only one piece of fruit a day. I don't like to "sit, think, chew, and count 15 times each bite." I like(d) to smoke and gobble my food down; I like it to be high fat, or "gourmet french cuisine" and I still like pizza-ice cream. I don't "dislike" brown rice-vegetables-beans and I do like the freedom from an "autopsy" they offer.
Each of us has a moral responsibility to ourself to decide whether or not we wish to subject our body to scientific exploration before we die rather than after. That is, do you want these fancy invasive procedures and expensive medicines sold to you, do you wish to remain in the hospital sick and not feeling well? Or Not? You have a choice!!
Anyone who reads this must be aware that I am not trying to scare people, I am trying to encourage them to think more positively about "pay me now, or pay me later." That is, if you do it correctly now you don't have to pay with your life-health-living autopsy, you do get away "scott free" and simply see your physician on an annual social basis. You don't have to buy expensive medicines, you don't have to feel sore-be sick-or be in the hospital or have high health care costs. Especially in these times!
So, "do it right or risk getting seriously hurt" is not only the truth, it is an encouragement as opposed to a threatening demand. It is the way of wellness to chew your food thoughtfully, to eat a very high fiber-low fat-low refined food diet, and be very thankful for what you do get. Appreciate the beauty of every day, your family, nature and do as suggested so that you will save yourself and your family-business-government much money-taxes-time and unhappiness.
Please! Please! Please do this for yourself. As your employee, it is not my right to request-demand-force anything from you, it is my right-responsibility as a teacher-guide for you, in your employ to function as excellent a teacher-guide as I can (vide supra).
H. Robert Silverstein, MD