Prevention : The Underdog

Watch towers in medieval times had a very specific role. They were used to sound the alarm when enemies were in line of sight. These crucial minutes could often mean the difference between fending off the enemy and total annihilation.

That is the mentality I live by everyday. The classic adage “A ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” holds true. That is why I am very interested in reading books on medicine, mental and physical health. As Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones put it :

“My brother has his sword, King Robert has his warhammer and I have my mind…and a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone if it is to keep its edge. That’s why I read so much Jon Snow.”

Staying mentally sharp to see what is ahead of the curve is of vital importance. I will read and indulge in this books with an almost angry thirst for knowledge. I do it for selfish reasons, I want to be educated, knowing that every day brings me closer to a non-existent plateau. I also believe that this action ultimately helps everyone else since we can be great mentors to each other.

Society today provides us with many sources of immediate entertainment and everything we need to lose our sense of self. I learned that less than a year ago Quebec had stop suggesting yearly physicals. The result of this act is that family doctors were now going to get paid way less for doing physicals on a healthy human beings. Human beings act on behalf of prevention. Quebec is following the lead of other provinces who have already abolished the annual checkup. I would say this is a step in the wrong direction by sending the follow message to adults : don’t worry bro, come see us when it hurts.

This wouldn’t be a big deal, but to get a physical done at a private clinic costs about 900$. That is far from accessible. It’s complete BS. Opening a file costs about 85 CAD. I mean were talking about creating a file on a fucking computer with your address, your name and general questions. How can that cost 85 bucks? The health care systems aren’t even linked, so our medical history has to be manually requested and compiled upon a new registration.

In this situation the best thing we can do is stay educated. The INTERNET might be saturated and overloaded with information, it remains a good starting point to find decent books and articles published by certified professionals on a myriad of subjects. If we stay disciplined and remain skeptical we might just make it out of the labyrinth.

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