Authentic

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‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭12:19-20‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Authentic

Recently I have noticed the overuse of the word authentic, which I regard as the genuine wholehearted truth. In my businesses, others have encouraged me to be “authentic”, as if normally I should be expected to lie. It seems to me the act of coaching someone to be “authentic” in a “certain way” is anything but authentic. I understand that we all have to guard our tongues and not always say what is truly on our minds; but, let’s not call marketing completely “authentic”. In healthcare, we walk the narrow tightrope of “authentic” with pressure from malpractice and patient satisfaction concerns. Indeed the state of our healthcare is anything but authentic. I used to love the word, authentic. Now I wish I could freely live it.

Parasites

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Most dogs and many people harbor parasites within their body. These can be life threatening if not adequately treated. The parasite uses its host’s resources and gives nothing in return.
Likewise a person who habitually relies on others and gives nothing in return is a parasite by definition. I believe we have far too many of these people in our society that have been enabled by our social programs, which were initially designed to help those in need. Today the programs have been abused to a level that has lead to entitlement. This phenomenon, like parasites, needs proper treatment to save its host (our society). What can we do?

Scientific Evidence

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Having been in healthcare since 1981, I have witnessed some amazing changes as to what qualifies as scientific evidence. Our media is flooded with claims, supported by various “studies”, about all sorts of things. Often the studies are not statistically significant, but reported with “authority”. Unfortunately even our “best” medical ones are often fraught with bias and deception. I believe healthcare needs reform starting with pre-medical training with a commitment to excellent patient care. It seems to me our broken healthcare system cannot be fixed without starting at the foundation and rebuilding, actually training a new generation of critically astute physicians less biased by money and special interests.