Creating Disease Through Redefinition
Forty years ago the normal range for an individual’s blood cholesterol level was 150-350 mg/dl. Over the past 20-30 years this “normal” level has been ratcheted down so that the highest number considered to be normal or “acceptable” is now 200mg/dl or less.
Of course the net effect of this is to create a large number of “patients” out of the normal healthy population. And of course all these new patients need “treatment” in order to reduce their cholesterol down to the new “acceptable” levels.
A few decades back a person was diagnosed as diabetic if their fasting blood sugar (FBS) was greater than 160. Much like the cholesterol story, this has been ratcheted down to where people with FBS levels as low as 110-120 are being told they are diabetic and often put on medication. In addition a whole new category of “pre-diabetics” has been created to provide an even larger number of people in need of close medical monitoring.
Years ago a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 30 would earn a person the label of “obese”. Now one’s BMI must be below 25 in order to avoid being branded with this derogatory label. Since a substantial proportion of the population over the age of 35 have BMIs in this 25-30 range, it has naturally swelled the ranks of the “obese’. Just like heart disease and diabetes there are analogous interest groups who profit from creating this “epidemic”.
Defenders of the status quo are always stronger than reformers seeking change,
UNTIL the status quo self-destructs from its own corruption, and the reformers are free to build on its ashes.