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Freakin’ brilliant! Better than most stand-up.

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Mar 28Liked by Adam Cifu, MD

I have a brand name for you: The Sensible Lifestyle

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Mar 27Liked by Adam Cifu, MD

So enjoyed this article ... I know you're a busy man so thank you.

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I'm doing my best to fix the whole "being poor" thing. Definitely feels like my biggest obstacle. Thank you for putting that out there. I couldn't have recognized this without you pointing it out.

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Mar 27Liked by Adam Cifu, MD

I love this! Sign me up for a T-shirt. :). My philosophy has always been the less chemicals and stimulants we consume the healthier we will be and exercise is a great mood lifter. Homemade foods, including cookies, water and exercise a perfect combination.

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Mar 27Liked by Adam Cifu, MD

Fun and wise piece! But exercise brisk enough ‘to carry on a ‘conversion’?!? Talk about proselytizing!!

And ‘not to self’ - another pearl! How about some political advocacy for policies to reduce child poverty- another very worthy. One platform - vote for candidates who work to make EVERYONE’s life longer.

More seriously service to others and multigenerational socializing, be that church or community volunteering get my votes. And even if these have zero real effect on longevity, you’ve made the world a kinder place!

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Mar 27Liked by Adam Cifu, MD

Billions spent by consumers summed up in a few sentences. The only missing thing was "lift stuff often" preferably doing something fun

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Mar 26Liked by Adam Cifu, MD

Who are we supposed to "steal" the "steal" cut oatmeal from?

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Fixed.

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Mar 26Liked by Adam Cifu, MD

I'm especially looking forward to the action figures :)

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I'm in for a "Be the Confounder" t-shirt!

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Mar 26Liked by Adam Cifu, MD

Laughing so hard that my husband came from the other room to find out why- what fun!!!

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Mar 26Liked by Adam Cifu, MD

You’re gonna need to keep your day job. Your list is simple, common-sensical…and completely devoid of any hooks, attention grabbers, or controversy. Which means it will attract zero eyeballs.

Spice it up…maybe even a little. Once a week meat should be…puffer fish, cuz whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. And add some vitamin D to that water, cuz expensive pee is good for you.

In all honesty, “Mediterranean “ is the only advice I ever give to pts who ask. It’s the only one with any hint of CV outcome benefit, imo. Any other dietary advice, to me, is just noise.

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Mar 26Liked by Adam Cifu, MD

Adam, you just put a big smile on my face. Worth the cost of the subscription.

For today I resolve to cheery pick the advice and declare victory.

As a bonus, I will diagnose your condition without the bother of a consultation: excessive channel surfing during a PBS pledge drive.

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Mar 26Liked by Adam Cifu, MD

Adam — Funny, yet facetious. And cowardly.

I wish you’d consider more seriously the motivation behind these maligned “celebrity doctors.”

Many of them of are frustrated by the “disease care” model of modern medicine which has become severely restricted by political and financial pressures from the food and drug industries (not to mention its own professional associations) to not address the fundamental causes of so much widespread ill-health in a nation as rich and smart as ours.

It would be far more illuminating (and courageous) for you to satire the absurdity of doctors who are swamped by T2 diabetes patients today, yet who are censored from addressing the trillions of dollars in profits being raked it from the processed foods, sugar-laden beverages, and leisure-driven mindset that creating this lifestyle disease (otherwise known as a “cash cow” in corporate-speak).

You could also include heart disease … cancer … obesity … and so many of the other lifestyle conditions that get labeled as “disease” today.

And please don’t forget mental health.

Modern medicine, as it is practiced and governed these days, doesn’t encourage or allow a physician to teach his patients or the general public about good health and how to achieve it.

Certainly, today’s insurance model won’t pay for this.

Nor would the AMA resist the pressure that would surely come raining down upon it from Big Food and Big Pharma if it promoted proactive health education.

That would be real healthcare, wouldn’t it? And where’s the profit in that?

“Celebrity doctors” are an easy target to ridicule. And much safer than writing about the insanity of a medical model which profits from widespread disease — and therefore turns a blind eye to preventive medicine and health education because they are “bad for business.”

Every physician who profits from this model and who remains silent is a hypocrite. And worse.

Business and medicine have never been good bedmates. But the real horror show began when corporatism took over.

If disease creates profits, the corporatists reason, then the capitalist model demands we encourage more disease.

So, is their ultimate desire (and goal) to want all of us to become sick and in need of their services?

And this is what we call “healthcare.”

Why don’t you think this is funny, doctor?

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Totally deserved (for this post).

Please look at (pretty much) everything else I have written which decries the general direction of medicine.

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Mar 26Liked by Adam Cifu, MD

Hi Adam … I know and appreciate where your heart is on this and related issues. I respect your pursuit and defense of fair, honest and evidence-based medicine. I also appreciate and value what you, Dr. M and others are attempting, despite the mountainous obstacles in your path. I’m also grateful that you provide a platform for us rabble-rousers to express our views in language that is probably better not used by you (all) — even if you agree with it. It’s a bitch dancing on the razor’s edge. We’re all so lucky that you still do. So, a thousand thanks. (And a few subscription dollars to help you keep on dancing.)

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🙏

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Mar 26Liked by Adam Cifu, MD

Good luck! Will you run for office during 1.0 or 2.0? My advice, keep your granola recipe to yourself :D

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Dr. Cifu, I smiled but did not laugh out loud while reading your post. It is well known that smiling and laughing both contribute to a long life. But you know what the biggest contributor to a long life is? LUCK. If you can put together a plan for Luck cultivation as part of OhFE 2.0 you will leave Dr. Oz in the dust.

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Mar 26Liked by Adam Cifu, MD

Best post ever! I’m a generally healthy, relatively happy retired middle-aged RN. I believe I’d be a valuable asset to your team. Where do I send my resume?

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