A lesson in Health Prevention..and privilege.

Few of us expect to be confronted with our own mortality during the course of your average workday, but that’s exactly what happened to Bill Weir last Friday, January 13th.

In Los Angeles to interview renowned cancer specialist and preventive medicine proponent, Dr. David Agus, Bill underwent a battery of tests to show the Nightline audience the analytics behind Dr. Agus’ approach. What he discovered was beyond anything he expected, and changed the entire course of the story he went to cover.

The Ultimate Example of Preventive Medicine | This Could Be Big – Yahoo! News

Please watch the video attached to this article. It’s eye- opening.

—— My comments after watching the video ——–

This story really resonated with me, because I feel it is SOOO important to do all you can to prevent incidence of disease. Simple changes in your life can make a big difference.. try to eat healthy more often than not, move for about 30 minutes everyday, and get in regular doctor’s visits to screen and catch signs  of disease that can be treated early.

What irked me about this was that Bill Weir did not go to the doctor regularly…he didn’t even have a doctor. He took it for granted that he was healthy and there wasn’t a need to monitor his health status by seeing a doctor.

This man has a regular job and presumably good health insurance coverage. (He might not..I’m not sure how much money journalists for ABC make or what benefits they get). HOWEVER, I can assume that ABC at least offers health insurance. But he didn’t have a doctor.

Bill Weir is really blessed to have been given this particular assignment and signs of disease were caught early. I am glad that he opened up and admitted to not having a doctor in the hopes that this helps others out there.. but at the same time I am really upset.

There are millions of American’s without health insurance coverage. Many who could be suffering from chronic disease. Many might have already been diagnosed, but can not afford to go see a doctor and get treated.

Stories like this is a slap in the face.

If you have health insurance… and can afford regular doctor’s visits. GO TO THE DOCTOR. Please.

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