> The question here is about the marginal health consequences of medicine,
> *averaging* over all the things medicine does. Some things may help,
> when averaged in with other things that hurt, the average could be zip.
It would be interesting if you could isolate the profit incentive part of this problem. Not that profit incentive is bad, but it would emphasize the buyer beware part of medicine. I expect that most skeptic extropians are able to pick and choose medical advice enough to result in very different statistics. But these are very surprising statistics for sheeple.
I'm 40 and have seen a doctor only a handful of times in my life. I've never had a physical exam. My time has come now though, the last four times I've checked my blood pressure, it been pretty high and I've been suffering from sleep apnea which probably is the cause of the high blood pressure. So now I'm faced with the need to research the following:
These kinds of things have to be considered and planned ahead of time to make effective use of medicine. I see that now more than ever. I'd appreciate any advice about my specifics or even appropriate URL's. I think it to be on-topic for us to discuss how to make use of medicine to *effectively* extend life.