The Weird Public Health Hypocrisy

If you're reading this, you're likely to some day die of heart disease. Statistically, this is the most common cause of death in adults in the United States. 

Heart disease puts a burden on the entire society. It creates a burden on the healthcare system. It raises costs for medical care for everyone - even the fit and healthy. It leaves behind parentless children, widowed spouses, and broken hearts.

But no one requires you to demonstrate evidence that you exercised today or took your statin, got an annual EKG, or that you eat a healthy diet in order to engage in society. 

Even if your lifestyle sets a bad example for your children, who then follow you in developing heart disease, no one makes you show paperwork before eating at a restaurant or going to the movies.

No one scoffs at you, or calls you a menace to society, if you say things like, "I just don't like to exercise."

Even though, arguably, cardiovascular disease is an epidemic in this country. It will kill more people this year than any other cause of death.

So, think about this the next time you're preaching vaccine necessity as a means for public health. You better be fit, have perfect nutrition and evidence of a clean medical record before you ask me to produce evidence that I've been vaccinated.