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We are not supposed to live forever, but we are supposed to be reasonably fit and free of illness into our seventh or eighth decade, when we should die by our own choosing and surrounded by those we love. That vision of success is opposed by threats, both random and contrived. Health is too often seen as an absence of disease, rather than as an attribute of life, one that requires social respect and self respect, fresh air and good nutrition, a balancing of the mysterious energies that animate and comprise us, and a feeling of usefulness. Industrial medicine is a response to life in factory farms, where it becomes so hard to meet our real needs that we limp from GP to pharmaceutical company, taxed at every step, and distracted ultimately to an unfulfilled death. We can do a lot better than that. - By Dr Julian Caldecott