Sunday, 27 May 2012

Baroness Warsi fails to convince

Baroness Warsi (pictured above with leader of the Conservative party and Prime Minister, David Cameron on a visit to a mosque) failed to convince many people that UK should be more religious in public life. CLICK HERE TO WATCH HER SPEECH in Vatican. It does not appear she is aware that what is personal identity is not fixed in stone and that people have the right to change their religious and non-religious beliefs. It is plain silly for a politician to preach to people how they should shape their identity religion wise or not.   There is something called personal choice (right or wrong) and responsibility for that choice is not with Baroness Warsi.

It is not clear if Baroness Warsi's special adviser told her about George Burn's recommendations that the secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending, then having the two as close together as possible.

Now she is subject to allegations of improper conduct regarding her expenses. A doctor says she did not pay rent and other expenses that tenants normally pay such as council tax. People have been threatened with prison for non-payment of Council tax and some have even been bankrupted over it by local governments.

Vatican also has allegations of financial maladministration as well accepting financial funds from notorious paedophile such as Maciel.

It is frustrating for the government keen to do good when the choice of traditional female image does not fit the needs of the population which has moved on from faith onto better times thanks to the great efforts of many individuals and organisations nationally and outside.

There are many quotes on religion but this one is something that I like:
  If a man would follow, today, the teachings of the Old Testament, he would be a criminal. If he would follow strictly the teachings of the New, he would be insane.
Robert Green Ingersoll

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Good news: men will live longer

Traditionally, men have been regarded as weaker sex in terms of life expectancy but this is something I did not quite accept as a medical student.

One year we had to spend a period of several weeks in general practice. I chose to go to one of the far away British islands. There I stayed with a couple, both doctors. Husband was in active practice, wife decided that she would stay at home. She told me she only became a doctor so she could prove that she too as a woman could do it but had no desire to practice medicine.

One day, in between the visits to the patients, her husband asked why was there a difference in heart attacks between men and women and I replied I did not really know and it could be something to do with life stresses. This infuriated him so much that he picked me by the lapels of my coat and shouted at me: "Don't you think it is something to do with sex hormones?"

I decided to leave my assignment and took the first flight to London.

Once in London I told what happened to my prospective parents in law both doctors and who had two GP surgeries where they trained doctors. They would not take me on for my GP practice experience. Their surgery was literally down the road from where I lived.

I had the problem finding a surgery that would take me on with such radical views and only with some difficulty and after several rejections I found somebody one.

Now, thirty years later,  Professor Leslie Mayhew, a statistician at City University believes that many men have improved their lifestyles and have moved from risky behaviours. Fewer men smoke and lung cancer rates have decreased.

Although heart attacks rates are still higher in men treatment has become easier.

British women's life expectancy is also increasing but at a slower rate.