Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Canary in the Coalmine

Post on FB by Down To Earth, https://www.facebook.com/down2earthindia

By 2015, India is projected to have:
3 million schizophrenics
12 million alcohol dependents
20 million people with mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder
25 million people with anxiety, phobias and other common mental disorders
Will India's proposed legislation and policy on mental healthcare bring relief to the mentally ill?
Go to http://ow.ly/nHtVd

My response:

It would be cheaper to fix the root problems manifesting themselves in these various forms than to go behind each mental illness case and "fix" it.

Human beings are not mechanical robots. Our health defects happen due to the way of life surrounding us, the environment we are embedded in. 

The medical profession runs on the fatal assumption that "normal" life as it is, is perfectly OK. 
It's not. 

The increasing numbers of people falling to mental illnesses are like the canary in the coalmine. 
What should miners do if they see the canary rolling over? They should realize there isn't enough oxygen in there, get out and improve the ventilation. They should not just sit there trying to cajole the canary back to health or give it drugs to "help" it carry on.

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