Denninger riffs on Lipitor.
The whole cholesterol thing has never made sense to me. I may drop dead of a heart attack any minute, but I would not take Lipitor or any other "cholesterol lowering" drug at gun point. I'd just as soon eat arsenic. I am not giving medical advice. It's just that I see too many people my age taking a handful of pills, half of which are taken for the side effects of the other half.
My experience this year with hospitals and doctors has not reassured me with regard to doctors having a higher order of intelligence. They are above average, and that is about it. They know terms that I don't and have their own jargon, understandably. They generally have no prophetic insights and tend to solve problems the same way I do. Too often that is trial and error. They assume that if a course of treatment or drug therapy coincides with improvement in a patient's condition, the treatment caused the improvement. Often that is correct. Probably equally often, it is not. The human body has a tremendous capacity to recover and restore, to heal itself.
Without the intervention of a skilled surgeon, I would have died when I was sixteen. I can see today because of advances in medical technology and a good eye surgeon. Other kinds of doctors, I avoid as much as possible.