Bill Maher Quotes on Health and Fitness

Bill Maher is a polarizing figure: You either love him and hang on his every word, or you absolutely despise him and would love nothing more than to erase him from the face of the Earth.

On his HBO show, Real Time with Bill Maher, he frequently does a bit known as “New Rules” where he challenges the status quo and sounds off on things he thinks need to change — with little regard for political correctness or public opinion.

In one of his recent “New Rules” segments, he set his sights on America’s health and fitness. And while he certainly isn’t the poster child for a perfectly healthy lifestyle, he made some incredible points that are near impossible to disagree with:

New Rule: If you believe you need to take all the pills the pharmaceutical industry says you do, then you’re already on drugs….

We won’t stop being sick until we stop making ourselves sick. Because there is a point where even the most universal government health program can’t help you. They can’t outlaw unhealthy food or alcohol or cigarettes. Just pot, sadly.

Because, you see, the government isn’t your nanny. They’re your dealer. And they subsidize illness in America. They have to. There’s too much money in it. … Fifty years ago, children didn’t even get Type 2 Diabetes. Now, it’s an emerging epidemic. As are a long list of ailments which used to be rare, and have now been “mainstreamed.”

Things like asthma and autism and acid reflux, and arthritis, allergies, adult acne, attention deficit disorder. And that’s just the “A’s.” …

In Hillary Clinton’s health plan, the words “nutrition” and “exercise” appear once. The word “drugs” 14 times. Just as the pharmaceutical companies want it. You know, their ad weasels love to say, “When diet and exercise fail…” Well, diet and exercise don’t fail. A fact brought home last week by a new Duke University study that showed exercise – yes, exercise – is just as effective a cure for depression as Paxil and Zoloft.

So ask your doctor if getting off your ass is right for you!

You know, if Republicans can sell the idea of preemptive war, Democrats have to at least get us interested in the idea of preventive medicine. Someone has to stand up and say that the answer isn’t another pill. The answer is spinach. Okay, not spinach. Turns out that crap’ll kill you. But you know what I mean!

Click here for the full transcript of the show.


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  • Of course, 99% of what he’s saying is right on. (Some of the diseases that “didn’t exist” years ago were simply ignored or misdiagnosed back then.)

    And in case anyone is confused about “spinach…that stuff’ll kill you,” he’s referring to the recent e.coli/salmonella contamination episodes.

  • I agree with this completely, thanks for the post.

  • I don’t watch Bill Maher that much to like or dislike him but I do agree with his statement. We need to stop focusing on the cure and start focusing on prevention.

    We can’t penalize junk food in theory it sounds good but to put it in practice would create just as much of a nightmare for retailers as theft for alcohol and cigarettes.

    I mean come on I like my ice cream once a week I would hate to have to pay a sin tax if you will on it. The answer really is in prevention.

    It looks as though Hillary is playing into big pharma’s hands makes me wonder if she really is a democrate or a republican in sheep’s clothing.

  • Interesting post. Not only is big pharma coming up with new diseases like ADHD and restless leg syndrome, but normal blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose levels are constantly being lowered so that more people can be placed on medication.

  • I’ve asked this question before. I believe what Bill Maher’s says about prevention is so important. Being one who would love to get off the “pills”, I sure would like to know what Bill suggest as a healthy diet. Any way to get that info????

  • That a good post by Bill Maher about pills and there prevention. I like your posted articles.

  • I find Bill Maher a very informative guy. Haha , well nice article anyways ,

    ps. are there anymore article similar to this one?


  • thanks fro posting. i love this guy. his wits and all that combined, he is a bomb

  • I find Bill Maher realistic. He is totally giving us insights. And we should be enlightened with this. This is really interesting. My brother is in a pharmaceutical company and he is really rooting for prescriptions. They are against herbal medication.

  • This is for Marcia. There are many great documentaries you can stream from Netflix that will give you the diet you’re looking for. Start with these, as they all get into organic’s and point out the danger’s of proccessed food filled with pesticides:

    * Food Matters
    * King Corn
    * The Beautiful Truth
    * The Future of Food
    * The Gerson Miracle
    * Deconstructing Supper
    * And of course, Food, Inc.

    Stream these and you’ll be an expert!

  • I think many of our health issues come from eating processed food and food being filled with hormones and pesticides. I am also a strong believer in herbal medicines and cures. Big pharma would never want herbal medicine being popular because they can’t patent it and make money off it. Our doctors overprescribe medications such as antibiotics for things like colds and viral infections knowing an antibiotic only treats bacteria. This results in the bacteria becoming resistant to drugs entirely like the deadly staph outbreaks that can’t be treated by traditional medicine anymore.

  • Thanks for the post. I really love this guy and his writting skills 🙂

  • While I consider myself a fan of Maher, he seriously oversimplifies health problems and paints entire industries with conspiracy fantasies. Any doctor worth their degree will tell you that proper nutrition and frequent, quality exercise are the best medicine. To suggest that they are conspiring with glaxo-smith, Pfizer, the government and McDonald’s is almost cute if it weren’t frustratingly delivered to us in a needlessly condescending tone. If Bill wants to be real about the state of health, he can speak to the depth of the issue – the successes and challenges of medical science and behavior. He doesn’t care to because it doesn’t fit his cynical and condescending, yet ironically naive, narrative.