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.