The 3 Week Diet
The 3 Week Diet


  1. In Canada, the government realizes that the longer they can keep someone
    alive, the longer they pay taxes. So, alive and working = cha ching.

    • We did just legalize assisted dying, however I’m sure you know it’s still
      an uphill battle against doctors fearing the liability.
      That somewhat related point aside, I think it’s a bit of a stretch to say
      the government keeps people alive to tax them. Whether or not the numbers
      are there, so-called “pulling the plug” and when it is or is not justified,
      if ever, has been a controversial issue for a long time, and that’s why we
      keep terminal/permanently unconscious people alive for so long. Until we
      see what future resistance to the assisted dying bill looks like, and who
      it’s coming from, I can’t say I buy the tax motive, based on the
      information with which I’m equipped, at least.
      Off-topic again, but I for one am all for the option being available.

      Oh one last thing, I kind of jumped around between assisted dying and life
      support a bit, but those are somewhat separate things depending on the
      case. The assisted dying bill only applies to those with the cognisance to
      make that decision, if I understand it correctly.


  2. I would have never guessed that john is a republican, and I didnt know till
    I read the description

  3. if only he could see one year into the future.

  4. State of Montana, not known for it’s liberal bias. Unlike Indiana.

  5. Chronic illnesses are never fun and definitely our healthcare system tends
    to screw over those of us who have them. Even when I was a teenager and on
    my dad’s insurance (which thankfully didn’t count it as a pre-existing
    condition) I had a hard time getting treatment for my hydrocephalus. I have
    a shunt to drain excess fluid out of my brain so it doesn’t, you know,
    create pressure and pancake it on the inside of my skull, but when that
    shunt broke the insurance company tried to tell us that a shunt revision
    wasn’t a “necessary surgery.” Again, this was literally a lifesaving
    surgery, but not “necessary” according to private insurers.

    We need a public option.

  6. No good morning Hank


  8. Did you get that? ‘The government is not a wish granting factory.’ TFIOS
    was not out yet then right?

  9. I’m not gonna say that capitalism is bad, but times like this I wonder
    whether it really reflects well on our society that people have to suffer
    when we should be coming together for each other rather than making
    everything into a business. Humanity is not a business, it’s a community
    made to be interconnected by gift values over more the superficial values
    that has been developed with society. There has to be another way to do

  10. Hank, The First Brony

  11. and now even those who work for a company get hosed.

  12. In my opinion, healthcare and education are the two things a government
    should prioritize regardless of their “costs”
    I feel very fortunate that my country has a pretty amazing healthcare
    But I envy the U.S. (and many other countries) because your government is
    willing to invest lots of money on improving the country’s educational

  13. Preexisting conditions suck. I, unfortunately, live in Texas. One of the
    many states who refuse to take the Federal money for the Affordable
    Healthcare Act. I was in the military under TriCare when my neoplasm in my
    uterus was discovered, I was kicked out because it caused me to become
    physically unfit, and nobody would insure me. Luckily I live in a big city
    that has a county hospital, because it had to come out. I went from having
    a pea sized growth to a softball in less than the 2 years it took to
    finally get treated, am now without a uterus, and subsequently the surgery
    that could have been avoided has caused damage to my colon. I had a
    colonoscopy at 35, and yes, the doctor was a little confused as to why this
    seemingly healthy woman was having a colonoscopy. That is, until he
    performed it and had to use a pediatric scope, saw I have adhesion in my
    sigmoid colon from my previous surgery, had 4 rather large polyps, and now
    I have to have one every 2 years so that my cancer does not return…did I
    mention the fact that the scarring in my colon means that I have to take
    laxatives FOREVER? All which could have been avoided, and less costly, had
    someone…Rick Perry at the time…just said that he wanted the citizens to
    have healthcare. What do you expect from the state that brought you GW
    Bush? My apologies for that train wreck.

  14. The criticisms John brought up are valid, but what he doesn’t realize is
    that these problems with the structure of our society are intentional. The
    mega-wealthy corporation and bank owners are the ones in control of how
    things work, and they don’t want new businesses, they don’t want
    competition, or new job creation; they want complete and total domination
    of this country and its people.

  15. Dang John, that was a pretty brutal attack on bronies

  16. At least Canada’s got it figured out.

  17. Health insurance is not even close to real healthcare. Healthcare should,
    in no way, be associated with profit. You don’t get to affix the word
    “care” on to the end of something if it’s only done in the name of profit.
    “Health-Extortion” seems more appropriate.

    You said it yourself – the government’s job is to protect us. Healthcare
    and defence are ultimately intended to preserve the lives of the majority.
    So why is defence (usually in the form of killing foreign nationals) funded
    by taxes, while healthcare isn’t? It’s as much of an ethical argument as it
    is a financial one. They’re both protecting us – in fact, one could easily
    argue that healthcare should be having more finding because that’s doing a
    better job of preserving lives than acts of war.

    Of course, the US is obsessed with capitalism, which appears to be an
    unfortunate vestige of the Cold War. Everything remotely socialist must be
    eliminated as all socialism is evil. Most of your politicians keep pushing
    capitalism as something that makes America great, but the idea that the
    pursuit of economic success is more important than the happiness, health
    and safety of your citizens is NOTHING for them to be proud of. It’s
    actually shameful.

    Many of your citizens are dying because they can’t afford healthcare. In a
    first world country. Dying from treatable diseases. Doesn’t that disturb
    you a little? Incidentally, some of these deaths include people with
    ulcerative colitis (and Crohn’s Disease) who were not able to get their
    insurers to fund pain relief or immunosuppressant medication. Hank takes
    Asacol, I believe, which is actually one of the cheapest medications for UC
    and Crohn’s. For many people it doesn’t work, which forces us on to drugs
    like Azathioprine or Humira or Remicade. Try getting an insurance company
    to reliably fund those bad boys.

    • +Lucas Williams The whole
      healthcare-comes-from-big-companies-who-only-care-about-profit thing really
      sucks. I think they might deal with it a bit better in other countries. My
      dad works in pharmaceutical research for pharmaceutical companies, so you
      could say that i directly benifit from the aforementioned system, but i
      still think that it’s unfair, especially when health insurance companies,
      whose job it is to make sure people get the medication they need should a
      problem arise, just turn down people with so-called preexisting conditions,
      which is weird because you’d think that someone who has to pay a lot for
      their meds like Hank would be a good source of profit, but i barely
      understand the system anyway.

  18. Another beautiful situation about being young and ill is if you get really
    sick and can’t work you’re screwed–SSDI requires that you have paid 20
    quarters into the system. State-based health insurance does not let you
    out of state for treatment (rare illness? Well, Medicaid doesn’t pay for
    Mayo Clinic). Then you have people that pretend you’re pretending because
    “You’re young. Young don’t get sick.” Uh…a LOT of illnesses select
    kids, teens, and young adults–including the growing-in-popularity
    autoimmune diseases such as ulcerative colitis. Good thing people like
    John and Hank bring it once and awhile. Awareness and education doesn’t
    seem to go far, but it helps.

    • +A Crow Who Draws Thanks for letting me know. I’ll keep that in mind when
      I start the disability process and offer a little hope to the young adults
      in my health group (many of us with POTS are young–teens and lower
      twenties–and despite being told by physicians we’ll get better in a few
      years, many find they get much worse). So far the only good news newcomers
      can hear from those of us who have researched disability when you’re young
      is you can get a small check from Supplemental Security Income, but it’s
      nowhere near enough to live off of.

    • +Leah Markum I don’t know about that: my parents aren’t on SSDI, but I am.
      However, my condition (ALS) is on the automatic approval list so my
      information could apply only to “special cases.”

    • +A Crow Who Draws I’ve come across that tidbit of information before, but
      it’s always a part of a clause stating you have to be an “adult child” of a
      parent who is collecting SSDI. Definite a handy clause for families with a
      debilitating genetic condition though.

    • Hey yo, friend! How much you have to work depends on your age. Before 22,
      you only have to pay in 4 quarters before you can draw SSDI. Downside is
      that you have to have something pretty serious to be approved by that time.

  19. I live in New Zealand and just to rub it in, I have had 2 ACL
    reconstructions done on the same knee paid for completely by the public
    health system. I paid for the prescription pain and anti-inflammatory meds
    (which were already subsidized). I pay a surcharge on the ongoing
    physiotherapy but that’s it. In addition to the surgery costs and hospital
    stays in private hospitals (in a private room) that same public health
    system paid for me to be off work for 4 weeks on 80% of my regular pay,
    twice. Socialized medicine people, It works.

    • No, it’s just leftover from having the flu! It’s okay though, it should
      hopefully go away soon 🙂

    • +Nicole Dashiell
      Not fun…migraines really suck. If it is the fluid in your ear, though, is
      that something they can give you antibiotics for? (fingers crossed for you)

    • +Mike Stavenes So they said I’m probably having migraines but also that I
      might be anemic or have fluid in my inner ear from being sick.

    • +Nicole Dashiell
      It’s weird that you mentioned that…I’ve had a similar feeling for the
      last 6 months.
      What have your doctors said?…what are you taking?

      Ok, I got ahead of myself…you said you were going to your doctor’s
      tomorrow…let me know how it goes.

    • 50 dollars at my GP which I can claim back on personal medical insurance.
      Most of the common medications are government funded so I pay 3 dollars at
      the Pharmacy for any medication. But dizzy always says inner ear issue to
      me so get yourself to the doctor soon. 🙂

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