Steve Salt, a health blogger from Florida, makes an important point that the essence of health can’t be measured by numbers. His article “Health by the Numbers” was first published in Lifestyles After 50 on January 26, 2015. One reader commented that reading it after her annual physical got her thinking. I know it will get you thinking also.
My dad dabbled in paint, mostly wall and house paint, but occasionally he tried his hand at a paint-by-numbers kit. Remember those? Craft Master kits were the rage. Just follow the numbers and a beautiful picture appeared after some trial and error.
In many ways, that fad reminds me of current health care approaches. Get the numbers right and you paint a picture of health. You might be familiar with some of those numbers, like 98.6, 120/80 and 72 bpm. And more complicated numbers are now being utilized with the advent of mobile tech and wearable sensors, all cataloging voluminous numerical sequences that are designed to uncover sharper insights into what’s going on in our bodies.
But then the old adage comes to mind, “You are much more than a number.” Numbers can’t give an accurate snapshot of man’s essence.
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