Ok, so I am a little late to the blog and vlog party, but better late than never!
I have been asked for years if I would do regular blogs and vlogs , but always resisted due to time restraints. However, as my new Jason Vale Official website goes live, I thought I’d include a blog section where people can keep up to date with my latest rants and opinions on what’s going on in the world of health. I will also be doing the odd vlog or two, when the mood or general outrage over something inspires me to do so!
I have always been quite outspoken, especially on the subjects of health, fitness, nutrition, and addiction, and I am more than aware (and fully appreciate), that I am not everyone’s cup of tea! However, in this new blog I intend to really get stuff off my chest. It’s not always going to be pretty and clearly, many won’t always agree with what I am saying either, but such is life and the freedom of speech. Having said that, I feel many will be pleased that I am bringing an alternative, and at times, controversial voice, to the health/disease/diet/fitness/addiction arena.
There is a lot of talk right now, especially during the election, surrounding the underfunding of the NHS (The National Health Service in the UK). It is easy for most to jump into anger mode at politicians and scream that they aren’t doing enough and all that’s needed is more money. I fundamentally disagree with this extremely common opinion and believe we all, not just politicians, need to do what we can to help the NHS.
‘Ask Not What The NHS Can Do For You, But What YOU Can Do For The NHS’
In what will be my first blog post, entitled ‘Ask Not What The NHS Can Do For You, But What YOU Can Do For The NHS’, I’ll be taking a very long look at who is ultimately responsible for the ‘broken NHS’ and what we all need to do, as a collective, to try and fix it and make it work – as intended.
I say, ‘as intended’ because when the NHS was first made available, it was very clear what it was set up to do, who it was intended to help and what treatment it could offer. Today seemingly almost anything can be got on the NHS and I feel it’s our collective responsibility, along with the politicians, to start doing what we can to remove some of the burden on this wonderful institution. This starts with taking some responsibility for our own health, some responsibility for what we can and are willing to pay for outside of the NHS (if able) and, moreover, for recognising that some things just plain and simply shouldn’t be funded by the NHS.
We are in a situation where much needed cancer drugs are refused by NICE (The National Institute For Health & Care of Excellence) and the NHS due to expense, while at the same people are getting ‘luxury’ treatments costing thousands of pounds for free. I will go into what I view as ‘luxury’ treatments in the full blog and yes, it will rustle a few feathers, but I think a huge paradigm shift is needed in how the NHS is run. We also need a huge re-evaluation of what should and should not be available on the NHS. The sheer scope of treatments has risen to include a plethora of things which clearly should be paid for by the individuals themselves. Things that aren’t medical emergencies, nor genuine preventers of future disease (and trust me, there are plenty!). On top of this, we have BIG PHARMA manipulating medical drug studies in order to flood the NHS ‘market’ for huge financial gain. Tamiflu is just one example, and I will talk further in my blog about how millions of pounds of NHS money was needlessly spent on this drug and many others. The NHS is perhaps the biggest ‘customer’ of all for BIG PHARMA and if they can convince the right people why their drug is absolutely necessary, BINGO! – they’ve hit the big government money jack pot.
Anyway, that’s all for now and I hope this gives you a taste of what I wish my blog to be about. In the meantime, I hope you like the new small and simple website and that you get involved with my blog and any debate which may (no, WILL) arise from it!