The Lost Art of Lying


I’m a terrible liar; I learned early in life that I was no good at it, so I gave up trying. The problem is that the truth just pops out most of the time. The one thing I don’t have a problem with is lying to authority figures. In high school, I was extremely good at coming up with fantastic stories on why I missed a class. I got so good at it that I pretty much skipped school constantly with no repercussions.

The reason I’m bringing this up is the looming switch from paper medical records to a digital database under Obamacare. Now, there have been all kinds of reports saying that doctors are required to ask you if there is a gun in your home or how many sexual partners you have had or are currently having. I’ve read conflicting stories on the NRA getting most of the most damning language out of the new law, and I really don’t have time to research the whole topic, so I’m not going to delve into that.

The main thing is that now there really is a permanent record. You say something once to your doctor and it is put into the database forever more. A lot of people think that doctors are there to help them and that if you don’t tell your doctor about your alcohol/drug/tobacco use, they won’t be able to properly treat any ailments that crop up because of that use. This is a fallacy.

Doctors are not here to help you. Doctors are glorified pill and surgery salespeople. Sure, there are about 10% of all doctors that try really hard to help, and they have their heart in the right place, but they still try to push statins and blood pressure medication on healthy people “just in case”. Plus, if you read medical journals from the 1970s, you will see that the medical community and their pharmaceutical overlords keep lowering the bar for cholesterol and blood pressure, so that more people can be prescribed pills.

Now that your medical records are in a database for eternity, and all your medical expenses are soon to be socialized, your bad behavior will eventually be punished. I advocate lying. If a doctor asks you if you drink, say NO. If they ask whether or not you smoke, say NO. If they ask if there’s a gun in the house, say NO. All information you give them will eventually be used to determine all kinds of things about you.

If they ask how many sexual partners you have had and you say “only my husband” then you are not toeing the liberal line of sluttitude and might be a dangerous radical. If you reply “50 or 60” then you are engaging in risky behavior and might be required to undergo invasive procedures. I think the best answer to that question is “4 but only my husband since marriage”. That is pretty ambiguous, and doesn’t raise any eyebrows. The goal here is to blend.

I do all kinds of things that are considered commonly-accepted dangerous behaviors: I sunbathe, I eat a ton of saturated fats, I intermittent fast instead of eating seven small meals a day, I shoot guns, I smoke, I drink, I drive fast, etc. There is no way I’m going to tell a doctor about any of those things. Heck, I pretty much refuse to see a doctor except when I break something or am in dire health.

Even though I am disgustingly healthy and in good shape, every time I did go to a doctor, they always wanted to prescribe me statins and blood pressure medication “just in case”. My blood pressure is very low, and I like cholesterol; my brain is the most cholesterol-rich organ in my body. I like my brain and its cholesterol, and I don’t want to take a drug that lowers that cholesterol.

How long will it be before refusing to take statins and blood pressure medication is considered risky behavior? What will happen if you defy your doctor? When doctors are government employees, how much power will they have over you? Think of doctors as if they are as powerful as IRS agents. Soon there will be three things you can’t avoid: Death, Taxes, and Forced Healthcare.


37 thoughts on “The Lost Art of Lying

  1. dana

    my dad was a family doctor, the type that really loved his patients and cried when they died and really tried to help them. he had an inexpensive walk-in clinic in a working class neighborhood. he was completely pushed out by the whole regime of HMOs and big hospitals buying up clinics and there will never be doctors like him again

  2. TempestTcup Post author


    I’m not even sure that doctors like that are allowed to exist anymore. The medical industry is run by the pharmaceutical and insurance industries. There used to be little inexpensive clinics everywhere in the 1970s and 1980s but they all disappeared in the early 1990s. I’m assuming insurance prices killed them.

  3. dana

    first it was all the administivata and and issues involved in taking HMOs and the a big hospital system in the county bough tup all the clinics, fired all the drs and then closed them. it really was a shame

  4. Keoni Galt

    Excellent article, T!

    How long will it be before refusing to take statins and blood pressure medication is considered risky behavior? What will happen if you defy your doctor?

    Just order your prescriptions like a good little sheeple, then go home and throw them in the trash and tell your Doctor you’ve been taking them every day.

    Or you can simply “forget” to show up for your regular appointments.

  5. TempestTcup Post author

    Keoni Galt,

    Good plan! That way you aren’t obviously bucking the system and won’t be putting a target on your back.

    I have a lot of ne’er do well friends and the one thing they all have in common is the ability to always be agreeable. So, if someone was to ask them to help move or something, they would agree enthusiastically but then they won’t show up.

    That’s the tactic I’ll use when the time comes. Be agreeable and then “forget” to do whatever it is that I don’t want to do.

  6. Velvet

    I was JUST dealing with some of this today. I don’t lie, I simply don’t answer. If they ask why it’s blank, I say it’s because it’s irrelevant to my treatment. Never had one argue. They’re always putting on airs of business, why bother with stuff they’re never going to read anyway?

  7. TempestTcup Post author

    Obamacare isn’t here yet and the database isn’t active yet that I know of. I think the conversations you have today will be different than the conversations you have next year.

    It’s easier to say NO than it is to not answer; it’s like pleading the 5th, everyone assumes you are guilty if you do so. I have a feeling that not answering will automatically put you in the worst category.

    As you can tell, I have a severe distrust of the entire medical/insurance/pharmaceutical industry, and now that the government is involved, that distrust is compounded.

  8. Velvet

    I just write “n/a”. I guess they can do with that as they like. I’m not convinced lying will net much, as their methods are notoriously and increasingly invasive. I just had a highly regarded Paleo doc send my blood work upline for BRCA testing. It was my insurance co, of all people, who called to ask if it was okay. No, it isn’t. I’m no scientist, but I do know recommending lopping off women’s breasts and removing their guts for fun and profit is not grounded in science.

    This is a harbinger, I think – give a sample for a UTI? Guess what else it’s going to be tested for? Lord help whoever gets a throat culture. Never let a (minor health) crisis go waste, and all.

    Your Agreeable Underground sounds about right, though. Lots of non-committal nodding and smiling. Fill the scrip, carry on.

  9. TempestTcup Post author

    I agree. You are lucky to have a Paleo doc, though. I wish I had one – I might actually go to them.

    I had a OBGYN suggest that I have a hysterectomy; I didn’t need one, but hey why not? Insurance will pay for it!

  10. TempestTcup Post author

    LOL, “abject paranoia”! I was in the hospital a couple of years ago for dehydration and they kept me a day longer than I needed and gave me a brain MRI even though I passed the CAT scan with flying colors. I had to threaten to walk out before they would let me go. They were going to keep me another day. I was fine.

    Oh, and never get a brain MRI – I had really bad flash-backs for weeks.

  11. Velvet

    Interesting about the hysterectomy. I had a doc in our old town suggest a tubal ligation, because there is evidence that suggested almost no women who had the procedure went on to develop ovarian cancer ( a bad one, to be sure). It’s just that they can never explain the odds in such a way where I am less likely to die from the anesthesia, or complications of surgery, or just walking down the street on a Thursday. I have a late in life appreciation of science, so I love the possibilities of medicine, etc, but all this for-profit butchery is just gross. I tend to view it like I do the militarization of civil authority. They’re all corporatists, now.

  12. Emma the Emo

    A buddy of a friend here got committed to psychiatric care against his will, because he talked too little. Now I’m afraid of going to a shrink : /
    Most people committed forcefully in my country are not a danger to others or themselves. They are just committed for not wanting to take the treatment. USA, I think, is less extreme about this. But I would be careful with shrinks if I were you, and make sure I know all the risks before going in (if you do it at all).

  13. TempestTcup Post author

    Dang, that’s horrible. I have a feeling that the US will be like that before long. Think about it, if there is a facility that isn’t full, there might be quota and pressure to fill those rooms.

    There’s already so much monetary pressure from Big Pharma to prescribe unnecessary drugs in order to get those lucrative luxury paid “speaking engagements” in exotic locations. If they are rewarded that much for prescribing pills, imagine what rewards they would get for committing someone.

    Basically your friend got committed for being an introvert.

  14. Emma the Emo

    He went to the shrink “just to talk”, and got committed. So the best solution here seems to be not to talk to them – you might be one of the unluky ones.

  15. The Woman Margery

    @Emma the Emo: “Most people committed forcefully in my country are not a danger to others or themselves. They are just committed for not wanting to take the treatment. USA, I think, is less extreme about this.”

    Maybe less extreme but it’s still an issue here.

    But what bothers me most about mental health “care” in our country is the victimization. They hand you pills and pressure you to take them “or else”. They act as if it’s the only cure. Diet? Exercise? Sun? You’re nuts for thinking that’ll help in any way. Seriously, you’re nuts. So you have to take these pills that make you crazier in so many different ways, so they give you more pills… You see where this is going. Anti-depressants can make you suicidal. How many suicides have resulted because of them?

    I feel a rant coming but I’ll spare you.

  16. TempestTcup Post author

    The Woman Margery

    Sunshine and exercise don’t make Big Pharma and through them the “health” care practitioner any $$ and it’s all about the $$.

    The thing that mellowed out my moods more than anything was eating lots of saturated fats. Eating a low fat diet was starving my brain of cholesterol. Then discovering how calming magnesium and zinc were finished off any anxiety I might have had left.

  17. Dannyfrom504

    The HIPAA violations are a major issue. You medical history is between you and you HCP. And violation of it is criminal.

    The vote tomorrow should be very telling as the core audience (the young an healthy) aren’t signing up.

    There goes the funding. Like I said before- “don’t get sick”.

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  19. Stingray

    How many suicides have resulted because of them?

    Not to mention mass shootings. All the mass shootings in the past 2-3 years have been linked to psychotropics. But its those big bad inanimate objects that need to get band. God forbid we look into the medication that every single one of these men were taking.

  20. TempestTcup Post author


    Good point.

    The weird thing is that there are all kinds of school shooting that we don’t hear about. I follow @PzFeed ( ) on twitter and they report a bunch of them that are never mentioned on the news feeds. I haven’t looked into the stories, but you can guess one reason that those stories aren’t newsworthy.

  21. Jennifer Lachman

    I am so frustrated with the blood pressure medicine. I am 29 years old and in good shape for God’s sake. My blood pressure spiked one time because I was in pain from something else, not to mention that I am always a little nervous about going to the doctor to begin with. Now they have me on daily blood pressure meds plus a bunch of other meds to deal with all of the side effects from the first pill. I’ve had to go to the ER twice because my blood pressure dropped dangerously low, but they didn’t think it was a good reason to take me off the stupid pills. The kicker is that there is a surgery that I do need to have done eventually and I just want to get it over with, but I can’t even get a referral to a surgeon until I get my blood pressure “problem” under control.

  22. lauratheringmistress

    My fear is having my kids taken away from me when I refuse to put my 10 year old on statins. Hypercholesterolemia (sp?) runs in my husband’s family. We’re treating it with good diet, proper exercise, and suitable supplements. The hell I’m putting my kids on a drug that isn’t proven to reduce risk in those who haven’t had heart attacks but does have a great track record of ruining the liver.

    I’m seriously thinking of emigrating.

  23. TempestTcup Post author


    I went to the hospital a couple of years ago for dehydration and my blood pressure spiked massively. They gave me a blood pressure medicine and then when I was better they took my blood pressure and it was something like 108/75. The nurse then handed me a blood pressure pill. I didn’t take it but later the doctor wants to write me a prescription. I’m fine and the spike was temporary, but the doctor wanted to put me on medicine forever. Nuts.

    I don’t go to doctors any more.

  24. TempestTcup Post author


    It’s even scarier when kids are involved; why on earth do doctors think it’s a good idea to have kids taking all kinds of funky chemicals while their bodies are growing and developing?

  25. Modern Drummer

    Damn straight,sista!
    The last time I went to a GP they had me fill out a questionnaire asking things that were none of their business. I either left the impertinent questions blank or wrote hmmm as my answer.
    My younger sis was putting sunscreen on her kids and asked me if I wanted some – I declined her offer and told her I thought the idea of rubbing chemicals into our skin to ‘protect’ us from natural sunlight is absurd. There is so much money and power corrupting the health industry that we have to take their advice with skepticism.

  26. TempestTcup Post author

    Modern Drummer

    I was lucky (?) that the chemicals in sunscreen always turned me bright red, so I never used it. It is ridiculous that sunshine would be harmful; it is one of the basic sources of life. I did notice that once I started taking enough D-3 I never burned badly no matter how long I would stay out. I love sunbathing, though; it makes my skin tighter and smoother. It’s sunny and warm today, so I might even drag out the bikini and get a little sun!

  27. sunshinemary

    I had a OBGYN suggest that I have a hysterectomy; I didn’t need one, but hey why not? Insurance will pay for it!

    Oh, hysterectomies are like a lifestyle surgery now. My OBGYN told me to get one when I turned forty. She assured me there were no side effects and that I’d feel exactly the same after I recovered. I declined of course; me and “clumpy” are sorta attached to one another.

    Sunshine and exercise don’t make Big Pharma and through them the “health” care practitioner any $$ and it’s all about the $$.

    Psst. Hey girl, did you know semen is good for you? Pass it on. *snicker* I’m going to get a reputation as some kind of c*m-apologist.

  28. TempestTcup Post author

    “Hey girl, did you know semen is good for you? Pass it on.”

    Hahaha, I know it brightens my day 🙂

    Yeah, no one is going to remove anything of mine frivolously!

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