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Thrust of argument: Kirkpatrick Sale writes "when Americans nationwide were asked, 'Whom or what do you most thank for your good health?' 54 percent credited [..] God.

[..] this was the favorite choice among lifestyle (26 percent), genes (26 percent), and doctors (4 percent). [..] a majority of Americans believe that their health is more a result of the benevolent and regular intervention of the Deity than the way they live or the bodies they inherited or the medical profession. That is an abject admission that they don't believe that what they eat or ingest, or how much, or how often, or how much exercise they get if any, or what sanitary conditions they live under, or how often they see a doctor, or whether they access preventive medicine has any significant importance for their health."
Direction of resistance / implied resistance: Sale points out "Lifestyle was chosen as the entity to thank by 33 percent in the North, 28 percent in the Midwest, 31 percent in the West, and 14 percent in the South. Genes were chosen by 6 percent in the North, 16 percent in the Midwest, 18 percent in the West, and 13 percent in the South. Doctors rated 6 percent in the North, 5 percent in the Midwest, 4 percent in the West, and 2 percent in the South [..] And God was the choice of 48 percent of the North (which some had thought Godless), 51 percent in the Midwest, 46 percent in the West, and 70 percent in the South. Is it any wonder that the South is the unhealthiest region in the nation by almost all measures?"

 

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Removal of resistance: This is a nation which calls itself 'exceptional'. Unification: This is a nation which calls its leader 'the leader of the free world'.
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