I have some truths to talk about tonight.
Truth and doping:
The dwindling few who still apply magical thinking to cycling were tested again today. Whether you believe Tyler Hamilton’s, now-I-am-really-telling-the-truth story on doping in professional cycling will depend on how you weigh the almost 300 pages of evidence. I plan to read the book before commenting.
Truth and me:
The second truth is that rather than write about a nifty article on how physical activity might nullify bad genes, I decided to watch President Clinton tonight. He’s pretty amazing. Even political nihilists have to admire his talent–and his results. For fans of humans-with-skills, tonight’s speech did not disappoint.
Don’t worry friends, I am just a heart rhythm doctor, cyclist and blogger. I won’t be waxing on about politics. Futile is a word that poofs to mind.
I chose to listen to President Clinton for two reasons: First, he is perhaps the best oral communicator I have ever heard. Just as golfers like to watch golf and cyclists aren’t bored watching cycling, as a doctor, it’s impressive to watch someone this gifted in communication. Second, and another parallel to doctoring–it’s always important to consider alternative options, to keep an open mind, to harbor a little (not too much) doubt. Truth be told, politically speaking, I lean a micron right of center. That’s why I listen to those with which I might disagree. (Especially on the notion that cutting “providers” will solve the problem of soaring health-care costs.)
After two decades as a doctor it has become clear that not getting stuck on one way of thinking makes for better doctoring.
I’m dreamy enough to believe that the world would be a better place if we listened more to opposing views.