Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Letters to the Editor

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Letters to the Editor

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Departing from a consumer culture mentality

I think that the Aug. 22 article, "Fashion industry gives rise to a 'disposable culture'," is right on. The article alludes to the fact that the expendable money-driven mind-set has penetrated all aspects of US culture.

The causes and factors are multiple. Post-World War II, the robust economy provided more purchasing power than ever and consumer product manufacturing increased. Later, as women began to work and two-income families became the norm, more disposable income was generated. Shopping malls proliferated, and consumerism spiraled upward. In the US, there are too many cars that use too much gas. We are accustomed to a disposable consumer lifestyle. Severe cutbacks are necessary for the sake of the health of the planet. We will not be able to solve global warming by just using compact florescent light bulbs. It will require winding down the consumer culture. It's not a sustainable lifestyle for the US or the rest of the world.

Donald Dickson Mexico City

Pitfalls of plastic surgery in Mexico

The Aug. 2 article "Americans head to Mexico for plastic surgery" failed to mention the potentially dangerous side effects of surgical vacations. Some procedures require long-term follow-up appointments for more than a year. Many of the follow-up appointments occur in the first 30 to 60 days after the operation. It is doubtful that many of these vacationers are hanging out with their doctors in Mexico for two months to get all of the medical care they require. Also, flying after an operation may increase postsurgical complications.

Who is going to care for these patients when they return to the US? And if the results of the surgery are disastrous, where are these patients going to turn? Plastic surgeons in the US, with the soaring costs of medical malpractice insurance rates, are apprehensive about taking on the mistakes of other doctors on, particularly those who practice outside the high standards of medical care of the US.

In my practice, every month we get three to four phone calls from patients who had medical procedures in Mexico or South America. …

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