Although I was born in 1959, my memories of childhood began in 1964. During these years, the “establishment” was constantly under fire. The war in Vietnam had begun nine years earlier. The “hippies” rebelled against traditional standards and values. A cultural revolution was underway attempting to change our thinking and our actions.
During this time,the major health care problems in the United States were heart disease, cancer and stroke. With all our technology and medical advancements over the last fifty plus years these three conditions have remained the top three health threats to our population. In addition to these, we have added: (1) diabetes, (2) anxiety/depression, (3) obesity, (4) autism, (5) gluten sensitivities/celiac disease and (6) peanut allergies
If the top three causes of death from the 1960’s continues to remain the top three causes of death today, can we claim our health care system and the technology used to develop pharmaceutical drugs have effectively battled these diseases? In addition to the top three causes of death, what has lead to the additional six diseases/conditions mentioned above?
For years, diseases have been addressed by attempting to develop drugs to reverse or improve the RESULT (not the CAUSE) of the problem. Example: High blood is the RESULT, not the cause of a vascular problem. Blood pressure is commonly treated with drugs. One of the goals is to relax smooth muscles in blood vessels in order to reduce blood pressure. The bigger question is, “What is causing the smooth muscle to have too much tone (be too tight) in the first place?” Rather than addressing the answer to this question, our health care solution has been to keep the patient medicated to CONTROL (not FIX) their blood pressure! This would be similar to placing duct tape on a plumbing leak and replacing the duct tape over and over again. The leak was never repaired. It was simply masked with duct tape the same way drugs mask the diseases. Diabetic patients on diabetic medications to stabilize high sugar levels remain on these and additional medications for the rest of their lives. There are no solutions attempting to uncover the underlying causes. Why are we unable to stabilize the body and allow it to function normally without the need for lifetime medication?
Over the last 50+ years we find ourselves with new health complications (mentioned above) without solutions. The health care field simply adds these new health maladies to the list and continues to develop new medications to UNSUCCESSFULLY correct these problems. Are our bodies designed so poorly that they can’t function without synthetic drugs to alter them?
What has changed over the last fifty years that might be contributing to the CAUSE OF BOTH OLD AND NEW HEALTH PROBLEMS?
FOOD: We ingest more pesticides, herbicides and fungicides hormones, antibiotics and food dyes than ever before. We eat more processed foods void of nutrients and filled with chemicals that work against our bodies. One way they damage our GI tract is by creating imbalances in our intestinal healthy bacteria. This bacteria is needed to absorb the nutrients in food. It is also crucial to prevent food and digestive fluids from “leaking” out of the gut where is creates toxicity to the body.
LIFESTYLE: We work and work and work and work. This may include employment, house chores, raising a family, laundry, food shopping, religious obligations, etc… There aren’t enough hours in the day. Personal time is sacrificed creating a recovery deficit. Sleep, exercise, recreation and personal time is all sacrificed to accomplish the work load. This results in increased levels of stress which continues to weaken our bodies and our body’s immune system providing the perfect opportunity for degeneration and disease to take over.
If we don’t alter our approach to health, more and more people will be placed on lifelong drugs while our health problems continue to worsen. Fifty plus years has proven this approach hasn’t worked. Americans continue to die from the same problems we’ve had since the 1960’s and are unhealthier today than ever before. If we don’t begin to take care of our own individual lives by incorporating the essentials in life, we will continue to deprive ourselves the quality of life we want and deserve.
Will it take a disease, surgical correction, death of a family member or friend, intense pain and suffering or inability to function to recognize a course change is needed for a long term solution. When reading this article, please don’t simply view it as an interesting story. I am offering a PLAN OF ACTION that EVERYONE should participate in. All it entails is focusing on FOOD and LIFESTYLE. These ideas WILL dramatically improve the quality of your life. This course of action will require significantly fewer drugs and will provide the essential ingredients for a healthier body to optimize its ability to function. I suggest this direction because, let’s face it, if you don’t care enough about taking steps to improve your own health, what doctor will?
Do you currently take medications?
How much longer will you need to take these drugs before the problem is FIXED?
If you understand and agree with the content of this article, what steps are you going to take to change your current path?
I look forward to your comments. They help all of us understand the issues better and provide positive feedback to motivate change.