As important as a bed side manner may be, it doesn’t add to the quality or duration of life if the patient isn’t willing to listen and modify their attitude and behaviors. I preface this so the reader can prepare for a certain bluntness this article may convey.
The title of this post is based on a new study showing Americans were eating healthier in 2012 than in 1999. This article quoted, “Poor diets dropped from 56% to 46% during that period.”
So why aren’t Americans getting healthier? Simple, statistics are frequently designed to add “credibility” to research, NOT REALITY! For instance, in this case, improvements in poor dieting was based on people “claiming” to have eaten more whole grains, fruits, nuts, seeds and fish while cutting back on sugar-sweetened drinks. On the surface this 10% improvement appears to be a statistically significant gain. When we look at the overall health of the individual during this same 13 year period, we find a continuing INCREASE in dietary factors causing disease. This statement appears to conflict with the improved dietary statistic?
Let’s add another confusing statistic to the equation. During this same period, the percentage of Americans eating an “ideal” diet INCREASED BY 114%.
Like a magician, I will reveal the secret to these two statistical ILLUSIONS:
Just because people claimed to have “added” healthier choices to their diet doesn’t mean their diets were healthy! For example, if a person simply added a piece of fruit to a diet based on fast foods and chemically laden processed ingredients this study would have placed this individual in the “healthier eating” category making this individual part of the 10% improvement. Can you see the deception?
114% is quite an improvement until one realizes this number was based on the actual percentage of Americans that ate an “ideal” diet. The actual percentage of Americans that consumed these foods rose from 0.7% to 1.5%. This means that 98.5% of Americans DID NOT eat an ideal diet (defined in this article as, “fruits, vegetables, fish, whole grains, and less meat, salt and saturated fat.”) If only 1.5% of the population ate an “ideal diet” would you really expect to see an overall improvement in health?
Sometimes COMMON SENSE supersedes ivy league peer review research. Since the rate of American illnesses continues to rise, common sense dictates the problem isn’t improving (regardless of statistical data!) The consumer should consider using this same common sense approach when undergoing a physical examination and blood panel testing for themselves. If the exam is unremarkable and the blood panel numbers are within normal values, this does NOT DEFINE GOOD HEALTH! A person in good health will also:
If a person does not “feel good,” they should NEVER let physical examinations and blood panels undermine their innate intelligence (intuition.) They should keep searching with or without their doctor’s help until reasonable answers are discovered.
As you can see, the ILLUSION that most Americans are eating “healthier” is based on the limited definition used in this study. In reality, most Americans continue to become more UNhealthy as the result of a lifestyle that promotes DISEASE. To truly address this problem, the consumer must be willing to change their ATTITUDE and BEHAVIOR. A game plan must be created to address the various components necessary to live a healthy life. Although food selection is important, it is only ONE COMPONENT.
Most Americans are NOT eating better (qualifying the term “better” with marked improvement in overall health.) Fast food consumption continues to increase resulting in more medications prescribed today than ever before. Don’t get “sucked in” to studies or blood panels and assume the “authorities” know best. It is best to use “authorities” as resource TOOLS. Use multiple resources to gain a better perspective to help you become the BOSS of your body. It is up to you to dictate the rules you know you need to live by to achieve the quality of life you choose.
I like to end these posts with an offer to any reader that doesn’t know where to start and needs help beginning the process. I will gladly offer assistance to help guide you in a healthier direction” (WITHOUT REQUIRING ANY COMPENSATION.) As a doctor I spent over 20 years helping people HELP THEMSELVES. This is the key to SELF EMPOWERMENT and successful outcomes. Without self empowerment our future generations just may find themselves in this postition: