CAN YOU HANDLE THE TRUTH?

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Jack Nicholson played Colonel Jessep in a 1992 movie entitled, “A Few Good Men.” The famous line from that movie was:

YOU WANT THE TRUTH?  YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH!

We live in a time and a world really no different from the past. Sure, there’s technology and modernization, but the basic structural foundation in thinking remains unchanged. As a society, we want SIMPLE SOLUTIONS to COMPLICATED PROBLEMS. We want to believe those in authoritative positions possess the power and capability of providing these SIMPLE SOLUTIONS that will make our lives easier and better.

When it comes to health, we seek simplicity by choosing to believe a “named disease” (ex. diabetes, cardiac disease, etc…) is treated with a “named drug.” We don’t objectively look at the disease and the recommended treatment and evaluate the logic used to determine whether these treatments are designed to restore health to the body. If we chose this LOGICAL and  OBJECTIVE approach instead, it would:

  1. Potentially, COMPLICATE decisions and make professionals more accountable for their treatments.

  2. Potentially, create a strained patient/doctor relationship. The doctor might feel treatment recommendations are being “challenged” and the patient might FEAR an over reactive response such as dismissal for non compliance.

  3. Potentially, OPEN A CAN OF WORMS revealing viable ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS in place of pharmaceutical drugs to addressing health imbalances/conditions/diseases.

WHY DO WE CHOOSE TO ACCEPT THE STATUS QUO?

  • We have CHOSEN to live our lives confined to the boundaries of health insurance coverage.

  • We have CHOSEN to “eat the forbidden fruit” (unhealthy diets) and deal with the ramifications “down the road.”

  • We have CHOSEN to justify life compromising behavior by making the following claims:

    • “It’s too expensive to eat healthy.”

    • “There aren’t enough hours in the day to live a healthy lifestyle.”

    • “It’s too complicated to “do the right thing.” Jim Fixx (the marathon runner) exercised yet he died at 52 of a heart attack while running, “so why bother?” (Of course most people don’t realize, Jim Fixx was overweight as an adult prior to taking up exercise, smoked 2 packs of cigarettes a day, had a family history of cardiac disease{his father’s 1st heart attack at 35 and fatal one at 43 years of age} and hadn’t received a physical in over 16 years at the time of his death.)

    • “Eating healthy and exercising doesn’t guarantee longevity.”

THE REAL REASON WE CHOOSE TO ACCEPT STATUS QUO IS BECAUSE WE BELIEVE IT’S EASIER!

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The pharmaceutical field along with the medical field has successfully lengthened the lifespan of the average person in the United States, yet with all our technology, our ranking for life expectancy remains ONLY 43rd in the world. This proves the best doctors with the most advanced technology in diagnostics and pharmaceutical treatments continues to fall short in extending life expectancy while FAILING to improve standards of  QUALITY LIVING.

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(Ref: Source:CIA World Factbook, 2015.)

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TYPE II DIABETES

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CARDIAC DISEASE

  • Nearly 1 in 3 deaths in the US each year is caused by heart disease and stroke.

“At least 200,000 of these deaths could have been PREVENTED

through changes in health habits, such as stopping smoking, more physical activity and exercise, healthier eating, less salt in the diet and managing high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. (Ref: Preventable Deaths from Heart Disease & Stroke outlined by the CDC)

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CANCER

  • At least one-third of all cancer cases are PREVENTABLE. Prevention offers the most cost-effective long-term strategy for the control of cancer.

    • (Preventable Factors) Physical inactivity, dietary factors, obesity and being overweight 

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Regardless of the named disease, the one recurring theme associated with ALL OF THEM is that a majority ARE PREVENTABLE. 1 in 2 women and 1 in 3 men will get cancer. 1 in 4 men over the age of 35 will die from heart disease.

The reality of these numbers contradict the average person’s EXCUSES.

  • Eating healthy is CHEAPER than treating cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

  • If there are enough hours in the day for cancer, heart disease and diabetes hospital visits, rehab visits and family doctor visits there is certainly more hours in the day than we realize.

  • Eating healthy and exercising is NOT MORE COMPLICATED than checking blood glucose levels throughout the day AND becoming CHAINED to diabetic medications and the sickening and dangerous reactions to significant swings in blood sugar levels.

  • The complications of healthy eating and exercise do not outweigh the physical and mental complications and limitations of heart disease. If you have to ask your doctor if your healthy enough to have sex, how many other enjoyable things in life will you be forced to give up? FEAR of DYING produces greater emotional COMPLICATIONS than healthy eating and reasonable exercise.

  • If we’re trying to reduce health insurance costs, NETWORK DOCTORS are STILL MORE EXPENSIVE than $0.00; the cost of NOT NEEDING A DOCTOR for a PREVENTABLE condition.

SO THERE’S THE TRUTH

 

WAS COLONEL JESSEP RIGHT WHEN HE SAID:

YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH!

OR ARE YOU WILLING TO TAKE THE STEPS TO AVOID PREVENTABLE DISEASES?

 

 

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13 comments

  1. Thanks again for this reminder! I’m in the midst of my ” busy season” and it’s so tempting to snack on cookies vs fruit or not exercise due to time constraints or mental fatigue.
    Your posts help me make fairly good choices during this time. The biggest change is this is the first time in years I haven’t gotten super sick in early October!

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    1. Your improved October proves HEALTHY CHANGE is POSSIBLE. You will also find the more you begin to care, love and value YOURSELF the easier it becomes for making better decisions in your life.

      Never let “time restraints” guide your decision making process. Let them, instead, help you prioritize their importance recognizing ESSENTIAL SELF NEEDS come FIRST! This is NOT selfish thinking because it exponentially compounds your ability to provide for others!

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  2. Totally agree! It boggled my mind to find out recently several relatives take over the counter meds every day. You take advil every day for headaches and you don’t think there is something wrong with that? I take advil/tylenol/ibuprofen maybe once a year. And it’s hard to change their mindset that there is anything potentially wrong with that – exactly like your quote here.

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    1. People have a tendency to focus on “what they feel” rather than “WHY they feel.” People who take OTD on a regular basis do so to AVOID “what they feel.” They don’t think about “WHY” they need to take these drugs; they just focus on sedating the negative feelings without ACTIVELY doing anything POSITIVE to address them. Until more people recognize they’re living a life of dis-ease (proven by the need to use OCD to cover up recurring symptoms) they will choose this “easy” option. Until other symptoms including disease and dysfunction become evident, they will continue to rely on DESTRUCTIVE protocols to “undo” the damage they CAUSE THEMSELVES. Whether it’s a lack of education, laziness or disbelief, the reality in facing greater HEALTH COMPLICATIONS will eventually take possession of their lives (UNLESS THEY’RE WILLING TO ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY AND CHANGE THEIR THINKING AND LIFESTYLE!)

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      1. I feel the sad thing is that it’s because more the norm, so people feel that it’s acceptable and perfectly fine to be taking OTC meds daily! And unfortunately I feel it may be a bit of laziness and also not feeling that it’s important enough to see a medical professional to address an underlying issue, since they can manage it themselves.

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        1. The “norm” is gradually changing and will continue to do so as more and more doctors and other health care affiliates PERSISTENTLY express the TRUTH and need to do so.

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  3. T2D is no fun and should be avoided at all costs! Just lost a sister-in-law to the disease after a couple years of dialysis. The human body is amazingly resilient if you give it half a chance to heal. Correct food and exercise give it that chance. Thanks for the reminder, Doc.

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    1. Thank you for sharing REALITY! People need to understand that a PRICE WILL BE PAID for living an unhealthy lifestyle. It’s not about IF, but rather, WHEN. REQUIRING PAIN and DISEASE to change behavior is simply foolish. People need to care and recognize their SELF VALUE enough to change their path TODAY!

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  4. Another great article….I have a question about gout?? I have had gout in my big toe for several years, its been better, but my left wrist that I broke as a child, a bad break, has fallen prey to gout, I have had it bad twice and just mildly once in the last year…its so painful and leaves me dead in my step….since I had the first episode the wrist joint has a tender spot right at the crease to this day….it has hindered my work outs at the gym…I am afraid of another out break and find that I baby this wrist… What are your thoughts on natural cures…besides diet change with I am currently doing…all meats and foods high in purines… I have added natural apple cider tables and making my salad dressing with natural apple cider vinegar, I must say its yummy….and I keep onions fermenting in natural apple cider vinegar, I love onions on everything, so why not take care of 2 problems and use apple cider onions…LOL I was wondering if you had any other thoughts on this topic….thanks…kat

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    1. This doesn’t sound simply like gout. Gout is episodic and resolves. Once the crystals are cleared from the pain tender joint structures, full function is restored. Based on the fact that you broke the wrist as a child, it sounds like you may have osteophytes and/or other degenerative changes that are compromising the integrity of the wrist. This would commonly lead to an ongoing inflammatory condition that could produce enough pain to simulate gout. It could also be a condition concomitant with gout. Having an x-ray of the wrist and a blood sampling to see current uric acid levels would be a wise place to start. This just doesn’t sound like a typical gout presentation (at least in and of itself.)

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      1. thanks, that makes great sense….my uric acid level have been normal….but never had one done during an outbreak…thank you I will investigate these other possibilities…xxkat

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  5. Great post as usual. It is amazing to me the volume and variety of pharmaceutical solutions consistently peddled to us for in large part preventable conditions. There is no doubt that the pharmaceutical industry has produced fantastic products that have meaningfully extended the lives of sick people, but their drive to extend the use of these medications in place of lifestyle change with physicians and to the general public may offset their benefits collectively. I would think it is far simpler for a physician to prescribe a pill instead of suggesting a lifestyle change to their patients today. That this decision making is supported by the marketing reps and direct to consumer commercials is troubling but not surprising. I hope your message resonates with all your readers, and more importantly, with other physicians. There are several people in my life that would benefit from a frank and objective discussion about their lifestyle with their physician instead of having their lifestyle decisions reinforced through prescriptions.

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    1. Thank you for commenting, Todd. It is wonderful to see a reader that recognizes the benefits AS WELL AS THE LIMITATIONS of pharmaceuticals. Health care is a BUSINESS. It generates BILLIONS of dollars. When businesses become so large, controversial practices begin reducing the underlying efficacy of these industries. We have seen examples of this with multiple class action lawsuits that “sacrificed” human life in the name of PROFITS.

      Unfortunately, the public refuses to open their eyes to these realities and continues to prefer believing the “PILL is an adequate” substitute for lifestyle choices. This attitude “feeds” the pharmaceutical industry and health care industry with more and more DOLLARS every year.

      Political correctness also “feeds” the problem. Does our educational system have a responsibility in addressing the health care crisis (ex. obesity?) Do our parents have a responsibility to provide an environment that offers their children an opportunity to grow up healthy? Do our doctors have a responsibility to prevent our children from becoming unhealthier as a result of lifestyle decisions they’re not mature enough to understand?

      Identifying problems is a great start. Pointing fingers, however, without creating ACTION PLANS passes the responsibility to others without successfully achieving adequate results. Answers are NOT ALWAYS PLEASANT! They are, however, sometimes necessary. Until we face these TRUTHS, these problems will continue to grow. Why must we face catastrophic events before we consider committing ourselves to CHANGE?

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