The gentleman was 89 years old. He was already taking Nifedipine and Atenolol (blood pressure medications,) Clopidogrel (a blood thinner,) Baby Aspirin (a blood thinner,) and Simvastatin (a cholesterol medication.) The combination of these pharmaceutical drugs were supposed to protect against cardiovascular disease and stroke.
On February 9th, 2016, this gentleman drove himself to the eye doctor because he was experiencing visual field problems. As the eye doctor began performing his exam, he realized the gentleman was likely having a stroke. He CLOSED HIS OFFICE and drove the gentleman to the hospital. After undergoing an MRI, a stroke was detected in the occipital lobe (visual center) of the brain. He did NOT experience ANY weakness, cognitive dysfunction, slurred speech or sensory loss. The only clinical finding was complete loss of peripheral vision on the left side of his body.
The neurologist was shocked. The intern (his primary doctor) was shocked. His cardiologist was shocked. It didn’t make sense to any of them. He was on the proper medications and compliant with taking them EVERYDAY to prevent this type of outcome.
All of these doctors began rethinking the combination of medications and deciding what changes were needed. They worked DILIGENTLY wanting to prevent a recurrence of another stroke.
WHAT WERE ALL THESE DOCTORS MISSING?
While I sat with this gentleman at each doctor’s appointment, I waited for these doctors to discuss a MAJOR CONTRIBUTING FACTOR resulting in strokes. Not ONE doctor mentioned this MAJOR FACTOR called:
This gentleman had dietary habits that significantly increased his risk for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and stroke. Whether he chose to comply with changing his dietary lifestyle or not, ALL OF THESE DOCTORS had a responsibility to explain his poor dietary habits INTERFERED with the ability of the medications he was taking to protect him from these diseases. Regardless of any medications added (or increased in dosage,) they would NOT ADEQUATELY PROTECT HIM from future health complications unless accompanied by a new and improved nutrition plan. Unfortunately EACH and EVERY DOCTOR excluded this explanation leaving out a VITAL contributing factor often resulting in strokes. It was not until I questioned EACH OF THESE DOCTORS in front of the gentleman that they agreed that poor dietary habits would significantly interfere with the effectiveness of the medications prescribed.
Like most people, the gentleman assumed he could live the lifestyle he was enjoying without ANY complications as long as he “took his medications.” He believed these medications “made him healthy.” Afterall, until having the stroke he was regularly complimented about how “healthy he was for his age!” Here was an 89 year old man with high blood pressure, borderline diabetes, high cholesterol, abnormal iron levels and frequent headaches believing “he was the picture of health for an 89 year old man.” What were these doctors thinking reinforcing such an INACCURATE PICTURE of his health? Did they actually LOOK at the man and and his health complications or simply view his lab panel and the ranges he was in? HEALTHY people do not suffer STROKES! Those with health problems initiated and complicated by destructive lifestyle choices and treated primarily with pharmaceutical drugs (ALONE) do!
There are many people walking around today in their 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s taking these same types of medications while living the same destructive dietary lifestyle as this 89 year old gentleman. They too believe they’re in “GOOD HEALTH” because their doctors make the same COMMON MISTAKES qualifying their health based on LAB VALUES rather than using GUIDELINES determining how well BALANCED their patient’s lives are (physically, mentally and emotionally.)
If you, the patient, do not ACTIVELY participate beyond swallowing a pill or injecting a prescription,
YOU WILL DEVELOP DISEASES
beyond ANY medication’s control. No one says, “I’m the next heart attack,” “I’m the next stroke, ” “I’m the next diabetic” or “I’m the next cancer diagnosis.” NEARLY EVERYONE, however, believes once they’re diagnosed and prescribed medications, they’re “FIXED” (or at the very least, “HEALTHY” again.)
A “HEALTHY” AND/OR “FIXED” PERSON DOESN’T NEED OR TAKE PRESCRIPTION DRUGS!
The sooner you’re willing to open your eyes to this TRUTH, the better the chances of TRULY FIXING your health PROBLEMS and RESTORING GOOD HEALTH to YOUR BODY. Some may still need supportive pharmaceutical intervention, but the majority will be able to live life as intended, WITHOUT IT!
How many more “CONFUSED DOCTORS” will it take for you to realize:
THE SOLUTION TO MUCH OF TODAY’S BAD HEALTH IS SIMPLY HEALTHY LIVING
I dare you to try it! Go ahead,
PROVE ME WRONG!