“Doctor, in room #2 the record shows non compliance with the prescribed cholesterol medication and a new high blood pressure finding. A1C levels remain elevated and it’s time for the flu shot as well.”
Does this patient have a NAME? If a doctor walked into room #2, do you think the conversation would be about “health” or “disease”?
Assuming this patient had complied with taking the medication prescribed for high cholesterol, would the CAUSE of her high cholesterol be CORRECTED preventing the need for future prescription refills?
Doctors are part of a profession that can look their patients directly in the eyes and WITHOUT any negative ramifications (in general) say:
My goal is NOT to FIX your chronic disease.
My job is to FOCUS on prescription treatments rather than discovering the CAUSES and SOLUTIONS for your conditions.
If you don’t take the prescriptions as recommended, I will release you from care. If you don’t follow my essential lifestyle modification recommendations, I will gladly remain your physician anyway. You see, I will likely make more money if you don’t comply with my lifestyle recommendations because you will likely develop more chronic conditions requiring more prescriptions over time!
I have no medical training in exercise or (biological) nutrition and do not feel obligated to better understand these components in health even though I know both play an important role in preventing disease.