Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Unconventional Health Care



I've often read various comments from people on teh interwebz regarding healthcare advice, that one should take what their Doctor's tell them, and do the exact opposite to ensure good health. When it comes to diet and lifestyle advice...it may not be too far from the truth.

But when it comes to emergency medical situations, this can be a life threatening attitude. The modern allopathic health care system is very good at dealing with traumatic wounds and critical medical conditions, as well as providing corrective surgical procedures that can improve ones life dramatically.

To some, there is nothing of merit in the current health care system, it is all a fraudulent industry designed to profit off of sickness and death. There is most certainly aspects of the industry that are like that...after all, if widespread knowledge of nutrition and health were widely practiced, health care insurance claims and pharmaceutical prescriptions would not be industries that are nearly as lucrative as they are today.

In other words, emergency medicine is great...preventative health care has been hopelessly corrupted to ensure a steady supply of customers in the future.

What other conclusion can you draw, when one can actually look at the literature and TV Programming found in hospitals and Doctor's offices across the country, advising nutrition and behavior that is detrimental to human health over the long term?

To summarize:

  • Eat a diet rich in whole grains, vegetables and fruits.
  • Only eat lean, white meats, avoid red meat as much as possible.
  • Always choose the low fat or non-fat foods when grocery shopping.
  • Use vegetable oils instead of animal fats whenever you cook.
  • Avoid eating salt.
  • Remember that the key to weight loss is to eat less/exercise more.
  • Count your calories.
  • Monitor your cholesterol, if it's too high, you will need medication to control it.
  • Avoid going out in the sun during the hottest part of the day...from 10:00am to 3:00pm.
  • If you must be outdoors during that time, make sure you use sunblock.

These things are all articles of faith promoted by Western Allopathic Medicine. Through self experimentation, I think I can safely conclude that these are all lies, and following them religiously will inevitably lead to sickness and ill health.

Yes, we are all going to die someday.

But I'd rather maximize my short time in this life with the best health and vitality possible until I head off to my dirt nap. Widespread, long lasting, good health is simply not profitable for the health care industry so they do not have an interest in promoting it. Remember that the next time you are receiving diet and lifestyle advice, and take it with a grain of salt.

Conventional medicine can help you...and it can hurt you. Only you can decide which advice and treatment options are more likely to do one or the other.

9 comments:

sth_txs said...

I agree emergency room medicine is great.

Doctor's advice and the system's penchant for dispensing drugs and pills left and right, not so good.

ElectricAngel said...

The best comparison I read between the US and Canadian healthcare systems talked about how the US was great at trauma care. If you have to have a heart attack, the US is about the best place in the world. Canada is better at maintenance care, long-term, chronic conditions.

The writer then suggested that the Canadians had a healthcare system designed around the needs of women, and the US around the needs of men. You can thus seem Obamacare as another feminization of the USA.

Frost said...

Generally agree, but watch out for infections from unnecessary surgery and the ill effects of many optional screening tests.

Check out Robin Hanson's health category for lots of great info on how health care often does more harm than good:

http://www.overcomingbias.com/

Cheers,

Frost

Terry @ Breathing Grace said...

I've often read various comments from people on teh interwebz regarding healthcare advice, that one should take what their Doctor's tell them, and do the exact opposite to ensure good health. When it comes to diet and lifestyle advice...it may not be too far from the truth.

But when it comes to emergency medical situations, this can be a life threatening attitude. The modern allopathic health care system is very good at dealing with traumatic wounds and critical medical conditions, as well as providing corrective surgical procedures that can improve ones life dramatically.


This is my perspective exactly, Keoni. I couldn't have said it any better.

Dan Dascalescu said...

@ElectricAngel: that (xcellent) health care system debate was "Health Care Forum": US vs. Canada, by Adam Gopnik and Malcolm Gladwell

@Keoni: how long was your self-experimentation? You do realize that you are pitting one particular case against mountains of large-scale clinical trials (for instance this study on daily red meat consumption which shows that cancer mortality in men in the highest quintile of consumption is increased 22%, and the cardiovascular disease mortality in women consuming the highest quintile of processed meat is increased 38%.)

You have quite a burden of proof upon your shoulders.

Caty Karther said...

Doctors provide many advise regarding the food diet and also for the lifestyle but generally people think about them. And the modern allopathic health care system is very good at dealing with traumatic wounds and critical medical conditions.

Marvelous White Male said...

You're loco if you think eating a diet rich in vegetables is bad for health.

Badger said...

Dan, actually check out the source study from the doctors involved. Their 'testing methods' were based on questionnaire data, which makes it unreliable at best, also no other factors were considered during the research, such as intakes of MSG, HFCS, or other known hazard factors.

In addition, red meat was lumped suspiciously with 'processed meat' which opens an entirely different can of worms. processed meat products contain an enormous number of food and non-food items, many of which go unreported on ingredients lists.

Marvelous White Male said...

Badger, all Big Slaughter meat is pumped full of chemicals and hormones that are bad for you.

Unless you are hunting animals youself or buying from a small, organic, grass fed farm, red meat is bad you.