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The Robots we call our Doctors

Posted on May 22, 2012 at 12:20 AM

Lately, the healthcare industry has just been deflating like a popped balloon. As we get unhealthier, the costs get bigger and bigger. The more our food industry modernizes with technological innovation, science fairs and experiments (in which the American people are the lab rats), we fail to not only produce better educational, judicial and economical systems in these trying times, but we get fatter, sicker and weaker.

A dear loved one of mine contracted cancer not too long ago. She doesn’t even remember who told her first about her tumors. However, she did what was recommended even if she was weary and sickened in the heart. Of course, it sickened all of us. We didn’t think about her nutrition or current lifestyle and wellbeing. We thought about her getting through the surgery and following medication.

Previously, when she had her scheduled doctor’s appointments (before the cancer), if she had a low potassium count or high cholesterol, she was prescribed medication. Even if she was told to eat certain foods or to lower sodium intake, it was vaguely given information, not helping one bit.

“Eat foods with more potassium each day. Here is a list.”

Instead of: “Here, let me explain to you what potassium is, why you need it, and how you can incorporate it into your diet. Also, since we’ve also found that you have high sodium levels, I will explain what it is, the importance of it, how to consume it in moderation and what you can do to change it. What the hey! Let’s also explain the importance of natural and whole foods since you are above your ideal weight. As doctors, we don’t just uniformly provide to the public. We specialize in giving the public information on how to remain in great health, on why it’s important and on how they can achieve a nutritious diet and happy lifestyle.”

Of course, the second quote sounds too good to be true.

Instead of doing that, medication is often distributed. It’s obvious why. It’s a money maker along with the food industry’s sly promises of proclaimed nutritional value on their highly processed and inedible food products. Not even food. Just products.

My point is that doctors should be more than a pharmacy. We should be able to get the same information from them that we get from a nutritionist. They should be able to inform us of what’s right and what is wrong. Sadly, that’s just not the case most of the time.

I won’t lie. Doctors do give us valuable steps to maintain a healthy lifestyle. However, it’s only when we “need” it or in a minimal outline.

If we have to lose weight, what do they tell you?

“lower fat intake, eat more vegetables”. Right? It might seem like the right thing to do, but is it?

They either don’t realize or don’t tell you that in what most people have available to them (in a commercial grocery store) might be low fat and have lots of proclaimed health benefits, yet are highly processed. The vegetables are either sprayed with harmful pesticides (that don’t wash off much) and/or are GMO’d (Genetically modified). The processed skim milk combined with those out of season carrots and strawberries in a smoothie (just using an example!) causes your liver to work harder to get rid of those chemicals and altered versions of nature and slows down your metabolism. Because of this, your body isn’t even able to break down the fat intake of the day since it’s been getting rid of all of the modern gruel you’ve eaten.

Eating this everyday…. Gets worse.

I seriously just think doctors should be less uniform, more informative and knowledgeable of what people really need in their bodies. Stop prescribing medicine and prescribe me some organics!

 

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