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January 23, 2015

Bad example

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“The weight of our nation’s population is increasing, causing a rise in the incidence of noncommunicable diseases, such as cardiovascular conditions and diabetes,” said Suzy Harrington, DNP, RN, MCHES, director of ANA’s Department for Health, Safety and Wellness. “And it is affecting the health of nurses personally and professionally.”

Added Susan Gallagher, PhD, RN, CSPHP, CBN, “Certainly there are many very healthy nurses who happen to be overweight or obese. However, the data suggest that, like the general population, nurses of size may face some obesity-related health risks.” http://www.theamericannurse.org/index.php/2013/03/01/an-issue-of-weight/

I went to an annual checkup recently and there are some observations. Most of the nurses and other medical personnel (I don't know who they are) do not look healthy.
The nurses in doctor's office looked overweight and out of shape. And I am asking myself: if the medical professionals do not know how to stay healthy how are they going to help me to stay healthy?
How can I trust them? And then I remembered. They are not "healthcare" professionals. They are sickness care professionals. 
It seems the health establishment in western society is using an upside-down model of healthcare.
Priority in my opinion should be on prevention. Our health professionals should be proactive, not reactive. And it is a huge and very expensive problem.
This backward approach is changing slowly and there are provisions in Obamacare that are prioritizing prevention. But we should not wait, we, the people should be responsible for our health. 
Healthy lifestyle and eating habits will help in most cases 
So my friend please educate yourselves. Help yourselves and stay healthy! 

June 6, 2014

There is not much to add to this. I think that public awareness that the big Pharma is not on our side will improve the health of our nation.

Medications, medical mistakes, infections in hospitals kill more people than all traffic accidents.

Drug manufacturers, hospitals and doctors make handsome profit from people being sick.

So what is the solution?

Why don’t we try to learn how to stay healthy ? And avoiding medications if possible. And to have a second opinion before doing anything drastic like surgery. And please educate yourselves.

Below is some information for your education.

Pharma Companies Get Rich. Prescription drugs taken as directed kill 100,000 Americans a year. That’s one person every five minutes. How did we get here?

June 24, 2010

How many people do you know who regularly use a prescription medication? If your social group is like most Americans, the answer is most. Sixty-five percent of the country takes a prescription drug these days. In 2005 alone, we spent $250 billion on them.

More recently, the companies have had their sales reps urge doctors to prescribe antidepressants, antipsychotics and other psychiatric meds to children. The result: our kids take more of those medicines than children in other countries. For example, a study last year found that American children take three times more attention deficit medications and antidepressants than children in Europe.

9 out of 10 doctors said they had recently taken something of value from the drug industry. And some of those doctors take hundreds of thousands of dollars each year from the industry. The drug companies pay doctors to be their so-called consultants. More Treatment, More Mistakes. A reasonable estimate is that medical mistakes now kill around 200,000 Americans every year. That would make them one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Why have these mistakes been so hard to prevent? http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/01/opinion/more-treatment-more-mistakes.html?_r=0

Infections in hospitals

The simplest way to say this is that about 100,000 people die each year from infections we give them in the hospital,” says Dr. Peter Pronovost, director of the Quality and Safety Research Group at Johns Hopkins University. “That’s enormous.” The math, he says, is pretty gruesome. Take the two most deadly types of infections hospitals give their patients: infections from ventilators and infections from catheters. Together, those kill 65,000 people a year. There are about 5,000 hospitals in the United States, so statistically, each hospital in the United States gives these deadly infections to one patient every month.

In her column,Maureen Dowd described how her brother went into the hospital with pneumonia and quickly contracted four other infections in the intensive care unit. When she asked a doctor why this was happening, he told her, “It could be anything.”http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2011/04/14/the-gruesome-math-of-hospital-infections/

Health care related bankruptcies.

Bankruptcies resulting from unpaid medical bills will affect nearly 2 million people this year—making health care the No. 1 cause of such filings, and outpacing bankruptcies due to credit-card bills or unpaid mortgages, according to new data. And even having health insurance doesn’t buffer consumers against financial hardship.http://www.cnbc.com/id/100840148

My dear readers. I realize we get sick sometimes no matter what we do and even if we do all we know how to stay healthy. But I firmly believe that if we learn and follow healthy living practices, the number of medications and hospital visits will be reduced drastically.

And I am not going to loose any sleep over medical mafia diminishing returns.

AMA (American Medical Association) found an excuse to make more money – treating obese people.

As a result of this unfortunate and short sighted decision more pills, surgeries, special diets, hospital stays will be sold.

One of the most difficult problem is cheap “food” like fast and highly processed food, used especially among the poor.

But, again, it is not a disease! It is a socioeconomic problem. It is an educational problem.

But guess who will benefit from this new definition of obesity as a disease?

Big Pharma and medical establishment. Not the people.

The Times found that:

• Pharmaceutical firms have commandeered the process by which diseases are defined. Many decision makers at the World Health Organization, the U.S. National Institutes of Health and some of America’s most prestigious medical societies take money from the drug companies and then promote the industry’s agenda.

• Some diseases have been radically redefined without a strong basis in medical evidence.

• The drug industry has bolstered its position by marketing directly to the health-conscious consumer, leading younger and healthier people to consider themselves at risk and to start taking medications.

Every time the boundary of a disease is expanded — the hypertension threshold is lowered by 10 blood-pressure points, the guideline for obesity is lowered by 5 pounds — the market for drugs expands by millions of consumers and billions of dollars. http://seattletimes.com/html/health/sickintro.html

Please do not participate in this game. Take control of your life. Don’t be a sucker.

Balanced and moderate eating.

Avoid processed food.

Exercise. Work out. Use stairs not escalators.  Even some alcohol once in a while will not hurt(if you are generally healthy) Here is to your health 🙂

Escalators in the gym

You do this


Use stairs, not escalator

To do that

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