Good Day, All! I proclaimed that Dr. Mark Hyman rocks because he had the spine to call out corporate money in politics and medicine for what it is – a threat to our well-being (on many levels) because wellness is not profitable, sickness is, so sickness is what we get:
The basic fact is that one third of our economy profits from making people sick and fat. The food industry sells products scientifically proven to kill more people than cigarettes, while our health care industry profits from providing more volume of care focused on medication and procedures, not better health.
Read his whole blog here – it’s pretty powerful:
If you like what Dr. Hyman has to say, then you can get plugged in by signing up for his newsletter (http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/), “liking” his Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/drmarkhyman?rf=531043336962339), or connecting on LinkedIn. Progressive physicians like him, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Daniel Amen, and Dr. Joel Fuhrman (to name a few) are doing a fantastic job of pointing the way to a more effective “health” care system. They are all active in social media, so it is straightforward to get connected to them. Please consider what they have to say!
I put quotes around “health” above because the net is that corporate influence has turned our health care system into a sick care system. As Dr. Hyman pointed out, sustained health is the last thing that Big Medicine actually wants, so we are not taught about the principles of sustained good health in our mainstream culture. Read this blog which addresses how ingrained living in a sick care system is for all of us:
Basically living in a real health care system involves a big change in perspective and expectations. Here is my interpretation of the situation:
– This is sick care: We all go about our business without much knowledge as to what it takes to achieve sustained health (likely not eating real food, not exercising, living with excessive stress and negativity, etc), wait until we get sick, go to the doctor, and expect to be rescued by said doctor and the pills or surgeries that will be prescribed to deal with the resulting obesity, diabetes, or other chronic disease. We live with side-effects from the “medicine” (that really only treats the symptoms and not the root causes) and surgeries, which will likely necessitate more pills and surgeries, and so on until the quality of our lives has diminished and we forgot what it feels like to be energetic and healthy, and wonder if it is even possible. We see ourselves as victims that need to be saved by medical system.
– This is real health care: We firmly believe that we are in charge of our health and fully accountable for the state of our bodies and minds. Taking care of ourselves is no one else’s responsibility. We seek out and implement knowledge about nutrition, exercise, state of mind, etc, to achieve sustained health and find practitioners who will help us achieve it. Such “non-mainstream” practitioners may include a holistic nutritionist, functional medical doctor, naturopath, chiropractor or acupuncturist. We may visit them monthly or at least quarterly, even when we feel well, in fact especially when we feel well, to get a tune-up and ensure everything is in optimal alignment so as to avoid disease in the first place. We see ourselves as empowered to maintain our own health and wellbeing. For example, check out the link below regarding the benefits of exercise compared to drugs:
I am aware that taking these proactive steps costs money. If you can afford it, then there is no better investment that you can make in the quality of your life. The fact that real health care is out of the financial reach of many is an injustice that honks me off to no end and the reason that I founded W Cubed, Inc. We are a 501c3 non-profit that aspires to provide financial assistance for real health care to those who cannot otherwise afford it. I am sure there are others like us, so supporting such non-profits is another step you may choose to take.
Finally, I am not suggesting going rogue if you are currently working with a conventional medical doctor by tossing prescription medications to the wind, going vegan, and training for a triathalon overnight. Making the transition to real health care may take months to achieve and is best done under the supervision of a certified holistic practitioner. However, if you are tired of being in the sick care system, realizing it and deciding to take action are major steps toward taking ownership of your own health, and over time, you will get there and feel better. Don’t judge yourself for what you’ve done up to this point because as Maya Angelou says, “When you know better, you do better”.
So let’s do better!