One of my duties was to be involved with the way that the school handled students that were not making the grade (or grades) academically.
A minimal grade point average was required to stay in school. So, if a poor student’s grades got too close to the bottom, they would be called before an academic review committee to discuss their grades and institute corrective actions, which may have included tutoring, extra credit work, the retaking of exams, etc.
It occurred to me at the time, that we (I include myself because I was a part of the process) were spending an awful lot of time, energy and money in trying to drag the bottom of the class up instead of helping the truly excellent students soar to new heights.
Guess what… we do the same thing in this country with our supposed Health Care System.
It isn’t a Health Care System at all; it’s a Sick Care System!! No where in the traditional medical model are there substantive efforts being made towards the ideas of illness prevention and health promotion. Oh sure, we read things in the papers about this study or that initiative. Our kids come home from school with information about this project or that new plan. All of this is nothing more than lip service.
The meat of what we do is to wait for people to get sick, and then spend one hell of a lot of time, money, effort and precious resources in trying to make them well… or really, just above being sick.
Case in point… the most conservative estimates are that diet effects health to the extent that 1/3 of all diseases are preventable. Remember, this is the most conservative estimate. There are many people, me included, that think the true number is more like 75%, but for arguments sake, lets say that its only 33%. If this is the case, then why is it that less than 2% of our research expenditures are looking at diet as a means of affecting health?
I want you to imagine that we have a person who has a desire to fly. I’m not talking about in an airplane… I mean flap his arms and fly. So, he goes up to the highest cliff he can find, gets a running start and jumps off. Now, he is in the air flapping his arms and thinks to himself… “this is great… I’m flying!!” He does notice that way off in the distance the ground is down there somewhere, but this is of no concern to him… he is airborne!
After a while he begins to observe that the ground is getting a little closer. This doesn’t really bother him though; because he is still on the wing… he just flaps his arms a little harder. A little later he looks down and sees that the ground is really coming up fast now, so he decides he better flap even faster.
You know how this story is going to end… with a splat. Our friend was never really flying in the first place, he was just falling. And so it is with our medical system now. We are not flying… we are free-falling towards an ugly end. And, in case you hadn’t noticed… the ground is coming towards us really fast now… we are dangerously close to the splat part.
And what are the people that are making decisions for the medical system doing?? You guessed it… they are flapping their arms harder and faster. How long have we had a “war on cancer” in this country?? It was Nixon who made this declaration back in the 70’s.
Are we winning that war? Absolutely not!! And don’t let anyone convince you otherwise.
The spin doctors will try to tell you that we are winning that war because more people are surviving this cancer or that cancer. If that is the case, it is because of our efforts towards earlier detection… mammograms and colonoscopies… not because less people are getting cancer. In fact, there are more people getting cancer today then there were yesterday, or last week, or last month, or last year… all the way back to the 70’s when the “war” was first declared.
And yet, we keep spending billions of dollars researching new ways to treat these cancers. Flap those arms, baby, flap those arms. In fact, did you know that there are more people working for the cancer industry (research, manufacturing, treatment, organizations, etc.) than there are who have cancer??
The same is true with heart disease… we are not making any advances in helping people prevent cardiovascular disease… we just keep them alive longer because of advances in emergency medicine. Flap, flap, flap. Depression? Osteoporosis? Diabetes? All the same story.
Even though this “story” sounds bleak and an untimely end inevitable… we do have an out. Right now, if we would just turn around and look behind us we would see that we are wearing a parachute. And what do we have to do to pull the rip cord? Start using common sense. Realize that big money interests (drug companies), self-interested politicians and lazy bureaucrats don’t care about you and your health.
Realize that we have the ability to make substantial changes in our health, sometimes overnight, by merely making some adjustments in what we eat and how we eat it. Reject the notion that in our society it is okay to die while taking a prescription medicine but not okay to die when not taking a medicine. Discard the false thought that our medical professionals know what is best for us. Abandon the idea of better living through modern chemistry.
And while we are up to making observations about the world in which we live… let’s try this one on for size. Has anyone else noticed that natural selection no longer applies to the human species? Think about this… we are the only animal on this planet to which “Survival of the Fittest” is not important.
Do you understand the ramifications of this fact??
Natural selection is the means by which the resources of this planet remain abundant enough to allow for the continuation and proliferation of the various species that happen to live here. It is also the means by which a particular species becomes stronger, as a species, to allow for its own continued survival.
We have gone against this irrefutable law of nature on two fronts. First of all, we are the only species to actually obliterate other species from this planet. We have been responsible for the extinction of countless varieties of life here. As plant and animal life becomes less diverse on the Earth, our particular prospects for survival also decrease. This is known and accepted scientific fact.
Secondly, and maybe more importantly, we are no longer proliferating stronger and stronger members of our species. In fact, just the opposite is happening… now it has become survival of the fattest! For the first time our children are not expected to live as long as we do. Just to let you know, I didn’t just make this up… it actually comes from the New England Journal of Medicine.
I want to emphasize this again… Our children’s life expectancy is actually less than ours. This is a clear indication that we have begun to move in the wrong direction… as a health care industry and as a species. It is all the proof that we need that the last 150 years of allopathic medicine was a poorly designed, doomed to fail experiment in regards to human evolution and longevity. We have to get the message that waiting for ill health to happen and then try to “fix” things with drugs and surgery just does not work.
At first, it may have seemed like it was working… just like our man trying to fly. Here’s a news flash for all of our friends at the AMA, the FDA, the drug companies and the insurance industry… you can keep flapping your arms as hard and as fast as your want… you are about to crash!
And just to let you know… you are not taking me with you… or my family… or my listeners… and hopefully not those of you reading these words either.