It’s Your Health – Who Can You Trust?


As you are making a conscious choice to stop growing older, to maintain and enhance your  health , to become younger and healthier, you may wonder who can you trust. The sudden deaths of Michael Jackson, and Billy Mays and the traumatic, all-too-soon death of Farrah Fawcett have opened up your eyes and inspired you to start your own personal  health  revolution. So where do you turn? Who can you trust?

There are thousands of websites, countless newspapers, magazines, books and other publications offering  health  advice. Every few minutes, we see multi-million dollar TV ads for diet aids and miracle drugs. Whose advice do you follow? Who do you believe? How do you determine their real motivation? Can you trust your doctor? Michael Jackson had major problems brought on by a combination of pain, sleeplessness, and a history of prescription pain medication abuse. He trusted his doctors.

The Mayo Clinic recently reported that between 10% and 20% of doctors are likely to become addicted to pain medications at some point in their careers. That is absolutely beyond belief. This means that up to 1 in 5 doctors is likely to be or become a prescription medication drug addict! An estimated 300 to 400 U.S. doctors kill themselves each year – a suicide rate thought to be higher than in the general population.

The Food and Drug Administration recently assembled experts for a two-day meeting to discuss and vote on ways to prevent overdose with acetaminophen, also known as paracetamol – the pain-relieving, fever-reducing ingredient in Tylenol and dozens of other prescription and over-the-counter medications. Despite years of educational campaigns and other federal actions, acetaminophen remains the leading cause of liver failure in the US. According to the FDA, acetaminophen sends 56,000 people to the emergency room annually, with about 200 acetaminophen-related deaths each year. One reason is that acetaminophen is found in many drugs like Anacin-3, Liquiprin, Panadol, Percocet, Tempra, and various cold and flu medicines. People don’t realize that they are overdosing by taking more than one medication for their illness.

The average life expectancy in the US is 77.9 years old. From 1984 to 1995, the average life expectancy of doctors was 73 years old. It is interesting that the vast majority of American doctors are clueless about how to stay healthy or choose not to take the time to bring  health  to their own lives. Four out of five doctors do not take care of their own  health . They have the expertise to diagnose a disease and then prescribe drugs to control symptoms.

Researchers at the United Kingdom’s Bedford Hospital surveyed their doctors and found only 21 percent get the recommended 30 minutes of moderate exercise at least five days a week. The doctors blamed lack of time, lack of motivation, and lack of workout facilities. Previous research has shown doctors who exercise are more likely to recommend to their patients to do the same. Many doctors don’t exercise so they don’t promote regular exercise among their patients. In interviews with more than 1,800 adults, researchers found that only 28 percent of patients said they were being advised by their doctor to set up an exercise program to maintain good  health . It is virtually impossible to stay healthy without exercise. It simply cannot be done.

The lesson here is, if you do not exercise, you will not advise anyone else to exercise. This is unfortunate, as those who live by conventional medicine tend to die by it-and kill by it. It is a proven fact that physicians’ personal  health  habits may affect how they counsel their patients. It’s a case of living by example. If your doctor smokes and is overweight, he is less likely to recommend that you quit smoking or tell you that you need to lose weight. If your doctor is dealing with the pressures of his life by abusing prescription medication, he is more likely to tell you that more medication is the answer to your problems.

Preventive care, not treatment, is the answer. Drugs, surgery, clinics, and hospitals are not the answers for chronic  health  problems. Enabling and supporting the natural healing capabilities that we all have is the key. Improving your diet, eating more super-foods, getting enough quality sleep, fresh air and sunshine, and regular exercise are the basics to good  health .

History has left us with many lessons where the treatments recommended by doctors have turned out to be complete disasters. After all, doctors are not gods. They are human. Their license to practice medicine does not make them infallible, wise or sensible.

Can you trust your doctor to make healthy recommendations to you, his patient, if he has not bothered to make healthy choices for himself? You need to be sensible, take matters into your own hands, and make choices that ensure your  health . Stay away from over the counter pain medicines and make sure you get enough exercise, even if your doctor does not. You must choose to educate yourself about all treatment alternatives available and make educated, healthy lifestyle choices, like those contained in the book Stop Growing Older, Grow Younger.

Source by J Collin Towers

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