Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
‘Til it’s gone
This is so true when it comes to wellness and health. American society and Allopathic medicine have trained people in many ways to ignore their health. I hear of medical doctors telling people that there is nothing wrong with them if the limited testing that is done is in the laboratory range. However, what if you don’t feel quite right or you experience symptoms? Is it really all in your head? I spoke with a patient that was told by her medical doctor that “unless you have a recognized disease, your insurance will not pay and there is nothing that I can do for you”. Another medical doctor tells a patient that “it does not matter what you do, you will be on the medications I prescribe for the rest of your life”. Doctors tell patients that they don’t “do nutrition”, and anyway it does not matter what you eat”. “Nutritional supplements are a waste of money, or don’t exercise, it will hurt you, or The reason you don’t feel good has nothing to do the the medication I prescribed you.”
The best one I heard recently was that “people are basically lazy, non-compliant, and even if they improve their own health it is better to keep them medicated for their own good”. Really? I don’t agree. However I have to admit that most people believe that they cannot live without medication, and that eventually they will lose health and need medical management. Wellness is optimal biological function and no disease. What the medical-Industrial complex has taught though, is not to concern ourselves about “wellness” but to “wait and see” until disease is apparent and symptoms can be used to render the diagnostic label and finally determine the treatment. A much better Idea, with thanks to Joni Mitchell, is to work on not getting sick, therefore saving health before it’s all gone.
The time has come for a health revolution. People have become overly dependent on a medical/industrial complex that makes promises it can never deliver on. As the result of the media, we are all in a state of panic. The average person believes that they cannot exist without medical managed care. Medication and treatment facilities are designed to be used when things are out of our control. My issue is that we are being told that we really control nothing ourselves, while science is demonstrating that we actually control 50-80% and more. Conventional medicine is a wait and see mentality. You feel a little out of sorts and proceed to seek out a health professional. The “professional” cannot find anything and tells you that this indicates there is nothing wrong. What ends up happening is that you are told to wait and be observed. When your condition progresses into something identifiable, then you are given a diagnosis and treatment is initiated. This has nothing to do with prevention or wellness, it is simply management of disease.
It is not possible for a doctor to pronounce you to be well, and have it be so. Doctoral pronouncements only work when you are dead. Wellness is optimal physical, mental, and social well being, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Believing that something outside of your own choices and strategies will make you well is an illusion. Wellness is not a cholesterol under 200, or a blood pressure of 120/80. The doctor can only label and then aggressively manage an existing disease or diagnosis. Wellness, or getting your body to work properly, is up to you. In fact if you get your body working properly, and match your lifestyle (epigenetics), to your DNA(a response and adaptation mechanism), you do not tend to have a condition which requires treatment. People need to know how much power they have to be free. Again, wellness means optimal function, no pill can give that to you.
Malnourished Americans are everywhere. People who look well fed tend to be the ones with less energy because they do not utilize, but store fat. It is hard to believe that in this country where food is abundant, we suffer malnourishment and nutrient deficiency. The industrial production of food substances is much different than the consumption of naturally farm fresh foods. Potassium, Calcium and Vitamin D are frequently deficient. This comes from the USDA data for dietary guidelines. In fact there are certain nutrients that are deficient enough to be a “public health concern”. The over consumption of soft drinks, processed grain snacks and grains and adulterated food. According to the governments dietary guidelines we aren’t getting enough Calcium, fiber, folate, iron, potassium, vitamin B12, or Vitamin D. We get calcium from dairy products but the best source is green leafy vegetables. Secondarily, hydroxyapatite form animal bones. Fiber comes from fibrous vegetables, legumes like beans. Folate (meaning leaf) is also in fresh vegetables, especially leafy greens but is also in lentils. Iron is in lean meats and beans but again in leafy vegetables. B-12 is in animal products or can be found in yeast and probiotics. Vitamin D, a hormone requires sun exposure but the precursor can be found in eggs and fish.
Eating more fruits and vegetables can really turn the problem around. Our biggest problem seem to be the overconsumption of flours. Refining a food creates losses of fiber ant nutrients. Then the body has to do more with less, actually performing triage, or prioritizing the limited nutrients available to at least sustain life, but not to create health. Most of our foods contain considerably less nutrients that they did a century ago. Non-organic foods actually have less to offer us since they do not contain the plant “stress chemicals” that used to communicate with our bodies. By eating more intact foods and consuming animals that consume their normal diet we can actually create health and wellness. Although you can survive on todays snack and convenience foods, you cannot attain wellness.