Let’s take back control over personal health. Share this to expose healthcare for the corrupt enterprise it is.
Imagine that you receive a letter in the mail stating “In order to retain your right to freedom of speech, you will be billed $10,000 per year every year for the rest of your life.”
You would be—-understandably-—outraged. Freedom of speech in America is precious, something Americans have waged wars to defend, something we now view as a basic right, no financial price required to maintain it. It should be free and available to everyone regardless of religion, color, political leanings, or income.
I believe that same principle applies to health.
Being healthy means living free of common chronic health conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heartburn, irritable bowel syndrome, migraine headaches, skin rashes, joint pain and hundreds of other health conditions. While such common conditions are typically not catastrophic or immediately life-threatening, they consume the majority of health struggles for most people, while also costing the majority of healthcare dollars. Most money spent in healthcare is not for transplanting livers or treating leukemia; it’s spent on much more common, though less dramatic, “diseases of lifestyle.” Think of the $7 billion spent every year on statin cholesterol drugs, or the $20 billion for stomach acid-blocking drugs, or the $11 billion for injectable inflammatory drugs. This trillion dollar, $10,000 per American per year burden, growing every year, is unsustainable, now consuming an unprecedented 18% of U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
But there is a dirty little secret here. As crippling as expanding healthcare costs have grown, industry insiders privately work to grow their share of the GDP pie to 19%, 20%, or more. Healthcare is a growth industry, growing at your expense.
Healthcare is an industry that is not primarily focused on providing inexpensive, accessible solutions for individuals to achieve health; if that were true, doctor visits would consist of a detailed assessment of your eating habits, lifestyle, chemical exposures, nutrient deficiencies, emotional status, and other real health issues. Just recall your last doctor visit that likely focused more on your apparent “need” for drugs, scheduling a procedure, or referring you to a specialist for more detailed assessment. Healthcare is a system created to maximize revenues to healthcare insiders. This includes doctors, hospital systems, Big Pharma, the medical device industry, and other big players, all hoping to grow their piece of the healthcare pie.
Even if a health condition has a known and proven solution that can be administered by an individual safely, inexpensively, in the comfort of her home or kitchen, doctors and other healthcare insiders virtually never pass this information on. They don’t even seek it out or try to understand it in order to pass such information onto patients. If a service does not generate substantial revenues to healthcare insiders, it is simply not sought nor passed onto the healthcare consumer.
The modern epidemic of Type 2 diabetes is a perfect example, a largely man-made phenomenon that cannot be blamed on genetic defects, new viruses, or bad luck. Despite an abundance of clinical studies demonstrating that dietary carbohydrate restriction dramatically improves blood sugars, even reverses established diabetes all the way to non-diabetes in many, if not most, people, this information is almost never shared with the 30 million people who have been prescribed various drugs to reduce blood sugar. Watch television and you will see why: diabetes drug treatment is booming. Drugs like Toujeo, Januvia, Invokana, Farxiga, and Jardiance dominate TV and print ads, dominate the sales pitches of a very clever and well-trained pharmaceutical sales force, and thereby dominate the prescribing behavior of physicians. And who provides generous contributions to the American Diabetes Association that advocates liberal intake of foods that raise blood sugar, i.e., carbohydrates? Diabetes drug manufacturers such as Novo Nordisk, Sanofi, and AstraZeneca.
Studies have demonstrated that type 2 diabetes is readily reversible in many people. I have helped reverse this condition back to normal in thousands of people. I was a type 2 diabetic myself 25 years ago but do not have diabetes any longer and enjoy perfect blood sugar (and hemoglobin A1c) values. But what value do former type 2 diabetics provide to the healthcare system? None.
Sickness is not the enemy of the healthcare system—healthy people are. If everyone was healthy, we would have no need for much of the gargantuan for-profit healthcare system. Billion dollar hospital systems would deflate, seven-figure physician incomes would shrink, the bottom line of Big Pharma and medical device industries would plummet—but their loss is your gain. We would, of course, require healthcare for dealing with injuries and accidents, infectious diseases, and inherited conditions, truly essential functions of the healthcare system. But we would be freed of the common and chronic health conditions that dominate most healthcare interactions. The resultant cost savings, not to mention freedom from the hassles and unintended adverse effects, would be huge. Not millions of dollars, but hundreds of billions of dollars.
Is such a level of health achievable and can it be achieved without drugs or the supervision of the doctor? Yes, absolutely. I know because I’ve witnessed it countless times: people being freed of lists of prescription drugs, relieved of common health conditions such as acid reflux and migraine headaches, losing weight that was gained by following conventional nutritional advice, achieving health on a scale that they formerly thought unachievable, feeling and looking better than they have in years. And it was all achieved in spite of doctors, in spite of the misaligned motivations of a profit-driven healthcare system.
Healthcare has taken the for-profit paradigm too far, sacrificing health. This is why it is crucial that we take back individual control, taking advantage of the enormous bounty of science that has already shown us that health is a readily, cheaply, safely achievable goal, and apply the power of the coming wave of crowd wisdom facilitated by the tools of the Information Age. I call this movement Undoctored because it puts control over health back in the hands of you, not in the predatory, profiteering hands of the healthcare system.
Dr. William Davis is author of Undoctored: Why the Health Care Has Failed You and How You Can Become Smarter Than Your Doctor. He is also author of the mega bestseller Wheat Belly series of books that rocked the nutritional world with his groundbreaking insights. Dr. Davis is a champion of health in a world that dispenses plenty of information, though much of it carefully concealed to serve an agenda of big business, not of health. He previously practiced cardiology but has abandoned it in favor of work to disseminate truth in health.
You can also join our effort to collect health data and craft a means to opt-out of conventional healthcare insurance by joining our Undoctored Inner Circle.