Classify this post as a rant. I try not to rant too much, as I know that it can be annoying. But sometimes the direct-to-consumer drugs ads, hearing my colleagues say that they are successfully “treating” high cholesterol, or buying a new beach home because they replaced several hips every week or performed twelve colonoscopies per day makes me kind of crazy with what the public is not hearing.
So what do the above three conditions share in common?
All three have been declared real medical conditions that warrant treatment with pharmaceuticals, no questions asked about WHY these conditions develop in the first place. This is the way that healthcare works: Dispense drugs and procedures that benefit the bottom line of healthcare insiders but fail to address the endocrine disruption, nutrient deficiencies, and dysbiosis of modern life that underlie so many health conditions.
If actual HEALTH were the goal, not just dispensing drugs and procedures, your doctor would sadly be of no use at all. Schooled in semi-fictitious issues such as high cholesterol, high blood sugars that represent a failure of the pancreas (which is not true for the majority), or anxiety as an uncorrectable character flaw, he/she has no choice but to write you a prescription for a hundreds-of-dollars-per-month drug. And the healthcare system monitors your doctor’s behavior, issuing “correctives” when needed to boost his/her prescribing habits.
My point in all this? Modern healthcare wears blinders, choosing drugs and procedures when the real underlying causes of health conditions are ignored. It is a willful ignorance, as the real solutions to SO many health problems can be obtained at virtually no cost, don’t require a prescription or bowel prep, and make doctors and hospitals largely unnecessary . . . but how will your ophthalmologist pay for his $250,000 Ferrari? Or the $52,000 per year tuition for his/her son to attend Northwestern? How does the hospital justify its new $70 million cardiovascular or cancer pavilion? What about the medical product sales reps making $350,000 a year—you mean they’d have to stop taking middle-aged doctors out to dinner and promising week-long all-expenses-paid sales meetings in Orlando?
The shaky house of cards that modern healthcare has become needs to topple, a $3 trillion per year, $10,000 per person per year (babies and children included) industry, needs to collapse. Yes, there will be collateral damage in the doctors, nurses, and ancillary staff, Big Pharma reps, medical device reps, etc. who are part of this bloated system, but the end-result of those of you who embrace such ideas? Health—imagine that: real health. Not “health” obtained by taking Lipitor, Humira, Farxiga, or Linzess. I mean real health obtained naturally, logically, safely, effectively by addressing the causes unique to modern life. Imagine what that money, re-deployed for education, rebuilding the infrastructure, or health research could achieve while we all enjoy health that is superior to the sad excuse for “health” provided by healthcare.