Through Undoctored principles, I advocate strategies such as reverting back to the diet humans have followed for the first 99.6% of our time on this planet before dietary guidelines and the junk from Big Food got in the way, restoring nutrients whose absorption was previously blocked by grain consumptions such as magnesium, and supplementing nutrients that we fail to obtain because of modern habits such as vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids, and iodine. People who do so gain huge advantage in health and weight, frequently being freed of numerous health conditions, lose weight, and get off the majority of prescription medications. Success stories pour in every day. And, with some of our new add-on strategies, such as the L. reuteri yogurt that boosts oxytocin release and thereby preserves muscle mass and bone density, boosts libido, thickens skin and increases dermal collagen, and accelerates healing, and we are now turning the clock back with people looking and feeling 10-20 years younger, all on top of the considerable benefits of the basic Undoctored Wild, Naked, Unwashed strategies.
But what if I said this instead:
- Know your numbers–i..e, your cholesterol numbers, blood pressure, blood sugar, then talk to your doctor about “treating” them.
- Stay active/exercise
- Don’t smoke; don’t drink too much
And what if I told you that you’d save a huge amount of money on healthcare costs?
Would you believe me? Do you think you would enjoy magnificent health? Would you reverse type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, or ulcerative colitis? Could you reverse skin rashes like seborrhea or eczema? Could you lose 50 pounds?
Obviously not. But this is what workplace wellness programs claim yields health and saves money. As I’ve previously discussed, wellness does not work: Workplace wellness programs do not make people healthier nor do they save money, contrary to their claims. Quitting smoking is, of course, a good idea ( smoking cessation programs delivered via wellness programs are notoriously ineffective with less than 10% success), as is staying active. But these basic steps are simply inadequate to achieve genuine health and reverse common chronic health conditions and reliance on medications. If you are a type 2 diabetic, you will still be a diabetic. If you have joint pain, you will still have joint pain. If you have rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, migraine headaches, fatigue, and bloating, you will obtain relief from none of these conditions despite most of these conditions disappearing within weeks on the Undoctored path. If you are overweight or obese, your wellness program will not make you slender.
Wellness programs do not achieve wellness. Yet they have persuaded employers that they are a bonanza of health and healthcare cost savings when they do nothing of the sort. Their claims are as realistic as the image above, an imaginary fantasy with no basis in reality.
Go ahead: Take the modest bonus or discount on health insurance costs your employer provides for participating in your workplace wellness program. Just don’t think that health ends there.