Here is a great new video series from UCTV that gets it when addressing the obesity epidemic our country is facing. The series does not have all the answers but it does touch on most of the core issues that prevents physical health and wellness. We need to tap into the biological mechanisms that optimize our health and drive away . . . so have fun watching. I will add the rest as they are released.
The simple answer is no. The U.S. healthcare delivery system
can be separated into two areas to further clarify this answer: acute care and
The first: In the arena of trauma, acute onset of illness,
and other unexpected or unanticipated emergent situations, our healthcare
system can be very efficient and effective. We excel at moderating mechanical,
chemical, structural, and functional acute dysfunctions such as 3rd
degree burns, drug overdoses, and fractures as just a few examples. There are
very complex strategies designed to address large-scale events such mass
injuries (think freeway pile-up), terrorist attacks, and natural disasters
The second, prevention: That is another story. The answer is
complex and convoluted due to the great array of involved parties, opinions,
and perspectives. What we do know is allopathic medicine does not generally consider
optimizing naturally occurring biologic homeostatic mechanisms to moderate the
vast myriad of physiological dysfunctions.
What appears to be happening with America’s collective health
problems that are associated with complex symptoms such as obesity, heart
disease, and cancer is a comorbidity co-occurring with accepted
standard treatment modalities. Pathways commonly used in allopathic treatment
may precipitate the problem. They shortsightedly target clinical manifestations
of underlying condition(s). This type of symptom response does not address
etiological factors and the treatment may cascade dysregulation to other systems.
Two examples: depression and heart disease. Antidepression
medication and statins are two of the most commonly prescribed drugs in the U.S.
(DeNoon, 2011). The overall data concerning efficacy of anti-depression
medication is only 50% (Moncrieff, 2005). That means that 50% of people taking
antidepressants are receiving no clinical benefit. Circadian rhythms, diet and
environment all play important roles in depression and rarely are part of the
treatment process when a 25-dollar copay will suffice. They also play important
roles for statins.
Speaking of statins: A closer look at this preventive
measure elucidates no reduction in mortality rates for healthy people of any
age that have what is currently determined to be high cholesterol by allopathic
standards (Ifti, Jackson, Ramsay & Wallis, 2001). Moreover, in this large
meta-analysis mortality rates increased by 1% over a ten year period compared
to placebo. The PROSPER trial demonstrated that statin use does not increase
survival rates in the elderly population (Blauw et Al., 2002) which is a particularly
vulnerable population that may be placed at higher risk for physical
complications due to the known alterations of statins on cognitive function,
muscle degeneration (MasterJohn, 2005), and mood disorders (Kaplan, 2010)
So no, we have a long way to go when it comes to prevention.
Perhaps we need to look to our past, our bodies, and our environment for
answers to health questions.
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