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In the year 2014, we still live plagued by a countless numbers of diseases that we as a society still cannot deal with. Among a few and most lethal exist various types of cancer, AIDS, heart disease and diabetes. In addition to this, there are the many new viruses which have started to appear such …   Read More

In the year 2014, we still live plagued by a countless numbers of diseases that we as a society still cannot deal with. Among a few and most lethal exist various types of cancer, AIDS, heart disease and diabetes. In addition to this, there are the many new viruses which have started to appear such as SARS and Swine Flu. It seems that the type of medicine that exist today has a lot more questions than answers, and that is not to say this is a bad thing, in fact it is good to have questions, however the problem is that those questions are surrounded about the idea that miracle drugs need to be invented in order to undo the harm done by an existing disease and either have this drug cure the subject, perhaps better yet, to have that subject or patient be dependent on this drug. One thing a lot of people fail to recognize is that the health care system, more than providing health are is it a program of a capitalist society. As such, it is a business, like everything else it needs to make profits. What is better for a business than having happy dependable customer. A patient who depends upon a product for survival, this is the most ideal type of customer. This is unfortunately the picture of our health care system, all of those valuable minds that make up the system such as doctors, nurses and other type of health professionals are not to blame or the ones our fingers need to be point to. Many of them are well meaning professionals who have taken an oath to serve people and to do what they can to enhance the well-being of humans. Since we are dealing with a business, this creates a system full of bias, as we have researchers whose living is dependent on the funding from large drug companies which creates a system that is easily corruptible. At the end, we have solutions that are created solemnly upon the premise that it will benefit largely the pockets of a few. If this situation does not change soon, we will soon live in a very serious problem. A recent report issued by the United Nations is telling in that it shows a very worrying trend for the year 2030. The report predicts that cancer cases will rise by 50% by the year 2030, this translates to 8.3 to 10 millions cancer cases per year. Other predictions for diabetes and heart disease are shown to be on the rise as well. These numbers tell us that we can no longer rely on our health care system, it sure is a good “last card” whenever everything goes out of the window, or when we have made enough mistakes to easily undo, unless of course there is a miracle drug on the market. I am not someone to bash the system entirely, I do recognize that the health care system has improved the lives of humans, however the model needs to be switch and introduce preventative measures to make it difficult for humans reach the point where there is no way out. This is why Preventative Medicine is the type of medicine that matters most and unsurprisingly the type of medicine not a lot people know much about. Perhaps this is the case because it threatens an established that profits from the status quo? Well, I am not the one to answer this, but I think it is a question worth asking. Preventative medicine, unlike, other types of medicines, is not very hard to explain and it does not take an M.D. to explain it to you. Like the name implies, it entails prevention, but how? Well, simply by making the right choices, the choices that matter to our bodies, after all that is what we are after protecting, maintaining. In the similar fashion that a dedicated owner of anything, i.e. a car needs to change the car oil, transmission fluids, etc. We humans need to stay away from toxic foods, diabetes inducing choices, heart disease contributing ingredients and cancer giving foods. The field of orthomolecular medicine is a way to do this, it is a rather new practice that combines knowledge of nutrition and the understanding we have gathered about our bodies from scientific research. The problem with trying to make the better choices is that it involves a lot of more consciousness and work than ever before. Not only this, it needs the active daily, hour-to-hour participation and knowledge to make it work.

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The unfortunate truth about this is that most people are not ready of willing to make this choice. To take responsibility on their hands and not simply lay back ingest all kinds of harmful foods, which will later translate into a form of cancer, or the pop can with eight spoons of sugar that, if consistent, will translate into a form of diabetes. To add to this complexity, the media and our culture does not contribute to this, we are told to trust our government, because it will take care of us. In the U.S. with the latest Obama Care law into its full effect, more Americans are reassure that “everything is ok” you can have your Big Macs and Cokes as much as you would like, or with moderation, our government will provide us with a safe blanket to fall back on. We can eat all of the meats and chips, later we will have a drug that will undo it all and we can live reassured of all of these. Of course, this picture is outdated and needs to be changed, because preventative medicine is the future. There is a lot of literature already out there which can help you get started, though I would recommend to being by watching the documentary Food Matters (2008).

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