Disease Proof

Superior Health is Up to You

Adapted from Dr. Fuhrman’s book Eat to Live:

Do not expect to receive valuable health advice from your typical doctor. Physicians usually do not help; they rush through their patient appointments, especially in the current HMO climate, because they are paid so poorly for each visit and are pressured to see as many patients as possible each day. Your physician is likely doing just as poorly as you are and eating just as unhealthfully or worse. With proper nutritional intervention you could improve his health and reduce his risk of premature death more than he could help yours. Even when physicians offer their fullest time and effort, their recommendations are invariably too mild to have a significant benefit.

Drs. Randall S. Stafford and David Blumenthal, of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, reviewed the records of more than 30,000 office visits to 1,521 U.S. Physicians of various specialties and found that doctors measured patients’ blood pressure during 50 percent of the visits. However doctors tested their patients’ cholesterol levels only 4.6 percent of the time. Physicians offered patients advice on how lose weight in 5.8 percent of the visits, and suggestions on how smokers could quit 3 percent of the time. On average, doctors gave patients advice on dietary and other changes that can help lower cholesterol in 4.3 percent of the visits, and advice on exercise in 11.5 percent of the visits. When records were reviewed in those who had cardiovascular disease, the typical (almost worthless) dietary counseling and exercise was usually never even mentioned.1 Obviously we have a long way to go.
1. Stafford, R.S., and D. Blumenthal 1998. Specialty differences in cardiovascular disease prevention practices. J. Am. Coll. Cardiol. 32 (5): 1238-43.
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Curious - June 29, 2007 2:42 PM

I totally agree with the statement "Superior Health is Up to You" In my experience doctors are very limited in their understanding of health as a whole. Some are very good at diagnosis while others take a more trial and error approach (I felt like a test rat sometimes) They are also good at knowing which drug on the market is related to the diagnosis and will often write a prescription.

However when it comes to individuals health most are far removed. It is up to the individual to be a self-doctor, or in other words 'care' enough to understand the nature of their problem and to seek changes. Personally I found that the advice given by Dr. Fuhrman is one of the best I have found yet and the most effective when treating medical conditions, most of which are incurable by current medical science.

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