It's Time for a Revolution!

                                                          

Goerge Washington and men crossing river

Are you sick and tired of a medical culture that's influenced by drug reps trained in communication skills and research funded by pharmaceutical companies instead of scientific nutritional research?

Are you fed up with a health care system, including dietitians and food service personnel, who see absolutely nothing wrong with serving pizza, fried chicken, beef 'n noodles, dinner rolls, butter and jelly, cake, ice cream, and pudding to severely ill patients?

Are you disappointed that our educational system values and prioritizes college and career preparation over instruction in optimal health and longevity? How fulfilling and productive is a career intermingled with food addiction and hangovers? What enjoyment and satisfaction is there in a beautiful home and nice car mixed with alcoholism, eating disorders, heart disease, depression, chemo treatments, pain meds, diabetes, and broken relationships?

Are you saddened by a social culture, including religious, academic and athletic; that models, by example, and promotes gluttonous pleasures and indulgences? What will happen to a society in which eating for disease has run rampant? 

Are you disturbed by the fact that a quarter of a million dollars can be spent on a preventable heart surgery, and $110 for an unnecessary vial of insulin, while entire families go to bed hungry? Is it even ethical to squander such financial resources?  

The change of one is a transformation.

The change of many is a revolution.

Change begins with you and me. 

It’s time for a revolution!

 

“We are free to choose our actions. We are not free to choose the consequences of our actions.”   -Steven Covey

 

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Betty - February 17, 2010 7:51 AM

Emily,

I am an RN. I have been completely disatisfied with the
care, and responsibilities of my job. I am currently not
working. I get so frustrated, because I truly want to help my patients on to wellness. Yet, I as an RN, can only practice under the direct orders of a physician. When working, my spirit can never be happy, as I always feel I am contributing to the disease, and not the cure.
I have been on a road to health, and healing through diet for over 12 years. My health hit bottom when I was 36 years old. I went to physician after physican, all I accomplished was spending lots of money, and time. I was prescribed meds that had side-effects, that were just as awful as my symptoms.
I new there was hope for me. I tossed the pills, and started reading every book I could, on health and diet. I started improving! Unfortunately, I could never get to
the place of freedom. "Praise the Lord!" I found Dr. Fuhrman's book "Eat to Live" about 5 weeks ago. Things I have battled for years, with some improvement, are now fading out of my life! I know this is the answer!
Yes!! I want the world to know!! I want to tell everyone!! However, I find it much like trying to tell people about Jesus. Most think they know all there is to know, and are doing all they need to do. When truly, they do not know, they are blind.

***** J. ******* Jr. - February 17, 2010 8:03 AM

I have had 7 stents placed in my coronary arteries and coronary artery bypass surgery. After my first episode of heart problems I was in and out of hospitals every 6 months for many years. I was plagued with chest pain, and shortness of breath. I couldn't walk more than 10 feet without having to stop to catch my breath. 3 days after changing my diet from standard American diet to a plant based diet (Nutritarian diet) all of my symptoms started to disappear. I have not visited a hospital, since starting this change in eating patterns, over 2 1/2 years ago. One day at a time I am becoming free of heart disease.

Chris - February 17, 2010 9:32 AM

You are so right. Think about the conflict of interest of having a McDonald's in a hospital! Creating more disease so they can eventually come back to get "well".

A couple yrs ago when my son was two, he was at a party and was given a cookie. Up til then, he had never had one. Why should he? He was always offered a variety of fruit for snacks and enjoyed them. Well, he spit it out! I quietly told the host that he had never had a cookie before. Another mother several feet away piped up and said "Are you some kind of a health........person?" She wanted to say something else and the pause emphasized that. Even when you try to act discreetly, people take offense. Our entire culture is so intertwined with fake food that it is going to take a revolution. New choices, a new way of thinking.

Thanks Emily

Elisa Rodriguez - February 17, 2010 11:11 AM

I rarely miss a post on Disease Proof and I truly value the content. Emily I appreciate your story. With that said, I am a DietiTian - spelled with a "T" folks, not dietician!

This is a major pet peeve with RD's and one thing I have in common with my peers. The other thing I have in common is that most RD's are very detail oriented and conscientious workers who genuinely want to help people. Unfortunately, our training as a whole lacks much of the vitally sound and necessary information found in ETL and on this blog.

However, we dietiTians are not all advocates of junk food in hospitals, and like any profession we don't all enjoy being generalized this way.

Dietitian or not, we 'health nuts' need to stick together, we need to set a good example, and we need to educate others without judging them in the process.

Monika - February 17, 2010 12:53 PM

I'm up for the revolution ... where do I sign up?

I've been on the road to good health for a couple of years, but still battling the consequences of my old actions (smoked cigarettes, and went through lots of antibiotics for the tip of the iceberg let's just say). Hey, it took me 40 years to create the problems, I expect that it might take more than a couple to clean up the mess, right. It's pretty hard fighting this battle alone. No one in my family understands natural approaches, and my friends just nod and go along with my "crazy" antics. If only all this info could hit the mainstream ... HARD.
Thanks,
Monika

diane lassen - February 17, 2010 1:05 PM

I, too, am an RN working in women's health, and have become disgusted with the practice of western, pharmceutically-driven medicine.I have continued my schooling in herbs and health counseling so that I now have my own private practice as a holistic health counselor. I use many of the ideas of ETL and others, as I help women to create ahealthier life for themselves and take responsibility for their health through eating, exercise and proper supplementation. Very rewarding and the patients love it. So to the nurse who replied above, I encourage you to go forward with your education and get out there and practice what you believe!
Diane Lassen, RN, HHC

Shera - February 17, 2010 2:01 PM

My 72-year-old father just had a triple bypass and valve replacement. He is also diabetic. His doctors, nurses, and the rest of my family are totally distraught that he is not getting the extra protein he needs to get "well". When I made the comment that he may not need to eat so much, or anything at all, right now (I just finished reading "Fasting and Eating for Health"), I thought they were going to start hurling the stones! I am heartbroken that he is not getting the information and advice he needs to get truly well, but plan to give him my copy of "Eat to Live" when he is released. I just hope he can hang on long enough to be sent home!

Miriam - February 17, 2010 2:55 PM

I still remember seeing my mother-in-law at a cancer centered hospital suffering from a brain tumor. Her choice for dinner...8 oz. steak or chicken cordon bleu?

"The science is there and it must be made known. We cannot let the status quo go unchallenged and watch our loved ones suffer unnecessarily. It is time to stand up, clear the air and take control of our health." T. Colin Campbell

This is one of my favorite quotes taken from The China Study. The science really is out there- and we are seeing it more and more. It's exciting!

I agree- Change does begin with you and me. We all need to take responsibility by educating ourselves and then start spreading the word! I love the idea of starting a revolution! I'm in!

Emily Boller - February 17, 2010 5:54 PM

Elisa,

You'll be happy to know that 'dietitian' is now spelled correctly. Even spell check was wrong! Smile.

It's so refreshing to learn that you are making a positive difference in the health of your patient's lives by promoting eating for health. Good for you! Yeah for all dietitians out there who are making positive changes in the nutritional quality of their patient's lives!

Keep up the great work everyone!

Reg Wilkins - February 17, 2010 10:34 PM

I have a dream - that some day in the not too distant future, we will be able to walk into any restaurant or food outlet and everything on the menu will be truly nourishing and healthful and not slowly killing so many of us as it is today.

MIke Rubino - February 17, 2010 10:44 PM

Great blog Emily. Yes modern American medicine is a big paper lion. Its full of excessive costs, wastefull expensive procedures,and standard care for chronic disease that doesnt work .Yet its full blown with its own importance . My wife has MS, two of my co office workers have been battling cancer,and my father died in October after years of supped up pill popping to control his diabeties high blood pressure alzeheimers et al. Not once have any of them ever been apprised to eat a nutritious diet.

BTW My dictionary makes no distinction between dietician and dietitian, it seems only registered dietitians do.

Metka - February 18, 2010 12:19 AM

I couldn't agree with you more!

I'm running a blog on healthy food in Slovenian (trlice.blogspot.com) and I was wondering if you'd allow me to translate this call into Slovenian and publish it there?

RA - February 18, 2010 2:33 AM

Drug reps are trained in scientific research besides communication skills, exactly what MDs want to hear. No ROI talking about nutrition and docs don't want to hear it anyway.

I heard an office manager complain last week that her doc told her not to eat avocados because it will raise her cholesterol. I told her that her doc is wrong. She didn't want to hear it. AND, I'm a drug rep!

Emily Boller - February 18, 2010 11:29 AM

Great comments everyone! When classrooms of children in elementary schools no longer know the names of basic vegetables, we have a crisis of mass proportions.

Chris, unfortunately that mother's comment is all too common in this junk food culture. Those who eat for health are considered "abnormal", when in all reality, eating for disease is very abnormal.

RA - Good point about being trained in exactly what doctors want to know. You expressed it exactly. Hmmmmmm, isn't HEALTH care about what's best for the patient's HEALTH? [ps I tweaked the first paragraph a bit.]

Metka - Please contact Dr. Fuhrman's office via e-mail for that request. (the "contact" tab is listed above on the home page of Disease Proof)

Be transformed and then become a revolutionary in your corner of the world!

Stephanie - February 18, 2010 2:06 PM

I honestly think the saddest thing is the misconceptions that are out there--misconceptions that badly need to be straightened out. I was looking, briefly, at a dining hall pamphlet proclaiming some "myths" and "facts" about healthful eating. My favorite was: "Myth: Sugar causes diabetes."

Unfortunately, even people who want to change can't if they don't know what the actual "facts" REALLY are.

Ken - February 18, 2010 4:47 PM

Unlike most patients I have a doctor who gave me a choose. I have high Cholesterol had it all my life and I'm getting older. She said we can control this in 1 of 2 ways 1) meds 2) change in diet. I'm the type who rather do things 'naturally'. She ask that I attend a 'Cancer Project' cooking class. Since those classes 2.5 years ago I've been a vegan, my health is prefect and so is my blood work. What's really a shame is how 'big bro' doesn't hand this info out about diet. seems like everyone should have a choose like I had. I didn't even know I had one until my Doctor pointed my down that other path. Guess we'll start with family and friends. seems to be working for me :-)

Bad_CRC - February 18, 2010 5:08 PM

In light of Ornish's work, the COURAGE trial, and a lot of other published research, I believe the standard of care for coronary heart disease today is nothing less than medical malpractice. They keep using the treadmill as a screening test, stenting patients with stable angina and pretending they've protected them, exaggerating the value of statins, and of course withholding lifesaving diet advice. If they doesn't shape up, the day may be coming when all that research is brought out in a courtroom and some tort lawyers get very rich.

Elisa Rodriguez - February 18, 2010 7:59 PM

Thanks Emily - I am trying to do my part to improve our (Dietitian's) reputation in the truly healthy community ;)

Keep up your good work,

Elisa Rodriguez

Chicago - February 20, 2010 12:14 AM

Emily, thank you for such thoughtful and succinct truths. I appreciate the encouragement. I am with you on the revolution! The health "care" system is a mess and the average American is reminding me of the people in the movie Idiocracy. Every day, I think about the purchases that I make and what goes into my body and how the environment is impacted. I share what I can with others, while trying to not hit them over the head with the information. When you and others provide evidence and insight, I jump for joy! I then can say, "did you read ___?" or "did you see today's blog posting?"
Thank you for providing the fuel, so I can better fan the fire.

Dorothy Pollock - December 10, 2010 1:15 PM

I too am a RN and have been for 30 yrs. I still wear my ID from when I was heavy and intentionally have not changed the picture. Patients often ask me how I lost so much weight and I share the plant based solution with them
and how I got from there to here and even give book names and web links as requested.

I have no delusions about changing the system, however, if I can change one person and they change one...ya know ;=)

Dorothy

Jon Anderson - December 19, 2010 12:41 PM

Hi Emily,

Was out of town for a couple of days and now I cannot find the Pinky Promise forum. Can you direct me please?

Thank you and have a great 'Pre Christmas Week':)

Emily Boller - December 22, 2010 10:51 AM

Jon,

The Pinky Promise thread is under the member center's Six Week Holiday Challenge category - it's the first thread of the forums.

Emily

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