Are we drugging ourselves to death?
By Dr. Mary Riggin
Recently, a young woman came home from the doctor with a cholesterol reading of 220 and a prescription. She is 36, teaches aerobics, is in great shape, eats a healthy Mediterranean diet, has no heart disease in her family and doesn't smoke. But her doctor read her the riot act and she left his office convinced that the only thing standing between her and an imminent heart attack was this little pill.
What's wrong with this picture? Why does it seem that so many people (doctors and patients alike) believe that drugs are the answer to all our health problems? The statistics are dismal -healthcare spending has gone up by 73% over the past several years. We're now spending more than twice as much per person as other industrialized countries, but we are close to last in healthy life expectancy.
According to Harvard professor of medicine John Abramson, MD, author of Overdosed America: The Broken Promise of American Medicine(Harper Perennial), America is going in the wrong direction and the reason has to do with the drug companies.
In an interview with Bottom Line Health, Dr Abramson stated “People need to understand that much of the Information about drugs and health is being brought to them and to the doctors by the drug companies, because of its commercial value. The fundamental purpose of that information is to improve corporate profits, not to improve our health.”
He goes on to say, "There's not a single randomized controlled study that shows that statin drugs (i.e., Lipitor and Zocor) decrease the risk for heart disease or improve the health of women that don't already have heart disease.”
Consider this — there are five behaviors that reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease in women, yet very few American women do these five basic things.
The five behaviors that reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease…
1. Eat a healthy ORGANIC diet, free of chemicals and processed items – fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, beans and legumes, grass-fed beef, cage-free chicken and eggs, olive oil, coconut oil, sesame oil. Nothing boxed, canned or bagged. Keep the middle man out of your food supply!
2. Exercise regularly.
3. Don't smoke.
4. Consume alcohol only in moderation.
5. Maintain health by using some form of natural healthcare by a state licensed professional; ie: a licensed acupuncturist, licensed chiropractor or licensed naturopath. Contact your state regulatory board for a list of these type of professionals in your state.
For many, incorporating holistic and natural healthcare practices such as Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine has proven to be their solution for many chronic health issues such as high blood pressure and cholesterol, bone loss, thyroid problems, digestive problems, hormone imbalances, allergies, and many other health concerns.
Here’s how it works: Oriental Medicine uses ancient diagnostic techniques to identify functional imbalances in the body’s systems. Once identified, function can be improved and enhanced because acupuncture promotes blood and oxygen flow to the cells, which results in improved function. Seems too simple, but it does take time and also requires self discipline with diet, exercise, and lifestyle. The best part, no scary side effects!
Executive Director, Acupuncture Physician
Dr. Riggin is FitFM - Family Wellness , is the Founder and Director of Healing Touch Oriental Medicine. As an inspiring health educator, in-demand speaker and doctor of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Dr. Mary has helped thousands of people completely turn their health around. Dr. Mary co-hosts and produces the wildly popular radio show "Food is the First Medicine" and her presentations and viewpoints on natural healthcarehave made her an in-demand and innovative expert in the natural health world.
Dr. Mary Riggin, produces and hosts Food is the First Medicine Talk Radio Show, and is a popular speaker. Since 1996 she has practiced natural medicine in the Tampa Bay area; her passion and purpose is to help as many people as possible. Listen to her weekly on TanTalk 1340AM in Tampa Bay, or online anytime, anywhere at www.foodismedicine.org.
She is former Vice Chair of the Florida State Board of Acupuncture and was appointed to this gubernatorial position by Governor Lawton Chiles and Governor Jeb Bush. She has been featured on various TV and radio shows and frequently teaches free classes at community and recreation centers throughout Pinellas County.
She is a published author and was featured in the book A Woman's Guide to Vitamins, Minerals and Alternative Healing, writes and publishes educational newsletters and brochures, and was elected to serve two consecutive terms as President of the Florida State Oriental Medical Association.