Keep it Simple – Less Medical Care May Actually Be Better for You
Peter J. Weiss, MD FACP – More Health Less Care
Life is complicated, isn’t it?
While this is probably true for most of us, does it have to be? How much of life’s complexity do we create for ourselves? A lot it seems to me.
How complicated have we made health and wellness in America?
Very complicated. So complicated that most people are confused on how to actually be well.
We want to know everything.
We think that we need to know everything. What does the latest research show about this nutrient or that nutrient? But wait – it conflicts with the old research. How can we decide which is right? We need more studies. Please, you scientists, give us more facts, more scholarly articles, and opinions. If only we knew more, then we could be healthy.
And we want treatment.
We demand more and better treatment. We want the latest and usually the most expensive technology. More of everything – more scans, more procedures, and most of all more pills. “Give me those new pills. I want the brand names, not the generics. And I don’t want any older medicines either.” Is newer better? Who knows? But we know we want it!
Your health doesn’t come from a pill bottle or technology, and you don’t need to know the latest research. More care and more complexity are not the answers. Don’t be fooled; a significant amount of all medical care in America is unnecessary or harmful – some say as much as a third.
In fact, the more advanced medical care may actually be more harmful.
Have you seen the news reports about the danger of radiation from CT scans? Research this for yourself. Google search unnecessary medical care and see what tyou come up with. It will scare you.
Keep it simple.
Break free of the medical-industrial complex that is trying to sell you on more pills and treatments. Being healthy shouldn’t be an intellectual or technological challenge. I know this isn’t the conventional wisdom, but really the conventional wisdom isn’t making anybody healthy. It’s time to do something different.
Have the courage to live differently.
Eat fewer calories, more fruits and vegetables, and less junk food. Turn off the TV. Find an exercise that you enjoy. Get outside when you can. Sleep more. Drink less alcohol. Make more friends, and make time to spend with your friends. Meditate. Work towards emotional balance, and grow spiritually.
It’s not easy to break free of an entire culture, but people are doing it.
You probably know some of them. Perhaps some of your friends or neighbors are getting healthy. Maybe a coworker is losing weight and working out. Why not you? Find some support and get started. Keep at it, and health and wellbeing will come.
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Dr. Dale Peterson is a graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Medicine. He completed his residency in FamilyMedicine at the University of Oklahoma. He is a past president of the Oklahoma Academy of Family Physicians. He had a full-time family practice in Edmond, Oklahoma, for over 20 years and was a Chief of Staff of the Edmond Hospital. He was active in teachingfor many years as a Clinical Professor of Family Medicine through the Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center.
Dr. Peterson left his full-time family practice in 1999 to consult with individuals who are seeking ways to restore and maintain their health through improved nutrition and other lifestyle changes. He founded the Wellness Clubs of America to give people access to credible information on supporting and maintaining their health. His monthly wellness letter, Health by Design, and his Health by Design E-Newsletter provide helpful information to individuals interested in preventing and conquering health challenges. His book Building Health by Design: Adding Life to Your Years and Years to Your Life was released in December 2010.
Dr. Peterson speaks regularly on subjects related to health and nutrition. He hosted a weekly radio program,Your Health Matters, on KTOK in Oklahoma City for five years. For the past nine years he has addressed questions from across the nation on his Your Health Matters weekly teleconference.He offers a free video LifeXtension course at www.drdalepeterson.com.