Keep it Simple
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!
Wake up! 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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