Please read this article by Dr. Joseph Mercola entitled "Worse than a Disease Diagnosis - This Mistake Can Land You in the E.R." (I can't say that I'm a big fan of his but this article makes some very important points.)
Whenever I'm talking with people about their health issues, one of the things I most hate to hear them say is,
"It's alright. I don't need to change my lifestyle. If I get diagnosed with [insert disease here],
I'll just go on medication for it."
As if this is no big deal! As Dr. Mercola points out, medical care is one of the leading causes of death in this country! Dr Don Forrester, former medical director of The Permanente Company, the largest health care provider in California, estimates that over 225,000 people die each year as a result of either adverse reactions to drugs used exactly as prescribed, complications due to surgeries or infections contracted while in the hospital. That makes medical care the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and your doctor, if he's even aware of that, probably doesn't want you to know it.
Wouldn't it be better if there was something less risky (and cheaper) that we could do to protect our health? So what does Dr. Mercola recommend:
- Proper food choices (whole, unprocessed foods)
- A comprehensive exercise program
- Stress reduction and positive thinking
- Proper sun exposure to optimize vitamin D
- Take high quality animal-based omega-3 fats (I have to take issue with this one and refer you to this excellent article on the subject of omega-3s by Dr. Neal Barnard at PCRM.)
- Avoid as many chemicals, toxins, and pollutants as possible
He almost sounds like a CHIPPER, doesn't he? Veg' on, y'all.