This is where nurse practitioners can make a big difference, but still not mainstream....don't make enough money for a practice if people really followed diet and exercise as first line treatment? People don't want to hear the message? Probably a bit of both.
Primary prevention is the key and yet we'd rather be a sick nation and "fix" what happens, rather than prevent illness in the first place. Sometimes I can only shake my head and wonder why...
Thanks for posting this.
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Yes, Lori, it's sad...it's cuz there's big money in treatment. And because that's all they're taught. The doctors that DO teach nutrition had to break away from the conventional mold...
So called "diseases management" by insurance companies is all about keeping the patient alive, but still sick. That way he/she is a permanent income stream but does not ever actually recover. No one in the medical system - doctors, hospitals, pharmacy companies, med equipment makers, insurance companies, etc. - has a financial stake in getting people truly healthy, quite the opposite.
Yet not to be too cynical, there are many well-intentioned, caring people in the system who WANT their patients to get healthy, who want to save lives. They are just blind to the real way to do that - a whole foods, plant-based diet. The real facts are never presented to them and, if every brought up, are attacked and marginalized. No wonder our system is such a mess. People need to take their health into their own hands. VegSource helps people to do that. http://perfectformuladiet.com/plant-based-nutrition/science-based-nutrition-and-health/
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