What got me riled up enough to write this blog is a Medscape article titled “Physicians With Healthier Habits More Likely to Counsel Patients About Lifestyle.”
Research published in the journal “Preventive Cardiology” said that “Both attending and trainee physicians report low confidence in their ability to change patients’ lifestyles through counseling, although those who engage in regular exercise and better training in counseling techniques seem to be more effective in counseling patients.”
The report went on to say that “The ability of health care providers to counsel patients regarding lifestyle factors that prevent obesity, [coronary heart disease (CHD)], and CHD risk factors is imperative. However, counseling by physicians is not well studied and is thought to be variable in both frequency and efficacy.”
So, here’s this whole journal dedicated to “PREVENTIVE Cardiology” and they are outright admitting that doctors can’t help patients prevent obesity and other risk factors for heart disease. Lord Suffering Cats! Do you get the absolute irony here? We’re really screwed now! And what do they want to do with this chilling revelation? Study it some more!!!
In medical school I was taught to diagnose disease and treat symptoms with drugs. Preventive medicine took the form of testing for disease – not preventing disease. Every attempt to diagnose disease earlier results in the use of more drugs. Look at high blood pressure and high cholesterol. The “normal” values of each are set lower and lower so that drugs can be prescribed earlier.
So, once again, while science tries to study why doctors can’t or won’t counsel patients on lifestyle, I refer to my ongoing recommendation for you to take charge of your own health. Hopefully you’re beginning to understand that your doctor is NOT going to do it for you.
I know that improving your lifestyle is difficult. Most people wait until they get sick to make changes. And I’m not trying to scare you into doing what I tell you. I just want to help you stay well and not have to take prescription drugs.
To be clear, I don’t think health is simply about supplements. I don’t sell supplements partly because it gives people the impression that all you need to do is pop a pill for health. But I do sell information in books like my Future Health Now Encyclopedia and in my Future Health Now online wellness program. My philosophy is, “Why sell people “fish” when you can teach them how to fish for themselves?” As far as I can see there is nothing fishy in this message!
Carolyn Dean MD ND
The Doctor of the Future®
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