The headline pretty much sums it up with the state of healthcare, or should we say ‘disease care’ in America.
Steven D. Shapiro, MD, chief medical and scientific officer for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) at the largest, international, inter-professional health meeting. In a plenary panel with his fellow health system leaders from Mayo and University of Minnesota, Shapiro stated bluntly, “Only about a quarter of what we do has strong evidence and we only do that about half the time.”
That should give you a warm fuzzy feeling for sure. And the fact that none of his colleagues challenged him is even more telling. That means they must agree, at least, with the basic tenets of his comment. Just sharing reality? Scary, huh?
This is actually very telling about medicine, as practiced, today. Some science that might be distorted by money, GOD forbid, and only that is done half the time? So, if you are like me, you are wondering what is done the rest of the time? More drugs and more side effects, then more drugs, that is what is done on a regular basis.
Take the recent news that sugar, and not sodium, is the root cause of hypertension. Yet we see so many people that have been scared out of their minds about salt. Medicine uses fear and guilt as well as the Old Testament did.
If this makes you question the ‘just through a prescription at it’ mentality of modern medicine, you are not alone.
What has to happen should be very clear, you have to be personally involved in your health care, not just a bystander. It is up to each of us to become more involved in what can make us healthy, and what can keep us healthy. Learning more about ‘the real truth of nutrition’ of the foods that we eat on a regular basis. Being flexible in our lifestyle and making small changes that can have a major impact on how we live and feel. Just ‘food for thought’.