Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Sometimes my work is very frustrating. I'm not the kind of guy who gets frustrated with individual people. I know and trust that individuals try to do what is best for them. Rather, I get frustrated with systems that individual people get caught up in.

  A fellow from out of state called and asked me to assist him through his diabetes treatment. He was on 28 prescribed drugs, obese, had two heart attacks and was facing knee surgery. Oddly, his medical doctor had no hesitancy in ordering the lab tests which I suggested he have. I found it strange these labs hadn't already been done, but they hadn't.

  The lab results indicated background problems in his body which supplements would likely attend to. When I finally got all of the information I needed I put together a comprehensive supplement plan which wouldn't interfere with his huge number of drugs. That's when the frustration started.

  The guy passed the suggestion list past his M.D. and between the two of them decided to implement only a short list, one that was good but wouldn't contribute much to his well-being. He clearly was afraid to do much differently than what his conventional M.D. allowed. This was true even though several of his drugs could have been the cause of one or both of his heart attacks.

  I found out later he had exceptionally good insurance which covered most of his over-the-top medical care. His wife had similar coverage. The two of them could even cover each other so there was no medical cost. The cost of the insurance was stunningly high but since he had diabetes and heart trouble if they lost the insurance a new policy would be impossible.

  He was stuck in an ever narrowing system and couldn't get out. The supplements were rejected as he couldn't afford them and the insurance, too. The system he was caught in would likely eventually put him on disability then dump him or worse.

  Folks, obesity, diabetes, heart trouble and knee surgery are all related. If a low sugar, moderate meat, whole-grain diet with leafy veggies and fruit was our norm, obesity would waste away. Diabetes, heart trouble and knee surgery are often related to obesity. In our fee-for-procedure medical system nobody had even told my customer about the relationship. No one told him about the food selection either. How could I even think supplements would be supported?

  According to the World Health Organization, people in the United States are not expected to live as long as we were just a few years ago. Even though our system is the most expensive in the world, we rank 37th in overall quality. In France, which ranked number one in quality, preventive medicine is practiced and fast and easy access to care is provided. And I couldn't even get this guy to start on vitamin D to help with insulin. Very frustrating.

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