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This had better change…or we’re doomed

 

You have probably heard of the Hippocratic Oath that many doctors recite upon completion of medical school.  It encapsulates the standards and principles of medical care since the time of the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates.    

But you’ve likely never seen the actual text of the oath!  Note that it has been updated from its original form, so here are some excerpts from a more current version:

I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:

I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.

I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures [that] are required, avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment and therapeutic nihilism.

I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon's knife or the chemist's drug.

I will not be ashamed to say, "I know not," nor will I fail to call in my colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a patient's recovery.

I will respect the privacy of my patients, for their problems are not disclosed to me that the world may know. Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death.

I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person's family and economic stability.

I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure.

Where we’ve failed miserably

While most of the principles above describe a fair number of physicians, there is one that sticks out as an area where we’ve failed miserably:

“I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure.”

Sorry, but I don’t see a lot of disease prevention going on in modern medicine. 

What I DO see is a lot of customers being created for pharma, and this is a double-edged sword.

First, with very few exceptions (such as an antibiotic killing a bacterial infection), no one is being “cured” of anything!  They are experiencing a chemically-induced absence of symptoms and false health.

Second, they are actually becoming sicker because every single drug in existence comes with side effects, so your list of symptoms and health issues will undoubtedly grow.  It might not happen right away, but sooner or later, trust me, the tide will roll in.

What makes this worse is that most doctors have little knowledge of, or downright poo-poo, the effectiveness of natural measures like supplements and a healthy diet!

A nutritious diet and supplementation where needed can go a LONG way in helping your body work the way it’s supposed to and thus preventing disease!

See the difference?

This had better change…or we’re doomed

We are now at a point in our existence where we are the sickest we have ever been. 

The vast majority of us are overweight, chronically ill and medicated, and that includes our kids.

It’s time to wake up and realize that, with the exception of acute/emergency care, our modern healthcare system is an abysmal FAILURE, and if we don’t do something about it, we’re doomed to be walking disciples of drug companies.

A shift needs to take place from disease management to disease prevention and the creation of health!

The promising news is some doctors (including my personal physician here in Florida) are on board already and have pursued additional training and education in integrative medicine, natural healing measures and nutrition. 

But even if your doctor is not as forward-thinking as mine, or if perhaps your choices are limited because of insurance or whatever, there is still a lot you can do to push the envelope towards the creation of health.

Here’s what I mean:

It starts with you!

Although doctors bear a good amount of the responsibility for our lack of health, that’s doesn’t get you off the hook, my friend, because you do your part too.

So if you want to start turning that around, here are 3 places you can start:

1)  Eat real food

If you are sickly and overweight, your diet is most assuredly one of the primary reasons why.

Admit it, own it, and DO SOMETHING about it!

Aim to construct the majority of your meals to include proteins (meat, poultry, wild-caught fish and eggs), fresh vegetables (other than potatoes and corn) and healthy fats (including real butter, coconut oil, olive oil, avocado and lard).

On the flip side, stay far away from processed foods (aka anything in a package with ingredients you can’t pronounce), soda, fast food and refined carbohydrates (including breads, pastries, cookies, crackers, pasta and grains).

If you eat like this, you will be astounded at how much better you can feel and how quickly it will happen.  Plus you’ll probably take off a bunch of weight to boot.

So clean out your pantry, refrigerator and freezer and get going.

2)  Move

No, I don’t mean change residences—I mean move your backside (and the rest of you too). 

Exercise can take many forms, and you just need to find the one that works for you.

There are countless gyms out there, many of which provide instruction and guidance if you are a novice. 

There are also classes (like yoga or dancing), home DVDs or TV programs that take you through a workout, or even home exercise equipment if you are disciplined enough.

Even walking in your neighborhood counts! 

It’s never too late to get in shape!  Start now.

3) Challenge your doctor with alternatives to medications

In many cases, there are safe, natural measures to pharmaceutical drugs that are just as effective, and it’s time to have a conversation with your doctor about them.

Here are some examples:

Instead of medication for high blood pressure or cholesterol, how about fish oil and regular exercise?  Plus grapefruit has been shown to help lower blood pressure too!

If you are on acid reducers (Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec, etc.), start by changing your diet like I described above—I bet your heartburn decreases dramatically.  Also helpful are digestive enzymes and herbs like mastic gum and ginger—see if your doc is willing to let you try those.

Feeling depressed?  Vitamin D and Vitamin B12 have been shown to be extraordinarily helpful and they’re far safer than antidepressants.  Ask your doctor to check into that for you.

Are you frequently constipated?  Instead of MiraLAX or stool softeners, balancing your microbiome with probiotics can help turn that around, plus you’ll be supporting sound immune function too.

And if you have elevated blood glucose and/or insulin resistance, ask about turmeric as an alternative to Metformin.  A study published in the International Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism has shown that curcumin (the compound that gives turmeric its golden color) can lower blood glucose levels and inflammation, stimulate pancreatic function, and reduce insulin resistance.

Our healthcare system needs to change, but YOU can be the source of some of that change. 

So get going, start creating health, and don’t be afraid to ask questions of your doctor. 

To your health,

Sherry Brescia


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8 comments


  • This artical covered the basics but the total picture is vast. If med school is 6 years and ongoing, wellness and health is a life long education.
    Begin with things like getting a cold or flu. These are serious alarm bells to things being very wrong. A diet review must be your primary task.
    Also reduce abuse. Smokes, booze, drugs (incl big pHARMa stuff) all damage your biome. What’s that you ask? The biome is the Universe that lives in and on every micron of your being. When the biome is destroyed, you die. Do you use fluoride toothpaste? Kiss your biome goodbye. Do you wash using antibacterials? Kiss your biome goodbye again.
    Big Inc has conned the masses into washing way way to often. Every time you wash with a commercial product you smash your surface biome. Warm water and select oils are all you need to remove BO and surface film.
    Coal face workers just shower the grit off and apply the above.
    Once you get your fresh produce sorted investigate Weston Price and his nine native diets study. All 9 provided extreme wellness.
    Then explore the world of real salts, the ones that reverse heart damage!!
    Then explore herbs and spices.
    Then learn why fats and oils are so vital. The cultures that almost drink olive oil suffer the least heart disease
    Learn what causes reflux. (it’s always junk foods!!) What does not rot is not food!! White flour is not food, it’s glue!
    White rice is not food, it also is glue!
    I eat one main meal a day, have done now for 20 years. I never graze.
    Once you are healthy, going 48 hours without a feed is easy. Your body will be 100% Keto. It will automatically burn body fat. That’s how life was for 1000’s of years. Harvest times and lean times. Ps, stop eating cereals!!
    Don’t juice. Get off fad diets.
    Just eat fresh, small amounts of meat, never eat slabs of it, too toxic.
    The Flintstones was a Big Inc Meat Sell and it worked!!
    Finally, discover iodine!! It’s vital. The official RDI for it the world over is a total joke. I more than 100x dose the RDI and never get sick.
    As one very well know US Doc always says ""Take control of your health’’ No one else can. It’s your body. You sort it out!!

    Ed Evans on

  • I think I learned in high school health class that symptoms are your body’s way of telling you that there’s a problem. If you eliminate the symptom, but don’t solve the problem, of course, your body will find another way to tell you there’s a problem. That’s when you get sicker. Taking a pill to eliminate the symptom never solves anything.

    Paul McDonald on

  • Totally agree. RIGHT ON SHERRY!

    Mary on

  • This is your very best, SHERRY. What a truth-seeker you are. May God bless you.

    Barbara A. La Lena on

  • This is the same principle as a dental office. I’ve been a Hygienist for 30 years. We are taught prevention not just for cavities but for the whole person in general with nutrition in mind. Dentists are taught treatments…once you get a cavity, etc, they ‘treat’ it…Doctors are the same, usually patients who are seeing a doctor is because they already have a problem going on so they need it ‘treated’. Doctors aren’t really versed in prevention or nutrition because healthy patients aren’t the majority that are being seen. Unhealthy patients like leaving the office with a prescription that will ‘fix’ their problem, and doctor’s like happy patients. Our kids are the biggest targets because they can be patients for life.

    Tricia on


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