JAMA TAKES ON OBESITY.......
- The Role of Government in Preventing Excess Calorie Consumption: The Example of New York City
MY TAKE: This is yet another plea for expanding Big Brother's policies concerning the practice of medicine. But then again, when the American people vote for socialized medicine, they essentially vote for governmental policies that supposedly regulate your health (i,e. New York's no more Big Gulp program). Farley writes, "The balanced and most effective approach is for governments to regulate food products that harm the most people, simultaneously encourage food companies to voluntarily produce and market healthful products, and then provide information to consumers in ways that facilitate their choosing healthful products." This sounds well and good until you start making a list of what constitutes "healthy" food. Is making soda pop more expensive a good thing? Maybe. The problem is that the regulation will not stop there.
For instance; even though the SNAP Program continues to pour money into Junk Food (HERE), our government continues to redefine what vegetables are as far as school lunches are concerned. The USDA says that a meal of Frozen Pizza, French Fries, and Ketchup counts as four (4) servings of vegetables. Huh --- are you joking me? Nope (HERE). And who could forget the not-so-distant past (for many, those days are still here) when RED MEAT, SALT, real butter, and eggs were really really bad for you; and lots of REFINED CARBS, BREAD, MARGARINE, and milk were really really good. Sorry; I don't trust the government to provide any sort of viable answer to this problem, although I do expect to be lied to and increasingly taxed while they try.
- The Next Generation of Obesity Research: No Time to Waste
- FDA Approval of Obesity Drugs: A Difference in Risk-Benefit Perceptions
Does unlimited access to healthcare motivate most people to live a healthy lifestyle? Like I just said; it actually does just the opposite. And just so you know, this study stated a weight loss drug is considered effective if people can lose 5% more than the placebo. Wow? 5% better than sugar pills. Where else can you provide such crappy results and make billions of dollars doing it?
- Cardiovascular Risk Assessment in the Development of New Drugs for Obesity
There are two parts of your Nervous System ---- the Sympathetic and the Parasympathetic. The parasympathetic has a calming effect on your body. It lowers blood pressure. It lowers heart rate. It opens airways. It increases digestion and bowel motility. On the other hand, the sympathetic nerve system is your "Fight of Flight" response. It increases heart rate and blood pressure, shuts down bowel motility, and constricts airways. While it's a great thing to have these things when they're needed; if you live in a constant state of SYMPATHETIC DOMINANCE, I will assure you that you will have about a jillion seemingly unrelated health problems. The heart problems they are worried about in this study are just the tip of the iceberg of what goes on in a person lining in Sympathetic Dominance! To better understand this issue, take one minute to visit the link above "The Battle for your Brain: Sympathetic -vs- Parasympathetic").
- Exercise Dose and Diabetes Risk in Overweight and Obese Children: A Randomized Controlled Trial
- Association Between Urinary Bisphenol A Concentration and Obesity Prevalence in Children and Adolescents
- Health Benefits of Gastric Bypass Surgery After 6 Years
- Surgical vs Conventional Therapy for Weight Loss Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A Randomized Controlled Trial
- Progress in Obesity Research: Reasons for Optimism
What can members of the AMA take away from their "Obesity Issue"? Frankly, not much. Oh, they claimed a big victory in the arena of bariatric surgery, but beyond that, what do they have to offer their overweight patients? They can give you all sorts of pill, potions, and lotions once you get sick; but as far as preventing these things........ Forget about it! The medical community READILY ADMITS that the vast majority of the profession is as clueless as they ever were about REAL NUTRITION. And on top of that, there's no money in it. The practice of medicine is now known as "Corporate Medicine" for a reason. The big money is in drugs and surgeries --- and that is exactly where the AMA and medical research is stuck. Trying to figure out what they can do to make people lose weight via drugs and surgery. It's a shame really.
If you want to lose weight, you need to read two things. You need to sit down and read my OBESITY POSTS, and you need to read my posts about, HOW TO CURE JUST ABOUT ANYTHING. Just remember that since Big Medicine and Big Pharma view you as a commodity; if you leave your health solely to your doctor, you are in deep trouble.