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THE STATE OF THE AMERICAN DISEASE: MANAGEMENT -VS- CURES EXPLAINS WHY YOU ARE BIG PHARMA'S LARGEST COMMODITYRead Now
IF YOUR FAITH IS IN YOUR MEDICINE, DON'T COUNT ON EVER TRULY GETTING BETTER
Is The Pharmaceutical Industry Focused On Curing Diseases, Or Just Treating Symptoms? The title of a December, 2017 issue of Forbes
As many have already figured out, the drugs for treating diabetes and its ilk are expensive and don't work very well (HERE). Sure; they do an "OK" job of doing what they were designed to do --- lower blood sugar. But as far as doing the heavy lifting that's claimed (decreasing death, strokes, heart attacks, etc) --- it's not happening. As is often the case, THE DRUGS affect surrogate endpoints (in this case blood sugar), while morbidity and mortality run wild. What's arguably worse is that our government is subsidizing this disease on multiple fronts.
They subsidize the corn (NOT TO MENTION OTHER GRAINS) that is the source of HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP. They are directly subsidizing the FOOD BUDGETS of the people most prone to being diagnosed (1 in 7 of those living inside our borders are on government food assistance). And they heavily subsidize corporate healthcare --- the system that's slowly taken over American medical care. After revealing that diabetes is costing over 325 billion dollars per year, the ADA went on to explain just how much of this burden is being covered by the American taxpayer. "Most of the cost for diabetes care in the U.S., 66%, is provided by government insurance (including Medicare, Medicaid, and the military). The rest is paid for by private insurance or by the uninsured."
Not only has this made healthcare as we know it --- no matter whose funding plan you promote --- completely UNSUSTAINABLE, but now we have big pharma and the medical community themselves to contend with. That's because if there is one thing we know for sure, it's that MEDICAL GUIDELINES cannot be trusted. Just how little they can be trusted can be seen in a paper published in last March's issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (Trending Cardiovascular Nutrition Controversies); a paper that started out by trumpeting a fact that they should have been ashamed of.
"Contemporary guidance by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology (AHA/ACC), the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Health and Human Services is issued now as food-based dietary patterns with accompanying speciﬁc nutrient recommendations."
I've already shown you how corrupt the AHA/ACC is (HERE is a great short example), but in this paper they are worse, touting SOYBEAN OIL, continuing to pan coconut oil (HERE), and even going back to ancient recommendations not to eat eggs because they are high in cholesterol (HERE). They even had the gall to quote the NLA thusly. "The National Lipid Association concluded that there is no evidence of any health beneﬁt of coconut oil" ---- this from an organization with more ties to industry than DONALD RUMSFELD, HERE).
Furthermore, the chief function of the USDA is, as stated on their website (it was first on the list), "to promote agriculture production....." Don't forget that it was the USDA who brought us one of the single most detrimental and destructive governmental recommendations this nation has ever seen; the FOOD PYRAMID. And as for DHHS, among other things, they administrate the FOOD & NUTRITION SERVICES (FOOD STAMPS) program --- a program frequently run the way a five year old would fill the grocery cart if you let them.
The point to today's post is this --- we are not quite halfway through the first month of 2019. You've already bailed on your NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS and are realizing that this year is going to be just another rung on the ladder to unmanageable pain, weight gain, and chronic diseases (plural). But it doesn't have to be like this. Sit down today and create your own PERSONALIZED EXIT STRATEGY (I'm even giving you THIS RESOURCE completely free).
As I've mentioned numerous times, the vast majority of chronic health conditions begin with blood sugar issues. Fortunately there are a group of rogue scientists out there who have provided you with a dietary blueprint that actually makes sense for those of you coping with T2D (HERE). Just do it already! And if you have friends or loved ones who could similarly benefit, FACEBOOK is still a nice resource for reaching them.
GOT CHRONIC PAIN?
LEARN ABOUT WHAT IT TAKES TO SELF-MANAGE IT!
"There is a shortage of pain specialists with only one for every 21,000 patients. Meanwhile, untreated chronic pain impacts multiple aspects of the patient’s life, leads to depression, anxiety, irritability, emotional frustrations, social avoidance, relationship issues, loss of self esteem and lack of enjoyment of living and, occasionally, leads to suicidal ideation or attempts. Many primary care providers are comfortable treating acute pain due to its short course and usually identifiable cause, however they are much less comfortable treating chronic pain due to the myriad of complexities... such as pain without a clear etiology."
The article went on to talk about various ways of addressing chronic pain, mostly pertaining to medication --- most specifically opioids. Fast-forward six years, and we are in the throes of an OPIOID EPIDEMIC that is costing our nation over 500 billion dollars and killing nearly 50,000 people each and every year.
As I showed you (HERE), the pendulum has swung so far back the other way that many doctors are no longer prescribing opioids for fear of government retribution --- not having their claims paid, losing their licenses, or even being sent to jail. Add this to the medical community's realization that they have no real solutions to most of the chronic health issues they face all day, every day (HERE and HERE), and it's simple to see why there is a shift taking place in what constitutes the best way to deal with patients struggling with chronic pain.
Google 'chronic pain self-management,' and you'll come up with over 130 million hits. Today we are going to talk about just one --- an article from the new issue of Practical Pain Management titled Self-Management of Chronic Pain in Primary Care.
"Despite the complexity of chronic pain, at least half of all patients receive their healthcare from a primary care clinician. This raises a striking conundrum since primary care practitioners have been found to harbor negative attitudes toward patients with chronic pain, driven by a sense of insufficiency in addressing this patient complaint. To effectively address the multidimensional effects of chronic pain, patients need self-management training about behaviors, strategies, and activities that may help to control the destructive effects of pain on their quality of life."
How would you like to have a doctor that harbors "negative attitudes" towards you? The authors went on to talk about "limited options available to manage common cases of chronic pain," as well as that fact that both sides of this equation --- doctors and their patients --- feel "stuck" with their options; both groups typically and unfortunately seeing "increasing medication as the only solution." What this has done --- which, while not perfect for every person or situation --- has forced the medical profession to re-evaluate and abandon many of the practices that got us to this point.
What this really means for you --- the pain patient --- is that with doctors increasingly threatened with treatment audits and their careers being taken from them, the burden is increasingly falling on you to step up to the plate and take care of yourself (after all, today's post is about 'self care'). Since necessity is the mother of invention (or change), let's look at some of the self-management tips being promoted by these authors (an MD and clinical psychologist) for people struggling with chronic pain.
- UNDERSTAND PHYSIOLOGY: Look; if you don't have at least a cursory understanding of PHYSIOLOGY, INFLAMMATION, and CHRONIC PAIN (most people think they understand the latter two, but few actually do), getting better is going to prove tough. Since nothing makes sense, the entire situation, along with everything you try, will seem hopeless. Knowledge really is power! The authors also mentioned 'goal setting' under this bullet point. I would whole-heartedly agree since one of the most important aspects of my protocol is having patients create a PERSONALIZED EXIT STRATEGY for getting out of pain. And even though it was not mentioned, this is a good time to say something about having a support network of some kind. Online is great, but I would argue that in most cases, having someone nearby is better.
- MEDITATION & MINDFULNESS: While I'm a fan (our family watched a COOL VIDEO on meditation last evening), I have argued that "mindfulness" is all too often an intellectual-sounding, all-encompassing cop-out provided to people in chronic pain. A recommendation made by practitioners who aren't really getting to the root of things, or in many cases don't believe it's even possible to do so (HERE).
- BODYWORK: Although the authors mentioned massage, there are an almost unlimited number of forms of bodywork that can provide amazing results (HERE and HERE are two articles on this topic concerning fibromyalgia). Although there are people coping with "intractable" chronic pain (CENTRAL SENSITIZATION), I've shown you how important it is to work with these folks (HERE, HERE and HERE) because in many cases improvement is possible. My goal with my patients is not just to manage, but if possible, help provide solutions (THIS is what I'm talking about).
- STRETCHING, EXERCISE, ADL'S: I'm a huge fan of using various sorts of physical training to help get people back to performing activities of daily living without suffering every step of the way (these authors specifically mentioned stretching and a STRENGTH / CARDIOVASCULAR COMBO). Be aware, however, that in many cases, the cart gets put in front of the horse. Put simply, if people are trying to exercise or stretch areas that are microscopically 'TETHERED' by scar tissue, it has the potential to make things worse (HERE, HERE, or HERE). The more severe the case, the more true this is.
- HEALTHY EATING PLAN: Because I would argue that it's the number one key to solving SYSTEMIC INFLAMMATION (which can greatly help with either local or systemic pain), this bullet should have been number one on the list. Although I'm not quite sure where to begin since this bullet could encompass several volumes of books, THIS SHORT POST provides a starting point. It's important for the chronic pain patient to realize that inflammation always leads to fibrosis (HERE).
- SLEEP HYGIENE: Although I've talked about this in many posts, probably the most important can be found HERE.
- COUNSELING: Several things were mentioned here, including CBT, acceptance therapy, and managing setbacks. While counseling can be valuable (emphasis on "CAN"), it's important to have the right kind of counselor. Many people could benefit from seeing someone who's mostly Florence Nightingale, with a streak of Sgt Lee "Gunny" Ermey.
The most beautiful part of this plan is that much of it can be done on your own. Once your FIBROSIS / SCAR TISSUE has been dealt with, even much of the bodywork can be accomplished without professional assistance (HERE or HERE). For those of you looking to expound on this protocol, HERE it is. And while there are no fool proof methods for dealing with chronically ill or chronic pain patients, my protocol will at least get you thinking outside the box (which research is starting to show is actually inside the box even though far too many practitioners have not yet come to this realization). If you like what you're seeing or feel it deserves to be shared with struggling people, you can reach those you love and value most by liking, sharing, or following on FACEBOOK.
Dr. Schierling completed four years of Kansas State University's five-year Nutrition / Exercise Physiology Program before deciding on a career in Chiropractic. He graduated from Logan Chiropractic College in 1991, and has run a busy clinic in Mountain View, Missouri ever since. He and his wife Amy have four children (three daughters and a son).
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