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Regarding healthcare

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Fri, Feb 28th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

It’s a bright sunny day in Lanesboro. My houseplants are making a vigorous effort to reach toward the light. The calendar is heralding the beginning of March. I feel 20 years younger since I received my new knees. I see myself riding my bicycle on the trail when the snow melts.

The greatest gift next to good health is time! I’ve set aside today to solve the nation’s healthcare dilemma. The cost of healthcare is a dark cloud which hangs over us all. Daily we are assaulted with ads on TV urging us to “talk to our doctors” about a variety of drugs. “Drug companies pour $57.5 billion into marketing, dwarfing the $31.5 billion devoted to research.” “Sixty-one thousand dollars is spent on promotion, convincing doctors to prescribe costly medicine” (consumeristcarey-blog). Millions are spent lobbying politicians and for PR manipulating public thought. Who pays the cost? We do.

Our healthcare system is a “for profit” industry. The drug and pharmacy companies would like us to believe that our health is their main concern. In reality they only make money if we are sick. As the result we are over medicated and over tested. I was taught during my formative years that the medical system treats symptoms, not causes. This may be an over simplification but there is some truth here. For a headache we take an aspirin. For indigestion, insomnia, depression we take a pill. Many illnesses are caused by our diet which may be lacking necessary vitamins, minerals and enzymes.

My husband and I are grateful for the expert care he received at St. Marys in 1991. He underwent a diabetic trauma that came close to making me a widow. He was told when he was released from the hospital that he would be on insulin the rest of his life. In 1997 he started to use a mineral, vitamin supplement and found he needed less insulin. Within six months he was able to get off insulin altogether and has been insulin free for over 15 years. It seems chromium is important in the diet for people who have diabetes II.

Janet Starr Hull was told that she would die if she did not have her thyroid removed immediately. She researched her problem and found it was caused by aspartame (nutra-sweet) in the diet soft-drinks she was imbibing. By eliminating aspartame from her diet, she was able to regain her health.(her book –“Sweet Poison”)

Jordan S. Rubin (NMD – PHD) came near dying from Crohn’s disease. He recovered by extensive study, diet and exercise.

Dr. David Perlmutter tells us in his book “Grain Brain” about the value of a gluten free diet and cutting down on sugar and carbs, which can dramatically reduce risk for neurological diseases, Alzheimers, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches and depression.

A company I worked for sent me to a medical doctor for a strain in my back I acquired at my job. He gave me a “muscle relaxant” which made me ill. I promptly threw it away and went to a chiropractor who took care of my problem. When my sisters and I were children ,we were never given aspirin for a fever. My Mom used to “make a game” out of applying cold packs to my midsection. She failed to convince me that it was “fun”, but it absorbed the heat in short order. When I had measles, our doctor who believed in natural methods recommended an Epsom salts bath. “It will bring the poisons out of your system. You’ll bloom like a rose!” I spent three days in a subdued light playing with my paper dolls. I don’t remember feeling sick.

A friend confided in me that she was scheduled for tests. She had an on-going problem with dizziness. The tests were extensive and expensive. She said she had all the same tests the year before and there was no resolution to her problem. She reasoned “Why am I told to repeat the same procedure when nothing has changed?” Our healthcare system rewards the use of drugs and un-necessary tests.

Part of the cost in healthcare is awarded in excessively large salaries for CEOs. Their success is measured in company profits. Shareholders also benefit from the sale of drugs and pharmaceuticals.

The present effort to expand healthcare and make it “affordable” is about introducing regulations to insurance companies, holding them accountable: not dropping customers whose needs have escalated and not refusing care to those who have pre-existing conditions. (My husband Glenn and I figure that “old age” is a pre-existing condition!) The deal that is being made with insurance companies that they will benefit as the number of customers increase.

If we had opted for the “single payer” plan, the expansion of Medicare, a program already in place, the transition would have been less confusing.

The cost of healthcare escalated out of sight in the last 20 years. It is to the credit of this administration that they are attempting to improve the situation. We need to work at keeping ourselves healthy, which involves how we produce our food, protect our water, land and air from toxins. Americans should have accessible care determined by their needs and not by the appetite of profit hungry corporations.

When I learned to drive, my friend told me, before turning the key in the ignition, I should think where I am, where I want to go and a strategy as to how I would get there. It’s time members of congress deal with the countries problems instead of avoiding them.

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