I take this with a large grain of salt, and for a variety of reasons:
- I have no healthcare;
- I have no money for healthcare;
- I’m healthy right now;
- I don’t want to go into debt;
- I don’t want to die.
Those are all reasons why I’m wary of healthcare.
Alright, I figure at this point about half of you can just go ahead and click away. I mean, healthcare is bad? C’mon…this guy is stupid!
For those of you still here, let’s continue.
In 2000 the American Journal of Preventative Medicine had a report called Mortality rates and causes among U.S. physicians. The reported mentioned that doctors mostly die from the same things as everyone else, but “were more likely to die from cerebrovascular disease, accidents, and suicide.”
In India they had a report in 2010 called ‘Doctors have shorter lifespan than patients.’ It pointed out that the average Indian lives to be 69-72 years of age while doctors just live to 55-59 years of age. “Stress, sedentary lifestyle and lack of exercise were the causes of early death,” the report stated.
There’s an old saying that goes something like, ‘practice what you preach.’ Well, why aren’t doctors doing that, and why the hell do we still have faith in them?
In March of 2015 there was a report called American Doctors Are Killing Themselves and No One Is Talking About It. “It’s estimated that at least 400 U.S. doctors kill themselves every year,” the article states. “Many are struggling with depression, anxiety, or addiction.”
In 2005 the Journal of the American Medical Association had an article called Experts Address Risk of Physician Suicide. It reported that doctors kill themselves at a 70% higher rate than the rest of the population. That’s if you’re a man! Women doctors kill themselves 250% to 400% more than the general population.
Mental disorders and substance abuse issues are the main causes, the report writes, though overwork and stress are listed as exacerbating factors. I’m not sure – are you telling me that doctors work more than other people, are stressed out more? I don’t buy it for one second, not the way people are working two part-time jobs for less than the full-time job they used to have. Let’s look at some job hour stats from the Bureau of Labor and Industry for March 2015:
- Miners: 44.5 hours;
- Construction workers: 39.1 hours;
- Transportation workers: 38.7 hours;
- Professional and business workers: 36.2 hours;
- Education and heath workers: 32.8 hours
- Retail workers: 31.4 hours.
Wow, I guess miners and construction workers and anyone driving a vehicle for a living should be killing themselves a lot more than doctors. After all, they work a helluva lot more! But they’re not, because they’re normal people. And when I say normal people, I mean they don’t kill hundreds of thousands of their paying customers each year like doctors do.
In June of 2012 I came back to Montana for a month to visit family before heading back to China for my final year there. I visited my grandma, who was about 92, and she was perfectly fine…besides being totally unfit and unhealthy. Her poor health came about from years of bad dieting, and it eventually took its toll. About two weeks after I went back to China she had some serious issues with a hernia and had to go up to a hospital in Great Falls. They did surgery, and she was feeling good until a day or so later when she took a turn for the worse and died. It was an infection, the doctors said, which is a common way to describe a medical mistake. After all, it prevents lawsuits.
So the doctors at the hospital in Great Falls killed my grandmother. Oh, they were trying to help her, but that’s the keyword here, trying. I don’t know many businesses you’ll keep going to that try to do their best, but doctors are one of them.
I guess that’s kind of silly, though – what else are we to do! I mean, if I’m sick or hurt, where else do I go? If I was hurt I’d probably go to the doctor, but if I was sick I know I’d just get sicker. I mean, doctors don’t make money unless you are sick, and if you’re always sick it’s even better – that’s a steady revenue stream. And we all know doctors need steady revenue streams. How else are they to afford four alimony checks, two child support checks, three mortgage payments, five car payments, and that massive student loan debt each month?
“Doctors' mistakes can create perverse incentives,” a January 2015 Vox report stated. “A harmed patient typically needs more care — and the health care provider will profit.
According to the report, most people figure the number of patients that doctors hurt or kill each year is about 5,000. That’s lower than the 7,000 people that are killed each year just from dosage mistakes, which are often made by doctors that don’t know better, are in a rush, or perhaps have bad handwriting.
“Doctors typically went into their profession to help save lives and mend bodies,” the report states. “When they end up doing the opposite, it can be shameful and embarrassing.”
You can see why we have such high suicide rates. Doctors feel bad about this double life they lead. On the one hand they’re looked up to and congratulated. On the other, they go home each night knowing how much pain and suffering they’ve caused. “Doctors talk about replaying the moment of the error in their mind, over and over again,” the article says, “asking: how could I have screwed that up? How is it possible I got that wrong?”
Why do we want to live this way? We don’t, but doctors do. Remember those failed marriages and fancy cars? Someone has to pay for that, and it’s you. The really sad part is that 78.8 years is a joke when it comes to a typical lifespan, just look at the rest of the world:
Clearly we’ve been taken for a ride in this country, and it wasn’t in that fancy car we paid for, either. Yep, the medical profession has completely hoodwinked us. I mean, you’re telling me that Singapore, Anguilla, and Guernsey all have higher life expectancies? I don’t even know what the hell Guernsey is!
I do know that they’re living about 3 years longer than us, and I’m willing to be that’s not three years of misery, where you can’t even get up and do things for yourself. That’s not living, that’s hell.
- Sardinia, Italy
- The islands of Okinawa, Japan
- Loma Linda, California
- Nicoya, Costa Rica
- Ikaria, Greece
We call these “blue zones” because it’s rare for you not to live to be 100 years of age. Most if it comes down to diet. “Dementia, heart issues and depression are almost non-existent among these people,” the article on Personal Excellence states, and everyone in the world wants to say the same. So how can you?
One piece of the puzzle that’s not talked about a lot is vitamins and minerals. Most doctors don’t want you to know this, however, as vitamins and minerals don’t cost as much as fancy prescriptions that doctors get a bonus for writing out for you. In fact, they cost hundreds if not thousands of dollars less. Remember, mortgages and alimony.
We know from studies that supplementing your diet with copper will get rid of that grey hair and prevent aneurysms. Alzheimer’s disease can be prevented with selenium and vitamin E. Of course we also know that statin drugs cause Alzheimer’s and liver disease, the FDA said as much in 2012. Didn’t get the memo? Well, I can’t imagine why your doctor wouldn’t tell you. Oh yeah…money.
We know that in just the “last five months of 2013,”drug companies spent “almost $20 million trying to convince physicians” to dispense their drugs, according to Business Insider. That’s just half a year, and $20 million. Does that sound odd to you?
It shouldn’t – doctors and the healthcare industry are in the business of getting you hooked on drugs you don’t need while at the same time convincing you that all you need to stay healthy (besides their drugs) is a healthy diet. Unfortunately, it’s virtually impossible to get a healthy diet anywhere in America today.
Our food supply has been robbed of essential nutrients and vitamins and minerals for years. We know from a 2011 Scientific American article that from 1975 to 1997 the “average calcium levels in 12 fresh vegetables dropped 27 percent; iron levels 37 percent; vitamin A levels 21 percent, and vitamin C levels 30 percent.”
Iron, wow…why would I eat metal? Because your body needs iron to produce hemoglobin, myoglobin, and enzymes that help with oxidation. It’s in your bone marrow and liver and healthy adults should have 3 to 5 grams of the stuff in their bodies at all times. Of course plants and animals don’t produce metals on their own, so you have to get this in the soil, so plants can eat it and pass it on to you when you eat them. Unfortunately, most soils in America are depleted because of our industrial farming techniques, and you’re not getting this in your food. If you’re not taking an iron supplement, you’re body is steadily losing that supply from your bones.
Currently the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that 18,000 people in America could benefit from a bone marrow transplant. I’m not sure about that, but at $50,000 to $200,000 a bone marrow operation, I know someone that will benefit – mortgage companies and ex-wives. Of course, paying $0.50 a day for some iron pills might do away with your need for that operation, but do you think your doctor is going to tell you that?
We have a serious problem in this country right now. Our food supply is depleted of the essential vitamins and minerals we need, something that causes our health to fail. Doctors are lined up just waiting to give us quack medicine instead of what we need, and they make a huge profit from that. Some feel bad and kill themselves, but is that really a problem in the overall scheme of things? After all, the population is controlled and countless jobs are created. So what if we have to enslave our elders in 10 to 20 years of misery before they finally kick the bucket? They have healthcare, don’t they?
Thank God I don’t.