Who is going to lead it and what happens to our “system” in the process?
We all know that our “system” of health-care is primarily “managing” a host of diseases that need never occur in the first place. Diseases like obesity, diabetes, coronary artery disease, osteoporosis, and yes — even cancer and Alzheimer’s. We’re spending some $2 trillion out of our total health care bill of $2.7 trillion unnecessarily. How so?
We now know from a combination of numerous scientific and clinical studies that a simple diet of whole, plant-based foods can make us “heart-attack proof” and can quickly reverse many diseases that we already have. Yet our “system” of medicine, big pharma, the USDA, the FDA, academia and food industry just keeps plodding along telling us the same harmful information and making the same products that cause most of our problems in the first place. So, how is it going to change itself from disease-care to health-care? A note from a reader in Texas (Robert B.) prompted me to address that question:
I have always been a big fan of Dr. T. Colin Campbell, and now there is someone who is promoting his principles of sound whole plant nutrition and prosperous living. We need to get the word out to all of the healthcare professionals who will listen and apply this data into their practice and in the lives of their patients. This will be true healthcare reform. Robert in San Antonio
Dear Robert, I appreciate your comment about Dr. Campbell and the era of “true health-care reform.” Like you say, wouldn’t it be great if today’s disease care professionals started “applying this new data” in their practices. But the sad part of it is that they wouldn’t be able to earn a living if they did. If 80 percent of our cost of health care were to gradually disappear, so would millions of today’s jobs.
That’s because they’re really in the disease care business and therefore, only make money if we’re sick. They’ve all been trained to manage disease; how can we now expect them to suddenly start promoting health with dietary advice, in which they have had zero training. All of the medical doctors in our book learned about promoting health on their own — the same way you and I are doing.
And once the health-promoting diet becomes a part of our culture, we won’t need very many people telling us what we should be eating — or fixing the problems that are driven by eating the wrong food. In my opinion, true health-care reform will be driven by individual citizens like us — deciding to take charge of their own health. As that process gathers momentum, the “system” will gradually change. And that’s what we want; overnight change would be an economic disaster.
But, with gradual change, the schools of medicine and schools of nutrition will re-vamp their teachings, current doctors and nurses will re-invent themselves as wellness coaches, and the food companies will simply deliver what the market wants — more and more delicious and nutritious, health-promoting, whole, plant-based foods.
What about the millions of people in the big pharmaceutical companies who are making drugs for the diseases that will soon be going away? They might want to think about a career change into a growing industry — something like “green energy.”
The exciting thing about what history will record as “the great food revolution of the twenty-first century” is that we are leading it. With the help of great scientific and clinical information from the likes of Esselstyn, Campbell and Ornish — along with the incredible power of the internet to circulate information, our grassroots revolution will gradually drive the inevitable change that will lead to true health-care reform.
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