It made me think about doctor appointments.
The administrator where I work is well beyond retirment age. He continues, however to work full time (by full time I mean when he like to be here or not but still gets paid.). He and his like-aged wife are both on
mulitiple many medications. For example, he recently went to the doctor for a check up and they ran a blood test to check his Vitamin D levels (this test is all the rage lately). His levels were low. What does the doctor do? Of course he asks my administrator to keep a food and activity journal few a few days and then has a follow up appointment to discuss lifestyle changes that would help in raises his levels into a more healthy range gives him a prescription for a vitamin D supplement. (80% of which will end up in our water supply)
My administrator's wife is sad, depressed over the winter. She doesn't like being "stuck" in her house. (she has no physcial limitations.) She went to see her doctor. He suggested that she
spend 30 minutes a day outside going for a walk or join a local gym for fitness and fellowship or use light therapy fill a prescription for a mood elevating drug.
They are both significatly overweight. Both have been advised to reduce their calories. Neither one was provided with any education about how to do that beyond "eat less." We are currently advised by our governing bodies to follow a roughly set number of calories. (nice site to enter your information and get amounts based on what you entered.) But while I am up here on this soap box, I what to ask if anyone has ever heard of or taken part in a CRON lifestyle eating plan. It really makes you think.
Back to my issue.
I am not saying that every ailment can be cured by a healthier lifestyle. That sad reality was very recently made painfully clear.
Why is it that our current medical community is just willing to continue doing what has not been working for a hundred years!?! Why do we continue to allow it? When will we (read as most developed countries) decide to re-think who is responsible for our own health and well being?
How do you feel on the issue? Do you simply take whatever medication your doctor tells you to? Do you think there is any validity to a calorically restricted eating plan to increase life span?
Let me know what you think.
I know we are all run, run, run but because we are also human beings with bodies to care for, we need to help each other stay as healthy, fit and informed.
Thanks for your feedback and tolerance of my soap box...this blog will return to it's regularly scheduled running related broadcast.