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Information Connection: Key Points About Health

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With the Unaffordable Care Act fiasco using medical care and medical insurance as a means of taxing people and reducing access to medical care (plus making it vastly more expensive), there's one big element to this fraud that involves language abuse. That is the frequent misuse of "health care" to mean "medical care." These are two very different concepts:

  • Health care is what you do to prevent illness.
  • Medical care is what you do to address illness.

Medical care providers have a conflict of interest, here. If you're healthy, you don't need medical care. That is not to say medical care providers want you to be unhealthy. It is a fact, however, that medical care often conflicts with health care and many medical care providers give absolutely wrong health care advice. They give bad advice because they don't know the subject, not because they are bad people (they aren't bad people).

Some key points about health:

  • Health care and medical care are two entirely different things.
     
  • Health is what you protect or damage via the decisions you make. Medicine is an attempt to fix disease or injury. Current medical practice generally works against health; good health practices support good medical outcomes.
     
  • Health care requires attention to what you eat, how you exercise (and when), how much rest you get, how you handle stress, and how you manage your environment for toxicity.
     
  • There is no real mystery to what behaviors and decisions improve or degrade health. Poor decisions are typically made due to carelessness and willful ignorance rather than not having access to "the secret."
     
  • Exemplars of health are all around us, but the most famous was probably Jack LaLanne. We do have role models.
     
  • We also have common sense. Obviously, eating a diet rich in nutrient-dense, low-calorie foods such as fruits and vegetables is a better choice than eating a diet low in nutrients but rich in toxins (such as corn sweetener and hydrogenated oil).
     
  • The phrase "health nut" is widely used. This is instructive; it tells you about the adverse attitude toward health in our culture. If you look at behaviors and the commonly made bad choices, you see clearly that we have a disease culture. If this seems wrong to you, just look in other people's shopping carts at the grocery store or just survey what's on the shelves--poisons, toxins, empty calories, and nutrient-poor garbage passed off as "food."
     
  • People also talk about "losing weight." Here's a sure-fire way to lose weight: have your arms and legs amputated. You will lose significant weight in only a few days! Now, that sounds pretty stupid, doesn't it? It's not about losing weight. It's about making food choices that induce a lean body composition. For example, eat six small meals per day and keep them nutrient-dense.
     
  • Use it or lose it. The average American cannot lift a 10-lb vacuum cleaner by the age of 65. There's no reason for this problem to exist, other than a lack of physical exercise.
     
  • Eat plenty of vegetables. Actually, make fruits and vegetables at least 75% of your food intake. The average American male has 6lbs of undigested, fermenting red meat in his colon by the age of 53. There's no reason for this problem to exist, other than a long history of poor food choices.

If you incorporate the ten points above into your mental view of health, you will be very far along the path to living a healthy lifestyle. Of course, there are many more things to address but the average American is remiss on all ten points. If you get those right, you'll naturally progress toward getting the rest of it right.

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