Follow the current debate on “healthcare reform”–which has NOTHING to do with healthcare reform, but healthcare insurance reform, by the way–and you will hear comments about the escalating and uncontrolled cost of healthcare and how people need access to it.
What you will NOT hear is that fact that, because the healthcare system fails to deliver genuine health, real health is actually quite easy, straightforward, and inexpensive–nearly free.
We achieve a life of being Undoctored, not becoming a profit source for the healthcare industry, not being subjected to the predatory practices of Big Pharma and the medical device industries, by adopting a handful of simple practices that make, for example, type 2 diabetes or many autoimmune conditions just a distant, unpleasant memory.
Let me be absolutely clear: Undoctored is NOT about diagnosing and treating your own rheumatoid arthritis or fibromyalgia. It is about correcting the factors that are prevalent in modern life that allow such conditions to emerge–a big difference. Correct these factors–regardless of whether the starting label was irritable bowel syndrome, seborrhea, or depression–and the overwhelming likelihood is that you will no longer have these conditions within days to weeks (longer with autoimmune conditions). It means being freed of having to take three drugs for type 2 diabetes, a drug for acid reflux, a drug for “high cholesterol” (a semi-fictitious disease, anyway), two antidepressants, three blood pressure drugs, even drugs to treat some of the side-effects of other drugs. It means being freed of unnecessary endoscopies to investigate the dysbiosis caused by stomach acid-suppressing drugs, or drugs to treat “opioid-induced constipation,” or an electrophysiologic study that leads to implantation of an unnecessary implantable defibrillator.
The Undoctored strategies involve wheat and grain elimination with virtually no net increase in food costs, vitamin D supplementation with occasional monitoring of blood levels, omega-3 fatty acid/fish oil supplementation, iodine supplementation and achieving ideal thyroid status, magnesium supplementation, and efforts to cultivate bowel flora via probiotics (initially), prebiotics, and fermented foods. Total cost is a few dollars per month.
Compare this to the increasingly crippling costs of conventional healthcare: $10,000 per person per year. Just over $24,000 per year to insure a healthy family of four. New specialty drugs that are being priced at $100,000 or more per year. Hospitalizations that typically reach 5- or 6-figures and yield the majority of bankruptcies today, even if you start with healthcare insurance. Remember that healthcare is most profitable when health conditions are 1) chronic, thereby involving long-term treatment, not just a week or two, 2) experienced by people who have health insurance, and 3) can be delivered to the broad masses through, for instance, direct-to-consumer drug advertising.
This is why I say that, like freedom of speech, health should be free, or nearly free. You would be outraged if I told you that maintaining your freedom of speech is going to cost you $10,000 per year. But that is what we are charged–each and every American, infants on up–to fund the healthcare system while never actually receiving health in return. Healthcare does not provide health, but it is sure adept at monetizing health.
I know it sounds brash, but the Undoctored program has cracked the code on hundreds of health conditions. Not genetically-determined conditions like sickle cell anemia or cystic fibrosis, not injuries like a fractured femur or laceration, not infections like E. coli from tainted meat or spinal meningitis–these remain the domain of conventional healthcare. Undoctored is most effective for the hundreds of conditions that fall under what anthropologists all “diseases of civilization,” i.e., health conditions that are virtually unknown in people who do not consume grains, have rare exposure to sugar, live outdoors and exposed to sun, eat organs such as brains rich in omega-3 fatty acids, dig in the dirt for underground roots and tubers, etc. Adopt such practices while accommodating to modern conveniences and tastes and you, like a sub-Saharan member of the Hadza or a Peruvian highland Matses, will kiss goodbye to type 2 diabetes, acne, dandruff, eczema, depression, acid reflux, irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s, celiac, autoimmune hepatitis, cerebellar ataxia, temporal lobe seizures, migraines and many others.
You’ve got nothing to lose by giving it a try. You just might discover magnificent health and slenderness in the process.
Undoctored: Why Health Care Has Failed You and How You Can Become Smarter Than Your Doctor is available at major bookstores, Costco, Sam’s Club, and Amazon.