We go our merry way, developing habits early in life, eating too much junk food, smoking like a chimney, drinking like a fish, self-medicating.
We so take our health for granted, assuming that it will last forever. When it finally falters, we go see a doctor with hopes to regain it. Oftentimes it is too late, and always too expensive. That is when reality sinks in:
… the “doctor cannot “cure” you of anything. If you have a broken arm, the physician may set it—but only you—your own body may “cure” or heal the break.
Greg Stirling goes on to say, in his Preface to One Answer to Cancer:
I have believed for a long time that the American Medical Complex and the Consumer Food and Beverage Industrial Complex have little interest in the prevention of diseases. It makes far better business sense to let the population eat, drink, and smoke to their heart’s content and then offer seemingly high tech and expensive methods for cleaning up the aftermath. In the United States, the food industry alone generates 500 billion dollars in sales: bacon, eggs, milk, fast food franchises, soft drinks, fried food, dead food, overcooked food, sweets, treats and canned goods. We have gotten away from simple diets and become human garbage disposals. Sixty percent of the American public is overweight. Clearly, the large food conglomerates are successfully marketing to an oblivious public. After feeding your body with dead and processed foods for 20, 30, 40 or more years, things begin to run less perfectly. We have overlooked the processing energy required to digest bacon and eggs each morning, that steak in the evening, and the cocktails in between. The result is the current health crisis where one in three will have cancer in their lifetimes—not to mention heart disease.
But instead of educating the public on how our bodies function best, the medical establishment chooses instead to clean out those arteries with drugs and catheters, perform by-pass surgery or cut the problem out (or off) altogether. To be fair the American medical community has done some wonderful things and made outstanding progress in the last 45years. But it is simply not in their best interest to prevent disease. They are in the business of treating disease. This is where the money is. Surgery, MRI, radiation, chemotherapy, research and examinations. The doctors don’t want a disease-free society any more than lawyers want a perfectly honest one.
We have to look out for ourselves.
You have to look out for your own health.
And this is why PREVENTION is so important.