Researchers recently discovered that nearly 400 routine medical practices were quackery. By that count, 10% of medical advice is wrong. The tally is much higher.
Physicians are generally good for 2 things: surgery and treating infections. Otherwise, you’re as likely to be fed misinformation or maltreated (albeit gently) for whatever ails you.
Doctors treat symptoms. They don’t know enough to offer cures. Spokes 4: The Ecology of Humans, has a wealth of information that most physicians don’t know. Doctors receive almost no education on holistic health, and much misinformation about diet and nutrition.
American medical practice is a for-profit enterprise. You, the patient, are a cash cow to them, ripe for milking. If you’re a fat cow, the more milk you’ll deliver.
Congenital disorders may plague you throughout your life. Beyond that, over 90% of the reasons people go to doctors is because they made themselves sick. Most diseases are an outcome of lifestyle.
Here’s an introduction to staying healthy.
1st, get enough sleep.
2nd, meditate. (I’m not referring to ‘mindfulness meditation’, which is bad for you.) Learn to live transcendentally. Clarity: The Path Inside can get you started.
3rd, exercise daily, modestly. Walk at least 1 hour a day, even more if time allows. Also exercise the abdomen (core) and upper body. Don’t overdo it. (Your joints are what will ail you when you get older, from getting worn out.) Steady on.
4th, eat as little as possible of healthy foods. Here’s where most people go wrong – eating too much, much of it non-nutritious (junk food).
With 4 exceptions, your food should be plant-based, preferably organic (pesticide-free) fresh fruit and vegetables. 1st exception: mushrooms. 2nd exception: eggs (eat sparingly, and somewhat infrequently). 3rd exception: unprocessed honey. 4th exception: ghee (clarified butter, very sparingly, for cooking food). (Seafood used to be good for you in small portions, but the oceans are so polluted now that marine seafood is ill-advised.)
Dietary constitutions vary. Roughly 60% of your calories should be carbohydrates, with much fruit. ~20% should be fat. Avocados are excellent fare. Fatty nuts are also good.
Only 20% of calories consumed should be protein, as vegetables and a few seeds/grains/nuts. If you are surprised by that statement (eat protein sparingly), then you really don’t know about human nutrition. (There is a tremendous amount of fiction about nutrition, especially about protein. Again, if this blog entry is of interest, Spokes 4: The Ecology of Humans is for you.)
A note on soy, which is indecently put into processed garbage advertised as food. With exception, soy is bad for you. The exception is fermented soy (e.g., miso, tempeh). Tofu is not fermented.
Vegetables are protein rich. A potato has a nearly ideal balance between carbohydrate content and protein.
Beyond eating a variety of food, don’t concern yourself with “balancing” proteins. The body takes care of getting the right amino acids to cells as needed, storing or disposing amino acids otherwise.
Avoid processed foods. Most of what major supermarkets sell as food isn’t.
Living well is a discipline. The Collective are ill-disciplined, and so suffer mental as well as physical diseases. Your best course is to leave the herd behind and carve your own path.
Diana Herrera-Perez et al, “Meta-Research: A comprehensive review of randomized clinical trials in three medical journals reveals 396 medical reversals,” eLife (11 June 2019).
Gina Kolata, “10 findings that contradict medical wisdom. Doctors, take note.,” The New York Times (1 July 2019).