Dollars for Doctors

So, this came in the mail the other day:

chronic illness treatment ad

It’s an ad on glossy card stock for a medical center that specializes in treating “chronic conditions.” In case you can’t make it out, here’s the list of what they are offering to treat medically:

  • Chronic Pain
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Hypertension
  • Osteoporosis
  • ADHD
  • Asthma
  • Emphazema (sic)
  • Cholesterol
  • Back Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Joint Pain
  • Migraines
  • Weight Control
  • Dermatitis
  • Ulcers
  • Hepatitis
  • Nerve Damage
  • Thyroid Issues

My question is this: How many of these “chronic” conditions could be improved or even eliminated by simply incorporating a low carb, high fat diet? Cut the wheat. Cut the sugar. Cut the symptoms. I can’t speak to all of them, but a good number of them have proven to be preventable and/or reversible by getting off the modern western diet.

‘Cause I’m just guessing here, but I have a sneaking suspicion that the emphasis in “treatment” at this joint will err on the side of pharmaceutical rather than nutritional…and any diet modifications they do suggest would include reducing fat (especially of the saturated variety) and, of course, eating lots of fruit and veggies and hearthealthywholegrains.

In other words, when it comes to diseases of civilization, the medical community is better at dispensing the very nutritional recommendations that get and keep you sick in the first place.

Exit question: Does never-ending billing for drugs and doctor visits qualify as a “chronic condition?”

It should.

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