The Folly of Health-Care Outrage

We can get mad about health care but this anger, unless really organized and focused, accomplishes little.  Anger just makes us just less well.  Anger increases the odds that we will become sick and need the very system we are angry about.

Last week’s message “An Insider Look on Health-Care” (1)  grappled with the root problem that turns American health-care into disease management.  That root is the leaders of this system who benefit from the nation being sick. The sicker America is, the richer these leaders become.   Bonuses are paid for more profit, not better health.  The funds involved, and the political influence these profits garner make it unlikely that the system will get better soon.

A recent article “Outcry Over EpiPen Prices Hasn’t Made Them Lower” shows why the problem of greed in health care is so sticky (bolds are mine).

Mylan is back in the news. On Wednesday, regulators said the company had most likely overcharged Medicaid by $1.27 billion for EpiPens.   The same day, a group of pension funds announced that they hoped to unseat much of Mylan’s board for “new lows in corporate stewardship,” including paying the chairman $97 million in 2016, more than the salaries of the chief executives at Disney, General Electric and Walmart combined.

Mylan, they said, is an example of a firm that has thrived by learning to absorb, and then ignore, opprobrium.  The company has an effective monopoly on a lifesaving product, which has allowed its leaders to see public outrage as a tax they must pay, and then move on.

Mylan has been called out again and again over the years — by the company’s own employees, regulators, patients, politicians and the press — and hasn’t changed, even as revenue has skyrocketed, hitting $11 billion last year.  The firm is a case study in the limits of what consumer and employee activism, as well as government oversight, can achieve.

There are two ways to resolve America’s health care problem personally.  The first is to become a supreme activist and organizer.  If you do this, act from resolve and logic not anger.  The second way to solve the problem is to create your own good, natural health habits, so you and your family won’t need to interact with the system.

To help improve routines for well-being, here is a really important health tip – “Improve your nutrition with timing”.

Nutrition is one of the most important foundations of good health.  There are many factors that contribute to poor dietary habits.  For example, a mostly overlooked factor of nutrition is that when you eat, may be just as important as what you eat.

The online natural health giant, Dr. Mercola, (3) says:  In over 30 years of clinical practice, intermittent fasting is one of the most effective ways to shed excess weight I have ever seen. This is for two reasons  because it helps improve your insulin and leptin sensitivity and because it “resets” your body to more effectively burn fat for fuel.

Both Ayurveda and Andean nutritional sciences teach that the best time for main meal of the day is noon.  These sciences say that we should avoid eating close to bedtime because sleeping after meals can have serious health consequences.

Research shows that feeding mitochondria at a time when energy is not needed causes a large number of electrons to leak.  This turns oxygen in the system into free radicals.  Free radicals in turn damage cellular structure and even DNA.  There’s also evidence that the damaged cells are linked to the formation of cancer cells.  Uniformly cancer patients have damaged mitochondria, so the last thing you want to do is eat right before bedtime.

Andean nutritional disciplines include eating only on an empty stomach (not less than four hours between meals) and having the evening meal before or near 6pm.

Everlasting wealth, happiness and joie de vivre begin with good nutrition.

Good nutrition begins by eating the right food  at the correct time.

Eat only on an empty stomach.

Take comfortable strolls rather than sitting or naps after meals and make your last meal of the day light and three to four hours before you sleep for the night.

Eating this way helps balance blood sugar and hormones so that you gain maximum energy and natural good health from your meals.


(1)   An Insider Look on Health-Care

(2) Outcry over epipen prices hasn’t made them lower

(3) Intermittent fasting


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