Health & Medical

New Year Prediction

Millions of Americans will reject Sickcare (erroneously called Healthcare) for Self Care.

A few years ago, my wife and I were on a Grand Circle vacation in the burgundy region of France.  As part of the tour, we were invited to dinner by a widowed 70 year old mother of nine at her French farm house.  It turned out to be a most memorable, epicurean 7 course meal I have ever experienced in France.

Armand had bicycled four miles to the village to buy her fresh sea food and meat that day, and then picked the vegetables and herbs from her personal garden behind the farmhouse, which was an interesting ranch home with wonderful hand carved furniture displayed in all the rooms.

The wine flowed with a before dinner drink of champagne and peach extract and white wine with the meal and desert wine as part of the desert menu.

The French consume 106 liters of wine per capita, and in contrast, in America, we consume 56 gallons (54 liters) per capita of soft drinks laced with chemicals (artificial sweeteners, traces of chemical cleaners and etc) and liquid corn syrup, which helps produce a obesity problem that effects one out of three Americans.

The French have a socialized healthcare system with under paid medical professionals compared to US standards.  They also are one of the healthiest populations in the world.

Out of curiosity, I asked Armand what she thought of the French healthcare system.  Her answer was:  “I have no comment.”  Then I asked her why?   Answer: “I have never used the system.”   Obviously, she had midwives at the birth of her children.  In the US, 95% of the births are with attending physicians who pay the highest medical liability rates there are for physicians.  At the same time a third of the babies are surgically removed for convenient birth times for the attending medical personnel.  France also has one of the lowest infant mortality rates whereas the US is ranked with third world countries.

So, it seems that France with socialized medicine that cost less than half what the current US system, they enjoy a much better healthier lifestyle with greater longevity. In addition, long lunch hours and afternoon naps help relieve the stress in their lives. It appears the answer is that most Frenchmen don’t need the system if they get enough exercise (ride the bike to town, etc) and eat a variety of good nutritious foods and take a nap in the afternoon.

Upon arrival back in the states, I had my annual blood test and it was the best I ever experienced.  Since then, I do Self Care.  I’m fortunate I live in a state where I can order a blood test for my PSA, my chemical panel and blood components without a physicians order. In addition a heart and artery checkup including an EKG and 5 other tests is available.  In all, I can do Self Care for less than the $300 deductible on my medical insurance policy and only seek professional treatment when there is a red flag.

Last November, I did my 2009 Self Care program and my results were terrific.  I have a High Fiber diet with little sugar, no pop and little meat.  Plenty of fish and I do exercise.

With millions of more Americans entering the new bloated Democratic-lobbyist rigged sickcare system, in the future, physicians will be hard pressed to find time to see all the new patients.  Self Care is the only way to go.

T. Braun, Pharmacist, Buyer, Marketing Executive for a Major Drug Chain. Active for over 45 years in Pharmacy.

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