Vote for me 2012

Now with all this electioneering all underway and stuff, I’m hearing a lot of people doing a lot of talking about Medicare/Medicaid and what needs to be done with them. Let me start by saying this is NOT a political rant; it’s a HEALTH rant.
However, given current need vs. funding, Medicaid will be bankrupt in just a matter of years and Medicare isn’t too far behind. Not spreading fear, just business 101. If you spend more than you make-you end up red.  Maybe it’s taxes, maybe it isn’t; but it IS usage. We are a sick, and sicker people.

Just this morning on the radio I heard the CDC report that for the first time ever, at least 20% of every state & DC is now obese. Not overweight-OBESE. Obesity is the new smoking, by which I mean the new leader in disease, death and disability and health care expenditures.
It’s the new leading cause of hypertension. Long time fans may remember me talking about the silent killer a while back. Many of you may also know that we are a DOT medical card facility. The US Dept of Transportation requires everyone driving a commercial vehicle to have periodic physicals to ensure highway safety. One critical marker is blood pressure. Not only have I noticed a steady climb in average readings, for the first time in 5 years I have had to DQ (not Dairy Queen) 2 drivers in 1 week. I’ve also noticed a steady climb in diabetes-also directly related to weight AND disease.
I believe it was Ben Franklin or maybe even Ben & Jerry that said “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” I can fix Medicare & Medicaid without raising taxes, physician pay cuts, death panels or shooting Mom-Mom to the moon. Instead of treating disease, let’s prevent it. How? Why weight (see what I did there?)?  Given that diet and diet-related disorders are the leading cause of disease in the US, we could all use to lose a few
But wait, you don’t have to be fat to have your diet kill you. Most diseases that plague modern man are caused by diet-induced chronic inflammation. Here is a partial list of conditions that are driven by diet-induced inflammation: aches and pain, fatigue, feeling old, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, acne, aging, syndrome X, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, peripheral vascular disease, stroke, Alzhemier’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, psoriasis, eczema, and multiple sclerosis. Even feeling tired and unwell is promoted by inflammation.
We now know that every meal will either promote or inhibit inflammation. Eventually, the combination of a pro-inflammatory diet, lack of exercise, lack of sleep, and stress will generate a magnified “pro-inflammatory state,” which acts as the fertilizer needed to grow a chronic disease such as heart disease, or something less life-threatening like chronic fatigue and pain that leads to a life of misery. To prevent the expression of disease, we all have to address imbalances with our nutrition, breathing, exercise, sleep, and stress. For some the outcome can be life-altering. We offer successful & safe weight loss programs along with nutritional counseling and products.
Well, there you go, problem solved. VOTE DR. LEE 2012!!!