Health Care Costs. Are We Chasing the Wind?
by Bill Sardi: Will
Technological Breakthroughs Save the American Economy? Maybe, If
Politicians Would Just Get Out of the Way
Take a gander
at the following survey published nearly a decade ago (abstract
presented at the end of this report). It reveals the multiple physical
effects (elevated blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, incidence
of arthritis and infection) of the diabesity epidemic now sweeping
the globe. While the doctors have their scopes placed on all over
their patientsí bodies the elephant in the room is the processed
was conducted in France where people tend to be leaner, maybe because
of the red wine they drink. Consider how modern medicine has capitalized
on this situation. Instead of condemning processed food diets, intentionally
designed by food purveyors to disarm satiation in order to sell
more food, modern medicine piled on and sold more inappropriate
drugs and performed more needless surgical procedures.
The whole situation
is akin to a frayed wire that continually produces sparks that then
triggers repeated fires that have to be put out with a fire extinguisher.
In this metaphor, you have to keep taking drugs or even dietary
supplements to put out the fires. Such an approach is a giant (intentional?)
misdirection. Stop the pyromania and the sales of fire extinguishers
is pushing anti-cholesterol drugs, blood pressure-lowering pills,
pain relievers, antibiotics, anti-diabetic pills, and even performing
surgery for a condition known as hyperhidrosis (sweaty palms) that
all appear to be diet related, not to mention lap-band and gastric
bypass surgery to reduce girth and implantation of artificial hips
and knees and a myriad of surgical procedures on vertebral discs
to relieve pain.
Is it ethical
to implant an artificial knee on a 300-pound man who is 5 foot 7
inches tall? Modern medicine has no hesitation in doing so. Artificial
knees in obese patients often
require a second surgical procedure.
A few ethical
in Australia suggest "unloading" the weight on the
knee to reduce obesity-related strain that destroys joints. They
say there has been "an overemphasis on drugs and direct surgical
repair." Their voice is like a whisper in the opportunistic
hurricane that surrounds them.
may attempt to justify the implantation of artificial joints in
order to give obese patients greater mobility. But the idea that
a knee or hip implant should produce a more mobile patient who can
better control their weight through exercise is not
substantiated by published studies.
implant patients are diabetic and are more
likely to incur post-surgical infections. This has not deterred
orthopedists from performing these operations. After all, they have
antibiotics, donít they (another drug to sell)?
who received a hip implant that was allegedly defective is suing
its manufacturer because of metal particles that flaked off of the
implant. The patient
is described as a diabetic with nerve problems, and while his
weight is not mentioned, you can bet he is obese. An outfit now
recruits patients on the internet who have been harmed by surgical
implants. The legal profession is piling on too. Itís all good
is grappling with how to reduce health care costs, over 1
million Americans now undergo joint replacement operations and
that number is expected to grow to 4 million over the next decade
or two. Better than 4 in 10 adults over age 60 now report
lower body functional impairment. What a market for the opportunist
doctors and joint implant companies! And the patients say they were
promised their Medicare benefits and oppose any efforts to deprive
them of this modern technology. So much for giving up potato chips.
to this problem is dietary, but precisely which one Ė the Atkins
high-fat diet, a vegetarian diet, which one?
the best results
are obtained with low-carbohydrate diets. But does that mean
less sugar and so-called high glycemic foods? Not exactly. As long
as a person is feeding the sugar-craving yeast in their digestive
tract, they will crave sweets and the weight will pile on.
A few years
ago modern medicine set out to determine if what I just said is
true. So a study was conducted where so-called healthy adults were
given a high-carbohydrate (sugar) diet to see if this would raise
the concentration of yeast (Candida albicans count) in samples taken
Well, the study
was bogus. Researchers couldnít find an increased yeast count with
increased sugar (carbohydrate) consumption. But 78.6%
of these so-called healthy subjects in this study already had detectable
amounts of Candida albicans in mouthwash samples! Yeast had
overgrown all the way up to their mouth and this was considered
even admitted the flaw in their study when they suggested "follow-up
studies should address the question of whether restriction of refined
carbohydrates might decrease the number of Candida albicans
organisms colonizing the human gastrointestinal tract."
how severely should refined carbohydrates be restricted? Kat James,
who overcame her own eating disorder and wrote a book about it,
maintains that not only carbohydrates like bread, pasta, rice and
refined sugars, but for the metabolically-compromised even so-called
"health foods" like whole grains, some beans and most fruit sugars
must be avoided and more good fats eaten if one wants to biochemically
transform into a fat-burning state. James was invited to present
her program in my home and proved her point.
Of note, in
her book The Truth About Beauty, James includes two studies where
as much as double the calories were consumed with greater weight
loss in the higher calorie groups, as long as the calories were
low-glycemic. Her advice would be worth a few trillion dollars to
a bankrupt disease care system.
Well, so much
for Jenny Craig-like limited-calorie diets that only work as long
as you can deny your own hunger pangs. Do you think various commercially
popularized diet plans really want you to conquer your weight problem
once and for all? No, they want you to come back and buy more, just
like the doctors and pharmaceutical companies.
Med. 2003 Apr 26; 32(15):689-95.
of discomfort and complications in a population of 18,102 patients
overweight or obese patients].
nutrition, Institut Pasteur de Lille, Lille (59).
of disorders associated with overweight and obesity is a major public
health problem. It is therefore important to better identify these
concomitant disorders and how their frequencies vary with sex and
A survey was
carried out during a 5 month-period from September 2001 to January
2002) among 4 727 general practitioners distributed throughout France
in 18 102 patients with a body mass index (BMI)>25 kg/m2. The
practitioners evaluated the presence of concomitant disorders using
a closed questionnaire. The patients assessed global discomfort
linked to overweight using an analog visual scale. Univariate and
multivariate analyses of the concomitant disorders and self-reported
discomfort depending on age, gender and BMI were performed.
population comprised 66.8% of women (W) and 33.2% of men (M). Mean
age was 48.0 +/- 13.2 years and mean BMI was 34.6 +/- 6.1, with
no differences between the two sexes. The most frequent concomitant
disorders were back pain (44.6%), hypertension (high blood pressure)
(44.2%), dyslipidemia (elevated blood fats-cholesterol) (39.9%),
knee osteoarthritis (30.8%), lower limb edema (ankle swelling) (24.3%),
hypersudation (hyperhidrosis; sweaty palms) (23.8%), skin fold mycosis
(fungal infection) (22.8%) and type 2 diabetes (21.6%). In multivariate
analyses, the distribution of these disorders varied with sex: hypertension,
type 2 diabetes, dyslipidemia, and hypersudation/hyperhidrosis were
more frequent in men, whereas knee osteoarthritis, back pain, and
skin fold mycosis (fungus) were more frequent in women. The prevalence
(odd ratio, OR) of back pain and dyslipidemia did not increase with
higher BMI and the prevalence of back pain did not increase with
age. Overall discomfort related to overweight was rated as 61.3
+/- 19.9 mm on a 0 to 100-mm scale. Discomfort was less marked in
men, decreased with age and increased with BMI (and with the consultations
in the Paris area).
shows the complexity of relationships between concomitant diseases,
overall discomfort, BMI, age and sex (in the population of overweight
and obese patients) and should improve the management of such patients
and their complications.
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