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My Health & American Healthcare

By on September 21, 2013
Overweight Man

I will not mince words folks. 

In my humble opinion, our United States Health Care System is now a mess.  We spend more money per capita on health care than any other nation on earth, yet the quality of our health care is near the bottom, compared to other industrialized nations.

Dr. T. Colin Campbell (Author of the National Bestseller, “The China Study”), in his recently released book, “Whole– Rethinking the Science of Nutrition” discusses several key failures of our U.S. Health System  concisely and  brilliantly.

I will paraphrase several of Dr. Campbell’s general observations.

Most chronic diseases, including hypertension, heart disease and diabetes are basically micromanaged by health professionals, without any “big-picture” perspective.  An array of new technologies are used for early diagnosis  (not to be confused with prevention) and there is great dependence upon pharmaceutical drugs, and surgery, which seldom cure chronic disease.   Generally, doctors and other health professionals, cannot see the forest through the trees. Dr. Campbell refers to this flawed approach as reductionism.

To read the rest of this article by Dr. Ed James, click here.

Dr. Ed James is a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and has a Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from Cornell University. He’s been in private practice since 1998 and is 100% vegan.

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