Being a physician, Health Care Reform is a subject of much interest to me. I have several suggestions that could help save the lives and health of millions of Americans especially that of our children and future generations. I know that reform needs to happen NOW but if we don’t change the CAUSES of poor health what have we really accomplished? What good will it do if millions of Americans continue with obesity, cancer, heart disease and poor health? Having health insurance is good especially for severe trauma cases or where hospitalization is really necessary. But just because one has health insurance does not mean they are going to be able to go to a doctor and have the cause of their health problems corrected. They will get symptomatic relief with expensive and risky prescription drugs. So was their health problem really corrected? Are they really any healthier? Are we a healthier nation?
One suggestion to help eliminate one cause of obesity, poor health, premature deaths, heart disease and cancer is to outlaw ALL YOU CAN EAT BUFFETS. I live in one of the FATTEST cities in America. As a physician for eighteen years, I see the effects that overeating creates. I don’t know if you have “All You Can Eat Buffets” in Washington, but they are commonplace in my city. I have been to them. I have overeaten. I gained sixty pounds. I know firsthand what it’s like to be overweight. I continue to see it everyday in my practice. People with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, heartburn, acid reflux, colitis, arthritis, back pains, knee pains allergies and food sensitivities (which are mainly due to all the chemicals, artificial colors flavors enhancers additives etc.). People suffer with these symptoms NOT because they don’t have health insurance. They suffer with these symptoms mainly because they have made poor choices. And they have made poor choices from lack of proper education. Even the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Pyramid was teaching a diet that was not properly balanced. I continually educate my patients on what a truly healthy and balanced diet is in order to prevent diabetes, colon cancer, breast cancer, heart disease etc. I teach them the importance proper exercise and how to reduce and cope with stress. I teach my patients Baby Steps Back to Health. I teach them to follow the 80/20 rule when it comes to eating. Eighty percent of the time eat healthy and twenty percent of the time indulge a little.
For too many years there has been confusion as to what are healthy foods. Special interest groups continue to put profits before the health of our nation. Our history is full of examples; actors portraying doctors were paid to do cigarette commercials stating that smoking was good for the digestion (1950’s), margarine is healthier (1970’s), low fat is better, sugar free is zero calorie and better for you and on and on.
According to a recent news report, “the president said health care overhaul is both a moral and economic imperative because of the system’s huge stress on the nation’s financial books. He blamed Washington politics and industry lobbying for past failures, while pledging to put the public’s interest ahead of both this time. Increased coverage, improved services and better control of costs. “I just want to figure out what works,” he said. His advisers say while he hopes for a bipartisan measure, he won’t be deterred by ideological fights or interest group opposition.”
Mr. President we need to make the right changes and choices in order to reap good results. I urge you to put special interest groups aside and do what’s right for America. I urge you to really make a change in the health and lives of millions of Americans.
I will continue to do all I can to help educate as many people as I possibly can in order that they have the right information in order to make the right choices when it comes to their health, diet and exercise. Here is some information for you to consider:
Mr. President, we know how to prevent most cancers. We just need to stress the importance of prevention to the American people. Prevention is NOT early detection. Screening is NOT prevention. Prevention is educating people with the right information from getting cancer in the first place.
Look at some of these other studies that have been buried which most people will never see because of a big and powerful special interest group (Dairy Association).
A HEALTH HAZARD: Regardless of the fat content, dairy products are a serious health hazard; probably causing more harm than meat because most people believe they are “health foods” and eat them without the slightest precaution.
Atherosclerosis: High levels of antibodies to milk proteins are often found in severe atherosclerosis (commonly known as hardening of the arteries leading to strokes and heart attacks) (Annand J Atherosclerosis 59:347, 1986; Muscari A Ann Ital Med Int 7:7, 1992). It is not just the cholesterol and fat in dairy products that damage the arteries, dairy proteins are also involved. Therefore, people looking to prevent heart attacks should avoid the low-fat dairy products, too.
Diabetes (Childhood, type I): Cow’s milk proteins can trigger diabetes in experimental animals. Worldwide, the incidence of childhood diabetes is tied directly and strongly with the amount of dairy products consumed by people in various countries (Dahl-Jorgensen K. Diabetes Care 14:1081, 1991). Exclusive breast feeding, which delays exposure to cow’s milk infant formula, reduces the risk of diabetes in children.
I wonder if you will even really get to see this letter especially in its entirety. I can only hope and pray to God that you and your wife , Michelle Obama listen to the people and see how much truth there is in what I write.
Carlos M. Gonzalez D.C.