In this episode I dive into the problem with our sick care medical system today –appointment times that are too short for a doctor to truly diagnose you fully and a pharmaceutical industry hungry for profits, pushing drugs as the only option for healing –and yet they don’t heal in many cases, they simply mask one symptom, which drives another symptom, and they encourage another drug. I dive into the history as it wasn’t always this way, and when we started to this drive for billion-dollar sales and how this all came to be. If you are starting to question our current sick care system or have been questioning it for some time, you’ll want to listen to this episode to learn more about the issues and some book recommendations to continue your learning. I also round out the episode with suggestions as to changes that need to be made, as well as things you can do starting today to take responsibility for your health and invest in it as you would any other asset. After all, your health is your greatest asset!
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Melissa is an Integrative Health Practitioner helping people get to the root cause of their health issues. Melissa neither diagnoses nor cures but helps bring your body back into balance by helping discover your “toxic load” and then removing the toxins. Melissa offers functional medicine lab testing that helps you “see inside” to know exactly what is going on, and then provides a personalized wellness protocol using natural herbs and supplements. Melissa’s business is 100% virtual –the lab tests are mailed directly to your home and she specializes in holding your hand and guiding the way to healing so that you don’t have to figure it all out on your own. Melissa has been featured at a number of Health & Wellness Summits, such as the Health, Wealth & Wisdom Summit, The Power To Profit Summit, The Feel Fan-freaking-tas-tic Summit, and the Aim Higher Summit, and has guested on over 30 different podcasts teaching people about the importance of prioritizing our health and how to get get started.
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Imagine getting up every day full of energy is if you were in your 20s. Again, what would that be? Like? What would that be worth to you? What is your health worth to you? Think about it. Your health isn't everything. But without it, everything else is nothing. And yet too many of us are taking it for granted. until something goes wrong. No one wakes up hoping to be diagnosed with a disease or chronic illness. And yet, we've never been taught how to be proactive in our health through our school system, or public health. As a registered health coach and integrative health practitioner, I believe it is time this information is made available to everyone. Combining new knowledge around your health and the ability to do my functional medicine lab tests in the comfort of your own home will allow you to optimize your health for today and all your tomorrow's don't wait for your wake up call. Welcome back to the don't wait for your wake up call podcast. I'm your host, Melissa dealey. And today I want to talk to you about is it time to do health differently? And so with that, I want to ask you, what is your attitude towards your health? Is it something you never really think about? You simply go about your busy life doing the best that you can, and you have your health? And so you take it for granted. But what happens when you don't have your health? Do you then go to the doctor and get given a pill? And do you think that seven or 10 or 15 minute appointment is enough time for your doctor to truly understand what is going on with you to not only listened to your symptoms, but to also be able to ask you questions about the lifestyle factors that might be influencing those symptoms, such as your stress levels, your diet, your sleep, your exercise, your mindset, your relationships, and more. No, they could never get to all of that in just those short appointments, can they. So they simply have to take the quickest action, make that quick decision about what pharmaceutical drug might help make your symptoms go away. And the problem with that is, is that it's overriding how the body works. You see, our body is sending us symptoms, to alert us to the fact that something is wrong and ask us to do something differently. And if we just take a pill to make the symptoms go away, we aren't changing anything. we've ignored the fact that our body is talking to us. And it will then send us another symptom to try and get our attention. You see, our body first talks to us gently like a feather. But if we ignore it, it will then thump us with a brick. And if we still ignore it, then it's going to walk us with a wrecking ball. And nobody wants that. So if you have been to the doctor, and they've given you that pill, then when the next symptom shows up, we typically go back to the doctor as a result of that symptom. And then we come away with another drug. Is it any wonder that many North Americans are on multiple drugs at any given time. In fact, the sad news is that the average number of prescriptions filled every year for adults in the US is nine. But if you have diabetes, it's 34. If you have heart disease, it's 30. If you have hypertension, it's 25. And that doesn't mention how many prescription drugs you would be on if you actually had two or three of those chronic illnesses at the same time. And six in 10 Americans have one chronic illness, while four and 10 have more than one. These stats are provided by research done by Georgetown University. I have some friends in Canada who tell me that their parents are on 20 plus different prescriptions between them. And the problem is is that Big Pharma is prioritizing shareholder profit over human health. And so their focus is making money. They need you to take their pill every day for the rest of your life. And then you'll need another due to the side effects and enough they have no motivation to help you heal. And this is where I struggle with our medical industry being a for profit industry is there is so much conflict here. Don't get me wrong. I believe that our acute care system is excellent and our doctors are doing their best. But the system is broken with these seven minute or 10 minute appointments and big Pharma is burning desire for more profit.Melissa Deally:mulated by Dr. James black in:Melissa Deally:o keep popping pills. Between:Melissa Deally:Did you know that between:Melissa Deally:
Most of these are lifestyle diseases and drugs are not going to help people heal. But they do help line the pockets of big pharma companies. As doctors tell people to take the drugs for the rest of their life and people do because they trust their doctor and they want to be better and they aren't they aren't provided any other options. You might be wondering where all of this information is coming from that I'm sharing with you today. Well, there are a number of excellent investigative journalism books digging into what is going on inside Big Pharma. One of them that I have here for those that are watching watching on video. This is called our daily meds by Melody Peterson. And she used to write for the New York Times about the big pharma industry until she saw what was going on on the inside and decided to quit her job and write this book to expose the truth behind the industry. Another book that I have here as well is called bottles of Lies by Katherine Eban. This book digs into what is going on in our generic drug industry. That's our low cost industry that is needed because Big Pharma is selling the drugs made locally in North America at such high prices that people can't afford them. Governments can't afford them. And so that has created this generic low cost drug industry. The problem is, is that these drugs are made offshore, because labor is cheaper. But what do you think happens when you create an industry that is low cost? And then the Oversight Committee, ie the FDA is offshore? Do you think there might be some cost cutting happening, these companies learn to make a profit too. So think about that before you buy a generic drug in the future? Read the book to learn even more about this industry. And I know that many insurance companies insist that you they will only cover the generic drug, unless the doctor specifically says you have to have the branded drug. And honestly, I would recommend that you ask your doctor if you need a drug, you ask your doctor for the branded drug because there's definitely more safety protocols in place when it's the branded drug versus the generic drug. And read the book to find out for yourself. There's plenty of other books you can find as well, such as blockbuster drugs, kill shot the truth about drug companies, ADHD, nation, and pharma. The sad thing is, is that the pharmaceutical industry has transformed itself from one that had the capacity to do great good into one that is causing too much needless harm. So I want to ask you right now, is it time to do something differently? Yes, I believe it is. Some things that I believe need to change are. First of all, we need to stop allowing doctors to take drug money. They shouldn't be allowed to accept incentives from big pharma in the form of fully funded holidays for them and their families under the guise of learning. With the pewte, with a few seminars promoting the next billion dollar drug included in the weekend. If a disc jockey cannot receive money from an artist to play their song, why are doctors allowed to be funded by big pharma to we need to spend less money marketing pills, and spend more money on helping prevent people from getting sick in the first place. Remember, back to ancient China and India, it was all about prevention. We need to stop covert advertising stop celebrities being paid to promote drugs, we need to go back to the days of stopping TV advertising. These drugs do not have to be in people's faces, morning, noon and night. And stop allowing Big Pharma to be able to buy their way into medical journals, promoting new drugs with highly selective drug trial results that they've picked and choose the ones that they want to use. And then they pay doctors to sign their name at the bottom of the article that they've written. And then other doctors trust these sources and can't tell the real science from the doctor of science. When this happens. And they start promoting drugs thinking other doctors have had these good experiences with them. But it's really an article written by big pharma and paid a doctor to put his name on it.Melissa Deally:
But what can you start doing today, you can shift your mindset and recognize that your health is your greatest asset and take responsibility for your health and step into proactive action to stay healthy. Rather than ignoring your health until you get sick. It's time to learn how to take proactive action to work with proactive with practitioners that genuinely want to see you get healthy and stay healthy and aren't limited by a system that gives them only seven minutes of time with you. So they can do a full intake they can understand all that's going on your all your lifestyle factors. And if you do have to go to a doctor and they prescribe a drug, ask them about the side effects. Asked to see the product information sheet that comes with every drug and read it first before you accept this as your only solution. And remember that you can always get second opinions. So you might see your doctor, perhaps you also go and see a holistic practitioner to find out how they would be able to help you. And then you can make an informed choice as to what is best for you. As with many things, the only way we can change things is by getting educated and voting with our dollars. Using tools such as this podcast, my YouTube channel, and those of many other holistic practitioners helping people today and spending proactively on your health now, thinking of your health as an investment, as in reality you're going to pay now, or you're going to pay later, and the cost of paying for full time care, or recovery from a disease. Plus the last time in work is significantly higher than choosing to run a few functional medicine lab tests on an annual basis to have a baseline and then be able to catch early warning signs. These labs show you where your body is out of balance, so that we can easily bring it back into balance, at which point it will heal itself just as it's designed to do, it is easier to blow out a small candle flame than a raging inferno. And you can get started today. And the best place to start is to simply understand your toxic load by completing my quiz. The link to this is in my show notes. And I'm hoping this will give you an AHA that your symptoms really are talking to you and asking you to do something different. The great news is that the guided functional medicine detox will help you alleviate these symptoms so that you can get back to feeling energized and living fully. Rather than simply tolerating your symptoms day in and day out. We're so quick to write off those symptoms as signs of aging, seasonal allergies, genetics, and accept them and keep going versus getting curious. Why do I have this symptom right now? And what can I do about it? That's what we need to be doing so that that gentle feather doesn't turn into a brick for a wrecking ball. So please check out the quiz. Find out where you're at today. And once I get your quiz results, I'll send you an email inviting you to book a complimentary call with me so we can discuss those results. As to the podcast. I have three interviews for you this month. I know I normally do two interviews in two solo shows. But I have three fabulous interviews that I wanted to share with you from three very different people. In episode 40 Next week,