Health is defined as a state of well-being. It is not only the absence of disease but also the ability to bounce back from illness. Good health is the combination of the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social aspects by which we measure our quality of life.
Our current health care system heavily promotes that you be “pro-active” and get “checked-out” regularly. For example:
They suggest that you go for a colonoscopy regularly. This is called preventative medicine.
Once you turn 50 years of age, you receive a lovely letter in the mail. This is not from your family Doctor; this is from someone you’ve never met. This is from “Cancer Care Ontario”. All of a sudden, someone you don’t know found out that YOU just turned 50 and instead of wishing you a happy birthday, they want you to know that you are OLD and suggest that you start getting your bum checked out regularly for possible cancer!
Wait a minute, how did they get my name? With all the current privacy laws in place, someone I’ve never met who works for “Cancer Care Ontario” managed to NOT ONLY get my name but my birthday and my address. Am I the only person who sees a problem with this? Ok, I know that’s a different subject so I’ll try not to get off track.
Let’s say you go to the clinic and have your first colonoscopy. If your results show there is nothing of concern, they will let you wait 10 years before having another test. You are low risk.
If you have a polyp, they will remove it. The polyp might be pre-cancerous or cancerous, but also might not be. If you have a couple of polyps removed which turn out to be non-cancerous, they would like to check you again in 5-10 years. They will continue with routine screenings every 5-10 years until you are over the age of 76. You are considered as low to medium risk of developing cancer.
If you have a family history of having polyps, inflammatory bowel disease or colorectal cancer, you are high risk. If you are a high-risk patient, they want to check you out more often than every 5 years.
One in every 400 colonoscopies can present with complications. These complications may include serious bleeding, colon perforations, infection, abdominal pain or a cardiovascular event.
If you live to be older than 85 without an incident of colon cancer, they no longer recommend having a screening done.
So, let’s get this straight. Once you turn 50, the privacy laws go to hell in a hand basket. Your age, birth date and place of residence becomes common knowledge to the public affairs division of Cancer Care Ontario. You start receiving letters to “recommend” that you get a colon screening, then a mammogram, then maybe a cervical cancer screening or who knows what else! Sorry guys, not sure if you get these lovely letters for anything other than colon screenings.
A colonoscopy does not “prevent” cancer. It is a test designed to FIND cancer. The fact is all of the screenings are simply looking for cancer. So, you either have it or you don’t. It is not preventative medicine.
What Bothers Me
As I think this through, the medical profession’s idea of preventative medicine is to go for an invasive screening that can cause stress, discomfort and possible side effects like serious bleeding, colon perforations, infection, abdominal pain or cardiovascular incident.
If there is a problem, (like a polyp) they remove it. Then they wait to see if you can grow any more over the next few years. Well, if you don’t make any lifestyle changes, there is a really good chance your body will know how to grow another one.
Do they talk with you about how to prevent polyps?
Do they suggest why these polyps are appearing in the first place?
Is there any suggestion about possible food allergies?
Do they ever call you to let you know there is good news?
Sadly, I don’t have the answers to all of these questions. The only thing I have to offer is a different method of health care. I call it Natural Health Care. In fact, I call it Customized Health Care designed to provide you with the correct nutrients that match what your body wants in order to function at its best.
I’m not telling you shouldn’t get tested. I’m not even telling you what to do. I just want you to remember, you are the commander of your own body, your own life and your own destiny. You get to make the decisions! Don’t hand over your rights to me, or someone you’ve never met. You are in charge, so… take care of yourself!