LifeWorks Wellness Center Blog
This week a close friend was just diagnosed with stage IV cancer. She has started her treatments and made a comment to me that slightly took me aback. She said, "Getting cancer has been the best thing that has ever happened to me. It’s gotten me to slow down, look around, appreciate, and really get into communication with my family, friends, and environment like never before. Prior to the diagnosis, I was on a treadmill, moving every second, making sure everything always got done and it was such a whirlwind that I missed the pleasure of just being alive. Now I am experiencing that! And what a pleasure it is. I am actually very happy."
Fortunately we don't know our future. It could be decades or seconds. It’s mostly out of our hands.
But, if we knew it was days, how would we react with other people? Would we get as quickly annoyed or angry with the people around us? Would we say “I appreciate you” or “I love you” more often? Would we be more patient, helpful or kind?
Life is a miracle gift. We didn't ask for it - suddenly we were here. It will last as long as it lasts and then it will be gone. Take a minute and think about what you could still do with your life so that when it’s nearly over, and you look back, you can say with satisfaction: I lived, I helped, and I got done what I set out to do, and others were glad I was here and did what I did.
Have a great week,
Dr. David I Minkoff, MD
In This Edition:
- Happy New Year
- LifeWorks Success
- Dr. Springer on Thyroid Disease
- The Absurdity of it All
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- LifeWorks Accepts Care Credit
Greetings all and a belated Happy New Year!...
In this Edition
- Book - The Big Fat Surprise
- The Myths That Keep Getting Perpetuated
- Author Interview - The Big Fat Surprise, by Nina Teicholz
- Dr. Springer Discusses the Causes of Thyroid Disease
- Patient Success Story Going Paleo
Book - The Big Fat Surprise
Greetings! This issue will more deeply acquaint you with the excellent book, The Big Fat Surprise. First is my take on it which follows here and then an interview with the author that gives you much of the info in the book.
When I was in med school one of the professors told us that 50% of what we were being taught was wrong. But the big problem was, they didn’t know which 50%. Now I see that the reason for much of this is that a lot data was contrived, not discovered by scientific study. So we learned it all, unquestioningly, and passed our exams and hoped for the best. Realistically it didn’t matter if you saw that something didn’t work, they said, because the standard of medical care is set by your State Medical Board and has nothing to do with outcomes. After all, hundreds of thousands of people die every year from medical treatments and life goes on as if nothing bad had ever happened. This occurs because the standard of care does not track outcomes. It follows opinions only of “experts.” They are the determiners of truth. And often the experts have opinions that are not backed up by scientific facts.
After reading The Big Fat Surprise what I realized is that what becomes health care practice and policy is not determined by scientific truth by experiment. It is determined by politics, economics and self-aggrandizement. We have been sold. Not because it works, but because there is a profit in it. And so from that, Madison Avenue is employed to brainwash the public, and special interest groups are formed to give scientific validity, and attack groups are formed to take out any protesters. And if you are researcher with a differing opinion you will not get grant money and your voice and your work will be silenced and suppressed.
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