Another fitness model with a great strong body, whom I adore (she was Babe of the Month on my old blog), Christine Lydon—an American—now living in Canada—British Columbia to be exact, has released a new book Ten Years Thinner and has a website regarding it. I am still glad she has NOT fallen off the radar screen and is still preaching the gospel of good health and disease prevention. In her website, she mentions that she studied for an MD but never practiced it. Here’s her conclusions on the modern medical practice that was probably a key factor:
Medical school cured my fantasy.
I quickly learned that most people who suffered from serious medical conditions would never be “as good as new,” that treatable almost never meant curable, and that drug side effects could be just as devastating as the illnesses they were intended to alleviate. Moreover, I was appalled by the alarming degree to which the pharmaceutical industry shaped my medical education. By pouring billions of dollars every year into drug research, pharmaceutical companies subsidize the education of every physician who graduates from an American medical school. The upshot of this arrangement is a medical system that places inordinate emphasis on disease treatment without the slightest attention to disease prevention. And as a result, most doctors are shockingly ignorant about the most fundamental aspects of healthy living.
The hypocrisy of healthcare hit me hardest when I was a surgical resident. During my albeit brief tenure as an orthopaedic intern, I spent over one hundred hours per week within the dreary confines of County Hospital. In my profound state of sleep deprivation, things like regular exercise and healthy eating quickly fell by the wayside. Unfortunately, the only reliably palatable items dispensed by the hospital cafeteria were baked goods. Dessert became the main source of pleasure in my life.
Later on she says:
Obviously, I cannot single-handedly revolutionize health care. Shifting the emphasis from disease treatment to disease prevention would involve a large-scale overhaul of the entire medical establishment– something that is not likely to happen any time soon. Unfortunately, that does not change the fact that, in the real world, the only completely reliable way to “cure” disease is to stop it from happening in the first place. But don’t expect to unearth a wealth of knowledge about disease prevention at your doctor’s office.
Christine, you maybe right that you may not change healthcare singlehandedly but you are of many who are planting seeds of a revolution. Viva La Revolucion, Christine!
The website on Christine’s book is at http://www.tenyearsthinner.com/.