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Disconnects within the health care system

I happened to be walking through the hospital when I stopped in the patient’s waiting area to take a phone call (no one was in there). I sat down in front of the vending machine, and saw this magazine (pictured below) in front of the machine. Folks, you just can’t make this stuff up. Getting sugar and processed foods (like the ones that make up the majority of vending machine fare) are one of the best and easiest ways to beat  a lot of common forms of cancer (and other chronic illnesses endemic in the Western World).

The sad part, at least from my perspective, is that you see disconnects like this abound throughout the health care system.

Now, I am not going into a big explanation on why I think this is so, but if you know me or you have read my blog regularly, then you know I don’t believe in bogeyman and conspiracy theories or the so-called evil man behind the curtain. I do believe, though, that a lot of people who want to do good often miss the forest for the trees by not believing that patients should make their own decisions about their health and that the doctor-patient relationship is the most important part of the health care system.

What results is a system that can not coordinate itself in the direction of health, but instead, marches on towards sickness, in spite of a endless supply of ‘good’ ideas and intentions.

This is just an another example.

Dr. Ostric, Plastic Surgery, Chicago

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