Greg Roach's Berkshires Blog
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
  Eat Better and Exercise More
If you live in North Adams, you probably already have an opinion of Dr. Peter May, the enthusiastic chiropractor on Church St. But I'll tell you what, the man cares deeply and passionately about community and personal health. Regardless of your views regarding his adventures in politics, he is worth listening to when he preaches about better living leading to better health.
The most important things we need to do to maintain and improve our health are:

1. Stop listening to and believing ads mongering diseases and the drugs that "cure" them.

2. Reclaim your health by taking personal responsibility and working at it every day.

3. Get regular exercise: 30 to 60 minutes per day.

4. Eat healthy food — mostly organic fruits and vegetables, lean meats, nuts and seeds — and drink plenty of water.

5. Cultivate a positive outlook on life and always strive for personal growth and development.
I can't say that I always agree with him on every medical topic that he written about(i.e. vaccinations) but you would be hard pressed to argue effectively against his premise: As a society we are an over-medicated, unhealthy bunch.

Hopefully he will be writing more on this topic for The Transcript in the future.
Right on Greg - over medicated and unhealthy - and our own fear of letting our bodies take care of themselves has lead to our health care crisis.

We had to fight our insurance company to cover my two births at a birthing center - the actual cost was $2,000 a piece. If I had gone to the hospital, the bill would have been closer to $10,000 per child - a bill they would have been happy to cover.
Well he's entirely right, certainly - and that's just funny to me that a chiropractor has to speak the plain truth about health, considering many consider that a pseudo science that has squirmed its way into public acceptance.
Our health care system is in chaos with no fix in sight, we all know this. We all have some horror story to tell and it is only getting worse every day. When you have the Insurance Industry running the system you are not going to get a very people friendly system. They make deals with the Doctors, the Hospitals, the Drug Companies, and the Politicians, they even get legislation passed forcing us to buy their product.....Do you think we stand a chance of getting premium care from an Industry that is only looking at their bottom line?
We can help our own cause by doing all the things Dr. May suggests. But the fact remains that even after all the self help, we still need a professionals intervention. But if the deck is stacked against us from the get go....then what?
pseudo-science? jan 17th and yesterday's (01-27-08) nytimes articles on cholesterol...a myth wrapped in a fairy tale
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