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Author: inparadise Big funky green star, 20000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 736963  
Subject: Re: A Pessimistic View? Health Care Costs and ER Date: 3/7/2005 7:38 AM
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We know a lot more about nutrition now than when our grandparents fought the (relatively) occasional diagnosis of cancer. Now, with one of two men and one of three women facing a cancer diagnosis in his/her lifetime, we MUST re-think Cancer, Inc.'s unbearably expensive approach.

We sure do know more about nutrition, and yet we get fatter and fatter. People, consumers, don't want to be bothered with eating right. They just want to take a pill. Don't blame big business for giving consumers that which they demand.

I'll give you an example. My dad had bypass surgery at 58. As a family we looked into nutritional alternatives to surgery, and though it was determined that surgery was necessary, my parents switched to that god aweful Pritikin Diet. Eating that food is enough to make you want to die, but between that very low fat diet and lots of exercise, their health improved greatly. Forward about 15 years to find them living in a retirement community where sugar is the opiate of the elderly. Though some of the food options in their meals were healthier than others, few ever took them. Even though they knew the benefits of eating properly, my parents lapsed back into taking poor choices, and as many of them as they could get for "free." What they couldn't eat in the dining room they took back to their apartment. Lo and behold, Dad's angina came back with a vengence. Fortunately for him, chelation therapy was effective, but had he continued eating properly, retreating his heart condition most likely would not have been an issue.

Though I know it's been mentioned to you many times before, we are seeing more cancer in part because we are living longer. Dad is experiencing his second cancer right now. Had he died around 55 from coronary heart disease like the majority of InParadise men who came before him, he would have never even experienced his first bout.

InParadise,
thinking without the consumers wanting it, there would be no "Big Bad Pharma"
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