Better stay healthy! Healthcare is rapidly becoming a political football.
Bipartisan grandstanding is replacing science. Innovation is taking a backseat to squabbling. Resources are being fought over. The only good news here is for politicians and TV junkies – there is tremendous potential for grandstanding. It’s all going to make for great television drama – complete with heroes, villains, victims, and childish demands!
Not to mention “good government” feel-goods posing as responsible adults. These people love to advance clever sound-bite friendly “compromises” that usually embrace the worst ideas from all the political camps.
As a potential healthcare consumer, you are subordinate to all this political acting out. As always, we are hard at work developing a practical approach to keep your options open so you don’t get stuck with the inevitable result: Piddley, cookie-cutter medicine. If you are not convinced that politics is rapidly overshadowing basic medical science, consider the latest drama:
“I don’t feel like dancing a jig or counting coup on the other side,” said Obamacare repeal advocate Rep. Steve King (R-IA) “This is just a milestone along the way.”
But wait, there’s more! The courts are wading into the political healthcare mess. Twenty-seven states are suing the federal government over the constitutionality of small facets of the health care overhaul. Again, YEA! (Perhaps all the lawyers and “stakeholders” will simply decide to split the baby.)
And with federal regulators and rampant lawsuits now turning the creation of new drugs into an $800 million risk-venture, new medicines to save our lives and help us battle diseases are already at a relative standstill. Instead of making it easier to create new life-saving medicines, a January 23 New York Times article notes that the Obama Administration’s solution is to spawn a new bureaucracy to suck even more investment out of medical innovation, noting:
“The Obama Administration has become so concerned about the slowing pace of new drugs coming out of the pharmaceutical industry that its officials have decided to start a billion-dollar government drug development center to help create medicines.”
Fantastic. Now the government wants to get into the business of creating life-saving drugs when all they need do is take their regulatory and legal jackboot off the necks of medical entrepreneurs!
THE UPSHOT: This circus will all go on for years while medical advancements wither and access to first-rate care vanishes! But it won’t be boring. Idaho’s Republican-dominated legislature plans to use an obscure 18th century doctrine to declare the health care bill null and void. And six other States are considering “nullification” bills of their own.
My point is this: We can’t change the self-serving narcissism of politics, but individualists such as you can take charge of your own health. That’s where your focus should be. Securing personal health options independent of all the domineering political foolishness.
STEP ONE: The healthier you and your family are, the less you need to depend on health insurance companies, pharmaceutical corporations or big government health laws. Here are three health supplements to get you started on your medical self-reliance plan, and expect to hear a lot more from us on this subject going forward:
Peanut Butter, Chocolate, and Red Wine: A Tasty and Healthy Meal
All three mentioned above contain Resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant also found in mulberry fruit and Japanese Knotweed.
Resveratrol is found to have positive benefits on your cardiovascular health.
Resveratrol, found in red wine, is widely believed to be the secret behind the “French Paradox”: despite having one of the highest fat diets in the world, the French have a 42% lower occurrence of heart disease than Americans.
Studies reported in Molecular Cancer Therapeutics also show that it has cancer fighting characteristics by inducing apoptosis (programmed cell death) in unhealthy cells, which helps inhibit the growth of existing tumors and prevents new ones from forming.
It may also help enhance your weight loss diet since it has the ability to activate the SiRT1 gene which breaks down stored fat in the body.
One caution, if you’re a woman with estrogen sensitivities or if you use blood-thinning medications, check with your physician first before taking resveratrol.
Centuries-Old Indian Spice Can Help with Today’s Diseases
Curcumin, a spice made from turmeric (it’s the main ingredient that gives Indian curry its yellow color) has also been used as a medicinal herb for centuries in Asia.
Traditionally, it’s used to treat arthritis, digestive problems, and urinary complaints.
Today, research published in the Journal of Neuroscience indicates that Curcumin may be helpful in treating:
Can Eating Berries, Grapes, and Pine Bark Make You Feel Better?
OPC (Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins) is a group of closely related compounds found in several foods such as grape-seed extract, some apples such as (Granny Smith and Red Delicious), red wine, cranberries, blueberries, bilberries, tea, legumes, black currant, onions, pine bark extract (more commonly know as Pycnogenol), and parsley. Most OPC supplements are made from either grape seed extract or Pycnogenol (maritime pine bark) or both.
You can purchase these products at most nutrition/vitamin superstores online or in your neighborhood. Both GNC and Vitamin Shoppe are good national chains with solid information on their products.
As healthcare turns into a political football your best bet is medical self-reliance. Self-reliance is a process as much as a goal, so it is best you get started now.