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Rod wrote:I doubt Dr McDougall will get a call from president Obama. Obama is more interested in controlling as much of the economy as he can than in reducing the cost of health care. Have you heard one word from him about the benefits of a low-fat, plant based diet? You have not and you will not. Even a man as intelligent and in the forefront of what will come to be a new medical breakthrough as Dr McDougall has been duped by Obama.
The news letter could have made it plain that neither the existing private system nor a government run single payer system is the answer to reduce health care cost, and to the vast amount of unnecessary suffering. A proper diet is essential for those purposes. But if either the single payer system or private system will exist, then for all its faults, at least the private system will not give us rationing as will the single payer system.
The fundamental obstacles that work against Dr McDougall's idea of a health plan focused on diet therapy are (1) public love for meat and dairy, (2) doctors desire to maximize income, and (3) a host of comercial interests vested in the status quo - namely, the meat and dairy industries, drug companies, and the medical community. By the way, my eye doctor is a vegan. But he does not tell his patients with macular degeneration and Type II diabetes that they should read the China Study or that they should consider a low fat, plant based diet.
Perhaps a more ralistic approach than biting off too much, would be for Dr McDougall to set up a PPO focused on diet based therapy. For some idea of the challenge facing him (and I wish him well), I live in Santa Rosa, CA and cannot find a single doctor that follows his philosophy.
Full disclosure requires that I mention that Dr McDougall does not accept me either because I do not have enough money or time to attend one of his sessions.
We have seen in our long lives that money and power motivate almost evey human process. Few are exempt. Keep that in mind when you listen to the new presidents almost daily press conferences.
healthnut wrote:Thanks for the dose of reality, Rod. Obama is a politician who wants to get re-elected, and that won't happen if his administration nags people to make big dietary changes.
I've pretty much given up trying to help my friends and family by (gently) telling them about the China Study or a healthy diet, because people just get annoyed with me. They don't believe anything except what their Doctor tells them. Even if a Doctor does try to pass along good information about diet and exercise, a lot of people ignore it. Also, as Rod said, the meat, dairy and health care industry will block anything that would threaten their profits.
Rob wrote:Section 722 of S. 703, American Health Security Act of 2009, provides for an Office of Primary Care and Prevention Research:
http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin ... is.txt.pdf
You can get a sense of the direction the prevention aspects of the bill entail. Can't say that I see anything to indicate support for dietary and lifestyle modification. Maybe I'm missing something. Funding for this office is as follows:
$150 Million 2010
$180 Million 2011
$216 Million 2012
Section 202 of Title II provides a definition of preventive benefits that will be reimbursed and tracked for effectiveness:
TITLE IIâ€”COMPREHENSIVE BENEFITS, INCLUDING PREVENTIVE
BENEFITS AND BENEFITS FOR LONG-TERM CARE
(b) PREVENTIVE SERVICES.â€”
12 (1) IN GENERAL.â€”In this title, the term â€˜â€˜pre13
ventive servicesâ€™â€™ means items and servicesâ€”
14 (A) whichâ€”
15 (i) are specified in paragraph (2); or
16 (ii) the Board determines to be effec17
tive in the maintenance and promotion of
18 health or minimizing the effect of illness,
19 disease, or medical condition; and
20 (B) which are provided consistent with the
21 periodicity schedule established under para
22 graph (3).
23 (2) SPECIFIED PREVENTIVE SERVICES.â€”The
24 services specified in this paragraph are as follows:
25 (A) Basic immunizations.
1 (B) Prenatal and well-baby care (for in
2 fants under 1 year of age).
3 (C) Well-child care (including periodic
4 physical examinations, hearing and vision
5 screening, and developmental screening and ex
6 aminations) for individuals under 18 years of
8 (D) Periodic screening mammography, Pap
9 smears, and colorectal examinations and exami
10 nations for prostate cancer.
11 (E) Physical examinations.
12 (F) Family planning services.
13 (G) Routine eye examinations, eyeglasses,
14 and contact lenses.
15 (H) Hearing aids, but only upon a deter
16 mination of a certified audiologist or physician
17 that a hearing problem exists and is caused by
18 a condition that can be corrected by use of a
19 hearing aid.
The word diet appears just once in the bill under this same section 202, as a definition related to the provision Medical Food:
MEDICAL FOODS.â€”In this title, the term â€˜â€˜med
14 ical foodsâ€™â€™ means foods which are formulated to be con
15 sumed or administered enterally under the supervision of
16 a physician and which are intended for the specific dietary
17 management of a disease or condition for which distinctive
18 nutritional requirements, based on recognized scientific
19 principles, are established by medical evaluation.
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