We can’t afford to be unhealthy


Everywhere I go, I hear people talking about their health and health care insurance. Many wonder whether they will still have insurance thanks to Obamacare. I share their concern. Who knows how this whole thing will shake out?

It seems there are few things our government cannot screw up. At times I believe they exist for the sole purpose of making our lives more difficult. One day perhaps we taxpayers will wake up and say, “Hey, wait a minute here. I’m not going to pay for this abuse anymore.” Wouldn’t that be great?

Until then, we all need to think about how we’ll survive without the high quality health care we have come to expect. There soon will be fewer doctors available. If your doctor does not cut enough corners, he or she may not be allowed to participate. If you want to keep your doctor, forget it. Our government has stacked the cards against you.

The doctors I know are highly skilled and compassionate. “Obamacare doctors” will be increasingly limited in the tests and treatments they can provide, based upon cost. Obamacare has traded an admittedly poorly run but incredibly capable health care system for even-higher costs and declining standards of care. Sorry.

There is one bright spot in all this doom and gloom. We are now forced to work at being healthier and avoiding disease. The vast majority of disease is preventable. Few people have been willing to make the effort to truly be well. If you’ve been waiting for the right moment to get healthy, you need to start now. If you don’t know how to become reliably healthy, here is some direction. The National Institutes of Health has spent billions of dollars to figure out the answer to ill health. Two things appear to be critical: eat foods low in calories and high in nutrients, plus stay active.

It may sound silly, but it is without question the most powerful thing you can do to achieve truly reliable health. For most people the source of their health problems is not a lack of any vitamin or mineral, but a body too full of nutrients and waste to function properly. Studies show that simply eating 20 percent fewer calories each day has the potential to stave off most disease. Couple that with a diet composed mostly of high nutrient-low calorie foods (fruits and vegetables) and you have a formula that cannot fail.

Granted, it is not easy. But it does work. God save our country from itself.

Dr. David M. Vitko