I recently finished listening to a very thought-provoking book titled “The Ultimate Prescription; What the Medical Profession Isn’t Telling You” by James L. Marcum MD. He is a cardiologist who looks at health and answers to disease from a biblical point of view.
He starts his book off with a question regarding a giant experiment that has been done with our lives. What will be the results of living in a toxic environment? If it was a double blind study, it would be stopped early as the data points unequivocally to the negative affects of our current environment and processed food supply.
He does not deny the late life-saving and amazing work that acute medicine can do to save lives. It is humbling though to realize that the vast majority of our health is up to us. The current healthcare system as well as the food industry have financial incentives that are not always in our best interest. We need to push back and take the control of our health back into our own hands. The healthcare industry wants to sell us more expensive medications and procedures and the food industry wants to sell more hyper palatable, calorie dense processed foods. This is not in our best interest.
He discussed simple ways to get back on track and live a healthy life. We have heard this advice before but society today tends to end ignore much of it. He says we should sleep 8-9 hours a night as currently we are most Americans are only sleeping 6 to 7 hours. We need to be mindful of what entertainment and information we fill our heads with. He further states that you should drink plenty of water. A good rule of thumb is at least half your body weight in ounces daily. He also states that he should respect the environment and animals when you consider your food choices and eat a primarily plant-based diet. Just like our parents, he reinforced the importance of getting outside, receiving enough sunlight and to keep moving.
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