We live in an instant gratification society. It permeates every aspect of our lives. From the way we consume our news with 24 hours news networks or online surfing, to the way we gossip with Facebook, our desire for things to be done now(!) is staggering.
The same applies to our health. We want results, and we want it yesterday. The problem? There is no quick fix for anything in terms of your health. We’ve become accustomed to seeing the ads on TV that promise results with just one simple pill per day. We’re so accustomed to it, we’re starting to believe it. Heck, some people believe it so much, they demand it! Unfortunately, health doesn’t come in a pill.
But my doctor promises me that if I take my high blood pressure medication, my statin, and my baby aspirin just once per day, I’ll live a long, healthy life!
Yes, yes. That is a comforting thought isn’t it? The problem is it isn’t true. Check out this information:
Statins: For those who took statins for at least 5 years with no history of heart disease:*
- 98% saw no benefit
- 0% were helped by being saved from death
- 1.6% were helped by preventing a heart attack
- 0.4% were helped by preventing a stroke
- 2% were harmed by developing diabetes
- 10% were harmed by muscle damage
Aspirin: For those who took it daily for a year with no history of heart disease:*
- 99.94% saw no benefit
- 0% were helped by avoiding death
- 0.05% were helped by preventing a non-fatal heart attack
- 0.01% were helped by preventing a non-fatal stroke
- 0.03% were harmed by developing a major bleeding event
Blood Pressure Medications: For those who took them for mild hypertension:*
- 100% saw no benefit
- 9% were harmed by medication side effects and stopped the drug
(*Statistics gathered from www.thennt.com)
Isn’t it amazing that you’re more likely to be harmed by these medications than you are to be helped? So, given that these drugs are so popular and prescribed so widely, why don’t they work? Health doesn’t come in a pill. Our medical model is flawed and flawed greatly. There are too many factors to assume one can take a pill and live longer or healthier. And most medical doctors receive very little, if any, training in nutrition.
You must fuel your body properly. This means a healthy diet and exercise. Those things work. Those things take time and effort. Obviously, time and effort don’t fit with our current lifestyle of “I want it now.” We need to change our lifestyle.