I recently read an article written by Dr. Dean Ornish. He is an integrative medical doctor that preaches lifestyle changes to solve some of health care’s biggest issues. Although he and I disagree on the correct diet, we whole-heartedly agree that our medical system can be fixed with a new approach to how we live our lives.
I’d like to highlight one thing that he mentioned regarding heart disease and coronary angioplasty and coronary bypass procedures. The procedures are performed when patients have blockages in the coronary artery system. This system is what provides blood and oxygen to the heart muscle itself. Obviously, this is an important job!
In his article Dr. Ornish states that “In 2006, according to the American Heart Association, 1.3 million coronary angioplasty procedures were performed at an average cost of $48,399 each, or more than $60 billion; and 448,000 coronary bypass operations were performed at a cost of $99,743 each, or more than $44 billion.”
He goes on to say that in the vast majority of cases the above listed procedures do not prolong life. Yes, that’s right. You read that correctly. These procedures cost Americans over $100 billion per year and are very risky to say the least yet their benefit is suspect. That doesn’t make sense does it?
Most of these procedures could be avoided if people would change their lifestyle and adopt one that incorporated a healthy diet and exercise.
Make no mistake about it – in the vast majority of cases angioplasty and bypass surgery are choices. You may choose to experience the joy of these surgeries by eating a poor diet, not exercising and smoking. Should you make that choice just know that the likelihood that you may need one of these two surgeries one day is high.
Or you may make the choice to live a healthy lifestyle by eating a low glycemic diet, exercising and staying away from cigarettes. This lifestyle has side effects so beware! Side effects include abundant energy, lower rates of depression, lower rates of cancer and an overall vitality not achieved by most!