Pam, a woman in her 50s, goes to her physician for an annual checkup, and he finds that her blood sugar levels are high. In spite of the fact that she is at least 50 pounds overweight, he never questions her about her eating habits. Rather, he tells her she is prediabetic and prescribes anoral diabetes drug to control the problem.
Pam dutifully and unquestioningly takes the drug, while continuing her habit of eating pastries for breakfast along with three or four cups of sugar-laden coffee, drinking soda pop all day, snacking on candy bars and chips in the afternoon, and having pudding or pie for dessert. Her idea of a vegetable is ketchup or peas from a can, and her carbohydrates are all refined white rice, white bread, and pasta. She gets virtually no exercise and never drinks any water.
The drug Pam is taking for her prediabetic condition gives her chronic indigestion, so she starts taking an H2 blocker called Tagamet, which reduces her digestive symptoms. But now her stomach acid, which was low to begin with, is practically nonexistent, so she’s not digesting her food and is not getting many nutrients from her food. The drug is also putting stress on her kidneys, and it happens that her estrogen is low, too, so she starts getting chronic urinary tract infections.
Pam is put on antibiotics for her urinary tract infection, but that lowers her immune system defenses and kills all the beneficial bacteria in her colon. So she gets a bad case of the flu that just won’t go away, and she has constant gas from the colon imbalance. She starts taking antihistamines for the chronic sinus infection she’s developed, and her physician tells her he thinks a hysterectomy will solve her urinary tract problems. She gets the hysterectomy and is put on synthetic hormones, which make her feel depressed and weepy, so the physician gives her some Prozac (fluoxetine).
Do you get the picture? This is an extremely common scenario. We’ll bet that nearly every family has been through either this exact scenario or a variation on the theme.
Pam is now taking a diabetes drug, an H2 blocker (Tagamet), antihistamines, synthetic hormones, and Prozac. She’s exhausted all the time, she’s mentally flaky and emotionally withdrawn, and she’s just waiting for her next health problem to hit, which it will. She’s on the royal road to heart disease or a stroke and is likely to begin losing her eyesight soon. She’s got arthritis and chronic headaches. All of these, from a simple bad lifestyle choice.
What is the future of someone like this? Her quality of life is horrible, she’s no fun to be around anymore, she’ll cost the medical system and taxpayers hundreds of thousands of shillings before she dies, and she feels helpless. She’s doing everything the physician tells her to do, like a good girl, and she’s still sick and getting sicker by the day. Her future will be more drugs, more drug side effects, more disease, more surgeries, and more pain. This is no way to live, and yet this is how millions of people, caught in the insidious web of an unhealthy lifestyle, conventional medicine, and drugs, will live out their so-called golden years. And do you know the saddest part of all these? Those around her will not learn from her sad experiences!
Be different. Change your lifestyle!!
2 thoughts on “The sad story of pam- the world’s healthcare system”
Wow…what an eye opener.very insightful
I will not be Pam.#HealthierPlate
I Strive to change my lifestyle.