Post from the Past: Mixing Medical Treatments

Original post 1/6/09 on eat2prevent.com

 

So I am still doing some research on diet therapy, which is essentially examples of healing through food. In the mean time, some food for thought:

“According to a recent study by the National Council on Compensation Insurance, the factor driving medical severity is the growth in the number and mix of medical treatments. The study compared 2001-2002 to 1996-1997 and found that the number of treatments for all diagnosis increased 45 percent, while the increase for injuries such as knee and leg sprains was as high as 80 percent. Through negotiations doctors have been cajoled into lower fees, and to counteract these lower fees medical treatments have increased. Think of it like squeezing a balloon. When you pinch one end, it expands on the other. Doctors are, for the most part, not following evidence-based treatment protocol as set forth by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and by not doing so, we are witnessing medical treatment plans that are misdirected and unnecessary, coupled with increased levels of treatment, additional testing, and the high cost of doctors to run these tests.” –Frank Pennachio, cofounder and Director of Learning at the Institute of Work Comp Professionals.

Kind of scary. I’m not at all insinuating that doctors are incompetent. However, there are other interests at stake than OUR HEALTH. It’s the same agenda as the pharmaceutical industry has, and once again by an entity created to assist our health–insurance.

Makes me want to take the AARP a little more seriously.

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