Monday, February 17, 2014

"Getting fit is all about mind over matter. I don't mind, so it doesn't matter.” 
― Adam HargreavesMr Lazy's Guide To Fitness

The Fitness World - An Author's Opinion

Although almost everything we think and speak about seems to have political overtones.  Even health, fitness, and medical care are influenced by the gentlemen and ladies in Washington, D.C.
In the "good old days" you could pick your doctor and consider his treatment plan for any of your medical problems.  What happened to the "doctor-patient" relationship?  The choice of treatment was not influenced by those unrelated to your own care.  

In the "good old days" you could study medicine if you had the brains, attitude and endurance to go through a rigorous training period for many years.  After "paying your dues," you opened your practice and if you were a good doctor, medically, and appealed to your patients via your knowledge and personality. you could make a good living.  Under Obamacare, the doctor's will get fees so low that the responsibilities and expenses for insurance, help, and tending to additional paper work are leading them towards earlier retirement.  Additionally, fewer gifted students will enter the medical fields and our care will be from secondary helpers.

Enter the insurance business, the anointed ones in Washington, and all the rules and stipulations they bring to the playing field, the medical professionals become almost secondary in the doctor-patient relationship.  There has to be some balance in our medical care and a real world of agreement between all parties involved. As things stands now, hope and change should be, "Let's hope that all parties in the health care field are consulted, that all the three branches of our government are involved and that our Constitution be closely followed. We have to change back to the concept that government is subservient to the welfare of the populace. If we are to have medical care, then all citizens should be on the same plan.   That includes all federal employees and the government.  This is not a socialistic country as we became the greatest and most productive people by free enterprise and not by government control.  

If we find that our medical care will be reduced in the quality of care we receive, it is of utmost importance that fitness becomes a major factor in our lives.  We have to prepare ourselves to be more cognizant of nutrition, exercise, and rest (sleep).  The previous and forthcoming articles published in this blog are all related to that cause.

Listed below are sources of information on various health subjects that you could find useful.
In matters of disease, treatment, and help, you can go online and search at the Mayo Clinic, The Cleveland Clinic, and there are other very qualified groups to answer your questions.

Sources of Information on Various Health Subjects

Journal of Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism:

Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism:

National Institutes of Health Office of dietary supplements

Proceedings of the nutrition society:

NOTE:  In reading some of the more technical articles, go to the "Conclusion" and see the author's condensation of his (their) research.  This will save you time, and reduce the frustration in trying to understand what really matters.

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