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Old 06-11-2018, 04:47 PM
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Originally Posted by jaminhealth View Post
A friend I don't see much these days, but I've heard her stories on the diabetes she deals with and all the different drugs she's tried...and it's in her family the diabetes, but at a point she got took control, took off a good amount of weight and eating very strict from a book she purchased and was at her best. I don't know where she is now but hopefully doing OK with the food intakes.
Food intake makes a huge difference. Most diabetes is reversible with what we call a "strict" diet. The funny thing is, today's "strict" diet is what people ate all the time 50 to 100 years ago when there were fewer sedentary jobs, we didn't eat huge slabs of meat for every meal, processed foods were rare, and portions for just about everything we ate were smaller.

The good news is I think at least some people are getting it. An acquaintance of mine was talking about how she was diagnosed with diabetes recently and how the doctor encouraged her to make major dietary changes before taking the meds because of the side effects of the meds and the fact that the diet was just the healthier way to go overall. This woman got serious and went to some classes about reforming her diet and had lost some weight last I heard. She really was motivated because she didn't want to go on meds.
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Old 06-11-2018, 04:55 PM
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Originally Posted by nobodysbusiness View Post
If the theory is that drug companies can dictate to people directly what to take for x,y,z condition, then doctors are superfluous.
Similar thing here, my insurance company is trying to dictate to my doctor what I can and cannot take (no, it's not an opiod, it's not expensive and there is a generic for it). Why would someone at an insurance company think they know more about me than my doctor?
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Old 06-11-2018, 04:58 PM
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Location: Southern California
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Pharma and insurance rule!!!!
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Old 06-11-2018, 05:31 PM
Location: Middle of the ocean
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What I really do not understand is the mindset that once on a drug then on a drug for the rest of your natural life; from statins to BP to anti-depressants. You are NEVER cured for any condition, exception maybe being anti-biotics. Why NOT? All of these conditions are solely genetic in nature? Feeding the beast of Big Pharms, and doctors, and lining their pockets with repeat customers.

Well, that's all well and fine if you have the cures to some chronic conditions. Do you?
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