Obama’s Health Plan: What Matters the Most is Missing

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WANT TO KNOW THE real truth about healthcare in this country?

Even if President Obama and Congress get everything else right in healthcare reform, it won’t matter … that is, unless we address the underlying causes of illness that drive both skyrocketing healthcare costs and the proliferation of chronic disease.

But we can’t get there with our current model of medicine, and that’s what nobody is currently talking about, not even President Obama.

But there is a solution …

Thankfully, an innovative approach currently exists that can not only prevent but also more effectively TREAT chronic disease … more about that in a moment.

To effectively reform healthcare in the U.S., we must change not only the WAY we practice medicine, but also the TYPE of medicine we practice.

We must improve financing and delivery of healthcare, as well as our fundamental scientific approach to chronic disease — an epidemic that now affects 133 million Americans and accounts for 78 percent of healthcare costs.

Healthcare costs are now approaching 20 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product — approximately $2.5 trillion, or $8,160 per person annually. This is more than what the federal government spends on national defense, homeland security, education, and welfare combined!

Unless real change is made we are facing an impending collapse of our economy as more of our resources are put toward caring for the chronically ill.

This is a national security issue that threatens our standing in the world. As President Obama has stated, “Healthcare reform is no longer just a moral imperative, it is a fiscal imperative.”

Fortunately, there is a new model of medicine that offers the real change we need. This new medicine is personalized, preventive, predictive, participatory, and patient-centered.

It is proactive rather than reactive. And it addresses the causes of disease and optimizes biologic function in the body’s core physiologic systems, rather than just treating symptoms.

This model exists TODAY – it is based on systems biology and is called functional medicine.

Why We Need to Change Healthcare Now

Our current model of medicine is unsustainable because it cannot stem the rising tide of chronic disease.

Relying only on reforms in coverage or access, financing, electronic records, malpractice, medical errors, coordination of care, and research on new drug therapies — while retaining the conventional acute-care model — will be untenable in the long run.

Simply put, functional medicine identifies why our underlying biology is imbalanced and corrects those imbalances. Then our body’s natural healing intelligence takes over and automatically fixes what’s ailing us.

To be sure, such reforms are necessary, but not sufficient to avoid the collapse of our healthcare system, which may soon dwarf our current financial crisis if the Medicare trust fund runs out in 2016 as projected. According to the “Status of the Social Security and Medicare Programs” annual trustees report just published, the program is actually bankrupt right now. It’s taken in less money than it has paid out two years running.(1)

This is not being alarmist; this is simply facing reality.

Here’s the problem: These reforms do not alter the fundamental approach to prevention and treatment.

If we focus on improving the way we practice the medicine of the past, we will still have the medicine of the past. If we improve the wrong type of care, then we will simply be doing the wrong things better.

Conventional acute-care medicine is disease-, drug-, and procedure-based and is designed for acute illness, trauma, and end-stage disease for which it is the best form of treatment in the world.

As a result, our current medical education focuses on sickness rather than health; journals publish about disease management not what causes disease.

However, disease-based, acute-care medicine is the WRONG model to address chronic illness, because it doesn’t address WHY people are sick or the underlying mechanisms and biologic causes of their illness.

This is why we spend more money than any other industrialized nation on healthcare yet are near the bottom of the list for all major health outcomes. This is why we are witnessing a decline in life expectancy for the first time in history.

The Right Solution for the Problem of Chronic Disease

Functional medicine, on the other hand, is a system of personalized care that directly addresses how our environment and lifestyle influence our genes to create imbalances in our core biologic systems that, over time, manifest as disease. It is this kind of medicine that is needed to create real success in 21st century medicine.

Functional medicine is not a new treatment, test, or procedure — it is a new “operating system” or method for problem solving and processing complex clinical information.

It is a fundamentally different way of thinking about the origins and mechanisms of illness. It encompasses all the TOOLS of healing and medicine, both conventional and integrative. And it provides a common language, a map or GPS system for navigating through the puzzle of chronic illness.

Simply put, functional medicine identifies why our underlying biology is imbalanced and corrects those imbalances. Then our body’s natural healing intelligence takes over and automatically fixes what’s ailing us.

This is the future of medicine and it’s available right now.

A growing coalition of practitioners, educators, and scientists are dedicated to advancing this model. I am part of that coalition.

We at The Institute for Functional Medicine have introduced 20,000 physicians and healthcare providers to functional medicine since 1991, and we wrote the Textbook of Functional Medicine in 2005 to describe both the underlying science and the practical clinical strategies and tools that comprise this new model.

This is not just an elegant theory –- it works in practice … something that I am very familiar with since I have been practicing functional medicine for over 10 years.

Let me illustrate how this works with real patients I have treated in my practice.

A Woman with Multiple Chronic Diseases

Deborah, a 46-year-old woman, having seen a dozen doctors over a dozen years, came to me with 29 different diagnoses, including depression, hypertension, obesity, polycystic ovarian syndrome, migraines, heavy menstrual bleeding, asthma, sinusitis, irritable bowel syndrome, reflux, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, and psoriasis.

Each disease was treated with the best available conventional treatment. But she was still sick, despite 9 medications.

Of course, she didn’t have 29 separate diseases. She had imbalances in a few of her core underlying biologic systems — digestive, immunologic, and hormonal — that gave rise to all her symptoms.

The underlying cause of all her “diseases” was an autoimmune response to gluten, leading to autoimmune thyroid disease and severe vitamin D deficiency because of low absorption of nutrients from the foods she consumed.

Six weeks after eliminating gluten from her diet (wheat, barley, rye, etc.), improving her diet, and replacing thyroid hormone and vitamin D, her 29 diseases were completely gone — along with 21 pounds … not a bad side effect!

A Boy with Attention Deficit Disorder and Asthma and Allergies

Clayton was a 12-year-old boy who had been diagnosed with severe attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and behavior problems and had poor school performance who was on Ritalin for years. He also had illegible handwriting, or dysgraphia.

He also had apparently “unrelated” problems of asthma, allergies, hives, stomach aches, headaches, insomnia, muscle cramps, and anxiety and a history frequent infections and antibiotic use.

He had seen 5 specialists (lung, gastroenterologist, allergist, psychiatrist, and neurologist) and was on 7 medications for allergies, asthma, pain, and ADHD. No one asked how everything was connected, or how his diet of junk food and sugar made him sick.

His immune system was activated, his digestion not working, and he was nutritionally deficient in zinc, omega-3 fats, magnesium, and vitamin B6.

We simply normalized his biologic function by removing impediments to health (junk food diet, food sensitivities, overgrowth of yeast, and lead) and providing the ingredients necessary for optimal biologic function — a whole-foods diet, additional nutrients including vitamin B6, magnesium, zinc, omega-3 fats, and probiotics.

In two months he returned without any physical or psychiatric symptoms and was off all his medication. His mother brought a sample of his handwriting, which had gone from illegible to normal, simply by getting his brain working again by getting his body in balance.

A Once in a Lifetime Opportunity for Real Reform …

This model of care is the basis for the type of medicine that must be at the center of healthcare reform. I live in the trenches as a practicing doctor, treating real people who are suffering from real problems.

These problems have real solutions, which are being overlooked — solutions that hold the key to saving our healthcare system from self-destruction.

Functional or systems medicine needs to be the “Intel inside” that drives the type of medicine that is practiced as we create a new healthcare system.

Real healthcare reform is now possible in a perfect storm where the alignment of economic, scientific, and moral imperatives provides an opportunity for us as a nation to do well by doing good through fundamentally changing the type of medicine we practice.

It will require the collective imagination, intention, focus, and action by healthcare providers, consumers, industry, and policy makers. But we can do it, and we must do it now.

In the words of the ancient sage, Rabbi Hillel, “If I am not for myself, then who will be for me? And if I am only for myself, then what am I? And if not now, when?”

Now I’d like to hear from you …

What steps do you think will be necessary for successful healthcare reform?

How do you think healthcare reform will be achieved?

What do you think is the biggest obstacle we will face in reforming healthcare?

Please leave your thoughts by adding a comment below—but remember, we can’t offer personal medical advice online, so be sure to limit your comments to those about taking back our health!

To your good health,

Mark Hyman, MD

References

(1) http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/TRSUM/index.html

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16 Responses to Obama’s Health Plan: What Matters the Most is Missing

  1. dr. donato profenno September 4, 2011 at 12:58 pm #

    Hello,
    Pharma/med industrial complex is a most powerful organization to overcome. Their interests control Washington along with the food and chemical industries. Their power, collectively, and influence is incredible. Grass roots education is the only way.

    The public must see and hear the true health story that the body needs less, much less, man-made interferences in our human environment. I will be doing my part on local Christian TV shows in the near future.

    Educate the public enough to give people viable “reasons why” for seeking out causes and not treating effects of “dis-ease” processes and common sense will prevail. We need people who reason/think and not just memorize and repeat.

    I enjoyed my time here and will return often. Thank you for your attention to health/life Truths.

    For Better Health,

    Dr. Don

    • Rosa A. Polanco-Paula MS, RD, LD/N June 30, 2012 at 3:56 pm #

      NJB,
      I couldn’t agree with you more. Our government officials aren’t interested in health; they are interested in profits. Moreover, they are not fit to manage healthcare or much of anything else. What Obamacare has done is put more bureaucracy between a patient and his/her healthcare provider and limit their choices. Benefits? There are none, as most economists agree on, the program does not bring down the cost of healthcare. The most effective way to lower cost is to create competition; Obamacare will only result in a monopoly among the few private insurance companies left standing after the program is fully implemented. I have been a nutritionist for over 20 years and most of my patients have to pay out of pocket for my services. Only a few sessions of dietary assessment or consultation are covered, mostly when patients are very ill. Effective healthcare would pay for preventive services; neither Obamacare or our current system supports that. Why? one word:non-profitable. Dr. Hyman. our best strategy to move us from treating disease to preventing it is community. It is going to take all of us, repeating the same message over and over, to change people’s mind.

  2. NJB September 22, 2011 at 8:25 am #

    Dr. Hyman,

    With all due respect, you are missing the key point of your argument. It is because the government is involved that we no longer have a personal approach to medicine. You can get what you describe here by removing, ENTIRELY, the role of government in overseeing our medical care. It really is that simple. Perhaps you should start a campaign for medical liberty. Then you would get people caring about their personal care and seeking out the Advantages of Functional Medicine!

  3. Marleen Colangelo, RN,AP October 26, 2011 at 9:12 pm #

    Dr.Hyman,

    Thank you so much for your educational tools, and stories of your patients’ success with Functional Medicine. I am an RN (40 years) and practitioner of Oriental Medicine/Acupuncure and Wholistic Medicine (20 years). I was in Private Practice for 17 years, and then after 9/11 and the tanking of our economy, too many patients could not afford to pay “Out of Pocket” for these “alternative/complementary services”, and many Insurance Companies discontinued coverage and do not cover these services. For financial stability, I chose to return to working as an RN in the Operating Room full time with med.insurance benefits as a family necessity. On Saturdays I continue a small practice of Wholistic/Oriental Medicine in tandem with my colleague and friend, ARNP-Nurse Practitioner liason who practices “Functional Medicine” . Together, we utilize the best of both medicines, maintaining an important link to “the Gold standard” of Medicine, utilizing Diagnostics and Specialists as indicated in the process to health.

    I agree that changes in Medicine as we know it must change to “Corrective” and Healthy Lifestyle Medicine. Children and families need our help to show them the fundamentals of what it takes to run this “human organism” in such a way to stop the “erosion” of the body, mind, and spirit(positive perspective and belief system). They need to know how to fuel the body, mind, and spirit(attitude) to have health and be able to generate or regenerate balance and energy to pay that energy forward in a creative and healthy way of living.

    I believe the most important aspects for this nation’s health must include healthy lifestyle education and practices in Schools of all levels. This needs to include physical education that teaches focused attention to correct stretching, strengthening and aerobic developement, as well as silent relaxation and personal introspection. The educational system should include organic gardening, healthy meal planning, and delicious satisfying food preparation. The education must also include respect for themselves and others. Unless the grass roots are addressed, we will be pouring money down a bottomless pit of continued increases in ill health that would otherwise have the potential to change the system in a much better direction that would not bleed the system to death. I know there are some schools that are stepping up the these innovations, and I feel proud of them. We need all the schools to have more upgraded curriculums on many levels, including Health.
    Thank you for this opportunity to write to you. I truly appreciate your efforts and actions to help us toward better solutions and better quality of life. Pharmaceutical medicine and Surgery are not the whole picture. Functional Medicine and Mind/Body care are necessities.

    Sincerely,
    Marleen Colangelo,RN,AP
    Miami, Florida

  4. Maddie January 21, 2012 at 2:19 pm #

    If only people weren’t so lazy and made a conscious choice to educate themselves a little and be a bit more proactive in their Heath we could make these changes. Thank you Dr hyman for all your valuable information, I am a big fan. Again thank you for always teaching us.

  5. handsoffmyhealth June 30, 2012 at 3:46 pm #

    Yes, get government out of health care, sick care, insurance, Medicare and welfare. But until the AMA is reformed, the FDA eliminated, not much will change.
    It is my observation that medical costs skyrocketed with medical insurance expansion, as a result of Medicare being enacted. Insurance is the problem, not the solution. AMA medical/drug/sick care is another problem. AMA medical schools and textbooks are practically speaking, run by money hungry administrators in lockstep with Big Pharma. Few doctors learn little about the human body and functions, but a whole lot about “trust drug companies and insurance companies to tell you how to treat patients and what you can treat”. If you don’t believe that, look at a medical textbook and the ratio of “medical information” to drug advertisements and drug treatments advocated. Try to find a doctor 1. that will see you without “insurance” 2. that will give you more than the 10 minutes allowed by ins or medicare rules 3. that will answer your questions without getting defensive (“I AM THE DOCTOR, You will do what I SAY”-yes I have had that said to me. I fired him after “explaining” that I was doing the paying, he was my employee)
    4. that will not order unnecessary invasive tests 5. will not go to a book of symptoms and immediately prescribe the drug listed next to that symptom 6. that knows more than you do about drug interactions and the side effects of the drug he wants you to take 7. that will not discourage your desire to avoid drugs and will encourage acupuncture, vitamins, massage, herbs and supplements and organic foods.

    Dr Hyman is correct. We need a new approach to health and sick care, a complete shift of attitude and teaching on medical education. The AMA and states and the federal government have to be prevented from determining individuals health care choices. We need competition, not state mandated medical insurance and AMA led coercion of integrative, alternative, functional health care professionals.

    • linda pearson May 7, 2013 at 4:22 am #

      Agree entirely. Please continue.

    • Liz November 5, 2013 at 1:31 pm #

      Just in response to an MD being your employee. It is silly to think this way.
      MD suppose to be a knowledgeable provider of services (a professional who worked his way though to be educated about available options), just because you pay for services does not mean he works for you. He/she works with you to develop better strategies. Doesn’t it sound a little bit different, may be more collaborative? He provides you with what you need at that moment. You are the needy one essentially, but in a collaborative sense, it is an equal exchange. Essentially, it does not mean he is working for you. It is an exchange between service provided and money spend to receive such service.
      I am a foreign MD, and it amazes me how much entitlement people have here when it comes to services, and how much less prophylactic measures are in the American system of healthcare.
      Reading Dr. Hyman helps fill such void of information and help act in a healthy way.

  6. Margrwt Zachry June 30, 2012 at 7:03 pm #

    I’ve known for a decade that all my health problems were cuased by my weight. I’m still working on it though. We do not live in a society that encouages healthy food choices at all. A five hundred calorie”bran” muffin doesn’t really start the day right.

    But, follow the money. The food giants would lose money if people reduced their food consumption by a third. The insurance companies are profiting from this greatly. I think if someone invented a cheap cure for cancer, the profiteers would put a hit on him before it hit the news.

    Keep up the good work. I know it takes courage to face derision when your truths affect someone’s pocketbook.
    Thank you.
    p.s. love the lavendar and epsom salts bath…I teach DUI school and I recommend it to my students as a healthy choice to unwind.

  7. Jill June 30, 2012 at 7:12 pm #

    I find this criticism of the Affordable Care Act too narrow and simplistic. It is not reasonable to think that we can solve all the issues related to personal and national healthcare in one piece of legislation and therefore criticize that legislation. There are multiple conditions beyond diabesity that require medical care – injuries of all kinds, bacterial and viral infections, birth defects that may show up early or later, mental health diagnoses, PTSD of returning veterans and others, illnesses that affect the elderly, etc. There are many pieces to the health puzzle. The US is well down on the list of countries who have demonstrated an ability to maintain a higher level of good health for their citizens, and universal health care coverage and availability is an important factor in the success of other countries, especially related to preventible illness and death, that we cannot just dismiss.

    While it is reasonable to argue that nearly all health issues will benefit from better diagnosis, treatment, management, diet and exercise – there are other factors at work as well.

    Before CDO’s derivatives, and credit default swaps, the expenses of medical care were a major factor in 50% of all bankruptcies in the US. When I tell people this, I am amazed at the number who then say that they or someone they know is going through bankruptcy because of medical bills. One such family I know has a 5 year old child born with a birth defect and expenses for his treatment total over $3 million. My cousin’s widow had to take bankruptcy after he died after a protracted battle with cancer. He had health insurance because she worked and for a few years, Medicare as well.

    Medical insurers take up to 30% of client payments for administration (including CEO compensations in the millions of dollars) and other related costs compared to the 2% that Medicare uses for these purposes. Medical insurers will now only be allowed to take 15% in administrative costs. (I suspect that this is one of the primary factors to the organized opposition.)

    Currently, increased by the great recession, 22% of children are living in poverty and they often also live in food deserts. In rural Iowa where agriculture is a major industry, farm families on smaller farms have been driven off the land by economic factors and giant farms raise corn and soybeans that are genetically modified, not labeled as such, are fed to livestock, and are in so many products you would never suspect. Fewer well paying jobs are available, and in a nearby large town in this agricultural state, the public school is for the first summer providing free meals to students because the student population is over 50% free and reduced lunch eligible. We know that children in this community (and others all over the country) do not have access to enough food, let alone healthy food, over the summer and other vacations when they don’t get school meals. The current administration, including the President and First Lady, have been working to upgrade school meals and have been personally publicizing the importance of eating diets high in fresh, healthy fruits, vegetables, and practicing other healthy personal habits. Meanwhile forces aligned against the Affordable Care Act ironically coalesced behind the “Broccoli Argument” as one of their lines of attack.

    As we can see from the current level and source of political contributions, the forces lined up against any changes of any administration or politician that threaten profits are nearly overwhelming. Some issues we need to address are highly related to the profiteers of medicine. Another is income inequality since we now have one of the widest chasms of income distribution in the world.

  8. Dr Emily A Kane July 1, 2012 at 4:39 am #

    The only force stronger than corporate capitalist drive for profits is the community collective. The first step in overcoming “addiction” to the quick fix (drugs — which in the long run is rarely the cure) is to become deeply interested in health. For people to understand the beauty and wisdom of their physical, emotional and social health, they must have good models. Good models require education. We must strive to garner the political will to put hugs taxes on alcohol, corn syrup and tobacco. Americans are allergic to “taxes” it seems, but the only way I see to eliminate the enormous waste in administrative costs created by the complex (and ultimately nonsensical) hodge-podge of insurers, is to have a single payor. Many object to the idea of government “controlling” heatlh care. No — YOU must control your health care. YOU must take responsibility to eat lean, clean and green. YOU must work on quitting bad habits and instilling good habits. If you already have made the leap and keep yourself well, please extend your influence. Volunteer to help get kids active. Lolunteer to improve recycling opportunities in your community. Grow vegetables in your windowsill. The major impediment to our government completely getting behind prevention (which not only will save oodles of money, but hey, kind of nice for the patient too) is the lobbying power of drug and slash vendors. It’s crazy to think we can get good social services without paying for them. Most poor people don’t want to be slackers. Some folks are welfare bums, it’s true — but not most. Ask yourself, would you rather be poor and doing your best and still needing help from the community, and receiving public assistance as needed, or would you rather be wealthy and “taxed” at a higher rate to level the playing field a bit. For most people, this is not a choice they get to make. But think about it — which would you choose? Everyone reading and posting here already has a good notion about the crucial need for personal responsibility in health maintenance. This means you can’t eat cake all day and you can’t be a couch potato. We get that. But still, healthy people fall ill. Should you need to bankrupt your family in order to treat a serious and unexpected illness? Of course not! That’s why the safety net IS a matter of national and fiscal security. The Affordable Care Act is not perfect (how could it be — the Republican mantra seems to be nothing more than — if Obama wants it, we need to shoot it down) but it’s a start. It etends the safety net. It allows young adults to stay covered under their parent’s umbrella a little longer. It does away with the completely immoral “pre-existing” loophole for insurers denying coverage. Healthcare should not be a partisan issue. It is a human right. But it’s not free. And the costs would go down dramatically if we all took more responsibility and educated ourselves about how to stay healthy. If the government were the payor for national healthcare do you think it would continue to subsidize high fructose corn syrup? Of course not! I help prevent long-term diabetes every week in my practice. When I help prevent one case of diabetes, I save my community (which extends all the way up to federal Medicaid) millions of dollars. When you think of the cost of diabetic supplies, or blindness, or amputations, or chronic dialysis — all of which would be avoided by a low glycemic, plant and clean protein based diet — it becomes completely obvious that what is driving our high healthcare crisis is the craven need for corporate entities to put profit over ethical behavior. “Disease management” is not only a for-profit industry, it’s an obscenely profitable industry. Let’s work together to stay healthy, or commit to gettin ghealthy, and undermining the profitabilty of chronic disease.

  9. Sandy Evans July 1, 2012 at 5:57 am #

    Dr. Hyman,

    I thank God the Health Care Package known as Obama Care was upheld. This is certainly a step in the right direction toward health care for everyone. The ‘Health Care Industry’ itself remains the culprit in the impending financial disaster. The fraudulent practices of some physicians and their medical clinics in over billing, and ordering unnecessary tests and useless medical devices that many of their never use. A great number of physicians I have worked with over my fifty years fit this category.
    I have been an RN for 46 years, have worked in Hospitals, Medical Clinics, Medical Billing, Public Health, Same Day Medical Procedure/Surgical Center and Home Health.
    I grew up in a time when medicine was truly family oriented, our doctor knew all that there was to know about all of my family, Aunt’s, Uncle’s, cousins, Grandma’s and Grandpa’s, sisters and brothers, we had the same Doctor.
    You talked about educating the health care teams, including Doctors and lay people about what it takes to be healthy and preventative health. There were no obese kids when I grew up and only a few adults. In nursing school (Holy Cross Hospital School of Nursing) we learned the steps to take to have and maintain optimal health. Nutrition and exercise included. We educated our patient and the staff quite often, doctors sent their staff to our education center.
    Nurses are educators and most are taught to teach the concept of healthy lifestyles and nutrition practices.
    Education is the key to providing excellent continuity of care to the public as well as our patients.

    I wish you much success with you education plan, thanks for articles on line I do read them all.
    Sincerely.
    Sandy Evans

  10. Dave Mackey July 1, 2012 at 9:41 pm #

    Dr. Hyman,
    I think that one way that functional medicine can be furthered is by the creation of a crowdfunding site similar to kickstarter, but specifically for medical research and education. This would allow the funding of various research projects and educational materials to be significantly expedited.
    Dave

  11. John Aslanian July 2, 2012 at 10:15 am #

    We have taken a giant step in the wrong direction. As long as people aren’t paying for their healthcare they couldn’t care less how much it costs. I gave someone at work Dr Dean Ornsish’s book Reversing heart disease after they had a quadruple bypass and told him he would likely be faced with another one. He gave it back and said “it wasn’t so bad” How much did that cost us ? Humans are lazy by nature given a choice of a pill or surgery or exercise and nutrition they will choose the easier path UNLESS they are paying for it or some part of it NOT a $20 copay.

  12. Kathleen Van Wagner July 4, 2012 at 9:13 am #

    Dear Dr. Hyman,

    I was fortunate to see Holistic medicine results when I was 22 years old. The Dentist I worked for discovered a clinic, Dr. Melvin Page, in Clearwater, who eliminated Cancer, MS, Eye Diseases, Arthritis and every know disease in three weeks time. Dr.H (the Doctor of Dentistry that I worked for) would send his patients to Dr. Page( a Dentist, who said he would never have discovered what he did if he had been a physician. (If you are ever interested, I can tell you how he discovered what he knew).. Dr. H could look at patients teeth and tell them their teeth were the least of their problems. They would then admit they had cancer and their Doctor gave them months to live, and other patients had the same stories to tell. One lady who was legally blind from glaucoma at 72 years of age, drove herself to our office three weeks later, jumped out of her car, ran down the hall yelling Dr. H, I love you. I can see! This happened over and over and over with 100’s of our patients, over the years. Their physicians all told them Dr. Page was a” quack” and their healing was a “fluke” or they “didn’t have the disease to begin with” that they had diagnosed based on tests etc.. The amazing thing to me, was , that not one of the Doctors said,” I want to know what Dr. Page knows, because he healed my patient, I’m not healing my patients.” Confirming what a doctor told my father one day when I was nine years old. My father asked why he quit medicine. He said most of my patients could get well without me, many would not get well no matter what I did and the rest needed surgery. He asked himself one day what he was doing and he decided ‘nothing.’

    Later Dr. H also sent patients to Dr. Reams. (acid/ alkaline. a PHD. also not a physician.)

    My main point is that insurance should cover holistic medicine. so we could have an option. Those that wanted to take the’ life style change’ way, opposed to chemicals could chose holistic. But, politically the AMA and “legal drug dealers” have too much power. However, most alternative medicine is called holistic. Dr. Page and Dr. Reams, believed once balanced the body would heal itself. That is true holistic healing.

    Dr. Reams and Dr. Page both balanced the body then told how to keep balanced through diet alone. Very seldom continued supplements. Maybe a few, for a while.

    Thank you for your time,

    Kathleen Van Wagner

  13. Anthony Scalzo May 7, 2013 at 7:12 am #

    For change to happen I believe -some people- who have power , and are either in politics or have strong political ties to open minded and knowledgeable politicians must rally in front of this type of reform . In this way the voice of the people can be heard , because the combatants who have those ties and are paying and spending money(self Iinterest lobbyists) to keep things the way they are , will face opposition from where it counts inside the government.Speaking up at town meetings , and wherever we have a chance to influence local politicians is also a key to having this reform instituted.

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