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The best place to launch a healthy lifestyle? Your kitchen
- By Monique Tello, MD, MPH, Contributor
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Really, when you have healthy habits and a balanced diet you can do anything. I really like this subject, I even have a blog about it in Brazil.
“If these are barriers to eating well, then doctors should be able to inform, motivate, and help patients make reasonable and practical goals for better eating. We need to help patients plan, shop for, and prepare healthy meals — and understand that they can do this. It takes more than handing them a list of healthy foods and recipes.” Once again, I can only wonder, just where are these MDs who have time to ask about patient eating habits and diet, time even to recommend recipes. What kind of insurance do their patients have? Or is this VA care, I’ve noticed that VAMC chartnotes indicate that they provide information re: diet, nutrition, etc., and will refer their patients to nutritionists occasionally (I assume that VAMCs employ them).
But for most people, it’s 15-20 minutes and most of the time a health care provider (who may be a NP, or PA, not a MD) is looking at a computer flat screen and using a template w/defaults that don’t necessarily reflect actual findings by the health care provider.
Corporatization and consolidation of health “care” corporations hasn’t improved health care for most people but it’s in line with the consolidation of many “sectors” of the economy. It sped up during the Bush II, Cheney, Inc administration, was barely slowed during the moderate GOP administration (w/a radicalizing/regressive GOP in Congress) of Obama. More and more MDs and other health care providers are employees, toeing that corporate bottom line.
Can’t say I disagree with any of this. If you have suggestions for solutions to the current state of affairs, please, by all means, post! Thanks for reading-
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