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Dr Benway's Avatar Jump to comment 18 by Dr Benway

He has stated that the US doesn't have health care it has sick care.
Meh. The naturopaths have been using that line for a hundred years. Sounds good, means nothing.

Science-based prevention includes:
-balanced, weight-neutral diet
-physical activity each day
-a little sunshine each day
-regular sleep habits
-don't overdo the booze
-don't smoke
-stress management
-build lasting bonds; loneliness is bad for you
-vaccination
-seatbelts, helmets
-don't speed on the highway
-screening tests like Pap smears
-dental cleaning
-hand washing

Naturopathic prevention:
-avoid ill-defined toxins
-avoid vaccines; germs are natural and won't hurt you if you take care of yourself
-eat only "natural" foods
-no meat, dairy, alcohol
-enemas and other purgatives to flush out toxins
-regular chiropractic adjustments
-meditation, prayer
-manipulation of energy fields with Reiki, accupuncture, reflexology
-tweak subjective feeling of "wellness" using vitamins, herbs, supplements.

Naturopaths believe that by maintaining "wellness" one prevents illness. "Wellness" is defined as a physical, emotional, and spiritual harmony with the vis medicatrix naturae, or healing force of nature.

When we are told that we need a "wellness" model not a "sickness" model, we are being sold an anti-science bill of goods.

Look at this excerpt from HR 3200, "The America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009":
Section 125. PROHIBITION OF DISCRIMINATION IN HEALTH CARE SERVICES BASED ON RELIGIOUS OR SPIRITUAL CONTENT.

Neither the Commissioner nor any health insurance issuer offering health insurance coverage through the Exchange shall discriminate in approving or covering a health care service on the basis of its religious or spiritual content if expenditures for such a health care service are allowable as a deduction under 213(d) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as in effect on January 1, 2009.


There you have it: vitalism written into healthcare law.

Sat, 17 Oct 2009 05:25:00 UTC | #406159