I recently Discovered a 2003 press release from the Lewin Group titled”New Study Finds Increased Multivitamin Use By the Elderly Could Save Medicare $1.6 Billion”. Think about what that could mean, particularly for those in a nursing home. I doubt that taxpayers are routinely given a daily vitamin. I think one reason COVID murdered a lot of nursing home residents was poor nutrition status. Their nutrient-deficient immune system could not deal with the virus. Remember, this was printed in 2003, and little has changed since then.
The American men and women are still eating primarily a nutritionally bankrupt fast food, out-of-a-box diet. More people take nutritional supplements to correct a nutritional deficiency, but a lot of supplements are taken only sometimes, and recommended dosages are frequently insufficient. For instance, according to the Mayo Clinic, the recommended daily amount of vitamin C for adult men is 90 mg. For mature women it’s 75 mg with a warning against taking more.
The Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University advocates? 400 mg/day of vitamin C, but that follows that”mad” advice? The possibility of getting? 400 mg/day in most daily diets is extremely little. What is the issue? It’s a general animosity toward decent supplements.
Nutrition education in medical schools is completely insufficient. Indeed it’s inadequate. Unless your physician is self-taught about good nutrition, please do not bother to ask him what to consume. He can sneer at your suggestion of taking vitamins and tell you,”Just eat a good diet, and you’ll be okay.” He might eat cold pizza for breakfast when driving to the office that’s an indication he has no idea what constitutes a great diet. We boast we have the best “health care” system in the world.
Yet, the term “healthcare” mostly refers to the pharmaceutical industry’s drugs, which isn’t “health care,” but for-profit enterprise. Big Phama cranks out a parade of expensive and often dangerous drugs, many with side effects worse than the illness treated. The pharmaceutical industry has the gall to market their products on TV (“Ask your doctor, if XYZ is ideal for you”) is despicable.
Relative to the above, think about this: 34% of elderly adults in america are prescribed potentially inappropriate drugs. According to another study, improper medications given to older adults is linked to increased hospitalizations, and it costs patients, normally, more than $450 each year. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), 100,000 Americans die from reactions to prescription drugs annually, making this the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S..
Such potentially inappropriate drugs may be prescribed by the charming doctor you love and trust so much, however he may know little or nothing about a new medicine other than that which is learned from a salesperson (with maybe only a high school education) visiting the workplace who has memorized a script and buzz phrases supplied by the drug company she works for. If you are thinking about improving your nutrition and increasing chances of a healthier and better looking older age, what can you do? For starters, do the simple thing: clean up your diet.
Eliminate as many refined carbohydrates as possible. Read product labels for carbohydrate content. I know how difficult it’s to remove sugar, but it is a killer. Sparingly, I use Stevia instead. Eat: eggs, fresh veggies and fruit, antibiotic-free and hormone-free meat, and fish. Try delicious Hemp Hearts in your Coach’s oatmeal. If you haven’t tried almond milk, then please do so.
You will know you’re on the right track as soon as your supermarket shopping skips the center aisles and instead, focuses on the new fruit and veggie aisle. If you’re not taking supplements and would love to begin, go easy on yourself. Start with a quality daily multivitamin such as Centrum. A favorite resource of mine is Life Extension magazine. If you’re a newbie, do not let articles in the magazine frighten you. There’s a lot most of us need to know to help us attain wholesome longevity. Remember, your health is YOUR responsibility, not your doctor’s.