As he revealed this country's history of implementing "universal" health care, I wondered how we could have been so blind. From LBJ's part in the creation of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965, to Nixon passing the HMO Act in 1973, through Carter's failed attempt to introduce National Health Insurance, and Clinton's failure to implement "Hillarycare", all the way up to GW's nod to Big Pharma with the expansion of pharmaceutical coverage for those under Medicare --- it was all an incremental slog towards a national health care system that would undermine the best medical care in the world. Between bad policy and the plundering of American patients by insurance and pharmaceutical corporations, we better get ready for a new dynamic in our health care.
But we patients aren't the only ones who have been hurt. Doctors face falling reimbursement rates, climbing overhead costs, Big Brother in their businesses, and rising drug, insurance and professional costs. And with the decline in the US dollar, they face increases in staff salaries, rent, and taxes. The state of our economy is hurting both individuals and businesses, and the medical field is not immune. Like other small business owners, doctors are finding that their incomes are being reduced, as their operating costs are exploding.
Needless to say, the "new" system that is being proposed scares the hell out of me: widespread vaccinations with untested "stabs" are mandated in the new Affordable Care Act. Not only does that raise the specter of experimental medicine, but it introduces the possibility of biometric "nano-chipping" in unsuspecting patients. And despite all of the White House's denials, there is clear provision in the Act for bureaucratic decision-making bodies which will make end-of-life decisions for us all. Translation: "Death Panels".
So what does Dr. Dotson see as a remedy to our declining health care system? Just as there are those who say the only way to bring about a renewed economy is a complete collapse of the failing one, our Good Physician thinks that the medical system is totally and completely broken. Since the collapse of the entire health system is unlikely, he offers this sage advice. Here are some steps to keep yourself healthy and avoid the healthcare system for as long as you can:
1. avoid excessive use of tobacco or alcohol or, for that matter, caffeine;
2. avoid poisons like fluoride, aspartame, high fructose corn syrup, and addictive drugs (legal or illicit);
3. avoid unnecessary and potentially lethal imaging studies (TSA’s radiation pornbooths, excessive mammography, repetitive CT scans – exposure to all significantly increases cancer risk);
4. avoid excessive cell phone use and exposure to other forms of EMR pollution where possible (the NSA is recording everything you say and text anyway);
5. avoid daily fast food use and abuse (remember: pink slime and silicone) ;
6. avoid untested GM foods (do you really want to become “Roundup Ready?”):
7. avoid most vaccinations and pharmaceutical agents promoted by the establishment;
8. avoid risky behaviors (and, we do not need a bunch of Nanny State bureaucrats to define and police these);
10. get plenty of sleep;
11. drink plenty of good quality water (buy a decent water filter to remove fluoride, chloride, and heavy metals);
12. wear protective gear at work and play where appropriate (helmets, eye-shields, knee and elbow pads, etc.):
13. seek out locally-grown, whole, organic foods and support your local food producers;
14. take appropriate nutritional supplements (multi-vitamins, Vitamin C, Vitamin D3);
15. switch off the TV and the mainstream media it represents;
16. educate yourself while you can; And, lastly…
17. QUESTION AUTHORITY!
Dr. Dotson seems to feel that following these simple steps will "add healthy years to a person's life and help one avoid most medical encounters during his or her allotted time on earth." This is good advice for the saddest of reasons. And he reminds us that we need to care for our neighbors and our families. We have been spoiled by the best medical care on the planet, and people are going to have to start living with more aches and pains, sniffles and coughs, than they are used to. We must be sympathetic and supportive as much as possible. His final advice is not to give in or give up. You are ultimately responsible for your own health care, so be wise in how you live your life and treat your body.
Dr. Dotson was forced to close his office in April of 2012. The expenses were too prohibitive, the regulations too restrictive, and the battle too tiring to continue. I fear that too many more physicians are going to know the heartache of saying good-bye to patients and practices.
Matthew 9:12-12 .... Jesus said, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners."