Here are the AMA's top 5 "New Year's Resolutions for a Healthier America in 1999". Can you believe I disagree with every one?
-- See your doctor. Start the year with a complete physical exam, including blood pressure and cholesterol tests. Women should have a cervical exam every year, and those 40 and older should have an annual mammogram. Men over 40 should have a rectal and colon exam yearly. If you have children, make sure their immunizations are up-to-date, the AMA suggests.
COMMENT: Unless your doctor is a natural medicine doctor, I could not disagree more strongly with this recommendation. I am firmly convinced traditional doctors kill more patients than they save and destroy more people’s health through their ignorance of basic physiology and nutrition. Don’t forget that 150,000 people are killed every year by doctor’s prescriptions making it the FOURTH leading cause of death. That does not even factor in the over TWO MILLION adverse drug reactions. Most of my practice focuses on rescuing patients who were damaged by the traditional medical system.
-- Exercise regularly. Exercise is essential to good health -- it can reduce your risks of a variety of serious and life-threatening diseases and help you sleep, perform, and feel better, according to the AMA. If you have not exercised in awhile, ask your doctor for advice on getting started. Aim for 30 minutes of exercise at least five times a week. Or if you find it impossible to set aside 30 minutes, try two 15-minute sessions, or three 10-minute ones.
COMMENT: It is important but would not make my top five. See my comments in the article above.
-- Quit smoking or help someone else quit. More than 400,000 people die of smoking-related diseases in the US each year, according to the AMA. Smoking among adolescents and college students is on the increase. If your children smoke, offer to help them stop.
COMMENT: Again it is important, but not in my top five.
-- Talk to your children about alcohol and drugs. The average age at which kids begin drinking is 12. The average age at which they try marijuana is 13. "But curiosity about these substances often begins sooner," according to the AMA. Early on, explain the difference between the drugs you give your children when they are sick, and illegal drugs that can hurt them.
COMMENT: If one is providing a good role model in a loving environment this is generally a non issue and certainly not in the top 5.
-- Practice safer sex. Use a latex condom every time you have sex, and never reuse a condom. Although advances have been made in the treatment of HIV infection, "people must not become complacent in terms of protecting themselves," according to an AMA statement. In the US alone, 40,000 people contract HIV -- the virus that causes AIDS -- every year.
COMMENT: If one is not having sex outside of marriage this is another non issue. Of course, that recommendation would not go over big in a culture that has largely abandoned traditional moral values.
So what are my top five?
For the answer to this you can go to my web site at www.mercola.com and review "The Basics", I not only list the top 5, but list the top 10. It is important to recognize that I have restricted my recommendations to the PHYSICAL only. I have not addressed the more important topics of emotional and spiritual health. They are clearly related, but are, of course, an entirely separate topic.