After having one of the class discussion about the book Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood it made me wonder why, Crake plague the whole world. I got to wondering, why were the people so easy to convince to take pills to solve their problems. This, got me thinking about our society and how our medical system works. Why do we take the easy fixes and if doctors could cure someone without a pill, would they? Can we learn from other countries approach at the medical system?
In Oryx and Crake the citizens’ rich and poor took vitamins every day to stay ″healthy″ they still got sick and some died. No suspicions rose about why people were suddenly getting sick and dying, losing all their money trying to stay alive. When going for the easy fix pill instead of healthy dieting and exercise, could have saved them. Why do we always go toward the easy fixes?
When I was sixteen my doctor told me that I was starting a Thyroid gland problem but I was on the limit line for taking the lowest dose pill. My doctor decided to prescribe me pills. What I didn’t know at the time was that every year from now on I would need to take a blood test because the pills gave me what I needed but my body wouldn’t recognize the pills, therefore my medication dose will almost always go up every year. Since I was on the limit line (I found out many years later), I didn’t have to take the medicine, the doctor only had to ask me about my dietary habits at home (what I ate), I would have easily told him: in the morning; I eat nothing, at lunch; I eat pizza pockets or popcorn or poutine, at night I eat pasta. So no wonder I wasn’t healthy, if I changed my diet it could have kept my thyroid problem at its lowest. Just by asking me this one question could have prevented me from having to take pills for the rest of my life. In now a day society, we go to the doctor only when something is wrong but what if it could be prevented?
There are 7 countries (Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, etc.) in the world that when you are healthy, you pay the doctor and when you are sick you do not pay your doctor because a doctors’ job is to keep you healthy (read more on this, here). That means, if the doctor will go above and suggest things to the patient, for example, the doctor might look into nutrition and recommend the patient to add to their diet something that will keep them healthy, for example, more omega 3 (fish) for someone with health problems. Fewer pills will be taken and an overall healthier society since it benefits not only the patient but the doctor as well.
Sometimes taking a pill right away isn’t the answer, sometimes we have to go a little deeper and see if by doing a little alteration in our life style, would you take a pill or change?