Supplementary Care Vs.Health Care
Supplementary Care vs. Pharmacare
Now that our election is three months behind us, we can look back on one of the election promises, of the Liberals, NDP and Green Party, Pharmacare. The promise is free prescription drugs for everyone from cradle to grave. In nearly every country that has a national health plan drugs are included but not here in Canada. Only very low income people or those on social assistance or people over 65 are covered. However, my question is: is pharmacare really good for Canadians or is it just another way to boost the sales of pharmaceutical manufacturers?
One of the lessons we learn very early in life is that prevention is much more economical and safer than treatment. From the time we wear boots in the snow to wearing a helmet when we rode our bicycles. We know this especially with illness. If we exercise regularly, don’t smoke, eat a healthy diet, supplement it with vitamins and get a good night’s sleep we are less likely to get ill.
My proposal is that instead of the government paying for expensive drugs for all of all, they pay a reasonable monthly amount for our supplements. This is preventative health care. They already pay for vaccines against serious illnesses such as Polio, Mumps, Measles, Whooping Cough, Diphtheria, small pox and chicken pox. Drugs to treat these illnesses would be horrendous in price and in most cases probably would not even work.
We know that it is almost a lost cause to keep people away from fast food restaurants and highly processed prepared foods but if they could take supplements on a regular basis, many illnesses and diseases could be prevented. We also know that regular exercise is difficult to maintain but if health club memberships and exercise equipment were tax deductible, we could become a healthier more fit society.
Supplements that prevent disease
The incidence of breast cancer, prostate cancer and multiple sclerosis is among the highest in the world here in Canada. Next to us are Sweden, Norway and Finland, all northern countries that have long winters with very little sunshine. Study after study has shown that Vitamin D-3 plays a large role in preventing these diseases. The Canadian Cancer Society recommends a daily intake of a least 2000 I.U. a day. If every Canadian swallowed 2 capsules of Vitamin D-3 every fall and winter, we could probably save billions of dollars in chemotherapeutic drugs and drugs for multiple sclerosis.
Since the days of Christopher Columbus we have known that without Vitamin C we suffer from diseases like scurvy and with Vitamin C not only do we stay healthy but Linus Pauling proved we can overcome infection with this amazing vitamin. We know that smoking cigarettes depletes your body of Vitamin C leading to much more aggravated forms of bronchitis and lung disease. We are now right in the middle of winter and bronchial infections very often lead to upper respiratory infections and pneumonia, both of which require prescription antibiotics. Winter can be a miserable season for colds and flu but what do you think is better? Preventing these infections with Vitamin C or getting free antibiotics to treat your infections.
Heart disease and strokes are still the number one cause of death in Canada. Of course they can be prevented by regular exercise and a healthy diet. However, if you exercise intermittently or not at all, and do not eat as healthy as you could, Co Enzyme Q 10 can do wonders for your body. Besides being a powerful antioxidant, it has the ability to relax the arteries surrounding your heart and make them more pliable. This allows for better blood flow in and out of your heart muscle and better circulation throughout your body.
Many people who take statin drugs to reduce their cholesterol do not realize that these drugs also reduce the amount of natural CoQ10 produced by your liver by 50 per cent. This reduction can very often lead to Type 2 diabetes and yet one softgel a day could prevent this. Furthermore a combination of Coenzyme Q10 along with Acetyl-L-Carnitine can help to prevent dementia and possible even Alzheimer’s disease. When I think of the billions of dollars of heart drugs, cholesterol drugs and nursing home care for severe cases of dementia, I find it mind-boggling how these inexpensive supplements could save billions of dollars used for drugs as well as provide a much better quality of life for Canadians.
A large portion of our society suffers from diseases that are grouped into a general category call Irritable Bowel Disease. These include Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis, Celiac disease, ulcerative colitis, lactose intolerance and many more inflammatory bowel diseases too numerous to mention. The costs of medications for these ailments are astronomical and yet in my opinion nearly all of them can very easily be controlled with a proper daily regimen of probiotics. These supplements are so inexpensive compared to the very expensive antibiotics and corticosteroids that are prescribed by physicians.
A fortune of money is being spent on drugs for depression and mood disorders and yet the latest research shows that healthy gut health can provide you with a good mood and work just as well if not better than most antidepressants.
Finally so many infections start in our bodies because we do not have enough protective bacteria in our guts; the most common being constant re-occurring bladder infections caused by a bacteria known as E.coli. Would you rather be taking course after course of antibiotics and suffering all the symptoms of a bladder infection or living well with your daily dose of probiotics?
Omega-3 Fish Oil
This is probably one of the most important supplements we can take. It provides us with eye health, is protective of our hearts, reduces the pain and inflammation of arthritis in our joints, provides excellent brain function, memory and cognitive health, reduces serum cholesterol and provides good overall health and quality of life. If more people took fish oil regularly instead of ibuprofen and naproxen, we would all be healthier and have saved our health care system more billions of health dollars.
This has been a very controversial vitamin ever since it was introduced in Canada by the Shute brothers in 1967. Drug companies have been making every effort to discredit it since that time. This is a supplement that enhances the ability of your haemoglobin to pick up extra molecules of oxygen providing better circulation of oxygen all through your body; an excellent vitamin for the prevention of heart disease and stroke, the number one cause of death in Canada.
(Just a side note: all the Vitamin E sold in Health stores and pharmacies is natural. Synthetic Vitamin E is not on the market anymore but has been used by companies that make liquids used for vaping. When heated it has the ability to inflame the lungs and cause serious illness and even death.)
Since a balanced healthy diet is not reachable for many people, we still have multivitamins. And even if you do eat healthy like me, I still take a Multi B Vitamin because the combination of Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6 and B12 provides a very good source of energy and good health. These multis can balance out your diet and provide you with a better chance of staying healthy and not coming down with any major illness.
What I am really saying is that as much as pharmacare sounds so appealing, free drugs and all, it is a total waste of money. If every person could deduct the cost of their supplements from their income tax or better yet have them covered by a special natural health supplement drug plan our whole society would be healthier. We would spend less money on health care because the cost of drugs is horrendous. We could put more health care dollars into hiring more nurses and expanding hospitals to provide more care for our really sick.
Prevention is not just better than a cure, it is less costly. [print_link]