Consider the facts before scheduling that annual checkup.
Consider the facts before scheduling that annual checkup.

Avoiding Doctors to Protect Your Health

Western culture and medicine emphasizes the practice of going to the doctor each year for an annual physical. These doctors and health care centers, though doing their job as they've been formally taught, often dig deeper than necessary. In doing so, they may be causing more harm than good. The best advice? Focus on a wholesome, primarily raw plant-based diet and save your doctors visits for when you're really sick.

Doctor Visits Cause More Harm Than Good
Over the years, a growing body of research has highlighted inconsistencies with annual check ups at the doctor's office, highlighting the notion that they are not in fact necessary. In 2012, the global independent health network Cochrane conducted a review of numerous randomized studies of more than 150,000 patients. It was concluded that the potential harm related to annual physicals far outweighed the potential small benefits.

"One possible harm from health checks is the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that were not destined to cause symptoms or death," wrote the authors. "Their diagnosis will, therefore, be superfluous and carry the risk of unnecessary treatment."

"Annual doctor visits have resulted in an increase in overdiagnosis."

The authors concluded that there was no decrease in morbidity or mortality for reasons related to cancer or cardiovascular disease. In fact, the opposite was true. Annual health check ups at the doctor actually resulted in an increased number of diagnoses.

Overdiagnosis and Early Screening 
At the 2012 Healthy Lifestyle Expo weekend conference, Dr. John McDougall echoed the above sentiment. He strongly advised against getting an annual physical. When an individual's body contracts an infection or becomes riddled with illness, it will be immediately apparent. This is when one should seek medical attention, not before, he explained. Early screening often leads to overdiagnosis, which is one of the biggest problems in America today. 

"It is dangerous to look for problems that will never surface, but they'll become problems if you look for them," McDougall said. "If we look hard enough every one of you will be sick."

Using the example of the PSA test for prostate cancer in men, McDougall highlighted that although one man's life may be saved through early screening, as many as 48 men for that one will be diagnosed with prostate cancer that would not have caused symptoms or death. As a result, those 48 men will then be faced with suffering the numerous side effects of treatment for the disease.

Regular physicals may do more harm than good.Regular physicals may do more harm than good.

Promoting Health Through Lifestyle Choices
According to Hallelujah Diet Research Director Dr. Michael Donaldson, McDougall has done a lot of great work in using healthy lifestyle choices as real alternatives for people, rather than focusing on treatments and medications for problems that will never amount to anything of consequence. Looking for problems will only help doctors find abnormalities that will never truly become a pressing health issue, Dr. Donaldson agreed.

Instead, a focus on a lifestyle that promotes the body's miraculous, self-healing capabilities is the most natural and effective way to prevent disease and illness in the first place.

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6 comments

  1. This was a good Blog! I enjoyed reading it because its true. Thanks again for the information. I like what they said about eating raw plant-based diet and save your doctors visits for when you’re really sick. Of course the scriptures we can stand on too. “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. Sometimes we just speak sickness on us. So i thought about that scripture from Proverbs.18:21. Thanks again

    • I thought about the scripture James 5:14. If you are sick ask for prayer not call the doctors but what do you do when your Elders are in the hospital for treatment themselves???

      I have been in and out of the hospital with my heart and TIA. My adrenals are exhausted and I cannot change my stress situation. I am trying to change my lifestyle (diet) and I do need a lot of prayer. Being low income I cannot afford things but I know that when I do my best the Lord knows and HE will take care of the rest.

      I have cancelled all of my appointments and I am trying to get off my meds. I had planned to make an appointment to get a check up in September for lab work because I usually run low in iron and potassium and high in bad cholesterol. Guess I should keep praying and doing what I know to do is right and by the time I need the doctor to renew my heart and blood pressure meds I won’t need them.

    • I agree with this write up. If we always look forward to the doctor’s visit without any sickness, we are also possibly looking forward to a diagnosis that might not have been in the first place.

  2. An excellent article with sound advice. And that is why (I believe) our BC/BS Medex insurance does not pay for annual physicals.

  3. James Lee Hopkins

    my wife and I have been doing this for years. and are in great shape. I am 70 amd she is 65. we do 5Ks and the gym.

  4. Good article. Sometimes people can get infections because of medical tests. The tests weren’t necessary because the person was healthy.

    That is sad about men and prostrate cancer. The same thing can happen to a woman who the testing finds a slight abnormality in her breast. It is possible that there we nothing wrong with her.

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