Good afternoon! I spent three hours in the social security office and the bank trying to get all my records changed per my new last name! It was a headache, but at least a lot of it is OVER with!  šŸ™‚

 

I was seriously starvvvvvvvving by the time I left, but I needed to stop at the grocery store first.  I grabbed a loaf of French bread… and then it was all over! 

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If there is a loaf of French bread in the car, I cannot get to the house without opening the package and chowing down!  It is physically impossible. :)  So I ate about 1.5 serving in the car.

 

I came home and heated up a can of Wolfgang Puck Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup.

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Plus some more bread for dipping…

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Mmmm. Totally worth it. I love carbohydrates.

 

Hopefully this bread will serve as excellent fuel for the 5.0 or 6.0 miler I am about to embark on! :)  First, I need to clean the house — it’s a disaster.

 

Alternative Medicine Goes Mainstream

 

The Husband forwarded me this article from The Wall Street Journal, and I thought you all would be interested!  Here are the highlights:

 

Many people tend to think of breakthroughs in medicine as a new drug, laser or high-tech surgical procedure. They often have a hard time believing that the simple choices that we make in our lifestyle — what we eat, how we respond to stress, whether or not we smoke cigarettes, how much exercise we get, and the quality of our relationships and social support — can be as powerful as drugs and surgery. But they often are. And in many instances, they’re even more powerful.

 

These studies often used high-tech, state-of-the-art measures to prove the power of simple, low-tech, and low-cost interventions. Integrative medicine approaches such as plant-based diets, yoga, meditation and psychosocial support may stop or even reverse the progression of coronary heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, prostate cancer, obesity, hypercholesterolemia and other chronic conditions.

 

… Our "health-care system" is primarily a disease-care system. Last year, $2.1 trillion was spent in the U.S. on medical care, or 16.5% of the gross national product. Of these trillions, 95 cents of every dollar was spent to treat disease after it had already occurred. At least 75% of these costs were spent on treating chronic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes, that are preventable or even reversible.

 

…A randomized controlled trial published in April 2007 in The New England Journal of Medicine found that angioplasties and stents do not prolong life or even prevent heart attacks in stable patients (i.e., 95% of those who receive them). Coronary bypass surgery prolongs life in less than 3% of patients who receive it. So, Medicare and other insurers and individuals pay billions for surgical procedures like angioplasty and bypass surgery that are usually dangerous, invasive, expensive and largely ineffective. Yet they pay very little — if any money at all — for integrative medicine approaches that have been proven to reverse and prevent most chronic diseases that account for at least 75% of health-care costs. The INTERHEART study, published in September 2004 in The Lancet, followed 30,000 men and women on six continents and found that changing lifestyle could prevent at least 90% of all heart disease. 

 

That bears repeating: The disease that accounts for more premature deaths and costs Americans more than any other illness is almost completely preventable simply by changing diet and lifestyle. And the same lifestyle changes that can prevent or even reverse heart disease also help prevent or reverse many other chronic diseases as well. Chronic pain is one of the major sources of worker’s compensation claims costs, yet studies show that it is often reversible when treated with  acupuncture and Qi Gong.  Herbs usually have far fewer side effects than pharmaceuticals.

 

It’s time to move past the debate of alternative medicine versus traditional medicine, and to focus on what works, what doesn’t, for whom, and under which circumstances.

{ 30 comments }

 

  • Meghann February 20, 2009, 11:39 am

    Yay so glad everything is official! you’ll have to tell me all about the weirdos in the SS office tommorow! I can’t wait to go shopping. šŸ™‚

  • Brandi February 20, 2009, 11:39 am

    i remember changing my name on everything – it was a pain! Glad you got it done!

  • Dori February 20, 2009, 11:40 am

    I’ts good to hear about you eating the french bread in the car because I am the same way! My brother’s GF sent me banana bread for me birthday 2 years ago and I had it out of the box and in my mouth in between the post office and the walk to my apartment!

    Thanks for the info about holistic doctors. Definitely something I am considering trying in the not so distant future.

  • Dana February 20, 2009, 11:40 am

    two of my favorite things…bread and tomato soup! yummmm:)

  • Emily February 20, 2009, 11:47 am

    I couldn’t agree with your more concerning complementary and alternative medicine versus Western medicine. One of my biggest pet peeves as a nutritionist is dietitians who try to force cookie cutters on each patient and don’t seek alternative treatment methods when traditional ones don’t work.

  • VeggieGirl February 20, 2009, 11:48 am

    Amen to the info on alterntaive medicine!!

  • Mica February 20, 2009, 11:52 am

    Real conversation I had about French bread in French, with my Parisian host mom:

    HM: I heard all Americans are fat. How do you stay little?
    Me: Well, I run every day, and I try to eat healthy things, like I don’t eat white bread.
    HM: Oh, neither do we!
    Me: But you just ate two baguettes over dinner.
    HM: Oh, that’s different. That’s not white bread.

    It’s official: French bread is the best bread ever.

  • Betsy February 20, 2009, 12:00 pm

    Great article – I agree that a lot of people, especially with diets, are looking for the next “miracle drug.” There are many more healthy, natural alternatives!

    And I couldn’t be more like you with the bread, I can down a whole baguette like no ones business.

  • jenngirl February 20, 2009, 12:15 pm

    Yay french bread, that stuff looks like some goooood quality too šŸ˜‰

    Wow great article, very interesting!

  • dailygoods February 20, 2009, 12:17 pm

    i am the same way with french bread. nothing better than fresh french bread in my mouth šŸ™‚

  • Running Through Life February 20, 2009, 12:18 pm

    Thanks for sharing the article, I found it very interesting. If only more focus was made to educate people on the benefits of exercise and nutrition than to offer a quick fix from a sedate lifestyle and poor habits.

  • Bec February 20, 2009, 12:18 pm

    Glad you got everything sorted out! I am the same way with fresh bagels, ever since I was little whenever my dad and I would go to our favorite bagel shop to get our supply of bagels we would always dig into the bag as soon as we got to the car.. and we still do!

  • Amy February 20, 2009, 12:20 pm

    That’s a great article. Thanks for posting it! I’m about to start a Nurse Practitioner program at school but I personally am a huge advocate for alternative medicine and lifestyle changes to prevent disease. It’s amazing how much healthier we’d be without junk food and with more exercise. I don’t know if anyone else saw the Today show this morning but it showed people who lived the longest. One woman from Costa Rica is 88 and has never needed medical attention in her life! She eats a mainly produce-based diet and walks everywhere. That’s what I want to be like when I’m her age!!! šŸ™‚

  • Missy February 20, 2009, 12:22 pm

    I think I would have attacked the bread too! If I try to take yummy food like that onto the subway with me, it never makes it all the way home unopened.

  • Amelia (AC/DC: Highways to Health) February 20, 2009, 12:24 pm

    Thanks for sharing that article. It has so many great points. Prevention is so key and just takes doing little things like eating right and exercising. I feel like sometimes people use traditional medicine as a crutch. They figure there will always be a pill or operation to save them. You only get one life and if you’re not willing to do the little things to help yourself out, then what’s the point?!

  • redheadedjournal February 20, 2009, 12:40 pm

    I got married in June 2008 and I’ve only changed by SS card and License…oops!

  • Runeatrepeat February 20, 2009, 12:48 pm

    I am exactly the same way about a loaf of bread in the car! I cannot stop myself from eating it!

  • Sharon February 20, 2009, 12:59 pm

    I absolutely hated changing all my info when I got married last summer! Yuck! I was so glad when it was all said & done.

    I am also a bread fanatic. I could not live without bread if I tried. I'm all for carbs!!

    Good luck on your run & have FUN:-)

  • Matt February 20, 2009, 1:05 pm

    Bread is my favorite food!

  • 365healthyeats February 20, 2009, 1:17 pm

    Yum that crusty bread looks delicious.
    Congrats on officially changing your name, that sounds like such a pain to go through.
    Great article, thanks for sharing!

  • Sarah W. February 20, 2009, 1:19 pm

    yay glad everythign is official but i’m shocked it took so long!

    I waited maybe 30 mins at DMV and 15 mins at Social Security and did the bank together with my husband (since he was coming onto my already established account) and we waited 10 mins for that!

  • Michelle February 20, 2009, 1:35 pm

    French Bread is nothing short of amazing šŸ™‚

  • ksgoodeats February 20, 2009, 2:04 pm

    Congrats on getting it all done!! Fresh bread wouldn’t last long with me either!

  • Andrea of Care to Eat February 20, 2009, 2:24 pm

    I couldn’t agree with your last sentence more!

  • Sarah (lovINmytummy) February 20, 2009, 3:54 pm

    You left out the creeper shot. I’m going to the cupboard for a Wolfgang fix. Purrrrrr.

  • Meg February 20, 2009, 7:03 pm

    I don’t blame you…I can’t resist fresh hot French bread!

  • A Toronto girl out West February 20, 2009, 8:12 pm

    ahahha – I had to comment and tell you I LOVE the title of your post! :o)

    I have a deep un-abiding love affair with French bread. Unfortunately we don’t see each other very much anymore. lol But boy when I lived in Paris . . . fresh baked baguettes everyday on my way walk home from classes.

    Ah . . . we (baguettes and I) will always have Paris! šŸ˜‰

  • HangryPants February 20, 2009, 8:54 pm

    I must eat the “heal” of the bread asap.

    I think alternative medicine is most definitely valid. One of my best friends is seeing an alternative doctor after seeing several mainstream doctors and being told the same thing – nothing will fix it, have surgery, move on. So far, she’s loved it.

  • HangryPants February 20, 2009, 9:01 pm

    P.S. I heard circus 3x on my drive from N.J. to Rhode Island!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point February 21, 2009, 5:42 am

    toronto – LOL i liked your comment!

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