Have you ever read this? “Before doing this exercise or participating in any exercise program, please consult your physician.” To be truthful, they should really write “Don’t sue us if you hurt yourself doing this” because this is what they mean. People aren’t very good at thinking ahead and taking care of themselves. Remember that we live in a time where you can win a lawsuit against a fast food company because you spilled hot coffee on yourself.
It seems like it doesn’t do any good to consult about exercise with a doctor. Western doctors treat the symptoms rather than the cause. If we started exercising and eating well, we’d put them out of business.
Rather than encourage my father to stop smoking, his doctor gave him a pill to stop his coughing. Rather than connect patients with nutritionists and exercise coaches, doctors give out diabetes medication. There are ads telling us that we can “eat like a kid again,” and show an adult at a state fair eating corn dogs and funnel cakes. It may be fun to eat this, but it isn’t food.
Doctors should not be enablers. Doctors should “Do no harm” like their oath says. More doctors need to engage their patients in their own health care. More doctors need to understand that they work for the patient, and stop acting like they are above us. Meanwhile, we need to wake up. We cannot be passive about our lives. We can’t keep on thinking that we can eat whatever we want and not exercise and we won’t get ill.