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Maverick Arizona Doctor Wants Changes
North Valley Coalition on Aging hosts Dr. Susan Wilder as she speaks to top-notch senior services businesses about rethinking primary care for the elderly.
Dr. Wilder is founder and CEO of Lifescape Medical Associates and Lifespan Premier, here in Phoenix. Calling the United States pharmaceutically induced medical culture “Pharmageddon,”
“If all we do is convince people to eat more produce, get active daily, avoid tobacco, moderate alcohol and sleep enough our chronic disease burden would plummet,” Dr. Walker stated. She criticized the “pill-for-
Instead of popping ibuprofen when you get a headache, Dr. Wilder suggests drinking a glass of water, massaging your neck, or lying down. Even submitting yourself to the headache may not be such a bad idea when you consider that the common side effect of ibuprofen leads to kidney failure.
Twenty-five percent of all Medicare dollars goes to treat diabetes. Dr. Walker states that diabetes is in most cases a curable condition and need not be a chronic life-long disease. “Through functional medicine we can get to the root cause of the condition and resolve the chronic disease, not just manage it,” said Dr. Walker.
Good Hands Placement Agency, along with many other top notch businesses who serve seniors were in attendance at the event, They were given the vision as to the important role they will play in being part of the solution in solving the health care crises.
Moving in the direction of putting the consumer into the driver’s seat in making an educated choice regarding their own health care, will drive down the cost of care. Businesses which provide services which cater to consumers making their own health care choices will be important.
"I feel good knowing that my work in helping people find a place for their ailing loved ones to live at an affordable price, is part of Dr. Wilder's solution in providing consumers a choice in their own health care," said Lorie Ann Miller, certified senior advisor for Good Hands Placement Agency.
"What she said is common sense, which is probably why the medical establishment will resist her ideas," Ms. Miller added.
A website for consumers which will keep medical costs down by helping them determine whether they need to pay for extra medical testing or specialists is www.choosingwisely.org.
So what does it say about the culture of the medical establishment when a doctor such as Dr. Wilder considers herself a maverick for suggesting such simple, affordable solutions?
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