25 Things Your Doctor Won’t Tell You
Is your doctor keeping secrets from you? Not exactly. But there are some things your doctor either doesn’t know, can’t say, or doesn’t want to get into with you. Here are 7 things your doctor won’t tell you:
BMI Is Not an Accurate Measure of Health
You’ve probably grown up learning how you compare to others based on this tool: BMI, or the Body Mass Index. Based on body weight and height, it’s a chart loved and overused by doctors and gym teachers everywhere. Have you ever been within the “normal” range of your BMI? No? Not to worry, most people aren’t either!
The problem with this tool is that it only takes two variables into account, as illustrated by its formula: BMI = kg/m2. If you go into the street right now and look around, you’ll most likely notice many different body types and a variety of physical conditions: elderly people, pregnant women, heavy-lifting or endurance athletes. All these people have this one thing in common: they screw up the BMI chart. Their body composition, whether it be excess or lack of muscle, or an extra human growing inside them, is not taken into account by the Body Mass Index. Therefore, they always measure up as being too low or too high on the scale when, in fact, their health can still be extremely good.
You Probably Don’t Need Pills to Sleep Better
Ever walk into your doctor’s office having not slept for days, only to beg them to mercifully prescribe some pills to help you fall – and stay – asleep? Well apparently you could have saved yourself the trip and the drugstore bill with this ancient sleep remedy: meditation.
Now before you click away, hear us out! Most people who suffer from insomnia are actually very stressed or anxious and cannot quiet their thoughts when their head hits the pillow. Sound familiar? Well mindfulness and guided meditation can actually help these sleepless people regain control of their bedtime. A number of cellphone applications have in fact been developed to help the average human make sense of this ancient practice. Some even offer sleep-specific programs to help you go to sleep faster and obtain a higher quality snoozing experience. And the best part: a lot of them are completely free! Worth a try before your next sprint to the doctor’s office.
Your “Healthy Diet” Is Probably Not Very Healthy
If you ask any average American if they eat healthily, the answer you will hear most often is, “Mostly, yes…at least, I think so!” Super convincing, right? And then if you press further and ask exactly what they eat or what a healthy diet consists of, you’ll be surprised by the number of different answers that you hear.
Now you would think that asking your doctor would yield better answers, but think again! What doctors are mostly concerned with are the extremes, the excess: heavy drinking, eating too much sugar, and so on. But what about the in-betweens of it all? Are they healthy? Probably not.
See, most people think that cheese is healthy when it’s on a salad and that chicken that comes out of a box in a freezer at the grocery store has the same nutritional value as the one sold in the meat section. Without going into the “organic, grass-fed eating debate” one thing is clear: the healthiest food you can eat is food in its purest form (i.e. not from a box or a bag). Eat real food, with a good variety of nutrients and vitamins, and you should be OK.