Long time ago, people should pay the doc. when they where healthy! … Now there is a joke… A son of a doc. told his father; “You doesn’t like well, better you take rest, I will do the job…” after a view days they doc. came back asked about the result… “I cured that lady, which came already for last 15 years…” The Doc. against his son: “You are a fool!, That lady payed all your studies” 😉
As a doctor in South Central Los Angeles, I’ve come to realize: my job isn’t just about treating a patient’s symptoms, but about getting to the root cause of what is making them ill — the “upstream” factors like a poor diet, a stressful job, a lack of fresh air.
Upstreamists like me — and we can be doctors, nurses or other clinicians — know that asthma can start in the air around us. We know that ailments such as depression, anxiety and high blood pressure can arise from chronically stressful conditions at work and home. We see how policies that deny opportunity, fairness and justice can be reflected in patients’ faces as well as in their DNA. And, just as important, we understand how to translate this knowledge into action. The upstreamist considers it her professional duty not only to prescribe a chemical remedy but also to tackle sickness at its source.
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