What are the risks and benefits of getting an annual check-up from your doctor?
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But won’t a check-up allow your physician to do a comprehensive physical exam and routine blood testing? The pros and cons of those are discussed in my next video Is it Worth Getting an Annual Physical Exam? (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/Is-It-Worth-Getting-an-Annual-Physical-Exam).
Did I say lifestyle medicine? Yes! Check out this exciting growing field in my videos like Lifestyle Medicine: Treating the Causes of Disease (https://nutritionfacts.org/video/lifestyle-medicine-treating-the-causes-of-disease/) and Convincing Doctors to Embrace Lifestyle Medicine (https://nutritionfacts.org/video/convincing-doctors-to-embrace-lifestyle-medicine/).
Still don’t understand how there can be risks? See Why Prevention is Worth a Ton of Cure (https://nutritionfacts.org/video/Why-Prevention-is-Worth-a-Ton-of-Cure). Unfortunately physicians and patients alike wildly overestimate the benefits of pills and procedures. See, for example, The Actual Benefit of Diet vs. Drugs (https://nutritionfacts.org/video/The-Actual-Benefit-of-Diet-vs-Drugs).
The fact is Physicians May Be Missing Their Most Important Tool (https://nutritionfacts.org/video/physicians-may-be-missing-their-most-important-tool).
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