68 Replies to “Is it Worth Getting Annual Health Check-Ups?”

  1. Are you kidding me? Doctors have completely discredited themselves in the 20th century. They are in it for a business, pure and simple. It's just a job where babies are born or destroyed within 9 to 5. This is the reason why I follow your channel. It seems like you are just waking up to what has been widely accepted in the alternative medicine field for decades (and really for millenia). You are going to have your square headed experts of course rushing to debunk common sense. Why put your body into the hands of a businessman when you should be getting connected with your body. You should be the best expert of yourself, not leave it up to the scientistic experts, to over administer anitbiotics, to sedate you with their pharma etc etc bla bla.

  2. Can you take a more in depth look at salt?
    WhatIHaveLearned produces well edited content, but in these videos he talks about average salt intake not being to high, but too low.
    I know you have been critical of high salt intake, so I would want you to stress what the latest science says so we can get closer to the truth.

  3. Once I get my blood pressure normalized, I am seriously considering dropping my health insurance. My doctor is not plant based. There aren’t any in my area. Every time I go it is like pulling teeth to get her to understand why my goal is to be off medication!

  4. Just finished reading your book. having clove powder in my tea….omg, what a taste-changer….sooooo good! keep em coming!

  5. Recent studies have shown heart attacks are caused by inflammation…not high cholesterol.  Dr. Greger, please respond …am I miss understanding this? Is it both that are causing heart attacks…high cholesterol and inflammation?  Thank you

  6. IDK I get blood test at least once a year for cholesterol. I will not take their statins but I do like to see the results as a reminder to eat well and curb bad habits.

  7. Interesting, but I wonder how cholesterol and high blood pressure factors into it. People get high blood pressure and high cholesterol with no symptoms, but it can be dangerous.

  8. I have been totally raw for 18 years, no checkups, no insurance, plenty of aches and pains, plenty of injuries but my body seems to be able to heal itself of everything. My Grandfather, Father and my Brother and only sibling all dyed of heart attacks at age 69 …… I am 68. I have irregular heart beats a lot, chest pains and sometimes shortness of breath. If I die tomorrow, it's been a great ride!

  9. Preventive check ups and health screenings are not made to make healthy people unhealthy. It gives the doctor and assistants a chance to screw up. It also gives the medical profession the chance to victimize the patient to make some money 💰 off the patient. These things happen every day! I only go to a doctor for a specific reason when I need to. Otherwise I avoid the medical profession and just take care of myself. Let’s give this comment the thumbs up if you live your life as I do and spread the word.

  10. People can get their own blood pressure monitors, cholesterol test kits, and very inexpensive blood sugar test kits if they worry about giving up annual health checks with their doctors. Learn what your numbers should be and then go to the doctor if they get too high.

  11. It drives me crazy that my doctor is always after me to get check ups. Why? Why? Why? I'll stick with eating my veggies thanks. And when God calls me home, there's nothing that's going to stop that anyway.

  12. I went to a plant based doctor and she STILL recommended annual checkups. I think the money is just too tempting in the U.S. system.

  13. The part about false positives is what's keeping me away from the doc. Can you imagine what you'll be put through for a false positive cancer diagnosis and the possibility of death, scary.

  14. Wow, Dr. Gregor, that was a bold thing to admit! I am sure you will get severe reactions from the medical industry. But I am grateful for your admission, I have felt that to me true for a while but its hard to get around our mental programming. What's next, how often should we see the dentist and get our fill of radiation and mercury?

  15. If I wasn't getting yearly blood tests, I wouldn't have known that the whole plant foods diet blew up my lipid panel and pushed me to pre-diabetic A1c levels. I'd still be marching on blindly. Fortunately, I finally faced the data and escaped the echo chamber.

  16. All i get done every year is blood tests, my family is at high risk for many diseases and anemia runs in the women on both sides, and I'm in France so it's free.

  17. I use the annual check-up as a chance to get blood data to compare to the year before. I think it's beneficial to have a record of annual blood data, especially homocysteine and cholesterol levels. High cholesterol helped me to kick the vice of delicious pastries and add more greens.

  18. I'm a little skeptical. A lot of doctors seem to hurry people in and out and just write off a quick prescription.

    Routine health checks don't seem to have much value.

  19. Ignorance can be bliss but I do think someone should know about an adverse health disease whether there is a pharmaceutical cure or not. That way they can make lifestyle changes to fix the problem or make is less dangerous to their health.

  20. Checkups for what? My cholesterol is 120, BP 110/70, exercise regularly, lift weights and walk/run/cycle/row, no symptoms of anything. I look great, I feel great. I know for a FACT my diet is at least in the 99th percentile of quality. Why in THE HELL would I want to go to a sick-maker?

  21. I was talking to a friend and he said that he was healthy cause his checkup was "good". But then he said that he has high blood, pressure type 2 diabetes, and high cholesterol so I told him " So your not healthy?" But then he told me that yes he is still healthy cause he has medicine he takes. And that everyone else is like that and its normal.
    The idea of "health" has been so distorted that as long as your not breathing through a tube and can stand up longer then two minutes some people think your automatically " healthy".

  22. Everybody so scared of dying; as if they can live forever. It's funny how conditioned we are; go to the doctor to prevent this, to prevent that. One can really get caught up in the system, particularly when insurance offers to pay for the initial scanning as part of a "wellness visit." Be careful. Don't get caught up. Lung cancer screening is a great one to read up on, for example, over 90% are false positives during the covered first visit. Then you become part of the for profit system. Ride your bike or go for walk instead of giving yourself and your money to the system. Best way to die a good death ;).

  23. The comment at the end is pretty sad. How long is it going to take for people to realize they need to eat a healthy, whole food, plant based diet if they don't want to suffer from the standard western diseases? Also, the part at the beginning showing the negative impact of previously touted "common sense" procedures was quite telling. Thanks as always for an informative video Dr. Greger & team!

  24. What about the benefits of Blood letting and Leaches? They have a history of 1000's of years of medical use and were recommended by all the best Greek and Roman Doctors such as Erasistratus and Archagathus, How about the benefits of X Ray treatment for ear infections in the 1950s or the use of thalidomide? Is not Modern medicine wonderful?

  25. The diagnostics are getting pretty good, but if all your doc has in his toolbox is a scrip pad and a hypodermic needle, you could be in trouble.

  26. Dr. Greger could you explain to me how come cholesterol is so dangerous for us? I know that from what you’re saying it’s found in plagues in our arteries however on the other hand it’s not the main factor of it as 90% of a plague is made of calcium. It’s literally a bone that’s created in our arteries. Cholesterol is there but is not the main cause.
    Could you clarify please?

  27. I checked out the balanced.org website. I don't understand why I would hold food companies responsible for what I eat or what I buy at the grocery store. I'm in complete agreement with exposing bad food for what it is, and for informing the gen pop of the benefits of good nutrition.

  28. I go to the doctor every year, but not for just a "general" checkup. All they do at those are check your weight, height and blood pressure. I can do that myself. I want a full comprehensive blood test since I can't do that myself. Then on top of that, I check my urine every month at home with test strips I buy online. This is very important because you can actually have a number of diseases without experiencing any symptoms. I actually diagnosed myself with kidney disease since the doctors were clueless. I don't take their drugs, I treat myself with herbs and every time I go back, they're always shocked that I'm not on any drugs. Doctors are great if you can "use" them for your needs, but terrible at treating (and even diagnosing) disease since all they know how to do is prescribe toxic medicines. You really have to become almost a doctor yourself and get them to do the tests you want and know what they mean and how to interpret them. I have spent the last 15 years doing this. I'm not a doctor, but I know how to interpret every test I've ever had done, and then I do hundreds of hours of research to figure out how to heal myself, because believe me, they don't know how to do it.

  29. Ignorance in the medical field is costly and unnecessary. To get a discount on my health insurance through my place of employment I am required to get an annual physical which includes the usual blood work. It’s a waste of money because I eat a whole food plant-based diet and my numbers are always good. They should be using that money for those people who are at greater risk of developing obesity related diseases.

  30. Hah! Thanks for giving evidence that I'm making a thoughtful, prudent decision to forgo the annual checkup. I went in this year ONLY because my doctor wouldn't renew my Valtrex rx without a visit. (That stuff should be OTC, anyways) I got major scare tactics thrown at me when I said I'm not getting a mammogram or colonoscopy. In the future, I won't be allowing the physical breast exam or pap smear, either. Stay healthy and stay out of the doctor's office!

  31. The checkups they currently give are primarily set up to bring in money for both the doctor and big pharma. They only treat disease they don't know how to heal.

  32. I like to do check ups just to get blood work done, if I could get blood work without a doc visit, that would be greatly preferred. The blood work can tell you important things like your lipid profile, fasting glucose, inflammation, white blood cell counts and breakdowns, liver enzymes which could indicate a problem with some food item you’ve been eating, PSAs may be important for older men (if you have prostate cancer you may need to remove it to prevent premature death) etc. A good doc might also do a mole check for melanoma, and test your hearing and vision. Recent research says untreated hearing loss is a major contributor to dementia.

  33. Thanks for your posting, it supports my suspicion that the "medical community" doesn't actually know anything about how to preserve health.

    BTW, this YT channel is using your name and likeness as click-bait, "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wk2JMT3EvA8"

  34. Studying nutrition and preventative medicine is a terrible idea…..at least if you're trying to profit off of people getting sick.

  35. I can't believe people really fall for these cults.. in some years we'll start to see the terrible aftermath of this anti medicine craze.

    I only feel sorry for the kids raised by these freaks, who not only won't get a chance to fully develop mentally but also will be denied to get the consequences of such abuse diagnosed and taken care of..

  36. my doctor has no problem giving me annual checkups, but when i asked to have my bloodwork done for my own basic knowledge and prevention he argued vehemently that it wasn't necessary…..

  37. While Dr Greger is in Arizona, can he provide a list of Arizona doctors who are vegan friendly? I'm in south eastern AZ and the one physician recommended to me by several people is retired. Healthy vegan seeks doctor who understands plant based/vegan lifestyle. Thanks!

  38. Go to your local blood bank and donate blood. They will test the blood give you a cholesterol level. Check blood pressure and pulse. I have been donating for years.

  39. A yearly examine is how Steve Job's cancer was found. Too bad he tried to heal it with food when he should have just had it cut out. I guess that is a bad example to promote vegan lifestyle.

  40. As a Doctor I agree with a lot that you say about prevention through nutrition. And if the Patient has the ability to check his blood pressure/sugar etc. on his own and to track the progress of the benefits of a lifestyle and diet change to get him off (or rather don't even get him on) Medication – that's great! But to generalize check-ups and discouraging people to visit any of those ja dangerous imho. What about the pap-smeard just to name one example. So many women die young from cervixcancer, especially when it's diagnosed late. Women can't do this test at home. I wouldn't recommend to Skip that at all.

  41. I went in for a physical a few months after going vegan. The doctor asked me if I was on vacation since I looked like I had good skin color in the middle of winter. I said I changed my diet to 100% vegan. Guess what she asked me-yeah – "where do you get your protein ?" Haha Haha I was not at all surprised. I feel so much better now and I know exactly why I'm eating a healthy vegan diet from now on. We have to take personal responsibility for our health. Many thanks to nutritionfacts.org for so much good information!

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