Problems with America's Healthcare! Tips for Healthy Living.
Is our health care system working for us?
What is "sick care" versus "health care?"
Sick care and crisis care are very important services to our society, however, they are not health care.
Larry Dossey, MD., former Chief of Staff of Medical City Dallas Hospital and current Executive Editor of the peer-reviewed journal Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing says, “People increasingly see conventional medicine not as health care but as disease care. People want more than that. It’s irrational to always wait until one develops a problem to pay attention to one’s health.”
The sick care system is for when we get sick or react to a problem. Health care is doing the necessary things to continually grow and improve one’s health. Health care is actually even beyond preventative care. Preventative care is to prevent something we don’t want. Health care is to grow our health to something that we do want.
In my wellness practice I talk a lot to my patients about why they want to grow their health and minimize the use of our "sick care system."
The biggest reason to get healthier is to avoid becoming customers of the sick care system. It has been presented as the number one killer in the United States. Death By Medicine, published by Gary Null PhD, Carolyn Dean MD ND, Martin Feldman MD, Debora Rasio MD, and Dorothy Smith PhD, presents compelling evidence that today’s system frequently causes more harm than good. The most stunning statistic, however, is that the total number of deaths caused by conventional medical care is an astounding 783,936 per year, supporting the statement that the American medical system is the leading cause of death and injury in the US. (By contrast, the number of deaths attributable to heart disease in 2001 was 699,697, while the number of deaths attributable to cancer was 553,251).
In 2010 The New England Journal of Medicine sited these annual preventable death statistics - smoking (465,000 per year), hypertension (395,000), obesity (216,000), physical inactivity (191,000), high blood glucose levels (190,000), high levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (113,000)*.
By error or on purpose, either way, the “health” (sick) care system causes more death in the United States than any other cause. Here are just a couple of facts to factor in to your sick care treatment.
A study in the Journal of the American Pharmaceutical Association revealed that a typical pharmacy filling 250 prescriptions a day makes an average of four mistakes, which amounts to an estimated 51.5 million errors annually. http://www.phc4.org/reports/fyi/fyi25.htm.
These are fines to pharmaceutical companies over the years: The major portion of every one of these fines is a criminal fine. Something a normal person would have gone to jail for, these companies were allowed to pay a fine instead.
Eli Lilly, JAN 2009 - $1.42 Billion
Pfizer, SEPT 2009 - $2.3 Billion
AstraZeneca, APRIL 2010 - $520 Million
Merck, NOV 2011 - $950 Million
Abbott, MAY 2012 - $1.5 Billion
GlaxoSmithKline, JULY 2012 - $3 Billion
What has happened in the last two decades in online casino the pharmaceutical industry?
Marcia Angell, MD., former editor and chief of The New England Journal of Medicine for two decades, has come out and said “Over the past two decades the pharmaceutical industry has moved very far from its original high purpose of discovering and producing useful new drugs. Now primarily a marketing machine to sell drugs of dubious benefit, this industry uses its wealth and power to co-opt every institution that might stand in its way, including the US Congress, the FDA, academic medical centers, and the medical profession itself. (Most of its marketing efforts are focused on influencing doctors, since they must write the prescriptions.)”
When sick care is used as health care, problems will occur, such as the U.S health care crisis and economic crisis that we are in now.
The crisis is not just the fact that we are sicker as a culture; there is also a SERIOUS economic crisis.
America spent $2.4 trillion on sick care in 2008 – that’s more than the national defense budget. Sick care spending dwarfs the $1.3 trillion of combined profitability generated by every corporation in America.
Bankruptcy rates are going up. Over 62% of all personal bankruptcies are a result of health related problems. 78% of those had insurance. http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/06/05/bankruptcy.medical.bills/
Despite this soaring investment, the U.S. ranks 37th in the world health report 2000 — Geneva: World Health Organization, 2000.
It is hard to ignore that in 2006, the United States was number 1 in terms of health care spending per capita but ranked 39th for infant mortality, 43rd for adult female mortality, 42nd for adult male mortality, and 36th for life expectancy. These facts have fueled a question now being discussed in academic circles, as well as by government and the public: Why do we spend so much to get so little?*
There’s a huge problem when a large portion of the economy is based on sick/health care. It means we need more sick people in order to grow the economy that we have.
So what can we do for ourselves to support a healthy way of life?
Here are 10 basic things you already know you should be doing to grow your health:
2. Get enough rest
3. Remember to breathe deeply and consciously
5. Eat fresh, organic, natural nutrient rich food
6. Develop a spiritual practice (prayer/meditation)
7. Cultivate a positive mental attitude
8. Commit to a lifetime of learning, do something creative
9. Spend time in nature
Here are 10 foods you want to avoid in order to be healthier:
1. Hydrogenated Oils (Trans fats/ artificial fats, olestra)
2. Artificial Sweeteners (Aspartame, Splenda, and Sweet & Low)
3. Refined Sugar (White sugar products)
4. Soda (regular AND diet) and Sweetened Fruit Drinks
5. High Fructose Corn Syrup
6. Processed Foods (boxed and canned)
7. Simple Grains and Starches
8. Unfermented Soy
9. Table Salt (sodium chloride)
10. Dairy Products
Create a vision of health for yourself!
Write down a vision of what you would like your health to look and feel like: What you would be able to do that you can’t do now and why that would be so great. Having a vision of what you would like your health to look like is very important in your progress of growing your health because if you don’t have a clear vision of what you want, then how will you ever get there?
Work toward optimal health.
Once you have written down what optimal health looks and feels like to you then begin to take the smallest step necessary in order to move toward that vision.
Small steps to better health.
In our office we ask our patients to figure out one thing that they can remove from their diet or life that is detracting from their health and add one thing in that could contribute to their health.
I hope this information helps you to confidently make choices to better manage and grow your health and well-being!
* Ranking 37th — Measuring the Performance of the U.S. Health Care System; Christopher J.L. Murray, M.D., D.Phil., and Julio Frenk, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.; N Engl J Med 2010; 362:98-99; January 14, 2010; DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp0910064
The Truth About the Drug Companies Lecture.
What are Americans getting for their $200 billion a year expenditures on prescription drugs. Dr. Marcia Angell, senior lecturer of Harvard Medical School"s Department of Social Medicine and former editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine, answers that question and more with extensive research and insights.