In some countries the healthcare system is a disease management system where most healthcare resources are spent on managing chronic health conditions rather than promoting wellness and prevention.
I chose my profession because I strongly believe in a new model of value-based healthcare including lifestyle medicine, holistic and patient-centered care, and disease prevention with lower healthcare costs to effectively reduce the rates of chronic disease.
Besides the expense of allopathic pharmaceutical drugs, in the US hospitalized population alone there are 200k-400k deaths a year due to medication given in the right dose, of the right drug, for the right person, in the right indication –besides adverse outcomes.
These drugs are suppressive and counteractive in nature, as they oppose physiological processes, and are used for a short term when your body is badly out of balance to rapidly push it in the right direction. Once balance has been regained, however, it is important to back off from their use and find other ways of maintaining the improvement, because if you persist in giving that agent to your body you will affect its homeostatic response.
Homeostasis is the body’s tendency to maintain equilibrium. If you push against an organism with an outside force, it pushes back. That is how you end up in a pattern of dependency, where you can’t stop using the drug (ie. nasal sprays, antacids, etc) and symptoms worsen when you try.
If you would like to find other ways to keep your health in check, think about being physically active, a proper nutrition, adequate supplementation, developing spiritual practices like meditation, and including mental approaches like coaching, counseling, or psychotherapy.
I like to think I am part of a social movement (some call it “social-political”) rapidly growing around the world, where people who understand this tell other people in every way possible. I believe this movement can change how health professionals and patients understand and care for health.
Leave a below if you are also part of this movement that puts in the extra effort to focus on and invest in self-care first.
~ L, xx.