Optimum health results from taking responsibility for your personal well-being. That means instead of simply turning all decisions over to your doctor, take back your power to choose the right health, diet, and medical options. Increasingly, a “wellness culture” is empowering each one of us to take responsibility for our own health.
Over the years, I have pursued a variety of options to find a cure for various ailments. I have consulted doctors, nutritionists, naturopaths, allergy specialists, energy healers, acupuncturists, chiropractors, medical mediums and even shamans. But it became clear that traditional Western medicine and many nontraditional practitioners could not provide the solutions I needed. I discovered through my own healing process that it is possible to heal yourself if you’re willing to do a lot of research.
Maybe like me you’ve met with your doctor in anticipation of getting some relief and advice about a symptom that’s been bothering you. Many individuals have given up on Western medicine and are seeking out other alternatives as most of us would like to resolve our health challenges without dangerous drugs or surgery.
Our medical system is good at treating serious problems like heart attacks and life-threatening illnesses but is not as skilled in treating stress-related and chronic disease. Americans are confused, frustrated and feeling vulnerable, while spending billions of dollars to find a solution to what ails them.
“American patients need to take back ownership of what it means to be healthy or sick. Commercialization has recast our health as a series of disease states: the cause of every symptom needs to be urgently diagnosed and treated. ‘Do something!’ ‘Time is of the essence.’ The healthcare industry spends nearly $15 billion on advertising annually to encourage worry.”
An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back
The healthcare industry is a sickness industry and we are continually told that pharmaceutical drugs and surgery are the solution to all our health problems. Elisabeth Rosenthal stated in her book “A lifetime of treatment is preferable to a cure.” This is a good reason for all of us to take charge of our health.
Are Americans getting sicker?
It seems like Americans are getting sicker and yet our drug centered healthcare system is not motivated to find real cures. At one point, I wondered why it might be only friends, family, colleagues and clients who had health challenges. But when I reached out to medical and health practitioners, they confirmed this crisis is stressing hospitals to handle and treat patients for illnesses that aren’t life threatening.
“By 2020, about 157 million Americans will be afflicted by chronic illnesses, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The number is projected to increase by more than one percent per year by 2030, resulting in an estimated chronically ill population of 171 million.”
Four reasons that support the importance of taking back control of your health:
- If you’re not one of wealthiest Americans, your life expectancy might be lower.
According to the British medical journal, The Lancet, “The life expectancy of the wealthiest Americans now exceeds that of the poorest by 10–15 years.”
- Research that concludes you are being exposed to harmful toxins from certain foods may not be released for another 10 plus years.
“.. it takes an average of 17 years for research findings to work their way down to your local doctors. The problem is that you don’t have 17 years to waste.”
The Autoimmune Fix: How to Stop the Hidden Autoimmune Damage That Keeps You Sick, Fat and Tired Before It Turns into Disease Tom O’Bryan, DC, CCN, DACB
- You could inadvertently be putting yourself at risk of succumbing to Alzheimer’s.
“Alzheimer’s has reached epidemic proportions, currently affecting an estimated 5.4 million Americans. In the next 20 years, it is projected that Alzheimer’s will affect 1 in 4 Americans, rivaling the current prevalence of obesity and diabetes, and by 2050, Alzheimer’s diagnoses are projected to triple.”
- Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the U.S.
“In fact, the study, from doctors at Johns Hopkins, suggests medical errors may kill more people than lower respiratory diseases like emphysema and bronchitis do. That would make these medical mistakes the third leading cause of death in the United States. That would place medical errors right behind heart disease and cancer.”
- The side effects of prescription drugs can be catastrophic.
“Every year, more than 2 million Americans suffer from serious adverse drug reactions. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), these reactions cause about 100,000 deaths per year, making prescription drugs the fourth leading cause of death in the country.”
What Doesn’t Work
Over the years, I have discovered that many things that are supposed to “work,” simply don’t…
- Fad diets and exercise programs
- Yo-yoing from one miracle cure to another
- Blindly following a doctor’s advice on food, drugs, and nutrition without doing the research yourself
- Mindlessly believing that Internet doctors or health practitioners know what’s best for your body and your circumstances
While it is possible to reverse most chronic diseases, you need to do your homework. There are many sources of information to be found via the Internet, yet much is unreliable and even dangerous. Nutritional gurus and Internet doctors are offering conflicting advice that varies from quackery to a magic pill. I’ve found the best information from books and research institutions and am very skeptical of what I read in newspapers and magazines.
Here are some actions you can take to make sure you’re not compromising your health:
- Educate yourself about how the food you consume impacts stress.
- Stay informed on the latest medical research.
- Ask questions and express your concerns to your healthcare providers.
- Research integrative and alternative health options.
- Develop your body wisdom and instincts so that you’re alert to what works for you.
- Identify which areas of your life are draining your energy.
- Remember your needs—diet, exercise, and lifestyle—are unique to you.
I’ve learned from years of research, training, and observation that our genes are not our destiny. There is an abundance of evidence that stress-related challenges and even chronic disease are not only preventable
“The greatest miracle on Earth is the human body.
It is stronger and wiser than you may realize and
improving its ability to self-heal is within your control.”
~Dr. Fabrizio Mancini