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In health care, there’s only one goal

Posted Mar 31 2010 4:30am

Months ago, I gave up trying to keep track of all the provisions of the proposed health care plan. Let’s face it, the health care system many now embrace could bankrupt our nation and continues to have less than optimal outcomes.

Access to care and insurance coverage for everyone should take a back seat to keeping people healthy.

Have you noticed that Western Medicine tends to treat symptoms instead of the underlying cause?

I know a man who had a low testosterone level. His doctor ordered injections without asking “Why” (and the patient accepted this solution). Doing a little research on line reveals that low testosterone can be the result of a brain tumor or sleep apnea. In this instance, the man did have severe sleep apnea. The cascade of diseases associated with sleep apnea is long and expensive: diabetes, obesity, strokes, cardiovascular disease, A-fib, decreased cognitive learning ability, short term memory loss, high blood pressure, the list goes on and on. Just coincidentally, the risk of sudden death is increased by 30% in the presence of sleep apnea. This particular man had memory problems, multiple TIAS, one stroke, was overweight and had A-Fib — all by age 64. Are doctors screening for sleep apnea? Not usually. Is it common? Yes and it’s becoming more common in our overweight culture.

Think of the impact of the chronic stress in our culture. It impacts our immune system, shapes our bad habits (overeating, drinking, smoking), accidents, hurts relationships — and that doesn’t even include how stress can exacerbate illnesses such as asthma, diabetes and IBS. Many scientists feel that stress even allows the proliferation of cancer. It is thought that we often times have cancerous cells in our bodies which a healthy immune system keeps in check. If we tax our immune system with stress, it can no longer keep us healthy. If you want more details, keep reading below to see  “The High Price of Stress.”

Now is the time to take control of your health in four ways.

1. Do your homework. Research online. Ask lots of questions of your health care providers and use your common sense.

2. Take care of your mental and emotional health

3. Stay physically active

4. Check out complementary healing modalities which may be far less expensive, have fewer side effects, and excellent outcomes. Examples, hypnotherapy, guided imagery, chiropractic, acupuncture and for exercise Hanna Somatics and the Feldencrais method.

Together, we can do it!!

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