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The Magic Bullet Myth

Posted Nov 17 2008 5:01am
By Dr. Christine Gonzalez (PharmD, CHC)

Through my practice as a pharmacist and now health coach, I am too familiar with the false hope of a magic bullet “cure” for whatever ails us. This is often the case for those who lead particularly fast-paced or high-pressured lives (I think I have just described the average American). We rarely have time to sit down and enjoy a nourishing meal, restore ourselves with a full night’s rest, or get our bodies moving with invigorating physical activity. So why would we have time to deal with that aching back, repeating heart burn, or annoying eye twitch? We are told we don’t have to. We can simply take a pill or have surgery to fix that. No need to slow down. But when the pills or surgery provide only temporary relief, then what? We often get caught up in a cycle of symptom-based treatments. The result is often disappointment and frustration in the current healthcare system.

The increasing trend towards a more holistic and green lifestyle is perhaps the reactionary response to this failing healthcare system and the realization that there is no magic bullet “cure” as we have been led to believe. As I mentioned in my introductory blog, the U.S. spends a significant amount of GDP per capita on healthcare, yet ranks far below what this expenditure would predict. This is certainly a timely topic after the recent election results and much anticipated upcoming change in power. It is more important than ever to make our voices heard on this matter. Just as there is no magic bullet for wellness, there is certainly not one for a healthcare system. While I don’t have the answer, I do know that now is the time to explore how to incorporate all elements of wellness (mind, body, and spirit) into our healthcare system. I encourage you all to share your opinions on this important subject...
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