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Preventive & Prevention Medicine

Posted Feb 09 2010 7:46am

Prevent iveand Prevent ionare – two very different forms of health care.

While both imply action to stay healthier, they differ in their costs and the state of mind that each produces.


Preventive Health Care Services include mammograms, pap smears, PSA tests, cholesterol and colon cancer screenings, CT scans for lung cancer, blood pressure tests, immunizations, physicals and other diagnostic testing. These services work best when at risk, symptomatic groups are targeted. For patients that are symptomatic, testing is a necessary part of diagnosis and treatment. When diagnostic tests show no disease, it can relieve a patient's anxiety. But, many preventive care services can be wasteful by encouraging non-symptomatic people to consume services they do not need and to worry unnecessarily.


Preventive testing is too often done on people without symptoms, who are suddenly and routinely diagnosed as being “at risk” – a just to see test.   There can be uncomfortable side effects, especially with a colonoscopy or reactions to immunizations. False positive test results can cause undue worry, further unnecessary testing and financial burdens. The self-image of being well can suddenly turn into one of being over-diagnosed and potentially diseased, turning those who are well into patients anxious about their future.


Preventive Health Care Services can keep us believing that we are at riskand worrying if we are going to be sick, while Prevention Medicine is a responsible lifestyle that concentrates on keeping us well.


Woulda, coulda, shoulda is the hindsight that comes after a heart attack, stomach stapling, a hip or knee replacement or a nervous breakdown, when healthy nutrition, good body alignment, movement and stress release may have prevented it all. Woulda had a better diet, coulda paid attention to my body alignment and flexibility and maybe shoulda taken some quiet time. Very simply, it is good Prevention Medicine, the no-risk, least costly kind of health care with the desirable benefits of better health, less illness and injury and a longer, more active life for you and your family.


Prevention Medicine is not a treatment. It is a way of life that is lived everyday by taking responsibility for your own well-being by practicing health-promoting habits of good nutrition, reasonable exercise, stress-relieving meditation and, of course, better posture and body alignment. Prevention Medicine simply means replacing some basic habits and thinking with activities and thoughts that keep you well.


Needing less health care is the best way to lower our health care costs. Practicing Prevention Medicine is a sensible, realistic option for staying in better health in the first place and avoiding the need for high-cost drugs and high-tech procedures.


When you eat, sleep, move, work, play and think it may as well be in ways that keep your body and mind strong and vital for a lifetime. You can stand, sit, sleep and walk your way into better alignment or, conversely, into faulty body mechanics, dysfunction and disease. You already have.


Preventive and Prevention are two very different approaches to health care.

While screenings and testing can tell us many things about the state of our body, Prevention Medicine keeps us, actively, staying in good health, mentally and physically – a wiser approach to health care.


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