Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Are We the Cause of High Healthcare Costs?

Everyone agrees that we should reduce healthcare costs in America. However, how we do it is another matter. Some believe that it is people taking advantage of the system and running to the hospital for a hang nail. Others believe that the insurance companies and hospitals should lower their costs. Still others believe that healthcare providers are overcharging their patients. All may have some validity, but the bottom line is we must all make a fundamental change in how we view our healthcare.We have created an entire system that focuses on just treating the symptoms of our problems. Our medical schools teach doctors, nurses, and therapists to stop the pain through medications, braces, and even surgery. We have trained the patients to only be concerned with stopping the pain or discomfort with no regard for what really caused it. I don't think anyone actually cares what the causes are, but in order to cure anything we must know what caused the problem.Here is what I mean. We know that eating bad food creates problem for people like heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Yet when physicians, dietitians, or therapists talk about our diets we, the people, tend to not listen and ask for a pill, a brace, or surgery instead. I just heard a cardiologist say that if every American ate properly we could reduce heart disease by 80%. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America. How much would that save us each year just by learning how to eat properly. Yes it takes a little work from us and no we do not need the government to outlaw bad food. What we need to do is make better choices when we buy our food. We can do this by educating ourselves about which foods actually do harm to us. Great books to read are "Grain Brain, Wheat Belly, and The Story of the Human Body," to helps us reverse bad eating habits and see clearly how to eat in a way to help our bodies recuperate from a lifetime of bad habits.

This requires changing your brains not just joining another diet fad. Ever notice that with all diets out there obesity seems to be on the rise? Just changing your diet doesn't work. I know, I lost 105lbs in 18 months. I was on no diet, except to re-focus my mind to understand clearly what was good and what was bad for me.Trust me when I tell you this, when we start only buying foods that are good for us, corporate America will only sell foods that are good for us. Corporate America is not stupid, they only sell what we buy. No laws are needed, only common sense from you and I. We, the people, decide how our system will be run. If all you want is a system that allows you to take no responsibility for your health, then continue doing what you are doing. But if you are ready to take an active role in the quality of your life, then now is the time to change how you think and decide to take responsibility for your healthcare and do something about it!

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