Health is an inside job.

I confess, I’m a  so called healthcare  fanatic. I spend way too many hours studying, reading, going to seminars, and just generally musing over the ways in which I can help patients or my family and myself deal with particular health issues,  or even prevent them, if possible. But anyone who practices integrative-functional medicine, chiropractic, naturopathic, Chinese medicine and acupuncture, nutrition,  or related methods  themselves  get discouraged at times as it’s like  swimming against a tsunami. All of these methods share a common theme that health is an inside job. In other words, despite the constant media messages to the contrary that we are just sitting ducks who must take a handful of drugs daily to magically erase a disease promoting lifestyle, in reality it is that lifestyle that MUST be changed if we are to live up to our potential to live a long, healthy, and fulfilling life.

We are literally bombarded with thousands of daily advertisements and messages that make it seem normal to be plagued by miscellaneous ailments and that taking a little pill will somehow transform us forever into the happiest of folks prancing through the meadows without a care in the world. I find it astounding that most of my patients are completely unaware of how likely they are to die of heart disease or cancer, the two number one killers. And most people in this country are overweight or obese, inflamed, over-stressed, overworked, and suffer from some degree of anxiety and/or depression. Wow, that kind of sounds depressing! But in reality, we all have the power to make some, often simple, lifestyle changes that can make a huge, and almost immediate change putting us back on the road toward health, vitality, and actually decreasing the chances of succumbing to the major killers ; Heart disease, Cancer, medical care, and respiratory disease. What? Excuse me, did you just say medical care? Yep. Many sources list deaths from both properly and improperly prescribed medical care as the third leading cause of death in the United States (http://www.hospitalsafetyscore.org/newsroom/display/hospitalerrors-thirdleading-causeofdeathinus-improvementstooslow). But that’s a topic for another day.