American’s are struggling with their health today, their is no question that we are seeing a higher incidence of chronic health conditions than ever before.
So what do I mean by chronic health conditions? Health challenges that are not going away, maybe you have been suffering with them for one year or 30 years. This can be anything from diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, weight gain, reflux or migraine headaches.
So if millions of people are suffering with chronic health conditions and year after year this number keeps getting higher; how do we stop it? To better explain this we have to be aware of the healthcare system today, it’s approach and how that compares to holistic medicine.
Medicine is a necessity for infections, surgeries and other emergency procedures, living in the United States we are very lucky to have access to this. What most people don’t realize is that chronic health conditions do not respond well to medicine, meaning that although you might feel better you are not getting any healthier. For example if you have gastric reflux you may take an ant-acid or the purple pill daily to help you feel better, you could take this medicine for 20 years but if you forget to take it for 2 days; guess what? It comes back with a vengeance. Migraine headaches, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure are in the same boat, the medicine is never dealing with the root cause of the problem, so nothing is being fixed or corrected.
This is how the healthcare system has worked for the past 50 years, in the early 1900’s doctors would give medicine for a week or two and that was it; now you could be taking that same medicine for 30 years. This is why many people still struggle with their health and feel miserable; some might call it bandaid medicine or quick fix medicine and there is no such thing. Here the patient is taking no action to get better, they are only relying on prescription medications to get them better and they are not getting any better.
Compare that with holistic medicine, professions such as chiropractors, naturopaths, nutritionists, functional medicine doctors and osteopaths all practice a more alternative healthcare model. Here the professional with take one through a series of tests to determine to the best of their ability what is causing the root cause of the problem. You know when you are having car trouble they will connect your car to a computer to find out where the issues are happening and how to fix it. Would you like the mechanic to fix or replace a faulty part in your car or just have them duck tape it so it could last for a couple more weeks?
Holistic medicine holds the patient accountable in a way, here is what needs to be fixed and here is how we are going to do it. The patient will have to make better health and lifestyle choices in order to help the body heal and repair itself. So if you go to a holistic doctor you can either take action or continue to be miserable; the choice is up to you but now you at least know what to do to get healthy.
Improving your health takes massive action on one’s part, there is no taking a medicine, sitting back and waiting to get healthy because it never happens. Getting healthier is not difficult on the contrary it is very easy; you just have to make good, healthy choices daily. If you go from eating fast food 3 times a day to eating real food 3 times a day you will see a significant change in your health; it’s not rocket science. Don’t wait for the perfect time to improve your health because it never will come, just decide to take small action steps daily and you will reach a new level of energy and vitality.
Feeling healthier or feeling better, what exactly does that mean? There has been a misunderstanding for years that looking good and feeling good means that you are healthy. Instead lets think of optimal health as all cells, tissues, organs and gland functioning at the highest level. When your body is functioning at the highest level you will notice a boost in energy, less aches and pains, better digestion, quality sleep, and a leaner body. Remember that functioning on the highest level takes years of investment into your health, you don’t get it from taking an energy drink or supplement.
So make the decision today, take action or continue to be miserable; this may be the most important decision you make to turn your health around for good.