H-E-A-L is Missing in Healthcare4 Minute Read
We need to start HEALING! I don’t think anyone would argue that we have the most amazing healthcare system in the US. I’m not here to argue for or against our system, but I want to point out major failures in HOW we treat disease. If we can approach disease in a more intuitive way, we can eliminate all lifestyle induced sickness. This only works when we start with a patient centered focus!
Let’s start out with some statistics to really get a grasp on the state of our current healthcare system:
- - In the US, we spent $3.5 trillion on total national health expenditures in 2017!1
- - That $3.5 trillion amounts to 17.9% of our Gross Domestic Product (GDP)!2
- - The percentage of people using at least one prescription drug in the past 30 days is 48.4%!!! And, that includes all ages of the population.3
These figures should all give us pause and we should see some major red flags in how we are treating disease in the US. You would think that we have the best healthcare system based on how much money we spend on health expenditures. However, we do not AT ALL! We are consistently ranked last compared to other developed countries.
Why are we in such bad shape?
We don’t ask the important question of WHY
Our healthcare system isn’t designed to ask why a patient is experiencing symptoms like joint pain, high blood pressure, depression, weight gain, and fatigue. We don’t ask WHY these things are happening in the body, all we focus on is how to cover them up.
Symptoms are a way that the body sends us messages to let us know that something is wrong. Our system ends up ignoring these messages and we end up just shutting up the messages. That is why we don’t ever get BETTER!
We rely on medication to cover up symptoms
It’s not surprising that the stats above shows 48% of people are taking at least one prescription medication. We use medication to cover up those painful messages that they body is sending. This is not a fix, but a silencing.
We end up asking our healthcare system to use a pill to undo 10, 20, or 30 years of lifestyle induced diseases. Sadly, the pharmaceutical companies have a HUGE influence on our healthcare system.
The most important thing we can do for our health is to change our lifestyle to get the body to HEAL! It may not be easy, but isn’t your health worth it?
We don’t use the right tests
We have to test for the right biomarkers to even know what is wrong with the body. Conventional medicine often doesn’t test for enough markers or approaches the body as separate parts instead of a whole. For example, to determine why a patient’s thyroid isn’t functioning well, we need to look at many biomarkers beyond just what the thyroid itself, including liver function. Treating the body as just parts doesn't allow for your entire body to heal.
Nutrition isn’t a priority
Finally, nutrition is NOT a priority in our healthcare system. How many times have you had a doctor tell you that you need to change your diet to reduce weight or other symptoms? But, do they tell you how? Or, exactly what you need to do? Do you have any follow up with a doctor to see how your diet has changed? NO!!!
Let me be clear, your doctor is a wonderful person trying to help you. They are doing what they are taught to do. For example, most doctors have, on average, only 19 hours4 in training for nutrition. That is out of 4 YEARS of medical school, not including the years of residency they also complete. It’s our system that doesn’t prioritize nutrition changes and guidance to get your body to HEAL.
So, what can you do?
You need to take responsibility for your own health. Our system isn’t designed to do that for us. I encourage people to work with a functional medicine doctor - check out my blog post explaining the difference between functional and conventional medicine.
Your goal should be to make changes to get your body to HEAL! If you are interested in working with me, sign up for a consultation request below.