Preventative Healthcare and Wellness

Wondering Wanderer, by Amy Tanathorn, mixed media on canvas 11x18

The other day I watched a documentary film on Netflix called Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare. This movie is preaching to the choir when it shows how broken our system is. I choose preventative healthcare and wellness so I don’t get caught like a fish in the net of our disastrous healthcare system.

Pharmaceutical companies make an enormous profit when people stay sick and keep taking their drugs. Big Agra are subsidized for crops that are largely not good for us, or that go into food products that are harmful such as corn (high fructose corn syrup). Not to mention some of these crops are GMOs. Both these corporate giants have their hands in the pockets of the FDA – or should I say it is the other way around with powerful lobbyists from both industries influencing government officials.

It is ALL about the money and this movie goes into detail about how.

Integrative medicine

Most diseases today are lifestyle based, but doctors are not trained in nutrition nor do they have the time to talk to patients. This is what drove Dr. Lissa Rankin out of medicine. I mentioned her in my very first post, so go there to find out more about her.

Escape Fire goes into another doctor’s story that is similar to Dr. Rankin’s and she’s since opened an integrative medical practice where, in her case, patients can pay through their medical insurance, but sometimes it has to be out of pocket.

What is integrative medicine? Integrative medicine practices both western “cure the symptom” approach to illness as well as taking into account “alternative therapies” that have been shown to work, such as acupuncture. These doctors also wish to get to know their patients. Spend 20 minutes with them to get to the root of their problem instead of the usual seven minutes most doctors have.

If a patient is suffering from ulcers and high blood pressure due to stress, perhaps instead of prescribing medicine to fix the problem, explore the reasons WHY this person is stressed and come up with strategies to eliminate the stress. Yeah, but there is no money in that. Tests and pills are what pay doctors their high salaries.

These are some of the details the movie goes into, which I urge you to see.

Meditation and yoga

Becoming mindful and sitting still for a set period of time has been proven to have healthful benefits. As I mentioned in my first post, I am now sitting between 20-25 minutes every day, plus going to my local meditation center that meets weekly. By opening up to the present moment, I pause to make better choices. I also appreciate what I have right now and a gratitude practice is important.

Now yoga is something I want to get into again. I have not for many years because the classes cost so much and I’ve ended up just walking every day. But after listening to Dr. Wayne Dyer on YouTube and the audiobook Do You! by Russell Simmons, I totally want to get back into yoga. I will just pay the money, which is about $130 per month for unlimited visits. I’ll probably start out with a $70 package deal until October, when this yearly seasonal job I do is finished.

I’ve tried the yoga DVDs and I get BORED. I need the class energy to keep me going and feeling peaceful. Plus this is an opportunity to get out of the house and meet more like-minded people. So my reasons are for more than just getting a good stretch and workout. It gives me a sense of well-being and an opportunity for the right people to come into my life.

Gratitude for health

I count my blessings every day and feel especially grateful for my health, my husband’s health and my son’s health. We are each extremely lucky and I know it.

My son is covered with health insurance, but my husband and I are not. We have to buy it on the open market since he works freelance, and the options out there are too expensive for way too little coverage.

We’re hoping that Obamacare will help out the cost in the near future so that we can be covered for catastrophic care, but in the meantime, we do what we have done for years: simply live healthfully.

I want to stay as far away as possible from hospitals and the entire broken phenomenon that is the disease management (aka healthcare) system. I simply don’t want to play the game. Sure a check up would be nice. I haven’t had one in four years, but in the meantime, I am doing great.

In this family we eat at home every day, where I make meals from scratch. It tastes better, you know what you are putting into your body and it is not processed. Oh and it’s far less expensive as well!

I wish Golf would do better with a couple of his lifestyle choices, but I won’t complain too loudly. He’s a great guy and so far we are all extremely lucky so while we’re on that train, we’ll ride it.

So my question for you today is, have you found a doctor who practices integrative medicine? What was your appointment like? How did it differ from a more traditional doctor’s visit? I’d really love to hear about your experience in the comments below.
Have you seen  Escape Fire? What did you think?

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