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Archives for April 2014

Truth in Health Care

Medicine and Stethoscope

It is interesting to watch all the debate around so-called “health care” these days. It is more about health care insurance than it is about health care. I see nothing wrong with expanding access to health care insurance. However, I see nothing that indicates that it will reduce the costs of health care. Furthermore, I believe that our country is discussing the wrong topic. I believe that we should focus on true health care. We should ask the following questions. What can we do to increase the quality of life for everyone? How can we improve the health of everyone?

When we focus on these questions, then we must awaken to some fundamental truths about our society. First, the majority of health issues that we face are chronic in nature. They stem from the lifestyle choices that we make. Of course most of these choices are made unconsciously. We are so busy living our lives, trying to be everything to everyone else but ourselves. We take care of everyone but ourselves. So we sacrifice our health by eating fast food, living stressful lives, working jobs to pay the bills, but feeling unfulfilled. We over indulge in things to escape the life we are living. There is a void that we can't fill. And then when we do go see a doctor, for the most part, we get drugs to cover-up the pain or health issues that we are living with. Or the doctors want to cut-out or remove through surgery the diseased part of our body. Why is it that most traditional western doctors don't want to get at the truth of our illnesses? Now I'm not referring to acute issues like those caused by accidents. Of course we want the best emergency care in these cases. The root causes are more clear in these cases. But for chronic issues, we are denied the truth. Oftentimes, the doctor is so busy reaching patient quotas, as dictated by the medical institutions that they are working, that a quick pill is dispensed. Most patients are willing participants and accept it. I have been through this exact thing and in the long run it didn't work and my symptoms got worse.

So what is the truth? I am pleased to see that more medical professionals and researchers are really looking for true causes to our health issues and not just quick fixes. We are seeing more studies linking our eating habits to most of the common diseases that plague our western society like obesity, diabetes, heart disease, strokes, and many, many more diseases. Yes eating real food, instead of food that is processed and combined with chemicals, does give the nutrients the body needs to heal. Yes the body heals itself when it is given a chance. The nutrient density is more important than calories, because not all calories are beneficial to the body. Yes, eating food that is closest to that found in nature is best. The quality of food matters. Food that is genetically modified and grown with high levels of pesticides is bad for you and the environment. Why can't we be honest with ourselves? Eating organic food is not more costly. Eating food that causes disease is more costly. Don't sacrifice your health for money. It is an illusion.

I fell for the illusion for many years because I didn't know better and no one would tell me the truth. If you eat crap, you will feel like crap. It is inevitable. Period. I didn't know what it meant to eat health until I started studying anatomy, physiology, and natural and alternative healing practices. Not everyone is willing to do this and they shouldn't have to. We should be guided by our health care professionals. So now in an age of information, spurred by the internet, information about healthy eating and living practices is one click away. Of course you must find credible sources backed by science, but they are out there. You can't trust the first article you read, but you can do some research and find out if there is any truth to the claims.

Of course a discussion about truth in health wouldn't be complete without discussing stress. I know you were thinking, what about exercise? Doctor's are more willing to tell you about exercise than stress. Some statistics show that about 70-90% of reasons for visits to doctors are directly linked to stress. If this is true, it is an epidemic. Living as dictated by society can lead to overwhelming stress. I completely changed my diet and was eating more healthy than ever and still I was feeling sick. How many of you have had the same experience? I was lucky to find a holistic health care practitioner that had stress on his radar screen and wasn't afraid to tell me the truth. The first step is to realize that stress is contributing to your health issues. However, I must warn you that it is often more difficult to eliminate stress than to change your diet. It may take a lot of support to understand the root cause of the stress before you can eliminate it, but it will we worth it in the end.

So why are doctor's not honest with their patients? There are many reasons and sometimes they are complex. I want my doctor to tell me that my habits and lifestyle choices are causing my illnesses. If they had told me the truth when I was a child, I most likely would have avoided a lot of the issues that I faced as an adult. I want them to tell me that my food choices are harming me. I want them to tell me that anger can lead to hypertension or inflammation. I want them to tell me that if I don't reduce the amount of stress in my life that my condition may get worse.

Now with that said, I know that more and more doctors are turning their attention to prevention and lifestyle choices in their practices. I commend all doctors that are looking for real answers to health issues and have stopped trying to cover-up the symptoms. I give you a round of applause. As for the patients that have found yourself in similar situations that I faced, take a stance and don't be afraid to ask questions of your doctors. After all you are paying for their services. If you are not getting answers, don't be afraid to seek out other opinions. Don't stop until you get the answers you deserve.

One last thing. You may have asked, why did I write this on a Qigong blog? Because Qigong is a natural solution for reducing stress and improving your health. I can only imagine the kind of shift that would happen if more people around the world began practicing Qigong on a daily basis. Actually, the shift has already begun. There are already millions of people from around the world practicing Qigong. This is the kind of health care solutions we need. This is the truth of ancient wisdom that is already making a difference. This is true health care.

Here's a list of links to doctor's and alternative practitioners that are making a difference and that we can all learn from:

1. Dr. Andrew Weil, MD - http://www.drweil.com
2. Dr. Joel Fuhrman MD - http://www.drfuhrman.com
3. Dr. Mark Hyman, MD - http://drhyman.com
4. Dr. Neal Bernard, MD - http://www.nealbarnard.org
5. Dr. Deepak Chopra, MD - https://www.deepakchopra.com
6. Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD - http://www.doctoroz.com
7. Dr. Micharl Roizen, MD - http://my.clevelandclinic.org/staff_directory/staff_display.aspx?doctorid=6161
8. Dr. Lissa Rankin, MD - http://lissarankin.com
9. Dr. Maoshing Ni - http://health.yahoo.net/experts/drmao/bio/maoshing-ni
10. Dr. Daniel Amen, MD - http://www.amenclinics.com/dr-amen/about-dr-amen
11. Dr. Keith Jordan, DC - http://www.drkeithjordan.com
12. Qigong Master Tianyou Hao - http://qi-healing.com
13.Qigong Master Mingtong Gu - http://www.chicenter.com
14. Qigong Master Mantak Chia - http://mantakchia.com
15. Qigong Master Qinyin - http://qinway.org/Qigong-Founder.htm

 

 

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