Health is more than the absence of disease. Please re-read that line. Bold but true. We are not healthy one day and sick the next. Rather, how we live each and every day can boost our health or inch us toward disease. I’d even go as far as saying we don’t have a health care crisis, but rather a crisis in how we think about health care.
We, in the good ol’ US of A, consume half of the world’s pharmaceuticals, yet we populate roughly only five percent of the planet, according to the documentary film “Doctored.”
Considering those numbers, you might logically think otherwise. If Americans had stellar health, I’d say why change what works? But we don’t. We rank 47th in life expectancy according to the Central Intelligence Agency Fact Book. Why is a first-rate country like America listed so low on the life-expectancy list?
Albert Einstein reportedly said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result.” I’d say Einstein would call us crazy. We don’t have the numbers to prove what we are doing works — but it’s evident that a portion of the health industry wears myopic blinders.
What’s lacking is prevention. I will never advise anyone, “Absolutely no surgery or pharmaceuticals.” The fact is, both save lives. The problem is abuse rather than use.
Our first step is to have a paradigm shift in our logic. Consider this: we don’t have a headache due to lack of Tylenol; we don’t have depression due to a lack of Elavil; we don’t have osteoarthritis due to a lack of Celebrex; we don’t have ADHD due to a lack of Ritalin.
Starting to get the picture? We have such symptoms due to real deficiency balances in the body. Those imbalances may come in the form of physical health imbalances, emotional health imbalances, intellectual health imbalances or even spiritual health imbalances; but the bottom line is that there is always a piece of the DNA puzzle that needs up-regulating or down regulating to find the balance of your unique DNA.
For example, we prescribe 254 million prescriptions at a cost of $10 billion, on antidepressant medications alone, according to the CDC. This is second in volume only to cholesterol lowering drugs, all while we know that the problem of depression is multiplying by the day. In fact, by 2020, the second leading cause of medical disability will be depression. With that being only four years away, we are headed to a major breakdown of society, yet continue to handle the problem the same way day in-day out expecting a different result. As we are 7 billion people on the planet, we have 7 billion unique sequences of DNA.
To summarize, disease comes from dis-ease. All four pillars of an individual must be considered as “health” and addressed. Individualized medicine is truly available to everyone and is the only path to wellness.