Right now, things are changing. There is a new era approaching us here in west Michigan and around the United States and even over-seas. What we currently call “health-care” is starting to point in a different direction. Insurance premiums are rising and benefits are seemingly decreasing across the board. Deductibles are hitting INSANE amounts from $1500-$25,000 per family. The typical wait in an emergency room is nearing four hours. Side-effect laden drugs are being over-prescribed to everyone, especially kids. Despite our “best efforts” and advances in technology, we are the sickest and fattest country in the world! So what are we doing wrong?
Traditionally, we get sick, we go to the doctor, and the doctor gives us some drugs and maybe a muscle relaxer or a pain killer to knock us out and sends us on our way. How does that help? What good did those pills do?
Last time I cut my finger, I cleaned it up and put a band-aide on it and left it alone. Magically, my finger healed. My body didn’t start healing my toe, it knew what to do. It sent the proper cascade of chemicals from my brain through my body, down my arm, into my and hand healed my finger. The band-aide kept the cut from getting dirt inside it but it did not do squat to actually heal my finger. In other words, our bodies heal from the inside out and not the outside in.
We have some of the best doctors and surgeons in the U.S. right here in Grand Rapids. Some of them save lives, others help to bring new life into the world and I’m thankful for that. However, in a health-care system as broken as ours, even their hands are tied due to hospital budget cut-backs, falling insurance reimbursements, and a bad economy.
The bottom line is, WE CANNOT AFFORD TO GET SICK! We don’t have the time to miss work, to be stuck in bed feeling like crap, unable to take care of ourselves or our families. We cannot do it. Being sick is time consuming and expensive. The only way to not get sick is to actually start moving our health in the right direction. If you do not want to be sick, the dumbest and most ineffective way to get healthy is by focusing on not getting sick versus focusing on truly taking steps to get healthy. There is a difference.
The public’s views and beliefs have been skewed by the government, insurance companies, drug companies, and the media that is paid by all of them to report what the drug tell them to. It is a completely false, misleading system that we’re stuck in. We are constantly barraged by these messages over and over every day. Have a sniffle? Take a runny nose pill. Have a headache? Here’s a headache pill. Trouble focusing? Enjoy some Ritalin. There is a pill, potion, or lotion for every ailment you can think of and even some for things that you didn’t even know you needed and that’s the whole point.
Our system is stuck in a reactive, drug-dependent state. How can we possibly move forward if the majority of people are waiting to get sick? It will never happen, we will never get there.
It is time to focus on getting healthy! No more focus on losing weight, by starving yourselves with the latest low-calorie, gimmick, fad shake of the day that puts your body into starvation mode. You will lose weight but that does not make you healthy in ANY WAY. The weight will come back because weight is a lifestyle issue and the only answer is CHANGE YOUR LIFESTYLE. Do not let these companies take advantage of you.
You are the one who needs to define your own “WHY.” Why do you want to be healthier? Is it because you want to lead a better example for your children? Maybe, you want to do something that you have always wanted to do but your weight or health has not allowed you to do. Whatever your “why” is has to be big enough to facilitate the change you are trying to make. Otherwise, if your “why” is not big enough, then you will simply and quickly fall back into your old habits of being lazy, eating crap, and drugging yourself back to that wonderfully-numb state that you call your life.
I am here to tell you that you are not alone. There are tons of people out there to help you on your journey to a healthier you. You have to want to change and you have to take responsibility for your own health. Contrary to popular belief, having good “health insurance” does not mean you “are covered,” it will not make you healthy or keep you healthy.
Imagine you are standing at the edge of a cliff. One step or push forward and over the edge you go. Your insurance will pay to fix your broken self and get you back onto the edge of that cliff where you started but that is not a very safe or healthy place to be. That is what your insurance pays for. It is your responsibility to take action to get the hell away from the edge of that cliff.
Happy St. Patty’s Day to my Irish brethren and remember that everybody is Irish on St. Patty’s Day!