We live in a nation with incredible technology that sends people to the moon and creates driverless cars. Many areas of our lives have been positively impacted by the advanced technology. For example, advances in medicine are forever emerging with new drugs and new treatments for various diseases always on the horizon.
The question that I ponder is, with all this advanced technology, why is our nation getting sicker and sicker?
For example, The National Cancer Institutes division of the National Institute of Health research indicated that an estimated 1,685,210 new cancer cases were diagnosed in 2016 alone. The National expenditure of cancer in the United States totaled $125 billion in 2010 and is expected to reach $156 billion by 2020? The rate of heart disease and diabetes has also increased and continues to increase.
There are certainly many variables that are responsible for the increase in cancer, diabetes, and heart disease in the United States. One of the biggest causes is related to diet.
I can still see the big banner hanging in my elementary school cafeteria now. You Are What You Eat. I didn’t quite grasp the full meaning of that until adult-hood.
All the chemicals and added sugar in our diet have been shown to lead to disease. Other variables include environmental toxins and the stressful fast paced lifestyles many of us live.
Working in healthcare for 29 years as a Professional Registered Nurse, I have come to the conclusion that Western Medicine is predominantly about revenue and not healing.
Western Medicine has its place and I’m certainly not here to completely discredit that. The question is would we need as much Western Medicine if we practiced more Complimentary Alternative Medicine (CAM) and a preventative lifestyle. The answer to everything that ails you is not in a pill as the general Western Medicine philosophy has taught us.
Are we looking more for the cure instead of the cause? It seems we are practicing reactive medicine as opposed to proactive medicine. I’ve noticed a tendency to wait until we have a diagnosis to try to cure it as opposed to preventing it in the first place.
My ultimate belief is that our bodies have the potential to heal themselves given the opportunity to do just that.
It is also my personal belief that the creator placed something on this earth to heal and/or prevent all disease. It is often found in the form of a plant, stone, or food.
For the purposes of this article, I certainly cannot get into all the CAM treatments and their benefits. It would take a book. I would like to mention a few however for your consideration and own research. The benefits of each will lead to a healthier, happier life.
3. Massage Therapy/Reiki Therapy
4. Health Coaching
5. Regular Consistent Exercise Program
6. Healthy Diet Changes that includes the elimination of sugar.
The cure lies in you.
Adjustments to your diet and lifestyle alone will most definitely lead to a healthier life and reduction in disease and illness. Let’s be more proactive and take great care of our whole self (Mental, Spiritual, and Physical) in an effort to prevent disease.
What are some Complimentary Alternative Methods of treatment you’ve tried? Have they been successful? I would love to hear your stories.
Until next week,
Be Healthy, Be Strong, Be Happy