Tuesday, September 23, 2008

How Much for Better Health? $10

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Report: Invest $10 a person for better health

WASHINGTON, Jul. 17, 2008 (AP Online delivered by Newstex) -- Investing just $10 per person -- roughly the price of a six-pack of beer and some chips -- could greatly fuel community programs that get couch potatoes moving, prevent smoking and improve nutrition, researchers say.

How much health does $10 a person buy? Invest that every year, and within five years the nation could cut health care costs by more than $16 billion annually, concludes a new analysis by the nonprofit Trust for America's Health and a team of public-health research groups.

When I read this I immediately thought what impact reflexology could have if it was looked at in a similar vein. I know from personal experience that our own health care costs remain very low.

My first success story with reflexology was Barbara, my wife, whose sinus headaches required expensive medication. That was 32 years ago. How much would that medication cost over 32 years? 

We have a friend who contracted a rare disease which require a shot which cost $10,000 a shot. These shots were given monthly. With reflexology he no longer needed this shot. Savings? Over 5 years that is a savings of $600,000.

Or consider the printer we knew who left the hospital two days earlier than expected after recovering from serious side effects of a gastric by-pass surgery. Then there was the aids patient who instead of being in the hospital for an additional 4 to 5 days was out that afternoon.

But what might be the hardest to measure are the little things. What does a $10 book on reflexology do? We have had people walk up to us at book signing to tell us how one of our books has changed their life. 

Or what can simple $10 foot rollers do for relaxing tension and improving circulation thus avoiding the more serious consequences of tension and loss of circulation. Or what is the impact of free information off an Internet site?

The AP article talked about bigger projects that still cost little or nothing to prevent problems. It talked about low cost programs like after school programs that cost about $40,000. Yet these programs are very effective in helping prevent health care problems and yes, even greater costs in the future.

Reflexology has an incredible potential for cutting health care costs. What about the reflexology paths being built around the world? Now much can they save for a relatively cheap construction cost?

Or what about reflexologists would donate their time to senior citizens and children? What about all those sessions either given away or at a very low cost to those in need. 

Over the years I have heard from people working with farm workers, indigenous people and a variety of needy populations. How much would these people without health insurance cost when their illness became full blown and thrust upon the system if not for reflexology?

What are your thoughts on how reflexology has saved costs for you or others? And how do you think reflexology could be used to keep costs down?

Kevin Kunz


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