Monday, September 21, 2009

Why Our Health Matters- Dr. Weil

Why Our Health Matters: A Vision of Medicine That Can Transform Our Future

In a sense I have felt lost in the health care debate. On the one hand it is important that everyone in this country does get health care. But on the other hand what kind of health care can we get under the present system. Not very good I am afraid. Prevention as an example is seen as pork with no real benefit.  

We spend more money on health care than anyone else in the world. You would think that we would have the best health care in the world. You would be wrong. We lag way behind. 

Dr. Weil's book is brilliant in that it doesn't leave any stone unturned. He details the destruction that Big Pharma and the insurance companies have done. It is appalling. It is a system that is parasitic and devouring it's host at an alarming rate. 

But let me address a few things I felt very good about in Dr. Weil's book. He talks about researching how the body maintains homeostasis and what happens when it can't maintain this balance. Homeostasis is the body's ability to maintain equilibrium despite changing external conditions. In the matter of temperature we can leave in all kinds of climate zones yet our bodies maintain a constant temperature. 

It is important to research illnesses but it is also important to research what keeps us in balance. What kinds of behavior encourage us to stay well. But there is little or no interest in pursuing this when you can get more money researching drugs. 

The second point I liked was  the cost savings that integrative medicine can achieve. (Dr. Weil likes integrative medicine better than complementary and alternative medicine. I have to say I am coming around to his way of thinking after reading this book.) He points out that a massage or other bodywork could help say with headaches and forego the medication which has potential side effects. Over the long run this cost savings could be significant. 

I have a friend who had a very rare but serious disease. He took a monthly shot that cost $10,000 per shot. After several weeks of reflexology he no longer needed the shot. You would think that the medical people who try to find out why he no longer needed the shot. Not a peep.

Now that may be considered an extreme example of cost savings.  It is however not the only example of cost saving I can think of in my career. But it is the small savings that really mount up. Imagine a person who in their twenties learn how to deal with their sinuses. What would the cost savings in medication and trips to the doctor be over a lifetime? 

Finally I really like his writing about self reliance. He also spoke about this on Larry King. Why do we go running to the doctor for every little thing. German according to Dr. Weil is a lot more self reliant about health. 

I really like the term "self reliant". I have always found clients who were more likely to succeed were more self reliant. They didn't come to me thinking that I was some kind of magic bullet. Rather they saw me as a partner in seeking better health. 

I do think we all should have a basic level of care. There are emergencies and urgent problems. But beyond that shouldn't we be self reliant and seek solutions that are beneficial as well as low cost. 

Buy this book. It will make you angry that the truly greedy and evil have taken over our health care system. But it will also show you we just don't have to accept the status quo.  

Kevin Kunz

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