The cost of health care in the United States is at an alarming high and rising. The cost of health care per capita is twice as much in the US than in England.
[This Blog is dedicated to my wonderful mother, who just spent 3 days in the hosptial for a knee-replacement that cost her well-over $100,000]
One might think that it is worth whatever it takes to have a high level of health. But are the people of the United States getting results for the high cost of health care? NO! The Journal of the American Medical Association reports that Americans have twice the rate of diabetes as the English, and almost twice the rate of cancer. In the words of the study, "The US population in late middle age is less healthy than the equivalent British population for diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, myocardial infarction, stroke, lung disease, and cancer."
The answer is simple but multifold. Americans either do not know how or are too lazy to take responsibility for their health.
- Processed foods are modified with trans-fats, additives, and are depleted of vitamins and minerals. Many subsist on fast foods whether from a restaurant or bought in a grocery store to be reheated in a microwave.
- In general Americans do not get enough of the proper type of exercise. Our lifestyle is one of using modern conveniences that reduce the workload.
- Stress in one's life is inevitable. There are two types of stress, eustress and distress. Eustress is the good type of stress that gives a person the ability to meet the demands or challenges of day to day life. Distress is the type of stress that is detrimental to health. Distress has many causes. Among them may be in the person's lifestyle, injuries, toxins, or work challenges.
- Over reliance on medication as an answer to health problems. The use of NSAIDs is at an all time high and they are the cause of many health problems. Stress is often treated with antidepressants rather eliminating the cause of the stress. The ordinary doctor is educated by the pharmaceutical companies to treat most everything by medication rather than looking for the cause of the problem.
The doctor using applied kinesiology examination techniques offers an answer for finding the cause of health problems. All of the items mentioned above fit in the triad of health that the applied kinesiologist investigates during an examination. S/he is looking for the cause not just treating symptoms.
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