Is The Health Care System Making You Sick?

 

 

Is The Health Care System Making You Sick?

 

'The health care system has failed in keeping us healthy.'

 

Many developed countries around the world follow a similar system of looking after and treating the ill and infirmed. Mostly, we refer to this as 'The Health Care System'. But is it possible that this system that so many people depend on, unquestioningly, could be actually making us sicker?

 

 

The current strategy of our health care system is to diagnose and treat sickness and disease. And there is no doubt that there is a need for this kind of intervention when you are sick.

However in order for the system to work you have to get sick first. It's like closing the gate after the horse has bolted, right? So in actual fact, this is really a sickness care system, not a health care system at all!

While this system is great once you become sick, it does nothing to promote or maintain better health.

In fact, there is now more heart disease, more cancer, more diabetes, more arthritis and more chronic disease in the world than ever before! Even though we are living longer than we ever have, we simply are not living better.

Now we want to be perfectly clear right up front, HealthySpines.org is in no way anti-medicine or anti-doctors. The things that modern medicine can do now are miraculous, and the bottom line is that it can, and does, save millions of lives.

 

But the reality is this. The ‘health care system’ has failed in keeping us healthy.

 

Billions of dollars are poured into medical research every year, and we continually develop newer machines and better, more accurate medical tests that enable us to detect disease at it's earliest stages. And lets be very clear here, it still means you have to have the disease first.

Too often we place our trust in the hands of the system that has been developed by the pharmaceutical industry (read 'big business') to basically get us taking their products. That is, drugs and medications, and to take them for as long as possible. And don't be fooled, these guys are out to make money. Full stop!

It is well known now that most medications are simply designed to cover up the symptoms, and not actually affect the underlying cause of the disease, or offer any kind of cure. eg. Statin type drugs will lower your cholesterol. No doubt. But why would your body be making all that extra cholesterol in the first place? And who determines when it is too much? (Not to mention that there is NOT ONE scientific study that shows that statins have prevented even one heart attack! However, there is plenty of research that shows having LOW levels of cholesterol are linked to higher incidence of dementia!) Did your doctor forget to tell you that?

It is also well known that all medications also carry associated risks, which have been labelled as 'side effects'.

 

What does that even mean? Are they the effects of the drug that happen to the side of the effects that we want?

NO! Side effects are just the other effects that the drug has on your body. It's like saying bleeding is a side effect of being stabbed in the leg! Side effects are a result of taking the medication, full stop!

For example, if you take enough anti-inflammatory medications, you run a real risk of a gastrointestinal bleed. That is because one of the effects of the drug, as well as decreasing the inflammatory response (that is really just a part of your bodies healing process, read more here) is that it also eats away at the lining of your stomach. And ALL medications have some kind of so-called 'side effects'. Statins (cholesterol medication) are well known to cause body aches and pains. Sorry, they don't 'cause' it, it is a side-effect. Apparently.

Unfortunately, the health care system response to this is usually more medication to counter the 'side effects' of the other meds you are taking! It seems ridiculous, but this is the way it works. And all the time your health is going down hill, because the pills are not improving your health in the first place, they are only hiding the symptoms of being sick.

It is for this reason that by becoming dependent on the 'sickness care system' you are only going to become slowly sicker.

 

So how do you beat it?

Frankly, you have to take it upon yourself to learn about health and well-being. What it is, and what you need to do improve and maintain good health. Then you have to take action on what you have learnt. Make some changes if you need to.

It is completely up to us to take the steps to stay vibrantly healthy. And it is simple, old-fashioned advice that rings true. Remain active and get regular exercise. Eat lots of fresh, healthy foods. Simple as that.

You can read more about healthy choices here.

Unfortunately we can't rely on a system that is so entrenched in it's way of thinking about sickness and disease. And because that system is worth trillions of dollars, the government is not going to rock that boat any time soon, you can be sure.

All we are really saying is that you need to make informed choices about your health.

Only when we take it upon ourselves to become educated about health, and then take the necessary action to be truly healthy, can we become less dependant on a 'sickness care' system (that will leave you stuck on the pharmaceutical roller coaster).

That is a true health care strategy!

 

If you have any questions, or would like to share your own experience, please leave us a comment below.

Also, if you have found this article helpful, please share it so we can help even more people! Thankyou.

 

10 Comments

  1. I received some medication because there was a problem with my thyroid. I had to take it for 6 months.

    After it, I had a sports injurie and they saw during the examinations that i have starting osteoporosis. This was the side effect of the med I took before.

    So I received another med to solve this problem, but it had another side effect hemophilia.

    Now, I changed my life after it. I’m sporting every day and I’m eating more healthy than earlier.

    • HI Greg,

      Unfortunately this is a common story. It is the medication merry-go-round. The worst part is that often once you are on the ride, there is no getting off.

      I wish you all the best.

  2. Well said, could not agree with you more. I find this being very true…

    -Remain active and get regular exercise. Eat lots of fresh, healthy foods. Simple as that.

    There are no shortcuts or “secrets” it`s pretty straight forward. There are a lot of “excuses” out there but the truth is pretty simple.

    Great read,
    Vicky

    • Absolutely Vicky!

      Every little bit counts, whether that is good or bad. Our choices are either keeping us healthy or making us sick.

      Thanks for getting in touch,

      Dr Brad

  3. hi
    I do agree that we have a health care system designed to address issues already present not prevent them.You do not go see the doctor when you are anticipating getting sick. You go when you are sick. So the question becomes how do we become more proactive? By taking care of ourselves for sure. By being on top of things, what we eat, how we sleep, how we exercise. And yes medicine will always be needed. For sure. But there are also many alternate treatments that can now be used that should also be considered.

    • Hi Emily,

      Even ‘alternative treatments’ are not the answer. You are still ‘treating’ something.

      We need to look at it more like the ancient Chinese philosophy of paying your doctor to keep you well, then if you get sick he ‘treats’ you for free!

      Interesting thought, isn’t it!

      All the best,

      Dr Brad

  4. There is so much I can say about this topic, and the whole thing leaves such a lump in my gut.
    But first: I think you’re referring to Type 2 diabetes, which sometimes is preventable. I’m a Type 1 diabetic, which is an autoimmune disease and there’s nothing you can do to prevent it. Moving on!
    My Dad was diagnosed a few years ago with Multiple Myeloma, a blood cancer similar to leukemia. Non-curable, it can only be suppressed with chemotherapy and he gained a few more years with a bone marrow transplant. When his numbers went back up 2 years after his first transplant, some advances in the treatment allowed Medicare to agree to pay for another transplant. The second one failed to bring his numbers down at all. Medicare will not pay for another one. So he’s now in the endless cycle of chemotherapy to prolong his life, but we all know the end is near.
    I’m devastated by this. I’m even more devastated that his general practice doctor wrote off all of his symptoms as blood pressure related, a bad cold, sinus infection, etc. and NEVER ran any sort blood test for cancer. Only when my Dad ended up in the ER with pneumonia did they discover the cancer. If he’d had more time to start treatment instead of being written off like he was, perhaps he’d be in better health today.
    Strangely enough, this same doctor did the same thing to my sister in laws mother, who recently died from breast cancer. It was in late stages before they finally found it.
    The system is reactive, not proactive, and it is sickening.

    • Hi Dara,

      Yes I am referring to Type II Diabetes, which is 100{95f364b8aea3ba4afb976a81c1dcc2e8147daac1866ef443968911255633a999} preventable! It actually used to be called ‘Adult Onset Diabetes’, but they can’t call it that any more because people are developing it at much younger ages due to change in diet habits. I personally believe it is due to over loading our kids with sugary ‘treats’.

      The system is totally reactive, you have to be sick beofre the medical profession can help. But that doesn’t mean you should wait to get sick before doing somehting for your health. Just start taking a few small actions that will help to keep illness away, instead of inviting it in!

      Take care,
      Dr Brad

  5. Hi Brad,

    Totally agree. I learned something about toxicology and pharmaceuticals as a chemistry student and one thing that was made clear to us students is that all the synthetic drugs have side-effects. The decision to take a drug is – or should be – that the benefit is greater than the side-effect, but as you said about big pharma needing (or wanting) to make money, sometimes it’s more profitable to manage sickness than to make people healthy.

    So, not to say “boycott medicine!” either… but certainly I’d also say to people that it’s worth taking an interest in your own well-being, learning, and forming good habits.

    -Robert

    • Hi Robert,

      Absolutely! It would be foolish to boycott medicine, one day you may depend on it! Obviously everyone hopes that they never will, but in an emergency situation you would not want to be the one to say ‘Not for me thanks’.

      The point is that the ‘system’ has evolved into focusing on disease and pathology, not health and wellness. They are two sides of the same coin, it’s just that many people think they can only toss ‘tails’, if you know what I mean.

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