In the US, chronic illness has risen to epidemic proportions over the last 50-60 years. The incidences of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, arthritis, autoimmune issues, depression and anxiety disorders, chronic fatigue, chronic pain, infertility, insomnia and other sleep disorders, acid reflux, constipation, proportion sex drive, Alzheimer's, dementia, ADD / ADHD and many other conditions continue to sky rocket, despite our "best" efforts.
It has been stated by leading health experts, as well as economists, that the problem of chronic illness, if it continues to grow at its current rate, will cripple the US economy and health care system in just a few short years. We can't support the majority of our citizens being ill and unable to fully contribute to the health and energy of the country.
Recent reports reveal that 80% of all doctor's and clinical visits, all prescription drugs, and all spending in health care across the board is the result of chronic illness. When we look at all age groups in our population, including the youngest children, 46-52% of the entire population is currently diagnosed with a chronic illness. That's insane.
General Motors reported that for every car they make, $ 4,000 of their cost is for health insurance. Is this health insurance creating better health for its workers? Do we need to review the aforementioned national statistics ?! No. Health insurance does not equal improved health. Obviously. No wonder the auto industry is suffering!
Absenteeism costs employers big bucks. But, what has become an even greater expense, and life-sucking ball and chain on our economy, is the cost of "presenteeism" – the people who still show up for work but give less than half the effort of a healthy person.
This is the result of chronic illness. People are just too tired, stressed out and chronically not feeling well enough to give their full attention and effort to a job. How can an economy thrive when the work force as a whole is collapsing?
"Early detection and treatment" has been the hallmark of 21st century health care. But, early detection does not prevent anything! Doesn't the condition already need to be present in order to be detected? How did that prevent it from happening ?! What we're seeing now is that this false belief in early 'detection' has actually cost the system even more money by bringing people into the failing sickness care model even earlier with the same results.
The only hope to save our entire infrastructure is to have less sick people. Doesn't that make sense?
Since World War II, we've seen astronomical increases in the rates of all chronic illness. There are many overlapping contributing factors to this phenomenon. As Dr. James Chestnut, B.Ed., M.Sc., DC, CCWP of The Wellness Practice in Victoria, BC points out, it's not "bad luck" … it's not even "bad genes"! In large part, we're stuck chasing our tails, never really addressing the cause of the problem because we continue to look to almighty genetics as the cause of our woes.
Do we really think that the human genome has changed that drastically in a few decades to parallel these drastic changes in our rates of illness ?! Come on! It hasn't changed much in 40,000 years, let alone the last 50!
What has changed in that exact same time frame is our lifestyle. We can virtually match the exponential climb in chronic illness with an exponential climb in all-things-industrialized! Our innate genetic requirements for health require purity and sufficiency in the way we eat, move and think, with minimal toxicity and deficiency. How are we doing in these areas in the past 50 years?
We have more toxins in our food and agricultural industry, nutritionally deficient foods, toxic water supply, more fake and processed foods, we move less as a society than ever before, we're fatter than ever, we take far more drugs than ever, we sit in traffic more than ever, we have rampant pollution, we're inundated with an overwhelming amount of stimuli like no other time in our history, we're financially stressed, we spend more time indoors in artificial lighting and temperatures, we use more toxic chemicals on our bodies, on our lawns and in our homes, our relationships are stressed, we've lost a sense of community, we're more rushed … and on and on.
As a culture, we've moved away from what we know creates health and happiness.
The science of epigenetics clearly explains that our lifestyle choices – our external environment, and the resulting internal environment that our choices create – are what determine the expression of our genetic code.
Just because someone in your family had cancer certainly does not mean that you will. Yes, there is a family connection to our genetic expression (it's called similar lifestyle and environment!), But 99.9% of chronic illness in not genetic. This is why leading scientists have been telling us that chronic illness is preventable!
We're spending 80% of our health care dollars on conditions that are preventable in the first place. Sounds ignorant – and criminal – to me.
Again, according to Dr. Chestnut, matching our lifestyle choices to our innate genetic requirements is what will create wellness and prevent chronic illness.
How can more drugs possibly be the answer to the problems we face? Other than short-term, life-saving interventions – keeping us alive long enough to really do something about our health – don't drugs just add to the overall toxicity of the ecosystem called "human being"?
I understand there's a time and place for drug intervention … I also know that drugs don't create health. Health is what we need right now. Health and prevention require genetically congruent lifestyle choices. It's hard for that to happen in an over-drugged nation.
Our focus MUST shift to a new paradigm. A paradigm where the creation of health and the prevention of chronic illness is the focus – NOT the treatment of symptoms and effects. Allopathy does not ask the question, "How do we restore homeostasis?" Instead, they ask, "How do we TREAT all the symptoms?"
Until we start asking better questions, the crisis will continue. The difference in belief systems is obviously apparent in the results we've been getting. It's time for REAL health care in our country. I believe our very survival depends upon it.