The numbers of people suffering from chronic pain (116 million), chronic disease such as diabetes (30 million), heart disease (28 million), and obesity (79 million) in the United States continue to grow every year.
As a healthcare system that is an epic fail.
In large part I believe this is because the current system relies so heavily on a reactive system of care. Pharmaceutical interventions are now the primary tool being used after the disease has already shown significant progression.
The current system is not set up well to prevent the disease process because there is very little focus, or money, put into prevention programs. It is estimated that as little as 10% of what is spent in our country is directed towards preventive care. The money that is spent on preventive care is usually in the form of “get your _______ screen”, “get your flu shot” educational campaigns.
Preventing chronic disease and disability? Hardly.
How is it possible to prevent the numbers above from growing year after year if we don’t change the system from reactive to preventive?
How do you build a pathway to avoid chronic pain, chronic disease and obesity?
By not asking how, but by asking why?
Why as a society, and healthcare system, have we gotten so far away from the essentials of being healthy? – nutrition, movement, and exercise.
A better healthcare system is possible. Returning to the essential foundation of what everybody needs and what you can control on a daily basis would be a good start.
The hard truth is that the biggest barrier to achieving a system of better healthcare may not be the current system.
The biggest barrier may be you.
Patients I see are willing to change other habits in their lifestyle but diet is the most difficult for them to let go of the old, and think about a new way of eating.
You have to start and live each day with a focus on your health – that is, if your goal is to attain and maintain a better state of health.
It is not as hard as you may think.
Once you dedicate yourself to that mindset, the pathway to being well is quite simple.
Eat well. Move well. Exercise well.
Surround yourself with others who want to help you be well.
The 10 nutrition tips I share with all of my patients to help prevent what I refer to as chronic, repetitive dietary injuries:
The health of your body is largely dependent on the health of the food you put in your body.
You are what you eat…..and what you ate……ate.