How would you feel if you learned that the “health care” industry and Big Pharma BENEFIT from the chronic illnesses that continue to affect nearly 50% of the US Adult population? That’s right… and the US spent 86% of all health care spending in 2010 on those conditions (heart disease, stroke, cancer, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and arthritis). You feel poorly and Big Pharma reels in $297.7 BILLION from prescription medications (2014).
Wouldn’t you at least expect to start feeling BETTER (with more zest, enthusiasm, vigor and energy); to be able to come off those chronic meds soon with the help of your doctor? Sorry- the clinical trials are not being done for that purpose… they are being conducted to find more reasons to place us on meds (lower the “risk criteria”) and to keep us on them for as long as possible.
In Drugs for Life, Dumit (2012) notes that the goal of pharmaceutical marketing is, “not to cure people or to identify those who should be cured, but to grow the number of new prescriptions as much as possible.” (p. 15). Even more disturbing, is that health is not even a goal any longer- we’ve been programmed to start seeing ourselves as being inherently ill. WRONG message!!!
I am an innately HEALTHY human being and choose to embody this definition of VITALITY while on Earth… “A vital person is someone whose aliveness and spirit are expressed not only in personal productivity and activity- such individuals often infectiously energize those with whom they come into contact.” (Peterson and Seligman, 2004, p. 273)
What Can We Do?
Personally, I’m fed up with MISINFORMATION, both in politics and “healthcare” today. It is time to listen to our bodies and reclaim our own HEALTH! We are smart, rational human beings- time to make some better choices! The good news is that instead of “drugs for life” which do little to improve overall wellbeing or vitality, we CAN regain our true HEALTH with four simple actions: 1) exercising (moving more), 2) eating better (nourishing real foods, not processed substitutes), 3) not smoking and 4) moderating alcohol consumption. ***Reminder- Never stop your meds without consulting your doctor.
How Can it Help?
By embracing these simple changes, not only will we all FEEL better, but the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that at least “80% of all heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes would be prevented, and more than 40% of cancer cases would be prevented.” (CDC, 2009, “The Power of Prevention”, p. 5). Wow, that’s powerful- MUCH better than any improvement seen with current “disease management” and totally within our own control.
Let’s be Brave and stick it to Big Pharma! YOU and I have the power within our body/mind/spirit to be healthy and live a fully vital and expansive life! Time to stop “drinking the Kool-Aid” of fear and victimization and embrace true HEALTH and VITALITY again. We didn’t get here overnight, and the progress may be slow… but with courage and empowerment we can make some small positive changes daily, and enjoy an adventurous, healthier lifestyle, together!