The debate is endless! From vaccinations to healthcare providers, people like to argue about what form of healthcare is best. We think that YOU (the reader) should make an informed decision with the emphasis being on the INFORMED portion of that phrase. Here are the 5 main things to consider when making any healthcare decision.
1. Is this promoting health or just a temporary fix?
So much of what we do, is done to create a quick fix for a problem. The reality is that when we have issues that warrant our attention it’s often a problem that has been building for quite sometime. Does it make sense that a quick fix would actually not be best for a long-term problem? So often we utilize medications and remedies that just cover-up the noticeable symptom. We have to acknowledge the intelligence that runs our body and realize that this symptom is actually a warning sign that is in place for our benefit. Listen to this warning and take care of the true problem that is at a much deeper level.
2. When do you go to see your healthcare provider?
Ask yourself this simple question: do you go see your healthcare provider when you are healthy or when you are sick? If you answered with the second option then you are in a sick-care model. There is a place and time for sick-care, but we cannot begin to kid ourselves and think that this can pass as healthcare.
3. Proactive vs. Reactive.
Healthcare is a proactive process that slowly builds on healthy choices and optimal function, culminating in a vital expression of life. Sick-care is a reactive model that waits for something to go wrong and then tries to scramble in order to get you back to the level of health in which you were previously at.
The health choices you make directly effect your health outcomes. ~ Dr. Viscarelli
4. Inside-Out, or Outside-in?
Healing takes place at a cellular level. That sentence can be dissected in many different ways, but for this article lets take this approach. Your cells determine your health, and they are replaced with new cells throughout your lifetime. If we are able to provide a healthy environment in which these cells can grow and develop we will by default create healthy cells. Healthy cells = healthy you. What this means is that by changing your environment (the things you do to your body) you can change your level of health. We have to stop thinking of health on the genetic level and look to the epigenetic level (aka our environment).
5. Investing in people, not just healthcare
Don’t let the name healthcare fool you, so often people view the body as a collection of separate systems instead of a whole unit. When disease occurs in the body it often only occurs in a certain system… or so we think. The internal environment of the human body is consistent from place to place. When one part is healthy, every part is healthy! The same goes for sickness. As Dr. Hans Selye put it, “The human body is much like a chain, when stress is applied every link distributes the force evenly, but only the weak link will break.” Every system in our body feels the stress on dis-ease, but only the weakest link breaks first.
When you are choosing the care that will affect your greatest asset, make sure you are choosing a proactive approach to HEALTH care.