In the United States it is a fact that the medical cost of chronic illness is over one trillion dollars in one year! Without changing anything it is unsustainable to this country. Not only does it cost $, it takes a toll on quality of life and affects productivity at work. More seriously, children are becoming chronically ill earlier than ever before. It is likely they may not see a healthy old age.
The top seven diseases that are robbing Americans from good health according to the Milken Institute Study are:
Cancer, diabetes, hypertension, stroke, heart disease, pulmonary conditions and mental illness. Who do you know with any of these conditions? It is becoming clear that most of these diseases are preventable and in my experience can be reversed in many cases (though not all). But always, improvements CAN be made with changes.
CHANGE THE EFFECTS:
My work in medicine has evolved over the span of 50 years working in the medical arena. In my first career in the critical care arena, I worked in both ICU’s and Emergency Departments. The cases I saw were a mix of trauma medicine and repeated acute exacerbations of chronic illnesses. Even when clearly counseled how to take better care of themselves, a percentage of patients were not able to make the changes to get well (i.e. stop smoking, exercise more, etc) . They’d come back in again and again.
Then 24 years ago I moved to Naturopathic Medicine where I have again witnessed some similar patterns. People try to make changes they know they need to do, but often do not find success.
SO WHAT IS IT?
My observation is that people do not BELIEVE things can change for themselves. Some insidious (often unconscious) inner voice keeps an old pattern of not taking good care of themselves alive. It is getting clearer to me as I work with folks the truth of this. There are some people when I coach for wellness they start to see the light of change. It is glorious to witness! Change always starts from the inside.
Belief in yourself begins with loving yourself totally and deeply. Feel good about taking the best care of yourself.
And your disease can begin to change.