by Dr. Will Cole
According to the World Health Organization, the United States spends more on healthcare than the next 10 top spending countries combined! Yet despite all this spending, the WHO points out the fact that we have the most chronic disease and the most preventable loss of life of all industrialized nations.
It is my experience, seeing thousands of patients from across the country and the world, that we do not have a healthcare problem in this country, we have a health problem.
Mainstream medicine is designed to diagnose a disease and match it with a corresponding pharmaceutical medication. Other than drugs (and surgery when needed), what other options do we have in our current system?
Is there anything healthy or caring about this so called “health care”?
So what is better for the actual health of the nation, the current Trump/Republican proposal or Obama’s Affordable Care Act?
Both bills/laws will be varying degrees of the same system that is producing the same results. We need to do something dramatically different to see different results.
Am I a politician? Do I have the entire answer? No. But I know throwing more money and more government and special interest involvement in a failing system is not the answer. All we have to do is to look at the statistics. The people I meet who have the best insurance and those with no insurance are both in the same mess. Both with growing health problems and medication lists.
My job as a functional medicine practitioner allows me to see what happens when all you have is a system that subsidizes pharmaceutical dependency and sickness for the richest and poorest of us alike.
My working class patients from around the country realize that doing the same thing and expecting a different result is insanity. In functional medicine we are focusing on their total health, getting to the root cause to why they feel the way they do, which is not a medication deficiency.
By using the latest advancement in labs and taking a thoughtful, comprehensive health history we are able to customize a food medicine plan, condition specific natural medicines, advanced protocols and lifestyle changes to get to the root cause of their health concerns.
Finding out what their body loves and hates is truly a health journey of freedom.
Are we anti-medication in functional medicine? Absolutely not! Some people are alive because of medications. We just want to ask the question: what is your most effective option in health care that causes you the least amount of side effects.
Sometimes meds fit this criteria, many times they do not. All you have to do is watch a drug commercial and look at the statistics to see this.
In reality, the majority of medications given out today are for conditions that are reversible, preventable and manageable, all naturally.
My patients realize they can not depend or wait on any policy, president or insurance industry for what is truly their responsibility: their health.
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