Focus on Preventing Diseases, Not Just Curing Them
Wouldn’t it be great if you and your family had less sick visits to the doctor each year? Despite the fast paced advancements in medical technology, however, it seems that more people suffer from common infections such as rhinitis, strep throat, and bronchitis each year.
Allergies also seem to be getting worse. I personally never had a single allergy as a child, and now as an adult I suffer from congestion, headaches, and dry, itchy eyes every spring and every fall. People I know who have always suffered from allergies claim that their allergies seem to get worse every year, and neither over-the-counter nor prescription drugs can alleviate the symptoms. In addition, prevalence of serious chronic health conditions and life threatening diseases such as cancer are not decreasing despite these medical advances; they also seem to be on the rise.
Why is this? It makes no sense. The problem is that healthcare in our society is handled reactively, rather than proactively. Instead of focusing on overall health and wellness, which encompasses proper nutrition, adequate hydration, avoidance of environmental toxins and pollutants in food and water, choosing personal care and household cleaning products that are free of the “toxic twelve” cosmetic ingredients, quitting smoking, reducing consumption of alcohol and caffeine, and getting enough physical activity; our healthcare “experts” wait for the symptoms to show up before reacting and starting a treatment or therapy.
Doctors, scientists, and other researchers work day and night to create newer, more accurate diagnostic tests and more targeted and effective drugs to combat these diseases. Millions of dollars are spent on this research and these products and technologies. Yet people are not getting better, and more new cases of illnesses are diagnosed each year. To me, it seems futile to continue on a path that does not lead to a solution. I am not saying that research and development of new tests, medications, and other treatment therapies should cease. But rather than sinking all of these hard earned dollars and hours of research into developing these new products and technologies, wouldn't it be more logical to apply some of this time and money into identifying and preventing/eliminating the causes of these illnesses, as well as on educating the general public about making healthful lifestyle choices?
People need to take a look at the whole, and analyze all the parts to see where improvements can be made in an effort to take a more preventative and proactive, rather than reactive approach to healthcare.