Politics……oh what a slippery slope. Although this is controversial it’s been consuming my day. So let’s talk about health care…
I think that the mainstream health care system loves to put band-aids on diseases and treat symptoms. Mainstream health care is not invested in long term health. Quite the opposite in fact. The longer you are sick and require doctors visits and medication the more money they make. So insurance companies put their money into the health care system. They do not cover things like chiropractic, vitamins, or exercise. 3 things I find essential to good health. So I don’t see the new health care bill as being helpful to human health nor to the overwhelming financial issues our economy is currently facing.
I strongly believe in alternative care. I believe that expensive diseases like cancer can be cured with a healthy lifestyle. I know several people who have cured cancer by such means. I believe that allergies and asthma can be cured as well. By boosting the bodies immune system you can reverse these conditions. If I thought for a minute that the new government health care plan would help people long term I might reconsider it. But it won’t. Big government is wrong about what kind of health care actually helps. Now with the new law I’m being forced to pay for something I believe is detrimental to people’s health. When health insurance covers my organic veggies, chiropractic care, clean water system, vitamins, yoga classes, and a great mattress then we can talk about people getting healthy. Now I either have to spend a boat load on health insurance coverage that I don’t use, or get fined 1% of my income. Income which should go toward the vitamins that are expensive enough on their own. Big government stay out of my life and give me the freedom to make my own choices!
So the arguments that are out there on this topic have to do with people who currently are suffering and they are excited about not being denied care. I believe a healthy lifestyle will cure them and the healthcare system can’t help with a healthy lifestyle. What about catastrophes? Yes they happen. My brother got punched in the gut and it ruptured his pancreas and he almost died. It was awful. He was working for the Union and they covered him. BUT if they hadn’t I had created a facebook page and was ready to ask people for help. If my son broke his leg, we would pay out of pocket. Doctors allow payments on treatments which is so great. And catastrophe insurance wouldn’t be a bad idea but I still feel like I should have the choice to get it.
So what happens when poor people have a catastrophe and don’t pay? Well most poor people are on medicaid and actually are covered. So the middle class who make too much for medicaid but too little to afford full coverage insurance? They get a huge medical bill that they make payments on. Makes life harder BUT it was their choice not to get catastrophe insurance. And those who get overwhelmed with the bills? They file bankruptcy, which is their constitutional right. And their credit is destroyed for 5 years and their lives upset. I see cause and effect.
Many people see this as being heartless. It’s actually the opposite. I believe in the kindness of people. I believe that people will step up to help each other in need. And most of the people that think the way I do about less government also think the way I do about helping others. Government and insurance need to step back from health care. Allow practitioners who care about helping people do there jobs without the influences of pharmaceutical companies and insurance risks. The market will regulate itself and will be competitive.
So here is our 10 step health care plan. It’s been a work in progress for us since mainstream society doesn’t teach you much about alternative care. Thankfully I’ve learned a lot from friends and family. I hope I’m able to help someone learn about something new and encourage you on your natural health journey.
Our health care plan:
#1 Whole Foods- Eating foods closest to their natural state. No white sugar, white flour, or white rice. No processed dairy, we buy raw Guernsey milk straight from the farm. Free range meats, and eggs(getting a few from our backyard chickens). No high fructose corn syrup, reduced sugars, substituting with honey, or stevia, or powdered monk fruit, or palm sugar. We make our own butter, sour cream, buttermilk, kefir, and I’m working on cheese! Once I figure out how to flavor yogurt better I will make that on a regular basis too. We eat sprouted rice and use sprouted wheat in our baking. We also use homemade almond flour and coconut flour in a lot of our baking. And LOTS of fresh fruits and vegetables. I shop the KC River Market(only certain venders that I know to grow organically), and we order from Fresh Connect for our out of state fruit and spices. Natural sea salt(it should be gray and wet, all those minerals are so good for you!). Sprouts & wheat grass are so good for you too!
#2 Water- We need 8 glasses of water a day. It helps our bodies to function properly. It helps carry out toxins in your system and cleanse the body. Chlorinated, chemically polluted water doesn’t accomplish this and it is effecting may people’s quality of life without them even realizing it. Ideally having a reverse osmosis system along with a water softner would help immensely. We currently order alkalized water from Fresh Connect and bring along dLo water to sports events. When we can we will buy a whole house system.
#3 Vitamins- Reducing bloody noses, growing pains, and moodiness. Increasing concentration, energy, and health. We’ve seen some amazing results with our vitamins and we are huge believers. For example our son was having bloody noses several times a day and we gave him Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids and Rutin and they are now a rare occurrence. Recently I’ve been working on detoxing and that started with an amazing detox from Dr. Schulzes along with his Super Foods vitamin so that my nursing babe didn’t detox with me(yay for Spirulina keeping breastmilk toxin free!).
#4 Exercise!- My husband recently starting lifting weights with his good friend and cousin. He’s seen great results in his back pain and I’ve seen good results in his overall mood. I love yoga and it changes my whole outlook on my day. Everything becomes clearer and I can handle life struggles more easily. Studies show that exercise is one of the best ways to fight depression.
#5 Sunshine- Vitamin D greatly effects your body’s ability to function. Going out and getting some sunshine is essential to a healthy life. Whether it’s drinking your morning tea on the front porch or taking a walk after lunch, allowing those rays on your face means more than a cheery disposition.
#6 Sleep- Getting enough sleep doesn’t get enough credit. 8-9 hours of sleep can mean the difference between a grouchy, depressed, sluggish person and someone with the energy and spunk to make something of the day. Not to mention the years you add to your life by allowing your body to rest and heal itself while you sleep. Sleeping in complete darkness with as much silence as possible will increase the quality of your sleep and healing. Taking a nap during the day is also important and there are many countries that incorporate it into their culture.
#7 Chiropractic- from curing my son’s projectile vomiting, to helping my husband walk, and easing my pregnancy discomforts, I am a huge fan of the benefits of chiropractic care. My chiropractor was also the one to help me discover the necessity of changing our diets. I was toxic and was having adrenal gland overload. My physician didn’t say anything but my chiropractor knew I was “off” and he helped me to realize it too.
#8 Relationships- We are social creatures and creating an emotional support system has been essential for my mental health. My husband is my best friend and he’s an amazing companion. We talk and share with each other as often as we can in our day. I also reach out to women online, who live similar lives, for emotional support. Recently I’ve been connecting more in real life with friends, and my children have reaped the benefits of fabulous play time with friends! And I can’t say enough about having a strong family network when you need to talk about your problems and just have that person listen and love you.
#9 Check Ups- When we need to we will go in and make sure that everything is good. Well woman checks specifically. If the kids are really struggling with something I will call our practitioner and get advice. When my daughter broke out in hives and my baby had eczema all of a sudden we did go to both our MD as well as a Naturopathic Medical Doctor. Our MD told me my daughter would grow out of it while the NMD said it was allergies and started working on her glands to eliminate the allergy. My mother and mother-in-law mentioned our change in diet and our decrease in protein at the time may be causing the issue. Between increasing protein and the NMD treatments we cleared it up within 2 weeks and haven’t had a recurrence for 6 months!
#10 Educate Yourself- Study your own condition and look for natural ways to get healthy. Blindly following an MD’s advice often leads to years of superficial treatments and life long disease. I like to find out what my MD would recommend but I take it with a grain of salt, see what the side effects are, look into it’s long term effects and make an educated decision on how to proceed. When you take an active role in your own health you will often get better results. I strongly believe that their is no illness or disease that cannot be cured through natural means. I use the following as jumping off points for further research: Dr. Feder, Dr. Schulzes, Dr. Mercola, Dr. Sears.
Taking control of your health is worth your investment. Spending your time and energy in living a healthy life will have amazing results. The government forcing me to participate in a system that has been corrupted by large pharmaceutical companies and high insurance fees is not what I consider freedom. I should have the freedom to choose my health care and I take the responsibility for the results.