The Republic ran a very interesting piece by Andrew Weil, M.D., and Rustum Roy, Ph.D writing that Arizona can be at the forefront of integrative health care.
What struck me is that the message is perfect for those of us deeply concerned about the march toward socialized health care, and the unavoidable “one-size-fits-all” approach to treatment that will result.
Our health is about as personal as anything can get. Everyone reacts to treatments in different ways, however drastic or subtle those differences are.
I’m not the kind of person that goes to the doctor much. I have been to my doctor exactly twice in that last 8 years. Now, I’m not the model of good health, I have plenty of bad eating habits and, before the beginning of the year, my exercise regime consisted of going and standing on a softball field for an hour once a week. (I’m doing much better with exercise lately.)
Although I don’t “consume” health care much, I am acutely aware of the challenges of health care, and the treatment of individuals. My wife went for more than 10 years not knowing why she always felt like she needed to sleep, even right after getting up and why she had so many strange aches and pains. After dozens of doctor visits and innumerable tests, she finally got a tip from her sister to be tested for Celiac disease. Sure enough, she was off the charts. Literally within a week of changing her diet and taking all wheat and wheat products out of the mix, she was feeling substantially better, with more energy.
The point is that with medical advances and better understanding about human physiology the natural trend for advancement in medical care is increasingly holistic and personal, and that is very different than the direction policy makers are taking us as they try to push us all into a government-run, government-controlled health care system.
Educate yourself about your health and your unique needs. Ask your doctor specific questions, because your questions will help your doctor learn more about what your body is doing under certain circumstances, which only makes his or her care that much more effective. By doing learning more about your own, personal health, you’ll learn that you and your doctor are better prepared to make important decisions about your health than some bureaucrat. It will motivate you to resist the government takeover of health care.
Your life may depend on it.