We have the power to change our future. Obviously. Right? The barrage of doomsday, ridiculous headlines, off the charts bullshit, sensational television programming we call news is overwhelming us, particularly with half-truths and broad claims. Sometimes we forget we have power.
Few topics are as hot as healthcare. Sexy? No. Hot? Blazing. Healthcare and personal wellness clearly matter. Clearly. In my opinion quality, affordable healthcare is a relatively easy 2-step fix. Step 1: Remove the corporate greed and political alliances and everyone can win. Step 2: Forget Step 1 because it’s a pipe dream and, instead, get hold of your personal health and make smart decisions that improve it and prevent a reliance on the greedy corporate figureheads and congressional snakes. Put aside the political drama and stop waiting for some ridiculous, privileged, disconnected group of people to make decisions about you and your health. Don’t be a passive recipient of or succumb to the messaging we are fed. Empower yourself. Sure, few people can ever completely stay out of a doctor’s office and obviously some pre-existing conditions must be treated and can’t be ignored. However, the bulk of any one person’s physical (and sometimes mental) problems can effectively be addressed and fixed with a thoughtful diet and fitness plan.
Let’s say, for example, that you have a $50 co-pay for your PCP. If you see her twice a year you’re at $100, not including the meds she will quite likely put you on because the only solution to any problem is medication. And this is all assuming you HAVE coverage. Now, think about what that visit sounds like: you’re overweight (statistically, a huge percentage of people are), you’ve got high blood pressure, bad cholesterol, chronic arthritis and that amorphous diagnosis, pre-diabetic. Please, someone ask my mother her opinion on this diagnosis. Of course, being heavy does not mean you will have any or all of these issues, except, you know, the overweight part.
What does the doctor say next? You need to lose some weight, get that BP and cholesterol down and try to exercise. Does she provide guidelines, recommendations, solid resources? Sometimes, maybe. Not likely, most often. For over $100 you’ve been told what you already knew (you’re fat, or old, or fat AND old) but you left with no useful information. Why? I’d wager that part of the reason is that if you’re armed with resources and valuable ways to care for yourself, you don’t come back and somebody is out of money… Now, if you can drop some cash for essentially nothing, could you not, then, justify a comparable amount for actual useful information and receive hands on guidance, advice, help, training and support? Think hard about that. For approximately $150 over 6 weeks you could do for yourself what almost no medical professional will do: learn to heal yourself. You can slowly begin to take back your life and let go of the reliance upon doctor visits and pharmaceuticals. It’s like when I quit smoking; one of the best feelings I had, and greatest motivators, was no longer giving money to corporations who did not care about my well-being but were happy to have me on the hook, paying them to kill me. You get to give a finger to the establishment and when does that not feel awesome? (Please note that I am not equating tobacco manufacturers to doctors and medical professionals, nor am I intimating that doctors try to kill people nor am I claiming that I am an all-knowing, all-powerful entity with all the answers to your medical ailments. If ONLY I was that amazing, I wouldn’t be sitting here typing a blog.) This idea must be worth serious consideration, no? It really is about taking charge of your own health. Do you realize that with a handful of changes, some easy, others maybe not as much, you could completely turn your life around?
Politicians are going to hem and haw, point fingers, place blame and continue to line their pockets with our money. None of their rhetoric even remotely comes close to fixing the real issues so rather than wait around for improvements to the system, why not get up off that ass and start making a path to freedom? Screw them, let them play with propaganda while you sip a cocktail at sunset on a beachfront patio in a lovely summer ensemble that you bought off the rack in a regular store because you finally decided it was time to make a change. Don’t wait.