Preventive Healthcare: Functional Medicine and You
One of the main characters of the True Justice series is Dr. Sarah Collins.
She has devoted her life to helping people regain their health, so that is why we are discussing the topic of preventive healthcare in this article.
When healthcare matters are being discussed, she can’t help herself. She must try helping the other characters in the books of the True Justice series find and maintain their optimal health status.
It’s one of the endearing qualities (OK, call them quirks if you must) that make this series so appealing.
She is a great character and if you are a reader who enjoys a good book, you can begin reading the True Justice series by checking out the first book in the series, Higher Justice.
It is Higher Justice that introduces Dr. Collins and explains why she becomes the type of person she does.
Enough about Dr. Collins, let’s talk about preventive healthcare and how it can benefit you and your loved ones.
The goal of preventive healthcare is to help people stay healthy, and when it is used consistently, it does a pretty good job of keeping people well.
Overall, preventive healthcare saves a tremendous amount of money and helps avoid a lot of pain and suffering in the process.
We discussed the significant savings that can be obtained by paying attention to preventing health-robbing disease processes before they can begin in a previous blog post. It’s well worth reading if you haven’t yet.
Keeping your body healthy works spectacularly, and the beautiful thing about it is, all you have to do is give it what it needs. It will continue working at peak performance for a long, long time.
To some folks, preventive care simply means that they receive medical services that defend against health emergencies.
This includes things like getting annual physicals, well-woman appointments, and dental cleanings on a timely basis.
More involved preventive, or early intervention, measures include procedures such as immunizations or colonoscopies and screenings for conditions like skin cancer, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol.
These are effective early intervention methods to find disease in a timely manner when it is usually more easily treated, but it’s not what we are discussing here.
If allowed to progress to more advanced stages, disease is often more difficult and expensive to treat. Also, more heroic and therefore more expensive procedures are usually necessary over a longer time period thereby raising costs and adding to suffering.
You can avoid getting to the stage where more expensive, painful, and heroic procedures are necessary by taking a few, easy steps to maintain the health of your body and those of your loved ones.
The best idea is to stop diseases from ever beginning, and that is the type of preventive healthcare we will be discussing in this article.
Pro-active preventive healthcare keeps health care costs lower without the pain and suffering involved.
It makes sense to avoid the agony of pain and suffering if possible, right?
Remember, saving money isn’t everything when discussing healthcare. The cost and agony of pain and suffering can be incalculable.
So how do we stay healthy?
It’s simple really.
We merely have to give the body what it needs to function correctly and avoid the things that will damage or put excess strain on it.
But where should you start?
A good place to start is to read the amazing books now available to get a basic understanding of the concepts of preventive healthcare.
Dr. Jeffrey S. Bland is well known in the field of functional medicine and has authored several books on the subject.
Dr. Bland is very adept at discussing cutting edge research on the cause of disease and explaining it in simple, easy to understand terms.
He brings everything into clearer focus as to why the current state of medicine with its drug-oriented approach to disease mitigation is not working very well in the grand scheme of things.
He also delves into how living a healthy lifestyle through the functional medicine paradigm can make inroads into the chronic disease epidemic plaguing much of western society.
Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired?
A lot of people are, and they simply don’t know what to do about it.
Dr. Bland’s book, The Disease Delusion: Conquering the Causes of Chronic Illness for a Healthier, Longer, and Happier Life, will open your eyes to life as it is meant to be lived.
Read this book because it will change your life for the better.
Until you are truly healthy, you don’t understand how good you can feel.
Dr. Bland’s book goes through the biological breakdown that leads to chronic disease and will open your eyes to the way things are meant to be so you can proactively keep yourself and your loved ones healthy.
Functional medicine offers a new approach to healthcare that is the basis of regaining your health by personalizing your healthcare management program.
That’s reasonable since we’re all individuals with unique biological needs.
Why shouldn’t we personalize our healthcare management program to meet our specific biological needs to stay healthy and avoid the agony of disease?
It only makes sense.
We can easily give a name to a disease by going to the doctor and having it diagnosed, but it does nothing to help alleviate the suffering caused by that condition.
As an example, a person who is sad and feels that their life is hopeless, can’t sleep, has no interest in life, food, or even sex, will probably be diagnosed as being depressed.
Good, now we have a name for the condition, but what can you do about it?
Functional medicine is the science of establishing health and doesn’t simply name a disease then walk away without offering a solution to the problem.
Diseases or conditions that plague many people simply go away once true health is restored.
Is it easy to reestablish health in an unhealthy body?
No, not really, because you’ll have to make some lifestyle changes, and that can be difficult for some people.
But it’s essential to address and overcome the multitude of reasons why a body is unhealthy otherwise ill health will continue unabated.
It takes time and effort to change your habits, but it’s really not as difficult as you may think.
Once you develop a problem that has been in the making for years, it only makes sense that it will take some devotion to correct the conditions causing it.
It’s the only true way to correct the root of the problem.
No pill, potion, or lotion can overcome a deficiency within your body.
That takes devoted determination to heal yourself. That’s reality, and there’s no way around it.
Functional medicine is a personalized method of getting to the root cause of disease and eliminating it.
That means it gives you a personalized path to health.
And that’s a cool thing.
A REALLY cool thing!
Read Dr. Bland’s book, The Disease Delusion: Conquering the Causes of Chronic Illness for a Healthier, Longer, and Happier Life, and see if it makes sense to you.
I’ll bet it does, and you’ll be wondering why you haven’t started taking better care of yourself years ago.
We’ll be discussing a lot more tips and techniques that will help point you in the right direction to restore, improve, or maintain your health so check back regularly.
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I have many more preventive healthcare tips you may be interested in hearing about.
Until next time,
Dale (aka: D. E. Heil)
This blog will cover the various topics found in the True Justice series of novels by D. E. Heil.