Born and bread Tosa native on a mission to empower people to live their fullest potential. Certified Personal Trainer, Strength Coach, and Doctor of Chiropractic
To err is human, but it could cost your life if its your doctor’s error. A study published in the current issue of the Journal of Patient Safety estimates that anywhere from 210,000 to 440,000 people a year experience medical harm that contributes to their death. In 1999, the Institute of Medicine published stats that suggested 98,000 people die annually from mistakes made in hospitals. These numbers don’t reflect the 100,000 people that die annually from the side effects of prescription drugs.
As our country is battling over access to medical care and who should pay for it, I think we need to stop and ask if this is a system we want access to. No doubt that America is the best place in the world for emergency care, but when it comes to everyday illness and chronic disease, we are down right horrible. In fact, it is safer to have a baby in many third world countries than it is in American hospitals.
Americans currently consume 50% of the world’s medications, yet make up only 5% of the global population. This year, nearly 600,000 American’s will die from cancer. 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will develop cancer. These numbers are shockingly higher than the 1970s. What’s happening? It’s simple: our society puts its stock in reactionary, sickness management. On top of that, we are urged to get as many tests and screenings done as possible and told its preventative. The truth is, tests are not preventative. They are dectective. We are seeing people over-treated as a result of testings. It has been estimated 31% of breast cancer patients are treated unnecessarily. Another recent study by the Cochrane group in 2012 found no benefits to getting yearly physicals. There is nothing wrong with trying to catch something early. It seems we are putting too much stress on getting tested and not a enough energy into healthy living that prevents disease.
Right now the top killers in our country are cancer, heart disease, and medical errors. All preventable. As we spin our wheels in the mud looking for cures, we have forgotten that the only cure for lifestyle disease is to change your lifestyle.
I believe our medical system violates biological law. Our bodies are self healing and self regulating. Life is regulated through the brain and nervous system. Our DNA is constant throughout life. If a person suffers from disease, the only logical explanation is they were either 1, toxic with something or 2, deficient in a genetic requirement for health. Yes, drugs can save your life in an emergency, but when we introduce drugs to a person suffering with lifestyle caused disease you create more stress and disease. This is not to say that all drugs are bad or unnecesary. But it's time we take a step back and realize the current course of action isn't working.
What can you do? Eat well, move well, and think well...then let life express its potential through your nervous system. Ground your decisions in the fact that your body is self-healing and self-regulating. You were meant to be healthy!