Going For The Throat: What Happened To The Health In Health Care
Written by, Robyn Davis Hahn
How did it get so complicated?
Health care is a mess. It’s a fucking mess from the ground up. I’m not talking about HMO, PPO, HSA, employer portions, and benefits. I’m not talking about insurance (although, just wait, I will…).
Let’s talk about what the word “health” means. Freedom from disease?, The actual definition has been debated for decades. Yup. Here, in the US, we debate the meaning of “health”. And at the end of it all, our health care system does not view health as a positive, a “state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” as proffered by the World Health Organization (WHO). The US health care system by default defines health as that respite between diseases.
This is the first problem, or maybe the root of the problem. Because we focus on disease states, and not necessarily the prevention of those diseases or on the individuals who are not currently diseased, our “health managementÃ¢â‚¬ has evolved from PROactive to REactive. The current system of health/medical care is geared to getting us out of or managing a disease state as quickly and cheaply as possible, but does almost nothing to prevent the disease or educate us about how to avoid it.
I’m certainly no thyroid disease expert. But I do know that Graves’ disease and Hashimoto’s disease are auto-immune diseases. And I know that thyroid cancers arise as a mutation of a single gland cell caused by oxidative stress (damage) to it’s DNA. This stuff is no accident–it’s all caused by something outside us to start the process. Clearly once the thyroid is diseased it is very hard to manage, and impossible to fix.
Here’s a novel idea. Maybe the solution is to keep the thyroid healthy to begin with–protect it or isolate it from environmental damage, nourish it with the right foods, nurture it and promote it’s proper function. Maybe the medical community needs to educate us what our thyroid is, why it is important, and how to keep it healthy and performing at it’s best.
Well, fat chance. That doesn’t come in a pill, and can’t be accomplished in a 6 minute office visit. Prevention isn’t sexy.
What are your thoughts on American Health Care?
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