Treating Health Problems: You Really Get What You Pay For
Are you ready to take a more active role in treating your health and well-being by following simpler, safer and more natural alternatives?
Or, are you still avoiding the subject altogether by taking a prescription drug — or several — while your health may be quietly and slowly worsening?
It’s very easy to get sidetracked about the truly important things in life, like good physical and mental health, while making an honest living. That said, bad health “patched up” temporarily through quick fixes like prescription drugs can’t be ignored for very long before it catches up with you.
Many folks argue the lack of basic health insurance coverage is a real problem, and hurts all Americans, particularly our poorest. When it comes to maintaining good health over a lifetime, however, having insurance coverage may not always be as healthy as you might assume.
In fact, many patients who have health insurance coverage don’t use it very wisely. Instead of using it as one tool among several to build a solid foundation, many rely on health insurance as their primary care vehicle for “curing” conditions that could’ve been easily avoided by following good nutrition, some form of exercise and proper supplementation.
The short scenarios that follow sum up obstacles I’ve faced over the years, trying to help patients who listened to, then rejected, my basic suggestions due to an erroneous belief that basic health care insurance coverage was the only thing they needed to stay healthy.
There’s No Delaying Diabetes
A long-time friend I’ve known for a very long time, has never taken very good care of himself. Luckily, he hasn’t had a lot of health problems until the last few years when he reached his 60s.
First, his doctor threatened him with insulin because his blood sugar had climbed above 400. After coming to me for help, I designed a supplement regime and gave him extensive dietary advice.
At that time, he chose to follow only some of my dietary advice, and decided NOT to take any of the supplements I recommended because they were out of pocket expenses, meaning they weren’t covered by his health insurance coverage.
Then, he called me recently after a two-year gap, wanting my help with another “issue” he was having: Low testosterone, sex drive and “things” not working quite the way they had before.
During our conversation, I discovered that my friend’s blood sugar never improved and he’d been taking a prescription drug for diabetes for the past year or so. Now that these new symptoms have occurred, he is finally getting concerned…
Of course, the same big-picture problem exists as before: He doesn’t want to pay for anything out of pocket. His diabetes medication is covered under insurance but, of course, the natural herbs he could take that would really make an impact on his symptoms aren’t.
(A quick reminder: A supplement plan that would’ve helped my diabetic friend isn’t as simple as making a quick trip to the corner health food store. All supplements aren’t made from the same, healthy wholesome components.)
(When in doubt, look for whole food supplements formulated by companies like Standard Process and stay away from synthetic varieties typically found in most health food or grocery stores that provide, at best, isolated and very minimal pieces of the whole.)
More Than a Vitamin B Deficiency
After a colleague called me about terrible headaches and low energy she was experiencing — there are a LOT of reasons for both — I suggested setting up an appointment so I could learn more about her precise symptoms, then figure out what’s really going on.
I sent her some paperwork straight away, but didn’t hear from her for a few days, so I touched base. Turns out, she went to her plan doctor, who conducted some tests that discovered a vitamin B deficiency, so they gave her a Vitamin B-12 shot, so she was “cured.”
I tried to explain that there a number of reasons why her vitamin levels were so low, and she would continually need these shots until we get to the root cause of what is causing the deficiency.
Since her healthcare plan paid for her shots and visits with the plan doctor, my colleague believes she’s “covered.”
Make Your Own Health Decisions
When patients are on a health insurance plan, most give up their responsibility, unknowingly or not, for their own health decisions to primary care physicians, many of whom use one-size-fits-all solutions for everyone.
By the time some patients look for a qualified health professional specializing in natural, gentler treatments for conditions like headaches, vitamin deficiencies and diabetes, unfortunately, they’re probably a lot sicker than they should be.
At that point, it’s a more drastic change, and, definitely, more money out of pocket for them than if they would have been taking preventative steps all along.
Maybe, this reticence is human nature… I’m not sure. Perhaps, my mantra should be, “Don’t wait until you get REALLY sick before you decide to do some natural health care!”