Uninsured – Part 8
Your overall wellbeing is incredibly important especially when you are uninsured. This week, I wrap up the Uninsured series.
As I write this post (August, 2017), healthcare – as we know it – is still accessible for most of us. That doesn’t mean it will be safe forever as the healthcare landscape is drastically changing.
Hospitals, insurance companies and big pharma control how – and who – gets access to healthcare. I’m reading about rumors that hospitals are trying to create their own form of health insurance to compete with the insurance companies. Maybe this is a good thing and maybe not.
Do you realize that healthcare is the only industry where you don’t know the cost of your care until AFTER you’ve used it? Insurance companies and hospitals keep us in the dark about the price of tests and procedures which drives up the cost in the long run. It’s a proven fact that competition drives prices down and healthcare leaders jealously guard their true cost information – on purpose.
Imagine if your mechanic kept you in the dark about the price of your car repairs until after they were done. Think what would happen if you went to the grocery store and bought your weekly food supply without knowing any price until you got to the register. What would happen if you didn’t know your hourly wage until after you worked your 40 hours?
So why do we allow hospitals and doctors to keep us in the dark? WHY?
Because “they” make money by keeping us in the dark.
The state of healthcare frustrates and angers me because it’s skewed toward the wealthiest and healthiest. I’m blessed to be very healthy but that doesn’t mean I will always remain that way. I work hard to take care of my body, mind and spirit but I know it won’t last forever.
Pharmaceutical companies have proven time and time again that they are putting their profits ahead of our wellness. Now, before you get mad and say that of course they have to make money to stay in business – I completely get that! Remember – I’m a small business owner myself.
Big pharma has infiltrated the medical schools to the point that they will not allow any natural remedies to be taught or used. Allopathic physicians cannot recommend anything that is not approved by the FDA. What does that mean for you? It means that they can only recommend expensive drugs that damage your liver and create side effects – and of course you have to take another pill to counteract the side effects of the first pill. They make money only when you’re ill.
It also means that they cannot legally recommend any natural treatment because it will help you get better. A healthy population doesn’t make money for the healthcare industry.
Where does it end? Since when did we become so blindly dependent on television commercials to diagnose and treat our maladies? When did we stop listening to our bodies and depend solely on the opinion of a white coat that we see for 15 minutes once a year?
Have we taken leave of our senses? No. We’ve become incredibly lazy.
We want a “magic pill” to reverse a lifetime of poor lifestyle choices. We don’t want to exercise, cook real food, stop watching television or staring into our phones because there’s no motivation when we can just take a pill to “fix it”.
Where Did All The Pills Come From?
Herbs, botanicals and essential oils (aromatherapy) were the forerunner of your current toxic pills. Up until the mid-20th century, we relied on the bounty of nature to help us stay healthy. Don’t believe me? Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine have relied on nature for their healthcare for thousands of years. Here are the basic beliefs of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):
The ancient beliefs on which TCM is based include the following:
- The human body is a miniature version of the larger, surrounding universe.
- Harmony between two opposing yet complementary forces, called yin and yang, supports health, and disease results from an imbalance between these forces.
- Five elements—fire, earth, wood, metal, and water—symbolically represent all phenomena, including the stages of human life, and explain the functioning of the body and how it changes during disease.
- Qi, a vital energy that flows through the body, performs multiple functions in maintaining health.
There is a time and a place for Western medicine and pharmaceuticals. There is a time and a place for natural homeopathic healthcare. And, there is room for both.
Yes, this is an angry and frustrated post. What I hope to do is take that anger and frustration and turn it into something good. That’s what I want to do through Scented Balance. I want to educate you on alternative and complementary forms of healthcare that could keep you healthier in the long run if you no health insurance.
What I hope I have accomplished over the last eight weeks is to give you honest information on available alternatives that you can use to take charge of your own health without relying strictly on Western medicine – especially if you have no affordable insurance. I hope I have given you an understanding of viable alternatives for affordable health care without insurance.
In the future, I have lined up a number of wellness practitioners who want to talk to you about their particular modality. Complementary and alternative healthcare practitioners of
- therapeutic massage
- health coaching
- functional medicine
- integrative medicine
- reiki healing
We’ve already talked about how aromatherapy and holistic life coaching can address so many issues you face. Please take advantage of my aromatherapy and holistic life coaching skills to address your concerns. Remember – it’s all connected – body, mind and spirit.
The very bottom line of healthcare is YOU. You hold the key to your own healing and wellness. Only YOU can take charge of your overall wellbeing.
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