The flaw with the U.S. health-care system is that it is designed to respond to illnesses, rather than try to prevent them in the first place.
According to an analysis by the Commonwealth Fund (as published in the 12/1/08 issue of TIME magazine), in 2005 half of Americans adults did not receive recommended preventative care such as cancer screenings and blood pressure checks. Let’s face it, for most Americans who have suffered a cardiovascular event, the first time they had their heart health checked was after being rushed to a hospital, suffering with chest pains.
This way of practicing medicine—wait until something breaks and then try to fix it—is deadly, and it’s extremely expensive. In 2005 the U.S. spent 2 trillion dollars on health care. No other country spent nearly as much per capita. And what do we have to show for it? America is far from being the healthiest nation on the planet. In fact, we have a shorter life-span and a higher infant-mortality rate than many other developed nations.
It’s clear that our priorities are out of whack. Most Americans spend plenty of time and money trying to acquire things that will provide instant gratification (but often leaving us wanting more). The tragedy is that we spend far too little time and money trying to acquire healthy living practices that will yield decades of improved health and a higher quality of life—with far less trips to the doctor’s office.
It’s time for each of us to begin taking proactive measures that will improve our health with the goal of never setting foot in a hospital due to illness. We can be healthier. We can feel better. We can have more energy. We can catch colds less often, if at all. You know the basic steps to take: eat healthier and smarter. Get exercise every week. Take measures to get enough sleep at night. But don’t forget another very important step—one that’s extremely easy to attain—seek Chiropractic adjustments.
Chiropractic adjustments will work wonders for your health by gently repositioning the misaligned vertebrae in the spine, which will allow your nervous system to properly activate and utilize every other organ and system in your body. When your nervous system is allowed to function at maximum capacity the immune system will also work to its fullest ability warding off sickness from your body. Medications can’t do this—they only mask symptoms.
Make a decision to be proactive and work towards a healthy way of living. After all, you only have one body and one life to live.