There’s a kNew Health Revolution!
I have jumped on the bandwagon to create a #kNEWHEALTH story for myself when it comes to healthcare and am excited that you can be part of this revolution, too!
A new healthcare system is here! It is a system that supports optimizing health rather than managing sickness and disease.
You Get to Write a New Story about your Health and Healthcare!
Imagine the Possibilities
- You are educated and empowered to ask your doctor the right questions to get the answers you are looking for.
- Acknowledge that changes need to be made to support your health and take responsibility for them.
- Receiving health insurance coverage or reimbursements for unconventional types of testing, healing treatments and therapies that support the prevention or reversal of disease.
- Pay less in monthly premiums than you are paying now.
- Stop running from doctor to doctor and medication to medication and chasing your symptoms with no real relief in sight.
- Heal and/or reverse your health complaints with the proper guidance and resources.
This has become a reality for me and is available for you, too!
Before I dive into what Knew Health is all about and how it serves health-minded people, I want to spend a few minutes talking about the traditional medical system and why it wasn’t working for me.
How a Traditional Medical Approach Had No Answers
Several years back, at my annual check up, I told my doctor I was feeling unusually tired, waking up in the middle of the night, had achy joints when I exercised and bent down, kept misplacing things and had trouble focusing on tasks I used to complete with ease and was gaining weight. All these symptoms bothered me, but I thought they were part of the normal aging process and I just had to learn to live with them.
My doctor ran the annual blood work that insurance companies pay for as part of standard preventive care. The next week, she called me to tell me all looked good except for my ANA marker, which was elevated.
“What is ANA?” I asked.
“It’s a marker that indicates an autoimmune condition might be brewing,” she responded.
“Really?” I expressed, surprised. “What can I do about it?”
“Nothing. Just sit tight and see what happens,” she replied.
I was concerned, and accepted her answer. You see, I grew up thinking doctors and the traditional medical community had all the answers and I should not question them. In fact, I wouldn’t have known what to question.
But I Didn’t Stop There
Fast forward to today. I don’t suffer from those symptoms anymore but it was nothing my doctors said or did that helped me. I eventually found an alternative method to address my health complaints and I learned to help myself. You can read more about my personal health journey HERE and HERE.
It wasn’t my doctor’s fault that she didn’t help me. She didn’t have the skills in her doctor’s bag (who remembers those black bags doctors carried when making house calls in the ’60s and ’70s?!) to hunt for the root cause of my health complaints.
In medical school, she had been taught to treat specific symptoms and lab values with medication. While I did have symptoms, I had no diagnosis yet. I had to sit tight and wait and see what worse health conditions and/or disease might develop in order for her to treat me.
The Traditional Medical System is Actually Not Broken
The Traditional Medical System is not actually broken. What I mean by this is, it is doing exactly what it was designed to do, which is to diagnose and treat symptoms and disease. In its doctor’s kit are prescription drugs and surgery.
But the Traditional Medical System is Failing Us
Americans visit medical doctors and usually leave the office with a prescription for pills and over the counter drugs. In fact, 70% of Americans are on at least one prescription drug.
Sometimes these help for awhile, but in reality they are just band aids. They palliate symptoms, but the underlying root cause of our ailments never gets addressed. As time passes, our health complaints get worse and other ones start to pop up.
Can you relate? Did you ever start on one medication for an ongoing illness only to have a second or even third medication added later?
If so, you are in good company. Here’s another statistic – over 50% of Americans who do take prescription drugs (70% of the population) take more than one.
If you do take medication, how’s that working for you? Is your original health complaint gone? If not, has your doctor helped you figure out why you have that condition in the first place? Do you see an end in sight when you will no longer be taking medication?
Are Drugs the Right Answer?
In his book, Unconventional Medicine, Chris Kresser explains why our traditional medical system fails to make people healthy. He highlights the problems with the drug-as-solution approach:
- Drugs rarely address the real problem.
- Drugs don’t just suppress symptoms; they also suppress functions.
- Drugs often correct one imbalance by causing another – or several others.
While medication might make you feel better in the short term, there are two problems with this approach. First, the dysfunction that led to the symptom(s) in the first place is still there and most likely getting worse. Second, every drug has a side effect, which often results in a new symptom, thus creating an endless cycle of “need” for more medication.
We are left wondering why we don’t feel better.
A Cycle of Trial and Error
How can we possibly feel better, running in circles, bouncing from one practitioner or specialist to another, spending lots of money, looking for resolutions to our biggest health complaints, only to get disjointed pieces of information that leave us feeling confused, exhausted and financially drained with no actual relief?
Reed Davis, the founder of Functional Diagnostic Nutrition so aptly identifies this phenomenon as, the “cycle of trial and error.” We keep trying to find solutions and relief to our ailments but actually feel worse.
This is how we wind up in the cycle of trial and error:
- Rely on resources only provided by health insurance.
- Don’t take a stand for our health and demand better.
- Deny that lifestyle changes need to be made to improve health.
Why Healthcare in Many Parts of the World is Doomed to Fail
When it comes to health, Chris Kresser points out three deeper reasons why healthcare in many parts of the world is doomed to fail eventually.
The modern day diet and lifestyle are not aligned with our genes and biology.
According to Dirty Genes by Dr. Ben Lynch, “Health is a constant moving target.” The environment we live in, choices we make and genes we are born with work together to influence our overall health.
Our bodies have to navigate the greatest toxin burdens ever known to mankind.
Over 80,000 chemicals have been introduced into our environment since WW2, 90% of which have never been tested for safety. We are immersed in a toxic soup. We can’t make a move without being exposed to chemicals.
When we the breathe air, drink water, eat food, apply products to our skin, sit on furniture, walk on carpet, sleep on mattresses, store food in plastic, drink coffee on the go from plastic cups and lids that leach harmful plastics into our mouths, and expose ourselves to EMF transmissions (sometimes knowingly and other times not), our bodies try their best to adapt and expel what makes us ill. But this is a difficult, if not impossible task.
Our bodies were not designed to thwart this toxic overload and it is making many of us sick. There are things we can do to minimize the insults but we need to be educated and agree to change our habits.
Every day we make choices that affect our health. What and how we eat, how we sleep and recover, how we move, how we reduce stress and how we supplement our bodies with what it cannot make on its own – we choose these and have lots of control here.
Role of our Genes
Genetics play a role, too. Our genes chime in only 20% when it comes to influencing our health. This is great news! Why? Because it means we can determine 80% of our health outcome with the choices we make! We are that powerful!
Chris Kresser explains, even though our modern diet and lifestyle are out of alignment with our genes and biology, if we learn to make the best choices for ourselves, we are in the driver’s seat and can optimize our health.
Wow! This means we have lots of control and power over being healthy or not. There is always something we can work on to improve our health. We get to choose.
The modern medical approach is not designed to address chronic disease.
It is designed to address acute conditions. If you break a leg or are having a heart attack, you want to go to the nearest emergency room. They will take care of you. Chronic conditions will keep you coming back indefinitely.
Chronic Disease is the #1 threat to our health and that of future generations and it is also the #1 cause of increasing health care costs.
The current medical model does not support interventions that would have the biggest impact on preventing or reversing disease and lowering overall cost long-term.
“Chronic disease is a slow-motion plague that is sabotaging our health, destroying our quality of life, shortening our lifespan, bankrupting our governments, and threatening the health of future generations.” Chris Kresser states in his book, Unconventional Medicine.
Here are some sobering statistics:
- 1 in 2 Americans has a chronic disease.
- 1 in 4 Americans has multiple chronic diseases.
- 27% of children in the U.S. have a chronic disease.
Do you know what the most prevalent chronic diseases are? They are autoimmune disorders.
According for the Centers for Disease Control, ailments that have become way too common, such as arthritis, asthma/allergies, psoriasis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, type 2 diabetes and obesity are the most preventable causes of disability and death in the United States.
Yes, these autoimmune conditions are preventable. But, only if you change your behavior.
What Can You Do Now
Chris Kresser talks about the future of healthcare, “We desperately need a new approach to healthcare that can address the challenges we face, and an army of health care providers – from licensed clinicians to nurses to health coaches to nutritionists.”
If you are interested in a new approach to healthcare, check out Knew Health. I am thrilled to be part of the Knew Health community. I have saved a significant amount of money by paying a cost sharing premium that is a fraction of what I was paying as a premium as a member of Covered California. I also get to choose health care services that are addressing my current needs and thus am allocating where my health care dollars go.