"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."-- quote from Albert Einstein.
Paradigm is defined in the Business dictionary as :Intellectual perception or view, accepted by an individual or a society as a clear example, model, or pattern of how things work in the world.
The current health care paradigm was established over 150 years ago and the basis for our current Allopathic medicine. Allopathic medicine focuses on the treatment of the symptoms of the disease through pharmaceutic aids. It does not focus on finding and eliminating the root cause of the problem. The present paradigm also implies "doctors know best" as it relates to disease and conditions solutions.The patient is dependent on the doctor to solve their problems. Nutritional solutions, supplements are outside the realm of the paradigm.
“Modern allopathic medicine is the only major science stuck in the pre-Einstein era.”-- Charotte Gerson, Author
Before I wrote my book , U.S. Healthcare Crash: your survival kit, I read most of the best selling health care books in the last 5 years. Books like: "The Healing of America", "The Healthcare Handbook, 2nd edition", "America's Bitter Pill", "Healthcare Disrupted", "Reinventing America Health Care", "Death by Medicine" and many more. Most were written by best selling authors or people who had healthcare industry backgrounds.
All authors identified our healthcare system as being too costly, inefficient and not meeting the needs of patients. All offered suggestions of improvement and all solutions were within the boundaries of the current paradigm - keep the current Allopathic medicine approach to cure the symptoms and reduce waste in system, and computerize records to enhance quicker responses, etc.
What struck me is there was "no out of the box thinking" other than minor modifications. No disease prevention, no root cause elimination, significant patient or lifestyle change focus.
I wrote the book because our health care system is broken. It does not need tweaks like Obamacare or Trumpcare. It needs re engineering from a patients perspective. The government can't fix it and the industry has its head in the ground. This is no surprise since all industry segments (doctors, hospitals, big Pharma etc) have no incentive to change. The patient is feeling the pain of high cost not the industry. The industry may realize the patient is the problem but they do not realize the patient can be the solution.
The paradigm we need is to educate and persuade people towards a healthy lifestyle which is the only way to health. Studies have shown that lifestyle factors are more impactful than genetics or any health care system. People need to be more independent of the health care system and take care of themselves. We need to educate people about the real causes of disease like chronic inflammation. So people can take action not doctors.
What we have today is called "sick care", a phrase a Colorado CEO told me he calls our current system.
This is the dilemma of many Americans. The difference between you reading this blog and the other 97% of Americans who don't led a healthy lifestyle is you are reading about the problems of the current paradigm. Most people in America don't know what you know. Going down a path of a healthy lifestyle is difficult which is why I wrote a book creating a blueprint of action.
The first step is understanding the current health care paradigm and its problems and then reviewing your options. If you are curious about our health care system read the above books and/or read my book.
I am not a polished writer like the other authors. Writing is not one of my better skills. I did not write the book to make money but wrote the book to make a difference in people's lives.
This blog will also help but you will need to broaden your knowledge base beyond this blog to be healthy. Reading other articles, blogs and books are necessary as well to increase your breadth of knowledge. Education increases knowledge and leadership is needed to implement a healthy lifestyle. Also,