In yet another insomnia filled evening on the coach, I found a very interesting article on CNN regarding the health system in our country. Dr. Andrew Weil wrote an article called “U.S. Managing Disease, Not Health” about the problems with our medical treatment and how our country does nothing to prevent disease.
As a matter of fact, he even goes on to say,
I have argued for years that we do not have a health care system in America. We have a disease-management system — one that depends on ruinously expensive drugs and surgeries that treat health conditions after they manifest rather than giving our citizens simple diet, lifestyle and therapeutic tools to keep them healthy. – Dr. Weil
For those of us with auto immune diseases looking for alternative medicine options, we know this all too well. We go to the doctor over and over again hoping that we can cure or take pills to help our ailments instead of learning simple natural techniques to ease our discomfort.
I’ve probably been to over 100 different doctors appointments over my lifetime for a wide variety of things that ultimately were mostly all caused by undiagnosed celiac disease, which is treated primarily with food. The medical world got its fair share of money out of me over those 20 years when I was seeking answers but had they figured it out when I was young, the money never would have filtered to them!
But now that I’m not taking medications or seeing doctors for answers like I used to be, I still can’t get my insurance to cover things that help me tremendously like acupuncture, my vitamins for nutrient deficiencies or acupressure massages. Things that are inherently cheaper than medications and doctors appointments. Our system is set up to treat disease, not prevent it – which I think is pretty sad. I’ve met people taking over 8 different drugs a day to the cost of over $300/month out-of-pocket, plus the copay that their insurance is covering as well (and the doctor office visits too).
A great example of this is Prilosec. They have commercials now for you to take their pill before eating crap, so you can keep eating crap without getting sick. UM HELLO?? Doesn’t anyone see a problem with this?? If the food makes you feel like crap, why do you continue to eat it?
While I completely understand there are limitations to natural remedies and sometimes medical intervention is needed but why is it that we’ve become such a pill popping country? We want to take a pill for everything instead of just doing what we need to do for our body.
I’ve seen many articles lately about companies testing celiac pills so we can consume gluten when taking the pill. It just doesn’t make sense except on an emergency basis that you would need this. I completely understand traveling outside the U.S. where you might struggle with finding gluten-free but a pill you intentionally take to eat gluten? That’s just as bad as the Prilosec.
I don’t know…. Maybe I’m too big of a cynic after my own personal experiences. Maybe I’m sick of going to doctors offices and being put on pills. Maybe I just want to have my insurance cover the things that make me feel better and well instead of letting the problems manifest into something greater.
Please post your thoughts on this!
I would love to hear your opinion on both the celiac pills and natural medicine!
What other natural remedies have you found work for helping with your auto immune diseases?