Why we have a “health care crisis” and how to solve it.

Time to get my rant on…….

I’m so sick of hearing about “the health care crisis” in this country I could vomit. But when I hear different analysts and politicians propose their solutions to this crisis, then I REALLY get nauseous. Yes, we have a health care crisis in this country. Know what else? The solution to it is simple, it can be immediately put into place and will cost billions of dollars LESS than what we are spending right now.

The reason we are having this crisis is simple: we have adopted a dualistic approach to medicine and health ‘care’ that looks at disease and/or pain as some enemy invader to be conquered. Hence all of the “war on_________” metaphors. It’s the American mindset. We want what we want and anything that gets in the way is something to be dismissed or defeated.

The problem with that is disease or chronic pain is not an enemy invader from without. It is created from within. It is a product of us, of our own making, of our habitual thoughts and behaviors. We don’t “get” cancer or “get” diabetes. We create it within ourselves. If this is true, then the answer to changing the reality of such a diagnosis isn’t to declare war on ourselves. How can going to war against our own bodies ever create health and internal harmony? The answer is, it can’t and the statistics show quite clearly that this approach is not a successful one, either in terms of rates of diagnoses, cost of managing these disease processes, survival rates, however you want to measure it. Our current approach is an abysmal failure. As a nation, we are getting progressively sicker by the year in spite of all the money we donate for “research”.

The answer is to stop fighting our bodies, to stop declaring war on our own bodies, to stop trying to shut them up when they are trying desperately to communicate with us, and instead to listen to what the body is saying and search for what physical, mental or emotional systems are out of balance and look for ways to bring them back into balance, to give those systems the inputs they need to self-heal.

Until we make this shift, we will keep pouring billions of dollars down a rat hole. One problem is, the current powers that be desperately do not want us to make that shift. They want us to stay wedded to the biochemical model of health, for in it lays tremendous profit for the providers of those products and services. Not healing, but profit.

If you have high cholesterol, you do not have a “statin deficiency”. You have a lifestyle problem that is easily remedied by changes in habit. If you have back pain you do not have a ‘bad back’, you have a body that is out of balance in one or more ways, and that is entirely within your power to change. If you have diabetes, you do not have an insulin deficiency, you most likely have a diet that is exhausting your pancreas. And the list goes on and on and on.

But we Americans don’t want to change. We want to keep living a lifestyle that is physically, emotionally and spiritually toxic and we want a pill to make it all better. No such pill exists, and no such pill will EVER exist. Stop looking for one, stop looking for someone else to ‘fix’ you. Step up and claim responsibility for your own health. THAT is the solution to the health care crisis.

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2 Comments on “Why we have a “health care crisis” and how to solve it.”


  1. […] Why we have a “health care crisis” and how to solve it by Rick Mathes […]

  2. Health & Motion Says:

    Excellent, very well said.


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