SUBMITTED BY DAVID BEAVER
Self-Care and Prevention
Dr. Mimi Guarneri once relayed in a lecture how she had been seeing a new patient of hers who struggled with serious blood pressure concerns. Even though the man lived a very healthy lifestyle of a balanced diet and high levels of physical activity he simply couldn't seem to lower his blood pressure to a healthy level. The man was on not one or two but several blood pressure medication prescriptions, but none of them even all together seemed to have any effect. Dr. Guernerri, as with all her new patients had a long discussion examining not just his medications and medical history but his overall lifestyle. Everything seemed to check out, except that he consumed excessive quantities of a certain high sodium sports drink. After her recommendation of discontinuing the consumption of this sports beverages his blood pressure levels returned to normal and he was able to discontinue the use of all of the prescriptions he had recently received for them.
More doctors and patients need to take a closer look at the over all lifestyles that contribute to the state of their health. We mustn't simply treat symptoms and diseases while responding to catastrophes arise and expect won't decrease the quality of our health while increasing the cost of our care. These factors include diet, stress factors, physical activity, lifestyle choices, and many other issues that contribute to our daily health. Even down to how much red meat we consume, for example, can contribute to whether or not we develop various forms of cancer. In preventing these problems before the arise by making adjustments to our daily choices we can greatly reduce healthcare costs and problems. It would behoove more doctors to make this practice a habit in their professions. It will make their jobs easier and their patients lives healthier and their bank accounts larger. The result will be more insurance companies being able to afford to lower their premiums, and it would be prudent for them to do so to remain competitive and to attract a healthier customer base.
Be More open to Controversial Medicine
There are a few alternatives to a vast array of medications that in some cases work better and are even safer than their prescription alternatives, and yet find themselves shunned by the medical community and the government that applies strict regulations on it. Take for example a controversial drug used across the country and throughout the Asian continent, Kratom. Kratom received some backlash during the opiate crisis even the though the deaths documented from it were very few and even many of them, critics say, were associated with the use of other, harder drugs. There is a great deal of documentation in the use of kratom to successfully treat pain, PTSD and various conditions as an alternative to more dangerous opiate prescriptions. In some countries, it has also been used to successfully treat alcoholism. Kratom can be purchased online for a lower price than many prescription medications and may be safer, but just as effective.
Medical marijuana has also caught on in many states but has still failed to see fruition in others and remains a Stage 1 Narcotic according to the DEA. Despite this, there has been a great deal of research and even application for the use of marijuana and the cannabis plant for various ailments. Cannabis and CBD oil, for example, have been used with stunning success in the treatment of joint pains and may even have applications in the treatment of cancerous tumors according to an article in the Huffington Post during the early days of legalization. It has also been used in the prevention of seizures, in treating anxiety and depression, bipolar disorder, and a number of other ailments both mental and physical.
As long as we ignore these facts derived from research and real-life application we are shutting down treatment options for diseases and disorders that may be treated more safely and effectively and at a lower cost. Introducing effective treatments early may also prevent future complications from arising and the problem from worsening, which will also lead to increased costs. It is, of course, important to practice caution in the application of medicine, however, we should not ignore potentially effective and groundbreaking treatments because they carry the name of drugs we are uncomfortable with like "Kratom" or "Pot"