Our Sick Care System
The United States has a sick-care system, not a health care system. Check out these key statistics:
- Roughly 75% of healthcare spending goes to treating disease, which is preventable! (Source: Centers for Disease Control)
- American healthcare costs are rising so rapidly that they could reach 4.2 trillion annually, roughly 20% of our gross domestic product, within ten years. (Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services)
- The average per capita cost of healthcare in the developed world is $3,000. In the United States, it’s around $8,000. (Source: Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development)
- 20% of patients account for 80% of healthcare costs (Source: Department of Health and Human Services).
- If trends continue through 2020, up to 1/5 of healthcare spending, or up to $1 trillion annually, will go to treating consequences of obesity. (Source: Rand)
- One out of every three people in the United States is pre-diabetic. (Source: Centers for Disease Control)
I'm proud to be part of a whole new medical world called Functional Medicine geared towards prevention, lifestyle changes, eating real nutritious food, disease reversal and getting to the root cause of disease. Chronic inflammation is the cause of autoimmune disorders to diabetes, cancer prevention to heart disease, to why kids are getting more food allergies nowadays and the reason why the rate of autism is increasing.
There are many sources of chronic inflammation and diet and nutrition remains one of the top sources of chronic inflammation.
Have you heard of root cause medicine, functional medicine, integrative medicine, or naturopathic medicine? How does conventional medicine differ from root cause medicine, functional medicine, integrative medicine, or naturopathic medicine? You can learn more at The Institute for Functional Medicine which is one of the sources of my post-graduate education.
Functional Medicine determines how and why illness occurs and restores health by addressing the root causes of disease for each individual.
The Functional Medicine model is an individualized, patient-centered, science-based approach that empowers patients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness. It requires a detailed understanding of each patient’s genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors and leverages that data to direct personalized treatment plans that lead to improved patient outcomes.
By addressing the root cause, rather than symptoms, practitioners become oriented to identifying the complexity of diseases. They may find one condition has many different causes and, likewise, one cause may result in many different conditions. As a result, Functional Medicine treatment targets the specific manifestations of disease in each individual.
Let's have a discussion today to learn how my functional medicine-based coaching program can help you reduce and eliminate chronic inflammation!