10 Ways I Hope Health Care Will Change After Covid 19

Posted on September 11, 2020September 11, 2020Categories HealthcareTags ,
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How will healthcare after Covid 19 be different? It is anyone’s guess. However, I have my own ideas about ways I hope healthcare after Covid 19 will change. Whether or not any of these actually happen though remains to be seen.

  1. Currently statistics show that 70% of Americans use or have used one or more methods of alternative or holistic medicine. While this number is high, it includes those who have only tried it once or twice and not only those who use it on a regular basis. I hope this number will become 100%. While allopathic or traditional healthcare has its place, it is far from perfect, and has a lot of limitations. There are a lot of benefits to holistic healthcare in its different forms and I would hope that everyone will start to be able to experience them.
  2. Telehealth as an option for everyone. Will the pandemic has increased the usage of telehealth and it won’t work for everything, when it does work, it can be a big time and money saver.
  3. An increase in insurance coverage for holistic medicine and care. While many insurance policies claim to cover things like functional medicine, acupuncture and chiropractic, with high deductibles, too often it is cheaper to pay out of pocket.
  4. An increase in the ability to use HSA’s and flex spending accounts for all forms of alternative and holistic medicine. Currently supplements purchased through a doctor and some over the counter ones as well as some therapies such as infrared sauna, chiropractic and acupuncture are covered. However, some things such as essential oils, herbs, and other remedies remain ineligible.
  5. A bigger focus on prevention of disease at all levels. While we recognize the importance of prevention to some degree, we still have levels of diseases such as diabetes at epidemic levels and one statistic I read said that has many as 40% of the patients who have been hospitalized for Covid 19, have diabetes. This is just one example of conditions that can be prevented through lifestyle change and that are making people more likely to have a severe case of not only this illness but others as well.
  6. An increased demand and acknowledgement of the role that health coaches can play in helping people improve their overall wellness.
  7. A decrease in healthcare costs. This is a big one that would change the lives of a lot of people for better. Currently getting a test for COVID 19 is either free or cheap for virtually everyone. Why can’t other important and essential health care tests be the same way? I get it that some are expensive but it seems to me that a lot of them cost way too much. (No, I’m not a fan of medicare for all as a conservative but there have to be other ways to lower costs.)
  8. I would also love to see healthcare after COVID 19, include more wellness centers where there are medical doctors, health coaches, acupuncturists, chiropractors, nutritionists, massage therapists and similar health care professionals all under one roof. There are wellness centers like this opening up in different locations but I don’t think there are enough of these. In fact, I’d like to see these be the default option everywhere with either a membership that covers all services, or insurance.
  9. An increased focus on how to build your immunity naturally without vaccines. While I’m not anti-vax, I don’t believe that the flu shot is a good idea, nor do I think that this should be the default option for every disease that exists now or that will exist in the future. We as a society need to learn how to build up natural immunity so that I body can fight off illness on its own.
  10. I hope that more doctors will be more open minded to holistic healing methods and that they will actually listen when their patients say that something is wrong. Too often they don’t really listen, or say that things are normal, that aren’t.

Do you have any thoughts or ideas about how you hope healthcare after Covid 19 will change?

Zach Effron’s Down to Earth: What I Learned

Posted on August 3, 2020August 3, 2020Categories HealthcareTags
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Have you watched the new documentary: Zach Effron’s Down to Earth? If not, I highly recommend it. I think anyone who is interested in natural health and in learning about how to improve wellness by returning to the earth and other holistic ways of healing needs to watch it. The docu-series consists of 8 parts each one is between 40 minutes to 60 minutes. In this series Zach Effron joins Darin Olien author of:

SuperLife: The 5 Forces That Will Make You Healthy, Fit, and Eternally Awesome

For a journey around the world where they explore life in a few different countries that have higher rates of good health and a higher percentage of centenarians to learn how and why people around the world have better health and a higher quality of life than we do in the United States. 

Here are a few of the things I learned:

Our healthcare system in the United States is not really health care. I already knew this but this docu-series confirmed this. Instead we focus on sick care which isn’t the same thing as actually focusing on real health.

Gardening and eating our food from the earth should be our number one food source. Recently gardening has become more popular due to the pandemic and people staying home more and focusing more on health. However, in many countries especially in South America but also in Asia and in other island countries gardening is the number one food source not merely a way to save money by growing a few fruits and vegetables to supplement what we buy at the store. Eating what grows naturally by the season is also emphasized a lot more. 

Removing minerals from our water isn’t a good thing. There is an entire episode all about water with a focus on how France does their water and it was very eye opening. 

Our health habits and the food we eat is often passed on to us by our parents and grand-parents. Learning how to eat from the earth and how to make food from scratch is something we need to learn and pass on to our posterity. 

There are things we can do to improve our health and increase the number of years we live, however, you won’t learn these things from doctors or other medical professionals. Not because they don’t sometimes know how to help us, but rather because the real secrets of health aren’t taught in medical school. Instead it is helpful to learn about nutrition, herbs, gardening, and blue zones. (Blue zones are areas in the world where people live a lot longer and where diseases like cancer are virtually unheard of).

We can learn a lot from other countries about health and how to improve it and how to rely less on modern medicine.

Our emotional health and spirituality (no I don’t only mean religion) can have just as big an impact on our physical health as the food we eat. 

Have you watched this docu-series- Down to Earth? If so, what did you learn from it? I’d love to have you share with me in the comments. 

If You’re Worried About Your Health In the Future: Do These 7 Things

Posted on May 13, 2020May 20, 2020Categories HealthcareTags
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Are you worried about your health in the future? I know most if not all of us are to one degree or another. That is just the reality of what we are facing not only with the pandemic that is currently happening as well as other viruses and illnesses that we may encounter in the future.

The reality is that you can’t 100% guarantee yourself that you won’t get sick in the future. Whether it’s with the coronavirus or with something else less severe or more severe. However, you can be proactive in taking care of your health and in doing whatever you can to strengthen your immune system and your overall wellness.

Here are 7 things to do right now to improve your health, be proactive with your health and put your mind at ease.

  1. Evaluate where you are when it comes to your health. How are you doing? Do you have any major health issues you need to address? What is your diet like? Do you eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily? Do you drink at least 8 glasses of water? Do you exercise regularly? Do you limit your sugar consumption? And so on. Be honest with yourself and write down where you are now. You can’t change your health without acknowledging where you are to start with.
  2. Decide what changes you are willing to make now and what changes you will make in the future. This is another big one. You must get real and honest with yourself about what health changes you are willing to make now and what changes you know will take time but that you will make later and when you will make those changes.
  3. Give up sugar or at least limit it. This does not apply to fruit and natural sources of sugar. You may also be able to still have a small amount occasionally but most if not all of us, could reduce our sugar consumption a lot.
  4. Get accountability. Making changes to your health can be hard and it helps to have a guide on the side to help assist you. You can ask a trusted friend or family member, or you may want to hire a health coach.
  5. Get help when needed. This is another must. You need to know when to seek out help and who to get it from.
  6. Start meditating. This can be very helpful to reduce stress and help improve your overall health. Read this post on how meditation and mindfullness have helped me.
  7. Be pro-active about your immune health- Making sure your immune health is the best it can be, is a must for helping your body to fight off any current and future illness you may encounter.