What’s the main difference between wellness care and standard medical care? Wellness care seeks to turn on the natural healing ability, not by adding something to the system, but by removing anything that might interfere with normal function, trusting that the body would know what to do if nothing were interfering with it. Standard medical care, on the other hand, seeks to treat a symptom by adding something from the outside – a medication, a surgery or procedure.
Inside Out vs. Outside In
If a patient has high blood pressure, a standard medical approach would be to choose a drug that lowers blood pressure, and ask the patient to take the drug. This may serve to lower the blood pressure, but ignores the underlying cause that is making the blood pressure high, and runs the risk of side effects complicating the person’s recovery. Whether it’s a nutritional issue, faulty control by the nerve system or a manifestation of stress, the medication could decrease the blood pressure, leaving the problem causing the symptom of high blood pressure unaddressed.
The Wellness Approach
Wellness is a state of optimal conditions for normal function… and then some. The wellness approach is to look for underlying causes of any disturbance or disruption (which may or may not be causing symptoms at the time) and make whatever interventions and lifestyle adjustments would optimize the conditions for normal function. That environment encourages natural healing, and minimizes the need for invasive treatment, which should be administered only when absolutely necessary. When the body is working properly, it tends to heal effectively, no matter what the condition. When the body heals well and maintains itself well, then there is another level of health that goes beyond “asymptomatic” or “pain-free” which reveals an open-ended opportunity for vitality, vibrant health, and an enhanced experience of life.This is true for mental and emotional health as well as physical health. While some people may suffer psychological disorders, creating an atmosphere of mental and emotional wellness will address all but the most serious problems.
Statistics for leading causes of death in America (2001) are deeply disturbing. The paper “Death by Medicine” presents compelling evidence that today’s medical system frequently inflicts more harm on the afflicted.
|#3 Cancer:||553, 251.5|
|#2 Heart Disease:||699, 697|
|#1 Medical & Drugs:||783,936|
Although the #1 cause of death is medically induced, when we look at the 2nd and 3rd leading causes, we can see all three are related. Obesity is often the precursor to heart disease and cancer, and a chemical imbalance in body pH is common to both drugs and Obesity. Acidity predisposes to free radical production, damage, and inflammation. Drugs are thereby implicated in the #2 and #3 cause as well.
It’s significant that obesity has something in common with all three causes of mortality. Since Obesity has been estimated in 1 in 3 children, you have to wonder if the legally enforced prescription of Pharmaceutical drugs to discipline rowdy children in the public school system has not made the prognosis worse. All healthy children, if they’re having a normal childhood, mis-behave. Even more so without the alkalizing diet and exercise that supports their emotional and physical development. In a social environment where 52 million school children (potential customers) are routinely screened just because they’re being kids, the chances of avoiding Pharmaceutical drugs has been rather bleak. It’s up to us to educate ourselves in self care and learn how to raise our children’s IQ EQ PQ, without raising them on drugs.
The good news is that disease cannot thrive within a normal alkaline metabolic environment. A healthy alternative is readily available and affordable. Or soon will be. It includes fresh air, sunshine, water, exercise, salt, and potassium. Our diet, exercise, and lifestyle can be either intrinsically alkalinizing or acidifying, it’s our choice. It’s the job of the kidneys and lungs to rectify pH acidity in the body. It’s our job to help our organs speed up the process when we’re under acid stress.
Acid base equilibrium necessary for efficient cellular metabolism requires oxygen, water, salt, and potassium as a top priority. When oxygen supply isn’t adequate to meet metabolic needs of deep organs, potassium concentration inside and outside cells gets out of proportion, and the electrical response of the cells slows down. Although working muscles typically pull oxygen and electrolytes out of the rest of the organs in order to maintain contractility despite the acidic conditions normally created by exercise, studies show that even moderate lack of oxygen can reduce contractility due to the imbalance of sodium and potassium electrolytes, and reduced sensitivity of contractile proteins to calcium. Prior to and immediately after walking, running, or any kind of sport which shuts down blood flow in the viscera, be sure to warm-up and cool down with the kind of exercise that opens up deep organ circulation.
By reversing body acidity with pH-balancing exercise and whole foods, cells are recharged, and metabolism normalized. It”s within our power to prevent untimely death from cancer, heart disease and medical causes. We can’t say we didn’t know what happens when we hand over our free will and default on our freedom of choice.