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Offline herbdoc

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Preparing for ObamaCare
« on: May 11, 2010, 11:25:06 AM »
Preparing for ObamaCare  :o

Now that President Obama’s Health Care Bill has been passed, no one seems to be certain how it will translate into our lives.  Speculation ranges from health care utopia where every one’s health needs are catered to, to third world poverty reminiscent to the scene in Monty Python where the villagers hear the cry to “Bring Out Your Dead” to be loaded onto the passing cart.  As with most issues of controversy, the truth and reality typically lie somewhere in the middle.  As government continues to grapple with society’s ills, many of us are concerned that liberties and rights are diminishing.  Too often it seems Washington lawmakers are more concerned with “who is right” rather than “what is right”. 

One of my big concerns with health care is who will have the power to control or limit treatment.  In the 1990’s many insurance companies began utilizing a managed care style of treatment authorization.  This required that before treatment could commence, the doctor would need to get authorization from the insurance provider.  The insurance company would typically authorize inadequate treatment and would justify their recommendations because their “in-house” doctor or nurse would do the authorizing.  For example, when a patient would come in to my office with a herniated disc, which would often require many sessions of treatment and therapy, only 3 or 4 treatments would be authorized.  The patient and doctor could of course appeal and seek to get authorization for additional care but it was not likely to be granted.  In the meantime, there is a patient who is suffering and as their insurance company would site line and verse in the contract how they are not obligated to cover any more than they have. 

On the other hand, back in the 1980’s insurance companies seemed to be an endless source of revenue.  Coverage and benefits paid out for many patients seemed almost limitless.  It seems to me that there does need to be a fair balance between what is reasonable and necessary.  And unfortunately, the financial aspects of health care must be a real consideration.  The big question is where you draw the line AND who draws it.  Is it reasonable to give the out-of-control alcoholic a third liver transplant?  At what point are people responsible for their own health?  Is the elderly, obese, diabetic smoker entitled to the same heart transplant as the young physically fit person whose heart was damaged by an infection or injury?  These examples are certainly extreme, but many health issues are not so clearly defined.  Do we deny vital therapy because someone is over a certain age?  For some, 70 years is very old, yet other 70 year olds are active in both body and mind with another 20+ years of productive life ahead of them. 

The point is, there are tough issues to be grappled with and issues that defy easy resolutions.  In my view, the health care issue is one of personal responsibility.  Could you imagine if health care were only for catastrophic situations – this is really where modern medicine excels.  Currently, the majority of emergency room visits are not emergencies.  This is partially a result of modern medicine having trained the public to rely on professional medical care and as a result people no longer trust themselves to know what can be handled at home and what really constitutes an emergency.  Many health crises can likewise be averted by lifestyle changes such as diet, exercise and avoidance of known health risks.  Of course, go to the doctor or the ER in a true emergency, but it’s not a bad idea to get some training on your own.

So imagine for a moment, how you would live or alter you life if you knew that for some reason you may not be able to receive health care.  If you had a family history of diabetes, would you be more conscientious about diet and exercise?  If heart disease were a possibility would losing some weight and managing your stress take on new meaning?  As I see it, the very best way to deal with the many unknowns regarding the potential lack of health care in the future is to bring yourself and your family into a position where you would minimize your dependency on needing it. 

We live in a society and culture that focuses on convenience.  We want our food fast, our entertainment fast and we don’t have time to wait.  Many claim not to have time to exercise, spend enough time with family or relax while they eat.  We stay up too late, get up too early and constantly rush from one place to another to cram into our busy lives as much as we possibly can.  Most of us know, we should sleep more, exercise more, relax more, spend more unscheduled time with those we love, and eat food that has been purposefully prepare by loving hands rather than the pre-made meal that is popped into the microwave.  Yet as we hustle through our busy days annoyed by inconveniences, we fail to understand that we may be paving the way to real inconveniences.  To me a real inconvenience would be the unnecessary loss of health.  The inconvenience of obesity, heart disease, lung disease, digestive disorders, many of the cancers or diabetes can be prevented, avoided and often reversed.

Personal Plan for Health

This is the hard fact: you are issued one body during this life.  No exceptions.   You’ve got to make the best out of what you’ve got.  You can choose your actions, but not the consequences of those actions. I asked myself “What are the key areas of our lives that we must focus on in order to enjoy good health and minimize our risk of premature illness?”  These are the areas of focus I’ve come up with.

Exercise: Without a physically fit body you will not have the energy to entirely experience and enjoy life. A moderate exercise program can maintain aerobic fitness, strength and flexibility. Whether you like to exercise or not, you can never escape the consequences of not being fit.  Start a simple program or hobby that you can enjoy such as walking or gardening. Having a strong, fit, flexible body is a gift that cannot be bought.

Diet:  Simply put, our diets should be centered around whole natural foods which are free from additives, hormones, and grown without poisons (pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics, etc.). Increase your vegetable and fruit intake. Add beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, a little animal flesh, and occasional treats.  Remember, it’s not what you eat some of the time, but what you eat most of the time that will determine your health.  Eat whole clean food, it’s really that simple.  But it’s not necessarily easy.  Substances to avoid:  Tobacco (in all forms), alcohol, coffee, black tea (like Lipton’s ice tea), and soda. Don’t fool yourself, there is nothing about soda pop that is beneficial to your health (why do you think they add caffeine? To get you hooked). Strictly avoid hydrogenated oils and high fructose corn syrup.  The regular consumption of stimulants like caffeine and sugar will eventually exhaust you.  Nourish the body, don’t stimulate it. Ask us for a copy of our Nourishing Traditional Diet information.

Adequate Sleep, Rest and Relaxation:  We are taught that we require eight hours of sleep each night. And this is true for most of us.  If you find yourself getting sleepy mid-day or needing stimulants to keep going, you may not be getting enough sleep. Experiment and discover what is right for you.  Also take time to relax and unwind each day, this is rejuvenating to the body and spirit.  Sleep deprivation is a sure way to poor health and eventually catch up with you.

Good Hygiene and Sanitation: Bathe and/or shower regularly.  Brush and floss your teeth daily.  Wash your hands frequently. Keep a clean sanitary kitchen.  Cook with and store food properly.  Live in a clean, uncluttered environment.  Use a natural fiber skin brush before you shower each day.  It will cleanse the skin and the body by opening up your pores, increasing your circulation and eliminating toxins. 
De-clutter your home – it’s healing!

Supplements:  Give the body the nutritional building blocks that will allow it to build healthy tissue.
We recommend the following:
• Earth’s Nutrition or Bountiful Blend – take once or twice daily.  These are whole food sources of vitamins and minerals plus much more.  If you only take one supplement this should be either of these.
• Digestive Enzymes – as we get older our bodies produce less digestive enzymes.  If you struggle with any digestive problems, take enzymes with each meal or at any sign of indigestion.  You’ll be able to throw away those antacids.
• Probiotics – you need to be consuming the “good bacteria”, such as acidophilus or soil organisms.  Whether you eat yogurt, sauerkraut, kim-chee or take a probiotic supplement.  You need these helpful microbes for good digestion and to keep a strong defense against harmful bacteria that also resides in your gut. Learn to make your own fermented foods such as sauerkraut, yogurt and sourdough breads.
• Colon Cleanse™ - our bodies are designed to have 2 to 3 bowel movements daily.  If you don’t, use this fantastic product.
• Female Balance Formula – use for any menstrual concerns or hormonal related problems.
• Prostate Plus Formula – for men over 40 to prevent or correct prostate problems.
• Immune Boost and/or Anti-Plague Formula – use at the first sign or hint of a cold or illness.  At our house if anyone starts to feel ill, everyone takes the herbs.
Western Botanicals Inc. has a complete line of products for whatever ails you.
Read more about caring for specific conditions in our previous articles:
• Tired of Being Tired
• Thyroid
• Blood Sugar Balance
• High Blood Pressure
• Allergies
• Disease Begins in the Gut
• Nourishing Traditional Diet

Water:  Drink 8 glasses of water (and herb tea) daily.  We’ve been told this since childhood.  Just do it.  Drinking pure water and herbal teas are the best way to eliminate toxicity and cleanse the body. Avoid drinking chlorinated tap water.

Relationships:  Our physical bodies are intimately connected to our emotional and spiritual lives.  Forgive and let go of past hurts, traumas, betrayals, etc.  You cannot heal if you do not release fear, anger, hate, guilt, etc.  Hanging on to negative feelings can canker your soul.  Repent (change your heart) and Forgive (let go of negativity).  Be a friend, make a friend.

So as each of us moves forward in a world of uncertainty, we urge you to prepare your life to be a healthy one by reducing risk factors you have control of and building a balanced healthy lifestyle.



Offline SteveandTracyinKY

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Re: Preparing for ObamaCare
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2010, 04:49:32 AM »
Thank you for a very powerful post.