Lately, there is a lot of discussion on sustainable health care. This is because of rising health costs, due to many factors. These factors include:
- An increase in the use of health services
- An aging population
- The growth in capital-intensive biotechnology and equipment
- An increase in pharmaceutical expenditures.
- Lack of a culture of individual responsibility and self-empowerment. We expect the government to take care of our bodies.
I believe the answer to sustainable health care is INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY.
Many government bodies in countries such as Australia, Germany, and Switzerland regard complementary medical systems such as phytotherapy as compatible with the culture of self-responsibility and self-empowerment. They regard complementary medicine (CM) as preventive medicine that particularly addresses chronic and lifestyle diseases and as a means for cutting health cost.
Unfortunately, CM is always left out in public discussion on health care costs and wellness. The impression is that health care is all about insurance, hospitals, and drugs. Are these really health care, or sick care?
I believe individual responsibility entails –
- Self -examination
- Self improvement
You must be passionate enough to self-care, self-examination, and self-improvement.
As stated in my book LEAF TO LIFE, your body /mind need unceasing self-care. Your condo and car can wait, but your body can’t.
One of the ways I try to help you is via EDUCATION. One of the platforms is THE HERB FEST (visit and register at http://www.theherbfest.com). In this fest, I will show you how to self-care, self-examination, and self-improvement.
The other avenues are my personal coaching during each consultation and my books.
I am also starting a ASK ME Facebook forum on every 1st Monday of the month. The public can post me any questions on wellness via my facebook -slnaturopath. Check it out.
There is no better way to sustainable health care other than individual responsibility.