We have an epidemic of heart disease right across the world. We also have epidemics of diabetes, Alzheimer's, cancer and stroke. How big is the task facing our Doctors and hospitals of modern medicine?
According to the World Health Organisation,
" An estimated 17 million people die of CVDs, particularly heart attacks and strokes, every year."
So you might be surprised by my claim that it is time to talk about wellness.
How can such a woolly sounding idea measure up to the task of confronting these frightening and serious killer diseases?
In fact amidst all the experts discussing diseases and epidemics and genetics there is a small number of medical Doctors and Naturopaths discussing and recommending wellness.
When you take a wider view of health and disease you see disease come and go almost like the rise and fall of various fashions. And you can get a useful and powerful handle on health and disease by looking at some of the epidemic diseases in the early 20th century.
Let's take measles…
In the 1800s hospitals in Britain and America were filled to overflowing with children suffering from measles and 20% of them died. However, by the 1960s deaths were rare and then in 1968 the measles vaccine was introduced.
By the time that this happened measles had dropped by 99.96% from its peak value. Measles had virtually died out before the vaccine was used.
So what wiped out the measles?
Clean water did, along with properly engineered sewers all built by corporation engineers.
No remedies, no cures and no intervention by Doctors, scientists or experts.
Maybe it is because the real transformation in our health was performed by engineers that medical Doctors are so clueless about these matter but nevertheless the greatest improvements in healthcare were performed by civil engineers and not by medical science.
Wellness and Illness
There is much worry amongst health administrators and planners due to the costs, I should say the ever increasing costs of healthcare. The main question being "How can we continue to spend such high and increasingly high amounts of money in dealing with illness".
The costs of course are down to the price of the pharmaceutical medicines and the research on new drugs with of course dividends to their shareholders in the package.
The narrative is of illness and the medical response and the concern is appropriate – we cannot as a society keep shovelling larger, and an increasingly larger amount of money at an apparently insoluble problem.
We need to rethink this problem!
Perhaps we are looking for the solution in a place where it cannot be found! Supposing we pivot from looking at all the illnesses and we look instead at what health measures people can do for themselves.
Suppose we stop relying on the experts – all the smart folk like medical Doctors and researchers and look to ourselves.
Suppose we ask ourselves what can I do to boost my health?
Most of us can come up with a few ideas so let's start just by summing up what it was that eliminated measles epidemics and use that to guide us further.
Measles was fixed with supplying houses with running water so we could keep clean; the water was also used to flush urine and waste products away from our homes allowing us to live healthy lives and cook our food in clean water too.
Since this approach works with spectacular results why not continue in this vein?
Why not indeed make sure that we prepare our food in clean conditions and that we choose a diet consisting of vegetables and fruit and grains.
Such a diet is roughly what the Mediterranean diet consists of and is the diet followed by millions of people for thousands of years.
If we follow a simple diet and live in clean conditions we give our immune system all the support it needs when it encounters microbial or viral disease and this positive approach is what we call "Wellness".
I am not suggesting that we cast aside all modern medicine nor even that we cast aside all pharmaceutical drugs but it is the brainless and slavish worship of these that has done so much harm and cost so much money.
It is the responsibility of each of us to care for ourselves and tend our own health. We can do this without any knowledge of medicine but equipped with a simple knowledge of wellness.
We could call wellness a healthy lifestyle and regard it as quaint but speaking as someone who likes to control things I like to practise Yoga which banishes stress from my system, I like to eat a healthy diet because it not only tastes superb but helps nourish my immune system and protect me from infectious disease and I choose to further boost my immunity and my health with a well-designed choice of health supplements.
The debate on health has to shift if we are to solve the funding crisis and when it does we will have Doctors who are educated in nutrition and have a wellness outlook.
But we can do this now; there is no need to wait on someone else to do something for us.
We are not impotent people relying on experts. We can adjust our outlook to one of wellness, we make our own choices on how to live a wellness life.
Being healthy is wonderful and is within our grasp when we shift from worrying about disease to one of wellness in which we focus on building our health rather than the negative approach of fighting disease.
"Don't curse the darkness, light the candle".
To learn some more and explore try reading Dissolving "Illusions: Disease, Vaccines, and The Forgotten History" by Suzanne Humphries MD and Roman Bystrianyk, available at Amazon and all good book stores. Thanks also to Dr Humpries data on her website where there is so much detailed information on vaccines.