Could it be that our health care system is seriously flawed and fueled by fear?

I believe we live in a fear-based society which feeds off the lack of knowledge and insecurity of the people.

And I’m not just talking about our little Island; fear-based living is prevalent throughout the Western world.

Here’s an example.

Many times, when I have asked people why they stay in jobs they obviously hate, the answer is not, as one might expect, “Because I need the money” but rather “Because I need the health insurance.”

Why?

Because the system is slanted that way. We have become indoctrinated into this mindset for many decades, generation upon generation.

It goes like this.

You get sick, you go to the doctor and you get a (usually expensive) prescription to fix your problem. Only it doesn’t fix it. Not really. Mostly, prescription drugs only mask the symptoms, or worse, leaving you with more problems from the side-effects of the original drug.

Or maybe you’ve been diagnosed with cancer and your doctor informs you that you must have immediate surgery/chemotherapy/radiation treatment, and you must have it now or you could die.

Or perhaps you have diabetes and need to take pills or insulin shots for the rest of your life.

The list goes on, but you get the picture.

We fear that if we refuse the ‘standard of care’ treatment offered by mainstream medicine, we will lose the support of not only our health care providers but also of our family and friends. And the health insurance company will not pay unless we accept the treatment prescribed.

So where does that leave you? Frightened, suffering and feeling pressured into taking the line of least resistance, the one the insurance company will pay for.

People, this system is seriously flawed and quite unsustainable. Healthcare costs are rising exponentially and the infrastructure is straining at the seams, trying to keep up with demand for ever expanding sick-care.

So who is responsible for your well-being? Who has the power to change things? The government? Well, maybe a little.

But where the rubber meets the road, it’s down to YOU!

Most chronic disease takes years to develop, so it is illogical to think that popping a couple of pills is going to give you a satisfactory cure. Sure, you may feel better initially but long term, nothing has changed.

You don’t get sick overnight. You slowly build up to it for years. Little insults, day after day, all add up and cause your body to break down over time.

Why is this? Well, you’ll be pleased to hear it’s not entirely your fault. The environment we live in today is literally loaded with toxins.

Thousands of synthetic chemicals commercially licensed for use in the United States were not in the environment 75 years ago. And guess what? Many of them end up in our once pristine island home. They are in the food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe and the stuff we spray on our vegetables and roadsides.

And they are making us sick!

It doesn’t have to be that way. There are many things you can do to decrease your toxic load, just by tweaking your lifestyle a little (or in some cases, a lot). That way, you correct the problem before it becomes an emergency situation.

By becoming conscious of what we put into our bodies and on our skin, we have the power to help ourselves stay well.

I understand that all this may seem daunting and overwhelming but I will do my best to break it down into easy to understand and doable chunks.

In my next article, I’ll be exploring practical ways of how we can help ourselves to better health.

The time has come for taking back responsibility for our well-being. We need to unlearn what we think is true and relearn what we can do to empower ourselves and our loved ones to experience the best health ever.

Time to let go of the fear!

By Lynda Hartley

Lynda Hartley is a Certified Health Coach at the Raw Food Edge, an entity which specializes in Individual Coaching, Group Workshops and Motivational Speaking for Healthy Living. She and her husband also own and operate Bermuda Green, a local business providing fresh salad sprouts to Supermarkets, Delis and Restaurants throughout the Island. For more information or comments email lynda@therawfoodedge.com or telephone 234-3535 or 335-2981

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