Wake up! The way you see health is unhealthy

“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.”

― Isaac Asimov

Our cultural health beliefs are unhealthy and misleading

We have been told a story. This story is so deeply ingrained in our minds that we take it for granted. 

The story is: “if you get ill it is bad luck, but don’t worry, we have a healthcare system in place to save us when we need it”. 

I believed this story too, until have seen it failed on family members... what I learned on the road is that almost everything we have been told about health is wrong – and that there is a very different story waiting for us, if only we are ready to hear it.

Every doctor would agree that prevention is better than cure; cure is most of the time too complex or too late. 

The Times analysis of 2009 death statistics showed that more people were killed by drugs than motor vehicle accidents in the US. 

The health system is clearly out of date.  Cracks have appeared. Drug fatalities more than doubled among teens and young adults between 2000 and 2008, and more than tripled among people aged 50 to 69. 

Believe it or not, these death statistics relate to legal prescription drugs. 

An estimated 450,000 preventable medication-related adverse events occur every year. The costs of adverse drug reactions to society are more than $136 billion annually in the US – greater than the total cost of cardiovascular or diabetic care.

Looking over records from 1976 to 2006, researchers found 62 million death certificates related to prescription drugs, and almost a quarter million of these deaths were noted as having occurred in a hospital setting due to medication errors. 

How is this considered normal?

The pharma industry gets high on profits! According to the World Health Organization, the global pharmaceuticals market is worth US$300 billion a year, a figure expected to rise to US$400 billion within three years – and as a side note, remains the third highest cause of death in the world. 

Weirdly, there was widespread anger when the industry regulator predicted energy companies' profit margins would grow from 4 per cent to 8 per cent this year in the UK. However, not so much when a certain company by pharmaceutical revenue made an eye-watering 42 per cent profit margin. 

The question is: how could you justify this kind of margin?

These companies currently spend one third of all sales revenue on marketing their products – roughly twice what they spend on research and development No wonder, then, that the World Health Organization (WHO) has talked of the "inherent conflict" between the legitimate business goals of the drug companies and the medical and social needs of the wider public. This is particularly true where drugs companies are the main source of information as to which products are most effective. 

Even in the United Kingdom, where the medical profession receives more independent, publicly funded information than in many other countries, promotional spending by pharmaceuticals companies is 50 times greater than spending on public information on health. Let's repeat this: promotional spending by pharmaceuticals companies is 50 times greater than spending on public information on health. 

Something is very wrong, and whether we are aware of it or not, money is the lifeblood of powerful and established institutions which are at the heart of our healthcare system. There is an endless stream of institutional jargon coupled with intimidating conditions and diseases which quickly deter people’s attempts at understanding how we can be healthy. However, being healthy remains easy.

It is no longer questionable, when the patented medicine (the pharmaceutical industry)  allowed us to increase our lifespam as well as eradicated the nastiest diseases that wherekilling us prematurely, this model is in needs of renovations. 

Waiting to get sick to do something about it is to me like playing the lottery. 

"Guess what : you are not a lottery ticket and your health do not depend on a game of luck"

This is no conspiracy theory, these are facts. Let's put it simply and clearly: we want you to consume pharmaceutical products, we do not want you to be better at mastering your own health. 

It is in the interests of industries such as the pharmaceutical or even food industry to leave you in a blur. 

They have a clear priority to maximise their profits regardless of the social and environmental cost. 

Once again, degenerative diseases are the foremost cause of death in the world; nine out of 10 people die of a slow and most of the time painful death … 

We live in a world where we all know about someone who has died this way, sometimes a close friend or relative … this is everybody's story.

 This dark story is embedded in the back of our mind … one of the scary ones we do not really want to hear. However, for nine out of 10 of us, it will inevitably become a reality. 

So it is time to wake up and individually do something about it.

We hold the belief that we cannot change much about it; we accept it as somehow beyond our knowledge or ability to change or prevent, but is it really? This story has to change! What if instead of the “fear of dying” story we could transform it to the “joy of living” story?

The Wikipedia definition of degenerative diseases is: 

"Degenerative disease is the result of a continuous process based on degenerative cell changes, affecting tissues or organs, which will increasingly deteriorate over time, whether due to normal bodily wear or lifestyle choices such as exercise or eating habits. Degenerative diseases are often contrasted with infectious diseases."

The bottom line here is: it is a process, and when we become more aware of how powerfully our choices in diet and lifestyle affect us, for better and for worse, then we can make different choices, we can be empowered and live fully, not in the fear of what may happen. 

Proactive prevention is the only answer to a reactive sick care system, it start with you and your daily choices... You are in charge, you design the outcome. 

When you make healthy choices, you feel better quickly. This allows us to connect the dots between what we do and how we feel. 

It is time to switch towards education and choices rather than treating our health with products. It is time we change our relationship with health. It is time to shift our views from passive acceptance to being proactive.