In my book, “Cracking Your Health Code”, I explain, in the first part of the book, how we are on the brink of a new health order. The book speaks about how our current model is failing, causing 9 out of 10 of us to die mostly of preventable diseases, despite the advancement in research and technology and the growing access to information at our fingertips.
Just like our school system tests our memory more than intelligence, our health system is waiting for us to be sick to then try to cure us with chemicals.
However, times have changed and the choice is yours to change with it.
What If you could choose any health model you want, would you not choose one that works for you? One that deliver results and makes you happy? One that removes the guesswork and offers the support you need to reach your goal, one that educates you instead of leaving you in the dark?
On the one hand, there is the standard societal procedure, a system that is locked up and governed by powerful institutions. On the other hand, a more flexible and adaptive approach evaluating with its time founded by real science. There is another perspective that has been proven to work better in addressing the disease of our civilisation, offering hope in solving our health problems.
1.From infectious disease to chronic illness
We are reaching our limits, we are played by diseases we have to battle constantly. Our modern medicine is failing to address that issue, despite the growing financial and social burden that it is estimated to reach £40 billion within a decade, enough to put any country to its knees.
We are facing an all new problem; chronic illness. Our current strategy and system to treat chronic illnesses is not adapted to tackle this dilemma. Our understanding of chronic illnesses, of it’s origins and causes, are not investigated in our current health system.
The global health system is in no way ready to tackle this epidemic. We instead have a sophisticated medical infrastructure to address infectious diseases and acute care: sharpened like a weapon. If you get injured or have an infection, you go to the hospital or to see you doctor, you get cured or fixed and leave the establishment with prescription in hand. From the training of the doctors to the insurance institutions, everything is geared up to treat accidents and infectious illnesses. Unfortunately, this pill for an ill system is no way suited to address the pandemic of chronic illnesses that is now the first cause of death in this world.
2. From status quo to the awakening movement.
The growing concern of chronic illness comes from the realisation that the health system in place is not solving the issue. We are conscious that the risk is grand. More and more we try to take care of ourselves and so a health movement is born. We are also becoming more and more aware of powerful institutions that are contributing to making us ill. We were so disconnected with our healththat companies started to practically poison our food, our environment with products we use daily with chemical directly linked with the development of cancers or other nasty physiological imbalances.
Slowly though, some people began waking up, strengthening healthy and organic eating and denouncing the practice of the food industry. This is only going to get stronger as public opinion is now too big too ignore, slowly progressing in implementing laws that protect our health.
3. From standardised and reactive sick care to a more personalised and preventative approach.
The rise of functional medicine that treats key physiological processes as a whole is on the rise. These medicines focus on the source of imbalance instead of treating a symptom. Many doctors, for some put away from the current system they work in have moved to a more functional approach, Applying a more personalised approach and nutritional concepts.
4.From no health data to the quantify self movement.
Thanks to the acceleration of technologies and the growing access to information at our fingertips, we can now track a lot more than steps. We now have the ability to gear ourselves up with all sorts of devises to measure all sorts of biological processes and biomarkers from heart rate to blood pressure - even glucose level. Home kits for blood checks are now becoming available and soon to become the new norm. Lots of people now go to their GP with data from third parties. We are now entering an era of democratised medicine, where we have immediate access to our own data and can generate much of it allowing us to be in the driving seat of our own health.
5.From physiology only to physiology and emotional connection.
The current ‘modern’ system is in no way implementing lifestyle medicine. In fact, in the U.S., a doctor giving nutrition or lifestyle recommendations without giving any prescription can lose his licence. This is despite one of the most common issues around, high blood pressure, which can be completely eradicated within weeks by a simple change in diet and lifestyle.
Today, private practitioners and functional medicine practitioners are reestablishing the connection between the mental-emotional self and the physical self.
How many friends do you have who practice yoga? What about meditation? Now think back, 10 years ago. How many people did you know by then who practiced these activities?
Spirituality and the emotional world were for too long for the mystic people that were not complying for the current system. Nowadays I talk to busy CEO that would not miss their meditation session in the fear of burning out again and lose control over their physiology. Now companies are providing meditation to their employees. Even schools are teaching the young how to meditate.
Numerous studies have shown that the daily practice of gratitude affect the following areas:
Better sleep, less depression, a reduction in anxiety and lower blood pressure, higher energy and greater meaning to life.
6. From doomed to the quest of health system optimisation
For too long we have heard the story that "if we get sick it is bad luck". As long that it is wired in our brains it will influence our behaviour to be passive towards our health.
We now understand that a disease isn’t genetic and that your genes are not your fate!
It isn’t because you have certain predisposition to a disease that you will necessarily develop it. The results of the development of degenerative diseases is the miscommunication between our genes and our lifestyle, diet and environment. Knowing what your genes are will help you to adjust and reestablish that communication. You can then learn on how to make the changes that counts and optimise your health accordingly.
7. From quick fixes to sustainability.
The one-size-fits-all system brought the culture of the ‘hit' and ‘quick-fix’ that creates trends. In this context, there is a new miracle product, diet every week to feed our appetite. However, many health experts are now turning back to the basics of health and wellness by adding a layer of personalisation to offer a long lasting plan that works over the long term. This new methodology is inn contrast by thequick fix that offers quick results from restriction that cannot be maintained or can even be dangerous in the long term. Most people now recognise this though as we have naturally become reluctant to buy when it involves a fitness model and a product attached to a price tag.
8.Back to real food
Organic food is a basic of health optimisation. However, it isn’t mainstream. Food production is one of the basic fundamentals of our society. If we change our mindset, our eating habit and our way of consuming, corporations will have to respond and adapt to a new market.
We can already see the small farmer getting back to being relevant to the whole chain of production. Many options of growing your own plants and seeds inside your home are becoming available.
9. From isolated movement to the power of the community.
The arrogance of the old system has for too long made us believe that health should only be within the hand of the white coats backed up with the powerful institution behind them. -when doctors are are exceptional to save our life from accident and infectious diseases.-
Succumbing to chronic illnesses is something which we can all easily avoid. It all starts by being educated in self-health and having access to all the technology that still need to be made available mainstream.
One thing that we know and can learn from the history of our civilisation; nothing is as quick to make the change than the change in the public opinion.
There is a new health order fuelled by a growing awakening that being healthy is our right and our responsibility. Who created this health model? Why are we not taught to take control of our health at school? isn’t it an essential area of our life?
it is time to accelerate that process by embracing the new health order. It all start with you by making the right changes and being proactive towards your health. we now have the tools and access to all information to do so.
Being healthy do not require the complexity, as it is for sure complex to treat or cure a disease, and for most of the time it fails… , however being healthy is easy… and should be our natural way.