You can hardly read the news without hearing about the escalating cost of healthcare and prescription medications. The government is working on the best way to regulate and legislate healthcare but it has been difficult to find an affordable and comprehensive healthcare plan for many Americans. Everything from a simple cold to a major surgery can be costly. Routine trips to the doctor for aches and pains or other health concerns become more difficult and expensive. For this reason, it is more important now than ever before to focus on preventive healthcare through naturopathy.
By focusing on health rather than disease, you proactively approach optimal health rather than reacting to health problems. Naturopathy is an ideal tool in chronic disease prevention, pain reduction and treatment, control disease progression, and enhance overall health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention emphasize just how important preventive healthcare is, “Chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, are responsible for 7 of every 10 deaths among Americans each year and account for 75% of the nation’s health spending. These chronic diseases can be largely preventable through close partnership with your healthcare team, or can be detected through appropriate screenings, when treatment works best. Eating healthy, exercising regularly, avoiding tobacco, and receiving preventive services such as cancer screenings, preventive visits and vaccinations are just a few examples of ways people can stay healthy. The right preventive care at every stage of life helps all Americans stay healthy, avoid or delay the onset of disease, keep diseases they already have from becoming worse or debilitating, lead productive lives, and reduce costs… Preventing disease before it starts is critical to helping people live longer, healthier lives and keeping health care costs down. Preventive services can also help those with early stages of disease keep from getting sicker… Counseling, screening, wellness visits, prenatal care, etc., can improve health and reduce costs by preventing illness…Health problems are a major drain on the economy, resulting in 69 million workers reporting missed days due to illness each year, and reducing economic output by $260 billion per year. Increasing the use of proven preventive services can encourage greater workplace productivity.”
As you can see, the foregoing preventive medicine will not only be costly for you in the long run, but also for the economy. A naturopathic physician, unlike many other medical practitioners, is able to provide highly individualized holistic healthcare. Naturopathic doctors look not at just symptoms but at the root cause of the problem to optimize your health. Additionally, naturopathic physicians are able to customize treatments for your unique health like herbal remedies, supplements, acupuncture, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, IV & injection therapy, nutrition counseling, detoxification, and much more! The sooner your begin preventive medicine through a holistic approach to health, the more likely you will be able to optimize your health and avoid preventable health problems in the future.