Wellness Care Should Be Mainstream
Wellness Care is More Honest
I cannot stomach doing something dishonest or manipulative. It is soul-crushing to me. The health care industry is, by and large, conducted dishonestly.
It has replaced care, concern, and the mission to help people get better for mechanistic technicalities like insurance, cost, and containment.
Doctors have become commodities by which the mainstream health care industry can make its money. The more money a doctor can earn the wider industrial complex, the more of an inclusive place that doctor holds within the industry.
Therefore, medical doctors, with their ability to minimize the time they spend with people and therefore maximize the quantity of people they see a day, as well as their role as delegates for diagnostics, prescription drugs, and surgery, is the preferred physician type in the industry. Medical care the cog around which the entire industry revolves, and it ironically has the least power to help you or itself.
For the mainstream health industry, people are avenues for enrichment and, simultaneously, threats of cost liability that must be contained, rather than the front-and-center focus of health care delivery around which all else should revolve.
Therefore, medical hospitals advertise themselves in terms of your sickness, instead of your wellness. They tout medicine as the primary source of health, instead of one tool among many (and a hazardous tool at that!) to control your pain and sickness.
They advise us, either directly or by inference, to seek care only when we feel pain or disfunction, and to seek medicine as our first line of care instead of the last resort.
These are bald-faced lies
Because, you and I both know we should see a primary care physician regularly. Our physicians should be members of our immediate circle-of-influence and direct members of our personal community instead of the last people we want to see in the world.
Meanwhile, societies with single payer systems struggle with keeping health care costs and salaries to a minimum. Societies that rely on insurance models for health care are victims of a war between this mechanized health care delivery and the insurance industry, with the pharmaceutical industry winning out over all.
Doctors and patients are also the resulting victims in this model, and sadly, pitted against one another in the unrealistic expectation that the doctors’s job is to magically get a patient well for the least amount of money in the shortest amount of time, and the patient’s job is to not give the overworked and undermined doctor any trouble.
When you absolutely, positively have to
Knowing this, by and large, people only see a health care provider when they absolutely, positively, cannot function anymore in their self-determined place in society, and only if they feel like they can pay for care. If the latter qualification fails, they end up going under extreme diress and emergency to the hospital.
Wellness care is ignored by a health care industry that seeks maximum profitability, and by the population as a luxury they can neither afford in time nor money.
The irony is, both the health care industry and the population at large are wrong.
Wellness care is the logical answer
Wellness care can maximize profitability of the health care industry by minimizing losses and can save the public at large billions a year in devastating health care costs by maximizing health and quality of life like medicine never could on its own.
As far as chiropractic is concerned, it currently falls in a populist grey area, because many of us chiropractors have agreed to define ourselves within merely a musculoskeletal model that deals with pain and function; and therefore in direct competition with physical therapy.
In reality, chiropractic is in competition with no one. Chiropractic is different. It is a form of health care delivery that maximizes the body’s ability to heal, adapt, and grow.
But this isn’t an article about chiropractic care. That’s a discussion for another time.
I happen to have attended a chiropractic school that trained us to act as primary care physicians as well as chiropractors.
That means, in addition to my chiropractic specialty, I have been trained to know when, in addition to chiropractic care, you need emergency care by a medical doctor, nutritional, herbal, and lifestyle guidance from a naturopathic physician or Chinese herbalist.
I also know when you need psychological help by a psychologist; coaching by a health coach; acupuncture from an acupuncturist; and physical therapy from a physical therapist.
There’s more to this list. I refer to hypnotists, yogis, personal trainers, spiritualists…anyone I know who I think can help you in addition to chiropractic care.
Most primary health care physicians aren’t as versatile as chiropractors who are also primary health care physicians. That is a luxury that I have as a wellness care physican.
Wellness care is versatile and inclusive
Naturopathic physicans have this versatility as well. I am not sure about other types of physicians. Medical physicians and primary nurses could, but most don’t.
In short, wellness care physicians know how to build a wellness team that can help you best, with doctors who are NOT commodities for the mainstream health care industry, and we know how to help you out before you become a tool for the health care industry to use and discard.
That’s why I created Joy Health and Body. We doctors all need to take a team approach — not a combative, competitive approach — to surround you with the care you need and deserve.