With the senate recently passing their round of health care reform our eyes may be on the news, but the real step in health care reform is to be an advocate for our own bodies, both mentally and physically. It would ideal for everyone to have access to medical care, but if we don’t start taking care of ourselves and not assume that medical professionals will do the work for us, whatever health care reform that happens will never be the success it could possibly be. The focus should be on preventing lifestyle related diseases and not putting a band-aid on the problem.
I remember in graduate school a professor showing us a cartoon that showed a pail underneath a leaky sink. He related this pail like our own health by saying that, we have got to FIX OUR LEAKY SINKS! (our own bodies) and not just put pails to stop the leaks (like using medicine to treat every illness)! We have to get to the root of the problem, not put bandaids to cover the wounds. We need to focus on preventing lifestyle health issues and not put all the money on treating them after another lifestyle related disease occurs. In America, my generation (middle-aged) may live less long than the generation before! Does anyone else find this a shocking as me? Americans spend much more on medical care than other industrial countries, yet we are consistently rank among the lowest developed countries for issues such as infant mortality! Who else finds this unbelievable? So let’s start the New Year 2010 with a goal of taking charge of our own health care and reforming our own bodies!