Thursday, August 28, 2008

Health care we can believe in

With the Democratic convention taking place this week, I've been thinking a lot about health care. Specifically, with proposed plans to provide coverage for our nation's 47 million uninsured.

To some this might be the moment they have dreamed of. For me, all I imagine is another 47 million complaining about their health care coverage! How their doctor is quick to prescribe and slow to listen. How their HMO doesn't cover a certain procedure.

Is that what we really want? I think we need to dream bigger.

In the last ten years there has been a movement to transform health care. As a holistic health counselor, I am proud to be part of that movement - to empower individuals to care for themselves. To focus on prevention and healing, rather than treatment and fixing.

A large part of that work starts with changing our relationship to food. It still amazes me how little this gets talked about. Food changes everything. It effects our blood, organs, cells, thoughts, moods. Many of us have had a little to no training in how to select and prepare foods, how to listen to our body, and how to nurture and feed it. I've seen answers to some really complex seeming health problems reversed, just by making simple changes to your diet.

However, just eating the best foods doesn't change things. We also need to look at our lifestyle. When we are stressed and sedentary, even eating the best foods will not make a difference. We also need to examine our beliefs about our bodies and healing. Cause whether you believe you can or you can't get better, either way you are right!

I've seen many great things happen for clients that are open to this approach to health care. Often the best healer is ourselves. We just need someone else to bring it out in us.

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