It’s ‘Independence day’ in the United States and every flag is raised high in celebration of the birth of what has been known as ‘a great country.’ Though it cannot be debated that many things are great in this nation of red, white and blue stripes flying, much could be said about the way health care is approached in this nation and how individuals living here could become more independent. As fireworks burst in the sky tonight, many a pocket book are also bursting at the seams straining to pay for that doctor visit, expensive surgery or prescription medication.
We have an enormously high intake of doctor prescribed medications in this country accounting for billions of dollars spent every year. One would think with so much spent on health care and medication that America would boast one of the highest health rates in the world. Not so. The U.S is ranked 37th in the performance of health care world wide by the World Health Report. What does that tell you? As a country, this great and free nation is not so free when it comes to health care issues. In fact, were rated only second to Australia in diagnosed cases of cancer worldwide in 2008 (numbers have increased since then).
25 million Americans have diabetes, 26 million have heart disease, 26% are diagnosed with some sort of mental disorder and roughly 47% of Americans supposedly have some kind of periodontal disease. This does not sound like a healthy, independent bunch of people – and this is just a few health concerns.
We can continue to look at statistics, which may or may not be accurate (I mean, when was the last time you were asked about your health?) but the real concern is the overwhelming reliance on the medical world for every little health concern right down to the common cold. As a people, we have become codependent on medication and doctor visits and have lost perspective of our ability to self-heal. Despite our original doctor’s oath, as stated by Hippocrates: ‘first, do no harm’, which further states: “I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody if asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect“, doctors continue to prescribe what would be ‘deadly’ drugs day in and day out to anyone willing to accept their advice.
On this day of independence let us take a moment to look at the way we have viewed our own health and who is responsible for it. Let us question the means to which we believe we can attain ‘good health’ and the methods which are currently being implemented to this supposed end and how they are ‘working’ so far. The definition of ‘insanity’ is doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result. Are we engaged in an insane health care system in this nation that proclaims allegiance ‘under god’ – (which could be interpreted as ‘under our god-given or innate inner wisdom’)- and are we indivisible or completely divided both within and without on how to go about promoting health and wellness? Are we divided in our system and within ourselves? This is a question that must be raised today as we raise the flag of ‘freedom’ -even as our leaders are under suspicion for crimes of war, we too perhaps ought to put ourselves under suspicion for crimes committed against our own bodies – for lack of embracing our power to claim health.
In our own hands is the power to grow food and medicine that has been proven to promote health and healing. It is within our grasp to alleviate every illness that exists in this ‘great nation’, though it is not through the medical means. These methods are known and are as close to home as the kitchen cabinet.
Let this day and every day be a day to claim independence, not just from the tyranny of dictators and unlawful government, but in our health and in the care and well-being of our bodies. May we independently look at what choices we are being offered and choose to look ‘within’ for the right to embody truth in our health. Let no ‘other’ tell us what road is the ‘correct’ road for us – but rather point us down paths that we can opt for ourselves – if we resonate with those options. We do have the right to choose what food we put into our mouths, what thoughts we think, what herbs or medications we swallow. We do have the right and even the obligation to inform ourselves on what is best for us and to choose accordingly.
On this day of bomb-simulating fireworks, let us explode once and for all the old theory that all is ‘well’ in the land of the free and truly embody the bravery it takes to step up and choose health today. The only way to ‘change’ an existing structure is to begin to embody a new one…which will eventually replace the old. In the meantime, there will be a sort of war on the home front as we re-claim our right to be free in body and mind and free to choose health beyond the current standard offerings which support corporate pocketbooks and government offices. Let this be a day to celebrate independence in health care and independence of thought – knowing we are only free as long as we know the truth about what we are capable of being.
What are your thoughts? In what way could you be more free in your health?
Written by: Stasia Bliss