The Preventative Approach
Like they say, “An Ounce of Prevention…”
Put simply, the body equires carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals to maintain healthy organs, bones, muscles, nerves, and to produce hormones and chemicals that are necessary for the proper function of organs. (MedicineNet.com)
These chronic conditions, according to the CDC, are heart disease and stroke, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, obesity, respiratory diseases and oral conditions.
Where would you say your overall health stands right now? How many prescriptions do you take? How good do you feel? Are you currently being monitored or actively treated for one or more health issues?
“To reduce chronic disease across the nation,” says the CDC in its report, The Power of Prevention, “we must rethink our health care system. It is essential to have a coordinated, strategic prevention approach that promotes healthy behaviors, expands early detection and diagnosis of disease, supports people of every age and eliminates health disparities.”
Let’s take a look at the preventive approach from the perspective of two Colorado Springs healthcare professionals whose chosen fields focus specifically on the front end of wellness - building and maintaining good health.
Dr. Ryan Betz, chiropractor and owner and operator of 100% Chiropractic in East Colorado Springs, says, “Preventive health care, from my perspective, means taking the necessary actions daily to ensure that our bodies get stronger as we age rather than weaker. It is so easy to blame age for our deteriorating health, but I don’t buy into that notion. Our bodies are designed to get stronger as time passes, but with our sedentary culture we seldom see that playing out.”
Dr. Mark Cooper, naturopathic physician and owner of Alpine Naturopathic Clinic, says, “Preventive health care is both the avoidance of behavior that leads an individual in the direction of disease as well as the inclusion of behavior that leads an individual in the direction of healthy choices.”
Both Dr. Betz and Dr. C ooper stress the key role a healthy digestive system plays in supporting a strong immune system. “The level of immunity and our immune response is dependent on the health and stabilization of our gut,” says Dr. Betz. “Unfortunately, because of the Standard American Diet (SAD) we kill off and deplete the majority of ‘good’ bacteria in our gut, resulting in damage to our immune system and a sick state of health. Living a toxic and deficient lifestyle will send our body into a downward spiral and depleted health and quality of life. What I mean by toxic is engaging in habits that bring harmful chemicals into our body. The most notable of these habits is the reliance on medications (antibiotics, pain meds, etc.) and the ingestion of processed foods and unclean meats that have copious amounts of preservatives, additives, hormones and antibiotics and are void of any nutritional benefit (i.e. fast food). When I say deficiencies I mean not supplying our body with the raw materials that it depends upon for survival.”
“I don’t believe in better living through pharmaceuticals,” says Dr. Cooper, “and I don’t believe we were born deficient in a bucket full of vitamins. It doesn’t work that way. We were all designed to be self-sufficient. And that means drinking good water, breathing good air and eating good food the way it was provided on Earth.”
Both Drs. Betz and Cooper describe three main components for good health and quality of life. Put simply, says Dr. Betz, they are “how we eat, how we move and how we think.”
“It’s important to eat good organic foods, avoid toxins and exercise,” says Dr. Cooper, “but it is just as important for people to develop hobbies and activities that give them pleasure and joy in life.”
Ready to kick off your own preventive approach? Start simply, suggests Dr. Betz, “by implementing an easy-to-follow strategy and a positive mindset, and you will see remarkable health goals reached, and maintained!”