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Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Health is Confidence

Pictured: Charlotte Gerson

Do you have enough faith in your self care and lifestyle habits that you would cancel your health insurance? Surprisingly, there are people who do not have health insurance by their own choice and most of them are not rich and famous.

Health savings accounts are on the rise as an option for those who want more flexibility in their health care spending. A savings account for out of pocket costs is allowed to grow with funds that would normally be used for expensive insurance premiums.

Health savings accounts are very popular for folks who spend their own money on prevention care such as gym memberships, holistic services, and weight loss support groups. This serves people who want less insurance but more discretionary spending money for wellness care.

Charlotte Gerson is one person who stopped buying health insurance when she was in her early thirties. Now in her eighties, she still works full time running the Gerson Institute in San Diego, California, and makes time to visit patients at the Gerson clinic in Tijuana, Mexico.

Her father, Dr. Max Gerson, developed a plant based diet to help people heal from various diseases. All her life she has followed her father’s protocol for cancer prevention and healthy living. Seeing enough people respond under his management, she prefers to follow this program rather than use prescription drugs. She stated this very confidently in a documentary film about her father’s legacy.

While Charlotte Gerson had an incredible experience working with her famous father, very few of us get the opportunity to watch people with terminal conditions regain their health. To most of us, just talking about disease makes us nervous wondering if we are truly healthy enough to live out our later years with pleasure.

From the chiropractic point of view the worst disease is a nervous system that is too damaged to regulate the immune system. When body systems cannot bounce back from stress, chronic diseases are more likely to take hold.

Most scientists agree that drugs manage symptoms but do not resolve sickness. Lifestyle habits such as eating well, exercising, and abstaining from smoking play more of a role in helping people heal from illness and injuries.

Adding chiropractic to one’s routine will boost these efforts by enhancing nerve responses at spinal joints. A study published in 2005 showed regular chiropractic care increased serum thiol levels demonstrating an increased level of DNA repair. Damaged DNA is linked to aggressive disease processes.

There are many non-intervention types of care that protect people from disease but are not covered under insurance. When chiropractic and other similar services are not covered people will deny themselves the opportunity to enhance their healing ability.

My message to them is to bargain shop for car rentals and towels, but not to skimp on wellness care like chiropractic. While we hope for an all inclusive health care reform, our own well being is up to us. Don’t wait for prevention to catch on. Get it for yourself.
See you at the table...the adjusting table.
--Dr. Lisa
Your Health Freedom Advocate

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