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Sorry folks, I have a little bone to pick today, so please bear with me while I vent! 🙂
We really need to get out of the mindset in this country that:
(a) our health is not worth spending money on and
(b) that paying out of pocket for testing is a bad thing
If you want to get real results with your health, then you’re most likely going to have to look outside what your insurance covers.
Western medicine is NOT health care. It is SICK care.
There is no focus on disease prevention or true disease cure (despite what the big “non”-profits would like you to think).
There is only focus on disease management, which most of the time, is poorly done because there is no education on proper nutrition, adequate supplementation, proper rest, proper exercise, etc.
Don’t get me wrong — I am not anti-Western medicine. I think our medical system does serve an important purpose for catastrophic events.
I simply view my health insurance as accident and injury insurance. If we ever get in a car accident or I fall down the stairs and break some bones, then I am going to be very grateful to have it.
But, when it comes to healing my autoimmune disease and keeping my body healthy, my insurance offers me zero help because it does not cover the types of practitioners, services, or supplements that I need.
When we step outside the box that we have been told is “health” care, we find a humongous range of options available.
Testing that we never even knew existed that can often times give us the answers we need to finally fix our health problems.
We will find practitioners who can FINALLY give us the answers we have been searching for.
We will find strong communities of supportive people who are going through the same things as us. Together, we all can learn how to heal our bodies and live healthier lives.
Most of the people I know who are dealing with chronic illness started their healing journey using their regular medical doctor and their health insurance, only to find that they never got the answers or the help they needed.
If someone is chronically ill and they have a desire to TRULY heal their body, then they are going to have to look outside of the “health” care system.
It will be very, VERY rare that a Western medical doctor and your health insurance will be able to provide the answers you need.
Please DO NOT let your health insurance confine you to a box if you are in need of healing. There are so many other options and many times they are not as expensive as you may think.
Does it suck to have to pay out of pocket for these alternative services? Yes, it does.
Wouldn’t it be nice if our health care system covered alternative practitioners, tests, and supplements? Yes, it would.
Am I willing to let my “health” care coverage dictate my lifetime of health and wellness? No, I am not.
I will continue to explore alternative avenues and I will budget for the tests I need, even if it means saving up for months in order to get something done.
I do this because I have made a commitment to my health and the health of my family. I have looked at Western medicine to give me the answers I need and it has let me down time and time again.
I want to close with this thought:
Just because a test is not covered by your insurance does not mean this test is unreliable or not worth your time. It simply shows how narrow-minded our Western medical system is and we have been so ingrained to rely on our insurance to help keep us healthy.
That is a view that simply must change if this nation, and world, is ever going to make strides in true healing.
OK, ending rant now. Thanks for reading! 🙂
I 100% agree with your message. I suffered for years from undiagnosed Hashimotos thyroiditis, acid reflux that was caused by an undiagnosed food allergy, gut dysbiosis that resulted in multiple food allergies and sensitivities, a herniated disc in my back (healed through acupuncture, not pain killers) etc. I am not against western medicine, but it has failed me at times and my primary care physician is now a Naturopathic Doctor. Under her care, my thyroid condition is well managed, I’ve lost 90 lbs, my acid reflux is totally resolved and I am medicine free for it, and my gut dysbiosis is managed by diet. I know a woman who is, legitimately, quite wealthy. She is wealthy because she’s frugal, but as a result of her frugality she refuses to consider any doctor or treatment not paid for by Medicare. She’s been sick for all the 10 years that I’ve known her. It breaks my heart to watch her health deteriorate knowing she isn’t using all the options out there.
Hi Dena! Thank you for stopping by and sharing your story. I really enjoyed reading it and I am thrilled to hear that you’ve found a good practitioner who has helped you heal. I am sorry about the woman you know though. That is so sad to hear. 🙁