“Creating a Healthcare System that actually makes us Healthy and Well.” The entire idea is revolutionary and will require a transformative change in our health-care system. A Healthy America has global implications in that a healthy body leads to a healthy mind which leads to increased production and better thought processes. With a focus on health and wellness we will decrease our need for medications and thus decrease the risk of error or iatrogenic disease caused by the misuse, overuse and abuse of drugs. Many of our chronic diseases are preventable with a focus on wellness. Teaching our children throughout their school career will allow them to grow up in a health and wellness based society and not know any different.Awareness of the issues is the first step in creating a change.
To positively change the quality of our country’s health-care system requires the creation of a new paradigm that integrates parallel systems of both wellness care and disease management. A model exclusively based on prevention and wellness, unfortunately, will not completely eradicate sickness and disease; we must acknowledge the necessity of both models and ensure they coexist using qualified providers and enhanced communication/data sharing. To be effective over the long term, this paradigm shift must be supported by intensive education and legislative changes to counter the illusion of health-care as exclusively medical care, and to generate a progressive perspective. Only then can we empower our children and future generations with a true understanding of their own accountability for the quality of their health and provide the means for creating and sustaining an effective national health-care system.
At B3 Medical, we have recognized a need for an increased focus on the aging population. We have created innovative, collaborative programs that combine multiple integrated modalities including nutrition, exercise and movement therapy, with medical management to get seniors who suffer with osteoarthritis of the knee a chance to avoid knee replacement surgery and get moving again. Our Interventional pain management and Regenerative medicine practice provides us with a plethora of proven and innovative methods to assist seniors in getting back their quality of life. We believe that our programs will allow seniors to “get moving” again. “As many as 250,000 deaths per year in the United States are attributable to a lack of regular physical activity. In addition, studies that followed large groups of individuals for many years have documented the protective effects of physical activity for a number of non-cardiovascular chronic diseases, such as non–insulin-dependent diabetes, hypertension, osteoporosis, and colon cancer.” These increased services will create a shift in our ability to control and reverse many of the diseases currently classified as preventable.
Real change requires visionary leadership. Leaders who think outside the box and are willing to discuss real strategies in the creation of an innovative new system that integrates the current medical, symptom- based, disease- management system with an inclusive bridge to a wellness based, patient centered model focusing on movement, nutrition, education and patient empowerment.
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