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Prevention On Purpose

Every year, nearly one million Americans die by lifestyle. This figure constitutes almost 40% of deaths accounted for annually. The top causes of death in the United States as reported by the Centers for Disease Control are not in fact infectious diseases like Ebola, influenza or norovirus, but preventable conditions like heart disease, cancer, chronic respiratory disease and stroke. Coupled with estimates according to the Institute of Medicine that as many as 225,000 people die as a consequence of medical error annually and that the United States ranks 55th in worldwide infant mortality rates according to the Central Intelligence Agency, it becomes crystal clear that despite spending more money on healthcare than any country in the world, we’re failing epically.

Every year, nearly one million Americans die by lifestyle. This figure constitutes almost 40% of deaths accounted for annually. The top causes of death in the United States as reported by the Centers for Disease Control are not in fact infectious diseases like Ebola, influenza or norovirus, but preventable conditions like heart disease, cancer, chronic respiratory disease and stroke. Coupled with estimates according to the Institute of Medicine that as many as 225,000 people die as a consequence of medical error annually and that the United States ranks 55th in worldwide infant mortality rates according to the Central Intelligence Agency, it becomes crystal clear that despite spending more money on healthcare than any country in the world, we’re failing epically.

As a pediatric and family doctor of chiropractic, I routinely examine children whose health has been compromised by environmental allostasis, also known as toxic stress. In my first year in private practice, I observed an eight year old with Diabetes Mellitus Type II, which is typically an adult-onset disease of blood sugar dysregulation. She suffered from constant headaches and back pain. She was particularly obese. She’d been heavily medicated for symptoms associated with chronic asthma for several years. She’d undergone antibiotic therapy numerous times for chronic middle ear infections. She rarely played outside with her friends and her diet consisted of mostly sugar, processed boxed “foods” and sodas. For a child to suffer from daily headaches is pathetic, but for her symptoms to be fueled by what is essentially neglect by poisonous food and sedentarism is egregious.

But the real travesty here is that this little girl is not alone. It is now routine in pediatric health professionals’ offices to see lifestyle-related diseases in our kiddos that did not exist even 10 years ago. And because these diseases can be easily prevented, it stands to reason that the necessary information required to help families make appropriate healthcare decisions is either poorly accessible or being intentionally subverted. The health of our children starts first and foremost with parent education and empowerment, which is why on December 7th from 4-6pm at Arroyo Grande High School, several noted healthcare professionals and advocates from around San Luis Obispo County including Dr Rupert Chowins, Dr David Marquis, health coach Chris Cucchiara, gym-owner Kevin Kennedy and I, Dr Daniel Bronstein will host the inaugural meeting of Prevention on Purpose, a grassroots initiative designed to empower families to put prevention first with tangible strategies that can be applied immediately. These founding sponsors of the Prevention On Purpose initiative are fed up with the state of our childrens’ health and are committed to making a change for the better.

You can join us and get more information by contacting Chris Cucchiara’s office at 805.202.2077 and by checking the web at www.preventiononpurpose.com. 6th century BC Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step;” start with our children’s health in mind and take that first step towards providing them a sustainable future by joining us on December 7th.

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Dr Daniel Bronstein is the clinic director of Beacon Chiropractic in Grover Beach CA and specializes in the chiropractic care of children and pregnant mommas. He is Webster Technique Certified by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and devotes the core of practice to helping children and families live healthy lives.

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