If you have just joined our clinic as a new patient, I just finished discussing routine medical procedures and rituals that are commonly bestowed upon unsuspecting parents to make the process of birth and delivery least upsetting to hospital timetables and tee-off times. I realize that this may seem a tad sprinkled with some gentle sarcasm, but there is truth in it.
But, let’s change speeds. Let’s chat about this “thing” called Wellness everyone is talking about and everyone wants.
I am sure you have come across this word – everyone talks about it – but you do not necessarily understand what it truly means. Let me state emphatically that you are not alone. Most people really have no idea what Wellness is all about.
Most people’s concept of health includes getting up in the morning, and if they can take a step forward and don’t feel bad doing so, then in fact they feel they are healthy – all parts working. They can now forge ahead and conquer the world. That is not health and it is not Wellness.
Wellness is different. Wellness is not about how you feel – it is all about how your body is functioning and maximizing that expression!
Wellness means taking responsibility for your health and your destiny. This new movement has spawned a new industry, which includes natural health products, herbs, remedies, spas, fitness centers, etc.
All of these methods are presently being used in increasing quantities to capture this elusive thing called health. People have been led to believe that Wellness is something you need to attain and capture to live a longer and healthier life.
There has been a drastic shift, or paradigm, in peoples’ thinking: Not long ago, you entrusted your health to physicians who, you assumed, would do their best to heal you, the patient. This included, in the vast majority of cases, a prescription for medication that would then alleviate your discomfort and/or your symptoms. This school of thought led to the emergence and proliferation of the pharmaceutical industry. The push has been to teach the public that the suppression of symptoms equaled good health. In other words, people have been taught (and ARE still being taught) that when one no longer feels badly, then one must be healthy. Right? Wrong!
This is dangerous thinking. It is an attitude that has created and supports the multi-billion-dollar pharmaceutical industry.
This present concept of health care rests on the idea of profiting from your illness and your symptoms. It has nothing to do with health care and has everything to do with profit. I realize that some of you may be quite disturbed by this line of thinking – allow me to explain: This present concept of health has also generated the idea of arriving at a correct diagnosis for which to prescribe a drug, or a series of drugs to deal with an illness.
As a society, we have become obsessed with the idea of treating disease instead of regaining health. We have become a nation on medication.
And that is not OK!
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 Certified by the Academy Council of Chiropractic Pediatrics, is Webster Technique Certified by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and devotes the core of practice to helping children and families live healthy lives.