The main issue with our healthcare system is that our response is offensive, not defensive; we react to when things happen instead of preparing a stout defense. In sports, you often hear defense wins championships. The greatest risk factors for death or serious complications from infection are age (non-modifiable) and comorbid medical conditions. It is estimated that we spend 75% of healthcare expenditures on chronic medical conditions that are preventable. Total healthcare spending has reached about 17% of our GDP (approximately 3.6 Trillion dollars or 11,000 dollars per person). 80-90% of heart disease is preventable, 40% of cancers are preventable, 80% of diabetes is preventable. Holistic health interventions are the key to turning this tide of chronic disease. The 5 pillar lifestyle system is the backbone of a healthy lifestyle; it is the guide to make a significant investment in your health and future. It is a behavior system designed to give everyone the best opportunity to live a healthy life full of joy. The system can be used to prevent disease and also as the linchpin for any treatment plan. We are proud to partner with EncourageX to offer the 5 pillar lifestyle system. Pillars 1 through 5 are available as life events.
Our healthcare systems are constantly running near full capacity. Our providers have extremely high burnout rates and often work immensely long hours. The strain that a pandemic would place on our healthcare system is a cause for concern. The burden of chronic disease is at an all-time high. We are an extremely sick nation from the chronic disease perspective (1 in 2 Americans have a serious chronic disease). These chronic issues often put people at high risk for worse outcomes via infection. For example, obesity is a risk factor for severe infections, diabetes is a risk factor for severe infections, chronic inflammation and stress are risk factors for severe infections, renal disease is a risk factor for severe infections. Why am I saying all this? We are progressively getting more biologically fragile and thus susceptible to crisis level infectious disease events.
We must take preventative healthcare seriously. We must start to play defense. We must prepare ourselves to handle the next COVID-19 because there will be another pandemic. The best way to do this is to stem this overwhelming tide of chronic disease. That will put us in the best possible place to withstand the next global pandemic and come out triumphant.
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