How to avoid or lower Medical Expenses using Preventative Therapies?


Everyone is a medical consumer, to one degree or another. We all have bodies, bodies have a limited duration, this limitation leads to health problems, and people try to eliminate these problems with medical treatments. But modern health care systems seem to be incapable of satisfying the customer. In part, this is due to the fact that the current costs of health care, including consultations, laboratory examinations, hospitalization, pharmaceuticals, insurance, medical schooling, and all the other related products and services, have skyrocketed in recent years (source:justfacts.com). Because of this, the excellent health care that most people demand is only available to the wealthy. But another major part of this dissatisfaction with medical attendance is that the clients of these services themselves are asking for the impossible �I'll pay you, and you keep me healthy, they seem to be telling the medical system.

They wish to follow all the fads made popular by our consumer society and its publicity machine, eating unhealthy foods, seeking unhealthy pleasures, working more to earn more so they can have more, living faster and faster. And while they're living this overloaded lifestyle, they want someone else to be responsible for correcting the physical side effects of their own irresponsibility. No health care system will ever be capable of satisfying such an unrealistic request. Consequently, much of the money spent on this illusory desire is just being thrown away.

So, how can we get more health in our lives? The answer is by assuming more responsibility for our own health care. If each person spends more time understanding the causes and prevention of a wider spectrum of health problems, including the risks of diseases and how to avoid them, and then (most importantly) applies that understanding, health problems will decrease. And with this diminishing of sickness, it becomes possible to economize on medical expenses money spent on ineffective or incomplete health care will be spent on other pro-life activities.

The first step is to know more about our bodies, about all the different functions within us and what can go wrong with each of these. This may require some studying, if basic human anatomy and health classes are not available in school. One doesn't need to become fanatic about disease, but it is necessary to acquire information. The second step, and the hardest for many people, is to pay more attention to your own body, to learn to detect when something is beginning to go wrong, to pay attention to symptoms as they appear. This calls for a certain level of body consciousness, perceiving what your body can say to you in its own way. This type of consciousness can be learned through certain physical practices, such as hatha yoga, or through certain meditation techniques which teach you to focus your attention on your physical body. This type of experience is sometimes included as a preliminary stage in schools of deeper meditation. Even some dancing and athletic practices teach this level of internal observation.

The third step in becoming responsible for your own health is to begin using preventative therapies in your favor. These are techniques which increase your chances of avoiding diseases before they happen, and have the additional benefit of helping to economize on medical expenses. Preventative therapies include any practice that reduces the factors which contribute to disease. For example, jogging and the practice of sports can help reduce the fats that accumulate in the body by burning them up. Dieting can have the same result, by reducing the quantity of fats consumed. Dieting can also decrease the consumption of other potentially dangerous substances, such as salt, meat, industrially processed food products and artificial preservatives, and can also increase the intake of beneficial substances, such as the enzymes of raw fruits and vegetables.

These preventative therapies can be personalized for each individual's specific needs. If a person has reason to suspect a tendency for problems in the blood circulation, either through observing past experience in older family members or by detecting elevations in the blood pressure, this condition can often be controlled by consuming less carbohydrates, less salt, more fibrous (that is, raw) foods, more garlic (which dilates the arteries to reduce restrictions on the blood flow), and other preventative measures. Another important practice in most health problems is to drink more water. This cannot be completely substituted by consuming other liquids, such as teas, juices or soups the human body needs pure water. While this is the number one preventative therapy for many health problems (in the kidneys, for example), and seems to be such a simple thing to do, many people have become habituated to not drinking much water.

Expensive pharmaceutical remedies can often be substituted by home remedies that serve the same function, such as herbal teas, compresses, and hot and cold alternating baths that stimulate the circulation in specific locations of the body, especially if used at the onset of the first symptoms. By adopting these and other basic preventative therapies, your requirements for costly health products and services will be reduced, and you will notice that you have begun to economize on medical expenses. But never forget that knowledge is always called for. These techniques do not eliminate the need for qualified medical care in fact, the diagnostic skills of doctors will begin to make more sense to you. But many of the additional costs for treatments and surgeries can be eliminated by learning more about how to prevent health problems, paying more attention to your body and its needs, and by supplying those needs yourself through preventative therapies.

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Edited by: Rajesh Bihani ( Find me on Google+ )

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