Health Care vs Wellness Care
Sorry ladies, I have a bit of a bone to pick today, so please bear with me while I rant! Breast implants are expensive. Breast implant illness is even more expensive. We have the costs associated with co-pays, and prescription fees, and lab fees, and coinsurance, and out-of-pocket maximums, etc. when trying to figure out what the heck is going on with our bodies! We have the cost of our actual health insurance. We have the cost of all the supplements and special diets we try in order to “fix” ourselves when conventional medicine fails us. We have the cost of losing our income when we become too sick to work. We have the cost of explant when we finally wise up and figure out that our implants are making us sick. And then we have the cost of wellness care in order to restore our health after our implants come out. Sometimes this requires working with a practitioner and doing functional lab work and taking specific supplements that insurance doesn’t cover. None of the above even quantifies the cost of our happiness and sanity.
We really need to get out of the mindset in this country that:
- Our health is not worth spending money on,
- Paying out of pocket for testing is a bad thing.
If you want to get real results with your health, then you’re most likely going to have to look outside of what your insurance covers. Your health insurance is in the business of making MONEY, not doing what’s necessarily best for your health. When you are diagnosed, your insurance basically determines the “box” you are put into and your plan then dictates what a doctor can and can’t do as they go down an insurance-determined path to get you back to a “healthy” state. Again – doctors try to provide care that is covered thus your insurance plan dictates how a doctor can treat you. Personalized to your bio-individual needs? I think not. Let’s talk about our health care system for a minute.
Conventional medicine is NOT health care. It is SICK care. There is no focus on prevention or restoring health once it has been lost, whatever the cause. There is no focus on finding the root cause to symptoms or health conditions (remember when you went to your doctor and all your labs were “normal” and they gave you a referral to see a shrink because it’s “all in your head”?). In conventional medicine, there are merely drugs to mask symptoms. Did you know pharmaceutical companies consistently have a profit margin of roughly THREE TIMES the average profit margins of other fortune 500 companies? Have you ever watched one round of commercials while watching TV and NOT seen one that’s aimed at convincing you that there is a pill to cure all of your problems?
There is only disease management in our country, which is not effective because doctors might get one day, at best, of education on nutrition in med school. It’s not their fault; but current curriculum doesn’t prepare them to treat conditions like breast implant illness; it’s as simple as that. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had a client tell me that their doctor told them that changing their diet won’t help and that it has nothing to do with why they got sick. There is also a lack of focus on adequate supplementation, and things like the importance of rest, exercise, stress reduction, and so on. You will not find a holistic approach in conventional medicine. So if you want a pill for every ill, go see your conventional medical doctor and use your insurance.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not anti-conventional medicine. I think our medical system does serve an important purpose in acute situations where it is needed to save a life. I simply view my health insurance as an accident and injury policy. If we ever get in a bad car accident or I fall down a flight of stairs and break some bones, then I will be grateful to have it. But, when it comes to healing from breast implant illness, healing my autoimmune disease, detoxing my body from these toxic bags, and keeping my body healthy, my insurance offers me zero help because it does not cover the types of practitioners, services, labs, or supplements that I need.
When we step outside the narrow box that we call “health” care, we find a wide range of holistic options available.
-Functional testing that we never even knew existed and that can often times give us the answers we need to finally restore our health after explant.
-Practitioners who can FINALLY give us the answers we have been searching for.
-Strong communities of supportive women who are going through the same thing we are with breast implant illness. Together, we can learn how to heal our toxic, broken bodies and keep our health for the rest of our lives. And we can put this knowledge into practice with our families in order to keep them healthy. The millennial generation are some of the sickest people we’ve ever seen and as a nation we are getting sicker and sicker at a younger and younger age. This makes learning a holistic approach imperative to our children’s health and the health of future generations.
Most of the people I know who are dealing with chronic illness started their healing journey using their regular medical doctor and their health insurance, only to find that they got nowhere. They never got the answers or the help they really needed.
If someone is chronically ill and they have a desire to TRULY heal their body, then they are going to have to look outside of the so-called “health” care system. It is VERY rare that a conventional medical doctor and your health insurance will be able to provide the answers you need because they are limited to what they can offer because of what your insurance will cover.
Please DO NOT let your health insurance confine you to a box if you are in need of healing from breast implant illness. There are so many other options and many times they are not as expensive as you may think.
Does it suck to have to pay out of pocket for these alternative services? Yes, it does.
Wouldn’t it be nice if our health care system covered alternative practitioners, functional lab tests, and supplements? Yes, it would.
Personally, I am not willing to let my “health” care coverage dictate my lifetime of health and wellness. I will continue to explore alternative avenues and I will budget for the future tests I need, even if it means saving in order to get something that I need for my health. I do this because I have made a commitment to my health and the health of my family. I have looked at conventional medicine in the past to give me the answers I needed and it has let me down time and time again. At the end of the day; what is MORE important than our health outside our family and faith? Starbucks a few mornings a week? A newer car? The latest iPhone? Ironic how shifted our priorities have become isn’t it?
Just because a test is not covered by your insurance does not mean this test is not worth looking into. In fact, it is quite the opposite. Give me all the tests that insurance doesn’t cover! It simply shows how narrow-minded our conventional medical system is and we have been so ingrained to rely on our insurance and to do exactly what the doctor says without question to help keep us “healthy”. This is a view that simply must change if we are ever going to make strides in true healing.
I want to close with this thought:
The cost of wellness care and working with a holistic health practitioner after explant is worth its weight in gold when you consider how much income you’re losing by not working due to chronic illness. Add to that your passions, interests and your general happiness and the real question is can you afford to stay sick?
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Sarah has a passion for health that has taken her along a path from RN, to fitness enthusiast, to becoming a certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner and True Cellular Detox™ Practitioner. She has a passion for breast implant illness and teaching her clients about restoring health through nutrition, lifestyle, and detox, and guiding them through the sea of mis-information in hopes of finding their path to vibrant health.
Sarah’s belief is that we should settle for nothing less than vibrant health! And with breast implant illness, detoxing after en bloc explant is a foundation for that. She focuses on healing the body naturally at the cellular level with whole(real) foods, lifestyle changes, detoxing, and addressing the downstream conditions caused by breast implants. She believes that alternative therapies can be just as effective, if not more so, than conventional medical treatments because we are seeking to heal the body rather than merely mute a symptom with a pill. Sarah is an advocate for natural living and doing what she can to keep toxins out of the home and environment. She is also very passionate about eating real foods as she feels it’s the key to keeping our health and the future health of our children. The thought of explant surgery and healing the body can be overwhelming, so she is here to guide you through the process. Sarah is super passionate about this work, as she truly believes there is a reason for her own struggles that is bigger than her. Sarah will show you how to reverse breast implant illness, take back your health, and live vibrantly!
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