From “Shots – Health News from NPR” – (can you believe I am reading a web site who uses “Shots” as their name? LOL)
Your ZIP Code Might Be As Important To Health As Your Genetic Code
The title of the article that can be found here – http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/08/04/539757759/your-zip-code-can-be-as-important-to-health-as-your-genetic-code
Check out the article when you can, but here is the paraphrase…
A patient’s life circumstance is as important, if not more important, than their history, their family history, their genetic code, and everything else that the medical model has been telling you is important. The stress in their life, their ability to choose healthy options in life, all of these areas have significant impact.
Honestly, the article is a very satisfying story of a managed care company, taking steps with specific populations, to identify that their life circumstances do not allow for the best outcomes. That the level of stress and difficulty that is associated with those zip codes, is enough stress that it needs to not only be identified, but that support must be given.
In the article, a patient who is 36 weeks pregnant and just getting to her first obstetrics appointment. This woman is living a difficult pregnancy in that she simply has too many obstacles, as she states that she was homeless when she first became pregnant. The cool thing, is that the managed care company assisted with setting up rides for her care, as well as connecting her with local non-profits for her first needs for a newborn baby. All cool to see, but the point that I will draw from this story, and make the center of our focus. Is that there is so much more to health, than drugs and treatment.
Health starts with lifestyle, and with building from the five pillars. Nervous system function, peace, good nutrition, avoidance of chemicals, and building lean tissue that optimizes oxygen use. These five are key to building health, so we see that it becomes imperative for all organizations whom are pursuing health, to fall in line with the idea that more has to be done in order to gain health. However slow it might be to see change at the large scale medical level, it is still change that will have to happen. BUT it can only happen when they are willing to truly open their eyes, not be duped by the idea that drug treatment is the key to all health questions, and get something done, that is seriously pursuing health.
Enjoy the article, and be well and be blessed! – Dr. E