There was a great article in the LA Times called Diagnosis is a Disease pointing out that these diagnoses that we are creating are increasing healthcare costs. I couldn’t agree more. The article points out that our thresholds for disease have become too low, and in turn, our thresholds for treatment have become low. I agree with this but, more specifically, our thresholds for pharmaceutical drug treatment have become too low. I really like the idea of knowing if someone is at risk for developing a disease but our focus needs to be on treating the real cause.
Diseases such as diabetes, obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, and osteoporosis are the end result of poor nutrition, sedentary lifestyle, lack of sunshine, lack of sleep, and chronic stress. These diseases are the body’s reaction to a deficiency of what the body needs to function optimally. Until we really believe that and shift our focus, these diseases are going to continue to increase.