Let’s Get Back to Wellness!
By Dr. George Bobbitt
There has been a lot of talk in the news over the past year about health care. Attempts are being made to make health insurance affordable and available to as many people as possible, and I can appreciate the overall concept.
My concern is there is not much talk about wellness care. In fact, there are a plethora of medical offices, emergency care facilities, hospitals, specialists, diagnostic centers popping up monthly in the Mansfield, TX area. Where did all the sick people go before we had all of these places?
Maybe it’s build them and they will come?
The concern is that we have forgotten to do the things that maintain us and keep us well. You know, the basics…..eat good, do a little exercise, have a little fun, moderation versus indulgence, get regular checkups with your doctor, go to church, spend time with the family, go on a vacation, cleanse the body etc.
I want you to think for a moment. Are you doing more things to help the body or are you doing more things that hurt the body? I do not think we really have a health care system. I think we have a disease care system. The system we are using seems to me to be a dwindling spiral of sick care simply treating symptoms rather than getting to the overall causes of health issues.
The worst part is that few realize they are responsible for their health. These few know that it is their responsibility to stay and keep well. They do not expect the doctor to do it for them. They do not blame the doctor for the shape they are in. These few health troopers attempt to treat the body good more often than they treat it bad.
My purpose it to help people understand that health is more than just being symptom free. Health means a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity- as stated by the World Health Organization.
There are many health care choices and professions to choose from that most of the population are not utilizing. A wellness approach may involve consulting with chiropractors, massage therapists, acupuncturists, nutritionists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, pastors, mentors etc.
Let’s use our medical doctors for checkups to make sure that we are checking out healthy through blood tests, scans and internal checks. We expect our doctors to do everything for us, and we are not willing to do even a small part other than take the medicine-somewhat correctly. It takes a whole village to help people stay well and keep well.
We have no trouble maintaining our cars and doing maintenance on a piece on metal on wheels, but we forget to take care of the very temple we have been entrusted. I would love to see more wellness centers in Mansfield, TX. Places where people could come to be educated on how to stay healthy, be informed on what health care really is and start learning how to be more responsible for their health.
What some people forget is that what you do not take care of today, someone else has to pick up the tab in the future. Others like our kids, spouses, friends and family may have to suffer later because of the bad choices we made today.
To get back to wellness, the first step may be realizing a change may be necessary.